The Very Inspiring Blogger Award — 2013

I want to thank Valentina at for nominating The Eye-Dancers site for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award –2013.  Please visit Valentina at her site–it is a wonderful and diverse platform where I’m sure you’ll want to spend some time browsing around and enjoying all of her great posts.

I also wanted to mention that Carissa at had nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award recently, as well.  Apparently, this is a very similar award, but not quite the same one!  I had already been fortunate enough to have been nominated for this award late last year, but The 2013 Very Inspiring Blogger Award nomination allows me the opportunity to share with you Carissa’s wonderful site.  I hope you’ll check it out!


As part of this award, I have to share a few things about myself so here it goes:

1. I am a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock movies.  “The Master of Suspense” was a remarkable and groundbreaking director, and his resume is jam-packed with cinematic triumphs.  My favorite Hitchcock movie is Rear Window.  Only a very accomplished and confident director would tackle such a script, where the entire film takes place in one room of a small apartment.  A real masterpiece of a movie.


2. At the age of two, I declared I would never wear a short-sleeved shirt again.  (I called them “arm shirts” when I was little.)  And, to this day, I have, with only very few exceptions, kept my word!  I’m not sure why, exactly, but I have always been more comfortable in long sleeves, even on the hottest of summer days.


3.  Some people have asked me which of the four main characters in The Eye-Dancers I most relate to.  Well, the four protagonists in the novel are inspired by some of the neighborhood friends I grew up with.  That said, I am probably most like Mitchell Brant.  When I was Mitchell’s age, in junior high, I shared his shyness around girls, his love of comic books, especially The Fantastic Four, and his overactive imagination.  So, Mitchell has a special place for me among all the characters in the book.


4. I have enjoyed James Bond movies for many years, but to me, there is only one real 007, and that is Sean Connery.  Pierce Brosnan was good, too, but none of the other actors in the series can match the original Bond.


5. I took German for three years in undergraduate school, but today I have forgotten almost all of it–due to disuse.  I can still count in German, and there are a few words and phrases I remember, but if I had to converse with someone in German, I wouldn’t be able to understand 99% of what they said.  I regret that, because I enjoyed the language when I studied it.  It just illustrates that the best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in the culture for a while, and really talk to people.  Classroom learning of a foreign language can take you only so far.


6. Even though I grew up in Rochester, New York, and now live in Vermont, I do not like winter!  And I am fed up with snow.  For the most part, I spend the winter looking forward to spring.  People sometimes laugh at that and say, “You don’t like the snow, but you live in Vermont?”  I always counter by saying I enjoy the other three seasons in northern New England.  So–three out of four isn’t too bad . . .


7. My favorite board game is still Trivial Pursuit.  When I was a teenager, my parents would invite some of their friends over for one Saturday night each month to play, and I would always join in.  In time, we managed to acquire eight different versions of the game (the regular trivia box, a sports edition, a movies edition, a Baby Boomer edition, a TV edition, a Vintage edition–you name it, we had it!).  So, here we were, playing the game, and when someone landed on a color on the game board, their team had to choose which box they wanted a question from.  For instance, if you landed on a Pink square, you could choose Entertainment from the regular box, Titles from the Movie box, Football from the Sports box, Sitcoms from the TV box, and on and on.  It became a tough decision just to figure out what category you wanted, let alone answering the question!  The games were a lot of fun, though.


8. I can be long-winded sometimes.  See questions 1–7 above as proof . . .

And now it’s my privilege to nominate the following websites for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award — 2013!  Please visit these sites.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I do . . .

Thanks again to Valentina and Carissa for nominating The Eye-Dancers!  And thanks so much to everyone for reading.


73 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Reading Pleasure
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 18:21:55

    Congratulations 🙂


  2. valentina
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 18:35:21

    What a coincidence! Just ordered Hitchcock’s biography! 😀


  3. Charron's Chatter
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 18:37:29

    Cool 411, Mike! Ich spreche Deutsch selbst, weil ich wohnte in der Schweiz for zwei und halb Jahre wenn ich Teen-ager waere…(I speak Germa myself, since I lived in Switzerland for two and a half years as a teenager) 🙂 Wir muessen ueben!! (we must practice!)

    You are right. Sean is stand alone Bond–James Bond.
    At least there’s the syrup…;)

    Thank you for my nomination! I am honored, and will include it in my next awards post! Hope your day is sunshiney onna inside…


  4. petrel41
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 18:45:53

    Congratulations! And thank you so much for nominating me 🙂

    I will blog about this, though not immediately 🙂


  5. Bonnie Marshall
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 19:34:53

    Absolutely deserved. Must be because of the theme….just kidding 🙂 The joy you find in writing shines through to us.


  6. Scribelife
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 20:32:28



  7. fashionskyfall
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 21:47:23

    Congrats and thank you for nominating my blog also!!! Have a great week-end and good luck with your blog


  8. ramblingsofabipolarwoman
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 22:39:43

    Thank you! And, is there a number of things I must say about myself and a number of people I in turn must nominate? 🙂 I want to know the proper rules before going forward! Again, THANK YOU! I am so honored!


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Feb 25, 2013 @ 12:51:40

      Thanks so much, Carissa! Yes . . . I think the “rules” state you’re supposed to state 7 things about yourself–but you could state more or less.:) And I think it’s the same with nominating other blogs–just nominate as many as you like! Thanks again, and as always, I’ll look forward to your posts on your great site!


      • ramblingsofabipolarwoman
        Feb 25, 2013 @ 14:48:36

        Thank you for the nomination, again and for the compliments! I as well look forward to reading what you have to say! 🙂

  9. bondingtool
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 22:47:57

    Congratulations, Mike 🙂
    Thanks for nominating me.


  10. cynthiadumarin
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 23:54:43

    It’s nice to get to know some other things about you! I’m a bond fan too and always counted Sean Connery at the number one Bond, but recently Daniel Craig has made me rethink that. He is I think closer to the original Bond of the Ian Fleming books.


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Feb 25, 2013 @ 12:54:14

      Yes, you’re probably right about that. He does play the part well! I would definitely rank him above Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton. And certainly George Lazenby.:) Ugh. I didn’t like Lazenby in the role. It’s too bad Connery didn’t do that movie–On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, because that was one of the better Bond films. It just had the wrong actor playing the part!


      • cynthiadumarin
        Feb 26, 2013 @ 19:16:01

        Yes, I didn’t think of that but I think George Clooney would have been a lot better than Lazenby. I think the biggest problem with him is that he has absolutely NO charisma.

  11. mcwoman
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 00:54:49

    Congrats on your recognition, Mike. “Rear Window” is my favorite Hitchcock movie, too.


  12. fairytaleepidemic
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 01:42:51

    Congratulations Mike 😀

    #2 – strange but a cute quirk, hahahaha. But I guess it comes in handy to have long sleeve shirts on hand at all times during winter season ^_^


  13. tazeinmirzasaad
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 02:10:24

    Thank you so much for nominating me! God bless you!


  14. tazeinmirzasaad
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 03:48:56


  15. Sara P.G.
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 07:40:31

    Congratulations Mike!!!


  16. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 10:20:20

    Congrats – & not surprised. Excellent 🙂


  17. martaperegrina
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 10:27:45

    Felicitaciones Mike por la nominación.
    Te deseo un fin de semana maravilloso
    Un abrazo


  18. fortyoneteen
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 10:56:09

    Cool post Mike, great to learn more about you. Sean Connery? Yes. Rear Window? Yes! Yes! Grace Kelly… sigh! Congrats on the awards. 😉


  19. The Other Side of Ugly
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 12:16:56

    Wonderful Michael!


  20. evilnymphstuff
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 13:12:18

    The 2013 edition is great! Congrats!


  21. We're Jumpin' Books
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 14:56:41

    Congratulations! That’s amazing.
    Here in the Southeast we barely see snow, and even with barely seeing it, I still don’t care for it 😉


  22. Sue Dreamwalker
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 17:09:50

    Congratulations, and just read how the snow is coming your way and there you go and post a picture as well.. love it when that happens. 😉 Take care and keep warm and safe


  23. kelihasablog
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 18:52:17

    I love learning more about my friends this way… I know, I still owe you both one, but I just keep forgetting to do it. My brain cells have turned to mush… : ( Congratulations to you and all the others! 😀


  24. Christy Birmingham
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 23:40:22

    Congrats on the award!


  25. John w Howell
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 13:31:53

    Thank you for the visit and following. Congratulations on the award. I really like how you have integrated an interesting blog with your book title. Nice Job. – John


  26. honeydidyouseethat?
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 15:07:23

    I must introduce you to mt eldest son, Matt. Hitchcock, super heroes. He is currently in the process of resurrecting his comic site because somone bought the rights to his title. Grrrrr. Thanks for dropping by Honey again.


  27. Shelley
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 03:59:17

    Just bought Eye Dancers from itunes.


  28. starscraper99
    Mar 03, 2013 @ 07:20:06

    Congrats! 😉


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  30. joseyphina
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 17:57:38

    Congratulations! You do deserve it, your blog is amazing!


  31. words4jp
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 19:36:16

    Congrats! I just discovered your blog – thanks for following mine. It brought my eyes to you! two important things i believe in – Sean Connery – best bond ever (tho Daniel is cute – I am a girl:) and Trivial Pursuit. I think we will get along just fine. heheheheheheh:)


  32. teachersbell
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 01:05:09

    Thank you for stopping by my spot and “Liking” it! I appreciate you checking it out. I enjoyed your site very much. Congratulations on your well deserved Bloggers award! BTW. My family goes way back in N.Y. State, After my husband I were married [many moons ago] we lived in Orange County N.Y. for thirteen years. For what it’s worth when we put our house on the market for real to move to CA my neighbors didn’t take it seriously and told people who wanted to look at the property that we in fact were not selling because I put the house on the market about seven times a year! What they apparently didn’t get is that I couldn’t take the long winters when the snow would get so high it covered the windows. Once spring and my seed catalogues came I was a new person and this new person loved her home! We’d still have pockets of snow on the ground in June! But… I do have to admit, like your picture, it was so very beautiful and I do miss it!
    marilyn @ teachersbell


  33. 2embracethelight
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 19:59:49

    Hi there. Thank you for visiting me at my blog. And congratulations on your inspiring blog award. I got one some time back and it sure inspires you. I think we have much in common with what you say here. I love many of the same things. Very good


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  35. Rosie Amber
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 08:22:31

    Well done on the award, Thanks for visiting my own blog too.


  36. Joanna
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 20:45:20

    Congratulations! You don’t like snow and live in Vermont? I’m still smiling about that one 🙂 A lovely read.


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