Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Excellence in Blogging Award

I'm honored to announce that Writing the Renaissance has been nominated twice to receive the Blogging Excellence award, once by Catherine Delors at Versailles and More and again by Sheramy Bundrick at Van Gogh's Chair. I am very grateful to both of these ladies for the nomination, and happy that they find things of interest here.

Being nominated requires the nominee to tag additional blogs. Here, then is a list of those blogs that I return to again and again for their excellent content. I apologize for duplicating some of Catherine's and Sheramy's choices, but there are at present a limited number of historical fiction blogs.

If I could, I would nominate my nominators:

Versailles and More--Historical novelist Catherine Delors brings the world of Versailles and Revolutionary France to life and shares her journey through the world of publishing.

Van Gogh's Chair--Art historian Sheramy Bundrick works to make the real Vincent Van Gogh known through musings on biographical topics and the stories behind his creations. Her novel Sunflowers will be published in 2009 by Avon, so she will soon be sharing her publishing journey.

Since I can't, here is my list:

Historical Boys--C.W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen (a wonderful novel about Juana la Loca), discusses the history behind his work and posts frequent, in-depth interviews with prominent authors of historical fiction.

Historical Tapestry-- These ladies have already been nominated by others for their excellent reviews of historical novels, but as they say, there can't be too many awards given to great blogs!

Reading the Past--Historical Novel Society board member and reference librarian Sarah Johnson talks about her favorite books and trends in historical fiction.

A Little Sweet, A Little Sour--New YA author Cindy Pon shares the saga of her soon-to-be published Asian fantasy Spirit Bound and gives readers a glimpse of the challenges of writing as a stay-at-home mom.

The Paris Blog--This group blog gathers the best of current blog posts about life in Paris, mostly from ex-pats' points of view. A great way to keep up on current issues in the City of Light.

Editorial Ass--The anonymous editor Moonrat shares her insights about life on the other side of the desk and gives unpublished writers valuable tips on working with agents and editors.

Lucy Pick Books--Lucy, also represented by my agent, gives historical fiction an intellectual spin and shares some great recipes.

The Literate Housewife Review--The Literate Housewife post great reviews of a variety of books as well as her take on literary memes.

World of Royalty--Cinderella blogs about royal characters, current and historical, from many nations.

Tea at Trianon--Elena Maria Vidal discusses the life and times of Marie Antoinette and Catholic culture in general.

Susan Adrian--YA author Susan Adrian blogs about the writing life and anything that strikes her fancy.

History Buff--Michelle Moran, author of Nefertiti and the forthcoming The Heretic Queen, shares articles about current archeological digs and posts monthly interviews with authors of historical fiction.

Okay, I snuck in two extra, but that's just more great blogs for you to enjoy! Our blogrolls will only increase as these nominees in turn nominate their favorites. Thanks to all the nominated authors for their wonderful blogs!


lucy said...

Cool, I won! I won!

Um, what do I do now, just lift the nifty little graphic off your page?

Julianne Douglas said...

Yep, that's what I did! :)

Sheramy said...

You're very welcome, Julianne! Thank you in return for plugging my blog! :-)

I've not looked at a couple of the ones you list before, so I'm glad I have more places to wander...

Cinderella said...

Thank you so much! Your blog is excellent, very deserving of this award.

Sarah said...

Thank you, Julianne! I enjoy your blog very much as well.

Tess said...

Oops - was there a limit to our nominations? Lucy nominated me, so I blogged my choices today. Oh well :) Congrats on YOUR nomination!

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you, Julianne, I am very grateful!

Michelle Moran said...

Thank you so much, Julianne! I hope everything has been going well for you!

Susan Adrian said...

Thanks, Julianne! I just posted my list!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!!! I am so excited!!! I'm going to nominate my bloggers today!!!

Marg said...

Thanks Julianne on behalf of all of us at Historical Tapestry!

Julianne Douglas said...

Cinderella, Elena, Michelle, Susan, and Marg -- You're very welcome! Thanks for giving me lots of good reasons to procrastinate. :)

Tess--Your list looks interesting. I'm going to check out the Early Modern Notes. And I didn't realize you were a friend of Lucy's!

Julianne Douglas said...

And Literatehousewife, you're welcome, too! I'm off to check out your list.

cindy said...

what an honor. thanks so much julianne! =D happy weekend!