November 21, 2007

Honored & Thankful

Dear Readers,
To say that the following announcement is an honor is an understatement. Those who know me personally are aware that I have been writing since I was in elementary school. I can remember the first story I ever wrote in vivid detail, including where I was when I put pencil to paper, who was with me at the time, and what the weather was like outside. Writing is more than my past time; it is my passion. With that said, within the past twenty four hours, two very special and extremely talented writers have honored me with the above pictured awards.

J.D., the author of the creative, as well as exceptional blog "The Uneasy Supplicant" has given me the "You're An Amazing Blogger" award. Let me say that J.D.'s blog is the place I go to when I want to read something that is written beautifully. His poetry is enigmatic, yet spiritual, his fiction is full of drama and emotion, and he is a fabulous photographer. For J.D. to find me worthy of any award, and for him to read my blog on a regular basis is humbling to me. I thank you J.D. for this award. Because you're one of my readers, I will always strive to maintain high standards and deliver quality writing and not get complacent.

Lisa McGlaun, who is the author of the inspirational and life-affirming blog "LifePrints", has honored me with the above pictured "Shibumi" award. Shibumi - The Japanese concept of effortless perfection, a state of mind in harmony and awareness, a noble cause. In her post announcing her own acceptance of this award, Lisa names me as one of "a few bloggers who I think are lights in the darkness." I cannot imagine how it is that my humble works here have had a positive influence on Lisa, a person whom I consider to be such an influential writer. LifePrints is a blog I visit when I need to find hope in the world. She has the uncanny ability to find inspiration in even the darkest tragedy, and find heroes in a world of villains. To me, Lisa is a journalist, a story teller, and a teacher rolled into one; and her blog, LifePrints represents that to me. I am deeply flattered that you gave me this award, Lisa. Thank you.

Both Lisa and J.D. have become two important bloggers in my life, and I only hope my relationships with them continues to grow. For this Thanksgiving, I have two more reasons to be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers, and, as always, "thanks for stopping by".


Mr. Grudge

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Anonymous said...

Wow, Mike what can I say? Other than the fact that you greatly deserve these awards, congrats. Revel in it. There yours. More will come your way. They are an attestation to your excellent writings and your superb blog. You are one of the few truly genuine people in this digital world that I have encountered. So friend, as I raise my glass of wine in the air, Salut ...and peace.

Lisa McGlaun said...


Those are very kind words. I sometimes have to do a doubletake when I read the kind of things you wrote. I hope I live up to at least some of what you feel I am.

Enjoy your award. You deserve it. I love reading your blog. You have a special way of tapping into the emotional core of a piece. You've made me cry and laugh. Thanks for that.

Best Wishes,

Teige Benson said...

Congrats again - and I must say, well deserved.

I have come to enjoy reading your posts and am always on the lookout for new ones.

It's your voice that stands out the most for me. It's real, it's sincere and you welcome the reader in to your world.

That is an amazing trait and one that will take you far with your writing goals.

Mike French said...

Wow congrats, good times at Mr Grudge!

josey said...

congrats, mike! not only are you a talented writer, but you are a grateful one as well. to me, that makes you doubly deserving of these awards!

lisa said, "You have a special way of tapping into the emotional core of a piece. You've made me cry and laugh. Thanks for that."

EXACTLY what i have been thinking!!

hope your holiday weekend is restful and memorable :)

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi JD. I'm flattered that you called me genuine. I simply believe, both in my life and on this blog, that if someone takes the time to recognize me, I should be gracious. I do not hand out empty compliments, and I do not associate myself with those I do not have respect for. In tis case, we have become acquainted through the blogosphere, and I am grateful you appreciate my blog, which is my passion. I hope to continue our blogging relatonsp, and it is god to read your quality work. Salut- Mike

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi Lisa,
As I replied to JD, I do not hand out compliments gratuitously. I take my writing very seriously, and I am grateful to all those who stop by this space and take the time to read. With mllions of blogs and websites out there, if fine folks such as you like what I have to read, much less recognize my writing with a special tribute, I must offer my thanks in a special way. Have a terrific weekend, Lisa! -Mike

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi Teige,
Thank you so much for your compliments. I do try to make my writing "voice" as natural as possible. I appreciate very much you taking the time to read my blog, and hopefully we can foster a mutual blogging relationship. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments. -Mike
PS, Hopefully I can learn to type a bit better!

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi Mike,
Yes, these are good times for me. Before I started this blog, nobody ever read anything I wrote except for my wife. This is heady stuff for me, and the feedback forces me to write with more authority, be more creative, and to be more prolific. Before this, I would write on a semi-regular basis. Now I need to write every day, and to put up a post at least twice a week. I would post more, but I do not want to just write any old thing. Have a great weekend, Mike. Thanks again. -Mike

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi Josey,
Your words mean a lot to me. I know I can make people cry, and it usually happens when I try to tell a joke. Thanks again for reading my blog, and I look for more of your stories too. -Mike

peteej said...

Congratulations on your award! You have quite a mastery of the written word - smooth and flowing with great detail without being overbearing and pompous. I'll be back. Have a great weekend. :)

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi Peteej,
Nice to meet you. I appreciate your kind words. Thanks you so much for stopping by, and thank you for your compliments on my writing. Have a great weekend. -Mike

The Red Stone by Craig Smith said...

Congrats Mike on another award! And to reply to what you replied to my previous comment on your last award. Yes I think blogging does help with writing too. And it's a very good way of researching things and keeping in practice with writing.

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi Craig,
Thank you for your generous words of congratulatons. I must say, after reading your blog recently, a hearty congratulatons is due to you for your publishing success! -Mike.