The Sunshine Award

Ok, I’m gonna gush and I’m gonna wear out my exclamation key!!!!!!!!! I got an award today, my second one, the lovely happy, sunshiney Sunshine Award!!! I woke this morning to find a message from the ever wonderful and very entertaining Melissa Janda telling me I had an award and my heart leaped! Now I can hear a few of you at the back; “What’s the big deal, Jill? It’s just a blogging award”. Well, let me tell you, this is more than just an award, oh yes…well okay, it is just an award, but I love them!!!


The Rules:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog
  • Link to the person who nominated you
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • Nominate 10 bloggers
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they have been nominated

10 Things about Me:

Melissa hasn’t stipulated what questions to answer, so I’m going to add some of my own.

1) A favourite quotation: One of my favourites has to be this one from Nelson Mandela’s inauguration speech, originally written by Marianne Williamson. This clip from the movie “Coach Carter”:

2) A favourite film: You’ll notice I’m not naming any top favourites, mainly because I don’t think I could ever decide on a number one and if I included a list it would probably feature everyone’s favourites. This is a clip from one of my favourites, Harold and Maude and (for those that don’t know it) don’t worry, Harold is ok at the end of the clip 😉

3) Favouite animal: Dogs would be at the top of my list, but I love bunny rabbits and… rats.

4) Beatles or Rolling Stones: Pff, The Beatles, it’s not even a competition 😉

5) Make mine a… Whisky and coke, please. JD is best but I like Jameson’s or Famous Grouse too.

6) A favourite destination in the UK: Portmerion, Wales. Probably anywhere in Wales, it’s way prettier than England.

7) Bugs or Daffy? Hmm, a tough question. Duck season or rabbit season? Maybe I’ll side with Daffy, he always got the short end of the stick.

8) Prefer Getting or Giving Presents? Give, receive, no, give… well, it’s nice to think that someone wants to make you happy by giving you a present but I’ve always felt a little bit awkward opening presents (?) so I’ll say better to give.

9) Do you have any quick and easy editing tips? The quickest one if you edit on a keyboard is to use your ‘Find’ facility to root out modifiers, like very, quite etc, and the word ‘that‘. The majority of the time you’ll find (that) you don’t need it 🙂

Yeah, I’m going to stop at nine, because it suits me really.

Now on to the Award, and an initial thought…

I know now not everybody loves awards. When I got my first award I rushed to send it on to everyone I knew (it was very early on in my limited blogging experience and I didn’t know so many other blogs) but then, to my surprise I found that not everyone was over the moon about their award. It turns out some view awards as being akin to chain letters and don’t like them at all.

I received a chain letter once when I was at school, it was meant to be a positive letter, no evil connotations, just a peaceful chain of letters. I didn’t ‘get it’ at all and so, not having all that many friends at school, and not feeling inclined to write out 15 letters by hand (this was back when computers were room-sized and featured as the villain in hip new movies like WarGames) I stowed it away in my drawer and thought no more of it. A few days later the friend who’d sent it to me came over to confront me, she was in tears, the letter was part of a chain that was supposed to have broken the record books, and I had broken it. I can’t tell you how sad that made me, not the record-breaking bit (come on, really?) no, it was the sight of my friend crying and the awful knowledge that I was the one responsible. Ooo, I felt bad.

So, after that dismal, miserable story, I just want to stress now, in no uncertain terms, that this award is meant to make you happy, it’s meant to make you smile, and I really hope it does because I’m sending it on with all the best wishes in the world. One of the best things about these awards (apart from the fact that they’re incredibly pretty and make your blog look colourful and interesting) is the fact that you can send a small piece of the very great gratitude you feel for your fellow bloggers in the only way you can (short of hunting down their home addresses and sending them actual statuettes which would be such hard work and more than a little bit creepy). So, without any expectations on my part, I’d like to announce my recipients, the bestest darn bloggers in the whole darn blogosphere as far as I’m concerned (though I’ll admit there are probably some good ones I haven’t seen).

Remember, you can take the award, no strings attached. Go forth little award and fill the blogosphere with sunshine!!!!

Published by Jill London

Hi, I’m Jill, a writer and teacher living in the UK, usually behind a desk but sometimes on a sofa with a book or a film. I began writing at around age three, legibly by five, although I didn’t write any stories until I was older. Aged eleven, I began writing children’s fiction, mostly middle-grade fantasy and I’m still doing it to this day. I have had stories published online and in My Weekly magazine. The best bit about writing is when ideas pop into your head (from the writing fairy presumably?) and everything starts clipping together like a jigsaw puzzle. The worst bit? When you start to get the feeling there's a piece missing from the box...

27 thoughts on “The Sunshine Award

  1. Hello Jill congratulations on your award, I can’t think of a nicer or more deserving winner. Thank you for thinking of me; I will be honoured to add the award to my virtual awards shelf!! The sunshine award is such a nice one to win. I hope all the other recipients get us much pleasure out of it as I will.

    I love the Beatles, Port Merion and dogs but please make mine a Southern Comfort! xx


    1. Southern Comfort is really yummy, and I drink it a lot – erm, I mean I choose it often when I do drink, which is rarely 😉 but I always think of it as my other half’s drink. Thanks so much Barbara xx


  2. Oh, how lovely. Thank you very much. I’m so new to all of this, so I’ll read the rules again and see how I go about taking part. Thanks again Jill, and congratulations!


  3. Hey congratulations! 😀
    Thanks for nominating me.
    I love The Beatles. Especially “The Norwegian Wood” and I too love giving presents more (though I don’t mind getting presents as such).


      1. ‘Nomination’ is not a very good word really but it’s the one they use (whoever they are!). The giver (me in this case) chooses 10 of their favourite blogs they think most deserving of the award and ‘nominates’ them, but really you have ‘won’ the award already – at least that’s how I think it goes! 😉 You then give the award out to your favourite blogs- if you want – I don’t think there should be any kind of obligation and certainly I don’t want anyone to feel anything other than happy about their award. If someone didn’t want to answer 10 questions, for example, they could list something else or not do anything at all! It’s all fine by me, you got the award just by being you 🙂 xx


  4. Thanks Jill! This award means a lot coming from you! I always love hearing from you. What a nice surprise. I’m more of a Beach Boys sort of person 😉 Typical American.


    1. Beach Boys!!! o_o
      Only kidding, the Beach Boys are pretty good, I like listening to them when the weather is hot (i.e. on holiday abroad and not in the UK, Britain just isn’t sunny enough for the Beach Boys) but I think God Only Knows is just sublime 🙂 Glad you like your award, Adrienne, you deserve it!


  5. Hi Jill, congratulations on your award!
    Thank you for thinking of and nominating me. I’m still trying to get the hang of blogging – I’ve got to reread the rules of this nomination and then take it from there. Thanks again:-)


  6. Congratulations Jill. I am always amazed at the skill of other writers like you who win awards (that) they deserve. What is your secret to developing good writing skills?


    1. First of all let me thank you for your kind comments, Conn, but really my secret – any writer’s secret – is to practice writing. I see (that) you’ve been reading up on good writing techniques, well done! I’ve posted a few articles on writing skills and I featured some of the best advice available here: Further than that I recommend Jack Bickham’s 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes and Stephen King’s On Writing for any writer’s bookshelf.
      Lastly, I would say; give yourself as many breaks as you would your best friend, and to enjoy the journey 🙂
      Best of luck, my friend. Judging by your blog I think you are doing a cracking job xx


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