There are apparently people who think I’m amusing, which is an absolute shock to this Shameful Narcissist (ironically I suppose), because while I do entertain myself with my silly shenanigans, I never really considered I might outwardly succeed in any comedic capacity. The fact that I’ve won other awards is also astonishing, and dear gods I hope people don’t think I’m being a real narcissist for mentioning them.
Anyway, I was nominated by the lovely blogger over at Dear Lily June who writes absolutely brilliant, poignant, and often tear inducing posts dedicated to her sweet daughter. The blog is a memento for the future garnered from the past, and I’ve no doubt Lily June will appreciate it. Now that day may come far past her teenage years, which I say so that her diligent mother doesn’t lose heart if in that tumultuous age, her daughter thinks it’s “uncool” or whatever word is most popular or descriptive at the time. She may pick up the torch if she chooses to have her own children, and the stories and love will go on ♥
The Rules of The Entertainer Blogger Award:
- Write a post including the award picture.
- Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and most importantly ENTERTAINING!
- Add these rules to the post.
- Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog!
- Also, answer the questions down below.
I’m going to go out of order, but not out of sync with what other bloggers have done.
Here are the questions:
1. Why did you start to blog in the first place?
I started to blog because I wanted a place to write that while not prestigious was still my own. I’m a bit of a failed writer, not in terms of writing, gods no of course not, but in terms of publishing. I gave up on submitting any stories around five years ago, because I was in one of the worst mental states of my life. Rejection will do that to you. So I decided to take up a project that had been in my head for over a decade and wrote the FFVII fanfiction Northern Lights. I suppose people who prescribe to the “everything happens for a reason” philosophy will say that I endured soul crushing rejection leading to depression for that reason. I say I attempted to make the best of a shitty situation. I’m happy that I took the time to write NL, and I’m happy that I wrote The Broken Rose, which is currently in the editing process, but I know eventually I need to return to my original work, reedit, and subject myself to that hellish process again. It drives through the the haze of anxiety’s brain fog, and no matter how deep my despair, I know it’ll be waiting when I resurface. I also wanted a place to catalogue my thoughts and write my essays. The meticulous underworkings of narratives are very important to me, and here I can blather on about them without tripping over my words or boring those who don’t care. I’m far better at expressing myself in writing, and this space grants me the agency to try.
2. What is your favorite book?
My favorite standalone novel is John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.
It’s odd for me to say this since my favorite genre is fantasy with the subgenre of dark fantasy, and I’ve written a combination of that and paranormal romance, but as you can see from my review here, I greatly value this book.
My favorite series is more up to expectations: George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, which is the best thing I’ve ever read, seen, or played. It is my second favorite story/fandom (Final Fantasy VII obviously being the first), and like many other fans, I wait with bated breath for the next installment and the next season.
3. What do you dislike the most?
I hate that ignorance isn’t demolished by knowledge. I hate that cognitive dissonance stands in the way of reasonable discourse. I hate that celebrity counts more in the court of opinion than expertise. I hate that those with the luxury to ignore oppression too often do, and they hold all the power. I hate that sometimes the most positive thought I can dredge up is that I’ll be dead in a hundred years so I won’t have to see how fucked up humanity has made the world. I hate that “life’s not fair” is the rallying cry of the elite as they revel in the imbalance. I hate no matter how great of a writer I might be, if no one in the right place thinks so, I’ll never be anybody. I hate that no matter how intelligent and well-informed I am, there are people who will disregard my opinion based on my gender and race.
4. What’s your favorite food item from the mall?
There’s this amazing candy stand on the first floor of the gigantic mall I live near (the biggest one in the US in terms of stores), and they sell super long gummi worms or rather gummi snakes. There used to be a Gertrude Hawk candy store on the second floor, but that turned into an eyeglass place, but GH sold fudge, which was fantastic. I haven’t been to that mall in a while, because walking around for any length of time fatigues me, and I refuse to pass out in public (how embarrassing), but one of the last times I went was with two of my fellow Taurus buddies, and we indulged in smoothies. The drinks were fantastic; the company was better.
5. What is your favorite past time activity?
Writing. Maybe that shouldn’t count. I have to write. There’s no choice in the matter. Reading is on an even keel with that as it was my love of reading that led to my need to write. Playing video games might be the safest to say, though it was a video game (series) that pushed me farther into the writing world. Most of my past time activities revolve around writing.
And now here are my 12 nominees. I tried to pick people who I know haven’t received the award yet. If you have, please feel free to disregard. In fact feel free to disregard if you don’t have the wish or the time to do this.
- The Ink Garden – this is the blog of one of my dear friends that I met right here on WordPress. We have had a fantastic month’s long correspondence that sweetly reminds me of pen pal letters of an idealized time. She does book reviews and all manner of writing things, which is pretty much how I’d describe my blog.
- The Eyes of Seraphim – this is the blog of another of my dear friends whom I know in real life. Hm, I really don’t like that term IRL. It implies that the people you haven’t met face to face are somehow less real and we know that’s not true, but I get to see this lovely blogger every day as we also work together! Her blog is often haunting, but we have to examine the darker side if we’re ever going to bask in the light.
- Cheap Boss Attack – I actually follow a lot of gaming blogs and feel very lucky to have found such an awesome retro gaming community here on WP. Gaming blogs can be touch and go when it comes to inclusion/exclusion, but I’ve discovered that the retro peeps definitely prescribe to a “more the merrier” outlook, and it’s not just a boys club. For quite a few weekends, I and the awesome blogger over at Cheap Boss Attack were in the exact same place in our respective games, and I believe it was last weekend when we finally broke free. He does both old and new stuff so if you’re in to gaming, this is a blog you want to follow.
- The Well-Red Mage – this is the gaming blog that introduced me to most of the other gaming blogs I now follow. Honestly I tag him and them (there are quite a few mages puttering around and bumping into NPCs) in posts all the time, and I’m just really doing it because the site is amazingly entertaining. It’s won quite a few well deserved (well red? well done? well d’oh these are bad puns) awards, and while they are super flattering, they can take some time to do. Therefore (as stated above) I won’t be upset or offended if anyone passes on it. The month of July gave us the 31 Day Mage Challenge where there was a gaming question every day, and no one got sick of me babbling about FFVII!. Like even my friends who are fans of it grew weary of my fangirling so that alone earns TWRM a nomination.
- Conquering the Video Game Backlog – this is another lady of gaming and I just have to say yassssss, because more lady gamers who blog are awesome, and I’m a child of the internet so its neologisms have invaded my soul. Her goal is to catch up on all the games, and I find that admirable. It’s one I have myself since I set the task to play and review all of the Final Fantasies a few years ago. I’m only on IV so it’s slow going because life and stupid adulthood get in the way of what’s important: books and video games. If you’re going to accomplish such an arduous task as wiping out your backlog, you might as well blog about it to share your spoils of war.
- Cupcakesandmachetes – she recently posted a an article about how she is a hybrid blog, and it was very close to my heart. I’ve been wondering if I should “split” my blog per se since I seem to have several concentrations: books/book reviews, writing, video games, fanfiction, essays, etc., and I wasn’t sure if the multiple focuses were disconcerting. To me my blog seems pretty homogeneous, but that’s because I think in connections, and my little corner of the internet can be summed up with the phrase “All narratives are worthy of discourse.” So I write about things I can discuss, which leads into other things. CaM does recipes (she just posted a promising banana bread one). book reviews, slice of life, and the all important adorable pet pictures. I’ve added quite a few books to my Goodreads TBR list because of her, and while we may have different viewpoints about books, it’s still good to share those viewpoints, because discourse should bring people together.
- I Read Encyclopedias for Fun – this blogger amazes me with how many posts he’s able to churn out, and they’re all intelligent and insightful. He’s started making YouTube videos, which is something I want to get into (once I have the proper equipment) though I should stop being lazy and just edit the ones I’ve already done on my phone. He has quite a few other blogs, is a writer, traveler, and a father.
- Mr. Panda’s Video Game Reviews – there’s this adorable and inherent sweetness about this blogger. I don’t know if it’s because his name is Mr. Panda or if he’s just such a sweet person that it exudes through cyberspace and comes out pure on the other side. He replies to every comment left, comments on many other gaming blogs (that’s how I found him through TWRM, those scoundrels strike again!) and still has time to post thorough game reviews on a regular basis. His focus is on new games, but some older ones pop up now and then.
- By Hook or By Book – book review blogs are my bread and butter so I follow a great many of them. This blogger does me the joy of liking nearly every review (and many non-reviews) I post, and since she’s a librarian, I take that as quite an honor. I must be doing something right with my reviews! She also has Belle from Beauty and the Beast as her cover picture, and that just makes everything right in the world.
- The Writing Hufflepuff – besides also having an adorable name (see Mr. Panda above), this blogger is showing that there’s nothing boring about being a Hufflpuff as some people erroneously suggest. Another book blogger whose little graphics and pictures light up her page. I’m especially fond of the one where she’s in Baymax’s arms ♥
- Just Keep Brains! – Gothic fashion blogger extraordinaire, she was one of my first followers and one of the first people to read Northern Lights ♥♥♥ I’m a not so secret goth, and since my job is pretty lenient with the dress code more of it is allowed to come out in a day to day fashion. This blog features clothing, makeup, and also some game reviews! She’s an avid Pokemon fan even before the Go, and while I don’t play (yet), I love what the game has been doing for people.
- Katherine McIntyre – last but most certainly not least is my friend and fellow writer Kat McIntyre. She just released her new book this week Scrying for Summer, which is part of the Philadelphia Coven series. She diligently keeps her blog updated with new releases, projects, and teasers all the while marketing, writing and editing.
Again partake if you wish, but know that I love every single one of your blogs. WordPress has been one of the least stressful online communities and is a definite haven from some of the more hectic!