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.

The Rain Made Me Do It

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I surveil the abstract of rain drops as they slither the outside pane, it’s journey, merely a moment in time.
Each tiny drop, they dazzle like fireworks synchronizing with my deluge of thoughts now cached from a once juvenile me. I beam with the sound of the pitter-patter, the torrent tone lulls me to a reminiscent state as I recall the stories of my olden.

For Granted

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Blare my name,
call me to the table,
wake me up early…
just
one
more
time…

The Torment

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Again, I lie awake, assuaged by the stillness of night,
a clock ticking, then tocking, slowly teasing me with dawn.
Soon the fringe of daylight will edge toward tomorrow,
exposing my scars of yesterday, barely healed.
Why is there no end to the torment?

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?
Chris Cornell -RIP

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… 🙂

Bike Rider

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What a day!!!, and I took full advantage of it. Today was another holiday Monday so I was eager to hit the trails early and see where two tires could take me. I had a quick breakfast, greased up the bike and boom, out the door, nothing but the warm sun and dusty trails in my future. A few ideas on where I wanted to go were popping up in my head but with the beauty of a bike, all that would change as quick as walk and don’t walk. Taking off from the house, zipping down the sidewalk, as long as I have two legs and a heart beat, anywhere is possible.

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It was very hot, so I made sure to bring extra water which is vital on a day like today. You have to remember to hydrate, and oh yeah, make sure to wear sunblock, I was one for one and now I have a print where my backpack was. Anyway, there I was, riding through the park and taking it all in when the above caught my eye. I had to take a picture, I guess it was the way the red was contrasting the green. This brings me to a side-note, my photography, which I hardly call it that, is another benefit of getting out on the bike. I find that I absorb more of my surroundings, I see things that make me circle back and take another look. It’s poetic, I can take a simple moment like the above and interpret it any way I see fit, it’s natures way of giving back because I’ve finally slowed down to take notice. There’s something calming about my bike rides, it’s like i’m a boy again with the adventure, silly I know, but get on a bike and see how you feel.

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I took it up a notch and went downtown, took the trail way all the way down to the south side point, and made good time too I might add. One bike bucket list for me was Fort Amherst, which is a historical site within the city that’s easily accessible and provided the perfect backdrop to a already awesome day. All of these pictures are from there, it was too gorgeous not too capture a few shots to share. I grew up in a very small rural community, so seeing the water, the boats, and the wharves brought back some really cool memories…ah the ocean.

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Crazy happy to get out for a ride today, 36k for a couple hours wasn’t too bad. Have to say though, I’m pretty tired from the trip and along with the sweltering sun, it kind of zzzzzzzzzzz, oops sorry, it kind of kicked my butt to be honest. It’s a good butt-kicking though,  you know?, after you go one on one with mother nature. To challenge yourself to keep moving forward with everything you got, trust me, I had some moments but I dug deep and got through it. There’s a fitness perk with this bike riding too which is another reason I feel in love with it all over again. Yup, since I started biking I have discovered a whole new world right under my nose.  Places in this city I never knew existed and it’s still keeping me on my toes, even today was another road less traveled for me. My bike, much like writing, have become passions of mine, and today I got to do both…life is good?

Your turn…
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Just Write

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I’m sitting here in a coffee shop, slamming back caffeine, trying to get my creative juices flowing, it’s not going so well.  I mean there’s Jazz playing in the background, I’m sitting in a cozy chair and it’s just me and my keyboard, what more do I need? My only motivation came from reading another blog earlier that mentioned “a blank page won’t write itself”, it was only then I started hitting keys.  Thing is, I overthink my writing a lot which is my achilles heel, it sometimes holds me back from just making an entry.  I mean I started this blog to share my thoughts, feelings, and reactions, to the world around me so why not just do that? I have it built up in my head that it has to be this refined, polished, and well thought out post which holds me back. I know, I know, foolish to think that way but it’s honestly the way I am.

We all draw upon our own inspiration and as a blogger, my next post is always my main focus just as soon as I hit publish on the one before it, anyone out there relate? Thought I’d, mention that the blogs that I follow are one way I like to stay motivated, their creativity, their output, and the fact that they all have their own niche is what drives me to keep going, thanks for that.

I’m glad there’s a community of writers that choose to share their talent, it’s awesome in general that people continue to do what they love and are also brave enough to release it to the world, it’s not easy. Don’t let anything get in the way of sharing the real you, life as you see it, it’s a shame to deny everybody that.

I’m going to continue to do my thing and write, no matter what about, no matter why, I’m going to “just write”.

P.s. You matter…

 

The Inside Chair

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The inside chair was always where,
I felt the most at home.

I’d rush to dinner, always the winner,
to sit on my dining room throne.

Argue your matter, try with the flatter,
this spot was mine alone.

If you sat in my place, or stole my space,
Grandmother would make it known.

I sit no more, like i did before,
time has only shown.

That the inside chair is always where,
i’ll miss about my home.