Our Billy Shakespeare said it best: ‘Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.’
I’d be hard pressed to claim that shards-of-silence was forged in the fires of greatness: it was an accident – a serendipitous accident certainly, but an accident nonetheless. For me it all started with a Confession… and while – chance and hard work willing – I may do some great things with it in the future, for now at least that time seems quite a long way away. This may be why I am both surprised and somewhat humbled to receive the Most Influential Blogger award. So… Thank you sweetness6645 for thrusting greatness upon me and for deeming me worthy of the accolade. I can’t help thinking that I don’t quite deserve it yet, but I promise to do my best in time to justify your choice. Thank you.
Before I move on to the next, I’d like to say that Chronicles of a Public Transit User is my blog of choice whenever I need a little cheering up. Whenever on leave from our secret agent dalliances on Twitter, fellow HRM agent and partner in crime codename 6645 gathers humorous evidence on public transport’s most ill-mannered users. Snapshots of the worst offenders are available on her blog for your funny bone’s delight. Enjoy.
1. Display the award on your blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who awarded you.
3. Present 10 deserving bloggers with the Award.
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment.
5. Answer each of the 11 questions that your awarder asked, and then write 11 for your awardees (or use the same ones up to you !)
6645 Q&A with Vic a.k.a 009
Q1. What makes you happiest?
There are many things that make me very happy, but most of them are not for the accidental reader’s eyes so… I’ll have to say writing. Writing for me is more than committing sentences to paper. It is more than inventing new world and creating memorable characters. To write I have to engage with the world – and that to me is an inexhaustible source of enjoyment and happiness too.
Q2. Do you love the Oceans or Mountains more?
I will say oceans, although it’s a tough ask to choose.
Q3. What has been a special moment in 2013?
Reconnecting with someone from the past, who has always been dear to me, but with whom I’d lost contact.
Q4. What’s your favourite quote?
“Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)
Q5. Do you like yourself?
We have a difficult relationship, me and I. Sometimes we are on the same page. At other times we find it difficult to be in the same room. But one thing’s for sure. Will always stick by one another through thick and thin. 😉
Q6. Do you stay up till midnight on New Year?
Q7. Something you wish could be done ASAP?
Finishing revision on my thesis.
Q8. What was your favourite class when still at school?
I’ve been lucky enough to have more than one favourite. If I had to pick just the one… Let it be “Logic.”
Q9. What musical instrument have you tried to play?
Violin. Piano was my second choice, but I changed schools soon after I started and only got a few month’s worth of study. I’ve picked it up again last year inspired by an accidental meeting with someone who played, and I have to say: loving every moment.
Q10. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?
Whiskey drinking. It’s my retirement plan, but I still haven’t got the hang of it.
Q11. Do you like to do Crafts, Drawing or Painting?
I’ve made my own Mad Hatter hat for a Halloween party a couple of years ago and that was fun. I do sketch sometimes, although I would love to be better at drawing people.
Opinionated Man who has accomplished an incredible feat with his HarsH ReaLiTy
Sreejit Poole the keeper of the spiritual heart of The Seeker’s Dungeon
Jennifer who is on an artistic journey through Writings of a Mrs
Mrs Holder’s Legacy where one will always find a humorous review and much more.
Andy Kaufman’s Kavalkade Krew hunts for trolls and won’t hesitate to help you in need.
Bradley‘s insightful posts on How Is Bradley? about mental health and depression.
The team at Birthday Magazine are very versatile in their offerings and worth a visit.
One day he will be known as one of the greats of his generation. PhotoArt: Taylor J.
DottaRaphels is not afraid of speaking her mind. And a wonderful mind it is too.
Cheryl-Lynn aka Tao who writes relentlessly to Stop the Stigma
My questions for you:
1. If you could change one thing about our society, what would it be?
2. What do you turn to when in need of inspiration?
3. Name one person, alive or dead, who has influenced you most.
4. What newspaper, if any, do you read on a regular basis?
5. Share one key insight that has helped you most in your writing.
6. Are rules made to be broken?
7. What does democracy stand for as far as you’re concerned?
8. Is freedom of speech an unalienable right?
9. If we respect everyone’s opinion as valid, where does that leave hate speech?
10. Do you think online media will replace print in the next few decades?
11. What is the main thing you want to achieve as a blogger?
Congratulations — well deserved. Love the favourite quote 😉
Thank you, Dawn for the congratulations and support. I am not sure how deserving I am of this as yet, but I will certainly strive to be.
PS: It has been my favourite quote for some time. I am yet to find one that speaks so much to me.
Hooray!!!!!! Well deserved.
Thank you, Richard 🙂 I share the sentiment as far as the “Hooray!” goes. I’m touched that you should think that I’m worthy of it. Will certainly do my best to be so.
I can’t think of anyone more worthy 😊
You’re too kind, Richard. Thank you.
Congratulations, nice one…
Thank you. 🙂
I appreciate the mentions as always. You can nominate other people if they “need” more attention to their blogs though. If not, thanks as always! -OM
The award is your, OM. I’ve decided to nominate those blogs that have had the biggest influence on me since I’ve started blogging – it’s tough to know which criteria to use, but that seemed to me like a reasonable one. Plus, I’ve got two more awards to nominate people for this week so I will be drawing attention to other blogs I like through those 🙂 it’s award season lol
Thank you for the nomination and congratulations to you. Well deserved
You’re very welcome, Bradley. I always learn something new when I come to your blog – your story helps me as much as I am sure it is a great help to others. Enjoy the award. It is well deserved.
Thank you Vicki for the nomination, you are so kind. 🙂
You’re welcome 🙂 I look forward to reading your answers to the big 11 xx
Thanks again for the very kind nomination. Just raising my head after two weeks of what’s become known in our house as “that ****ing re-write” and this was a lovely reintroduction to the blogging world!
I’m still in the middle of my re-write – had to take a couple of weeks off to recharge after getting stuck. Any suggestions as to how to overcome the re-write block would be very welcome and most gratefully accepted 🙂
I’m very glad that the award was so timely. Look forward to more of your articles!
Great news, you deserve it, you are not only a good writer and blogger, you take time out to write thoughtful comments. 🙂
Thank you, Scarlet. Very sweet of you to say so. I will do my best to keep engaging. It’s what I love most about blogging and being part of the WP community.
Yw. It’s the people of course who make this community 🙂
Thank you Vic. I am writing it up right now.
Excellent, Kavalkade. Look forward to reading your answers. Very curious. Very curious indeed.
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Congrats. Well deserved indeed.
Sorry I have been absent for a while…life gets the best of us at times especially with the holidays and the size of family I have!
Again, continued success to you!
Thank you, Jennifer. I completely understand how easy it is for life to take over, but I am glad that you are back. Look forward to your next poem (I always do 🙂 )
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