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Ain’t It Lovely to Receive An Award!?

Hey guys!

It has been a while since I was blessed with an award, but this dry spell has officially ended. Recently, the quirkiest quirky girl ever (whose blog can be found at the following link: http://diaryofaquirkygirl.wordpress.com/) nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you Ma’am!

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Now, apparently I am supposed to link to my nominator’s blog (check), show the award on my blog (check), nominate fifteen other bloggers (on my to do list), and additionally,  I am meant to share seven riveting facts about myself…Well, in that case, sit back, and prepare to have your minds blown (not really).

Super Amazing Fact 1: I am quite the Anime fan, my favorites been Ghost in the Shell (I have a massive crush on the Major) (also, I recently pre-ordered Arise) and Appleseed (which I have the entire collection of, including the original 1989 version, the movie adaptions of the TV series, and the recent addition, Alpha). I also quite enjoy Patlabor, the Aquarion series, STR.A.IN, Star Wars Clone Wars, Shangri-La, and the animated adaptions of video games, including Halo Legends, Mass Effect Paragon Lost, Dead Space Downfall and Aftermath, and Dragon Age Dawn of the Seeker. I believe I enjoy animated features and shows because often many of the lead protagonists are comprised of very powerful female characters, who are not only capable of kicking ass, but are realistically portrayed.
On a side note, I also enjoy Red vs. Blue, and have the ten years of Red vs. Blue box set.

Super Amazing Fact 2: Presently, I am in my final semester of my Postgraduate Masters course. Part of me will be glad when this is officially over because the 15,000 word thesis is kicking me in places I don’t like being kicked. What I find most annoying, is that every time I speak with my adviser, there are brand new criticisms he wishes to bring to my attention; criticisms that were non-existent the last time, and so I need to take these into account and make further amendments. For instance, one week he would say how a paragraph is great, and the next time, that same unedited paragraph, is suddenly not worth keeping. I mean, come on Doc! Make up your mind already!
However, I am unsure where I wish to go from here; should I (if I have the required grades) go on to do my doctorate (which would assist me in becoming a tutor at university), or should I do a Master of Teaching (which would grant me the ability to teach at secondary schools)?

Super Amazing Fact 3: I recently changed internet providers. I have been using Optus for, well, years actually, and I have been impressed with the service thus far (on most occasions), however the 15 gigabyte a month plan I had was beginning to feel restrictive, and now I have access to unlimited internet for a cheaper price. This has especially come in handy with my copy of Destiny on Xbox One (at present I’m a level 24 Blade Dancer) . On that note, are there any bloggers online (who I happen to know) that play Destiny? When it comes to temporarily teaming up with random strangers, it might actually be nice to have some kind of history with the players.

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Furthermore, an alternative subject; does anyone know when Ghost in the Shell Online is coming out? I know the developers said early to mid 2014 back in February, but I’m not seeing it…

Super Amazing Fact 4: When it comes to movies, I don’t have a particular genre preference – I will often try anything if it looks even moderately appealing. When it comes to reading on the other hand, I can very rarely stand contemporary fiction, especially the Australian variety, where often life in the country seems to be a major theme, which does nothing to impress me in the slightest. When writing my own material however, especially prose or novels, I have a tendency to enjoy developing science fiction oriented pieces, which is a problem in Australia when it comes to looking for a publisher. Although magazines like Aurealis accept submissions of speculative fiction, larger publishers rarely do, with many of the literary agents and/or publishers that ever did accept such work either going out of business, or since adjusting their preferences regarding the type of work they choose to endorse/publish.

Super Amazing Fact 5: I have an avid fascination with jewellery. Apart from a watch, I almost always have at least two other wrist bands on (one of which is my medic alert bracelet – wouldn’t want to forget that), and on top of this, I never leave home without a necklace. I have pierced ears, with two rings in my left and one in my right, which I often swap. On occasions when I go out (for instance, next week I’ll be attending a poetry reading in the city), I wear much larger designs, two of which are these massive skulls with bright red eyes.

Super Amazing Fact 6: I don’t have many male friends; most of my friends happen to be gals. Most guys I know outside of the net talk either about cars (the only time I care about cars is when the one I’m in stops working) or AFL (which I used to enjoy, and I even played football on occasion (not professionally of course), but, kicking an oddly shaped red ball from one side of the field to the next just doesn’t really do it for me). The reason I mention this, is because I have in the past become attracted to some of my friends; in fact, my last girlfriend was actually a best friend of mine. Obviously men and women can be friends, this is a proven fact, however for me, sometimes I think that perhaps a man wakes up one day and realizes the young lady he has been searching for has been beside him all along. I guess the point I’m making is that if you’re a young woman who happens to be a friend of mine, one day (unless you’re married), I might just happen to fall in love with you. You have been warned!

Super Amazing Fact 7: None of these super amazing facts have been really super amazing, and even I am thoroughly disappointed by that.

After the reveal of these super amazing facts, my mission goal is to nominate 15 other people. Okay then, without further ado (cliche’ I know), allow me to say – I have no intention of nominating anyone. I literally follow hundreds of people on WordPress! Am I really expected to pick 15 bloggers? What about the other few hundred lovely blogs that I don’t nominate? So, allow me to say, if you have a lovely blog and you happen to read this text, if you want the One Lovely Blog Award, it is yours! I don’t want to miss out on nominating someone who deserved the award, and I am certain if you are reading this, you are as deserving of it as anyone else.

Thank you for stopping by guys! And thank you again to the Quirky Girl for this nomination. Have a great day!

Say what? I’m nominated for Blog of the Year?

I was quite surprised a few days ago when I realised that I had been nominated by Amreen Shaikh (http://painttheworldwithwords.wordpress.com/) for the Blog of the Year Award. Thank you kindly! Amreen’s blog is often filled with positive ideologies and quotes that are very easy to read, so you may want to check it out sometime!

Like all blog awards their are rules, and this particular one is no exception:

One – select the blogs you believe are deserving of the nomination

Two – Write a post about the blogs you chose to nominate and present the blogs with the award

Three – Let the blogs know they have been nominated, and the rules involved in accepting the award

Four – Come over and say ‘hello’ to the promulgator of the Blog of the Year award at this link:
http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/
(apparently this is a mandatory part of accepting the award, and if you do not do this, then the world will end. So, if I wake up to a meteor shower tomorrow, it will be because of YOU!)

Five – You can additionally join the Blog of the Year Facebook Page and share your posts:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Six – Lastly, link back to the blog that nominated you and (in the words of the rules) proudly display the award for all to see and start gathering stars! Yes, stars! Each time you are nominated for the award you gain another star. There are six to collect. And once you have all six, a billion dollars will come flying out from the screen. No, it won’t – sorry! I have no idea what happens once you collect all six stars. Probably nothing. Might feel good about it though!

Below are my nominations for the award (in alphabetical order):

http://annjohnsonmurphreeauthor.wordpress.com/

http://cheeesetoastieandvideogames.com/

http://cncfashionaccessories.wordpress.com/

http://courtingmadness.wordpress.com/

http://duckofindeed.wordpress.com/

http://gabrielsfury.wordpress.com/

http://jackflacco.com/

http://journeyinrhyme.wordpress.com/

http://ljoysharkey.wordpress.com/

http://metarvheenoia.wordpress.com/

http://michellemarieantellg.wordpress.com/

http://mindlovemisery.wordpress.com/

http://ourconsciousness.wordpress.com/

http://prinsesamusang.wordpress.com/

http://recollectionsofplay.wordpress.com/

http://reowr.wordpress.com/

http://shifanaseerpoems.wordpress.com/

http://thesanctuaryofmyheart.com/

http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/

 

Congratulations guys! I probably missed a couple of amazing blogs from my list, and for that I do hope you forgive me! And thank you to Amreen again for the award!

Cheers! Have a great week!

My Big 100th Post Extravaganza! Lollipops and Sunshine, WordPress Families and my favorite posts revealed!

Yes indeed! 100 posts later and I find myself looking back on the journey thus far! So, without further ado, allow me to proceed…

First off, a couple of weeks ago, Ambitious Poet (http://ambitiouspoet.wordpress.com/) kindly provided me with the Sunshine award. Thank you!

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Like with all awards on WordPress there are rules to be followed and this one is no exception.
One: Include the award in a post and/or on your blog
Two: Link back to the person who nominated you
Three: Answer ten questions about yourself (make these up as you go along apparently)
Four: Nominate ten other bloggers who are rays of sunshine
Five: Alert your nominees to the award they have received

Okay, so ten questions about myself? Can’t be too hard, can it? (Looks around anxiously, eyes shifting left to right, palms becoming sweaty as he wipes a bead of sweat from his temple, legs trembling with trepidation as he fumbles across the keyboard)

One: Why did you begin this blog?
I had a number of random pieces that were neglected by publishers in my own country and so thought it would be a good idea to have them published online for others to read. Additionally I wanted to gander the opinion of the wider public to see what people in general thought of my writing. On top of this I believe this was a bit of a confidence building exercise. Ever since I began this blog I have been submitting more and more work to publishers in general, most of whom never reply – those bastards! However, I do try to look at things on the bright side and ever since beginning this blog I have had my poetry published. This accomplishment, along with many of the comments and visits from fellow bloggers that I receive inspires me to continue.

Two:  What are your favorite posts thus far?
The favorite posts I have created you mean? I’ll assume that’s what it is…these fifteen out of the total one hundred posts that I have generated thus far are ones that I like based on my own personal opinions rather than on the amount of views they generated. Okay, so my favourite posts starting out at number fifteen are:

15: Just so Perfect: http://wp.me/p24LWs-P

14: Alphabet of Love: http://wp.me/p24LWs-6a

13: Vancouver Sunrise: http://wp.me/p24LWs-8C

12: It’s not Easy: http://wp.me/p24LWs-2p

11: Superman Tonight: http://wp.me/p24LWs-1d

10:  To the woman of unimaginable beauty: http://wp.me/p24LWs-2E

9: You, Me and 2013: http://wp.me/p24LWs-7P

8: I live to say I Love you: http://wp.me/p24LWs-6Q

7: This Far Come: http://wp.me/p24LWs-5r

6: Where Thy Wilhelmina Without Love: http://wp.me/p24LWs-4k

5: The Night Melbourne Died: http://wp.me/p24LWs-1H

4: The way it ought to be: http://wp.me/p24LWs-5V

3: Sixty Something Love Quotes: http://wp.me/p24LWs-5N

2: Dear Kat De Lieva: http://wp.me/p24LWs-8w

1: Alexia: http://wp.me/s24LWs-alexia

Three: What are some of your favorite poetic writers?
My favorite poets, in no particular order are William Shakespeare, John Donne, Rudyard Kipling, John Keats (on occasion, although some of his pieces I find a little soporific, no offence intended), Andrew Marvell and Alfred Tennyson. As for Australian poets, Paul Kelly (in moderation) is alright and I have additionally always been partial to Tara Mokhtari.

Four: What are your fifteen favorite video games?
Oh my God! How did you know to ask this question? How did you know I am the biggest video game addict in the entire Southern Hemisphere? Oh, right, probably because I asked the question. Now that the magic is gone it doesn’t seem all that impressive.
Anyway below are my fifteen favorite video game titles, based on the single player campaign only:
15: Heretic
14: Doom 3
13: Enslaved: Odyssey of the West
12: Half-Life 2
11: Quake III Arena
10: Mass Effect
9: Bioshock
8: Halo 2
7: Halo 3
6: Unreal II: The Awakening
5: Bioshock 2
4: Mass Effect 2
3: Halo Reach
2: Halo 4
1: Mass Effect 3

Five: When you were younger, what did you want to be?
Well, when I was six I wanted to be the next David Attenborough, although I think every young child wants to run around with fauna and flora. When I was twelve I wanted to become a video games designer, although to do this one needs to be super smart and in reality I’m a baboon. No, sorry, the word I was looking for was ‘buffoon’, but I think I’m a bit of a baboon as well. When I was 16 I wanted to become the next A-grade actor. Apart from being in a band around the same time I was additionally involved in many acting classes, et al. The problem was that I focused more on writing than on acting and thus, this led to this particular dream of mine becoming unattainable.

Six: What are eleven traits you admire in a potential love interest?
What kind of question is this? Well, you ask and I answer I do suppose…1: Intelligence, 2: Wit, 3: Personality, 4: Soberness, 5: Truthfulness, 6: Kindness, 7: Humour, 8: Dazzling smile and Sparkling eyes, 9: Darkness (internal, nothing to do with skin colour), 10: Enthusiasm towards video games and 11: Beauty

Seven: There’s a party happening, don’t ask me where, but it’s about to go down. What are eleven potential artists that will have to be played on more than one occasion to keep you musically entertained?
(In no particular order) Daughtry, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Roxette, IceHouse, Meatloaf, Nickelback, Katy Perry, Rick Springfield, Foreigner, Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Eight: What are some of the favourite things you like about the city you live in?
I’m not exactly what one might call ‘patriotic’ and so there are about as many things I like about Melbourne as much as there are purple elephants. The traffic congestion is horrible, the trains never run on time, the entire city is more overcrowded than a women’s shoe store offering 95% off selected stock, jobs are about as easy to come by as dragon’s eggs and, oh, wait, this is meant to be my favorite aspects of the city. Right…In that case it might very well be the artistic piece titled Cow in a Tree by John Kelly at Docklands.

Nine: What is your favorite colour?
What? This is a cliché question if I ever saw one! Who wrote this? Oh, right, I did (ha ha ha). Yes, well, my favourite colour is no doubt blue; however I am also partial to the colour of my blood and heart (that’s right folks, the colour black!).

Ten: What is your favorite film genre?
I’m uncertain if I stereotypically have one. I generally will watch anything of entertaining worth, depending on the mood I am in at that particular moment. I am incredibly partial to sci-fi, action features with intelligible storylines, dramas and thrillers. I’ll never say ‘no’ to a good comedy and although I used to enjoy horror films, more often than not this particular genre does nothing to impress me no more.

Now, without further ado, the moment you have all been waiting for (maybe not); my ten nominees (in alphabetical order) are as follows:

Cazzie
http://divinespiritphilosophy.wordpress.com/

CheeeseToastie
http://cheeesetoastieandvideogames.com/

Elaine
http://ourconsciousness.wordpress.com/

Everyday Strange and Sacred
http://micheleseminara.wordpress.com/

Meet Me in Medias Res
http://ljoysharkey.wordpress.com/

PM
http://prinsesamusang.wordpress.com/

Sassy
http://sassyishellonheels.wordpress.com/

Silver Poetry
http://silverpoetry.wordpress.com/

The Dainty Damsel
http://thedaintydamsel.wordpress.com/

Zen!
http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/

Congratulations people! Again, thank you to Ambitious Poet for the award!

Moving on, additionally in the last week Clouds N Cups (http://cncfashionaccessories.wordpress.com/) graciously stated that I was one of the many bloggers within their online community who were a part of their WordPress family.

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After receiving such a kindly mention (and since this is my 100th post after all), I thought that I too would reveal all of the bloggers that make up my WordPress family. Of course, if I happen to forget your name and you believe that you are a part of my WordPress family then please forgive me and do be sure to call me an idiot so I may include you on the list as well.  😀
So, in alphabetical order, here are (some of) the bloggers that make up my online blogging family.

 

A Girls Guide to Gamer Guy http://agirlsguidetoagamerguy.wordpress.com/

Ambitious Poet http://ambitiouspoet.wordpress.com/

Anna http://justonemonkeytyping.wordpress.com/

Beatrice Beatrice http://beatricebeatrice.wordpress.com/

Betty Generic http://bettygeneric.wordpress.com/

Cazzie http://divinespiritphilosophy.wordpress.com/

Clouds N Cups http://cncfashionaccessories.wordpress.com/

Coco J Ginger http://courtingmadness.wordpress.com/

Elaine http://ourconsciousness.wordpress.com/

Emo Uncle’s Playground http://theemouncleplayground.wordpress.com/

Forever Poetic http://foreverpoetic.me/

Impressions of a Princess http://gongjumonica.wordpress.com/

Jennifer Stuart http://enjoylifeforonce.com/

Jodi Ambrose http://jodiambroseblog.com/

Karl Weller http://playstationkw.wordpress.com/

Kayla Speaks http://kaylaspeaks13.wordpress.com/

Lauren Sharkey http://ljoysharkey.wordpress.com/

Memoirs of a Dragon http://memoirsofadragon.wordpress.com/

Miichele Seminara http://micheleseminara.wordpress.com/

Nelli http://nelsville.wordpress.com/

Nonoy Manga http://nonoymanga.wordpress.com/

PM http://prinsesamusang.wordpress.com/

Read N Cook http://readncook.wordpress.com/

Recollections of Play http://recollectionsofplay.wordpress.com/

Sam Lueng http://cheeesetoastieandvideogames.com/

Sassy http://sassyishellonheels.wordpress.com/

Silver Poetry http://silverpoetry.wordpress.com/

Tara Mokhtari http://taramokhtari.wordpress.com/

Tea Girl Diaries http://teagirldiaries.wordpress.com/

The Duck of Indeed http://duckofindeed.wordpress.com/

United We Game http://wegameunited.com/

What’s Your Tag http://whatsyourtagblog.com/

Yana http://yanaamari.wordpress.com/

Zen! http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/

Thanks for reading people! Additionally, thank you to all who have visited, read, liked and commented upon my pieces! I am overjoyed at your contribution and although I cannot find the words to accurately write how this makes me feel, just know that because of this supporting community I have enjoyed writing thees past 100 posts and hope to enjoy writing the next 100 too! I hope you all have a great day!

Sincerely,

Derek Childs