to my pleasant surprise, lisa of eudaemonia for all has awarded me the shameless lions writing circle's "a roar for powerful words!" award.

the instructions: those people i've given this award to are encouraged to post it on their own blogs; list three things they believe are necessary for good, powerful writing; and then pass the award on to the five blogs they want to honour, who in turn pass it on to five others, etc etc. let's send a roar through the blogosphere!

powerful (fiction) writing is:
1. honest: throughout the work, the writer is unselfconsciously honest. i'm particularly drawn to works that explore shadows, so i admire writing that goes where it must--displays the full scope of the character's humanity--without a flinch or an apology.
2. thoughtfully sparse: it is apparent that the writer has carefully chosen each word, and then thoughtfully placed it on the page, such that just one added word would change the aim of the piece. j.m. coetzee does this brilliantly in disgrace, a novel that i recommend as much for its wonderful characterization as its excellent writing.
3. imaginative: i like things--a thought, an object, an idea--described in a way i've rarely read. perhaps this is a tall order, given our writing is almost always influenced by what we've read. still, i'm impressed with writing that shows the writer has reached into the farthest corners of her imagination.

in addition to two of lisa's nominations, my three picks for powerful writers in the blogosphere: indira of serotonin flowers; jamey of urban conjure woman; sherry of sage and thyme. please follow this link for the lion of your choice. (yes, i admit i've color-altered and re-sized my lion to match the decor; in the spirit of shamelessness, of course!)


Barrie said...

Congratulations on your award!

I popped over from Sage and Thyme to visit your blog. Great visit, BTW!

iyan and egusi soup: said...

barrie, thank you for coming by!

Lisa said...

Love the "shameless" alteration :)

iyan and egusi soup: said...

"Love the "shameless" alteration :)"


Sherry said...

That is a very powerful site and I've bookmarked it to go back.

Powerful words...yes, you definitely use powerful words..and what I love is that you are so succinct in doing so. You evoke thoughts and images and feelings so well. I love coming here to see what you've left...like some cookies and milk after school!! Sustaining and nourishing. An award you are so deserving of!!

I'm humbled and honoured that you have chosen me for a lion...though I'm not altering mine..you are so shameless (LOL!)....and yeah, shameless is a GOOD thing!! I have no time or patience for shame...if we conduct ourselves properly in the first place we would never need to feel shamed.

Truth be told, you needed to alter yours...those colours choices would clash BADLY with your blog!! :)

iyan and egusi soup: said...

sherry, thank you for this. and you're so right on about shame.

"Truth be told, you needed to alter yours...those colours choices would clash BADLY with your blog!! :)"

ha ha ha! :D

Cilia said...

congratulations! i think i might be the biggest fan of you gift to pick and place words, be it on paper or spoken. i don't have to be a literary genius to know how your gift and care has the ability to change lives. yes, i speak from experience. cilia

iyan and egusi soup: said...


you're much too kind--i've mailed your check. ;)