So the last week of January started off on a lovely note: Great new author J.C.Lillis nominated me as a Most Inspiring Blogger. I was delighted and honored. I'm inspiring! When I think of inspiring I think of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Martin Luther King, and others whose accoplishments leave me amazed and humbled. Here's my nifty certificate...
Now I have to do two things to, in Catherine Ryan Hyde's words, pay it forward. I have to tell my readers seven random things about me, then nominated several other inspiring bloggers. The latter I can do. The former? Well geez. I've revealed so many things about myself in this blog, what else is there to say? All right,let me give it a go.
I once saw David Cassidy. He had just published his memoirs Come On Get Happy. When I bought the book, the clerk looked at me and said "Just to warn you, he won't sign any Partridge Family memorobila." Huh? "Wow, really?" I asked. "He's trying to get away from that." Well, all righty then. I got in line. As I walked to the end, I saw many ticked off people holding old Partridge family albums and looking very very pissed off. Me, I was just glad I only had a book. A book that, as my friend Julie quipped, would double its value when Cassidy signed it. When it was my turn, I gave him the book,then I said "I really liked you in Spirit of '76 (indie movie directed by Roman Coppola) He flashed that smile. "Thank you! I had a great time filming that movie!" Waiting in line was worth it. It also felt natural for my first ebook to call it I Woke Up In Love This Morning.
I saw Maggie Smith onstage. I was in London, and she was in The Importance of Being Earnest. I remember her character was similar to Old Lady Gratham in Downton Abbey.
- I can do the vulcan salute. Live long and prosper!
- I think I've read everything Anne Lamott has written.
- My full name is Jennifer Kathleen Elizabeth Gibbons-Jennifer I've written about, Kathleen as well, Elizabeth is my confirmation name (for my aunt and for St. Elizabeth Seton, the first American saint) and Gibbons of course is for my dad.
- I had to have a tooth pulled three years ago.
- I have a fondness for sock monkey pajamas and black skirts.
So I hope you learned something new about moi. Now fifteen bloggers that I try to read on a regular basis and are just lovely.
- Mary Wilkinson: her beautiful stories of Ireland are amazing.
- Jessica Barksdale Inclan: In the past five years she has written God knows how many books while getting married and getting a dog. Her energy never ceases to amaze me.
- Katherine Gregor: Her writing is lyrical and perfect.
- Pat Montandon: Pat is simply, a lady. I would love all the Bachelor girls read How To Be A Party Girl, especially the chapter "Cinderella is a Fink." Amen, sister!
- Jennifer Weiner: Weiner not only tells funny stories about writing and her daughters, she also holds the media accountable for overpraising certain male authors while leaving others in the cold.
- Marian Keyes: After a sabbitical due to depression, Keyes came back writing her hysterical blog about writing, her adorable nieces and nephews,plus makeup, television shows, and how much she loves "the twitters."
- Robert Rummel Hudson: I don't know how he does it, but RRH writes with sadness yet hope about his daughter Schyuler who due to a brain condition cannot speak and suffers from seizures. He also holds people accountable when they use terms like "fucktard" and "downsy" by telling them the simple fact that they're not funny. They're obnoxious.
- Annie Nilsson: Annie tells lovely stories about living in Los Angeles with her husband Jared. She's working on a memoir and was featured in a documentary about her dad, Harry Nilsson. I can't wait to read her book; everyone will be talking about her.
- We Love Soaps: Yeah, this is a no brainer. Roger Newcomb and Damon Jacobs interview soap stars, look back at vintage soaps, and always reminds people that continuing stories are not dead, it's just changing.
- Lana Nieves: Lana not only contributed great blogs to the Guiding Light project, her Superhero Lunchbox Project blog is just plain fun to read.
- Sarah Dessen: Sarah Dessen's blog was the first one I started reading eleven years ago. She is one of the best Young Adult writers today, writing novels about about a coastal North Carolina town and the people who live there.
- Beth Mann: Beth Mann's writing blows me away. Her honesty is breathtaking. I am hoping that 2013 will be the year she will take her best essays and put them in a collection.
- Cady McClain: Cady is best known in her role as Dixie Cooney Chandler Martin Larson Bodine Martin Martin on All My Children, but she also writes about feminism and being an actress. She is also writing a memoir, one I cannot wait to read.
- Patrick Erwin: I love anything that Patrick writes. He hasn't been writing as much since he went back to school, but I hope that's corrected once he gets that degree in his hands.
- Lizzie Skurnick: I am positive Lizzie Skurnick is my long lost little sister-be it remembering old YA books to making up new words to fit certain situations. She makes everything old new again.
There's my fifteen. Honorable mention goes to...
Anne Lamott (via facebook/twitter)
If they want to, they're supposed to nomniate their own fifteen bloggers for Very Inspiring Blogger. Now do something to inspire someone else.
Causes Jennifer Gibbons Supports
Gilda's Club, Greenpeace, Rosie's Broadway Kids,Westwind Foster Family Agency, Amber Brown Fund, Linda Duncan Fund for Contra Costa Libraries