The first time I emceed a big awards ceremony, I was given a script and clear instructions: announce award, nominees, winner, present it, shake hands, pose for picture, next award. Simple, right? So I take the stage in front of about 400 people. Following my handy script, I present the first award to a narcissist named Cross. He accepts it, we do the picture thing, and instead of going back to his seat, he sits on the edge of the stage and waits. Because he figures he has more of those babies coming (which he does). I look to the event coordinator for direction and see her impersonating Munch’s “Scream” offstage so I decide to wing it.

“Could be a long wait, are you comfortable over there?” I ask.

“Fine,” says Mr. Cross who is now spotlighted (how did he wrangle THAT?).

“Get you a pillow? Maybe some water?” I’m an accommodating host.

“I could use a drink.” He waves to his fans (i.e. the unfortunate crew that works for him).

“Couldn’t we all? When the waitress comes by, order me a little something, too, could you? Heck, just get a round for everybody. Thanks. “

The crowd roars. I go on to emcee that same ceremony for four years in four different cities and they never give me a script again. Because when it comes to recognizing others for the amazing things they do, I like to wing it. So here goes. Some weeks ago I was thrilled to be nominated for the Most Versatile Blogger Award. Many thanks to Lynnette Dobberpuhl of “Wordtabulous” for the honor. To fulfill the nomination, the nominee must:

  1. Give credit to the person who nominated you and create a link to their blog in your post (coming up so watch for it!).
  2. Create a list of 15 blogs that you enjoy most and link to those as well. You must then tell those bloggers you have nominated them for the award. If you don’t have 15, you can’t do this step. If you can’t do this step, you can’t claim the award.
  3. Finally, you must create and post a list of seven things about yourself.

I know this looks suspiciously like a script and instructions and we’ve already established that I’m an off-the-cuff kind of girl but there are some fantastic blogs out there you could be reading and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to tell you about them. Here are my “Fave 15” in no particular order:

The Surfing Pizza

A slice of pop culture with extra cheese! Pizza riffs on everything from 1980’s vending machine toys to taking dance lessons before his recent wedding. It’s the kind of crazy every day stuff that anyone can relate to. Delivery is free.

Ramblin’ Christian Gypsy

In addition to being a talented actress, Kiersten Warren is also an amazing writer and photographer. Funny, sentimental, quirky, thought-provoking…you never know what she’s got hiding in that closet of hers but it’s worth opening the door to find out.

I’m On the Bandwagon

“Spinal Tap” meets “Still Crazy” (a 1998 Bill Nighy/Billy Connolly comedy about a 1970’s rock band). Bandwagon follows the hilarious conversations of an unnamed British band and Jowett, who is chronicling them on the road. Be you roadie or groupie, don’t miss the tour.

Jeff Goins, Writer

When I’m looking for writing inspiration, how-to tips, or validation that even on my worst day of writing, every word counts, Jeff Goins is my go-to guy. Great guest posts, too.

Renee Weatherbee and Meaningful Mementos

I “met” Renee in an online Starving Artists Club organized by a mutual friend, but when it comes to talent, her plate is more than full. She’s a skilled photographer, poet and observer of life.

Pithy Pants

I’ll admit it was the blog name that drew me in but it’s the sharp witty writing that keeps me coming back. A quick, fun read.

So Then SHE Said

A moment of shameless self-promotion: She Said is a joint blog between myself and my BFF which celebrates those conversations you can only have with your chick circle. We’re just growing the blog so stop in and see us (dudes are welcome, too).


Imagery is a huge part of writing and halfcnote celebrates the special connection between what you see and what you think. I love the Weekly Photo Challenge!

What I Wore

When it comes to fashion, if they made Garanimals for grown-ups, I would totally buy them. Jessica Quirk would not because she doesn’t need to. Her blog features the daily outfits she’s worn for the past four years. The girl’s got sass and style!

Terrible Minds

We all have that one nasty “oh, no he didn’t” blog that you don’t want to admit to reading. This one’s mine. Self-proclaimed “pen monkey” Chuck Wendig can be irreverent, razor-sharp and funny as hell.


Things I like about this 20-something Londoner: she doesn’t take herself too seriously, she’s got a great cast of supporting characters, and her light, witty writing style is just fun to read.

Misadventures with Andi

This is a new blog find for me but if you’re a traveler, you’ll appreciate this one. Fantastic photos, travel musings, awesome guest posts – the virtual vacation you’ve been looking for.

Jacob Murphy’s Photoblog

Jacob hasn’t posted in awhile but I hope he gets back to it because the kid’s got a good eye for subjects and a great gut for what makes a compelling picture. His street portraits are especially good. Jacob, where are you?

The Office of Letters and Light

Those crazy people who bring you National Novel Writing Month (which is actually what I SHOULD be working on right now because my word count is dismal) and Script Frenzy (I’m still waiting for the SyFy Channel to call me on my amazing offering for that).

And last but not least…


This personal blog is written by Lynnette Dobberpuhl, my BFF of 26 years and the supportive amigo who nominated me for this award. From humorous to spiritual, her posts will just make you feel BETTER.

Alright, gang, those are my 15 blogs. Now, for my…

Seven Things About Me

  1. I’ve been playing the banjo since I was 13.
  2. As a 23-year-old editor for United Press International, I reviewed Stephen King’s “Four Past Midnight” for Time magazine. Like an idiot, I lost the galley proof right after reading it.
  3. I have a self-designed “angel on my shoulder” tattoo.
  4. I’ve been on the air at the same radio station for nearly 23 years.
  5. My culinary specialty is breakfast.
  6. My first motorcycle was a 550cc hardtail chopper with a six-foot front end.
  7. Most humble writer moment: meeting the family of a deceased Army nurse who served in Vietnam whose story I included in a commemorative publication I wrote for the dedication of a Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.

There. Obligations met, new badge posted. And to the “Fave 15”? Your turn, kids!

  1. goody! more blogs to check out! I know they are good because you have excellent taste, especially in friends. 🙂

  2. Andi says:

    Thanks so much for nominating me and stopping by my blog – it brought me here to you! Looking forward to catching up on what your little corner of the world is all about!

  3. Renee Weatherbee says:

    Thanks for the honor, Kelly! I consider it high praise to be listed among your other favorites, because while I haven’t read them all, I’ve read a few and yours (which I always enjoy) and to be included with that group, is humbling. I currently don’t have that big of a list of blogs that I check out, but I will work on that. But yours will always be at the top of my list, mainly because I find you to be the wittiest writer I’ve read on a regular basis and I always look forward to your creative posts.

  4. pithypants says:

    Thanks for the shout out! It looks like I’m in great company. What an honor!

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