Liebster Blog Award

A big shout out to cricketmuse for nominating me for the Liebster Bog Award!

The rules and meaning of this blog are fairly simple: it’s awarded to those who have fewer than 200 followers (such as myself) and it’s supposed to highlight the under-recognized blogs.

So here are the blogs I think should be more appreciated (although I don’t know for sure if they have less than 200 followers because they don’t have the follower widget). There were many more who deserve this award, including those who I gave the reader’s appreciation award to, but I thought I’d spread the blogger love to people I hadn’t already given any awards to, such as:

Green Paw-Paw — a blog I recently just came across (and when I say recently, I mean like yesterday recently), and it is so great! The administrator of this blog is also a part of Writers’ Bloc, a blog that all of the writers and readers out there should definitely check out.

theurlthingie — another blogger who loves books just as much as me

rosemary mint — a great poet who is incredibly creative

Read You Bastard — The name says it all

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Reader’s Appreciation Award

I have just received a Reader’s Appreciation Award from the oh so amazing theotherwatson, which set me thinking about how much I owe my blog and my poetry to all of you who have decided to spend your important, precious time reading all of my inane ramblings, poetry and book reviews.

All of you are so kind, sweet and considerate, and you make me so glad I started this blog and entered a community of such thoughtful people. It’s because of you that I felt comfortable writing a poem for the senior issue of the school newspaper, and it’s because of you that I am going to continue writing, sharing and hopefully publishing my poetry. You guys are so fantastic and I would be nothing without you.

So, without further ado, here are the rules of the award! First, I need to link back to the person who gave me the award (thank you so much theotherwatson!) and secondly, I need to nominate six readers of my own.

Here goes:

1. Fromsonika — She has been with me since the very beginning and has always lent her supportive voice to my posts.

2. rashmenon — As a rule, rashmenon always makes my day with all of the kind things she says. She’s a great poet in her right, so when she stops by my site and says so many sweet things, it makes me feel so wonderful.

3. Olivia’s Opinions — When she comments on my poems, I always feel like a million bucks. She also has the best book reviews, so please check out her site!

4. Scriptor Obscura — Scriptor Obscura is the person who got me involved with the trifecta challenge, which is something I will always be grateful for.

5. Vanessa Grassi — Always has the kindest things to say and has kept me from getting into a blogging lull on many occasions.

6. Jonathan Nelson — He’s a relatively new blogger, and you should definitely check out his site because he always has interesting things to say.

Thank you so much all of you, and thank you so much to all of my readers! All of you are so kind and fabulous, and I really feel special to be a part of this great community of bloggers.

Sunshine Award

Hey, everyone! I just got nominated for the Sunshine award by fromsonika and Olivia’s Opinions, and I am so incredibly grateful. It is such a wonderful feeling to be complimented this way, and I want to thank these two wonderful bloggers for nominating me.
Here are the rules for this award:

1) Include the award Logo(s) in a post or in your blog.
2) Answer 10 question about your self.
3) Nominate 10 to 12 other fabulous bloggers.
4) Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know they are nominated.
5) Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

And here are my answers to these random questions:

Favorite color: Orange, like the deep burnt orange you find in sunsets.

Favorite animal: None? I don’t know, I’ve never really cared for animals. Yes, if you show me a cute puppy or baby polar bear, I’ll squeal a bit, but I don’t really have a favorite.
I’m going to say sloths because they seem to be very unpopular, and I want to help these underdogs get their chance in the spotlight 🙂 Also, who doesn’t love this video?

Favorite number: Again, don’t really have one. I’ll say 19 because it’s the day of my birth.

Favorite non-alcoholic drink: This tea my mom makes. It has cardamom and everyone else gets stomach aches when they drink it, but I love it!

Prefer Facebook or Twitter: Facebook.

My Passion: Writing, reading and laughing. In fact, I wrote my college essay on how much I love to laugh.. and I got accepted 🙂

Prefer giving or getting presents: I like giving gifts, because I love trying to find the perfect gift for that person. Getting gifts is good too, but most of my friends give the crappiest gifts ever, and there’s always a chance of that awkward moment when you don’t like the gift they got, but you have to pretend that you do.

Favorite pattern: Flowers. My mom keeps cracking jokes about how she should take me to shop for clothes at Gymboree (a toddlers’ clothing store) because they have all of these cute clothes with flowers on them that I would totally wear.

Favorite day of the week: Saturday. No homework, no chores and none of that antsy “tomorrow I have to go back to school/work” feeling

Favorite flower: Lilies, especially white lilies. I just love how they’re so open and wonderfully fragrant.

And here are the bloggers I am nominating for this award (in no particular order):
  1. Scriptor Obscura
  2. The Laughing Housewife
  3. wantoncreation
  4. Vanessa Grassi’s Blog
  5. Suzy’s Box: The Journal of a Disturbed Girl
  6. Bo’s Cafe Life
  7. Jester Queen
  8. olddognewtits

These are some great blogs, and I hope you check them out because each of them are uniquely interesting, and they all bring a smile to my face.

Have a good week!

Blogger Awards

Just wanted to give a quick shout out to bloggers fromsonika, Vanessa Grassi and Olivia’s Opinions for nominating me for the Versatile/Kreativ Blogger awards! It’s pretty amazing to get one nomination, but when you get three nominations in one week, it kind of makes your head swirl with happiness.

Because I already got the Versatile/Kreativ blogger awards a while back (thanks again wantoncreation!), I don’t want to bore with you with 10 new facts about me (or I’m not interesting enough to have a whole 20 cool facts about myself. I’m going to go with the former so I don’t feel bad about myself), but I did want to thank these three fabulous bloggers for nominating me, and I want to congratulate them for being nominated in the first place.

There are so many people out there blogging right now, and I’m so fortunate to have met the sweetest ones.

What a great week!

The Kreativ Blogger and Versatile Blogger awards

Wow! I just got nominated for the Kreativ Blogger award and Versatile Blogger award, and I am so happy and surprised right now! It’s such a nice feeling to know that not only do people read my posts and poems, but they also appreciate them. I am just so thrilled right now… I wish I could find words that explain how I feel in better terms. Elated? Joyful? Effervescent?

Either way, I would like to thank all of you who read my blog! It’s great to have kind, helpful readers like you, because you really do help me grow as a poet and as a person. Also, a special thanks to wantoncreation for nominating me for these awards and also— congratulations for being nominated for these awards as well! You’ve kind of been my online poetry mentor, showing me new styles of poetry and also motivating me to write and experiment with poems. Actually, I think you were the first person who commented on my poetry, so thank you so much for all your advice and for nominating me!

So here’s how the award works. I have to write 10 facts about myself that I haven’t already told you, and then I have to nominate a few bloggers myself. Hereeeee goes!!!

1. I love long car rides. Not because of the destination, but because it’s a time when I can sit, listen to my music and contemplate life. I probably would like it a whole lot more if I could read without puking in the car (I’m such a weakling when it comes to car sickness. Or anything for that matter), but I really do enjoy calm car rides, just sitting in the passenger seat. In fact, I actually prefer it if people don’t talk during long car rides, because it allows me to collect my thoughts and enter that dream-like state when you just you feel relaxed and calm.

2. I am allergic to dust. This means that I was allergic to stuffed animals as a child, a fact that my friends can never get over and always pity me for.

3. I’m the Managing Editor of my school newspaper. I’m pretty much second-in-command, which means that I don’t have to make all of the hard decisions, but I still get an overall view of the production of the paper and I’m still able to edit people’s articles. So it’s pretty amazing 🙂 And on that note…

4. I love editing. It’s almost like I’m a paleontologist who gently removes the dust away from the skeleton to reveal an awe-inspiring collection of dinosaur bones. I love trying to make other people’s good writing great, and, oddly enough, I love how the paper looks like when I’ve finished editing it, and it’s all covered in colorful ink. Although, I’m sure the person who receives my edits positively hates me.

5. Stress balls make me more stressed. Whenever I try to squeeze a stress ball, I feel the need to squeeze it until it pops, which, as a stress ball, it never does. And all of this squeezing and wishing the stress ball would just POP ends up making me more stressed.

6. I can wiggle my ears without touching them, which is a skill that will serve me well throughout my life (sarcasm alert).

7. My dream job is to work at The New Yorker as an editor. I know it’s pretty impossible, but-hey-that’s what dreams are for, aren’t they?

8. Although I love reading, something in me is against picking up a new book, particularly if it’s highly recommended. I don’t understand this, but the more people who tell me I should read a certain book, the more I don’t want to. And then I read the book and realize that it’s AMAZING and that I was a fool. This is true for movies and for music. I guess I’ve got a little hipster inside me, wanting to eschew all things mainstream 🙂

9. One of the items on my “before I turn 30” bucket list is to shave my head. My mom told me of a temple in Chennai, India where people go to pray for good luck and, as a sacrifice of sorts, shave their head. I’m don’t practice Hinduism; in fact, I’m not really religious at all, but I think that this is a great way to identify with my Indian heritage.

10. I’m a scorpio, and in pretty much every single horoscope I’ve read, this means that I’m either a slut, someone with anger management problems, or both. I hate being a scorpio.

Hope you enjoyed my random facts! If not, here are a few bloggers that I’m nominating for this award, who I think you will enjoy:

Thank you once again!