Loyal Reader Award

My friend Lucinda Elliot has nominated me for the Loyal Reader Award, a singular blessing bestowed for being a good boy and showing up to read her blog posts on a regular basis. I should have asked for Air Miles! 🙂

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This is the award where other bloggers get to lay their claim on you!

Seriously, I enjoy the Sophie de Courcy blog very much, and recommend it to enthusiasts of either Gothic or romance novels. A big thank you for the nomination, Lucinda. You are ever a good friend and always worth reading.

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Always Here If You Need Me Award

A grateful thank you to Phillip McCollum for nominating me for this interesting award. In his own acceptance post, Phillip says he’s horrible when it comes to following up on blog awards. His humble honest admission filled me with guilt. No one is more tardy with award follow-ups than I am. I got to thinking what a terrible person I must be (again). Then I realized that some of us are not comfortable shouldering a lot of praise. With this cunning piece of rationalization under my belt, I was saved from another round of depression — not to mention some nasty self-assessment!

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Yes, but am I always here because I’m reliable – or because I’m totally obsessive? (i.e. Are you sure you want to know me?)
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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Thank You for the Nomination

I want to thank Lucinda Elliot, talented Gothic novelist and all-around good person, for the nomination.

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Seven Facts About Me

I’m trying to lose some weight and cannot explain why the following facts came to mind.

  1. My favourite fast food meal is a chicken burger with tomato lettuce and mayo, and French-fries on the side.
  2. I am a dedicated tea lover and only drink coffee when dining out (and only then because the tea in Canadian restaurants is appalling).
  3. I love Coke Zero. Great taste that fools the body into thinking it just got something all sugary and energizing.
  4. Chocolate-covered coconut bars call out to me from store shelves (in both official languages, naturally).
  5. A bowl of crunchy Bran Buds is part of my breakfast routine.
  6. The pheromones emitted by donuts have a profound effect upon my mind making me forget all about dieting and causing me to see myself in the mirror as being slimmer than I thought.
  7. I am remarkably good with numbers – except when it comes to adding up calorie counts, which I always (strangely) seem to underestimate. Not that I’m dishonest or anything! 🙂

My Own Nominees for the Award

Try these wonderful blogs!

  1. Taste for Adventure – domestic, intelligent, and uplifting
  2. A Poem for Every Day – classic poems with a penetrating and inspiring gloss
  3. Another Wandering Soul – high calibre contemporary poetry
  4. River of the Heart – lovely poetry with an Asian flavour
  5. Wandering Gypsy Spirit – a philosophical trucker!

The Rules of the Award

1. Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Add the award image to the top of your post.

3. Share seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate fifteen other blogs (with links) and inform them about it.

(My advice: If you find fifteen a bit daunting, nominate what you feel comfortable with. There is no need to be rigid. You can add more later if you want.)

Liebster Blog Award

Opening Remarks

Back in January, the gothic-horror writer Lucinda Elliot nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. I thank her sincerely for the honour. The long delay in putting up the acceptance post stems in part from a breakdown in my defences against manic-depressive illness. Things have been a bit rocky this year and the approaching equinox is only making things worse. (For those who may not know, manic-depressives are often sensitive to changes in the length of the day. This alters most rapidly near the spring and autumn equinoxes disturbing everyone’s brain chemistry to one extent or another and causing serious mood swings in the susceptible.)

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Many thanks to Lucinda Elliot for her kind nomination.
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Blogger Idol Award

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Thanks to that stellar blogger Adam S for the award nomination. May his beat go on.

Thanks to Adam S for nominating me as a recipient of the Blogger Idol Award. Such nods between bloggers are gestures of respect. I especially like the tagline on this award’s logo, “because writers are the new rock stars.” Whatever truth there may be in this, the Internet made it so. Much of what we post to blogs would have found no outlet in the traditional print world. In the same way that the rock revolution of the fifties and sixties changed the way we think about music, the Internet revolution has changed the way we regard the written word. Reversing a decades-long downward trend, more people read now than have ever read before.

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Silver Quill Blogger Award

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Katherine Givens has nominated me for the Silver Quill Blogger Award! It is a genuine pleasure to be so honoured by a young up-and-coming author and poet. Thank you, Katherine.

Honours always come with obligations so I will take care of these right away.

As per the award’s rules, I have answered the following questions:

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