The Versatile Blogger Award 2013

Silk Screen Views is happy to have been given the Versatile Blogger Award by Teepee12 of the blog Serendipity! The Versatile Blogger Award it given out to sites that make a variety of posts on many topics. Thanks to Teepee12 for nominating SSV! In honor of this award, I’ve made an award with our brand of flair:

SSV Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Tell the person who nominated you seven things about yourself.
  • Make a list of bloggers that you nominate for the award & tell them about it.

In the post about the Liebster Award, I talked a lot about myself. For this award, I would like to talk a little bit about everyone that makes Silk Screen Views run the way it does. I may be spearhead of the operation but it wouldn’t be possible without the amazing people I am delighted to work with! Read along and find out something new about the people behind Silk Screen Views.

1)  Greetings!

Irate Izzy and I have known each other for years. We’re best friends and met through a mutual love of social dancing:  Lindy Hop! One of these days, I will write up a post about dancing and share some of my love of that with you. I met Snarktastic Sonja and Darth Val in a book discussion group on Goodreads called Girls, Guns & Grimoires. It’s one of my favorite groups in Goodreads because I’ve had countless fun discussions there about books and more. Between the four of us, we make a dynamic team that offers a chaotic mix of paradoxical natures and outlooks. We share the love of books, snark, good times and intellectual glee!

2)  A Word

Everyone has a word or phrase that they find themselves using regularly. Well, here are the ones we tend to use the most. *Note: My word changes as I phase in and out of things. The one listed here for me has been true for the past few months but who knows how much longer it’ll remain as such.

  • Soo ~ “Sweet!”
  • Sonja ~ “Evidently.”
  • Val ~ “Fascinating.” (Spock)
  • Izzy ~ “Dude.”

3)  What would be the pen name of choice if we ever wrote romance (erotica)?

  • Izzy:  Lily LaBlanche
  • Val:  Catherine Lloyd
  • Sonja:  Susan Levana
  • Soo:  Nessa Rei Conor

4)  Exactly what does everyone do on Silk Screen Views?

We all come from diverse backgrounds and careers. Each of us has a long history and experience with editing, organizing, planning and implementing events and projects. Half of us are single and the other half are happily married with great kids. As we’ve gotten more involved with Silk Screen Views and figured out how much fun & challenging it is to be a part of the website, we decided to add services page to SSV and become a part of the process for creating books.

Everyone writes book reviews, most of us has formulated and published an Author Interview and it’s a free for all to post in Ramblings/Rampage. We all bring our unique perspective to the site. We may all love the same topic, book or interest but we relate to each differently. It’s sharing those differences in a mutual love that makes SSV interesting.

Sonja, Val & I network on Goodreads to help promote our posts and reviews. I’ve taken to Twitter and give out daily Tweets on what’s going on with SSV or those we’re connected with on Twitter. Val has put together the Facebook Page and maintains it to keep people up to speed on there. Izzy and I maintain the website. It’s usually me for the day to day stuff but Izzy has her hand in the pot and helps to solve the big mysteries.

5)  Cool Factoid

  • Sonja ~ I rode in an elevator with Felicia Day. Bwahahaha!

My love of reading has led me to try new things that I would never have thought possible. For instance, I taught myself to draft sewing patterns. Armed with a book, I feel like I can accomplish almost anything.

  • Izzy ~ My hair has mind of its own! Anyone with curly hair knows the dealio. I provide Soo morning entertainment every day cuz she never knows what she’s gonna get from my wild hair!

I play piano fairly well and I’ve been known to get my pants covered in paint as I get lost in making art by hand, brush & more.

  • Soo ~ My laughter is infectious and powerful! You can hear me laugh outside.

During a live jazz performance, a musician (who later became a friend) announced that my laugh should be recorded and used as an alarm clock because it would be a great way to wake up.

  • Val ~ I am doing a half marathon every month this year.

Background on Val’s Pen Name:  If I were to write romance novels, I would definitely use a pen name.  I considered what that would be long ago and decided to combine the names of my grandparents.

6)  Thoughts on Silk Screen Views

Izzy:  Gold armor is not a fashion statement. Remember that! I look forward to helping with many posts because I live with Soo and she’ll strangle me. It’s okay because I work well under pressure.

Sonja:  SSV has led me to read more critically. I actually have to think about my reviews instead of just stream of consciousness. Instead of just knowing I love a book, I have to determine why and how.

Val:  I have been having a lot fun reviewing for SSV.  It has allowed me to fan the flames of my inner snark.  I have also begun to think more critically about what I am reading, which has led to a greater appreciation for authors.

Soo:  Maybe you’re starting to notice but I hardly ever do just one thing or for just one reason. SSV started as a project that I’ve had on hold for a long time that I wanted to begin and as part of my way of getting back into writing everyday. It’s become it’s own entity and I love how much I’m gaining from every new experience. It’s invigorating to be a part of creating something that touches other people or helps people you admire. I love learning and challenges. I get plenty of both by working on Silk Screen Views.

7)  Crystal Ball

What’s ahead for Silk Screen Views and our little gang of misfits? A WHOLE LOT!

Look forward to more authors & books joining the Author Interview & Review Series.

Snarktastic Sonja will be doing a showcase that will feature–well, you’ll find out when it comes out.

Darth Val has her eyes set on book covers and she’ll be making a note on them. Will you agree or disagree?

Irate Izzy may be showing her love of all that is Arrow, Vampire Diaries or Person of Interest. Maybe a rant or rave on Veronica Mars. Whatever it is, it’ll keep you on your toes!

A discussion about the Fantasy genre that crosses several websites and bloggers will kick off the debates further as SSV joins the rounds with my own stance on the question: Is Fantasy becoming mired in medieval scenarios and need a kick in a different direction?

Scribes Corner will be getting several updates with interesting articles written by authors.

Rampage only has one post at the moment but will it stay that way? NAH!


Silk Screen Views Nominates the Following in No Particular Order:

The Liebster Blog Award 2013

Happy Indulgence

About a week after Silk Screen Views went live, our site was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Jeannius, the brains behind Happy Indulgence. She contacted me via our normal email correspondence on Goodreads and let me know about the nomination.

My first response:

What the heck is the Liebster Blog Award???

After a bit of research on the world wide web and general chitchat, this is what I figured out:  the LBA is an award given by the blogging community to promising blog sites that have less than 200-300 followers. We received the award from Jeannius on March 8th, 2013. At the time, I believe Silk Screen Views had about 20 followers and over 700 hits. Not bad stats for a baby blog site with little networking. We were happy to receive the award but I barely knew other bloggers then, and I wasn’t ready to tackle the quest of adding an award to SSV. WordPress has it’s own rules to play by and I’m still a newb at the game.

Today, SSV was nominated for another award! Isn’t that cool? The site has been running for almost a month and a lot of things have happened. We now have 401 followers and are near 3000 hits. It’s time to rock & roll. We’re ready to post our awards and share the fun!

~ The Rules for the Liebster Blog Award ~

Once Nominated:

  1. You must answer 11 questions from the blog that nominated you.
  2. Choose & nominate 11 blogs to receive the LBA.
  3. Notify the blogs that they have been nominated for the LBA.
  4. Pick 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

Jeannius Questions

1. What’s your favourite book you’ve read this year?

  • I can’t name just one because I have a handful that I really like for different reasons:
    • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton – Hilarious Romance
    • Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan – Hadrian & Royce – Awesome Fantasy!
    • Blaze of Glory by Michael Pryor – Best New Author Find
    • Heist Society by Ally Carter – Intricate & Clever YA
    • Soul Avenged by Keri Lake – New PNR Author & Series. Sons of Wrath. You’ll see.
    • Backstage Pass – Steamy, music infused erotica.
    • Cast in Peril by Michelle Sagara West – Latest in a favorite Fantasy series & SO MUCH HAPPENS!

2. Where in the world would you like to visit?

  • Everywhere in Europe! I gobbled up all sorts of history, mythology, legends, fairy tales, religious texts and fiction as a kid. I always imagined the adventures happening in Europe.

3. What’s your favourite paranormal creature? (ie. vampires, zombies, faeries, etc.)

  • I had to really think to answer this question. I want to be an Archangel! An angel of faith that serves to uphold balance, with amazing wings to zoom across multiple worlds, to live from the birth of creation and beyond, always learning and evolving. It would be an adventure.

4. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

  • I have a talent for seeing skills and talents in other people. It would be cool if my ability was more than a gift of perception and one that I could draw forth in people. Say, I had a feeling that you would be good at drawing but you’ve never drawn before in your life. It would be really cool to draw that skill out and strengthen it by helping you to learn how to draw. Or if someone has amazing hand eye coordination and they’ve never tried archery. It would be fun and enriching to be able to point the skill out in the person and have them become stronger (faster than normal) by being a part of the learning process.

5. What’s an interesting fact about yourself?

  • It’s such an odd question to me because I don’t think about myself as “interesting” or “special”. To me, I am ordinary and normal. I can learn just about anything at a quick rate. It’s a great ability that I love to abuse because it gives me the challenge and variety I love to experience in life.

6. What do you do for a living?

  • I am a Freelance Contractor. That’s the easiest job description. Within that general field, I have been, am or still doing: telecom network engineer, private security officer, event organizer, photographer, special event cook, personal administrative assistant/organizer, editor, research assistant, home care provider, bodywork masseuse, promoter and writer.

7. What do you love about blogging?

  • I started with very little knowledge and a simple idea but it’s becoming more than that. I love that. I love the way things aren’t exactly the way you expect it to be. It’s challenging, engaging and fun. Silk Screen Views keeps growing & evolving into something more than I expected and that’s a lot of fun for me.

8. Pirates or ninjas?

  • Is that even a question?!?! Duh! Ninjas! A real ninja will kick a pirate over the rail and far beyond the plank!

9. What’s your opinion on transferring books to movies?

  • I never expect the movie to be like the book. When I have that expectation, I always end up frustrated. Books can make great movies but it takes a really talented screenplay writer to make a good translation of the book into a screenplay. Who knows what happens during filming. It takes a great director and producer to piece together a film that can honestly represent a book. Never mind that the actors have to fit the roles well. I expect to be entertained but I do not expect it to be like the book.

10. Describe a perfect day for you.

  • A perfect day is today. I’m getting everything I need to do done and I have pockets of lovely silence to enjoy by myself between bouts of comraderie with friends.

11. Do you prefer physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

  • Hardbacks are my baby of choice! However, my books take up more space than I have to spare. Thus I’ve become fond of ebooks for saving space and ease of travel. I’ve extremely snotty about audiobooks and I’ve only heard two that I really love. The rest is very bleh-meh.

Silk Screen Views Nominates the Following

  1. Anthony Ryan
  2. Keri Lake
  3. Yaz’s Books’n’Stuff
  4. Elizabeth’s Art Studio
  5. Duck Blood Soup
  6. Love Affair with an e-Reader
  7. Girl None
  8. Oh My Shelves
  9. Curran Geist: Enter the Sity
  10. Jennifer Foehner Wells
  11. Susan E. Curnow

Soo ~ The Instigator’s ~ Questions for the Nominees

  1. What was your first response when you got my email about the Liebster Blog Award?
  2. Name a weird event that has happened due to running a blog. If the answer is no, tell a joke. It must be FUNNY!
  3. Has anything unexpected happened to you by writing a post? If the answer is no, create a haiku about your blog.
  4. Light saber or magic wand? Defend your answer! =)
  5. What is a flaw you would never give up?
  6. If you could rid the world of stupid people, would you? Why or why not?
  7. What three things do you absolutely must have to survive the Zombie Apocalypse?
  8. Is there a book you regret reading? What was it?
  9. What do you do when your creative juices dry up and you can’t write anything but ellipses?
  10. What is your definition of a white lie?
  11. Why did you decide to accept the LBA & participate in the blog meme?


SSV Liebster Blog Award