One Hundred

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Hey folks,

Well now, would you look at that, it seems I have made it to another blogging milestone. Got a shiny new badge telling me that Earth to Ash has reached 100 posts, I know it’s probably only a drop in the bucket for many, but for me it comes as quite the accomplishment. That’s a lot of time, a lot of creativity, and a lot of me. Just about two years ago or so, I was tossing around the idea of a creating this blog and here I am 100 posts deep into this journey of mine…crazy. The thoughts, feelings, and reactions that I would normally just keep in my journal, were now for the world to read and I am so glad that I held my nose and jumped right in.

Once I received the 100 post milestone I took a look back at some of my older entries, the good, the bad, and the ugly, it was fun seeing the evolution of Earth to Ash from way back to its birth to what it is today. I am still very much green to this process but I’m learning each time I hit publish. I’m am fortunate to have met some great bloggers out there who I appreciate as fellow writers and more importantly as friends. There is a huge sense of community here on WordPress and I have to give a shout out to those who have helped me along the way. Thanks again for sharing your appreciation for my writing and thanks for the guidance and support that you have given me up to this point and hopefully beyond. I want to also thank all the rest, the non-bloggers, the silent passer-by’s who read my stuff on a regular basis, thank you for your readership and for coming back post after post.

OK, so I promised myself I wouldn’t rabble on with this entry, I just wanted to take a sec and acknowledge reaching a goal such as this. I intend on knocking out a few more goals this year in 2018, not only with my writing, but also with my life in general, I’m excited to see what’s on the horizon. The evolution of Earth to Ash is still in its infancy, so who knows where things will go next but when it comes to achieving goals, just remember that it’s not where you have been but rather it’s where you’re going.

Until…

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You Follow Me?

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Boom! 200-Thanks for the follows!!!

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Yup, I got this shiny little achievement just over a week ago, so I’m dedicating this post to you, all my faithful readers, every last one.  You know, each time I hit the publish button, I think for a second, and it still blows me away that there’s actually people out there that take valuable time out of their  busy lives to read my two cents.

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I remember that first notification I got of a new follower, I was excited, it was a “here we go” moment. The journey began with a single follower and thanks to your loyalty readership, I’m gaining more and more momentum every day. Over the past year, the wonderful feedback that Earth to Ash has received as kept me motivated, focused, and determined, I couldn’t be happier with how it’s going. Truth be told, there were times at first I almost gave up, couple of times actually, but with every new like, comment, and of course follower, I stayed the course.
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Half the battle was learning to have faith in what I write, sure, the content sometimes wrote itself but saying goodbye to it was a whole other thing. Present day though, I just go with it, it has been both freeing and rewarding and not to mention a learning process. A lot of that had to do with the many friendly comments, critiques, and overall support that I have gotten. The more encouraging the feedback, the more confidence I had in my writing. I really have to say, this whole blog idea of mine has been pretty awesome, no wait….
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Finally, I want thank all of you again, thanks for dropping by when you do. Your support has allowed me to follow a passion a mine and like I said if it weren’t for my followers I’d be just another lonely voice. There’s some of you I know, the others just not yet but what’s important is that you have all stayed with me through the trenches, I couldn’t be more grateful for that. Please stay tuned because who knows what’s in store, I got some great ideas and maybe a fresh approach or two dancing around in my head, so let’s see what is to come of all this Earth to Ash stuff, let’s see what next….shall we?

Ladies and Gentleman Mr. Phil Collins… too much??? hehehe

 

 

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

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Hey there readers,

You know what’s great? Getting feedback on how your writing is doing, how my written word is being received by the inter-world. I love feedback, the more the merrier in my opinion. The Ink Owl has been one of my top supporters, one of my most frequent readers and was awesome enough to nominate me and my blog for this wonderful award. I’ve been blessed with so much support by the people I’m fortunate enough to have read my blog on a consistent basis, can’t pitch in with my two cents without you-Thank you.

Please show his blog the support he’s shown mine by dropping by The Ink Owl and leaving him a like, comment, and maybe even a follow.

Here’s the Rules for the nominations:

  • anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers;
  • the nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator; and
  • the questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.

I follow a lot a blogs and to be so select is an injustice to the others so here’s a few suggestions:

Questions asked to me by The Ink Owl:

  • What are your goals for writing? Where do you want it to go?
    I don’t really have a destination per se, it’s true, I would like to be able to sustain a living by writing, which would be doing something that I can honestly say, is something I genuinely love doing. It’s also an outlet for me, so no matter what, I will always continue to write in some capacity.
  • While working on a writing project how do you keep yourself on track or task?
    The majority of my wring is impromptu, in the moment, so I don’t really task it, when I do I tend to overthink what I want to write. The only thing that I do task is the fact that I have to “just write”.
  • Do you use music to help you write? If yes what kind? If not what do you use to help you write?
    I do actually, I sometimes listen to jazz or coffeehouse music that helps me think.

    My Questions for my nominees:

    • How often do you revisit former posts for a reread?
    • Have you strayed away from your genre lately, any other layers to your writing?
    • How important is feedback to you?

That’s my piece for now, listen just keep on writing and keep showing us that side of you. And for the readers, without you, words would’t make a difference, thank you.

 

The Mystery Blogger Award X 2

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What’s the mystery blogger award?

a la the creator…
“Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging. And they do it with so much love and passion.”
-Okoto Enigma

This, the second Mystery Blogger Award to my credit and it was bestowed upon me by the wonderful Shawna at wholeheartyhappy. She has been kind enough to acknowledge my blog once again, it’s been crazy as of late with these “tip of the hat compliments” to my writing and I can’t give enough thanks. The compliments keep coming and it keeps motivating me to keep up with more content. For her graciousness, do yourself a favor and check out wholeheartyhappy and leave a like, follow and comment.

The Rules:

  • Display the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules of the award.
  • Thank the person/blogger who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog .
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Nominate bloggers
  • Share the link(s) to your best post(s)

3 things about myself to share with my readers:

1. Just this month my fiancé and I, Trixie, celebrated our 16th anniversary, she’s been an huge supporter of my blog and anything really when it comes to my creative side plus she tolerates my really bad jokes which by now has made her eligible for sainthood.

2. Pretty stoked that I recently entered a national poetry contest and will find out in a few months how I do. Fingers crossed, actually everything crossed.

3. Almost drowned in a pool once until I stood up, lol, two girls had pushed me under at a water park on the waterside. I panicked and went under and stayed under, I thought I was drowning. I thrashed and thrashed until finally, I heard someone say “stand up”, it was not my finest moment.

What are the answers to the questions from Shawna?

Q1: If you could have any profession, what would it be?
A1: I think for me, I would want to be a full time writer. I know I’m blowing smoke like that would happen but since this is all hypothetical, if I could write all day and night and get paid to support my family then that would certainly be what I would choose to do.

Q2: Is there anything about your blog that you would change?
A2: I am always looking for ways to change my blog, it’s evolved quite a bit since I started already but sometimes I take a step back and wonder how I can maybe add some elements that my readers would want to see. So suggestions?

Q3: What is your favorite book, movie, or song? Why?
A3: I wrote in another post that my favorite book is “The Book of Awesome – by Neil Pasricha” and it was because when I started to read his book, it read as if I had wrote it myself, I loved it and no matter when I read it, it made me feel, well…”awesome”. My favorite movie is tough, don’t really have one but gun to my head i’d go with “Christmas Vacation” for a lot of reasons.

Q4: Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
A4: Master of the pan flute.

Q5: What is your favorite food?
A2: Too many but one is “oatmeal raisin cookies”

By the way, I understand that not everyone participates in these awards, so absolutely no pressure. I tell you what, just pay if forward with a like, comment, or a follow.

Give these nominees a look, so many to choose from but here’s a few…

I’m off to clear out my draft section, thanks for reading.

Sunshine Blogger Award

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Here we go again, The Ink Owl  was awesome enough to give me this shout out the other day and I wanted to share this post to thank him. My last blog entry was about an award and I need to work on another right after this. What can I say, my head is starting to swell, lol, but really I am floored that these acknowledgments keep coming my way. You truly don’t know whose out there reading your work on a daily basis and when you get confirmation in the way of these little virtual kudos then that got to make you smile.

Rules:

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions for me:

What is your favorite season of the year?
– I would without a doubt have to go with the fall. Summer is great and all but there is something about the fall of year.

What do you do when you’re stuck in traffic?
– Regret I learned how to drive.

How do you prepare your space to write?
-This is where I need help, I have been trying to situate a routine along with my own personal space to escape and create, still a work in progress.

Name one of your obsessions.
– Definitely bike riding, for sure.

What music can you not live without?
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What time of day is the most conducive for writing?
– I would have to go with evening into the late night.

How do you push yourself to finish a story?
– I walk away from my writing, I may work on something else, read, think, when I get back to it I feel more determined and recharged.

What is an irrational fear you have?
– Probably would have to go with heights, not a fan.

What’s your favorite character you’ve written so far?
– Actually I am in the midst of writing a book (not really but trying at least) and the main character is a former cop turned lawyer “Grayson Nicks” who gets drawn into a small town murder.

Do you have a perfect happenstance in time you remember? What happened?
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What is your favorite part of summer?
– The beginning, middle, and the end…lol

My Nominations for this award are:

My Questions For Them:

What was the fastest idea you had that practically wrote itself?

What’s on your PVR?

If the internet didn’t exist, would you still write?

Any rituals during your creative process?

Do you have any other writing projects ongoing?

Do you post the same time every time?

Where’s one place that will always brings you inspiration?

How much as your blog evolved?

Is there one tip you can share about writing?

If you could make WordPress better, how so?

Got a pun for me?

Now go write….

One Lovely Blog Award!

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Got to admit, I feel kind of bad that it has taken me this long to post this award, shame on me. Sometime ago, Avid Observer took the time to credit me with another writing acknowledgment, I’m only now getting the chance to share it.

Once again, I’m flattered that my blog is being held in such high regard by one of my writing peers. It’s great getting feedback on what I write and it’s compliments like this that make it all worth it. One of my goals with Earth to Ash is to get a reaction from any and all that find themselves taking the time to read it. It’s absolutely reassuring when a gesture like this comes your way and proves that there’s people out that enjoy what you do, and I appreciate every one of my readers “virtual fist pump”.

Rules:

Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.

  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  • Must add 7 facts about themselves.
  • Nominate 15 people to do the award!

Seven facts about myself:

  1. I live in Newfoundland which is an island on the east coast of Canada;
  2. I have an Aboriginal background and I am a part of the Miawpukek First Nations;
  3. My daughter Ashton who recently turned 19 is in her second year university;
  4. I’m a huge Mixed Martial Arts fan;
  5. Still love video games;
  6. Won a pie eating contest once; and
  7. I’m a paralegal and work at a law firm downtown.

I guess now it’s time for my nominees, they are as follows and truly in no particular order:

  1. cries from an unkempt garden;
  2. The Ink Owl;
  3. wholeheartyhappy.wordpress.com;
  4. Here in the Silence;
  5. BeautyBeyondBones;
  6. FLOW ART STATION;
  7. Orlando Espinosa;
  8. Ricardo Sexton;
  9. The Naga;
  10. J. A. Allen;
  11. A Mind;
  12. Quiescentlistener;
  13. elizarudolf;
  14. follow your arrow; and
  15. Sparky Jen “No Beating Around the Bush Allowed!

Until next time… 🙂

Mystery Blogger Award

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Once again I have been surprised by another acknowledgement award, completely from left field.  There’s no bigger compliment to my writing and to my bog then a compliment from my peers.  Thanks again Avid Observer, I really appreciate the kind gesture.

Human perspective with inspiration and motivation, you’ll find it all right here at Avid Observer

Kudos to Okoto Enigma for making such an award to celebrate writing and allow all of us bloggers a chance to share a virtual fist bump and promote exposure.

Keep on paying it forward everybody!!!!

Award Rules:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award (Okoto Enigma) and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate roughly 10 – 20 people for this award.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  • Ask your nominees five questions.
  • Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written.

Three things about me:

  1. Gym nut;
  2. Not a fan of heights; and
  3. I hate slow walkers.

My Nominees who I have become a fan of, they’re all very talented and each deserve a shout out, they  are:

  1. Orlando Espinosa ;
  2. The Ink Owl;
  3. Ricardo Sexton;
  4. The Evolutionary Mind;
  5. Quiescentlistener;
  6. The Nostalgia Diaries;
  7. The Body’s Heated Speech;
  8. Sparky Jen “No Beatin Around the Bush Allowed!”;
  9. Eliza Rudolf
  10. Beauty Beyond Bones

5 Questions asked of me:

  1. Which famous personality that I would like to meet from the past?Why?
    Answer: John Ritter at the Regal Beetle – come on, cause its Jack Tripper.
  2. One thing that can make my day?
    Answer: Hearing any pun whatsoever.
  3. Lesson I learned that I can never forget?
    Answer: Never fry bacon with your shirt off.
  4. One human trait that I hate?
    Answer: Condescension.
  5. A quote or memo that I truly follow in my life?
    Answer: A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

5 Questions I leave my Nominees:

  1. Where do you draw your inspiration to write/blog?
  2. What time of day do you prefer to write?Why?
  3. What are you reading?
  4. Favorite writer or blogger?
  5. Worst bout of writers block?

Lastly, I have to say that I don’t really have a favorite post, they are all some bit or piece of me so I truly can’t choose.  I just hope people keep enjoying what I write.