Now that my critical essay is finished and sent to my mentor, I can exclaim the good news! Thanks to kasiajames and mywithershins, I have been nominated for the Versatile blogger not only two times in one week, but three times overall. I feel so lucky that I have found followers who appreciate the goal my blog has in its future. What goal, you ask? Foremost, it is a writing journal depicting my career as a writer. Yet, it is so much more than that. It’s a private diary opened up to share my deepest fears about the craft, a self-help book for handling the struggles, and a news cast of technology/book/writing related subjects.
The Versatile Blogger Award set a few rules for its nominees:
1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along 15 or 20.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.
Since my lovely nominators have been linked above, I will move on to the 7 things about myself. I have been nominated twice, so I feel that I should do 14 things instead of 7, to be fair.
1. I tend to talk/yell at the t.v. or books when I watch/read. Although the book or t.v. can’t respond, it still makes me feel better to get my frustrations or excitement off my chest.
2. I love all furry animals/pets, but I have a huge dislike of fur/dander. The dislike I have verges on OCD because as soon as I am done petting a dog or cat, I must get rid of the fur or it will bug me.
3. I love watching my boyfriend play video games. I do not have capable reflexes and dexterity to play myself. I love to cheer him on, and learn the story of the game. I also would love to work for a video game company to write their texts 😛
4. When I watch vocal competitions like The Voice, X Factor, and especially American Idol, I tend to be overly critical of the people performing. No I didn’t go to Juilliard or some fancy NY music school, but my years of vocal training give me a better ear than a lot of the people watching. My mom asks me my opinion of the vocalist before the judges because she knows I’ll be honest about my criticism. Haha, I’m mostly honest and only slightly resentful about the singers opportunity at fame.
5. I’m a bad person and watch my t.v. shows illegally online. I’m one of millions of people, but it isn’t something good because technically it’s illegal.
6. I used to be very shy when I was little. I’m not shy anymore, but I still cannot call to order pizza or Chinese because of this. It’s just weird and I don’t want to mess up! Ordering online is amazing!
7. I love to dog tag (fold the corners) of the pages of my books (even books I’m borrowing from the library). I know I’m not supposed to do it. I could easily just use a piece of paper or bookmark, but it’s just instinct to fold over the pages. I’ve lost a lot of places that way, too. Maybe I should force myself to use a bookmark….Nahhhh!
8. I have a huge pet peeve about people who pass you unnecessarily, especially on the highway. To me, there are only two reasons you should waste the gas to pass someone: when it’s a big truck/vehicle (which I get nervous by…too many blind spots) and when someone is going under the speed limit (or going the speed limit so close to you that you can’t go the speed limit). Logically, there is no other reason to get in front of someone to get 3 seconds ahead. Unless, you’re a conceited, selfish idiot who needs to be first and can’t drive behind anyone.
9. I want a puppy when a man proposes, not a ring. Why spend thousands of dollars for a superficial version of the marriage license. Granted, a cheap ring obviously gives the appropriate message without breaking the bank. A puppy prepares you for living together and sharing responsibilities. I knew at age 11 that it was important to prepare a couple for marriage. With an almost 50% divorce rate in the U.S., this decision is not made lightly. So many couples make the mistake of getting engaged too soon to people they don’t know. For me, this step may not be for everyone. If you feel confident and know your partner is prepared for the responsibility (and not going to run out on your for the next hottie in da club), then this is a creative, romantic way to save money and propose!
10. I have such a huge fear of being alone that the longest I have been single (since I started dating at 16) is 6 months. It doesn’t mean that half of those relationships were beneficial, but it taught me so much about the way people think/feel, and about myself.
11. I love dying my hair. I love it so much that it became an addiction. I have staved off the call of dying my hair for about a year, but it’s getting difficult. I naturally have medium brown hair, but I’ve been a red-head, blonde, and a raven-haired woman all before. I haven’t ventured into too many unnatural colors, but my favorite dye job has to be bright red with blonde highlights.
11. I love the spoken language almost as much as I love the written one. I find the romance languages (Italian, French) to be entrancing and beautiful. At the same time harsh languages like German and Russian are powerful to hear, and compelling to speak. Something about languages other than English interest me. Maybe it’s because English is boring to me, as I hear it every day. I think it is because there is so much more of a challenge for non-English speakers to live in a world that is slowly being overrun by the English language. The depth and history that accompanies the older languages will never be replaced. It is vital to hold on to the diversity of the spoken word.
12. I just recently learned that colors do not actually exist. Human brains merely perceived color when the light is reflected off an object. This makes me mad! I want to know what it’s like to live in a world out of Pleasantville. If our brains make us see in color, then I want to know what it’s like to see without color. Every other animal can do, so why can’t we?
13. 13 is my favorite number. I like it because everyone else associates it with bad luck. Since everyone stays away from the number that means I get all the good luck associated with it. Na na na poo poo!
14. My ultimate goal in life is to love people. It is said that everyone has a calling. Well, I learned mine pretty quickly. Coupled with my passion for writing, I have a passion for people. Loving people, to be exact. Because without love, then there would be no passion, hate, caring, empathy, cooperation, friendship. Society relies on the love we have for life, and each other to survive. I vowed that I would love everyone I was capable of loving. Every friend I made would have me as a constant friend, loving them even when everyone else in their life was gone. I would love the world even if no one else did, and I still do. Now my love goes to a very special person. Someone who has been crushed by the promise of love from people who never planned on keeping it. My boyfriend has the constant love I vowed to give everyone even if I never got it in return. Luckily, I get the same from him, so it is a dream come true.
Next rule is to nominate 15 to 20 other bloggers for this award. I don’t have that many, but these ones are truly amazing:
I want to thank everyone who has supported me in my journey of becoming a writer, and now a devoted blogger. Thank you! Happy reading and writing! AND check out these blogs because if they interest me, chances are they will interest you, too!