Another blog award is making the rounds, A Roar for Powerful Words, created by the Shameless Lion Writing Circle. I thank Julie from Virtual Journey for rewarding me this one. "My fourth award goes to Gabriele of The Lost Fort because this suits her writing perfectly."
This is such a great compliment. Thank you very much, Julie.
I even have the pics to go with it.
Königslutter Cathedral, Lion Gate
The lions are 19th century replicas; the time gnawed originals are today kept inside.
Here's what the founder Seamus says about the purpose of the award: "Below are copies of the award [got to the above link for them] that we can each distribute to those people who have blogs we love, can't live without, where we think the writing is good and powerful. I thought interested members could kick things off by publishing the award on their own blog, naming five people they would like to give it to (members or non-members), and accompany the image with three things they believe are necessary to make writing good and powerful. The recipients then do the same, passing it on to five other people, and so on." Closeup of the right side lion.
The originals date from the 11th century and were created by Italian masons.
Not an easy one, actually. Three things that make writing good and powerful? Let's see....Vivid Descriptions
: To pull the reader into worlds past or created, you need to give them and idea of those worlds without bogging down in pages of description. Powerful images, metaphors, expressionistic painting is what you're looking for these days where writing has to compete with other, faster media. Strong Characters
: I mean characters that will at least try
and fight the obstacles put in their way. Self doubt and moments of despair make a character more human, but don't give me a whining loser. There's probably a place for those, but not in books I want to read. Courage
: By this I mean the courage to go beyond your comfort zone if the story requires it, and the courage to push the reader beyond that comfort zone as well. There's no place for political correctness in strong writing. Closeup of the left lion.
Follows the other difficult thing with these memes: the nomination of only five bloggers who I think deserve the A Roar for Powerful Words
Award. There are so many strong writers on my blogroll that picking five will leave a good number of others out. But here we go.
. Her images and characters always stay with me. Strong and vivd.
2. Shared by Scott Oden
and Steve Goble
. Scott's and Steve's stories stand in tradition of the best heroic fiction that has both action and depth.
3. Ian Thomas
. Creator of fascinating worlds and memorable characters.
4. Tamara Siler Jones
. Boy, does she push comfort zones with her Dubric books
5. The Cimmerian
, a blog that keeps the memory of R.E. Howard alive with interesting, thoughtful and sometimes funny essays. Howard deserves the attention, for he represents some of the strongest writing I've come across.