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!
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:
14: Doom 3
13: Enslaved: Odyssey of the West
12: Half-Life 2
11: Quake III Arena
10: Mass Effect
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:
Everyday Strange and Sacred
Meet Me in Medias Res
The Dainty Damsel
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.
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/
Beatrice Beatrice http://beatricebeatrice.wordpress.com/
Betty Generic http://bettygeneric.wordpress.com/
Clouds N Cups http://cncfashionaccessories.wordpress.com/
Coco J Ginger http://courtingmadness.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/
Nonoy Manga http://nonoymanga.wordpress.com/
Read N Cook http://readncook.wordpress.com/
Recollections of Play http://recollectionsofplay.wordpress.com/
Sam Lueng http://cheeesetoastieandvideogames.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/
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!
It’s that time again it would seem to celebrate the end of a year that has come and gone and celebrate the New Year that is dawning.
It seems only yesterday that I was watching the dazzling fireworks display and listening to loud, popular music that had marked the year with a few of my friends.
Now, I’m not much of a huge party goer, but I’ll do my best to celebrate the year that was in a style that is especially stylin’ for me. That would include:
-staying up all hours until the dawn erupts (even if I decided not to, the sounds of all the other parties happening would prevent me from getting’ any shut eye)
-listening to a lot of music
-looking up at the many firework displays happening in my area
-hanging with a group of my friends at my place, rather than at some cramped bar or packed night club
-watching the Sydney fireworks display on TV
-consuming a little more alcohol than I honestly should be
I know, probably not the most celebrative occurrence, and most def not the best way to go out with the year, but as I previously mentioned – not the biggest party animal.
I would like to thank all of those who have read the pieces on this blog of mine; who have liked my posts and followed me throughout this journey. I began this blog at the end of the last year and am now celebrating my one year anniversary this month. Thank you for your support and for your contributions and I hope to read more of your pieces in the coming year.
Thank you again for coming on this journey with me, and I hope you all have a Happy New Year – or perhaps one a little more exciting than mine. Then again, I’m not very excitable – except when it’s in regards to se-, no, not going to go there.
In the coming year I may not be able to contribute as much to this blog as I have previously. Next year I will be starting my Post Graduate degree, and according to the information I can find, it’s going to be, in but a word – a bitch. Basically, if I want to get me self some good grades I am going to need to place most of my attention into my work, which shall mean that this blog may not garner as much attention as it should.
Again, thank you for going on this journey with me. It has been fun, and we should def do it again sometime.
And remember, have a drink on me!
Happy New Year!
Derek Childs, sometimes referred to as Totalovrdose here!
I recently realised something…this is the eight month anniversary of this blog!
I really would like to thank all of the people who have either read, liked, followed or commented on my pieces. I appreciate your contribution, your encouragement and your presence upon this blog.
When I began to write this blog, I had no expectations of where it would take me or what would happen. I just wanted to have an outlet to blast out my poetry, prose and ideas that came flying forth from my mind for I was sick of having all of it piling up in there.
This has been quite the ride I do believe, and I am quite thankful for the enjoyment I have gained from it. At times I am kind of uncertain about the internet for I find it a little freaky, but using Word Press has proven to be quite the experience.
I have found some pretty awesome blogs online and have read some pretty extraordinary pieces too, both of which would have been denied to me if I had not joined this network.
The following link goes to my other blog where I have attached a post where I talk about my views on poetry in general and I mention some pretty awesome poetic blogs:
Additionally, at the link below is another post in which I talk about some of the blogs that I would recommend following. Although, keep in mind if I did not mention your blog, it ain’t because you ain’t awesome, it’s simply cuz there was not enough room to name all of them!
So, this is me thanking all those who have visited.
I don’t exactly know what else is in store for me, and I’m not to sure I would want the surprise to be spoilt, but I’ll just have to see where the road and the wind takes me.
The post I intend to put up after this one is supposed to be a poetic piece that looks back at the times I have experienced through writing and the times I have gained from this blog, although I am not at all certain that it really turned out that way…
Anyway, I’ll see all of you in the future (well, not literally, or is it literally cuz technically blogs are pieces of literature…) as I continue to do my best to write kick ass pieces for as long as I possibly can.
Derek Childs, signing off…