Dragons, Awards, and Loyal Bloggers

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A week or so ago, Jubilare, my penpal and one of my favorite bloggers (also one of the smartest people I know), sent an award to this blog. (Thank you, Anne!)

The award was delivered by dragon.

The dragon also brought a set of instructions.

In my experience, when a 42-ton mass of rock-hard muscle and steely scales – which is capable of incinerating a small building with an accidental sneeze – asks you to do something, you do it. (Not helping him floss, though – never help a dragon with dental work.)

award - dragon's loyalty

The Instructions

  1. Display award on your blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
  3. Present 15 deserving bloggers with award
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  5. Write seven interesting things about you.



Whom Shall I Award?

It’s kind of unfair of Anne to do this, because I would’ve given it to her. But of course there are dozens of other bloggers who have turned out week after week for Inspiration Monday, giving me hours of entertainment.

Sadly, I cannot thank all of the InMonsters by name – there have been too many over the years. So (by instruction of the dragon) I’ll confine myself to the fifteen who’ve been active in the last few months. Some of these have been with me for years, some have just shown up in the last few weeks, and I’m grateful for them all.

  1. Tara – One of the most prolific InMonsters as of late. Sometimes she makes you happy, sometimes sad, but she always makes you think.
  2. Mark – Just as prolific as Tara, creates detailed worlds and regales us with short weekly installments of longer, epic stories.
  3. Bryan – His ongoing Asteroid Rake series hooked me from the beginning and is still going strong 16 chapters later. He forgives me for sometimes spelling his name with an ‘i.’
  4. Christa – She runs the gamut from addictive high school stories to sympathetic murderers.
  5. Chris – A veteran InMonster. We don’t read him every week, but whenever we do, we are reminded – this guy is going places.
  6. ToWanderLost – One of the newest InMonsters, whose prose is reminiscent of Markus Zusak.
  7. Avra – Usually either amusing, intriguing, or both.
  8. Lucy – A regular who often brings something in the sci-fi or fantasy realm, usually with a touch of whimsy.
  9. Kim – Another veteran, who sometimes blesses us with glorious steampunk or other delicacies. He also has the most writerly name of the lot of us – K.P. Moody.
  10. TheShortPages – Where even the prose has the taste of poetry.
  11. A-Ku – The artist formerly known as Spider42, a recently-returned veteran InMonster who skillfully changes voices to match the story of the day – which is usually epic.
  12. Mike – A veteran who often manages to chill or to tickle us.
  13. Kate – Another recently-returned veteran InMonster. She is young, talented, and Polish, which basically makes her family. English is her second language, but you can’t tell from her writing.
  14. TheImaginator – You know, the skydiving InMonster. His stuff is always fun, and sometimes deliciously noir.
  15. Adan – She will probably either break your heart or give you chills.

7 Interesting Facts About InMonster Zero

  1. I was born on National Talk Like a Pirate Day.
  2. I can sing. I’m not bad.
  3. I am licensed by the state of Texas to carry a concealed firearm.
  4. I have never broken a bone or been stung by a bee, but I did have gum graft surgery once.
  5. I have chronic nosebleeds, which I combat with a daily bioflavenoid supplement.
  6. As children, my friends and I used to act out Shakespeare plays with Star Wars action figures. Mostly A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  7. Sometimes I wish I smoked, because it seems like such a writerly thing to do while you are sitting at your typewriter trying to think of words. Of course I’ve never wanted it enough to spend money on something that will give me mouth and/or lung cancer. So mainly I’m just waiting for them to invent a bubble pipe that actually works.

Cheers, monsters! Hope to read all your fun facts soon.

About Stephanie Orges

Stephanie is an award-winning copywriter, aspiring novelist, and barely passable ukulele player. Here, she offers writing prompts, tips, and moderate-to-deep philosophical discussions. You can also find her on and Pinterest.
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  1. This was so thoughtful. Thank you!

  2. Thank you, Steph. I’m honoured to be included in your list. Now I must make sure I send stuff more often.

  3. Whoa, this made my day! Thank you for the kind words, I really appreciate it!

  4. My dragon objects to your estimate of his weight. The rest, however, he acknowledges as fair, and he sends his regards in the form of a tooth. *Jubilare offers a several-inch-long, slightly curved spike of what looks like opal-glass. In the hand, it feels light enough to be made of cheap plastic. Efforts to chip or break it will be fraught with disappointment* He requests that you not stab people with it, however tempting that may be. 😉

    For my part, I don’t see why it’s unfair for me to beat you to the post. How else am I supposed to get 7 random fun facts about you, and generally pester you?

    • Well, it’s all muscle weight. Please thank him for the tooth! That is an excessively kingly gift, and I will treasure it always, and not use it to stab anybody unless I or any of my books are in mortal danger.

      We could start including random facts about ourselves in our emails, I suppose. Or random interesting things we learn in our jobs. Did you know kids on the Oregon Trail used cow patties for Frisbees?

      • If he did weigh that much, be it muscle or flab, he’d have to use magic just to get off the ground, and I hate to think how clumsy he’d be in the air! 😛
        I’ll tell you more about the tooth in email. You might find it interesting, and it’s not spoilerific or anything. He agrees that book defense would be a legitimate reason to use the tooth.

        Hah! No, I didn’t. that is hilarious. I knew they were/are used for fire fuel, though. Cooking on cow patties… yum…

        • Haha, should I contact my mathematician friend? “Dear Michael, if a dragon weighed 42 tons, how big would his wingspan have to be to get him off the ground without the aid of magic?” I think his head would explode.

          • I dunno, I think those calculations would be easier than lunar movements. 😉
            The Quetzalcoatlus, at least, according to the Great Wiki, may have had a wingspan around 40 feet for 400-500 pounds of flying reptile. My guy’s wings, from tip to tip, are around 200 ft. So, if we ignore the square-cube issues, top weight would be one ton (2,000 lbs). He’s probably lighter than that, a lot lighter than he looks, anyway, but he does point out that if he takes a smaller form, magic is necessary to manipulate his weight so that he doesn’t, for instance, sink down in the dirt, or fall through someone’s floor. Redistribution of mass is a bitch. And if it wasn’t clear, before now, that I am a complete nerd, I think this stands as irrefutable proof. 😉

          • Well, your explanation reminds me of an episode of Doctor Who, so I guess we’re both convicted.

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