Nominated for a VBA!

Well, this is awkward. It seems I’ve been nominated for a VBA for the third and fourth time… by two people… in the space of two days. I’m not sure what to do… I can’t imagine there’s a protocol for something like this, but I assume that the practical thing to do would be to roll them into one and acknowledge everyone who made it possible.

For starters, thanks to Dave W at theroadmarathon and Richard at Richard’s Ramblings for the nomination. You guys both rock!

And of course, seven things about myself… going to be hard to think up things I didn’t say the last two times.

  1. I have a notorious love for the color green. An inordinate amount of my clothes are this color. It’s embarrassing when they clash!
  2. I’m a historian and English teacher by training, for high school students. How I got into writing sci-fi and teaching elementary kids is kind of a long story.
  3. I am obsessive. When I want to learn about something, I kind of OD on it before moving on. It’s how I got into the history of WWII, Star Wars, cool-looking guns, and sci-fi literature.
  4. I don’t do organized sports. Though I’ve been doing Taekwon-Do for over two decades, I have no real love for organized sports outside of martial arts and MMA. Some people don’t get this, can’t say I blame them.
  5. I have more girl friends than guys. Though my oldest and best friends are all men, the one thing we all have in common is in being SNAG’s (Sensitive New Age Guys). We all tend to get along better with girls than guys. Probably because there’s no dick measuring involved.
  6. I’ve inherited a slew of health problems from my ancestors. These include baldness, high cholesterol and other heart problems. As such, and despite the recent advances in the field of medicine, I’m likely to die at the age 65, bald and as a result of a heart attack.
  7. I don’t tan well either!

And now for my nominees!

  1. Khaalidah – Indie author and fellow grim5Next contributor Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali. In addition to being a fantastic writer, and a faithful friend, she’s also a working wife and mother. I know eh?
  2. ramiungerthewrter – Rami Ungar, a college student who’s passion for anime, horror and science fiction are a constant source of inspiration for my own work.
  3. Sotet Angyal – The dark angel, or as she’s known to her friends, Nina D’Arcangela. I recently pledged my thanks for her constant follows, but today, I would like to acknowledged her hard work as writer, publisher and a social media anarchist!
  4. Kotev1000 – The dedicated soul who runs the site European Scientist and Journalist, a site dedicated to capturing history in words and photographs.
  5. hnsieverding – Esteemed (and published) fantasy writer Mrs. Sieverding, a relatively new acquintance of mine, but one who’s extensive credentials have not failed to impress me!
  6. VictorsMovieReviews – Film buff, movie reviewer and cinematic guru, definitely a man to be consulted on the latest releases, but not someone you want to cross while waiting for tickets on opening night!
  7. jazfagan – The website of catseyesk, a notorious lover of music, practitioner of Buddhism, and lover of all things existential. If its musical, life-affirming, and spiritual, chances are she’s posted about it.
  8. nicolahigginsfiction – The home of Nicola Higgins, fellow science fiction writer AND martial artist. She is also a working woman and a wife who somehow finds the time to also run two brownie packs. Though I can only nominate 7 people, I would be derelict if I didn’t acknowledge her too.

Well, that about does it for me. Thank you all for the ongoing support and recognition. Rest assured, I am not letting it go to my head… much. If I got paid to do this, then I might start going batty. So… we’ll see how that goes ;)


11 Comments on “Nominated for a VBA!”

  1. khaalidah (@khaalidah) June 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    You totally totally deserve the VBA. Me on the other hand not so much. Nonetheless, I thank you for nominating me.
    You are the ubber productive awesome man.

  2. khaalidah (@khaalidah) June 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi there Matt. Stop by my site. I want you to see who I, in turn, have nominated for the VBA.

    • storiesbywilliams June 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

      Oh dear… my flattery reflex is kicking in again! Oh, and I do drink awesome sauce. I bottle it special, want some?

  3. Richard Leonard June 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Cheers for the mention, Matt. :) There are so many inspiring people on here and you’re up there, I gotta say. Looking back on my balls-up of a VBA post I want to re-write it. At the very least explain why I listed who I did. And re-do my 7 things. And…
    Maybe not now but next time if the opportunity arises. That’s what I get for doing it either side of midnight on a Friday night! Or I can blame it on the noob.
    Thanks again. Keep up the good work!

  4. Nina D'Arcangela June 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Thank you for nominating me – but I’m not sure I deserve it!! I did it anyway, thank you again – and kudos to you, because your blog is actually versatile! ;)

  5. ramiungarthewriter June 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    thanks for the nomination, but i don’t know if i can come up with enough blogs to nominate others. i mean, isn’t that how this works?

    • storiesbywilliams June 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      Pretty much, but I think I might have been off when I nominated only eight. I think the desired number is 15, but then again, you can always just do as many as you can. It’s not the committee will rescind the award (there’s no committee)

  6. VictorsMovieReviews June 13, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    Sorry for the late thank your for the nomination, and congratulations on yours. I’ll let you know when I have my nominations up–by this Friday.

    Thanks Again.


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