Ah-ha!! I just knew there had to be something behind this award beyond the nominations and rules that have recently been circulating the blogosphere. I went searching and finally discovered its origin.
The original logo was handmade from fabric scraps by a very creative Norwegian lady named Hulda. She recorded the step by step process in photos on her blog, Husfruas Memoarer, in a May 8, 2008 post:
She gave it to her sister and three other blogging friends whom she felt were very creative and said if they wanted to pass it on they were free to do so. There were no strings attached to using it except that she said [translated], “It is nice if you justify why you think this person is a creative blog[ger], when you give it further.” In later use creativity has been interpreted to be not only in the fields of arts and crafts but also photography, cooking and literature.
And so, returning to its beginnings, instead of looking for seven bloggers to nominate, I think Hulda’s idea of four bloggers would be a good number to honour. In fact, in addition to several publishing professionals and a couple personal favourites who have already received the award, there are really just two others whose blog posts I look forward to reading day after day.
- Lea Ann McCombs’ blog, Lea Ann’s Garden: “A bend in the road is not the end of the road–unless you fail to make the turn”, and
Both Lea Ann and Joylene are creative writers. Their blogs aren’t fancy (although I love the garden photo on Lea Ann’s heading and the photos that Joylene often includes), but they provide thoughtful reflections on a wide variety of topics, not just related to novel writing but sometimes on politics or war or parenting or life in general. Both have experienced some tough times but they don’t skirt them. Their thoughts are always offered from the heart. I feel their honesty and to me that’s what good writing’s all about, regardless of the subject matter.
So I wish them both great publication success and send kudos and the Kreativ Award to the two of them! They both deserve it. They may copy whichever version of the logo they prefer for their own blogs and decide for themselves which set of accompanying criteria they would like to adopt.