Two New Blogging Awards, and a Very Sincere Thank-You!

When I began The Eye-Dancers website last summer, I really had no idea what would come of it.  I had written The Eye-Dancers the novel, and was hoping to use the website as a way of “getting the word out there.”  I didn’t have that many other plans or ideas for the site at that time.  But as I began to post, at first infrequently, I realized–this is fun!  And as more and more fellow bloggers began to follow and comment on the posts, I also realized–this is very rewarding!

I won’t lie.  I still am hoping this little website will encourage people to read the novel The Eye-Dancers!  Like most writers, I suppose, I want the things I write to be widely read, and, with luck, enjoyed.  But I have learned, over the journey of these past few months, that simply posting on this site, interacting with all of you, exchanging thoughts and ideas, is wonderful in and of itself.

So, first and foremost, thanks so much to all of you.  You’re the reason I’m still here, posting away.  I truly enjoy your feedback and also enjoy checking out your great blogs, too.  I was a blogging neophyte when I started The Eye-Dancers site.  It has been a fabulous and fun journey so far, and I certainly look forward to what lies ahead.  The fun, I hope, has only just begun.

I’ve been very fortunate to have been nominated for two new blogging awards–The Shine On Award, and The Versatile Blogger Award.

I also was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award recently, as well.  I was lucky enough to have been nominated for that award already, however–late in 2012.  But I wanted to thank The Kat and The Falling Leaves for this most recent nomination for this great award!  I really appreciate it!

In addition, Jae nominated me for The Liebster Award, but I already had received that award, too.  Even so, I wanted to thank Jae here, and I encourage everyone to check out both The Kat’s and Jae’s great sites!


For The Shine On Award, I would like to thank Tuttacronaca for the nomination.  It is an honor to receive recognition from such a wonderful website.  Thanks so much!


The Shine On Award requires you to nominate 15 other blogs, who in turn can post this award on their own sites and nominate others for the award.  It also requires that you then list a few other blogs that tickle your fancy.  So, without further delay, my 15 nominations for The Shine On Award are . . .

I highly recommend brewing a nice warm cup of tea and spending some time in all of the above sites.  They are as intriguing as they are diverse.

And now, here are seven other blogs that, per Shine On Award terminology, “tickle my fancy.”  In other words, I really like them!  And I’m sure you will, too . . .

Thanks again to Tuttacronaca for the nomination!


The second award is the Versatile Blogger Award.  I want to thank both Pondering Spawned and Tazein at the Transcending Borders Blog for nominating The Eye-Dancers for this award!

The rules for this award are as follows:

Rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank and Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

Here are the seven things about myself! . . .

1.  As a kid growing up in the 1980s, my first-ever home computer was a Commodore 64.  Compared to the digital world we’re in now, this thing was, well, ancient!  But I have to say, of all the PCs I’ve used in my life, this one was the most fun.  It’s true, I used it back then mostly to play video games–old classics like Jumpman and Pitfall, with simple, and by today’s standards, laughable graphics.  But they were addictive!  I don’t remember what became of that old Commodore.  But it was a part of my childhood, and I’ll never forget it.



2.  If I had to choose my favorite sci-fi movie of all time, well–it isn’t easy.  There have been some great ones over the decades.  But, to me, the one that stands out above all others is Aliens.  This 1986 tour de force features Sigourney Weaver in the magnificent role of Ellen Ripley, and, despite the film’s length, it speeds along like a runaway train.



Great characters and unforgettable action mark this sci-fi triumph.  And it has one of my favorite dialogue exchanges in movie history.

When the crew learns they’re stranded for at least seventeen days on the world infiltrated by the aliens, Private Hudson replies:  “Seventeen days?  Hey, man, I don’t wanna rain on your parade, but we’re not gonna last seventeen hours!”   And when Ripley informs him that the little girl they rescued has been surviving much longer than that without any weapons or any training, Hudson says, in a whiny voice,  “Why don’t you put her in charge?”




3.  Vermont, where I live, actually has five seasons.  No, really.  Winter, spring, summer, and fall, of course.  But March really stands alone as its own season.  Mud Season we call it around here.  This picture of the dirt road I live on tells it all . . .

Vermont mud, March 14th (2)


4.  Dolls scare me.  Puppets, too.  Anything inanimate like that, I find creepy.  The stories and movies that give me the worst nightmares tend to involve killer dolls and the like.  Perhaps this stems from an experience I had when I was about twelve.  I went into the basement.  For some reason, there was a doll hanging from the clothesline my mother used in the basement to dry clothes in winter.  I don’t recall whose doll it was, or why it was even there that day.  The doll had blonde hair, blue eyes, and wore a long, white dress.  I can visualize her perfectly to this day.  I felt oddly unsettled as I approached her.  And when I did, she . . . blinked at me!  Was it a trick of the light?  My overactive imagination?  Maybe.  But I turned around, and ran up the stairs at Gold Medal speed just the same.


5.  For me, the three funniest characters in television history are, in order:

A. Ed Norton from The Honeymooners


Cliff Clavin from Cheers


And Coach Cutlip from The Wonder Years



6. While Mitchell Brant is the character from The Eye-Dancers I can relate to the most, Marc Kuslanski may have been the most fun to write about.  I have always had a soft spot for science geeks and know-it-alls.  Joe Marma, who sarcastically calls Marc “Einstein” throughout the novel, would say otherwise, I’m sure.



7.  As readers of this blog probably know by now, I am a lifelong comic book collector.  And, like any comic collecting geek, I have a list of my all-time favorite covers in my collection.  Here are a few of them.











Now I’d like to pass this award on to the following bloggers:

All fifteen of the blogs above are highly recommended.  Another cup of tea, perhaps, as you browse through and enjoy?

Thanks again to Pondering Spawned and Tazein for this great nomination!


And thank you very much to all of you, everyone who stops in to The Eye-Dancers site from time to time to pay a visit.  You’re the ones who make this so enjoyable and worthwhile for me.

I thank you very warmly for reading!


84 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ruby
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 19:15:08

    Congrats on the awards and interesting facts! Have an amazing day! 🙂


  2. Lakeshia Artis
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 19:47:12

    Thanks so much for the nomination. This is so much fun!!! I look forward to paying it forward!!!!!


  3. kelihasablog
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 20:10:46

    Wow… that’s a lot of good information. I will check out these blogs as I have time (which is limited at present) but it’s always nice to get suggestions of others…


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Mar 15, 2013 @ 20:15:31

      That’s one of the great things about blog awards! They offer the chance to give a shout-out to others and help spread the word about other great sites. Always great to hear from you, Kat!


  4. martaperegrina
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 20:12:08

    Hola, muchas gracias por la mención.
    Te felicito por la nominación, realment te lo mereces.
    Que pases un finde maravilloso.
    Un abrazo


  5. roryta
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 20:12:24

    Thank you very much for the nomination! I appreciate it. Have a nice day. 🙂


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Mar 15, 2013 @ 20:16:44

      Thank you! You too!


      • roryta
        Mar 15, 2013 @ 20:24:40

        Congratulations!! You’re not only a ‘versatile blogger’ but it seems a very versatile individual with many interests and accomplishments. I want to especially thank you for including me on your list and for sharing your thoughts on my blog! Smiles and Blessings! 🙂

  6. thisisyourbestyear
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 20:15:47

    Congrats! Look forward to reading more.


  7. 2embracethelight
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 20:30:24

    Hello my dear friend and blogger comrade. Congratulations and thank you so much for nominating me for this award. Given our short span of friendship I am honored to be nominated. I shall have my work cut out for me now.
    You are so sweet.
    love ya


  8. Sandee
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 21:27:04

    Congratulations and thanks again!


  9. words4jp
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 21:42:36

    Congrats – I agree with Alien & Aliens – both scared the pants off of me:) and mud? geez, what kind of car – truck do you drive??


  10. Letizia
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 21:55:02

    Congratulations on your awards (and thanks for your sweet nomination!) – It’s fun to see a photo of a computer from the 80s again- it looks so archaic and bulky now 🙂


  11. Christy Birmingham
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 22:13:28

    Congrats on the awards – happy dance!


  12. joseyphina
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 22:17:41

    Thank you for nominating me and congrats on all the amazing awards you have! You truly deserve them!


  13. acflory
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 00:05:17

    This would have to be the most interesting award post I’ve read in a long time! I particularly love the bit about Aliens. It’s my favourite sci-fi series as well, although my favourite movie in the series in no.3. That scene at the end where she swan dives into the furnace chokes me up no matter how many times I see it. And I love the music too. 🙂


  14. seeker
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 00:47:20

    You are just on the roll Mike. And the list of your selections, I definitely have to check them out. Good thing I just bought a new brand of decaf green tea yesterday. Must try it and visit these sites. And thank you for nominating me.

    Keep on writing and we will keep on reading. Congratulations, next the Oscar for you!. BTW, some of those comics are thrillers that I used to read them.


  15. Sara P.G.
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 06:42:32

    Thank you so for the nomination Mike, I am honored you are so kind and sweet Thank you!


  16. JodetteP
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 10:51:04

    Congrats on the awards 🙂


  17. maryamchahine
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 11:05:28

    Congratulations on the awards! They are well deserved. I always enjoy reading your posts and what you have to say. You had a commodore! I think those are like collectors items now. I also loved watching the Honeymooners and Cheers. Those were some of my favorite programs when I had cable TV and was watching Nick at Nite, I believe that was the channel.

    Thanks so much Mike for the nomination! It was really kind of you to think about my blog. I greatly appreciate the awesome gesture! Keep sharing and writing : )


  18. StetotheJ
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 11:59:37

    Well deserved awards indeed!! Fantastic to see you are a C64 fan, as an Amstrad owning kid, I envied people like you….


  19. fiammisday
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 22:41:10

    Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!! You are so kind and I really appreciate!!! A big big kiss!!!!!!


  20. dannadesigns
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 22:53:06

    Congratulations to you on both your Awards and thanks so much for nominating me for the Shine On Award lovely!


  21. valentina
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 23:24:17

    Congratulations on well deserved awards!!! 😀 Oh my goodness!!! 😀 Thank you so much for nominating me! It’s an honor and my pleasure! 😀 😀 😀


  22. readinpleasure
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 23:36:34

    Congratulations for these wonderful awards. You truly deserve them. I also appreciate the nomination 🙂


  23. valentina
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 23:39:41

    Now, about those dolls and puppets scaring you… Your personal experience is a spooky one, yes, but since you’re an 80’s child (I was born in the 70’s) it’s not exactly surprising to me. When we were growing up dolls were pretty common in scary movies. Remember Polstergeist and the clown in the girl’s room? Yikes! That and the music used in movies as well… Whenever you saw children jumping/playing and nursery rhymes started to play… yOU knew! Just knew something awful followed! “Ring around the Rosie” still gives me the creeps!


  24. jamieayres
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 04:33:55

    Loved learning some new things about you! Wonder Years is still one of my all-time fav shows:-) Congrats on your well-deserved awards~cheers


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  26. Fashion Mayann
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 13:05:01

    Congrats for all your awards ! “Aliens” is also my all-time favorite sci-fi movie : I’ve watched it so many times that I know almost every line by heart (and I really like the chemistry between Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn …).


  27. FreeRangeCow
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 14:01:13

    Congrats on the awards…and “mud season” REALLY cracked me up! Very apt description!


  28. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 15:00:30

    Congrats! 🙂


  29. Charron's Chatter
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 16:50:31

    I love Aliens, too. I bet you have great syrup where you live though–reminds me of MT during thaw!–and I wonder what made that doll’s eyes close. The clicky sortuv eye, I am thinking, musta been creepaZOID! Anyway. Interesting 411, dancing eye guy!

    and I wonder about that moniker all of a sudden…;)


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Mar 18, 2013 @ 18:01:25

      Always great to hear from you, Karen! And you’re right–we do have great maple syrup here. Amazing for such a small state, but Vermont is actually the #1 maple syrup producer in the Unites States . . .


  30. evilnymphstuff
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 17:07:20

    Blogging indeed brings so much more than just getting the words out. It’s a wonderful community! 🙂 Congrats to you!


  31. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 19:36:03

    I am truly much honoured that you thought of me on this 🙂 Thank you so, so much.

    Loved your post too though – interesting galore! I can so imagine all your comic books – must be really, really a great collection.

    Congrats! & cheers 🙂


  32. shiroknowes
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 14:09:05

    Congratulations and you have a very lovely blog, have a great day !


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  34. Kavita Joshi
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 18:27:01

    Congratulations dear…keep up the good blogging..thanks for visiting my site


  35. Melinda DeLos Santos (@CanineTrackers)
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 07:18:18

    That reminds me…once when I had to do a book report in high school, I chose an Alexander Dumas novel, but I based my report on the comic book version, instead! 😀


  36. jasmindamaro
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 20:50:17

    hallo liebste freundin herzlichen danck fuer die auszeichnung eines arwards dancke dir dancke fuer deine freundschaft alles liebe abend gruesse an dich von jasmin damaro


  37. Kavita Joshi
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 03:34:41

    congratulations dear 🙂


  38. zehirablog
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 18:30:59

    WOW Congrats – you are certainly getting a lot of recognition. Nice to be acknowledged for good work 🙂


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  41. jasmindamaro
    May 15, 2013 @ 14:48:48

    hallo liebste freundin dancke dir fuer deinen besuch auf space jassmin damaro
    wuensche dir einen schoenen tag viele liebe gruesse an dich jasmin damaro


  42. Inese Poga artist, writer and life sciences specialist
    Jun 04, 2018 @ 23:23:15

    That is nice! I personally do not like the time it takes to accept them. I go award free, but it is great how you have so many, good for you!


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Jun 05, 2018 @ 12:00:10

      Thank you! I have always enjoyed doing these, but I, too, haven’t been accepting that many awards of late. Maybe in the coming months I will, though.:) Thanks again so much for commenting!


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