A Versatile Blogger Award, Breaking More Rules . . . and a Thank-You

It seems hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for close to three years now.  I remember vividly making the decision, in the summer of 2012, to create a blog devoted to my then-upcoming novel, The Eye-Dancers.  With those first tentative steps, little did I realize how joining the WordPress community would add to my life and enable me to make many friends from around the world.

And that still impresses me, amazes me, even.  You have to remember that I am old-school, having grown up in the ’80s and gone to college in the ’90s . . . my generation was the last one to come of age in a world sans email and chat rooms and social media and smartphones.  So it still astounds me that we have such reach today, such an ability, such a platform–literally, a worldwide audience.  Children growing up today likely take this digitalization of our world for granted.  To them a smartphone is no more extraordinary than the mail would have been to me in 1989.

1980s

 

So for this lifelong reader, writer, classic movie lover, comic book aficionado, and Twilight Zone enthusiast, the WordPress community has been a tremendous blessing–right from day one.  And it’s with great appreciation and gratitude that I accept the nomination of the Versatile Blogger Award from Melissa at Today, You Will Write. For those of you not familiar with Melissa’s fabulous blog, please take a virtual trip over there.  You will be glad you did!

I actually was nominated for the Versatile Blogger award some twenty-six months ago, but I wanted to accept again so I could thank Melissa for nominating me and also thank everyone for all your support (more on this at the end of this post!).  Additionally, the rules for this award have changed a little since March of 2013, and I wanted to take a stab at it.  (Not that I follow rules when it comes to blogging awards!)

Speaking of, here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award with links to their blogs.
  • Finally, post 7 things about yourself. (Answer the questions from the person who nominates you, and then ask 7 of your own.)
  • Also remember to add the Versatile Blogger image to your post.

https://theywalkthenight.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/versatile-blogger.jpg?w=535

Here are the seven questions Melissa asked, and which I now will answer . . .

1. Who is your favourite author or what is your favourite book?

It’s very tough to choose just one!  As for authors, I can’t really say I have a favorite–there are so many!  Two, however, who have always served as inspirations are Ray Bradbury for his enthusiasm, imagination, and heart; and Truman Capote for his skill and talent–a master wordsmith if there ever was one.

A favorite book?  Very difficult to choose just one.  But if I absolutely had to, I would probably say To Kill a Mockingbird.

tokillamockingbird

 

2. If you had a super power what would it be?

I’m not sure it’s a super power, but I would probably choose a photographic memory.  I’ve always been keenly aware of all the things I forget.  It strikes me that, if you think about your life, probably 99% of it is forgotten.  Granted, much of it is trivial–what did you have for supper on June 17, 1999?  What time did you go to bed on February 7, 2006?  Even so, it seems sad that we forget so much.

3. If you could produce a movie, which one would you choose?

The Eye-Dancers of course!

eyedancers

 

4. How has WordPress helped you to become a better writer?

This is a great question, and I think the answer is–the regular (or, for me these days, semi-regular!) posting of articles.  Maintaining a blog forces you to come up with (hopefully) original, creative posts on a fixed schedule.  You can’t just wait until you feel inspired or when the spirit moves you.  If you want to maintain something of a steady schedule, you have to write posts on a regular basis.  This steady need to come up with original material has been a wonderful way for me to exercise my creative writing muscles.  They are no longer permitted, since I’ve joined WordPress, to get flabby or out of shape!

5. What fun thing do you do to keep yourself from burning out?

Nothing cheers me up like watching reruns of, well, Cheers or The Honeymooners, or reading a corny old comic book.  And when a physical release is needed, I have always felt at home on the tennis court.

cheers

sa161

 

6. When you were a child, what did you want to become?

For a very brief period, I toyed with the idea of becoming a marine biologist, and there was a time I wanted to be a detective, but for the most part, I have always wanted to be a writer.

7. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you go?

Right where I am–living in the hills of Vermont!  A close second would be Prince Edward Island, Canada, the most beautiful place I’ve ever experienced.

pei

 

Now it’s my turn to ask seven questions for anyone who wants to accept this award.  Yes, it’s rule-breaking time!  Rather than nominate fifteen bloggers, I want to nominate everyone who follows The Eye-Dancers website!  I hope very much that some of you will accept this nomination and delve into the following questions . . .

1. You have the opportunity to step into a time machine and choose any destination you want: past or future.  When and where would you go?

timemachine

 

2. When you were growing up, did you have an idol?  If so, who was it?

3. You have three choices, and only three:  you can watch either a 007 movie, an Alfred Hitchcock classic, or a reality TV show.  Which one do you watch?

dialmformurder

 

4. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

5. What is something about you (it could be a hobby, interest, talent–anything) that most of your friends would be surprised to learn?

6. If money were not an object and you could do anything you wanted for a career or profession, what would you do?

7. There are three items on the table in front of you (only three!):  a chocolate bar, a Stephen King paperback, and a Rubik’s Cube.  Which of these do you reach for?

rubikscube

To conclude, I wanted to thank everyone who has visited, supported, and read The Eye-Dancers blog.  Without your interest and participation these past three years, this blog would not exist today.  Admittedly, I am not posting as often as I once did, as I continue to work on the sequel to The Eye-Dancers (which now, at long last, is close to having an official title!), but my appreciation for all of you is as strong as ever.  You are the reason I enjoy blogging as much as I do.  Hopefully the best is yet to come.

thankyou

Thank you so much for reading these scribblings of mine all these many months!

–Mike

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. عابرةسبيل
    May 22, 2015 @ 22:50:55

    Congratulations

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  2. jjspina
    May 23, 2015 @ 01:45:44

    Congrats, Mike! Your scribblings are so much more than that. I look forward to your book 2! Great post as always! Best wishes!

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  3. insearchofitall
    May 23, 2015 @ 13:18:31

    Congratulations! I stopped accepting awards because of the complexity of the chain effect. I did one to try and figure out how to do it early on but they are nice. Just too complicated for me. I loved the questions you ask. I’m going to save them to ask myself. I enjoyed reading the answers to the questions you were given too. I think my favorite book that has had the most impact was “Breakfast with Buddha” by Roland Merullo. I’m surprised everyday how it keeps serving me in quiet ways and it was a novel.
    Your question about which of the three items I’d pick. Well, I start with the book and hold down the page with the Rubik’s cube while opening the chocolate and reading. I’m an all or nothing kind of person. 🙂 I love the clock here how it turns into itself. Time is such an issue in our perception. I’m not looking all that excitedly toward the future. The past was harder than it should have been so I focus my intention to enjoy each minute of each day. That happens more when you get older. You see things differently. I have to say I used to love Alfred Hitchcock movies and the 007 but beat me with a stick and I won’t watch a reality show. Blogging has opened my world and I’ve made many virtual friends here. They keep me coming back. I hear people who are afraid of connecting with others on the internet. Of 260 follows I bet 25 read and 10 have become close “as in we send each other gifts and letters” friends. I can’t even do that in my neighborhood. Superpowers are interesting. I think they should make common sense a super power. A photographic memory would be nice. My first husband had one. Didn’t help him much. You have a kind nature, live in a place you know you like, and do what you love. That’s kind of super if you asked me. 🙂 Have a wonderful Memorial weekend. I hope one day you get to produce your movie.

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  4. petrel41
    May 23, 2015 @ 14:28:11

    Congratulations! I will make a blog post with answers to your questions later 🙂

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  5. Bonnie Marshall
    May 23, 2015 @ 21:53:40

    Absolute congratulations, Mike! . We both started writing blogs as about the same time, and are the fortunate ones to find so much response and fulfillment in this amazing endeavor. You were a definite inspiration for me. Smiles.

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  6. teagan geneviene
    May 25, 2015 @ 12:36:09

    Delightful answers to those questions, Mike. Great big hug!

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  7. Laurel Leigh
    May 26, 2015 @ 21:58:55

    I loved your answers, and congrats!

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  8. Sherri
    May 27, 2015 @ 15:04:28

    Many congratulations Mike and on almost 3 years blogging too, that’s a fantastic achievement and I’ve loved blogging alongside you for over 2 of those! Loved your answers, and how wonderful to be happy just where you are. I love Cheers. And you really took me back to the 80’s…my son had a Knight Rider metal lunch box that he adored 😉

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  9. A. Blake
    May 29, 2015 @ 02:35:29

    Congratulations!

    Reply

  10. laura kilty
    May 29, 2015 @ 20:11:08

    I also wanted to be a Marine Biologist for a brief few months when I was a kid! Funny to see that in your answers! 🙂 Love your blog, congrats!

    Reply

  11. Carrie Rubin
    Jun 01, 2015 @ 19:42:23

    A photographic memory would be wonderful. I’ve always said I’d pick teleportation as my super power (as long as I could keep my clothes on!). It would make travel so much easier. But now you’ve got me thinking with this memory thing. It would save me a lot of, “Now, what did I come in this room for?”…

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  12. readinpleasure
    Jun 09, 2015 @ 15:20:43

    Congratulations 🙂

    Reply

  13. cindy knoke
    Jun 09, 2015 @ 22:21:05

    You deserve all the awards there are my friend!

    Reply

  14. penpowersong
    Jun 15, 2015 @ 00:06:45

    much deserved awards!

    Reply

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