Accepting an award again because it’s a dart to the art of creativity

Reading my friend Doobster’s blog Mindful Digressions last week — because he’s always got something interesting to say to the world — I noticed one cool looking blog badge.

It’s for the Premio Dardos Award, and my fellow University of Maryland Terrapin Doobster was noting its uniqueness. Although he walked the quad of College Park a decade before I, we’ve developed a sturdy blog relationship since meeting through last November’s Nano Poblano writing event. So I was reminded that mine is one of the blogs listed in his right well, and thus I’m nominated for the Premio Dardos.

Although not accepting — this WordPress Award thing is indeed a sticky wicket — Doobster was acknowledging and passing along the torch. I wrote him back saying “aye.” As in I, too, have given up on awards acceptances the past half year or so because of the work and some of the duplications involved, but was going to actually retrace my steps and go through the acceptance process for this one.


Premio Dardos means “Prize Darts” in Spanish. It is an award given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.”

Premio Dardos

As with all blog awards, there are rules for accepting it. The rules for this award are:

• Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his or her blog.

• Include the image of the “Premios Dardos” in the post.

• Pass the award to another 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement.

My Nominations:

The Modern Philosopher With the House on the Hill in Maine is one of the most creative minds I know.

Exile on Pain Street This Ohio transplant commutes from New Jersey to work and enjoy the arts of Manhattan, agonizing over riches of spirit and pocket while nourishing his family and his readers.

Irish Investigations My real life friend Jim works hard with his mind and his words to make our Syracuse a better place.

Love. Marriage. Worms. Wormy has fun with life through illustrations and concise stories of life with her husband, dog Beaker and a box full of worms in the Big Apple.

Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth Marissa’s every post is a poem of great insight and astute skepticism. She’s a rock and roll supermom with pop culture savvy.

Odyssey of a Novice Writer Novice compared to what, exactly, is what goes through my mind as I read Kate’s sharp fiction no matter the word limit of the challenges she accepts.

Brickhouse Chick Mrs. B faces every and any subject without fear and with great humor, staring down physical pain, an empty nest and embracing the quirks of a big Puerto Rican family and a hard-working husband.

I Didn’t Have My Glasses On ksbeth of ann arbor never uses a capital letter, but she fills her posts with huge ideas, clever photos, poignant poems and love of her family and life.

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally Ann Koplow of Boston shares her view of the world daily through smart observations, photographs and song choices. She’s a group psychologist and the owner of a very special heart, and her mind will win you over to Team Koplow and have you cheering for her mission.

I Don’t Get It Oh, but Kerbey does get it, as she proves by posting photos from old yearbooks and orchestrating strings of comments with her sharp and witty observational and writing powers.

Not a Punk Rocker Sheena tackles life with an interesting eye and a big set of Lego pals to illustrate her observations. She writes about depression, bulemia and a nasty nucleur family frankly, and also about good Kidlet, good music, good comics, good movies, good gaming, good friends, good hopes …

The Chatter Blog My dear buddy Colleen is full of hope for good things for life, but is unafraid to address the bad things she sees around her. She draws BlogHeads and takes pictures to punctuate her wise words.

Inside the Life of Moi Amanda of the U.K. writes with flair and style about her travels and adventures at home. Amanda has a husband on the road and hilarity on her mind as she looks at life.

Talk to Diana Diana of Calgary writes about keeping your head on straight about humanity as life swirls around you at work and play. Her Enormous Book of Quotes is original and thought-provoking … and quite often words to live by.

Evil Squirrel’s Nest Bill draws a weekly comic featuring a squirrel and his favorite critters, posts weekly squirrel photos and is always happy to write about squirrels. Lo and behold, his wit and wisdom extends to music and pop culture and people.

If you haven’t checked these folks out, their creativity is sharp as a dart.

62 thoughts on “Accepting an award again because it’s a dart to the art of creativity

  1. Mark, thank you for the kind nomination – and the even kinder words in your post. You are ever the gentleman! It seems I’ve accepted this award in the past. To be honest, at first I didn’t realize I had. 😀 Your words and acknowledgment mean more than I can say – and you’ve nominated some pretty incredible people. I’m honored to be mentioned in the same group. ❤


  2. Congrats Mark!! Well deserved! That’s what I love about these award nominations – discovering new blogs!! ‘Cause I don’t have enough that I try to keep up with 😉 Looking forward to checking them out!


  3. Thank you for throwing darts at me, Mark! I’m not sure I’m up to par on those cultural (cough) and ethical (hack, ahem!) values, but I am grateful nonetheless, and would like to thank all of the little squirrels out there who made it possible. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve actually done a post accepting an award, and I was just recently thinking of cleaning all the old ones off of my sidebar…. but we’ll see.


    • You are a kind of pop culture, and I I think you stick up for what you believe, which is as ethical as it comes in my book, my friend. And I’ve yet to see you bamboozle anybody yet. Do with this one what you may. I think you rock.


  4. Much appreciated, Mark! And kudos to you for being such a dedicated and giving blogger. I am amazed at the energy you put into this endeavor. Jim


  5. congratulations, mark and thank you so much, kind sir. for your nomination, for the great company of the other nominees, and for your kind words as always – i am flattered )


  6. Thank you so much, Mark! How thoughtful. I’m usually singled out for some stupid mistake I made so it’s refreshing to be singled out for something that I’m actually pretty proud of. I already know a bunch of my fellow nominees but there are a few I need to check out. I’m always looking for some fresh meat so thanks for that, too.

    It is award season, isn’t it? The Directors Guild.The Golden Globes. The Academy Awards. The Screen Actors Guild. And Premio Dardos.

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  7. Congrats on your award, Mark! Very much deserved. *Clink, clink*

    Thank you ever so much for nominating me for this award. I haven’t received this award before, so it is evermore a pleasure! One big Amanda-styled Awards Ceremony to follow… 🙂


  8. Interesting that several of your selections would appear on my list, as well. I keep hearing about there being millions of blogs and more every day, but my own experience is that it’s more a small town than megalopolis…not surprising at all that the bloggers I enjoy reading have found and enjoy each other as well.


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