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Creative Blogger Award

It’s a lovely thing to log on to first thing in the week – a nomination for a Creative Blogger Award. Mine comes to be from Danica over at Living a Beautiful Life. Check her out, she writes about life, whether in creative writing or other formats, and tries to liven ups people’s days. She certainly has done with my day today!

creative blogger award

The Rules:

  • Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees
  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (done!)
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Pass these rules onto them

Wow, okay. So that’s a lot of people to nominate. I always have the very small worry in the back of my head that people don’t want to be nominated for things like this. Although, the last time that happened, the person just said “thanks very much, but I shan’t take up the nomination” which is one of the reasons that I continue to blog – people on the blogosphere are cool people.

Okay, so I’m going to nominate some people. I’ll see how many I end up doing, and feel free to not take up the nominations if you don’t want to! These are blogs that I feel are creative in some way, whether that’s with a creative pursuit (writing, drawing, crafting) or just creative in how they post. It is, after all, called the Creative Blogger Award.

  • Zen and Pi – Love her “If we were having coffee” posts. A very imaginative way to catch up with her week on week. I know it’s not unique, other blogs do it, but I enjoys hers. (Laso loved her theme of choice for A to Z this year)
  • Stephanie Ingram – I was very much enjoying her post back in April for the AtoZ blogging challenge – The Ghosts in my Attic. I do hope the ghosts haven’t taken her away!
  • I Read Encyclopaedias For Fun – Okay, so being a science person myself, I love the science diversion that occasionally crop up, but the project of his that I think is really creative is Authors Answers, where he asks a bunch of different authors questions and they answer. Properly fascinating stuff.
  • Alex Hurst – Fairytale connoisseur. Who doesn’t love a collection of fairy tales from all over the world?
  • Disregard the Prologue – a fellow fantasy writer, it’s doesn’t hurt that she includes a bunch of dragons in and around the blog (but her writing is pretty ace too). She’s currently doing an out of season A to Z to do with her books.
  • Maugryph – An incredibly talented artist, he’s got skill and I love the content of his art (fantasy monsters, dragons and pokemon all feature!)
  • Brainstorm – She doodles, she writes, she crafts, she a bit of everything rolled into one very random blog.
  • Somber Scribbler – Documenting her experiences with life and mental health, she doodles a lot on different subjects and I love her style.
  • Rachel Carrera – A novelist who talks a lot about her life, past and present. There’s just something about the way she writes I really take to.

And that’s all the people I want to nominated. How many…nine. Eh, it could have been worse. I’ll notify all these people once I have posted this post. These people can feel free to ignore or continue on with the award as they see fit.

Of course, this isn’t to say these are the only creative bloggers out there. Oh no, there are thousands upon thousands of them out there. These are just the people that I have, for whatever reason, remembered today for their creative endeavours.

Thanks and link to the person who nominated me, was done at the start, but thank you again to Danica at Living a Beautiful Life for the nomination 🙂

5 facts about myself. Well shoot, I’ve just done a whole challenge with stuff about myself. Uhh, this might be harder than usual, at least it’s only five…

  1. I am in the process of buying a new car, since my is 15 years old and falling apart.
  2. The book I am currently reading is ‘Here Be Dragons’, part of the Imaginarium Geographica series by James Owen. (I am re-reading How to Train Your Dragon ahead of the new series coming out on Friday!).
  3. I still don’t own a pet. I want to get a tortoise, but it’s not happened. Perhaps after I have come back from Costa Rica and want to be back among the wild turtles.
  4. The hobby I am spending the most time on at the moment is colouring in. There’s a bit of a craze for it right now and I have very much joined it.
  5. I had breakfast this morning, which is rare. It was a pain au chocolate and a hot chocolate from the on campus Starbucks. We’re getting a Subway for next year. This is a very dangerous thing.

There, five titbits about me and my current life goings on. I love the word titbits. Tit…bits. Hehe.

Pass the rules on. Well, if the people want to join in, they can find the rules right on this post here, which I will link to them when I poke them about the award. I just need to hit Publish, and I’ll get right on that 🙂

Today has been a good morning.

One Lovely Blog Award

So, whilst I was away on holiday, one of the lovely blogs that I read, and one who reads me as well, nominated me for an award! My second one! Happy times 😀

The award is the One Lovely Blog Award, and I was nominated by the fantastic Somber Scribbler, and I am thirlled to get this nomination.


The Rules

1. Thank your nominator. Massive thanks to Somber Scribbler again! I love her blog so you should check it out as well.

2. Share seven thing about yourself. Seven things that I haven’t shared already. This might be tough.

  1. Looking around me I can see … 51 dragons. This does not include any dragons on book covers, since those are on the front 😛 I like dragons.
  2. One of the biggest reasons that I bake is so I can lick out the bowl. Often I will make a little extra just to eat as a treat to myself. My current favourite is a new chocolate chip cookie recipe which is delicious both raw and cooked.
  3. My favourite poster isn’t actually one about dragons (I know, shock horror!) It’s a picture of a nebula with the quote from Albert Einstein ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.’
  4. I watch my way through TV in series, going from episode 1 to the last released or end of show. Currently I’m watching bones, and am on Season 2, Episode 13: The Girl in the Gator. Stephen Fry is in it ❤
  5. I have seen the new How to Train Your Dragon 2 movie twice so far and fully intend to see it again in the coming week. I really love it.
  6. I buy books when I still have unread books on my shelf. I just like buying books. Any reading them, of course. In due time.
  7. I pair up songs to the stories I think of. Currently I’m listening to Ghost by Ella Henderson and it’s paired with a gaslamp/victorian era fantasy romp where the main character is controlling the underworld trade in supernatural goods. I think out scenes from my novels to loud music, since the loud music creates an exclusionary effect that helps me think.

3. Nominate a number of bloggers you think should next receive this award. Oooh, the hard part.

  • Wyrmflight – A fellow dragon lover. She has some great tales and facts to share about the marvellous beasts, I love going and reading her stuff.
  • Tiana Lopez – Does so much for other writers. She has a feature spot on Sunday’s for writers, does writing prompts and other opportunities.
  • Maugryph – A fantastic artist, and she draws my favourite subject, dragons!
  • Wordsmith at Work – Another writer who blogs, I love her posts, and she always has some good tips I really get along with.
  • Inkspelled Faery – Lover of fantasy who has directed to to some fantastic books since I’ve been following her.
  • Jodie Llewllyn – I feel I have a lot in common with this blogger, who is also an aspiring YA fantasy writer, and she blogs about things that are of great interest to me, so I love catching up with her blog posts.
  • Tom Benson – I of course have to mention Tom, who is a very supportive person and published writer. He does some great things over on his blog and is one of my greatest followers 🙂

4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know. Which I will do as soon as I have published this 🙂

The Liebster Award

liebster_awardI am so excited! Little Cely has nominated me for the Liebster Award! This will be the first award I will have received from an outside source (I’m not sure what the A to Z blogging month counts as but I am so super excited about this)! It really is just the thing to lift my spirits haven been given two bits of bad news recently.

What the Liebster award is about: This is an award in the blogging community that celebrates new blogs, or blog with a lower follower count, to encourage new people to blog and join in the blogging community as a whole. The word Liebster is a German word that means kindest, nicest, lovely, dearest, sweetest, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome. It doesn’t exactly translate, but it’s has some lovely connotations behind it and I am super pleased to have been nominated.

The rules, should you choose to accept the award from the person that nominated you, are thus:

  • Link back to the blog that nominated you (Already done, but a huge shout out to Little Cely again!)
  • Answer questions that your nominator has set their nominees
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs that have less than 200 followers to next receive this award
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
  • Contact your nominees and let them know you have nominated them!

So, the questions I have been given from Little Cely are:

  1. Why Blog? Two fold: Because I want to share my passions with other people, and it’s a great way to publicise myself as an aspiring author. And there is a third reason that I get to meet other awesome people out there that I wouldn’t get to meet otherwise, and I do love my fellow bloggers.
  2. What is your favorite sport/activity/hobby besides blogging or writing? – See more at: http://littlecely.blogspot.se/#sthash.UYoZtHId.dpuf

    What is your favourite sport/activity/hobby besides blogging or writing? Reading would be far too obvious for this, and I don’t think it’s my favourite. Besides writing, it would have to be gaming. I love sitting around a table, stomping round a room, or running in a field pretending to be someone else and having a great amount of fun. I get to go to my local LARP tomorrow, and the next fest LARP is next weekend, so I have quite a bit coming up ^_^. And a rogue trader tabletop game when I persuade our GM to run it again.

  3. Which is your favourite blog post? It doesn’t say whether this is on my blog or or anyone else’s. I’m going to assume it’ll be on my blog, because otherwise there are just far, far, far too many great options. I am more pleased with this blog since it got more of a direction and a purpose. Although I have also liked what I posted up, having a purpose beyond an online diary is quite satisfying (and having just read back to some of my posts made a couple of years back, it really does read like an online diary). Right, after spending twenty minutes going through my most recent months of posts, I decided that my favourite post is this one: V-Video simply because I love that video so much. Even if you don’t like dragons all that much (it was posted as part of the a to z challenge month) you should watch the video because it is beautiful and well scripted and put together.
  4. What is your spirit animal? Dragon. If you have even so much as read the title of this blog, then this will be no surprise to you.
  5. Any guilty pleasure? I love baking cakes and biscuits and other delectables, but sometimes I just make up cake mix and eat it raw. It may be unhealthy, but it is freaking delicious.
  6. What is your favourite book and why? Have I ever mentioned that I hate having to pick a favourite thing? It’s really hard. I think I have to choose the Dragonriders of Pern series (yes, I know that’s not a single book, but the series is like one big extended tale) because the world is so beautifully set, and their culture is just immersive and that characters are believable and the dragons are everything that I imagine dragons to be. I get lost in their world every time I pick those books up, and I do pick those books up a lot because I love the tales they tell. I should really get some of the newer books in the series.
  7. What fictional character do you most identify with? A specific one or an archetype? Hard. There’s never been a book where I;ve read it and gone, Oh my god that character is me! I think the one I most identify with would be Suzanne, who is the The Last Dragon Chronicles, starting in Ice Fire. She’s on a geography/environmental course, which is what I did at university, she’s very new agey, which I can very much sympathise with and I do love new age symbology and things, she’s a goth and I love goth clothing, and she is very maternal and want’s to be a powerful strong women, and looks up to Liz in the books and handles things very well when they go wrong. I really like her, and she has some very admirable traits. She also doesn’t take shit from anyone, of which I heavily approve.
  8. If you could only describe yourself in three word what would they be? Imaginative, Weird, Extroverted. (ENFP on the Myer’s Briggs scale, sums a fair bit of me up quite well).
  9. When are you happiest? It changes. Honestly, I can be happiest when in a large group of friends, just hanging out and chatting about things, or I can be exceedingly happy when I am listening to music and just playing on the computer. I have no standard thing that makes me happy, and I like that. It means I’m always on the move and never get too stuck in one rut.
  10. If you could meet anybody living or dead, who would it be?
    Any guilty pleasures?

    I want to talk to the best friend I lost when I was 15. I moved away from my hometown when I was 9 and became a bit distant from her, but I think of her a lot, and wonder what’s she doing in wherever she is now (Heaven, afterlife, whatever your take on life after death is). I want to know if there was anything she wanted to do but never did. There’s just a lot of what if’s, especially when you lose someone that young. Cancer is a bitch. I’ve still got the funeral program around here somewhere.

Right! Time to pick back up after that slightly depressing note! 11 random facts about myself. Annoying, because I talk about it a lot on this blog, I guess LARPing doesn’t count as random anymore.

  1. I still bite my nails. It’s completely unconscious, but sometimes I will just be doing something for twenty minutes and then suddenly realise I’ve been chewing my nail the whole time.
  2. I still sleep with the cuddly toy I was given on my first christmas. A polar bear named Mikey.
  3. I love matching sets of stationery. If I go in to buy a folder, I never leave with just the folder.
  4. I sometimes get so into the music I’m listening to I won’t notice somebody waving their hand in front of my open eyes.
  5. I loathe walking over glass floors, what were they thinking when they designed those (and don’t tell me the physics of it are perfectly okay, I well aware of the weight that specially made glass can take, I just hate not being able to see what I’m walking on!)
  6. I have never, ever had the desire to live anywhere else apart from the UK.
  7. If I could be any supernatural creature I would love to be a Changeling (A human taken by the True Fae to Arcadia, as according to Changeling the Lost by White Wolf).
  8. If it didn’t mean going away for months at a time, I would love to be a volcanologist.
  9. I’ve taken up Kick boxing, and I really like the level of violence involved in it (But I’m lovely, honest).
  10. I follow some superstitious behaviours, like knocking on wood to prevent bad things happening, and saying white rabbit as the first thing on the first day of a new month to bring good luck.
  11. I will never make the change to e-books as I love the new book smell too much, especially for textbooks.

That wasn’t hard at all, 11 random fact, check! Right, time to nominate some people.

  • My first nomination has to be to Tom Benson. For encouraging me with the blog and my own writing efforts, he’s been exceedingly supportive and I really feel like I’ve made a fantastic friend. His blog is about writing, in case you hadn’t guessed. 😛
  • Amos M. Carpenter talks about writing a fair bit as well as websites and some other computery bits that I find interesting. His ’10 common writing mistakes’ posts were excellent and well worth a read.
  • The Weekly Porridge appears to be a very new blog with only 4 followers, but has some wonderful takes on modern and old fairytails which I have found to be good reads.
  • I of course have to give a fellow dragon lover a mention: Wyrmflight.
  • The only blog of poetry that I follow, it has some lovely work on there. Doesn’t hurt that quite a bit of it is about dragons on Tender Buttons.
  • Another writer and lover of supernatural thing, Write or Else did his a to z challenge on evil spirits.
  • As someone who has suffered from mild depression, and who has friends who have it a lot worse than I do, I am inspired by Somber Scribbler, who talks about her own depression and what she goes through on her blog, as well as posting her lovely doodles on there.

I would have nominated other people, but they all have more than 200 followers!

Right, time for the questions. My nominees have to answer these ten questions:

  1. What is your prefered cheese?
  2. If you could own any animal, what animal would it be (include fantasy animals)?
  3. Mention one thing that’s on your bucket list. (Bucket list: a list of things you want to do before you die).
  4. What colour do you think your soul is?
  5. If you could try any job for a day, what job would you try and why?
  6. Name one good thing that’s happen to you today.
  7. What’s your Myer’s Briggs profile?
  8. Quick! Pick your weapon of choice!
  9. When was the last time you cried?
  10. What would you call the novel about your life?

And I’m done! That was masses of fun. Now to tell the people I nominated that I’ve nominated them!

  • Why Blog?
  • What is your favorite sport/activity/hobby besides blogging or writing?
  • Which is your favorite blog post? (include a link)
  • What is your spirit animal?
  • Any guilty pleasures?
  • What is your favorite book and why?
  • What fictional character do you most identify with?
  • If you could only describe yourself in three words what would they be?
  • When are you happiest?
  • If you could meet anybody living or dead who would it be?

– See more at: http://littlecely.blogspot.se/#sthash.UYoZtHId.dpuf

  • Link back to the blog that nominated you.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs that have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer questions posted by you from your nominator.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Contact your nominees and let them know you’ve nominated them.

– See more at: http://littlecely.blogspot.se/#sthash.UYoZtHId.dpuf

  • Link back to the blog that nominated you.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs that have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer questions posted by you from your nominator.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Contact your nominees and let them know you’ve nominated them.

– See more at: http://littlecely.blogspot.se/#sthash.UYoZtHId.dpuf

  • Link back to the blog that nominated you.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs that have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer questions posted by you from your nominator.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Contact your nominees and let them know you’ve nominated them.

– See more at: http://littlecely.blogspot.se/#sthash.UYoZtHId.dpuf

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