A lovely gift came my way last week: Carmela Dutra, of A Blog for Your Thoughts, nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger (VIB) Award. This award recognizes bloggers who work hard to keep the blogosphere a beautiful place.
Thanks for the nod, Carmela. You made my day, week AND month!
In addition to blogging, Carmela is an illustrator, photographer, and author of The Lorenzo the Bear Series. She volunteers with primary-grade students, manages several social media sites, and co-administers the 3.K-member Kid Literature Facebook community.
As part of the VIB tradition, I was asked to do two things: reveal seven things about myself and pay it forward by nominating other bloggers who inspire me.
ABOUT CAT MICHAELS
Between blogging, writing children's books and being a writing coach, I was a communications and staff development manager for a global high-tech company
Could yum down pizza and salad, with low-fat ice cream for dessert, at every meal
Devour two books at the same time: zipping through my e-reader at night; burning up audio-books during the day
Walk every day. Hit the gym twice weekly, Start mornings with 15 minutes on my weighted hula hoop while watching the CBS Morning News….love Charlie, Norah and Gayle!
I've sung in choral groups all my life. Alto 1. Usually on the first row because I am a petite 5-feet, two-inches tall.
Love taking pictures and experimenting with photo editing apps. Get happily lost on Pinterest and playing with Canva's graphic design app (see my garden, photo & design left).
Design pocket gardens full of color and art for our small suburban yard. I was a tour guide at the North Carolina State University 9-acre Raulston Arboretum.
NOMINATIONS FOR VERY INSPIRED BLOGGER AWARD
Auden is a Dark Fantasy writer who blogs about her love of the written word and sprinkles photography in her posts that will keep you coming back for more.
Venturing into the Unknown
This illustrator and picture book author writes with wit and energy while holding down an office job and juggling her full-time duties as a mom of two elementary-schoolers.
Eiry Reese Thomas
Eiry Reese Thomas
Eiry writes educational apps and books for children in her Wales homeland, publishing in both Welsh and English, and blogs about her journey to help children learn in a bilingual culture.
Lisa writes with passion about handicapable kids and accepting differences.
Baby Boomer Bliss
Julie, a former journalist, can ink a mean blog about any subject, but her Baby Boomer Bliss, especially her personal story about caring for an aging parent, will have you laughing and crying.
Kid Lit TV
Julie Gribble and her team behind Kid Lit TV support and educate children’s writers and illustrators about video, book craft and business buzz. In addition to live TV streams, their vibrant Facebook community is a great place to learn, get help and be inspired.
Kim's children's stories starring two feisty pups are based on her own pets. Her blog reflects her wry observations about every day life.
This Lid Lit author and blogger, who lives on a family farm in upstate New York, is also a chef and a photographer, so her blog is filled with delicious things to read, eat, and see.
Mari writes for kids and adults, specializing in books that families can share. Her blog features author interviews, food, social justice, and the pain and triumph of aging.
PJ has written a book a marriage map for adults and the Mystic Princess Series for children. She blogs about her passions for authenticity in relationships and bullying prevention.
Mother Daughter Book Review
MDBR provides invaluable support and service to authors and readers with book reviews, blog tours, and giveaways.
Stanley & Katrina
Stanley & Katrina
Stanley and Katrina's Word of the Week (WOW) and Write Chat book review video series is spearheaded by a middle-schoolers and her adult 'assistants.' WOW features weekly guests who discuss their assigned vocabulary word and encourage kids to read. WOW, indeed!
Tracey M. Cox
A Writer’s Blog
I always learn something new and feel refreshed afterTracey’s blog and comprehensive tips for Kid Lit authors.
Please visit these Very Inspired Bloggers and leave a 'like' and a comment.
They'll appreciate your stopping by. And you’ll feel as if you made new friends and opened a roomful of presents as you discover each of these awesome folk.
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