BW Awards – The Results Are Out!

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First of all, a very big THANK YOU to all those who took the time to vote for the Blogger’s World Awards. It is now time to reveal the winners of the 1st Blogger’s World Awards!

And the Winners are:

  1. Supernova Award:

The supernova award or the popular new blogger award goes to Vandana of Feelings and Freedom. Congratulations to @feelings161

      2. Ideaphoria:

The award for coming up with interesting ideas to help BW enhance goes to I am Donovan of Cool Beans 4. Congratulations to @iamdonovan

      3. Star Volunteer:

This one was no surprise and won by a large margin of votes. The Star Volunteer of BW award goes to….Yes, you guessed it right… to Pam of Catching My Drift! Congratulations to @pamkirst2014

      4. Featured Posts:

The award for featured posts or most liked posts on BW goes to none other than Dr. Meg Sorick for her really creative posts on Creative Writing. Congratulations to @drmegsorick

Once again, Thank You, to all those who voted and Congratulations to all the winners!

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Prompt for Sunday’s 13 Words Story!

Hello Everyone!

The prompt for this week’s 13 Words Story is: WATER

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Write a story on this prompt in just 13 words and publish it here on the forum.

(P.S: I owe you all an apology for not posting a prompt word last week! I have been having a terribly busy few months. My apologies to everyone!)

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Prompt for 13 Words Story – Empathy

Hello Everyone!

This week’s 13 words story prompt is ‘Empathy

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In 13 words words, tell us a story that induces empathy! Looking forward to reading your amazing stories, as always!

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Prompt for 100 Words Story!

This Friday’s 100 Word Story Prompt is: REINCARNATION!

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Write a story in 100 words on this theme and publish it to your own blog or directly here on the forum. If you decide to publish it on your blog, pingback to this post and reblog from your blog to the forum.

Happy Friday and Happy Writing everyone!

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Authors Who Made History: Alice Walker

Alice Walker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, African-American novelist, acclaimed poet and essayist. She worked as a social worker, teacher and lecturer, and took part in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Walker is most famous for authoring her 1982 novel, The Color Purple, for which she won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Early Life

Novelist, poet and feminist Alice Malsenior Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. Alice Walker is one of the most admired African-American writers working today. The youngest daughter of sharecroppers, she grew up poor. Her mother worked as a maid to help support the family’s eight children. When Walker was 8 years old, she suffered a serious injury: she was accidentally wounded in the right eye by a shot from a BB gun fired by one of her brothers. In 2013, on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs, she said the act was actually deliberate but she agreed to protect her brother against their parents’ anger if they knew the truth.

Because the family had no car, the Walkers could not take their daughter to a hospital for immediate treatment. By the time they reached a doctor a week later, she had become permanently blind in that eye. When a layer of scar tissue formed over her wounded eye, Alice became self-conscious and painfully shy. Walker largely withdrew from the world around her.

“For a long time, I thought I was very ugly and disfigured,”

she told John O’Brien in an interview that was published in Alice Walker: Critical Perspectives, Past and Present.

“This made me shy and timid, and I often reacted to insults and slights that were not intended.”

Stared at and sometimes taunted, she felt like an outcast and turned for solace to reading and to writing poetry. When she was 14, the scar tissue was removed. She later became valedictorian and was voted most-popular girl, as well as queen of her senior class, but she realized that her traumatic injury had some value: it had allowed her to begin

“really to see people and things, really to notice relationships and to learn to be patient enough to care about how they turned out”.

After high school, Walker went to Spelman College in Atlanta on a full scholarship in 1961 and later transferred to Sarah Lawrence College, graduating in 1965—the same year that she published her first short story.

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Walker became interested in the U.S. civil rights movement in part due to the influence of activist Howard Zinn, who was one of her professors at Spelman College. Continuing the activism that she participated in during her college years, Walker returned to the South, where she became involved with voter registration drives, campaigns for welfare rights, and children’s programs in Mississippi.

Early Works

After college, Walker worked as a social worker, teacher and lecturer. She became active in the Civil Rights Movement, fighting for equality for all African Americans. Her experiences informed her first collection of poetry, Once, which was published in 1968. Better known now as a novelist, Walker showed her talents for storytelling in her debut work, The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970).

Walker continued to explore writing in all of its forms. In 1973, she published a set of short stories, In Love and Trouble; the poetry collection Revolutionary Petunias; and her first children’s book, Langston Hughes: American Poet. She also emerged as a prominent voice in the black feminist movement.

The Color Purple

Walker’s career as a writer took flight with the publication of her third novel, The Color Purple, in 1982. Set in the early 1900s, the novel explores the female African-American experience through the life and struggles of its narrator, Celie. Celie suffers terrible abuse at the hands of her father, and later, from her husband. The compelling work won Walker both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction in 1983.

Three years later, Walker’s story made it to the big screen: Steven Spielberg directed The Color Purple, which starred Whoopi Goldberg as Celie, as well as Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. Like the novel, the movie was a critical success, receiving 11 Academy Award nominations. Walker explored her own feelings about the film in her 1996 work, The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult. In 2005, The Color Purple became a Broadway musical.

Walker incorporated characters and their relations from The Color Purple into two of her other novels: The Temple of My Familiar (1989) and Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992), which earned great critical praise and caused some controversy for its exploration of the practice of female genital mutilation.

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Confirmations for Weekly Schedule!

Hello All,

This post is to confirm schedule of weekly features March 1 to March 31.

1. Thursdays: Grammar & Punctuation:  

Please confirm for the dates Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.  

Pam @pamkirst2014 Meg @drmegsorick Debbie @dalees107 Oneta @onetarhayes

 2. Fridays: TV Review, Book Review, 3 Quotes and 100 Word Story

 Mar 4th: This week Friday is 100 Words Story. I will post the prompt word separately, everyone interested is encouraged to participate!

Mar 11th: Anyone interested in doing a TV Show/Film Review @drmegsorick @piyushavir @joseelavallee @beckyaluoch  @feelings161 @cluelessbirdie

Mar 18th: Need volunteers for Book Review. @dawnmarie823 @myusername432 @adriennea3 @notionlux @iamabloggertoo @iamdonovan @jahnavichintakunta

Mar 25th: Need volunteers for 3 Quotes with Author Bio. @thegeneviever @xaranahara @whatsandrathinks @jahnavichintakunta @vikrambishla

For more information: please check Friday Feature Plan 

3. Saturdays: Creative Writing and Style:

Pam @pamkirst2014 and Meg @drmegsorick are doing it alternatively. Pam has confirmed for Mar 12th and 26th.

Meg – Please confirm for Mar 5th and Mar 19th. @drmegsorick

Anyone else willing to do them are welcome, please nominate in advance for next month. 

4. Sunday: 13 Words Story:

I will share a theme on Saturdays and anyone willing to participate can participate. You can post here or on your blog and ping-back or both.

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Prompt for 13 Words Story – Mystical

Hello Everyone!

It’s time to flex your creative writing muscles again. This week’s 13 words story prompt is ‘Mystical
In 13 words words, tell us a story that is mystical in nature! Looking forward to reading your amazing stories, as always!

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BW Awards – Nominations!

Blogger’s World is introducing awards for its members. After much discussions and suggestions, we have finalized 4 categories of awards.

We want the members of BW to nominate the winners for each category. In case there is a tie for any category, we shall put a poll for that particular category.

We have created a survey/poll for you to anonymously nominate your favorite bloggers. Please click on the link to take THE SURVEY/POLL and submit your nominations.

Here’s how the page will look when you click on the link:

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As with everything else, there are guidelines to follow while submitting your nominations:

  1. The survey/poll asks for nominations for all 4 categories. However, you are free to make submissions to any one or all of the categories. As in, you can enter your submissions for just one category and submit the survey.
  2. Type in the name of the blog and the blogger you wish to nominate for each category in the text box below the question.
  3. You can enter multiple names in the same survey, you do not have to re-do the survey to enter multiple names for same category. Make sure you separate each name with a comma and a space.
  4. The survey/poll remains open until March 5, 2016. After which we will compile the results and announce the winners (or a poll in case of a tie).
  5. Please Do Not nominate yourself, self nominations will be disregarded.
  6. Please Do Not nominate the admins as they are not eligible for the BW awards.
  7. Except for the Supernova Award category, all nominations should be for members of the BW forum.
  8. Refer to the award categories below if you need a reminder!

Award Categories:

Supernova Award:

This award will be presented to new bloggers who are nominated for this award by members of the Blogger’s World Forum. Members are free to nominate any new blogger with less than 250 followers for this award. Members can submit their nomination during the registration/nomination week for this award.

Ideaphoria:

This award will be presented only to members of the Blogger’s World Forum. Any member of the forum is eligible to nominate others for this award. The blogger being nominated must have contributed an idea for the betterment of the forum in order to be considered eligible for this award. Members can submit their nomination during the registration/nomination week. Winner is selected by a poll in the following week. Continue reading

Hi @xaranahara I believe you…

Hi @xaranahara I believe you will be posting the book review today? Let me know in case of any change in plans.
Thanks, Rashmi.

Authors Who Made History: Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works under the pen name Currer Bell.

Charlotte Brontë worked as a teacher and governess before collaborating on a book of poetry with her two sisters, Emily and Anne, who were writers as well.

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Early Life

Born on April 21, 1816, in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, Writer Charlotte Brontë was said to be the most dominant and ambitious of the Brontës, she was raised in a strict Anglican home by her clergyman father and a religious aunt after her mother and two eldest siblings died. She and her sister Emily attended the Clergy Daughter’s School at Cowan Bridge, but were largely educated at home. Though she tried to earn a living as both a governess and a teacher, Brontë missed her sisters and eventually returned home.

First publication and Literary Achievements

In May 1846 Charlotte, Emily and Anne self-financed the publication of a joint collection of poems under their assumed names Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. The pseudonyms veiled the sisters’ gender while preserving their initials; thus Charlotte was Currer Bell. “Bell” was the middle name of Haworth’s curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls whom Charlotte later married, whilst “Currer” was the surname of Frances Mary Richardson Currer who had funded their school (and maybe their father). Of the decision to use noms de plume, Charlotte wrote:

“Averse to personal publicity, we veiled our own names under those of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell; the ambiguous choice being dictated by a sort of conscientious scruple at assuming Christian names positively masculine, while we did not like to declare ourselves women, because — without at that time suspecting that our mode of writing and thinking was not what is called “feminine” – we had a vague impression that authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice; we had noticed how critics sometimes use for their chastisement the weapon of personality, and for their reward, a flattery, which is not true praise.”

Although only two copies of the collection of poems were sold, the sisters continued writing for publication and began their first novels, continuing to use their noms de plume when sending manuscripts to potential publishers.

Charlotte’s first manuscript, The Professor, did not secure a publisher, although she was heartened by an encouraging response from Smith, Elder & Co. of Cornhill, who expressed an interest in any longer works Currer Bell might wish to send. Charlotte responded by finishing and sending a second manuscript in August 1847. Six weeks later Jane Eyre: An Autobiography was published. It tells the story of a plain governess, Jane, who, after difficulties in her early life, falls in love with her employer, Mr Rochester. The book’s style was innovative, combining naturalism with gothic melodrama, and broke new ground in being written from an intensely evoked first-person female perspective. Charlotte believed art was most convincing when based on personal experience; in Jane Eyre she transformed the experience into a novel with universal appeal.

Though controversial in its criticism of society’s treatment of impoverished women, the book was an immediate hit. She followed the success with Shirley in 1848 and Villette in 1853.

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