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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You’re Not Alone

Well, I had honestly forgotten how good it feels to talk about how down I’ve been feeling. I’ve been counting down until November 27th, when the first round of uni offers come out, and I’ll hopefully be accepted to start a postgraduate Diploma of Education. Until that time comes, I have to suck it up at work.

I NEED a career change. For those of you who don’t know, I literally work in a hole. I have no idea why I thought that was a good idea. I’m not a physical person. I don’t have good endurance and I’m not good in confrontations. Why the hell did I think working in the mines industry was for me? Yes, it’s a lot of money, but there’s a reason for that – the jobs out in the middle of nowhere are not for everyone. At least I can say I’ve tried it, but after almost a year of reignited anxiety issues I can see the slippery slope before me, and I am not going any further down that (rabbit) hole.

As it turns out, there are other people at work who have also had enough. I suspect there are a lot of people in the world like that. I should count myself lucky that I can rack it all up to work. Ideally, if I change the work, I’ll be feeling better. I’m not sure if it will be so easy, but I know I need to try something different. Teaching feels like a good move.

Anyway, what really resonated with me was when someone told me, “You’re not alone.” It’s a pretty simple phrase, but when it comes from someone in the same environment as you, or someone who really knows what you’re going through, the relief that washes through is just something else. It really does feel like a weight is removed from your shoulders.

The consistent sadness I feel at work, fluctuated by panic attacks and rare, strange happiness rebounds, I know I’m not the only one going through this. I’m not the only one who needs out. For now, it’s enough to know that I’m not alone. I hope that everyone else who is going through the same shit has their own way of changing their life for the better. Sometimes, talking to people helps you keep going. And then there are times when you know you need to do something more than talking. I guess I’m at that stage.

You’re not alone.

Reading & Writing Plans

This blog and everything that’s resulted from it (mostly, meeting all of you) has really motivated me to try new things. Before I was just reading whatever I found at the library and writing stories for my own enjoyment (and with the hope of getting published ‘one day’). But now, with all the encouragement (and examples set) from motivated bloggers, I have seen there’s another way to go about it all.

So here’s how my reading and writing plans have changed for the rest of the year.

Start Reading Indie Books

I had tried ebooks before, but never really got into them. I have to admit I am one of those people who love to hold a physical book in their hands – to flick through the pages and smell a new book, to feel the texture of the paper under my thumb, these are the small pleasures in life. I am very particular about font, the size of the text and the contrast between the black ink and the colour of paper used (white paper is too bright, and a book automatically gives off a sense of intrigue if its pages are browned, like it has its own history attached to it). There will always be the romanticism attached to borrowing a book from the library (who else has laughed and cried while holding this very book?), but of course my local library will never have the sheer variety that exists on the internet.

And the world of blogging has plenty to recommend! At the moment I’ve just started to read:

Arafura by Susan Lattwein (I’ve never read a book set in Darwin before, and Susan does a great job at illustrating the top end – the crazy hot and humid coast is making a wonderful respite from the cold, dry-as-a-bone days I’ve been experiencing at work lately)

Dirty Blood by Heather Hildebrand, which Leiah reviewed recently on So, I read this book today and it seemed to be right up my alley.

Six Hours to Sunrise by Melissa R Smith, who actually got me onto Smashwords when I read her (awesomely named) blog That’s great Mom… but I have pie

Next up I’ve got my eye on the Maggie Newberry Mysteries by Susan Kiernan-Lewis, because I love cozy mystery and France (and wine and vineyards and… yep, definitely going to try this series next).

And I’ll be reading Stephanie Hurt‘s next book. Because pirates.

Okay, I’m a little bit overwhelmed now by the fact that I’ve only just scratched the surface of the independent author-world. But I’m still up for recommendations! Plus I’ll keep casing through the blogs I follow for more possible reads.

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Intro

Hi,

I’m Marigold Deidre Dicer. I’m a reader and a writer. Every Tuesday I’ll post a book review, new or old, and every Thursday I’ll post a mini story I wrote.

Mini stories are short stories written for a blog post, so they’re not very long – I aim for these stories brief and entertaining, or insightful. Hopefully both.

I like reading all sorts of books, particularly urban paranormal and cozy mysteries. These will most commonly be the books I review.

MdD