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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

A Versatile Blogger? Me? Really? Apparently so…

Hello everyone! This is not the usual time that I upload posts, but I was just nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/

My nominator… Nelli…whose blog can be found here; http://nelsville.wordpress.com/

If you are not following this young lady, I indeed recommend you do so.

Thank you Nelli!

As I am sure you have realised, I am not good with links, so I’m just gonna place all the sites across this page. Unfortunately it would seem that I am not as computer literate as I would like to think I am…

Now, after receiving this award I am supposed to say seven things about myself…and I am to nominate fifteen other bloggers that I really appreciate. So, without further ado, the seven things about me;

1: I state in my ‘about’ section that I go by a pseudonym. The name I go by is ‘Derek Childs’, however my real name is ‘Nicholas’, and you are not getting my last name I am afraid!

2: My favourite music includes pop, rock and country, and I am especially fond of the eighties. My favourite bands/performers (in no particular order) include;
-1927
-Backstreet Boys
-Bon Jovi
-Bruce Springsteen
-Daughtry
-Garth Brooks
-Hooters
-IceHouse
-John Kougar Mellencamp
-Joshua Kadison
-Katy Perry
-Lifehouse
-Lonestar
-Meatloaf
-Michael Jackson
-Mr. Mister
-Pink
-Rick Springfield
-Richard Marx
-Roxette
-Simple Plan
-Switchfoot
-Taylor Swift
and a few others that I may regret not putting up on this list later.

3: I’m in my final year of my undergraduate university course, and would like to next year continue to study and do a post graduate course (majoring in professional writing), acquire my Masters, and then hopefully a Doctorate.

4: I don’t have an all time favourite film. But here are forty three that I really enjoy. Again, I will probably regret not mentioning a couple, and I hope I survive the reprisal from some of the ones that I do mention:
-A Walk to Remember
-An Unfinished Life
-Avatar
-Big Fish
-Big Trouble in Little China
-Boogey Man 1-3
-City of Industry
-Con Air
-Die Hard 1-4
-Event Horizon
-Fast and the Furious franchise
-First Blood Part II
-Final Fantasy : the Spirits Within
-Grease
-Hellraiser 1-8
-High School Musical (I know, I know!)
-Highlander
-House on Haunted Hill
-John Carter
-Love Actually
-Love Happens
-Mercenary for Justice
-Pulp Fiction
-Rogue
-Rush Hour 1 and 2
-Serendipity
-Serenity
-Shakespeare in Love
-She’s all that
-Shooter
-Star Wars, all six amazing episodes
-the Chronicles of Riddick
-the Craft
-the Crow (the original with Brandon Lee)
-the Crow: Wicked Prayer (the fourth instalment)
-the Matrix 1-3
-the Mothman Prophecies
-the Rocky Horror Picture Show
-the Thing
-Today you Die
-True Romance
-Tron Legacy
-Waterworld

5: I don’t know if I ever mentioned this, but I am a huge video gamer. At my place I have this theatre-like system, where my computer, PS3 and XBOX 360 are all hooked up to an attractive HD 3D TV, and due to this, I on occasion throw LAN parties at my house where friends of mine come over and we kill each other in multiplayer matches. I will not begin to mention all of the titles that I enjoy. Suffice to say that the Doom franchise, the F.E.A.R franchise, the Halo franchise and the Mass Effect franchise all make the final cut.

6: I like cooking. I have never believed that it should be the job of the woman to do all the cooking like a few of the blokes I have known in my life have often insinuated. In fact, when I was younger I used to try and throw my mother out of the kitchen and do the cooking myself. You can just tell by my saying this that I am totally running out of things that I feel comfortable admitting to…

7: A friend of mine asked where I get inspiration to write poetry for, and I guess I shall explain this. Often my inspiration is drawn from real life women who I either know or just happen to meet.
For instance, the piece ‘the way it ought to be’ I wrote about a young woman I saw on the train one Monday afternoon. I was struck by her physical beauty and so incorporated her into the poem. The description of the woman in the piece (apart from the birthday theme that surrounds it) is an accurate articulation of what she looked like. The piece ‘unloved’ I wrote about a woman I saw at the university over the course of a minute. I walked behind her and suddenly thought a rather sexualised reference – and she turned around as though she knew what I was thinking!
‘Hard to Admit I love you’ was actually written about someone in one of my university classes. If you have not read this, I recommend that you don’t – it has more sexual references than a porno.
Additionally, the piece ‘Metropolis Me’ was written about a hypothetical romance between me and my celeb crush, of whom I am not going to mention on this site.
In the series ‘untitled Beauty’ I wrote those pieces about the image of an Aayla Secura (Jedi Master from Star Wars episodes 2 and 3) lookalike that I saw on the internet.
Pieces the likes of ‘where thy Wilhelmina without love’, ‘driving down the motorway’ and ‘gold vs. green’ however are not written about anyone in particular and I simply made them up as I went along.
Now, there is one other place where I happen to meet women, kind of, that allows me access to inspiration; WordPress herself. I can say that yes, I have written one piece on this blog, ‘I have a crush on you’, that is indeed about a woman that I am following that I think I may have even fallen in love with. Simply put Nelli, if you are reading this right now, allow me to state…you do something as nice as provide to me a nomination for an award again – and I’ll probably end up writing a poem about you…

Now, the fifteen bloggers that I nominate the Versatile Blogger Ward to (in alphabetical order):

-Between fear and love

http://betweenfearandlove.com/

Cheers!:

http://yanaamari.wordpress.com/

Coco J. Ginger:

http://courtingmadness.wordpress.com/

-Game complain repeat

http://playstationkw.wordpress.com/

-J D Gallagher:

http://jdgallagher.wordpress.com/

-Jennifer Stuart

http://enjoylifeforonce.wordpress.com/

Jodi Ambrose:

http://jodiambroseblog.com/

Know the Sphere:

http://knowthesphere.wordpress.com/

-Maggie Mae

http://maggiemaeijustsaythis.wordpress.com/

-Meet me in Medias Res:

http://ljoysharkey.wordpress.com/

-Read and Cook

http://readncook.wordpress.com/

-Silver Poetry

http://silverpoetry.wordpress.com/

Slapppshot:

http://slapppshotblog.com/

-True Love Junkie:

http://truelovejunkie.com/

-Valarie Loves Writing

http://valerieloveswriting.wordpress.com/

Okay, well, thank you again Nelli for the award – much appreciated!

Thank you for reading, and I hope all of you have a nice day – or night as the case is for me.

Sincerely and with kind regards,

Derek Childs