Announcing 2nd Annual Silmarillion Awards!

I have some very exciting news for you all today! 😀

I’m pleased to announce that this July, beginning next week, myself and 9 other awesome bloggers are going to present . . .

The Second Annual Silmarillion Awards

Some may remember last year’s awards, but for anyone new (or needing a refreshed memory) they are a fan-voted just-for-fun award for recognizing the greatest fantasy characters in several categories… And since characters from The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit) are fairly universally recognized as the top of the line in these matters, they are the ones presenting the awards, “Silmarils” (from Tolkien’s The Silmarillion), to said fan-voted characters.

These are unofficial, just-for-fun awards, a sort of “Fantasy Oscars” for beloved characters from fantasy novels. 🙂

We’re also having oodles of fun giveaways, a scavenger hunt for a Tolkien-themed grand-prize, and all sorts of fantasy fun, so you are NOT going to want to miss this! 😀 (You can also get a snazzy commemorative t-shirt or mug to cover costs, if you like; details on Jenelle’s blog here about that and other SilmAwards details!)

This year, we’re switching things up and each taking a different award than we had before. There are also a few different categories that that weren’t here last year! As well as a couple of new bloggers joining us! We’re all very excited. 😀

Last year, I hosted the Strangest Character Silmaril (presented by Tom Bombadil) which was awarded to Puddleglum in rhyme-form. (Now THAT was fun…)

This time, I will be presenting an award that is new this year:

The Most Epic Heroine Silmaril (Presented by Eowyn)

I’m very excited. 😀

The other awards, their presenters, and the bloggers hosting them are as follows:

Notes:

  1. These are LIFETIME awards, which means that a character who won an award in a previous year is not eligible for this year.
  2. Characters from Tolkien’s works are also not eligible for voting, since they are already recognized as the top characters in those categories of fantasy excellence, which is why they’re presenting them. 🙂
  3. And you can’t nominate a character YOU wrote; though you are definitely welcome to tell your own readers about the awards and encourage them to nominate some of your characters. 🙂

Time Line

The time-line is going to be:

  • Round 1: July 3-7: Nominations Begin! Nominate your favorite fantasy characters from beloved books, in the appropriate comment-thread of each participating blog for that category (or “second” someone else’s nomination!).
  • Round 2: July 10-14: Voting Begins! The top 5 characters in each category with the most “seconds” will be up for voting during this week. Be sure to vote for your favorite in each category!
  • Round 3: July 17-28: Award Presentation! The winner of each category will be announced on the hosting blogs on different days throughout this period of time, and the characters from The Lord of the Rings (or The Hobbit) representing each category will present the Silmaril awards to the most-voted-for characters!
  • Round 4: July 29: Celebrate! In celebration of the 63rd anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings, you’re invited to join the fun by posting on your own blog or social media about why you love Fantasy, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien, etc. Basically, let’s party about all things Fantasy and/or Tolkien!

What do you do now?

I know, it’s SUCH suspense, having to wait a whole week!

But if you need something to do while you wait, may I suggest you:

  • Follow the hosts’ blogs if you don’t already (they’re all awesome!)
  • Get excited!
  • Spread the word around social media (use #SilmAwards2017)
  • If you’re a blogger, you can start thinking up some sort of fantasy-or-Tolkien-appreciation post for the end of July, because you have a whole month to do it! 😉
  • Most importantly, start thinking of your favorite fantasy characters in each of those categories so you’ll be all ready to start nominating on July 3rd!

Stay tuned, as there will be more info (and the awards themselves), as well as giveaways and general fantasy fun, coming next week and all through July. 🙂

(You can also share this infographic I made, below. Or the gorgeous, official SilmAwards logos, above, that DJ Edwardson made.)

Nominations start in one week! So get ready!! 😀

What do you think?

Are you excited? I’M EXCITED. Which award are you most looking forward to? And does it sound like it’s going to be epic or WHAT? 😀 Thanks for reading! ^_^

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i love umbrellas (also AWOL)

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I love umbrellas.

If I lived in London I would have an umbrella of my own who would be my best friend. We would go everywhere together.

The advantages of umbrellas are many and valuable, and often overlooked. Let me tell you the ways.

They are whimsical and useful, which can not be said of everything. Even the somber black ones have a whimsical elegance.

They obligingly fold very small when you want them to, or expand nicely.

They can have curved or straight handles.

They can house a sword if they wish (if you’re that kind of person and it’s that kind of umbrella) which can be very handy when you need to dash off on a sudden quest. Because you might not remember to bring your sword (depending on the suddenness of said quest) but your umbrella should always be along with you if they’re your best friend, you know.

They can be any color under the rainbow — and they frequently are (under a rainbow, I mean) due to their main occupation, so they would know all about that.

Most of all, they are kind enough to keep us dry, to lovingly shelter and protect us from rain.

Are not umbrellas the best and most loyal of friends? With an umbrella at our side, I believe we can face anything. (Or at least a rainstorm.)

Adventures With Inanimate Objects, #2. (See On Pillows and Their Sleeping Habits for the first. )

[This has indeed been a random post on the subject of umbrellas from yours truly, a writer who, living in Texas, does not often have cause to laud umbrellas but has recently found a use for them due to all that rain you may have heard about in relation to all that dead internet that’s been going around for a month or so…]

[Speaking of which, this is also to inform you loyal readers to count said writer as dead to the world of Internet for the time being because it is gone and will not return till we-know-not hence I will be absent. But that would be a sad subject of a post so you get umbrellas too. ^_^ ❤ you all and I will see you when I see you!]

My New Book Blog: The Page Dreamer

A brief and to the point post (gasp!)…

I started a book blog!

I’d been wanting to do so for quite some time, and the arrival of a new year seemed the perfect time to do so.

On January 1st, I posted my introduction of sorts to my new book blog:

The Page Dreamer

If you’d like an in-depth sort of look at what the blog will be about, that’s the post to check out! But briefly: it’s my happy place for bookish things: sporadic reviews, lists, Top Ten Tuesdays, and miscellaneous bookish posts!

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Not to worry, I’ll likely still have bookish posts here on The Road of a Writer as well (including some reviews). But I was beginning to feel like all I ever do over here is talk about books, which, while fun (who’m I kidding — it’s not fun, it’s LIFE!!!), is not exactly about writing, now is it…?

This way I will hopefully be able to blog about books to my heart’s content over there, and still manage to post about writerly and life things here without feeling crammed out of my own blog by all the bookishness I want to talk about. 😀 (Because somehow, the more I blog, the more I want to blog… It’s an interesting phenomenon… And books are always great things to blog about. ❤ )

Anyways, that’s my announcement for the day.

I’ve had The Page Dreamer up for nearly a month and it’s been fun so far. I’m very excited about it! ^_^ Feel free to drop by and/or follow if you’re interested in more bookish posts from yours truly… I will love you forever. (Well, ACTUALLY if you want to be technical, I already do… but still. 😛 )

Thanks everyone, and I hope you’re all having a gloriously bookish month (or at least a good one… 😉 )!

Interviewed!

I’ve been interviewed over on the blog of Jenelle Schmidt (author of Stone Curse in the Five Enchanted Roses collection) for a Featured Artist Friday!

This is the first time I’ve been interviewed… Allow me to flail a little in excitement!!!

Do hop on over and give it a read! 🙂

http://jenelleschmidt.com/featured-artist-friday-deborah-ocarroll/

(Especially if you’d like to see the cover I made for my latest work-in-progress, The Siren and the Skyship, and to read the summary for it. You know you want to.)

And also check out the rest of Jenelle’s blog, because it is wonderful! ❤

Cover Highlight: Orphan’s Song!

So here is something I’m EXTREMELY excited to share with you – a cover highlight on the upcoming book Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams!

I’ve long enjoyed Gillian’s fabulous blog, and a couple years back had the privilege of reading some of the early chapters of “Orphan’s Song” … I was blown away by even that little glimpse. Let me just say I’m positively giddy at the idea of it being published and reading the whole thing!

“Orphan’s Song”, book 1 of The Songkeeper Chronicles, is a YA Christian fantasy novel, and will be published this fall by Enclave Publishing (formerly Marcher Lord Press, which published one of my absolute favorite fantasy trilogies ever, The Blood of Kings Trilogy by Jill Williamson). I’m very excited!

Here is a link to the Kickstarter Campaign for Orphan’s Song and Enclave’s other titles releasing this fall. Be sure to check it out!

And now, just take a look at this GORGEOUS cover!! (I literally squealed aloud when I first saw it. ❤ It’s so pretty and totally captures the feel of the parts I read — it makes me want to read the book so much! I can’t wait till it officially comes out and I can dive into the tale, and put it on my shelf!)

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Orphan’s Song

by Gillian Bronte Adams

Coming Fall 2014

Every generation has a Songkeeper – one chosen to keep the memory of the Song alive. And in every generation, there are those who seek to destroy the chosen one.

When Birdie’s song attracts the attention of a notorious Khelari soldier, she is captured and forced into a centuries old conflict plagued with ancient secrets and betrayals. Rescued by traveling peddler Amos McElhenny, Birdie flees the clutches of her enemies, determined to discover the truth behind the Song’s power.

Ky Huntyr has stolen many a thing in his time as a street-wise thief and senior member of the Underground—a gang of orphans banded together to survive—but he never thought he would be guilty of successfully stealing a priceless treasure from the Khelari and bringing their wrath on his comrades. Haunted by the tragic consequences of his raid, Ky joins Birdie and Amos in hopes of drawing the Khelari after him to keep the Underground safe.

But war soon threatens all of Leira, and the enemy is closing in. When Amos’ shadowed past threatens to undo them all, Birdie is forced to face the destiny that awaits her as the Songkeeper of Leira.

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*shivers in delight* Doesn’t it sound fabulous? You’re going to want to keep an eye out for this one, folks! And here is a bit more about the talented Gillian! (Be sure to go follow her blog. It’s one of my very favorites. Her fantasy posts are unequaled. ❤ )

Author Bio: Gillian Bronte Adams was born with a pen in her hand, a sword at her side, and a saddle beneath her feet. As a speculative fiction writer from the great state of Texas, she delights in combining epic adventure and fantasy with themes that point to the greatest story of all—or, as she refers to it, writing to the echoes of eternity. During the day, she works as the Equine Director at a Christian youth camp, while at night, she kicks off her boots and spurs and transforms into a novelist. You can find out more at her blog: http://ofbattlesdragonsandswordsofadamant.blogspot.com/ or facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gillianbronteadams.