The Versatile Blogger Award!

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Thanks be to both Patty from I Am Not A Sick Boy and Babus from Ajoobacats for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!

Here are the rules:

1. Show the award on your blog
2. Thank the person(s) that has nominated you.
3. Share 7 different facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.

7 Different Facts About Me:

1. I don’t like to wear makeup. I’m not taking a stance or anything, I’m just lazy and I find it difficult to understand why people want to wear makeup. My best friend tried to explain it to me. I’m still confused.

2. My favourite TV shows are Supernatural, Grimm, Orphan Black, and Once Upon A Time (favourite characters are Rumpelstiltskin and Regina – I find Emma boring). 

3. The only movies I like to rewatch are kids movies. These holidays I watched Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 1 & 2 and Paranorman.

4. I grew up eating cheese and crackers (and olives), and watching Wallace and Gromit. 

5. I don’t play as many video games as I used to. I used to love them, so I’m not sure what’s changed. Me? Them? I’m going with them.

6. I have gotten into asian-pop (kpop, some cpop, and jpop with some jrock), so maybe that’s become like a video games replacement? (2ne1, f(x), FLIP, Perfume, Tommy February 6, SPICA are my main favourites).  

7. I never wanted to get my license. Driving a car naturally terrifies me. I can drive because I have to, and I’ve driven in plenty of dangerous conditions (mostly because of my job, including reversing underground, up an incline, around a corner, with a dump truck coming up from the opposite direction) without having an accident, but I DETEST driving. It’s just one of those things.

I Nominate The Following 15 Blogs:

(I know not everyone likes these Blog Award thingies so please don’t feel you have to respond if you don’t want to, or if you’ve been nominated before and don’t feel the need to do it again)

Karen – https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/

Desley Jane – http://musingsofafrequentflyingscientist.com/

Battered Wife Seeking Better Life – https://bwseekingbl.wordpress.com/

Norah – http://norahcolvin.com/

Donna – http://alittlebirdtweets.com/

Liza – http://classycatbooks.com/

Angie K – http://notanothertallblog.com/

Ceenoa – http://ceenoa.com/

Caffeine Addict – https://acaffeinatedblog.wordpress.com/

Serins – https://serinssphere.wordpress.com/

Charlotte – http://authorcharlottecyprus.com/

Lady Sighs – https://ladysighs.wordpress.com/

Elizabeth – http://teandpaper.com/

Rowena – https://scribblewoman.wordpress.com/

Sue – http://scvincent.com/

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Liebster Award

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I’ve been meaning to do this post for awhile and since I’ve just passed the 200 followers’ mark I figured I’d better get my act together 🙂

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I’ve been nominated by Liza at Classy Cat Books and Ruth at Mad Meandering Me. Liza operates a book reviewing blog and Ruth does poetry and photography. Thanks you two!

The rules seemed to vary a bit so I decided to go for the easier ones:

1. Link and thank the person who nominated you

2. Answer the questions asked of you

3. Pick a few bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate

4. Ask them a few questions

5. Let them know by commenting on one of their posts

So, here are the questions I’ve been asked!

Classy Cat (Liza)’s Questions

  1. Do you listen to music when you read? What genre?

Not when I read, ‘cause I find it distracting, but when I write I listen to kpop, sometimes Lorde or Lily Allen, sometimes 1920s jazz.

  1. What’s your favourite snack to eat while you read? If any…

I can’t eat while I read. Must keep both hands clean.

  1. Do you like cats? If not, why not?

Not especially: I am a dog person. Cats act an awful lot like people, y’see… but they are cute.

  1. What type of animal do you most identify with?

Dogs. Love ‘em. Also, I can be a real bitch sometimes…

  1. Choose an adjective/adverb that starts with the same letter as your first name and also describes you.

Secretive.

  1. What’s your favourite Disney movie and/or song from a Disney movie?

Let It Go from Frozen. Is everyone sick of it yet? I’m not.

I also like Tangled’s I’ve Got A Dream.

  1. What is your favourite word?

Hope.

  1. What is your favourite book?

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.

  1. Who is your favourite author (other than the one who wrote your favourite book)?

I really like Darren Shan. Goes to show how an author can REALLY improve beyond the first published books. Darren Shan Saga was a dream for me, and Demonata had some wicked ideas, even if the main guy was a douche. The other two protagonists were fantastic though.

  1. If you could pick any character to be your best friend and/or boyfriend, who would it be and why?

I guess… Miss Marple? She’d be a wonderful friend, and useful in case someone gets murdered.

  1. How many words can you make with the letters in ‘Classy Cat’?

Class, talc, cyst, ass, calc, alt.

Hmm… not very pretty words I’ve got… but I got six!

 

Ruth’s Questions

1. Which beverage is your perfect pairing to a book?

I have to agree with Ruth here: tea is my favourite drink. I have had wine in the past but I’ve gone off it recently – ever since I came back from Spain I find Australian wine giving me horrible acid reflux…

Anyway: tea. Black, white, red & green, I love it all.

2. Which is your favourite inspirational quote?

Well, my favourite quote isn’t inspirational, but I want to put it in anyway:

“As to hanging, it is no great hardship. For were it not for that, every cowardly fellow would turn pirate and so unfit the sea, that the men of courage must starve.”

– Mary Read, obviously including herself and Anne Bonny when speaking of ‘men’. After all, women are just men with the ‘wo’ bits 😉

3. If you are not you, who would you want to be?

I’m a writer. I can be whoever I like, and some I don’t, just for kicks.

Having said that, I’d also like to be Shadowcat. I keep having these dreams where I move through walls…

4. What is your favourite song? How did it become your favourite?

How can anyone pick one? Um… Green Day’s Basket Case helps me get through the bad days.

5. Three words which best describe you?

Dreamer, cynic, loner.

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Now for the nominees! I am using the wordpress count for blogs under 200 followers.

http://scribblewoman.wordpress.com/

http://purrfectkitties.wordpress.com/

http://navessaallen.com/

http://creatyvebooks.com/

http://subduedflamboyance.wordpress.com/

http://tyobf.wordpress.com/

https://barryaday.wordpress.com/

https://carolyninjoy.wordpress.com/

http://ksfause.com/

http://tessellatedtales.wordpress.com/

And for the questions… (some borrowed, some new)

1. What pets do you have/want?

2. What part of the world do you live, and what’s the weather like outside? (what? I’m curious)

3. What does Christmas mean to you?

4. What food do you prepare for Christmas?

5. If the world ended in a massive flood, what item of civilisation would you hold above the waves?

6. If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?

7. Three words which best describe you?

8. Pixar or Dreamworks? Why?

9. What’s your favourite flower?

10. If you were born as a different gender, but still raised by the same family, do you think you would’ve turned out differently?

You don’t have to answer that last question if you don’t want to. Maybe it wasn’t fair to ask. Let me go first: I don’t identify strongly as female, and I’d like to think that if I were a man I wouldn’t be much different. I’d be not-really-feminine, not-really-masculine-at-all-unless-you-count-my-foul-mouth. Maybe I’d have a higher sex drive. Maybe I’d have a partner (though I doubt it – insecurities aren’t gender-restrictive). I wouldn’t have survived as well in the mines industry as a timid guy, so maybe I would’ve gotten out of it earlier. I also would have moved out of home earlier because I don’t like the idea of being a man living at home with his mum, but that’s just me, only in regards to me. Other than that, I think I’d be mostly the same. My interests wouldn’t be any different, except I would be reading more books with male POVs and fewer books with female POVs, purely for relating to the protagonist. Would I read fewer romance books? I’m not real sure on that…

One Lovely Blog

Rosh from The Rose of Sharon Healing, a wonderful blog about hopeful and beautiful things from her adopted home of South Korea (and history!), had kindly nominated me for The Lovely Blog Award awhile ago. At the time I was already on an upswing – an emotional high full of hope and wishful thinking, and knew that it wouldn’t last. Unfortunately, this is a fact of life. Sometimes we’re in a good mood, sometimes we’re in a bad mood. Anyway, knowing this, I decided to secret this piece of honest kindness away until I needed it. And these past few days, I have been in need of a virtual hug.

Hug me!

Thank you Rosh! I hope you don’t mind that I kept your hug safe until I needed it.

Okay then! Let’s get down to business. The rules of this award are:

Seven things about myself? I’m going to take that to mean stuff I haven’t talked about already, just to make it difficult. Because I get a kick out of gossiping about myself honesty. Well, I’ve told you all about my aesthetic flaws, personality quirks and absence of religious faith, so I have to think about what I haven’t told you already. Ready? Here we go.

One

I can’t stand coffee. It gives me acid reflux – I taste it in my mouth for hours after I drink it, threatening to regurgitate. It also gives me, erm, digestion issues. Not that you needed to know that, it’s just I get lots of people who shout “YOU DON’T LIKE COFFEE?!” at me so I always have to explain why. Just figured I’d get that out the way by preempting the inevitable question. Yes, there are people in the world who don’t like and/or simply cannot enjoy coffee.

I am a tea drinker. Have been since I was ten years old. I cannot start the day without a cup of tea – to do so gives me a headache. I expect smokers experience the same thing if they can’t get that first cigarette, so it must be a withdrawal symptom. But tea doesn’t give a person lung cancer so as addictions go, I’m pretty happy with what I’ve got 🙂

Two

My birthday is at the end of this month! I was born on the twenty-ninth of September, nineteen-eighty-nine. So I was able to experience the last three months of the glorious eighties before being raised by the indifferent and apathetic nineties.

I’m just kidding. After all, the nineties gave us the following awesome:

  • Xena
  • Spice Girls
  • Sailor Moon
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Pokemon
  • Power Rangers
  • The birth of the Elder Scrolls

Three

I love travelling. I was lucky enough to have been raised by parents who loved travelling, so I caught the travel bug early. It helped that my dad worked for an airline so we got the staff travel discounts by hopping on planes that had spare seats. I’ve been to England (x3), California, Cambodia, New Zealand (x2, and what Aussie hasn’t visited Middle Zealand?), Tokyo (x2), Singapore, Dubai, Turkey (all over), and I’ve been on a two-week tour of central Europe which included: Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungry, Slovakia and Czech Republic.

And in case I haven’t talked about it enough already, on Thursday I shall embark on another adventure! This time, to Spain and Portugal for a two-week tour with Mum. So, so keen on this holiday. I don’t know what’s going to happen when I come back from it. I’m hoping I’ll have some sort of emotional epiphany and realise exactly how to live my life from now on. Bah, I should just get over myself and enjoy the damn holiday.

Four

I love history and museums. The Hittite Museum in Ankara (Turkey) and the Pergamon Museum in Berlin (Germany) are my favourites so far. Yes, I’ve been to the British Museum. It was horribly organised and cluttered, like a flea market. I thought it was terrible. The one redeeming factor was that they got their grubby paws on the Rossetta Stone. But hey, each to their own, I suppose.

I completely geek out over this so maybe I’ll do some dodgy archaeological posts in the future (the discovery of Troy! Hatshepsut! The destruction of Minos!). Maybe. If I want to repel readers for some reason.

Four

When I’m at work, I become Daria (oh! Add that to nineties awesome list). I think it’s a coping mechanism: if I stop caring, everything will be okay.

La la la, la la.

I wish I could be chirpy and happy and positive (like Unikitty) all the time but… but I’m at work. I get up at five, I’m at work for the pre-shift meeting at quarter to six, then it’s underground running around dodging falling rocks, or in the office running around and thinking too much until six in the evening. Then it’s bath, buffet, blog and bed. Well, it’s actually a shower and camp food for dinner – I just wanted to use alliteration.

Five

… this is difficult. I’ve got four things so far and my mind is now stagnating. Do I have any other hobbies I haven’t mentioned? I don’t think so. I remember my mum signed me up for everything under the sun when I was a kid. I think it was because I wouldn’t leave the house otherwise. I was very much an indoors person. I’m not big on exercise, though I’m making myself do more because things are starting to click in strange places, which can’t be good.

A fact about me… Something about myself… I guess I’m a pretty boring person once you strip away the over-active imagination (which I like to think is pretty good, if I do say so myself). I don’t like ‘going out’, I don’t like to drink to excess (in vino veritas, after all, and no one wants to hear the truth (or so I find out the next morning)). My drink of choice is bloody mary. There we go. That can be number five.

My drink is Bloody Mary.

Six

I’m a natural bitch. I don’t really want to be, but in real life I find it incredibly liberating to speak the scathing remarks that pass through my head (not in the blogosphere though – I think that’s because of the company I keep :o) you guys bring out the best in me). Because I work in the mines, the bitch act kind of works. Everyone is a… well, I’m in polite company now, so I won’t repeat what’s often said on minesites. Basically, if you can think of the worst word to use for a masculine appendage, and the worst word to use for a female, um, deppendage, then you’ve got a pretty good idea what two words are most frequently used out in the middle of this red dust-bowl. The former word can be used on its own, or with the suffix ‘head’. The latter word is just fine on its own, thank you very much.

Seven

Okay, I think I’m going a bit crazy trying to think up tidbits about myself. Oh, that gives me a good idea of what number seven can be:

When I was still at uni and I was trying to stay up really, really late because I was studying, my dreams started impeding my waking reality. I’d start to hear people. Not ‘voices’ as such (I had spoken to someone I knew who’s a psychologist and she swore I’m not carzy), but I could hear people having a conversation. Yet, there was no one there. At the same time I started getting flickers of something in my peripheral vision. I thought it was pretty cool, but recognised I was past the point of no return and had to retire to bed. Sometimes, I just need to do what my body is telling me and get some sleep.

Oh, and another fact about me? I’m an over-sharer. Let me know if I’ve been too much 🙂

My Nominations (in no particular order):

Please know that there is no obligation to follow the rules of this award – I’m nominating these people because I think they’re lovely. Whether they accept or not is entirely up to them.

Eliza Worner is a lovely fellow Australian and wholly sympathetic to the plights of the struggling author. Check out the details of her upcoming book, The Black Road.

Lola from Hit or Miss Books is always up for a friendly chat dissecting books and scarily has a very similar opinion to me. One of my first port of calls for recommendations.

Leiah from So, I read this book today. Leiah defines lovely. She is kind, supportive, and always giving and generous. She has too many qualities so please click the link and check out her blog!

Shelby from Nature Preserve Me –  seriously, seriously nice person who I feel so lucky to have accidentally replied to her comment when I was aiming for some else. I said something completely unrelated, but she replied with tact and grace. Because she’s that kind of person.

Kendi has written a really great fanfic based on The Purge (I loved it!) and she also posts about her random and entertaining thoughts. She is a genuinely nice person.

Utah Rob for Fly fishing the high country. I’ve already got one of Rob’s stories linked on my sidebar (click on the picture of the dog, and you’ll know why I’ve nominated him).

Cheryl for What Cheryl said. Cheryl reminds me to be kind, while addressing the more challenging topics of life.

Auntie Doris is one of my favourite characters on the internet. She is fantastic. Just, fantastic.

Oil Pastels by Mary. I love Mary’s art. Beautiful, unique and simply gorgeous.

Newguy87 from Movie Reviews 101 is a lovely guy who is crazy about movies. Seriously – check out the huge variety he’s reviewed!

TK from Chapter TK raises some great argumentative points and challenges us to really think about the society we live in and the society we want.

Leanne Walker is another Australian author who’s working on her manuscript! Plus she’s got some really funny commentaries on everything that happens to her.

Karen from My train of thoughts on… has some truly wonderful posts that are loved by many people – me included!

Story Medic is a great blog for writers – this Tasmanian has taught me a lot, and I’m paying sharp attention to what happens next with his writing adventures…

Carol Balawyder is a fascinating woman who has done some great posts on femme fatales and Nobel Prize Laureattes. I also love the cover she’s currently showing off for her new book Getting to Mr. Right.

Honourable Mentions!

Nicholas Rossis and Horrorville had recently been nominated for the lovely blog award, so I’m just giving them a special mention here 🙂

Also, to Silver Linings who had deservedly won two Lovely Blog Awards. It’s easy to see why.

Why I like Blog Awards

I know some blogs are ‘award-free’ zones. That’s fair enough, since the awards aren’t what you expect when you hear the word – they’re more like a chain letter and a simple way to boost traffic than anything else. At least, that’s a cynical view on it.

The opposite side of the spectrum? Awards are about giving each other pats on the back. Well done, fellow blogger and friend in cyberspace! I like you and you like me, so let’s award each other. I definitely fall on this side of the argument. An award is like a virtual hug. The first time I received one I was over the moon. It was definitely far more exciting than graduating uni, which took three and half years of slogging through anxiety issues and panic attacks to reach. If you get through a tertiary education course, kudos is definitely due. But by the time I finally got to the graduation ceremony, I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t overjoyed. I was just glad the damn (I want to use a harsher swearword, but I’m trying to present the better side of myself through this blog) thing was over and my real life could get started.

Anyway, my point is I’m grateful to whoever invented this pseudo-award system. It makes me feel good, both selfishly (I won!) and unselfishly (and so have you!).

Which way do you swing? Is a comment enough to fill you with joy? Or do you, like me, want that shiny picture on your blog? Maybe it’s a little shallow to think that way. Bah. I want that award anyway!

I wonder if this attitude of mine came from growing up in the ‘everybody gets a ribbon’ era of schooling. I wouldn’t be surprised.