Fork In The Road

Fork In The Road

Dear Followers,

I am sorry to inform you but I have decided to take a break from poetry. Some of you may realize that the last time I posted a poem was, in fact, a year ago. I need time to find myself in a society filled with individuals knowing exactly what they want to pursue. I am one of the few who have not chosen a career path. I cling to my passion of creating a world where words make a difference, mocked by those who refuse to encourage me. I am torn between choosing a path which will undoubtedly grant me a steady payroll in the future (denying me the right to simply write for a living) or one which will help me become a young adult author with less than fifty percent of actually “making it”. I have certainly reached a fork in the road.

                                                                                                                          Until We Meet Again,

Ambitious Poet

Blog of the Year 2013!

It still hasn’t been a full year since I started blogging so imagine my surprise when a beloved blogger, missamanthajill, nominated me for the blog of the year 2013!! It’s hard to believe how far my blog has come in the last several months and the abundance of blogs and bloggers I’ve cordially met. It’s amazing and even more so, remarkable. Why remarkable, because never in a million years would I have thought that my blog would be noticed by anyone but those close to me! So thank you! Thank you every reader, blogger, and viewer out there for giving my blog a chance! Because I would not be where I am if not for you guys!

Now, as you all know, everything has a creator and therefore the creator of this specific award has a message for all nominees. Please check this out at  The Thought Palette

If you answer yes for any one of these following question then this Blog of the Year 2013 award is for you!

Do you know a blog that deserves an award?

Do you have special blogs that you love to read?

Which blogs do you bookmark and follow?

Would you like to give them an award this year?

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Instructions for this award are pretty straightforward:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ 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. 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 badges!)

4. Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Awardvia this link – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5. You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6. And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog… and start collecting stars…

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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award Badges

As already stated, there are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swap’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times! You will find the badges on The Thought Palette blog.

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There are also 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar. Visit The Thought Palette blog for these.

And Congratulations on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award!

So those are the rules and regulations everyone! I’m only nominating several blogs and they are…

  1. Cindy Baker
  2. Rabe MacSeoin
  3. Man of Many Thoughts
  4. Jane Risdon 
  5. totaloverdose

So, these are the 5 nominees! If I had the time (I hope you all know) that I would nominate each and every one of you!

Happy 2014! 😀

 

Varying Opinions

Fascinating news rarely reached the two legged humans but when it did, more frequently than not, it was published in the Daily Gazette the very next morning. Now, not everyone knows why “modern” Romeo and Juliet became so popular, when the original paper book had to be enforced upon students to read by their teachers, but it did. So, rewind to the days where Shakespeare deemed glory and modern Romeo and Juliet were stacked in every bookshelf of the bookstore. You all know how young people crave the latest and the most odd romances, ergo it was no surprise when the beloved title, Romeo and Juliet, went out of its glory days. Nonetheless, something needed to replace the emptiness on the bare, wooden shelves and that’s when the store owners unveiled the next-in-line book, Twilight. Either, the reading skill of the most recent generations dropped, drastically, or we needed something steamier- something that wasn’t so predictable- to rid of  the originality Shakespeare created.  Sadly, Twilight allured subtle attraction to young teens and that was something Shakespeare could no longer do. He could not satisfy the minds of those who were infatuated with a sparkling vampire who managed to look both- macho and well, sparkly!

I won’t lie. Yes, I too, have read Twilight and might have found the book entertaining, but I have my many doubts. Plus, I believe that other great authors should be allowed some of the spotlight as well.

Liebster Blog Award

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award is a blogging award that is passed on by bloggers to blogs with less than 200 followers that are worth a read.  I have been nominated for this award by an auspicious blogger, Nichole- No Friend As Loyal!  Thank you so much!

Receivers of the Liebster Award must:

  1. List 11 Random Facts about yourself
  2. Answer the questions that were asked of you (by the blogger that nominated you)
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs for the Liebster Blog Award and Link to their Blogs
  4. Notify the bloggers of their award
  5. Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer once they accept the award        

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Okay, let us start -11 random facts about Grayston:

  1. Recently, I forgot how much I loved to stand in the rain and look at every little thing from another perspective. 
  2. I have a fear of dogs which rapidly increases due to their size!
  3. I take pride in being a self-published author. How can I not?
  4. I don’t have a favorite food, dessert, or gum but when it comes to books- I simply can’t decide
  5. I love strawberry flavored twizzlers but cherry ones make me gag.
  6. There are so many pet peeves on my list of ‘annoying things’ that it’s hard to keep count.
  7. Believe it or not, I travel to Florida almost twice a year and although Orlando is forty-five minutes – I have never been there
  8. On my bucket list, I once wrote that I wanted to experience a broken bone and get a blue cast. Later that year, I, not only broke my finger, but went through series of casts!
  9. I am dying to get into one of the Ivy Leagues!
  10. When I was fourteen years old, I interned at an amazing local flower shop. Since then, I fell in love with carnations, roses, and Japanese Cherry Blossoms!
  11. Silly as it is- I’m still waiting for that one true love 🙂

My answers to Nichole’s questions…

1. If you could meet any author/person you admire, and ask them only one question, who and what would it be?

There is one woman in particular that comes to mind when the words ‘author and admire’ are placed together. The trials in life she went through, writing on paper when homeless, raising a hungry child without enough money to even feed even herself, and through all that she held on to her dream. If I could meet J.K. Rowling, I would ask her was there ever a time where she thought she was better off dropping Harry Potter into a trashcan and getting a real job to take better care of her child.

2. Why did you decide to start your blog, and what is your favourite thing about it?

I decided to start this blog after Napowrimo suggested that I did. I had long since, been contemplating about it, but that site gave me the jump start I needed.  My most favourite thing about it would be the amazing people I meet and the comments they leave behind. It inspires me to keep going and without them, I wouldn’t be here.

3. Which book has been with you the most places?

A great deal of them, but one which, I, in particular remember, is Robinson Crusoe. I had taken a liking to the book fairly quickly and it was hard to let go. His adventures truly captivated me and although, nowadays, Robinson is considered ‘old reading’ it would have to be the book that has been with me most places.

 4. Is there a book that you once gave up on that you would consider revisiting, and why?

Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini , because I’m all for trying new things and years back when I attempted reading dragons -let’s say, I epically failed. I lost interest and in days was back in the library searching for something more dangerously alluring. The reason why I would consider revisiting these series of books, starting from the first one – Eragon, would be because my taste in books has changed.

5. Something that you learned recently.

I mentioned standing in the rain as one of my random facts. To be honest, it was holding me off – not going into the rain – because I felt that I had to act like an adult. Several days ago, I threw away common sense and adapted something called ‘following the heart’.

6. Is there a book or piece of writing that impacted your behaviour or actions after reading it?

Yes, there was this piece of article which I stumbled upon called, “Steps on helping your story reach an editor”. It showed various steps in perfecting your piece of writing.  Most importantly, it emphasized completion and a plot. I don’t know whether it was a trap which I fell into obliviously, since I’m still waiting for an editor. Or maybe, I didn’t follow all the instructions to a T.

7. What is your favourite quote?

That is truly a difficult question for me to answer, because I’m a quote-a-holic! Though, one of my favorites would unknown and I live by it everyday. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

8. Do you find that you dread or anticipate movie adaptations of books?

It depends. If it’s one of my favorite books then nothing can beat imagination and I would be dreading a movie adaption. But, if it happens on a novel like The Great Gatsby, which I haven’t read, I would anticipate the movie.

9. Has a character in a book or film ever reminded you of someone you know?

Yes, numerous times. Mostly it’s my friends but occasionally I can relate it to my parents.

10. “We read to know we are not alone.” (C.S. Lewis)  Agree or disagree?

I agree.

11. If the zombie apocalypse was at hand, and you could only take five books with you before you run for it, which would you choose and why?

-) Robinson Crusoe, because he’s smart and resourceful. His adventures alone prove that he can handle himself at extremes and I can learn to survive through his tactics.

-)  Maximum Ride, she’s always on the run and I could take few things from her too, give or take.

-) Romeo and Juliet, because I have yet to read that book.

-) The biggest thesaurus in the world to shield me from their hideous forms!

-) Last but not least, any random book to occupy myself when I’m bored!

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Questions for my nominees:

1) What is your favourite book?

2) List three of your least favourite quotes

3) Why and when did you start writing?

4) Something that you learned recently.

5) What places of the world would you like to travel?

6) If you could meet any author/person you admire, and ask them only one question, who and what would it be?

7) Is there anything you’ve done that you regret not doing?

8) Has a character in a book or film ever reminded you of someone you know?

9) Which book has been with you the most places?

10) “To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” (Oscar Wilde) Agree or Disagree?

11) We can’t change the decisions we have made, but if the same thing occurred again what would you do differently?
Blogs I nominate for the Liebster Blog Award:

  1. Tag back: No Friend As Loyal
  2. J T Weaver
  3. JustLats
  4. Eye-Dancer
  5. Maxima
  6. 18YearsYoung
  7. Totaloverdose
  8. Kira on Wrestling Life
  9. The Art Clique
  10. Street of Dreams
  11. Michelle Proulx

Night Sky

A/N: I was simply playing around with words and although this isn’t my best piece, it’s something…

Stars with such allure only deserve attention

Each one, an original peice with it’s own shape

Shining so brightly hoping to catch an eye

Wishes thrown as it shoots by

Illuminating the sky

One word

O’ my

POETRY: Wish List.

Almost everything I’ve wished for is in this poem by Cal Donnelly

🌕🌔🌓🌑 Sleep Medicine 🌙.

As most of you are aware, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. Mostly just downs. 

But recently, I’ve been a bright-and-shiny, getting-out-of-bed, idiotically-smiling fool. And it’s all thanks to my writing, my selfless and supporting friends, and me actually doing what I love for Pete’s sake. 

It’s ironic, come to think of it, that the first line of the poem: “What do you want more than anything in the world?” was such a frequently asked question of mine to others, but when I was finally asked it, I couldn’t answer it. Maybe it was because there was too much crap that I wanted, maybe it was because I wanted nothing at all. Maybe it’s because I’m an indecisive asshole.

Whatever it was, I made a vow to never ask anyone the question again, at least not in such a literal context. How shallow we are as humans…

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