Bloggers Recognition Award Nomination.

Well, I am proud, over the moon and chuffed to bits to have been nominated for this award by a blogger that I have such high regard for, who I have collaborated with a number of times writing several poems; Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess.

Blogger Recognition Award

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award.
6. Comment on each blog to let them know you’ve nominated them and a link to the post you created.

How my Blog Started.

Well, It all began back in March 2018. It was on the 7th of March to be precise. I have been writing stories and poems for years but I had never shared my work or sought feedback before. For a Christmas Present, some friends bought me a 6-week creative writing course at the CityLit college in London. Having enrolled on this course I found that my urge to write became insatiable. Before I wrote once in a while but after I started writing daily. It was like an explosion. I decided that I needed to have a place to put all the stuff coming out of my mind. I entered a competition and I didn’t get anywhere but in the feedback, I was given a link to WordPress. I am naturally a bit of a technophobe but I had a go and created my blog. I have not looked back since. It has been a wonderful experience and I wish I had started much earlier. The blogging community has been really helpful and supportive. I have made some excellent blogging pals.

Since then I have written a lot of short stories and lots of poems. In the last few months, I have slowed down a bit and am not currently blogging as much but I hope that with the energy that comes with the New Year, I will start writing more again.

 

Advice or Guidance

  1. Blog about something that you love and just keep going, followers will come.
  2. Don’t worry if you can’t keep up with the rate of other bloggers. Write when you can and when you feel like it.

 

My Nominees:

This is always the bit I find hard, not because of a lack of people I think deserve it, it’s because there are SO many wonderful bloggers out there putting their heart and soul into everything they do that it is difficult to choose.

My thoughts are that if you are reading this then please consider yourself nominated. You Deserve it.

And also, as we draw near, I hope you have a lovely Christmas or whatever way you spend the darkest days of Winter.

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https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/12/22/guidance/

 

Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

 

I have been nominated for this Sunshine Blogger award by the lovely Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess and we call can do with a bit of sunshine at this time of year (except you Southern Hemisphere inhabitants or those closer to the equator). 🙂

Click on Beckie’s post here:

Sunshine Blogger Award

 

About Sunshine Blogger Award:
It is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Rules:

a. Nominate 11 people and notify them via comment.
b. Ask them new 11 questions.
c. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
d. Display the award logo on your blog post.
e. Answer the 11 questions asked

 

Beckie’s Questions:

1. Do you search for difficult words in your writing? like I do. I have to search for meaning.

No, I do not look up difficult words to use in my writing. I use words that I commonly use in speech.

2. What do you prefer tea or coffee? For any specific flavour, please mention the same.

I detest coffee but I drink tea, properly made in a teapot. The tea I tend to have is Assam which isn’t a flavour of tea, tea is a leaf from the Camellia Sinensis plant and Assam is a region in India which grows it. Tea takes on characteristics depending on where it is grown and Assam tea is known for its strong malty taste. I take my tea with milk but no sugar.
3. Most of the time, I am found writing while walking to and fro in my room, on my phone’s notepad. Do you like writing on phones or tablets or laptops?

No

4. Where would you like to live, if not the current country?

I couldn’t imagine living anywhere other than England. Despite the weather and the overcrowding, I don’t think I could call anywhere else home.

5. How many books do you have in your own library?

Too many to count, so more than four.

6. Have you participated in any protests for any social cause? Which one and why?

No

7. A motivating line of your own, if this was an award given to you on stage.

Thank you to everyone who considers me worthy of this award. You’re all fabulous, Thank you and keep reading my blog. 🙂

8. What genre do you prefer in movies?

I prefer movies or films that transcend genres. The best films have elements of both humour and tragedy. I do have a soft spot for musicals.

9. Are you a bathroom singer?

I sing in the shower and in the living room and also when driving my car. This time of year I sing a lot of Christmas Carols.

10. How do you spend your Sunday?

Cleaning out the chickens, a bit of housework and then a long soak in the bath ready for Monday.

11. Do you like watching TV? What do you prefer watching?

I don’t watch a lot of TV, I find most TV programmes at the moment extremely banal, but I do enjoy a documentary or an old sitcom, like Blackadder (if you don’t know what Blackadder is, you need to look it up).

 

So my Nominees:

We could all do with a bit of sunshine at the moment, so consider yourself nominated.

 

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What will you be eating on the 25th of December?
  2. Will you be making any New Year Resolutions?
  3. Where do you hope to be in 12 months time?
  4. If you could invite someone round to spend Christmas with you, who would it be?
  5. What do you think is the best way to bring unity to the world?
  6. What smell makes you feel at home?
  7. Can you play a musical instrument?
  8. Are you likely to see snow over the Christmas period?
  9. Do you like Turkey (The bird)?
  10. Is there a song or a piece of music that you like to listen to at this time of year?
  11. What is the best Present you’ve ever had?

 

So there you go, I hope you enjoy your Christmas and have lots of Sunshine too.

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/12/08/fabulous/#like-1979

Pop of Positivity – Animal Magic

I have been tagged by my good pal, Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, in this great challenge.

Click on the link below to see Rory’s Post:

PoP – Goes the weasle … maybe not, but!

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My good friend, Beckie, of Beckies Mental Mess, is the originator of this particular challenge, so here is her post and how she described the challenge:

“POP!” Pop of Positivity Share #6 Theme: Funny Scenes From a Movie of Animals or Humans Acting Like Animals

 

“What is “Pop!” – Pop of Positivity?”

“Pop of Positivity”   It’s based on one simple thing.  “Life doesn’t have to suck all the time.”  Let’s face it… There’s a Helluva lot of negativity in the real world, and it’s pretty hard to escape it.  I thought of this as a means to brighten up everyone’s day.  Taking time away from thinking about the negative and switch gears and think of the positive.  Perhaps,  we can all share some smiles along the way too.

Guidelines

Each Thursday, I’ll pick a Theme (Naturally, of something positive).

I will, therefore, Tag Two Bloggers to continue the themed positive message along.

You, the recipient of the tag can select anyway fit on how you want to share this positivity.  (Example: A Quote, Affirmation, Music Video, Memes, Pictures, etc… As long it sticks to the Theme).

You will create a Pingback to the original post, as well as notifying your tagged blogger that you have selected them.

 

Topic or Theme: Funny Movie Scenes of Animals or People Acting Like Animals 

 

So, here we go:

  1. Ylvis – The Fox (what does the fox say?)

 

2) Here is a scene from one of my favourite films as a child, Willow, where the evil queen Bathmorda (played by the wonderful Jean Marsh) turns the enemy forces into pigs. Gosh, I wish I had that power! Apparently, Val Kilmer was already a pig before the transformation…

 

3) Here are some animated animals, Ostriches dancing to the Dance of the Hours, courtesy of Disney’s Fantasia.

 

I hope you enjoyed that.

 

If you want to have a go, please consider yourself nominated. 🙂

Weekly Song Challenge – Round 36

Hello, All!  It’s Monday and that means, Laura, of “Lauravent69”, is throwing her Weekly Song Challenge – Round 36

Rules:

Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post.

Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.

Tag two people to participate!

Easy!

I was tagged by my friend, Beckie, of Beckie’s Mental Mess, click on this link to check out her post:

Weekly Song Challenge – Round 36

 

1. Post a song that is a satire of a hit song.

You can’t beat Weird Al for parodies, so here he is singing Like a Surgeon.

 

2. Post a song that you love by an artist that was not one of their biggest hits.

Donna Summer, famous for ‘I Feel Love’, ‘Love to Love you Baby’ and ‘Hot Stuff’ here is a lesser-known song, ‘I Remember Yesterday‘ something that’s becoming more of a challenge for me as I get older …… 🙂

 

3. Post a song that was featured in a tv show or in a movie.

How about Top Gun and Take My Breath Away by Berlin? – In fact, if you take the scenes with this song playing out of the movie, it only leaves about 35 minutes of screen time. 😉

 

Hope you enjoyed this selection.

 

Who to nominate?

 

Well, if you fancy having a go, please be my guest.

 

A Halloween Collaborative Poem with Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess.

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I have been working with Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess to write a collaborative Halloween poem, here is the result:

It seemed like such a playful lark, 

to sleep in the graveyard, after dark

Though second guesses and question-marks

played inside my mind, I heard a mean dog bark.

This had all be done for a wicked bet,

I saw no harm at first, and yet

Surrounded by death, what could be a threat?

However, I was anxious and began to fret.

I regretted it already, in perfect hindsight,

after all, it was eerily dark that Halloween night. 

I brought my lantern for a little bit of light,

unfortunately for me, the light played tricks with my sight.

Did I see, in the shadows, a skeletal hand?

And other tormented shapes, I could scarcely understand. 

With little light, my eyes squinted as I scanned,

tombstones and mausoleums that tip, and could barely stand.

And then as the ancient clock struck the witching hour

the wind blew cold and the earthly scents turned sour. 

The ground began to shake, with such force and power,

gravestones cracked knocking over the vases of flowers.

I let out a scream, feeling full of fear and dread,

as from their broken granite graves rose up the dead.

What started as a playful lark, I was riddled with fear instead,

Mausoleum doors screeched open, a body appeared with no head.

An eerie light descended looking greenish in the fog, 

Then a piercing, ghoulish howl, was it a banshee or just a dog?

Sounds of the ghoulish howling grew closer, I hid behind a log,

as the scent of rotten eggs drifted through the thick smog.

And cowering from my hiding place, I took a glimpse and saw, 

A thousand zombie bodies gathered armed, as if for war.

How were they to gnaw,  if they had been missing a jaw?

Thoughts raced, the fear shook me to my very core.

As I huddled down in shadows and held my living breath, 

I could see the guts and gory corpses and smell the scent of death. 

I heard them drag their corpses, did they die of black death?

Or, was it rotting flesh of an overdosed victim on meth?

As they slowly stumbled nearer, I tried to sneak away

Then something icy fell against my arm, right there where I lay. 

One of the undead’s arms held me down, it was greenish-grey,

I felt his mouth touch my arse, I think it thought I was a buffet.

I jumped and screamed out loud, my backside wracked with pains, 

The zombie horde came towards me, mumbling about my Brains!

The zombies smelled blood pumping through my veins,

I tried to escape the graveyard, but the gate was locked by chains.

Frantically I ran around, jumping over abandoned graves,

trying hard to get away from those hungry zombie slaves.

Terror gripped me, fears of my own demise came to me in waves,

as the zombies grew closer, I reached for my switchblade.

Turning around to face them, in the darkness I heard my screams, 

Then I felt my panic lift like waking from unpleasant dreams. 

Several distorted zombies face shown from the moonbeams,

one of them finally reached me and ripped the seams on my jeans.

And though exposed I saw my flesh had turned to grey,

No pain, no fear, no longer did I feel, my cares had gone away,

I was the zombie’s quest, after all, they had captured their prey,

I felt my body tense then ooze, it was evident… I began to decay.

Then I felt a pang of hunger, one that I could never stem,

A thought when through my head, I was becoming one of them.

I thought of the bet and wager made between my friends,

It would be morning soon enough, I’d chew on them like gum.

But then the rising sun shone brightly in my swollen eyes, 

and my groaning zombie brothers crawled back into their tombs, with sighs

And joining them under the graveyard’s ground, this brand new zombie lies,

waiting to rise again next Halloween, as a Zombie never dies. 

 

I hope you liked it 😉 

A new collaboration with Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess – Halloween Special

selective focus photo of cemetery lantern
Photo by Micael Widell on Pexels.com

I have collaborated with Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess on two poems so far:

  1. In Search of Happiness:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/in-search-of-happiness-a-collaborative-poem-by-beckie-of-beckies-mental-mess-and-kristian-of-tales-from-the-mind-of-kristian/

and

2. The Creation (about the Creative writing process)

A Collaboration By Beckie of “Beckie’s Mental Mess” and Kristian of “Tales From The Mind of Kristian” ~ The Creation ~ The Final Piece

3. On Travelling:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/timetravel-the-final-poem-a-collaboration-between-beckie-of-beckies-mental-mess-and-talesfromthemindofkristian/

 

This one is about Halloween.

 

It seemed like such a playful lark, 

to sleep in the graveyard, after dark……

 

Beckie’s bit:

Though second guesses and question-marks

played inside my mind, I heard a mean dog bark.

 

My response:

This had all be done for a wicked bet,

I saw no harm at first, and yet…

 

Beckie’s response:
Surrounded by death, what could be a threat?
However, I was anxious and began to fret.

 

My bit:

I regretted it already, in perfect hindsight,

after all, it was eerily dark that Halloween night. 

 

Beckie’s Part:

I brought my lantern for a little bit of light,

unfortunately for me, the light played tricks with my sight.

 

My response:

Did I see, in the shadows, a skeletal hand?

And other tormented shapes, I could scarcely understand. 

 

Beckie’s bit:

With little light, my eyes squinted as I scanned,

tombstones and mausoleums that tip, and could barely stand.

 

and from me:

And then as the ancient clock struck the witching hour

the wind blew cold and the earthly scents turned sour. 

 

Beckie’s Bit:

The ground began to shake, with such force and power,

gravestones cracked knocking over the vases of flowers.

 

My Bit:

I let out a scream, feeling full of fear and dread,

as from their broken granite graves rose up the dead.

 

Beckie’s Bit:

What started as a playful lark, I was riddled with fear instead,

Mausoleum doors screeched open, a body appeared with no head.

 

My Bit:

An eerie light descended looking greenish in the fog, 

Then a piercing, ghoulish howl, was it a banshee or just a dog?

 

Beckie’s Bit:

Sounds of the ghoulish howling grew closer, I hid behind a log,

as the scent of rotten eggs drifted through the thick smog.

 

My addition:

And cowering from my hiding place, I took a glimpse and saw, 

A thousand zombie bodies gathered armed, as if for war. 

 

Beckie’s Bit:

How were they to gnaw,  if they had been missing a jaw?

Thoughts raced, the fear shook me to my very core.

 

My Bit:

As I huddled down in shadows and held my living breath, 

I could see the guts and gory corpses and smell the scent of death. 

 

Beckie’s Bit:

I heard them drag their corpses, did they die of black death?

Or, was it rotting flesh of an overdosed victim on meth?

 

My addition:

As they slowly stumbled nearer, I tried to sneak away

Then something icy fell against my arm, right there where I lay. 

 

Beckie’s new bit:

One of the undead’s arms held me down, it was greenish-grey,

I felt his mouth touch my arse, I think it thought I was a buffet.

 

My Addition:

I jumped and screamed out loud, my backside wracked with pains, 

The zombie horde came towards me, mumbling about my Brains!”

 

Beckie’s Bit:

The zombies smelled blood pumping through my veins,

I tried to escape the graveyard, but the gate was locked by chains.

 

My new bit:

Frantically I ran around, jumping over abandoned graves,

trying hard to get away from those hungry zombie slaves.

 

Beckie’s Bit:

Terror gripped me, fears of my own demise came to me in waves,

as the zombies grew closer, I reached for my switchblade.

 

My addition:

Turning around to face them, in the darkness I heard my screams, 

Then I felt my panic lift like waking from unpleasant dreams. 

 

Beckie’s turn:

Several distorted zombies face shown from the moonbeams,

one of them finally reached me and ripped the seams on my jeans.

 

My new bit:

 

And though exposed I saw my flesh had turned to grey,

No pain, no fear, no longer did I feel, my cares had gone away,

 

Becks Bit:

I was the zombie’s quest, after all, they had captured their prey,

I felt my body tense then ooze, it was evident… I began to decay.

 

My new bit:

Then I felt a pang of hunger, one that I could never stem,

A thought when through my head, I was becoming one of them.

 

Beck’s new addition:

I thought of the bet and wager made between my friends,

It would be morning soon enough, I’d chew on them like gum.

 

My bit:

But then the rising sun shone brightly in my swollen eyes, 

and my groaning zombie brothers crawled back into their tombs, with sighs. 

 

and the spooky last lines:

 

And joining them under the graveyard’s ground, this brand new zombie lies,

waiting to rise again next Halloween, as a Zombie never dies. 

 

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/10/26/spooky/

A new collaboration with Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess and Kristian of Tales From The Mind of Kristian– Halloween Special

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

321 Quote me – FOOD!

I was nominated by my friend, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess to take part in this quotes challenge. Click the link below to see her post:

3 2 1 Quote Me ~ Food

Oh and check out our collaborative Halloween themed poem, where Brains are food!

A new collaboration with Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess and Kristian of Tales From The Mind of Kristian– Halloween Special

 

3 2 1 Quote Me ~ Food

Guidelines: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

 

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Pop Of Positivity – 3 Songs that want to make me dance.

 

I’ve been tagged in the Pop of Positivity challenge by Sadje of the blog Keep it Alive:

Pop of Positivity #4 -Theme: Pick 3 Songs That You Want to Dance to and Make You Smile!

The Challenge was created by Beckie, of Beckie’s Mental Mess:

“POP!” Pop of Positivity Share #4 Theme: Pick 3 Songs You Want To Dance To and Make You Smile

Here are the rules.

Rules:

  1. Each Thursday, I’ll pick a Theme (Naturally, of something positive).
  2. I will, therefore, Tag Four Bloggers to continue the themed positive message along. 
  3. You, the recipient of the tag can select anyway fit on how you want to share this positivity.  (Example: Any 3 songs that make you want to tap your feet, make you sing, and shake your thang!  Any era you like!  Just have fun with this one!! ).
  4. You will create a Pingback to the original post, as well as notifying your tagged blogger that you have selected them.

 

So here are three songs that always make me want to dance:

  1. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

 

2) Jive Bunny – Swing the Mood

 

3) Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine.

 

Now, if they don’t get you up dancing, then nothing will!

 

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So, who shall I nominate to take part?

 

How about Kristian of Life Lessons from around the Dinner Table?

https://lifelessonsaroundthedinnertable.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/boisterous-laughter/

 

Scene Cuts – A Comedy Selection.

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I have been tagged by my Pal, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess, to take part in this fun challenge, click on the link to see her post:

Scene Cuts ~ Comedy

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, created this game, so I’d like to thank Beckie for tagging me and Rory for creating it. 🙂

 

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Scene Cuts created by A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

Once a week, l will pick a Film Genre, post three film clips and tag three readers who in turn will post three film clips on the chosen film genre and tag 3 of their own readers.

Guidelines: Scene Cuts!

Thank the Selector 

Select three film clips

Select 3 readers to take part in Scene Cuts

 

So, the Genre is Comedy and as many of you will know, I have a love for old films, so my first clip is from an old British comedy, called Blithe Spirit, based on a play by Noel Coward.

 

For my second choice is another British institution, the Carry On films, and a clip from one of my favourites, Carry On Cleo, which was a parody of Cleopatra.

 

And finally, the Steve Martin film, The Man with Two Brains.

 

I hope you enjoyed those clips. 🙂

Pop the Positive – Time to be Happy

man sitting on edge facing sunset
Photo by Abhiram Prakash on Pexels.com

I have been nominated for this challenge by Melanie Bee Cee of Sparksfromacombustiblemind.

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/09/20/pop-ticklish-thurs/

The challenge was initiated by my Pal Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess.

“Pop of Positivity” aka “POP!” Debut and Test Run: Time To Be Happy

 

Beckie states:

“Pop of Positivity”

“Pop of Positivity”   It’s based on one simple thing.  “Life doesn’t have to suck all the time.”  Let’s face it… There is a Helluva lot of negativity in the real world, and it’s pretty hard to escape it.  I thought of this as a means to brighten up everyone’s day from thinking negatively for a moment out of their day.  Perhaps, share some smiles along the way too.

Rules:

  1. Each Thursday, I’ll pick a Theme (Naturally something positive).

  2. I will, therefore, Tag Two Bloggers to continue the themed positive message along.

  3. You, the recipient of the tag can select anyway fit on how you want to share this positivity.  (Example: Quote, Affirmation, Music Video, Memes, Pictures, etc… As long it sticks to the Theme).

  4. Please create a ping-back to the original post (Beckie’s), as well as notifying your tagged bloggers that you have selected them.

Fairly easy, right?  Let’s say we give this a shot, okay?

Topic: Time To Be Happy”

 

So here I go:

“There isn’t much more positive than watching the Sunrise on a brand new day, feeling like there is a world of opportunity out there ready and waiting for you to grab it.”

 

You could be positive about winning the lottery….

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But watching my chickens pecking around my garden gives me more pleasure than Gold.

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Enjoying all the plants and flowers in my garden, that always puts me in a positive mood. IMG_3724

Of course, a bit of meditation is always nice….

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But I find dancing around to cheesy music gives me a lift (even if the pictures blurry).

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Maybe I should relax more and do a bit of Yoga on the beach….

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But then again, maybe not. I’ll just enjoy staring at this picture of a sunflower instead. 😉

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So, if you fancy taking up the baton and sharing some pictures of what makes you feel happy and positive, then please go right ahead.