1000 Anniversary Candles

On the 31st of July 2013, vic briggs ~ a writer adrift ~ took to the blogosphere and Shards Of Silence was born. 
Earlier today I received a message from WordPress informing me that my blog now has a following of 1000 (1011 followers to be exact).
I know that to the mega-bloggers on the internet, with tens of thousands of followers – and some of whom I follow myself  – this may appear a relatively small achievement. Nonetheless, I am also certain that they will remember their elation at first reaching this magical number. (Wish you had told me that it befuddles first!)
1,000 Followers!
Congratulations on getting 1,000 total follows on vic briggs.
I could not believe my eyes. 
Having long abandoned following the stats, and given my extended absence from the community, I expected a drop in followers rather than the reverse.
So to all of you, who have been here with me from the very beginning and to all new followers too: a very BIG thank you. 
The truth is that whether you are an active commentator and regular visitor on Shards of Silence or whether you come by rarely, or are amongst the silent number: your support is invaluable.
It helps me weather the difficult times and compels me to be creative so that every single visit would bring something of worth to your day: from humour and entertainment to poetry and art, and thinking through some difficult topics. 
I endeavour to be the best I can be in the moment, and strive – for your sake and my own – to always do better. 
So thank you for being here with me!
Warm Regards,
Vic
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One Lovely Blog Award

lovely-blog-award-logoI would like to offer my thanks to Anna Marple for her kind addition of the One Lovely Blog Award to this shardy’s accolades. Thank you for brightening the blogosphere and for inviting me along on your journey. Given that I have been away for quite a while, it is both an honour and a delight to be welcomed back with such warmth. While I feel undeserving of the spotlight, I will always aim to make your visits worthwhile.

 

Now for the award. Here are the guidelines for the One Lovely Blog Award:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you for the award;
  • you must add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post, your blog or both;
  • you must share 7 facts about yourself;
  • and lastly, you must nominate 15 bloggers who you admire and consider “lovely.” Let the nominees know they have been nominated by commenting on their blogs.

7 Facts about yours truly:

1. I have Mad Hatter eyes. What are those, you may ask? Take a peek at Jonny Depp’s impersonation of that character and you won’t be very far from the truth.

2. As a child I got some first-hand experience in the tobacco industry: those nimble little fingers came in handy when sewing leaves onto threads, ready to be dried.

3. To this day, I have lived in, visited or travelled around 30 countries in addition to the one where I was born.

4. At the moment I am in the US, engaged and befuddled by all things American.

5. I love theatre and have even tried my leg as an extra in a West End production (leg still intact and going strong).

6. The old and war make me melancholy. Put the two together and I am bound to tear up.

7. My blog will be celebrating its first year anniversary in a couple of days’ time. Where has the time flown?!  

My nominees for One Lovely Blog Award

(If you are not amongst their number, it is not because I do not think your blog equally lovely. It is always difficult to choose and I hope to add you to my next list of awards – I have quite a few to add to their number)

Congratulaltions to:

Is it just me? for important trivia, well crafted stories and excellent conversation.

Sugar-coating since ’91 for life experience and snippets of inspiring art.

psychologistmimi for food, road trips and everything else that travel can gift.

Ivy Mosquito | Liberating My Creative Soul for a slice of peace, nature, photography, crafts… Need I say more?

Musing Off the Mat to regain your sense of wonder and love of simplicity.

Traversing Lines for a commuter’s haven.

The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project” for literary fiction and photography.

It Goes On for insights on mental health and how to keep one step ahead of the darkness.

Icezine for a meeting of English and French curiosities: dream-think-protect-live.

Business over Coffee (newly arrived) visit for a cup of coffee and words for thought.

Find Your Passion for a little inspiration and a lift.

SoulFood for recipes and life lessons.

A Bowl of Cherries for a survivor’s tale and bright photography.

From Hiding to Blogging for a journey into Xi’an and essays on the essence of life.

A glimpse of paradise for a photographer’s view of the enchanting.

 

With warm regards,

Vic 

It’s raining… awards

Awards-file-pictureRecognition from one’s peers has a special significance not only because the awards are seldom expected. They are also a reminder that we are part of a community, a fellowship, a family of writers if you will, and that our efforts have not gone unnoticed. It is for this reason in part that I have postponed accepting the awards I’ve been nominated for of late: I wanted to give them the attention I felt they deserved and pass them on to those of you who have been brightening the blogosphere for me and many others.

Unfortunately, it will be a while still before I am able to do as I wish on that front. There is a long list of fellow bloggers I would like to thank for nominating me for a plethora of awards since… January, and unfortunately I’m yet to locate quite a number of these amongst comments on older posts (I know you are out there somewhere). So… before the same fate befalls my spring awards, I will intercede with this acknowledgement in hopes of returning with individual acceptance and nomination posts in the near future.

Alienora, thank you for your generous spirit and relentless support of others  and thank you too for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.

I was touched by AlyGeorges‘ nomination for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you, Aly and I hope you know that your messages never fail to inspire.

Thank you, Don for the Butterfly Light Award, for the Inner Peace Award and the Angel Award. Hope I haven’t forgotten any of them. The new designs are very good fun too: soon there will be no unCharismatic awards on WordPress 😉

A big thank you to Ivy for the I Am Part Of The WordPress Family Award. It will be very difficult to decide on a limited number for this particular award. How does one choose?

Although insofar as I understand the rules of the Liebster Award,  my blog no longer qualifies for it, I am thankful to Anne for thinking of me, and may pass the award along anyways. It is always a delight to try and find new bloggers out there.

Many thanks to you all, and I will do my best to pass these awards on to many deserving bloggers before long.

Warm regards,

Vic

Shauny Award for Blogging Excellence

A warm thank you to William, a blogger with “A Curious Mind”, for nominating me for this award. William’s tagline: “We Need To Open Our Eyes To The World Around Us!” is indicative of the wide range of topics he blogs about. From life and humanity to corruption and government, from spirituality and consciousness to health and wellness, from science and art to a little of everything else, no subject is safe from the reach of his curiosity. This certainly we have in common. 

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The Rules  are quite straightforward:

Show Humanity, Show Love, Be Yourself, Don’t Be Others, Don’t Gossip,

and Share This Award with 10 others.

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There are so many bloggers on WordPress deserving of this award, so that narrowing down to only ten is the most difficult part of accepting the Shauny Award for Blogging Excellence. 

Each and every one of my nominees for this award has shown humanity and love, have embraced who they are and endeavour to help others do the same. A big thank you for being you:

Alana Munro – Let’s Support And Inspire Each Other!

BLEEDING  My EMOTIONS: “Priceless Joy”

Don Charisma! “Because anything is possible with Charisma”

The Seeker’s Dungeon: “The Mist is thick but Your light is strong, so we keep on keeping on.”

A Good Blog Is Hard To Find: “I will shatter a word and scatter the contents into the wind to share it with the world.”

Milford Street: “Exploring the world from my little corner of it.”

Lessons in French: “Life is a journey that can often be as challenging and confusing as learning a foreign language. We all are longing for complete fluency and these are some of my lessons in conversing with life”

Austen’s Guide To Happiness “and the accumulation of universal truths.”

Speaking Of Marriage Winifred M. Reilly, M.A., MFT

A Mom’s Blog: “A child is God’s opinion that the world should go on.”

The Harshad Number

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How time flies!

This old friend… and even older enemy: Time. I did ask for it to slow down, wait a moment or two, but no… It continues its onward flight unrelenting. And although our relationship is somewhat strained at present, this New Year’s eve we patched things up over vol-au-vents and champagne. Couldn’t refuse really. Not after the wonderful gift it offered.

On the 31st of December 2013, shardsofsilence celebrated its five month blogniversary with the arrival of a Harshad number: the big 500.

The word “Harshad” comes from the Sanskrit harṣa – meaning joy – and da – meaning to give. Namaste 🙂

It is rather wonderful that the meaning of the number corresponded exactly to my feelings on the occasion. You have – each and everyone of you – brought joy and sunshine to my journey. Thank you!

Thank you for your thoughtful comments and feedback, for your warmth and generosity, for your kind welcome and continued support. It’s been a pleasure to be here with you and I look forward to a new joyful year at your side.

With best wishes and warm regards,

Vic

Congratulations on getting 500 total follows on vic briggs.

‘Tis the Season to be Nominated!

doncharisma-org-the-inventive-blogger-awardHis name is. His name is. His name is.

Don Charisma!

He loves the bloggers and the bloggers love him,

So much that he invented a new award theme.

He’s part engineer, dive instructor and meditator too,

But one hundred per cent phoenix. Cheers, Don, and thank you!

🙂

Five things I love about blogging:

Meeting You – Being free to create and invent – Finding inspiration in the most unusual of places – Learning something new every day – Chasing the Muse and then running away from her whenever she comes around 😉

My nominees:

09ce012478d3900a332899bb1b88e7d7Taylor J.   He is so much more thanphotographer. He is an artist and had I the means, I would buy out his entire collection. Stunning is an understatement. If you are a photographer or not, The Photography Lie article is a great place to begin.

cropped-dsc_0026 Bea’s BulgingButtons who’s Simple Things bring a smile to my day and I rather enjoy being Spoiled Rotten every now and then too.

untitledErik Lehman is a fellow writer and his steamy prose (fragments of his Daughters of the Rose series are now available on his blog) will make for nice fire-side reading this festive season.

LindaGHilllindaghill is a wonderful writer. She will make you laugh, she will make you cry, and will always have a kind word for you. Her Boy Series – One through… is quite something – emotion streams from every line.

hufflepuffThere is a lot more to find of interest on A Cup Of English Teas blog, but her article “A Most Unjust Representation: Life as a Hufflepuffist” made me laugh so much that I can’t recommend it enough. Harry Potter fans, this one’s for you –  delivered by owl post on Christmas Day. 😉

NKNina Kaytel and I have been exchanging Creative Writing Tips and Applications of late. She is an incredibly generous writer, both with her knowledge and time and I’m very glad to be on this journey alongside her.

6645 and 009Andy Kaufman’s Kavalkade Krew – My home for music and humour on WordPress. Kavalkade has been very diligent in chronicling the adventures of British spook 009 (I’m a master of disguise it would appear and the owner of many a secret agent hats – 007, M and Q have their hands full with this elusive Krew.

cropped-dovesEvery time I return to her about page, I am once again struck by the beauty of this phrase: “My memories are my identity,” says alygeorges. This blog-come-memoir memoirs of aly (the way i see it). hopes to motivate others and “help them understand that there’s so much to life than just resigning oneself to misery.” 

bfd723d72727c4156157dc114edca1f8For SIM | ANTICS writing is a cathartic experience, a medium to express her emotions. Sounds familiar? For many of us blogging is the equivalent of keeping an online diary and this is why I believe her blog will resonate with you.

img_1615Swivel Freely for A Bit of Cheer from a humorous swiveller who’s been an active member of The Human Race™ since 1996. She’s been “mostly hanging out in the North American continental area, so if you stop by, we should totally connect!”

cropped-snow-covered-christmas-tree1love o’clock‘s collection of short films are certainly worth a visit. They are so sweet that I’m sure she coats them in icing sugar before posting. Her blog is filled with… love, actually. 🙂

Richard AnkersRichard Anker’s blog is a place for writing, poems and dreams. His recent posts have been rather Christmasy and I’m sure they’ll bring sparkle to your holiday season. Here are a few you are sure to like: Christmas LightsDistant Christmas, Christmas Eve and Little Heart ( The Story of the Christmas Fairy)

0dc1c473efbb2460aa75a7eaceb39612If you have ever stepped on a bus or any other public transport, then sweetness6645‘s  Chronicles of a Public Transit User blog is for you. I’ll let her tell you all about her adventures herself, and of course, she’s been agent 6645 on Twitter of late, helping me – aka 009 – chase the Krew to the four corners of the world.

38183f531eccac601046f61bc645715fRob’s Surf Report will entertain you with snippets of Life, Music, Humour and if you’re craving a little poetry and some more prose then perhaps you would like to indulge in his Fiction and Haiku collection too!

cropped-tumblr_lbxy4jhp5p1qawpa6Scarlet. She writes with such honesty about her life’s story that whatever your own take on the oldest profession, you will struggle not to be charmed. She reminds me of how important it is to never give up on oneself and the world, no matter how tough the going gets.

chateau-defaultI know that chrisnelson61 is rather reluctant to accept awards, however… I would like to take this opportunity to share with you his poetry – of late melancholy, but beautiful nonetheless: Without You.

There are many more of you I would love to nominate for this award. Time, I’m afraid is not my friend and if I spend much longer of this eve on WordPress I will risk being ostracised for all eternity from the family pack so I will have to leave you with the above nominees and wish you a wonderful morning – day – evening wherever you are 🙂

Directions for you to accept the The Inventive Blogger Award

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the The Inventive Blogger Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3. Include in your blog post *FIVE* things that you enjoy about blogging.

4. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badge!)

5. Come over and say hello to the originator of the “The Inventive Blogger Award” via this link: http://DonCharisma.org/2013/12/24/christmas-awards-the-inventive-blogger-award

6. And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award, and then proudly display the award on your blog.

BOTY Star Struck Season

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If only there were 48 hours in a day! It’s taken me a very long time to give my thanks to those wonderful bloggers who have nominated shardsofsilence for the Blog of the Year Award not once, not twice, not even thrice. Thirteen nominations from seven bloggers!

Thank you!

While BOTY has six stars to collect, it looks like I have a beautiful constellation to bring starlight to the holidays. 

So… my apologies for the delay and hope you are all enjoying a wonderful festive season.

cropped-dsc_0026A big thank you to Bea BulgingButtons for a double nomination. Yupee! Her resourcefulness reminds me to appreciate the Simple Things in life, although there are times when you’ll be Spoiled Rotten on her blog.  Choices-choices!

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NadirMany thanks to Zainab who chronicles her son’s adventures in heart-warming prose on A mom’s blog. She wrote and illustrated Nadir and Incy Wincy Spider as well as Nadir and the snake. Feel like a child once again 🙂

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doncharisma_1377925040_55Don and I had met a couple of months ago when we both guest blogged on HarsH ReaLiTy and discovered that we share a love of dragons amongst other things. , “because anything is possible with Charisma” 😉

I had a flurry of pingbacks from DonCharisma.org earlier today and wondered whether something had gone wrong. Not so.

It appears that Don was so determined I should have all six stars that he nominated shardsofsilence six times just to make sure. Thank you – thank you – thank you – thank you – thank you – thank you, Don! 

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584b4f7e8392a74d3619a024e48e2062Finally, a big thank you to Spartacus2030 who is so prolific a writer that he has two great blogs! You’re sure to find something to your taste on at least one of them.

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For my own three rounds of nominees, and BOTY rules, please check the Blog Of The Year Award as well as Another Star for the Blog Of The Year Award links, and finally BOTY’s Third Star.

A Happy Holiday Season to You!