Awards And Answers Part: I don’t deserve this

Mmmm do you hear that? The siren’s call? The low, seductive whispers chanting “Maybe later, maybe later, maybe later”; the lilting, enticing musical tone drawing you in as the words bathe you in a warm light: gentle and purple (or blue, or yellow or green or whatever your light is).

Too many nights spent listening to the voice lull you to sleep, deep and peaceful. Too many days spent with the curtains drawn, swaddled in blankets and soft pillows, shut away from everything and everyone.

Oh the joys of procrastination.

My A-levels start in a month. Preparation for that has been going on which is one reason posts have been so scarce lately (I was clearly such a dedicated and regular blogger prior to that, really)–though my mother seems to think all I’ve been doing is blog and paint. Oh if only.

And of course, the strong, overwhelming urge to do nothing except sit and breathe only comes around when Very Important Things need to be done–and done quickly. Who decided it was a good idea to make education such a tiring feat? When did it turn from enlightenment and higher thinking to a stress-inducing cesspit of sleep deprivation and deadly competition?

If I were to spend this post listing out the flaws of our current education system, we’ll be here forever, so let’s just get to the point of this post:

The Liebster Award

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(jazz-hands)

I was nominated by Zoe over at Zoe169 (go on, venture forth into her blog bravely, and unhesitatingly my brave souls, she mainly posts amazing quotes) but since I have done this award before I decided to not make another post about (in the sense that I answer the questions and all that)–but I’m very happy you thought of me though, Zoe. Even if I can’t fathom why (it must be my disarmingly charming put-er off-er skillz, or perhaps my beautiful inconsistent posting schedule). I apologize for not getting to this sooner.

But I didn’t want to break the chain, though so instead I’ll just skip ahead to the part where you pass on the honour. I’d like to nominate the following blogs I recently discovered:

 

I know that isn’t the required amount of nominations but when do I ever actually follow through with that rule anyway?

Rules

♦ Thank the blogger that nominated you.
♦ Write 11 random facts about yourself.
♦ Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger that nominated you.
♦ Nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers and let them know they’ve been nominated.
♦ Come up with 11 questions for the bloggers you’re nominating.

The Questions: (as created by Zoe)

  1. What is your favourite season?
  2. What would your ideal partner look like?
  3. How long have you been blogging?
  4. What is your favourite meal?
  5. Do you prefer your mum or your dad? (sorry awkward question)
  6. Would you prefer to have a boy or a girl? (children)
  7. What is your favourite colour?
  8. What is your favourite drink?
  9. Are you an extrovert or an introvert?
  10. What is your greatest fear?
  11. Black or white?

 

And that’s all about the award.

Thank you for bearing with me.

Yours Truly,

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P.S Also, apparently I have over 200 followers now (eek?!), so thank you for that. You misguided fools.

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That is me, a happy potato, laughing evilly because the first step to world domination has been fulfilled. 

 

Awards and Answers Part…Abort, abort, abort.

The Princess of Frozen Darkness—thus called ever since her meeting with the Posts of the Internet, who, by putting her through great danger that tested her character, endurance and bravery, awarded her the title after she perilously dodged the pitfalls of slow internet and worked out her official title according to the first letter of her name and the month she fell to the earth on—sighed, reclining on her sky blue throne, slowly stroking her domesticated black panther.

This kingdom held no excitement for her. She had sung all the songs, danced every dance, fought every fight, adventured all the adventures, squeezed every bit of entertainment out of this wretched, barren land. And now she was bored. No words flew out, no quill dipped hastily into ink, her hand moved not swiftly across the waiting parchment laid out in preparation; and there it lay, six long days later, still untouched.

A squeak.

She looked to the shadows in the corner of her large throne room and caught the last rays of the sun glinting off of something long forgotten. It moved forward, slowly, silently, gliding along the marble floors. The Princess felt a growing sense of shame, over what she knew not yet. But something was wrong. Something she had overlooked during adventuring all the adventures and singing all the songs. Something she should have shown more gratitude towards and been more respectful of.

And then it moved into the light:

The Liebster Award

SO, it’s been well over a month since skynimbus nominated this blog for that honor.

I know. I’m a lousy person.

Hey at least, I didn’t completely forget.

I’m an ungrateful ingrate. Thank you so much, you wonderful person!

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The rules:

  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, and include a link to their blog.
  • Write eight random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate eight bloggers who you think are deserving and who have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer the questions put forward by the nominating party and put up 8 questions for your nominees.

 

8 random facts:

  1. I nearly always have a headache. I seem to have inherited the subtle art of contracting migraines at the slightest provocation thanks to mother dearest. Kid #2 has too.
  2. I have a tiny mole on my right shoulder I call Molly. Yes, Molly Mole. Feel free to fall at my feet and bath it in rose-milk anytime.
  3. I am the eldest of four children.
  4. Prolonged social interaction seriously puts me out of sorts and unless I get away for a few minutes, I almost always get overwhelmed and have a mini-breakdown. Which, you see, is very inconvenient because most people see me as a people-person (yes yes, I just can’t turn off the charm. It’s a curse and a gift) That is not to say I don’t like people; they’re all right. I just need to be alone every now and then.
  5. I used to have a ton of those make your own adventure books where you got to decide on your story at the end of every chapter by choosing to follow one of the paths given, and thereby turning to the corresponding page number. I died quiet a bit.
  6. I’m mildly terrified of clowns. And people in giant teddy bear costumes.
  7. It is illegal to challenge somebody to a duel in Canada. And to accept a challenge to a duel. Well, there go all my holiday plans.
  8. If a giant panda has twins, she almost always leaves one of them to die.

 

Well I did break that rule, but c’mon wouldn’t you much rather know that thing about mother pandas than read another lousy fact about me?

You’re welcome.

Questions:

  1. What do you like more – the moon, or the stars? If the moon, which particular phase?
  • The stars.
  1. Have you even been in love? If yes, what is it like? If no, do you believe in it?
  • I haven’t, not yet. And I don’t know if I do believe in it. But I see my parents, and I know that is love so I don’t know.
  1. Do you believe in life after death?
  • I believe we all get one shot at this. But I do believe this.
  1. What do you think you will see in the Mirror of Erised? Also, what would your boggart be? While we’re at it, what house do you identify yourself with, and what would your patronus be?
  • I think the Mirror of Erised will show me a concrete path, something I can be sure about. My boggart would be a dementor, or if Disappointment or Mediocrity has a physical shape, then that. I don’t know if this is arrogant of me, but several online quizzes have placed me in either Gryffindor or Ravenclaw, I identify most with Ravenclaw. Not that I don’t love the other houses deeply. My patronus would be a pufferfish perhaps, or a toad, or an owl.
  1. Do you like poetry? If yes, which is your favorite piece?
  • Does anyone dislike it? And I have a lot of favourites. There is Horses by Edwin Muir, Invictus, The Raven, and there was this one that was printed in the preface of my copy of What Katy Did, it was a poem about growing up and was the first poem I ever truly appreciated (I was 9 when I got the book) It was called ‘To Five’.
  1. How many languages do you know? Name them.
  • English, Hindi and a regional Indian language, Malayalam.
  1. What is your most cherished possession?
  • Don’t have one.
  1. Isn’t thisjust the BESTEST thing ever? Tell me what you thought of it. And if you didn’t get it, I’ll gladly explain.
  • Yes. Yes.

 

My questions for nominees:

  1. Do people who chew loudly put you off?
  2. Unrequited love. Pathetic or romantic?
  3. One thing a stranger did that you will always carry with you. Fond memory, of course.
  4. Do you believe humanity is a revolutionary dead-end? Why?
  5. If you could say one thing in your dying moment, what would it be and to whom?
  6. Beloved childhood character.
  7. Name of one of your childhood imaginary friends and why they were great.
  8. Your greatest regret.

 

Nominees:

I know I know, that’s not 8. But I’m sleepy and tired…

…and lazy.

Besides my domesticated black panther is now getting restless. Let me go feed it some tender human flesh and bathe it in the tears of fearful grown men.

Yours Truly,

Princess of Frozen Darkness

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Awards and Answers Part…Taylor Swift

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Nice to meet you,

 where you been?

 I’ve been given this incredible thing.

Magic, madness, heaven, bling;

saw it there and I thought:

 Oh my god, look at that grace!

It seems I’ve set another heart ablaze.

Love’s a myth.

Donkeys will braaaay-ay.

I’ll admit, I did sort of go into a different direction towards the last two sentences there. I had meant to stay on the topic at hand, which is…the Blogger Recognition Award. Look at it sitting oh-so-gracefully with the light glinting off of it on my virtual mantle there. Diya from Pen2Needle was kind enough to bestow upon me this honour—thank you so much! Say hi to Diya, people. Go on, don’t be shy.

Rules:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  2. Write a post to show off your award
      • Done.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started
      • So there I was: lost and reeling, searching for redemption–for an escape. Staggering under the weight of the world and all its expectations when one day, as the sun rose, so did my spirits and a celestial voice spoke out: thou shal—lel no. I like writing and blogging is a free means for getting your words out there. Not to mention I get to test out whether or not I can actually string a few sentences together.
  4. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
      • I’m hardly qualified to be doing this. But I suppose the one piece of advice would be to stick to what you want to write. You should be able to read something of yours and feel like it belongs to you–that it is you. Write from your soul and not for the follower count or blog hits because it’s easy sometimes to be caught up in that. Also, don’t be selfish, give back what you get. Its a community, so interact.
  5. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
      • Being the ever-courteous angel that I am, did it already.
  6. Attach the award to the post
    • Done.

And that’s all folks. Award posts are tricky because no one actually wants to read them  and no one knows how to write an interesting one so when it came to starting this post, I was drawing a blank. All that I saw was blank space. Blank space everywhere. But I’ve finally finished it.

Yours Truly,

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Awards and Answers Part…It’s Starting to Sound Obnoxious Now

‘Ello! Como estas mi amigos? Gracias senor!

Having exhausted my Spanish vocabulary, I suppose it is time to get down to bidness. (bizness? bi’ness?) business.

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

As much as I wish cutting a lock of your hair and burning it in the bonfire promising eternal sister affiliation was one of the rules, it is not. It’s not that kind of sisterhood. But I have a lock of my hair ready anyway in case they show up at the dead of night. Who are ‘they’, you ask? Well only the sisterhood knows that.

But the actual rules are as below:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you (its only polite)
  • Answer 10 questions that the nominator has given you
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers and create 10 questions for nominees and notify them about their nomination.

So thank you, dferkan. Even if cosmetics is not your thing (like me) you’ll still like his posts simply for the way he writes. I know I did.

Questions:

  1. Which cosmetics store is your favorite?

Ans: Well, since I’m not much into cosmetics (read: tried to put on eyeliner ONCE and ended up with a streak across elbow) I don’t think I can answer that

  1. How often do you go shopping for cosmetics?

Ans: Does soap count?

  1. Which one do you use before you apply your makeup; primer or regular moisturizer?

Ans: Well…uh…

  1. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Ans: If I’m late for school about 7 minutes. Otherwise 15 minutes should do it.

  1. Do you prefer expensive brands over cheaper ones?

Ans: Hehe.

  1. What is your favorite brand of cosmetics?

Ans: Itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout

  1. MAC vs Clinique?

Ans: Well, I only ever heard of one of them, so I’m going to go with MAC.

  1. Have you ever contoured your face?

Ans: Say what now?

  1. Do you have a regular skin care routine?

Ans: I wash it every morning. Then towel it dry.

  1. Do you like Beyoncé? (My fave)

Ans: Do girls rule the world?

I’m so sorry about the answers…I just don’t know any of this.

Nominations:

  1. Avery
  2. Elm
  3. Kritika
  4. Poetry and Chocolate and Books
  5. Ayushi
  6. Aakansha
  7. Real Girl
  8. Odd
  9. Victo Dolore
  10. Little Miss Mystery

 Keep thy lock of silky tresses at the ready. You never know when the sisterhood will come calling

P.S Does anyone else find the blog they followed being mysteriously un-followed?

Yours Truly,

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Awards and Answers Part 5…Or 6. Gah.

The Encouraging Thunder Award

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Thundering Typhoons! (okay I admit that was a really bad reference…but any Tintin fans out there?)

In my opinion the only thunder in me would be by way of thunder thighs, but thank you nevertheless Asil. His blog is very quirky and unlike most out there and as far as blogmates go, as long as you decline any apples he has to offer, you’re golden. Go on then, give it a click.

My Purpose in Blogging

  • Well, like I’ve said before, writing is my coping mechanism and that might be very cliché and unoriginal but that’s how writing has always helped. Once I write something down then I have pulled out that part of me and stamped it forever on that piece of paper so it means nothing to me anymore—what I mean is, it doesn’t affect me anymore because it is no longer a part of me.
  • It’s also a test of sorts—this is my way of seeing whether writing really is something I can do because who else to give you honest opinions other than strangers from all over the world, right? If someone other than my mom were to like something I wrote, that would be nice…
  • So it means something. It being me and just writing in general. Maybe one day even after I’m dead someone will come across this blog some random person wrote all those years ago (if blogs still exist in the future in this manner)
  • It’s fun

Rules:

  • Post it on your blog.
  • Add the Encouraging Thunder logo.
  • Grant other bloggers the award.
  • Mention your purpose in blogging.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.

Other Thunders out there:

And that’s it. That was the list of the nominations I had been unable to get to. Again, sorry about the successive award posts

Yours Truly,

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Awards and Answers Part…Something.

The Beautiful Blogger Award

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Thank you Odd for the nomination! Okay I think the exclamation mark may be a bit much because I don’t feel very exclamation mark-ish right now, but I don’t know how else to relay how grateful I am…by the way isn’t that a nice name: Odd? I mean, clearly it’s not a name and her username is actually ‘I am Odd’—I just still like it though. The word, that is. Odd. Go to the RunningOdd, okay? Okay.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. List 7 random facts about you
  3. Send said award to seven (or however many you want) other creative, beautiful geniuses

Random Facts

  1. I hate having to tell people random facts because I never know what to say
  2. I like lizards and can deal with small cockroaches but the big ones I don’t like
  3. I address said big roaches usually with the pre-fix ‘Sir’ as in “Please move out of my way, Sir Disgustingly-Large-Thing”
  4. I’m secretly a very cheerful person but I seem to be the only one aware of that
  5. I never usually like myself very much
  6. I like accidental paint splotches
  7. I was bit by a monkey once—and I think I’ve said that here before but ehh

Now on to the Beautiful Bloggers:

 Before I get on with the next award, I’m so sorry about the series of successive award posts–I just don’t think putting them off any longer is polite.

Creative Blogger Award

Huh. Well what do you, look at that.

The Rules:

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you
  • Share 5 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers
  • Let them know you nominated them

Thank you so much Sofia—you really are too kind. Her blog is such a pretty thing (seems fitting considering the title) and I’m not just talking about the appearance, it’s her writing too.

Facts:

Boy, there sure seem to be a fair amount of those here, no?

  • I have three thermocol shelves I made myself because I was supposed to be studying and it seemed as good a procrastination activity as any. I really like them though, and I didn’t really have to do much other than dig them out and stick em on the wall.
  • I like watering plants. Even though we don’t have any now, that was pretty much all I did in the old house where we had a proper arrangement of them
  • I never know what to write, but as soon as I sit down, they come pretty quick for a while until my brain decides that’s it and I never finish the story ever again. Or even if I do it doesn’t end the way I thought it would when I started it
  • I have stubborn, bushy, curly hair which are at their worst right now because rain.
  • I still love rain though and can’t resist opening the windows of the car on the way to school even if I end up looking like a banshee.

Nominations:

I could be selfish and lazy right now and refuse to nominate specific people because I spent all this time writing nominations and linking them for the previous awards so you should know that the fact that I am not doing that means I love you people and that I am a self-sacrificing saint and should be canonized sometime in the future.

I swear just one last award and then I’m done and will start publishing proper stuff

Yours Truly,

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Awards and Answers Part…Vier? Vier.

Heyo strangers. It’s been a while…

…and I bet none of you even noticed. Excuse me while I go cry in the corner again… (why you no love me? Why? WHY?)

First off, I apologize for the excruciatingly long time I took in acknowledging the awards—I assure you this has never happened before (mostly because I don’t get nominated much, but let’s just pretend it is because I’m always very thorough and punctual) and I never let things pile up like this—it’s just I had the exams and then the week after that was spent crying about the horrible exams. I don’t mean to come off ungrateful though because of the delay. Thank you so very much you misguided fools.

Erm…

Right so, onward:

Bad dum ba ba ba ba dummmmm

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Yes, yes I’m as surprised as you are. Inspiring. That’s right. Inspiring. In-frickin-spiring. Me.index-very-inspiring-blogger-awardThank you so much Little Miss Mystery (speaking of whom, you really need to go have a look-see around her blog if you haven’t already and I’m not just saying that ‘cause of the award and its rules, it really is quite something)

Ze Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Add the logo to your post (I like logos, don’t you?)
  • Nominate ten bloggers who inspire (that’s a huge number and I’m doing multiple awards so I might tweak the number a bit)
  • Answer the following questions

The Questions-

1. In your personal life, which person inspires you the most?
Okay well this might be a bit odd…but I’m not a very inspired person. I mean I have bouts of ‘this is it’ and ‘do something’ and ‘so nice’ moments and they might not be all the same to you and I don’t know how to explain—but I’m not a very inspired person. I’m hoping that’ll change in the future. But I’m just not one of those intelligent, charismatic, enchanted people. I’m…I don’t know, I’m coasting; just floating about—all very mechanical…and I know I should say my parents or a teacher or a friend, but I’m just not a very inspired person.

  1. Who is your role model?

There is no one singular person and they’re not all, well real in the conventional sense of the word, but to name a few: Sojourner Truth, Emma Watson, Jo March, Sylvia Plath, Jeeves (he just seems like a really fun yet vastly knowledgeable person)

  1. Do you make efforts to make others feel emotionally and mentally stronger?

If by that you mean support them in times of need or to give them confidence about certain things…well, I don’t know. Obviously I would like to…but if things were that easy I suppose no one would have any problems. But I’d like to actually do it. One day.

  1. Which sound do you hear this current moment?

Well there is some distant yelling of the neighbour’s kids and Tom Sawyer (by Rush) coming from the laptop.

  1. Which is the best quote for you?
    There is never really a “best” quote…but the current quote would be: “You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it too, and that’s what scares you the most.”

And now to the nominations:

I think I’ll publish the awards as individual posts because I wrote it as one single post and it is so very, very long and I don’t think anyone likes long award things (even though mine are seldom brief)

Yours Truly,

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