Once again, not one, but two wonderful fellow bloggers have graced and flattered me with a nomination! I received the first one from retr0pia a week ago and the second today from I ♥ Old Games, and I can’t express how thankful I am to both of them! The links go to their own One Lovely Blog Award posts and therefore sites, which you should check out. They’re both retro gaming focused, but that doesn’t mean they’re not up and up on what’s fresh and new.
The One Lovely Blog Award requires the nominee to divulge several facts about themselves then nominate other blogs/bloggers to do the same. It creates a potentially never ending cycle of sharing and positivity, something there can never be enough of in the world.
1. I use a mouse upside down.
The way it’s oriented in this picture is how I use it. It was just instantly natural for me to do so, and I discovered this when I played Mario Paint. I automatically held the mouse so the buttons faced me and up moves the cursor down and down moves the cursor up. I have no clue why this makes sense to my weirdly wired brain except to assume my brain is just weirdly wired. I can use it “properly” if I switch to my left hand, but then I have that left hand awkwardness. Using it upside down with my left hand is like using it right side up with my right. I’m a mess.
2. In addition to fanfiction I’ve also written an original paranormal romance novel.
“Original” might be up for debate, but it’s no more unoriginal than anything else out there. The questionable status comes from the story being wholly inspired by FFVII/Aeriseph fanfiction, both others and mine, but I think only people familiar with the game and that pairing would ever figure that out. The novel is currently shelved, but it’s on my extensive life to-do list to reedit and eventually re-query to agents. For now I have a WIP fanfiction to edit and an original short story to submit. I probably have around 50 story ideas in various states of detail stored in notes. Writing in my life.
3. I drive a black 2007 Nissan Murano.
The above picture isn’t my car, but this is essentially what it looks like. It’s my first SUV. I wanted a mighty vehicle that could crush my enemies, but was also environmentally friendly. Sadly, it only potentially fulfills one of those conditions, but I love it anyway. Now that I’ve tasted that SUV life, it’s so hard to go back to driving or riding in a car. Why am I so low to the ground like the commoners??! What is going on?? My only major issue with the car is it doesn’t have an auxiliary port so I have to play my iPhone through the radio. This…is such a petty complaint though and I know it.
3. I have two cats who resemble Garfield and Nermal.
Kin-mei is a grumpy 13 year old buff-orange tabby who’s at least 1/2-3/4 Siamese, and he’s smarter than I am. His name means “gold eyes” in Japanese (though they’re more green), and I love him more than anything. I’ve had him for the entirety of those 13 years, and he’s still going strong.
Cid is a brown tabby who’s adorably dumb as a rock. That’s really not fair. It’s just that I’m used to Kin-mei’s brilliance, so Cid’s ordinary kitty intelligence seems dull. Cid also consistently falls off of window sills. Yes, he is named after the ubiquitous Cid of Final Fantasy fame. It was a toss up between that and Cecil. Cid has really green eyes and a tiny face. He looks like an ever kitten, and he drives Kin-mei up the wall.
I love cats, but I love dogs, too. I don’t have the time, energy, or money to have a dog right now, plus Kin-mei would be most displeased. I’m a animal lover who doesn’t discriminate. Even ones I don’t “like” e.g. snakes, tarantulas, ferrets, lizards, etc. It’s not that I don’t like them; they’re just not my pet of choice, but not liking an animal doesn’t give one license to hurt it 😡
4. I was once shocked by an NES.
I literally had Nintendo power running through my veins *hides* Yes, the Nintendo looked like the one above, because we all know eventually you had to finagle the system in order to get the games to work, and it was just easier when the top was off. Well I touched something and got a little jolt. It only ever happened once, but then again, I never touched anything on the motherboard ever again so who knows.
5. I always wear or have some kind of fandom thing on me at all times.
I almost always wear this pin. I used to have a Black Materia necklace until it broke (I need to buy a new, bigger one). I have several T-shirts, too. If all else fails, I’m always “wearing” my tattoos, which are FFVII based. I have five of them right now and will eventually have seven. I own three Masamunes. I once drove round trip 200 miles and spent $600 in one weekend because my BFF found a Sephiroth figurine I’d been searching for for years. I bought two ($300 a piece) and sold the second one for $650 on Amazon. Profit.
6. I wear wigs like all the time.
Not because I don’t have hair or anything. I do and it’s short. I just like having the ability to change the length and color on a whim and pretty much do whatever the hell I want. Currently, my hair color is silver…could have probably put this in the fact above.
7. I have a little bit of musical talent.
I took piano lessons from five to fourteen and was in choir all through grade school and college. I’m not remotely a musical prodigy or anything like that, but I absolutely loved it and I miss it. My voice has been kind of wonky lately, so even casual singing has been an issue. I think it may be due to the over abundance of coffee I consume, which I’m trying to cut back on.
I have a weird knack for hearing similarities in songs that have nothing to do with the other like this example here.
I’ve been trying to teach myself Aeris’s Theme on piano for the past few years. It’s more of a time constraint than anything else. I’m also not great at reading music. I’ll just memorize the melody in both singing and playing, but I’m actually quite good at memorizing words regardless of if they’re in a foreign language or not, so singing in Latin or German isn’t too much of a problem. If I read the words while I’m singing enough times, later on if I sing without them, I’ll be able to see the words in my head.
I’ve got this weird auditory memory that will often dredge up things I haven’t heard in 30+ years. Even the cadence of non-musical words get stuck in my brain.
This is an optional side quest. You can still beat the game without it. If you’ve already received the treasure from this side quest elsewhere, feel free to skip.
- Write an article accepting the award.
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- Tell the reader seven facts about yourself.
- Nominate other blogs for the award.
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