A Super Sweet Blogging Award, and Tag! I’m It!

It continually amazes me and fills me with gratitude that The Eye-Dancers site has been nominated for so many blogging awards.  It’s been such an enjoyable ride, and I can’t thank you all enough.  WordPress is a wonderful place to be, and I am honored by your award nominations.  It really does mean a lot.  You are the reasons why blogging is so rewarding and so much fun.

I have been nominated for two new awards–The Super Sweet Blogging Award, and the Tag!  You’re It Award.

But first, I did want to thank several great bloggers for nominating The Eye-Dancers for the following awards, as well . . .

Thanks to Reshu at Reshu Malhotra.com for a Best Moment nomination.   Thank you to Kathmandu at lmoktan for a Sunshine Award nomination!  Thanks to Janice at Jems Books for a Shine On Award nomination.  And thank you very much to Mary at Oil Pastels by MaryThe Clumsy Fool, and D-Anna at Style Salvation for a Versatile Blogger Award nomination!  The Eye-Dancers has been fortunate enough to win each of these awards in the past, but I wanted to give a shout-out to these fantastic bloggers.  Please be sure to visit their sites!  I am sure you will enjoy them!


A very warm thank you to Janice at jemsbooks, Jackie at Jackiewriting, Kristy at FamilyEverything, Lyn at The Encouraging Scribe, and Katie at The D/A Dialogues for nominating The Eye-Dancers for The Super Sweet Blogging Award!  You all have magnificent sites, and I appreciate the Sweet Award!


The rules for the Super Sweet Blogging Award are as follows . . .

1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you

2. Answer five super sweet questions

The 5 sweet questions:

Cookies or cake? —  Hmm.  Well, it depends on the kind of cookies and the flavor of cake!  But, as a general rule, I would go for the cookies.

Chocolate or vanilla? — Definitely vanilla!

Favorite sweet treat? — Tough to pick just one, but if I had to, I might just go with the old-fashioned, simple piece of apple pie!

When do you crave sweet things the most? — Probably at night, when I shouldn’t be eating them . . .
Sweet nick name? — My aunt used to call me Polly Wolly when I was  a kid, and she used to sing a Polly Wolly song every time she saw me.

3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging award image in your blog post

4. Nominate a dozen other bloggers. The following list is in no particular order. You all have amazing, sweet, thoughtful blogs.

1. http://suaaddartistry.wordpress.com/

2. http://kelihasablog.wordpress.com/

3. http://ididnthavemyglasseson.wordpress.com/

4. http://shiro51144.wordpress.com/

5. http://fashionskyfall.wordpress.com/

6. http://bondingtool.wordpress.com/

7. http://myfavesjournal.com/

8. http://depressionexists.com/

9. http://wannabephotographer87.wordpress.com/

10. http://cowboysandcrossbones.wordpress.com/

11. http://warmtoastymuffins.com/

12. http://everydayinadress.com/

Thanks again to Janice, Jackie, Kristy, Lyn, and Katie for the nomination!  And I hope everyone will check out their great blogs!


And now I would like to thank Perpetua at The Seeker57 and Shaun at Praying for One Day for nominating The Eye-Dancers for the Tag!  You’re it Award.  It is an honor being recognized by two such prolific and talented bloggers!


The rules.

1.  Post a picture of the award on your blog

2.  Tag back to the person who tagged you to let them know you’ve accepted the award.

3.  Share 11 facts about you.

4.  Answer the 11 questions I’ve asked you.

5.  Tag the same amount of people as their are letters in your name.

6.  Ask your OWN 11 questions to the people you’ve tagged.

7.  Contact the people you’ve tagged to let them know they’ve been tagged.

Questions for me to answer (from Shaun at Praying for One Day):

1. What is your favorite color?  Green.  The color of a Vermont field . . .



2. Where have you been to in the world, away from your country?  I have never been overseas.  I have only been to Canada, which I really enjoy visiting!



3. If you had a time machine where would you go and why?  The 1950s.  I’ve always been drawn to that era, and always wished I could have experienced it.  The characters in The Eye-Dancers do get a chance to “live” the ’50s–after a fashion . . .



4. What food do you love most?  Probably my favorite treat of all is French fries.  I’d have answered the same way when I was 8!



5. What is your favorite TV show?  The Twilight Zone, without a doubt!




6. Who is your favorite Actor?  I would have to go with Jimmy Stewart.  He always brought an “everyman” quality to the screen, and he was very talented and likeable.



7. When was the last time you were in the Hospital (No reasons needed):  I have been fortunate, and have never been an in-patient in a hospital.  I’ve gone for routine check-ups and tests, but never for an overnight stay.

8. When did you 1st fall in love, if not, when would you like to?  Well, I always say my first love was writing, and that happened at a very young age!  Way back in the second grade.  Writing and I, we’ve had a very rocky relationship at times, but it’s always been love . . .

9. Do you understand String Theory?  A little–some of the basic concepts.  But whenever I need clarification, I just ask my pal Marc Kuslanski . . .

10. Where IS Waldo?  Search me!!

11. What type/make of Mobile phone do you have?  I have an outdated, archaic Tracfone that never fails to elicit laughs.



My 11 questions for the nominees below:

1. You are going to a remote place–no TV, no cell phone, no electronics.  And you can only bring along one book.  Which book do you choose?

2.  You have a plate full of French fries and a plate full of apples before you.  Which plate do you go for?

3.  What is your favorite season of the year?

4.  What is your favorite sports team (or player) in any sport?

5.  Which do you prefer?  Rocky or Rambo?

6.  What is your favorite old movie (“old” here being defined as any movie prior to 1990)?

7.  What celebrity are you the most tired of?

8.  There is a romance movie on one channel, and a sci-fi movie on the other.  Which do you watch?

9.  What is the most outrageous dare you ever accepted?  Did you follow through and do it?

10.  Do you believe there is life “out there,” in outer space?

11.  Which decade from the 20th century do you think had the worst fashion sense?

Here are 11 facts about me . . .

1. I never wash my car.  When you live on a dirt road in Vermont, as I do, washing your car is a futile activity.  It will just be dirty again the next day.  When is it washed?  When it rains!



2. William Faulkner is often cited as one of the greatest American authors.  While I appreciate his talent, I have never been a fan, and have found his signature work, The Sound and the Fury, to be nearly unreadable . . .



3. I have always been drawn to the “off-season,” the quiet times, like the woods in November, stripped bare, the baseball stadium in winter, silent, the field hidden under a blanket of snow.  Or the summer amusement park in January, empty, the rides vacant and still, the food stands bare, the crowds a memory.  And yet, amidst the silence and solitude, there is the promise of tomorrow, the anticipation of laughter and fun and activity. But for the moment, all is hushed, and still . . .



4. Much like with Faulkner, I am not a huge F. Scott Fitzgerald fan either.  I have often heard people cite The Great Gatsby as the greatest American novel ever written.  Certainly it’s in the news of late, with the new movie.  And again, while I clearly can see and appreciate the talent, Fitzgerald is not a favorite of mine.  I much prefer the prose of Truman Capote, John Knowles, or Harper Lee.



5. My mother has not purchased a single donut since 1980.  The reason?  She says if she buys one, she’ll buy a dozen, and eat them all at once.  I am the same way with ice cream.  I rarely buy it, and when I do, I eat it very quickly!  It’s a twice-a-year-treat.  I can’t trust myself to get it more often than that.



6. My favorite Shakespeare tragedy is King Lear.  A masterpiece.



My favorite Shakespearian comedy?  A Midsummer Night’s Dream.



7. I love baseball history, but don’t really follow baseball very closely today.  Ask me about the 2013 Yankees and I’ll come up blank.  But ask me about the 1927 Yankees, and I can give you all the information you’d want.



8. I recently created a Twitter account.  I’m enjoying it, but still learning about it!



9.  I have never traveled abroad, though I’d love to.  Maybe someday . . .



10. When I was six years old, I went to a softball game to watch my father play.  While at the plate during his first at-bat, teammates kept shouting “good eye, good eye!” to him as he took several errant pitches.  From that day on, I called him “Good Eye.”  The thing is?  I still do . . .

11. I am not a big fan of air travel, and, in fact, have not been on a plane since 2000.  I wouldn’t say I’m afraid to fly, but I prefer not to.  But, as mentioned in #9, I would love to travel overseas.  And in that case, I’d gladly hop on a plane . . .



Well, since my full name has 14 letters, here are 14 nominations for the Tag!  You’re It! Award!

1. http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

2. http://familyeverything.wordpress.com/

3. http://jackiewriting.wordpress.com/

4.  http://soulofspice.wordpress.com/

5. http://dadialogues.wordpress.com/

6. http://cncfimoparadise.wordpress.com/

7. http://theencouragingscribe.wordpress.com/

8. http://honeydidyouseethat.wordpress.com/

9. http://poeticparfait.com/

10. http://likeitiz.wordpress.com/

11. http://foodflavorfascination.wordpress.com/

12. http://khmazzola124.wordpress.com/

13. http://feralc4t.wordpress.com/

14. http://fictionalmachines.com/


Thank you again to the great bloggers who nominated me for these awards!  And thank you very much to everyone for reading!


83 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melisa R
    May 24, 2013 @ 16:24:08

    Congratulations! Well deserved!


  2. dannadesigns
    May 24, 2013 @ 16:40:44

    Thanks for the shout out and congratulations on winning all these words again. So well deserved! 🙂


  3. wannabephotographer87
    May 24, 2013 @ 16:40:59

    You’re so sweet to have thought of me for this award! I’m so bad at doing them lol, so please don’t be offended if I forget! Haha! It means so much to me thank you 😀 and congrats because you vey much deserve this award!


  4. readingwithrhythm
    May 24, 2013 @ 17:30:41

    congratulations on all your awards! Good work!


  5. readinpleasure
    May 24, 2013 @ 17:44:27

    Congratulations. 🙂


  6. words4jp
    May 24, 2013 @ 18:05:56



  7. snati001
    May 24, 2013 @ 18:10:54

    Congratulations! 😀 Also, thank you again for the nomination.


  8. Sam Han
    May 24, 2013 @ 18:18:05

    Congratulations on all your awards, Michael! Thank you for the nomination. 😀


  9. jackiewriting
    May 24, 2013 @ 18:49:06

    Well done! 🙂


  10. Mary
    May 24, 2013 @ 18:55:36

    Wow, this was some list of awards – congratulations you deserve them all. I loved learning about you and especially ‘good eye!’


  11. martaperegrina
    May 24, 2013 @ 19:41:38

    Felicitaciones Mike por la nueva nominación.
    Que tengas una plácida jornada.


  12. Briana Vedsted
    May 24, 2013 @ 20:33:30

    Congratulations! You should celebrate…with some ice cream! 😉


  13. kelihasablog
    May 24, 2013 @ 23:36:52

    My goodness! You did this so well… I kinda just plopped mine up on my page last week…lol. I will try my best to get mine done… Thanks so much for thinking of me! I love your blog, not to mention your book. Are you gonna do a sequel?


    • The Eye-Dancers
      May 28, 2013 @ 13:30:27

      A sequel is a definite possibility! I have it planned out and hope it will go well, but the true test will only happen once I get further into the story. Until then, I can’t know for sure if it will work! The insecurities of the writing life.:)


      • kelihasablog
        May 29, 2013 @ 21:57:33

        LOL…. well, I thought the way it ended… was perfect for a sequel with the little girl being included or perhaps at her home…

  14. Lyn
    May 25, 2013 @ 02:12:10

    Well done Mike. You’ll soon have to start a whole new blog just to display your awards 😀
    Thank you so much for the nomination!


  15. J. E. Lattimer
    May 25, 2013 @ 02:29:08

    Congratulations & thank you so much! Have a great day- Take care! 🙂


  16. sakuraandme
    May 25, 2013 @ 09:38:11

    Hey Mike, Congratulations!! And thanks again for thinking of me…hugs Paula xx


  17. fashion, cooking, sewing blog
    May 25, 2013 @ 11:41:56

    Congrats and thank you Mike, you have an amazing blog!!!


  18. Katie Sullivan
    May 25, 2013 @ 13:00:56

    Congrats on all your awards and thanks so much for “Tagging” me!


  19. shiroknowes
    May 25, 2013 @ 16:26:19

    Congratulations and thanks again I accept this with great honor 🙂


  20. krisdw76
    May 26, 2013 @ 15:10:58

    Congratulations Mike :)!!!! And thank you so much for nominating me :). I will work on my award post today and tomorrow.


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  22. Christy Birmingham
    May 26, 2013 @ 21:13:18

    Congrats, Mike! Thanks for the nomination too 🙂 I am glad you have been to Canada and love visiting here!


  23. BeWithUs
    May 27, 2013 @ 06:52:55

    Congratulations~ Cheers!!! 😀


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  25. Fashion Mayann
    May 28, 2013 @ 13:18:11

    Wow, congrats, Mike !!! It was fantastic to read your answers (and your questions !), even if I would have chosen chocolate, ha ha !


  26. Doris
    May 28, 2013 @ 15:03:47

    Congratulations on all the awards, well deserved!!

    I have to say no one made me read the The Great Gatsby ever, and a couple of months ago I pick it, there’s a Romanian guy that I follow he keeps talking about it and how is the best thing ever, yet for some reason I did not love it. I love the fact you have a normal phone like me lol, I don’t get those people with fancy phones who are on their phones more than life. Anyways, like to know a bit about you, now I want ice cream ;).


  27. Dilip
    May 28, 2013 @ 15:38:56

    Congratulations and well deserved too!


  28. Leanova Designs
    May 28, 2013 @ 17:30:25

    Yaaay! Congrats 🙂


  29. quirkybooks
    May 28, 2013 @ 17:51:47

    Congratulations on your award and Tag. Great to read more about you.


  30. Cowboys and Crossbones
    May 28, 2013 @ 19:02:04

    Congrats on the awards Mike! And thank you for passing along the sweetness!


  31. myfavesjournal
    May 29, 2013 @ 00:15:59

    Congratulations and thank you for the nomination. Your phone will be a museum piece soon.


  32. Sue Dreamwalker
    May 30, 2013 @ 16:53:22

    Congratulations Mike your awards are well deserved.. Lovely reading.. 🙂


  33. reocochran
    Jun 03, 2013 @ 19:55:56

    Thank you for checking in on my humble stories so much! I enjoy yours and think you accepted the Sweet Award so graciously! I love that you entertain us even while you are accepting it. Congratulations, belatedly…


  34. suaaddartistry
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 08:44:42

    Thanks Mike for the award!!!!! 😀


  35. suaaddartistry
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 08:48:03

    And congrats to you on yours 😉


  36. joseyphina
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 09:06:52

    Congratulations, Mike! 🙂


  37. honeydidyouseethat?
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 04:11:26

    Thanks so much for the shout out. Am really honoured that a published author takes the time to drop in on “Honey.” John agrees! Am working on my tag blog.


  38. FreeRangeCow
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 14:45:16

    Thanks for letting us get to know you, better!


  39. lavendermoongirlblog
    Jun 20, 2013 @ 18:18:59

    Congratulations! Thanks also for liking my post.


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