A portion of The Lion Hunt,
I have been a little distracted this past week or so with the Weirdly contest, and have been rolling around in the marvellous entries like a big cat in a bed of catnip -- to the exclusion of everything else.
So yesterday, when I finally shook myself and regained my senses, I found that, in the interm, I have been awarded six separate Roars for Powerful Words.
The Roars for Powerful Words are an initiative by Seamus of the Shameless Lions Writing Circle to celebrate good and powerful writing. Further details may be found on his site.
One is obligated to list three important aspects/qualities/characteristics regarding writers/ writing and then pass the award on.
To the list of pertinent characteristics I would add:
1. curiousity: the legendary feline characteristic. A writer must always ask why, what if, and how -- and must be willing to explore new hunting territory, both within and without.
2. independence: For all the benefits and encouragement that communities provide and entail, about waterholes, about where the herds roam and feed, a writer is, in the final stalk, The Cat Who Walked By Himself. In the last analysis, it's your MS and your writing that must seize an editor by the neck. You hunt alone.
3. empathy: A writer must both see and be. A writer must not only see and describe the wadis, the slinking shapes in the tawny grass, the dikdik, the heartebeast, the deer, but also feel the sun on his back, the veld beneath his pads, and scent the danger and the blood.
A further condition is to pass on the award.
Many of my usual suspects have already been nominated, but good writing abounds:
Here there be Lions:
1. Raine Weaver: a beautiful name, a beautiful blog, a lithe and beautiful mind.
2. Bernard: a steel mind, like teeth.
3. Sid: always exploring.
4. Billy: who has ranged far.
5. Moonrat: who guards the cave and the cubs.
6. Writtenwyrdd: who hunts alone.
7. Wavemancali: who knows how to go for the throat.
May your words always snarl, slink, stalk, leap and roar.