Many thanks to Jen for nominating me for the Shine On award. As a thank you, my friends, I would love to introduce you to her blog: CLICK TO VISIT JEN
I wish to nominate a few friends, whose blogs I admire:
1. One Brave Survivor Healing a.k.a. Amanda
Amanda is a wonderful writer of beautiful poetry. Her posts are always uplifting and the voice she uses is authentic. People interested in a real life person, creative to the core, living authentically who has triumphed over some pretty big challenges in life will garner a lot from spending some time on her blog.
2. Black and Write a.ka. Dominic R. DiFrancesco
Dominic provides me and his readers with wonderful poems. He has written in many various poetry formats and his experimentation always leaves the reader hungry for me.
3. Shrinks Aren’t Cheap a.k.a I don’t know her real name
Edgy poetry. I love edgy poetry and have been known to write some edgy stuff from time to time. But here is a true master of knocking you out of your chair on a daily basis.
SO THOSE ARE MY THREE NOMINEES … PLEASE KEEP YOUR BLOGS SHINING ON!
1. Display the award logo on your blog
2. Link back to the person who nominated you
3. State 7 things about yourself
4. Nominate other bloggers for this award
5. Notify the bloggers that they have been nominated
6. Write a wish on a paper airplane and float it out the nearest window. (Hey, we need new rules for these awards. Rules that don’t involve tagging a dozen fellow bloggers!)
SEVEN THINGS ABOUT MYSELF
1. Since becoming a daily blogger, I have noticed my self-confidence build. I don’t have any training in the high arts of creative writing. I remember first getting into poetry about 2 years ago. Before that I didn’t appreciate poetry, and felt it was hard to understand. I remember being interested in the challenge of writing poems and ordering ‘The Poetry Handbook’ by Mary Oliver (don’t waste your money folks). Basically, my approach has been this… write it, edit it, and put it out there. It’s like throwing it against the wall and seeing if it sticks. I went from the naive notions of rhyming poetry to reading and writing mostly in free-verse. I have also really enjoyed time spent writing haiku’s. Tanka’s are a new interest for me. The one piece of advice that helped me quite a bit as a poet is something that my friend told me, “Poetry is meant to be read aloud.” This really helped me write my own poems and appreciate others. Try reading a poem aloud and in different international accents and you’ll discover the love of poetry, guaranteed.
2. Things I have empathy for: Veganism (meat is murder), Crohn’s & Colitis, Anxiety / Depression / Mental Illness, People starving, The Homeless, Former Jehovah’s Witnesses, People confused about their sexuality/gender
3. My favourite novels: I like anything by Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, just about to start The Lost Symbol and must get his new book Inferno), Lolita by Nabokov, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, and I like most novels by spy fiction writer Frederick Forsythe
4. Long before I was a poet and a daily blogger, I was a songwriter and musician. Check out some of my music by CLICKING HERE – you can download any of the songs for free!
5. Who is my celebrity crush? I’d have to say Avril Lavigne. She’s Canadian, can play guitar, and doesn’t seem to age. I would list Tegan and Sara but they are lesbians and so I’m already disqualified.
6. For some reason, I got into a bad habit growing up, thinking that at least could be written as one word ‘atleast’ … Spell check informs me that this is not a word. I can’t break the habit though.
7. I have a panty fetish. I’m quite up front about it with my friends. I guess you can consider yourself a friend now! Anyways, I just think that the shapes, the fabrics, the colours, are all very beautiful and accent the curves I love on women. So it’s my fetish. Did you know that in Japan you can buy worn panties from vending machines? No, I have not been to Japan, and I think it’s a little creepy to have them in vending machines (imagine being the guy who restocks the machine?? WTF) but I do suppose that if I ever did go to Japan, after my time visiting Zen Monasteries I’d bring a whole bunch of panties back. Creepy? A little. Still not as bad as Fifty Shades of Grey which I am not into, and by all accounts is very poorly written.
So that’s 7 things about me. It just occurred to me that if you like these 7 things, maybe I should be playing that Miley Cyrus one hit wonder ’7 Thing I Hate About You’ which has a fantastic resolution with her listing the 7 things she likes about the guy. It’s been a pleasure to stroll off the path this evening and do something personal. Thanks for the award and I look forward to treating you all to some more poetry in the morning!
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