Encouraging Thunder

Jul 23, 2015 | Blog

Blogging sometimes feels like throwing a pebble into a tunnel/cave (insert metaphor of something large and dark). You tap away, have a flurry of excitement each time you put something up. Dutifully read by friends and family of course, but you’re never entirely sure that it’s reaching anyone else. However, it would appear that the little rock I chucked in has indeed bounced off a train (not sure about this now) as the wonderful Annika Perry has nominated me for this award. You can find her blog here, a plethora of posts including poetry, short stories and reviews, all helping her to hone her skills on the way to, like me, completing her first novel. She’s won short story awards and you should go and check out why – a fantastic writer.

So a little bit more about the award:

‘Thunder creates a powerful addition to the blog as an awesome blog award. Raymond, encouraginglife.co founder, was bestowed upon a thunder medallion by the great nature so he can create a powerful spell Encouraging Thunder to grant powerful protection to other bloggers. It’s a special spell that only bloggers who has true purpose in their life can master it.’

‘As other bloggers are granted the power of thunder, he or she has the permission to post the power of thunder on their blogs as well as sharing the award with other bloggers.’

With the Encourage Thunder award you can

  1. Post it on your blog
  2. Grant other blogs

The dos and donts of the award are:

Do not

  1. Abuse or misuse the logo
  2. Claim that it is your own handmade logo


  1. Enjoy the award
  2. At least give thanks via comments and likes and or mentioning the blogger who gives the award.

Which is all pretty splendid. Just yesterday I found out that I didn’t make the shortlist for the award that is part of my Masters programme. I can’t deny the competition is bloody impressive, and I would find it very hard if I were in the position of the agents, as there are so many persistently talented writers on my course. And of course, it’s a subjective opinion, it’s only based on a snippet of the novel, and lots of things that I’ve been repeating to myself in the last 24 hours to try and cheer myself up.

But the truth is, it’s a judgement. Someone, somewhere, compared my writing with someone else’s and decided theirs was better, or at least better suited to their purposes. Which is pretty tough to take. You only have to do a tiny search online to see just how many bloggers, writers, journalists, vloggists (is that a word?) that are all trying to make their voices heard and turn their passion and creativity into something that can be shared with others. So I have to maintain the faith that there will be other agents (my tutor reminded me there are 58 other agencies in London alone) that will share my passion and enthusiasm for my work, and want to support me enough to take me on.

Until then, people like Annika remind me that there are many ways to be appreciated and rewarded for doing something that is ultimately, incredibly personal and emotionally risky. Thanks.

And to that end, I nominate the following blogs:

Riley: rileyreedauthor.wordpress.com

Assia: https://assiashahin.wordpress.com

Writing Onward: https://writingonward.wordpress.com

Alysha: https://alyshakaye.wordpress.com

You all give me inspiration, I love the stuff you write and more than anything it helps to know we’re all in this together. Keep rumbling.

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