A year ago I became aware of the Brodie Awards. These are peer review awards voted on by readers of the many different genres of Mormon and Ex-Mormon blogs, discussion boards, etc.. Fawn Brodie was a very well known author that wrote a very compelling book that did not put Joseph Smith or the LDS church in very good light. An award in her name is quite an honor to those of us who have read acres of pages of essays, humor pieces, and documentation that examines LDS culture, leaders, and beliefs.
I'm new to the blogging scene and still a novice among many of the more skilled and well known authors. I wrote "Ambiguously Gendered Kitten" as a humorous post on Post Mormon in October after Boyd K. Packer made his unkind statements regarding gays. A while later I posted it as a blog entry and assumed that was the end of it. Someone read it and nominated it for the most humorous title in the Brodie Awards. Not quite a compliment to the content but it's a start and hopefully in time the things I write will garner more attention and value among those that read this blog.
I didn't start this particular blog to highlight my most humorous essays, although they do exist. I've written some very funny, sardonic, parody oriented pieces but they weren't especially geared to the theme of Finding the Pony. But I think I will start a blog much like "Ward Gossip" where I post mostly the funny stuff I come across and write myself, helping to draw attention to the very funny and clever people that abound in the Exmormon world.
Anyway, it sure does feel good to be noticed. Thanks Brodie Awards. Thanks my six or seven fans that voted!!
This blog is a pre-cursor to an upcoming book where I chronicle my experiences in the LDS church, interspersed with some well placed essays, parodies, and observations about various cultural aspects of the LDS culture and people. I do not dig into deep doctrinal issues here but offer this as an insider voice to what many creative fun loving people experience while in the LDS church.
This stuff isn't for the devout believers. For those, feel free to go to LDS.org.. They'll charge you 10% of your income. I'm just hoping for a onetime fee of $19.95 from some of you someday when the book becomes available.
Feel free to browse the titles or start in the beginning (February 2010) and read along chronologically. If you aren't having fun, you're doing it wrong.