Receiving a Versatile Blogger Award!

In the short time I’ve been blogging I’ve found other bloggers to be an extremely friendly, helpful bunch of people. Always going the extra mile to help out with problem or suggest an easier way to do things or an effective plug-in or  widget.  Sherryl Perry of gave me enormous support recently when my account was hacked.

I belong to Bloggers Helping Bloggers on LinkedIn and the group is fantastic – we read each other’s blogs, exchange comments as well as practical advice.

Versatile Blogger Award

A.K.Andrew receives Versatile Blogger Award

But this week I’ve been totally blown away by receiving  the Versatile Blogger Award from Susan Cooper. Yeah!!! Thank you so much Susan. What an honor and so completely unexpected!

You can find Susan Cooper on her award winning blog at

Susan herself has a great blog and is the recipient of a number of awards  – the Sunshine Blog, and Versatile Blogger Awards from “searchingforthehappiness“ and recently the Readers Appreciation Award from “Little Box Of Books“.

As she says on her blog, she has a passion for life, but I’d say her generosity of spirit is the key to her success.

In the twenty years while I was in business, I  believed competition and sharing information was a positive – in business this only hold’s  true up to a point. So now I’m a novelist and a blogger, I’m delighted to find it’s a world of exchanging ideas, information and camaraderie.

Part of receiving the award requires telling Susan 7 things about myself. Some feel more secret than others.

  1. I love all things Italian – the country the culture, the food, the language. It’s been a dream of mine to live there someday – well for 6 months at least – but the older I get, the less likely it becomes. Visits are lovely though and Umbria is my favorite region.
  2. I enjoy playing chess on-line. I’ve always thought of chess as being the most boring, nerdy thing in the world, until I discovered playing online and having 3 days to make a move. I enjoy playing live too. Wanna play? Let me know.
  3. My cat likes to wake me up by purring loudly in my ear or tickling my nose with her whiskers. Since I left home at eighteen, I’ve never lived without a cat.
  4. I have an auto-immune condition which saps my energy and limits my mobility. But without it, I probably wouldn’t have had the time to explore becoming a writer. It started with a journal and  went from there. Writing is something I can do in small chunks. Having been a type ‘A’ personality all my life, pacing myself is hard, but after 13 yrs I’m improving (ya think?!)
  5. I’m a breast cancer survivor. I was very lucky and although I had a mastectomy, I didn’t have  to have chemo or radiotherapy. Now I can join the Amazonian archery club!   I wrote my first published story during one nerve-wracking weekend while I was waiting for test results. It was a fantastic therapeutic way of dealing with the stress. I’ve been cancer free for 7 years.
  6. I believe everyone is creative. We all have to find what creativity we can tap into, whether it’s gardening, metal work, sewing, sculpting or whatever. So many things stand in our way – time, inclination & the nagging self critic that sits on our shoulders saying ‘I’m no good at…’ or ‘I can’t…’ . We all have it at one time or another. It’s a question of taking a leap of faith in ourselves, and not worrying what others think. It’s the process that’s important not the result. Kind of like the journey not the destination.
  7.  I’m a painter. I started going to a drawing class, 20 yrs ago as a form of relaxation away from a stressful job. Then I moved on to painting. As I said above,  for me it’s the process that’s important. I find painting (like writing) very meditative. When I started to have problems with my joints and mobility, I had to change the way I worked. Recently Susan Cooper introduced me to the program iDraw that she uses for the great drawings in some of her blogs. From there, I’ve gone on to start using ‘Brushes’ which is the app. David Hockney uses. I’d been looking at the full moon one night, so this ended up being  my first painting on an iphone. Thanks again Susan!

Moonlight by A.K.Andrew

Now I need to pass the torch and nominate 15 bloggers to receive the Versatile Blogger Award.  I hope you check them out. There’s some great blogs in there, but it was a difficult choice. I also knew people such as Claire Capetta and Doreen Pendracs for example, that I couldn’t nominate as they already had the award.

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If you would like to check out more information about the award go to It’s fantastic to see all the other nominees – and have the rules explained etc.

Thanks again Susan for the award,  and thanks also to everyone who has come to my blog and left comments. The discussions are the part that  makes it really worth while.

I’d love to hear your comments on blogging or the award. Come and join the discussion. Yeah!!!


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  1. You rock, I was thrilled to have been given the opportunity to recognize you and all that you do. :-),
    Susan Cooper
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  2. Congrats AK. It was loved to learn more about you. What is your kitty’s name? I think I’m more of a dog person, even as I’ve had a cat and dog living together once. Well, the cat came first and the puppy did think she was his mother. So they got along very well. I love point 6, yes everyone is creative in their own way.
    Like Susan, keep spreading the joy through your blog.
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  3. You made me smile!

    All the power to you as a breast cancer survivor – it is great that you can share that with us. My 17 year old son loves to play chess – he keeps trying to find players at his level. My nine year old daughter and I won’t play (who wants to lose?).

    I used to paint more – my painting seems to have taken a vacation, while the rest of me is going full speed ahead. Sigh.
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    • Hey Leora – I’m so glad I made you smile. Your blog is so helpful and very inspiring, so you certainly deserve some recognition.
      Thanks also for your comments & I’m happy to share my experiences on breast cancer. So many people feel they need to hide it, but much better to let people know that yes there is life after cancer.
      I hope you are able to get back to your painting, even in some small way. A little is better than nothing, but sometimes there just doesn’t seem the time even for that. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.
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  4. David Chowcat says

    So pleased your excellent blog is getting recognition, Kathy. I love your little Brushes picture. How about writing something about your other life as a visual artist? What your thoughts are on the use of electronic technologies such as Brushes as compared to traditional media. How your life as a painter interacts with your writing life. And, as someone who has had chronic M.E. for too many years to mention and supports the activities of Action for M.E., as well as being actively involved with disabled people’s campaigning groups such as DPAC and the Black Triangle Campaign, I would be very interested in hearing more about the relationship between your own health problems and your artistic life. Luv, David x

    • Hi David – Thank you so much for your comment & I’m so grateful for the praise. Your suggestions are great – I was thinking only yesterday how I should diversify my topics. It was very liberating having to write the seven things about myself. Being public about ones private life is always a tenuous decision. But I think that people have a one dimensional view of the word ‘disabled’ which is why I didn’t use it in the blog. I think it would be good to talk about how there are many shades of disability, and how they effect ones ability to be creative. Ah & the issue of using electronic media and traditional methods is a meaty little topic.
      I can see I need to give you a call for my blogging ideas.!
      Thanks again & good to see you on the site.:-)
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  5. Thank you so much AK. I’m flattered.
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  6. Congratulations on your award! It was interesting reading some of these things about you and learning a little more about you. You are truly blessed to be cancer free for seven years. That is definitely a testimony to anybody else going through that.
    I was also thrilled to see that you are a cat lover. I have four dogs, so no cats for me, but later, I want to get a cat. I grew up with them as well.
    And I’m totally of one accord with you that everyone has creativity. I think it just comes through in different ways.
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    • Thanks so much Bethany – good to hear from you and I’m happy you found what I said about myself interesting. It was a good exercise in having to think about one’s self.
      I am indeed truly blessed to be cancer free – I remember when I was first diagnosed, someone at the clinic talked to me about how she’d been cancer free for 5 yrs. I was so upset, I thought , ‘that won’t be me’. And yet here I am feeling it’s very much a thing of the past.
      I feel the same about dogs as you do cats – one day I’ll get one. They are so lovable. Our cat would hate it though.
      I was also thrilled to hear you say that you believe everyone is creative. It’s not said enough, and indeed I’m not sure how widespread the belief is, even amongst people who consider themselves creative.
      Great to have your comments – Your blog is always so inspiring, and I had put you on my list for then realized Susan had already nominated you! Congratulations to you too!
      BTW I noticed you haven’t put the badge on your site . If you need the html code I eventually found it. Let me know if you need it.
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      • Thanks A.K.! I don’t think I need the html code. I just have to get those posts up! I will probably do it this coming week. 🙂 I’m a little slow sometimes.

  7. Loved reading your blog today Kathy – I’ve learnt new things about you too! Bea uses ‘Brushes’ on the ipad – she makes amazing pictures, it’s such a great app, and a pleasure to watch her draw/paint/or whatever you call it. Well done on your award xx

    • Good to see you here Becky & thanks so much for your comments. – v. happy you enjoyed reading the blog!
      Brushes really is a great app – whether you are a (so-called ) artist or not. Perfect for doodling, but you can get some great effects too. It’s hard to know what to call it as you say – painting drawing or what. I think I’ll have to think a name for the ‘what’. x
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  8. Congratulations AK! A well-deserved award 🙂

    And I LOVE your painting of the moon!

    PS. thanks also for nominating me in your list of honours. It did indeed make me smile 😀


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