Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sunshine and an Award

I hope that the sun is shining wherever you are today. If not, it will shine eventually. The sun always has a way of working its way through those clouds. Aren't you glad?

How do you put sunshine into your writing? Do you use humor? Or fabulous and elaborate illustrations? How about good old well written prose? Or do you infuse a little of all of these elements into your writing? What do you think is the key to bright and appealing writing?


Blogging and writing friend Jill Kemerer sent a little happiness my way with the Sunshine Award. Thank you, Jill! Be sure and check out Jill's blog, if you aren't familiar with it.

Here are the Rules to Accept the Award:

◦Put the logo on your blog in your post.
◦Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.
◦Link the nominees within your post.
◦Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blogs.
◦Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Congratulations to the new Sunshine Award winners:

Becky at Inside Out
Wendy at All in a Day's Thought
Carla at Writing to Distraction
Emily at Benedictions
Jessica at BookingIt
Susan R. at Christian Writer/Reader Connection
Diane at Diane Estrella
Elana at Elana Johnson
Dorothy at Ink Dots
Susan P. at Eternity Cafe
Susan W. at Writing Straight From the Heart
Charity at The Giveaway Lady

Congratulations and thanks to all of you! Your blogs bring sunshine into my life. No pressure, though. If you don't do awards, don't want to pass it on, have too many things on your plate or whatever, I'll not be sending out the award police to check on you. Just wanted you to know that I appreciate what you contribute to the blogging world.

Please check out these great blogs when you have a minute!


Last call! This is the final day to enter the Blog Tour Giveaway; I'm giving away Liz Curtis Higgs' latest, Here Burns My Candle. More Blogoversary fun comes next week in the form of an author interview and one last giveaway. I'd be blessed if you came back to join in the fun.


Please feel free to comment to let us know what adds sparkle and sunshine to your writing.

Blessings and Happy Writing! :)


  1. Yay for sunshine! Yay for awards! Congratulations! I use the sunshine in my writing only to just soak up the rays with my laptop in tow, my book isn't exactly all cheery however I do use it as inspiration when I'm ready to be cheerful for a moment!

  2. There is sunshine here today. Cold but sunny! Thank you so much for thinking of me. Have a great day :O)

  3. Karen: Congrats on this award! You do bring sunshine to all; thank you for being the Lord's flashlight!

    I try to incorporate humor in all my writing to make 'em laugh, then I throw in a dash of Scripture to help 'em think.

    Have a sunny day,
    Audience of ONE

  4. Karen,
    Congratulations on your award. You do bring sunshine to my day!

    And thank you, thank you, thank you for sending it my way. It's my first blog award ever, and I'm thrilled!!

    Have a most awesome day!

  5. Hi Karen,
    Congrats on the award. I do think of you and sunshine as a team :)
    Here, today, cloud cover, chance of rain :(
    As for my writing...I've learned that if you smile while talking on the phone, you sound more positive to the person on the other end. I wonder if we smile while writing if what flows out of us will be the same?
    Just a thought,

  6. Jen,
    Thank you! And thanks for your enthusiasm:) I think you are right, we can use sunshine, real and in our attitudes to write well even if it isn't a sunshine-y story. Thanks for coming by!

    Congratulations to you! Glad you have some sunshine today. I enjoy your blog; glad that we've met.

    Blessings to both of you!

  7. Jeanette,
    Thank you! I've never been complimented as a flashlight before:) But I'd say it's a good thing! Your blog is a ray of sunshine too.

    Susan P.,
    Congratulations to you! Your blog is another ray of sunshine in the blog world. It is a blessing. Hooray for awards:)

    Blessings and hugs to you both,

  8. Carol,
    Thank you, you are so sweet. You make a good point and I agree. I guess it could parallel 'out of the abundance of the heart...' Good thoughts!

  9. Hi Karen...What adds sparkle and sunshine to my writing? Well, I guess the best answer to that is I do just exactly what my blog title says...I truly try to write from my heart!

    Karen, thank you dearly and kindly for the award but I don't know how to put the logo on my blog and I'm not sure how to "link." Please use extremely elementary explanations, could you? I'm soooooo new at this. Thanks. Sincerely, Susan

  10. Susan W.,
    Congrats to you on the award! Your photos and topics are a bright spot in the blog world. I will email you with details about how to post your award.

  11. I love sunshine! :0) Congrats to everyone!

  12. Hi Karen -

    Thanks for the award! I'm honored, and so glad you won't send the award police after me. :)


  13. Aw, thanks! I love coming here and getting my ray of sunshine from you!

  14. Kristen,
    Thanks for coming by to see me! :)

    You are welcome! No police, don't worry. Congrats:)

    Ah, you are so kind. Love your blog! Congrats to you:)

    Blessings and happy weekend to you all,

  15. Tamika,
    Thank you! Glad you stopped by:)

    Thanks so much for coming by! Appreciate your well wishes:)

    Blessings to you both,

  16. Thanks so much for the award! :-)

  17. Congrats on the awards Karen, you and your blog here deserve them!


Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Have a blessed day!