Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

My friend Marji Laine gifted me with the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award the other day. Thanks, Marji. It’s my first award as a blogger.

The first thing I’m supposed to do, after thanking Marji for the award, is give the award away to four other bloggers. I read so many blogs it was difficult for me to choose just four, but I finally chose the following four the bestow with the Incredibly Sweet Blog Award:

Nigel Blackwell— Nigel usually blogs about cars. An engineer from Great Britain, he’s difficult for us Texans to understand in person, but he writes a mean blog and has a wonderful sense of humor.

Karlene Pettit— Karlene is an airline pilot, and *raises eyebrows in surprise* she writes about flying and things related to flying. With her schedule, I don’t know how she does it, but her writing is very interesting.

Julie Cave— Julie is the author of a Christian fiction series featuring Dinah Harris’s crime-solving prowess.

Cari L. Pedstelak— Cari is a fairly new blogger whose writing ability exceeds her self-confidence. Watch out when she figures out how good she is.

Finally, I’m supposed to list seven things you probably don’t know about me. Let’s see if I can think of that many:

1. I have a reading disorder. Is it okay for a writer to say that? I’m not dyslexic, but I read so slowly I occasionally bore myself to death getting through whatever I’m reading.

2. If I’d been born 30 years later, I have probably been diagnosed with AD . . . Wait! Is that a squirrel? What were we talking about?

3. My wife thinks I’m high-tech because I know how to turn on both the television and the computer. Actually, that’s about the extent of my tech knowledge. I constantly have to ask friends how to do this and what that means.

4. If I’d had 20/20 vision, I would have let the military train me for a career as a pilot. Since I don’t, I contented myself with a private pilot’s license, which I haven’t used in 30 years because of the skyrocketing cost of private flying.

5. I love British Columbia, and more specifically, I think Butchart Gardens (on Vancouver Island near Victoria) and the Inside Passage from Port Hardy (near the northern tip of Vancouver Island) to Prince Rupert (near the Alaska border) are two of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

6. Coming from Texas, where a big river is one that has water in it year-round, I’m in awe of places like Niagara Falls or the 4.5 mile wide mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon, where the sheer volume of water going by every second boggles my mind.

7. I’ve actually been to Luckenbach, Texas, but I didn’t see Waylon or Willie there. The song is much bigger than the town. In fact, I’m not sure anyone actually lives there.

Well, there you have it. Now you all know much more than you ever wanted to know about me.


A graduate of Duke University, I spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of my career was spent in Texas, but for a few years I traveled many other states. I started writing about 20 years ago, and have six unpublished novels to use as primers on how NOT to write fiction. Since my retirement from insurance a few years ago, I have devoted my time to helping Kristen Lamb start Warrior Writers’ Boot Camp and trying to learn to write a successful novel myself.


About David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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21 Responses to Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

  1. Jess Witkins says:

    Congrats on the award David! It’s nice getting to know you more. I agree that Niagara Falls or the falls on the west coast are really something to see.

    Congrats to the other bloggers as well, they are new to me, I’ll have to go check them out.


  2. Julie Cave says:

    Thanks so much for the award! And congrats on yours, also. I’m also very pleased that you’ve called my blog sweet! I don’t get that much in real life 🙂 By the way, I really like how you structure your blog – the organisation appeals to me! Makes me wish I could be that organised!


  3. Barb Estinson says:

    Hmmm …. now where did that squirrel go? Oh, it was a marshmallow bunny … oh well. Loved your seven things, Bro. And congrats on the award. Which of your blogs got the incredibly sweet award? Sisters need to know these things.


  4. Nigel Blackwell says:

    Thanks David. Irresistibly sweet? My blog? You didn’t mix me up with that’s oh-so-popular bunnies and kittens site did you? Seriously, thanks.
    So you’ve actually been to Luckenbach. When I moved to Texas someone told me I should go … that was 15 years ago, but it’s still on my to-do list!


  5. Congrats, David! 🙂


  6. zencherry says:

    Congratulations! What a lovely post. I like how most of your list included the places that meant the most to you. 🙂


  7. Cari says:

    *gasps* Oh. My. Gosh. Thank you, David! I don’t know whether to be humble or to do a happy dance across the room. Hmmm… Well, it would appear that most everyone but me seems to believe I have a writing ability so maybe it’s time to allow myself a humble happy dance. Okay. Yeah. That felt pretty good, actually. 😉 Congrats on your award, too, David! I hope you did a happy dance, too, because you definitely deserve it. 😀 I can’t wait to go blog-hopping & read your other picks.

    You mean I’m not the only blogger/writer with A.D… Oh look! A shiny, glittering, jewel-encrusted squirrel! Sparklies! Oh crud. Where was I going with that? Durn squirrel probably chewed that particular wire clean through whilst stealing more shiny things with which to distract me by now.

    David, Karlene’s right. You should get up in the air again. Having a pilot’s license is one of those things that was on my list of ‘someday’ when I was younger that somehow managed to transport itself over to the list of ‘probably never’, so don’t let go to waste things others can only dream of. 😉

    I’d love to see British Columbia one day. After seeing all the scenery they showed during the Olympics, visiting there got slapped right onto my list of ‘someday’. You are so fortunate to have seen it with your own eyes & not just on the television screen. Your obvious adoration for it just put it even further up on my list.

    I may live in the Great Lakes State, but I am just as in awe of beautiful waterfalls & bodies of water as you are. There is hardly anything more hypnotic than watching the water cascade over the various levels of Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Lake Superior is absolutely breathtaking as well. There’s some places for you to put on your list for when you get back up in the air. *giggles* See how I just slipped Karlene’s hint/advice back in there? 😉

    Thank you so much, David, for this honor. I’m incredibly giddy! 😀


    • You always make me feel good, Cari. If I can make another writer feel more confident about his or her own writing that’s as important to me as teaching technique or any other facet of our business.


  8. Definitely keep Butchart on your list, Amber.


  9. Karlene says:

    Congratulations on the award David. And thank you so much for thinking of me. I really appreciate it. Thanks for sharing all the secrets… but it’s time you get in the sky! There are always pilots that will take you flying… for me it’s hard to find the time. Enjoy the journey. And thank you!!! XOXO


  10. Congrats on the award, David!


  11. hawleywood40 says:

    Wait? You mean knowing how to turn on the TV and the computer does NOT make you high-tech? In that case, I’m in trouble. I’m still in awe of those who can work TVs with multiple remotes : ). Congrats on the blog award, and looking forward to checking out your picks!


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