No, well, the Oscar doesn’t go to me, nor does the BAFTAEmmy or any other performing arts award. When I was young, I’d written that Oscar speech before I’d even been to the audition.  As yer do.

I wouldn’t cry, unless I could manufacture one delicate teardrop down my right cheek. I wouldn’t thank everyone by name, thereby boring everyone knicker-rigid, and I certainly wouldn’t go on at length, ad infinitum, till the cows came home. As Groucho once said, I’d rather stay with the cows till you came home.

The speech would be short and simple, and discussed endlessly. I’d be in the media for a goodly time for the exquisite gown I would have worn. Probably something like this—but in black and with a scattering of tiny, real diamonds—none of yer paste jewellery, thank you very much.


Ok, so that’s not going to happen. In any case, why should I care when I have, in the last year, received so many blogging awards? I’ve not had time to do anything about them, hence this post, which is to explain that finding the time to do all that’s required of an award is always going to be beyond me.

And I also feel rather as Phil Taylor does:

Let’s get this one right out of the way now. It’s not an award if it requires you to do anything you normally wouldn’t,  like turn around and give it to fifteen other people.  There’s no other awards in life that require you to do work. “And the Oscar for Best Actress in a Drama goes to Meryl Streep, but only if she can name fifteen other actors that deserve it!”

This post is my apology and thank you to the lovely fellow bloggers who have showered me with all manner of trophies from the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, the Influential Blogger Award, and One Lovely Blog Award to the Inspiring Blogger Award, the Versatile Blogger Award, the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, and the Liebster Award. (That’s quite a mouthful—I’m not sure that even with my diction (exquisite, darlings) I’d not stumble over them in a public speech.

This a long-winded way of saying, as you may have noticed from the image in the sidebar, that I have become an award-free blog. My special thanks are to the following beautiful bloggers for giving me such delight. In no particular order, I give you:

The Crazy Bag Lady
Moorezart (two awards!)
Chronic Conditions & Life Lessons
Los caprichos de Julie Delpy
Magpie Creative Writing Services
Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life
Writer’s Notebook
The Linden Chronicles
Andrés Cifuentes
Rebecca Bond – Classic Re-tellings of Modern Tales
Alex Raphael
Yesterday After
Kyrosmagica (again!)
Charles French Words Reading and Writing (for one of my other blogs, First Night History)

I do hope I haven’t forgotten anybody. If I have, let me know!

For anyone who doesn’t see the Award-Free logo and nominates me, I will do the next best thing by adding a link to your blog by updating this post.

Take care and keep laughing!