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The Brief History of ‘The Inspiring Muse Award’
I’ve been ‘Shamelessly Promoting Someone Else’ for as many years as I’ve been online and I decided to take it one-step further. Despite the internet’s reputation for trolls, I’ve found that I interact with a brilliant collection of people on a daily basis. Each offers a gift whether it’s art, knowledge, a story, or just a well-timed joke. I wanted a way to thank them for inspiring me that was more permanent than a typed ‘thank you’.
This is a personal award that I bestow on people who I feel are excellent examples of different aspects of the creative community, or of humanity in general. Anyone I interact with is eligible to receive it, and it is awarded once each month.
April’s winner is Cindy Prcevich.
Unlike most of my other nominees, Cindy isn’t an author; her superpower is reading. I can’t say that I’ve ever encountered anyone with such a voracious multi-genre appetite. I’ve suggested she start a blog with her reviews. She just smiled, ‘cat-like,’ and said nothing.
Cindy is one of the three key beta-readers that have been reading my work since the beginning, and she’s provided not only boundless encouragement BUT also bribes in the form of chocolate and cups of tea (yes, she lives close by). She is also one of the individuals responsible for getting me to leave my writing den and brave the daylight. She’s a fantastic friend.
Factoid: Cindy was the first beta-reader to ask to be killed in my books…
Perhaps if you ask her nicely, she’ll read your books too.
J. I. Rogers