With a glassy rustle, a dragon stretches a great green wing of feather-like translucent scales. It yawns, revealing several rows of sharp teeth and a pair of upward-curving, no-nonsense tusks. Resettling its wings, it pricks a pair of mule-like ears forward and peers out of the blog with emerald eyes.
Right, blog award.
Hello! My author, Jubilare, has asked that I not give my name here. She’s trying to keep her WIP’s mostly private until they are, ah, more prepared for the world, or the world is more prepared for them. I forget which.
But considering the name of this award, she felt that I should be the one to accept it. I don’t see why. I have very little to do with the day-to-day running of the blog, but she insists that she never would have started writing but for me. So here I am.
From the limited information she has given me, (research, dear, always research), the Dragon´s Loyalty Award is “presented to blogs with exceptional content.”
It is a great honor to accept this award. From the name, I assume that, lost somewhere in the shadowy (ahem, un-researched) history of this award is either a dragon who awarded it to a particularly loyal blog, or else it was awarded to a particularly loyal dragon who blogs. Not being a blogger, myself, I can’t really relate.
Jubilare: Um, buddy? can we try to get this in under 1000 words?
Not it you interrupt me we won’t.
Jubilare: Maybe I should’ve asked one of your brothers…
Which one? The one who makes me look laconic? The one you’d have to bribe? Or the one who’d actually make you do hours of research beforehand? Oh, or how about the one that hates you?
Jubilare: …Carry on.
Wings are re-shuffled, and the dragon draws a long breath.
Right. Well, as I was saying, it is an honor to accept this award on behalf of this blog. It, the blog, I mean, was awarded this prize by one Stephencwinter, whose blog my author greatly enjoys. Thank you, Mr. Winter! Visit my home some time. I’ll buy you a drink and show you around.
This award carries with it several requirements. Hold on.
The dragon holds out a scaly hand, complete with talons, and accepts a poster-board from Jubilare. It looks like a post-it-note in the dragon’s grasp.
First: Display this award on your blog.
Great. Next we announce our win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded us. …I’m doing that right now, yes?
Excellent. Now, we present this same award to 15 meritorious bloggers. Fifteen? This thing must multiply faster than rabbits.
Jubilare: I, uh, only have 12.
I see. Well, it looks like we don’t get to accept the award because my author doesn’t know how to follow rules.
Jubilare: Hey! Stephen didn’t do fifteen, either, and he still got to accept it.
The dragon grins toothily and flicks one ear. Oh, all right. If the award police come for me, though, I’m giving you up. I won’t go down for your crimes.
The twelve blogs Jubilare would like to nominate are… flips the poster-board and thrums the fingers of one taloned hand on the ground like a snare-drum-roll
Bekindrewrite – All shall love her, and despair!
Dreaming of Other Realms – an epic storyteller from “Kiwiland”
The Egotist’s Club – A magnificent menagerie of muses.
Grimmella – How can she not be awesome with a blog-name like that?
Lovethebadguy – Delightfully wicked
Pages Unbound – They read books. Lots of books. And tell us about them!
A Pilgrim in Narnia – already has one of these, that should tell you something
Res Studiorum et Ludorum -Profoundly Geeky, and Geekily Profound
Soughing of Pines – This dragon’s particular friend. Writer and Renaissance woman.
Strange Figures – Painfully honest, in a world in desperate need of honesty
Technicolorlilypond – Just as colorful as it says it is
The Warden’s Walk – Should be called “The Warden’s Fabulous Hat”
Now I must link them?
Jubilare: I just did.
And… let them know of their being awarded.
Jubilare: We’ll do that after we finish here.
You mean I will, don’t you.
Jubilare: I’ll help!
Alright. Last item on the list.
The tip of the dragon’s tail swishes.
Write seven things about you. …is that me-you or you-you?
Jubilare: I think it’s supposed to be me, but make one of them about you, just in case.
Hm. Well, Jubilare is obsessive. And I do mean obsessive. When she’s trying to work through a scene, she will sometimes listen to the same song, or handful of songs, for HOURS. IT’S HORRIBLE. And when she’s found something to obsess about, it is very hard to derail her to anything else.
She also loves almonds. She eats them all the time. Perhaps that ties in with the obsession issues.
What else… despite being obsessive, she is also easily distracted. While it is hard to get her off something she is obsessing over, it is equally hard to get her to focus on tasks. Very annoying when one is trying to get her to write.
I also think she is rather sweet, even when she’s glaring at me, like right now.
That’s what, four? Hm. Five would be that she is something of a pyromaniac. Not an arsonist, mind. She’s been well taught not to burn other people’s things without permission, but she loves fire. As a dragon, of course, I approve.
Six. She has a thing for creatures, like dragons, bats, creepy-crawlies and such, that are often reviled. Even as a kid, I was her imaginary friend. Every child should have a dragon, don’t you think?
Seven needs to be about me? Well, I love apple fritters and whiskey, not necessarily together. Please send apple fritters and whiskey by way of my author.
Thank you all. It’s been surprisingly fun.
Are we in under 1000 words?
Jubilare: Shockingly, yes. Thank you, oh dragon-mine. Here’s the list of “requirements,” that are optional, and will break the 1000 word limit, alas!
- Display Award on your Blog.
- Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
- Present 15 deserving Bloggers with Award
- Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
- Write seven interesting things about you.