Liebster Award, continued

Thank you again to Carly of Suburbia for the nod. I notice the rules stipulate that this is a particular award for people who have less than 200 followers with the purpose of getting to know that person better. Yeah, haven’t had that many followers in over a year… but I STILL accept. Yeah, that’s right, I see your two hundred and raise ya! And in the meantime, I am honored that anyone would like to get to know me better, so I shall do my best to answer the questions you’ve posed and honor the rules of this award.

They are:

  1. Each person must post 11 facts about themselves.
  2. Answer 11 questions the tagger has given you and give 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged.
  3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post. Tell them you’ve tagged them.
  4. Remember, no tag backs.

I think I can handle that. It’s been getting hard to come up with new facts about myself for each nomination, so I shall just speak from the heart and not worry about overlap. Let me see if I can come up with a full 11 and still sound interesting…

  1. I love animals – I grew up with cats, have learned to love dogs, and generally think animals are of a superior moral disposition than most humans. I can’t stand animal abuse and think people who engage in it should be receive the harshest penalties as meted out by the medieval justice system. I’ve always said they should bring the rack back 😉
  2. Aside from a core of oldest friends, my bff’s are seem to be women – Yep, my best friend is my wife, and most of the friends I’ve made since I moved were women. I guess I just like women better, and get along with them on a more mature level. Sure, there’s only so much girl stuff I can stand, and most of these friends were all tomboys in their day, but I just seem to like and respect them more.
  3. I love food – I love to cook, I love food that is exotic, and I especially love eating food that puts me in mind of another place and time. It’s a cultural experience, a sensual experience, and a rewarding experience.
  4. I love beer – Much like my predilection for food, I love any suds that are a testament to the culture and history of brewing. There’s something about a bottle of a living, breathing elixir that just speaks to me. This is why I love craft brewing, beer made according to ancient traditions or in ancient place, and can’t stand generic stuff that’s rolled out on a factory floor with no attention to detail.
  5. I love travel – Strangely, I haven’t seen that much of the world, which is odd because I’ve spent most of my adult life studying it to death. I’ve been all across Canada, been to the US on many occasions, and traveled to Spain, England, Germany, Mexico and Cuba. But that’s it and I want to see more! I want to go to Timbuktu, ancient trade capitol of West Africa. I want to see Shanghai, Beijing and Shangdu, the ancient historic centers of China. I want to visit Central Europe and the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East. I want to travel through Northern France and the Low Counties in 2014 and share in the centennial that marks the 100 years since the end of the Great War. I want to see the ancient ruins of Babylon and immerse myself in the Cradle of Civilization! I’d like to walk the Amber Trade Route into Eastern Europe and Russia, and dine on perogies and pivo! I’d like to witness the ruins of Carthage and gaze on the civilization that could have beat Rome. I’d also like to visit the ruins of Maccu Picchu, Teotihuacan, and all the Mayan ones I missed last time! The itinerary is long and I need money to make it happen. Pay me!
  6. I’m convinced reincarnation is real – Well, not exactly convinced, but I do like to believe in it. How else am I to understand my obsession with history and places I’ve never seen? One explanation is that I really was there, just not in my current form. I like that idea very much, because it considers that history is cyclical for a reason. It’s not just that human beings are essentially the same across time, but that our very souls are constantly being recycled thought it all and bearing witness to it again and again.
  7. I feel like we’re at a crossroads in history – After years of reading about where we are going and what’s to come, I feel like things are coming together, and I’m both awestruck and a little frightened. It’s one thing to speculate about a future that’s still a long ways away, but another thing entirely to watch as that future takes shape around you. If what some say is true and we are on the verge of a Singularity, then life as we know it will be speeding up exponentially very soon, to the point where it will no longer resemble life as we know it.
  8. I love the West Coast – I consider where I live to be amongst the most beautiful land on this planet. Every land has significance and sentimental value to some people, but I feel truly blessed that I live in a place where oceans, mountains, rainforest and sky are so plentiful. And I feel that these must be protected and preserved at all costs.
  9. I still miss my friends – Six years back, I moved to the West Coast to be with my family and met the woman I would fall in love with shortly thereafter. Not a day goes by that I regret this life altering decision, but I still miss my friends from back East. Sure, there’s no ocean, mountains or ancient rainforests there, but I still see the last few years we spent together there as some of the best years of my life. If I had the means, I would see to it that we all lived within driving distance of each other. Either that or I’d just buy a plane and make the trip a few times a year.
  10. I’m vain, but not shallow – Yes, I got a bit of a double standard going on. Whenever my wife says she feels out of shape, I tell her not to worry about it. But it’s a complaint I make anytime I miss a few workouts. I can’t be completely happy unless I’m thin, my muscles feel firm, and my shoulders and calves are big and brawny. I feel like a man should look like a man, muscles, hair, six pack and all!
  11. Why I Write – I started writing in the hopes of creating the great novel, in the hopes of expressing my ideas and sharing them with the public. But I’ve learned along the way that in the end, what matters is the act itself. Expression for expression’s sake is what makes it sincere, and ironically, more worth reading. And if I found that I suddenly couldn’t’ do it anymore, I think I might go nuts!

And now we come to the QandA portion, which happens to be my favorite. So much easier than telling random tidbits about yourself. Which is I guess one other thing that about me that I don’t often admit to: I like structure!

  1. What’s your favourite book?
    That’s like asking to me say which of my illegitimate children I love the least! Since just about everyone says 1984, I’ll go with Guns, Germs and Steel. Much like the Orwellian classic, it changed the way I look at the world and human history.
  2. What’s your least favourite book?
    That is another toss up but I’ve have to go with Hunters of Dune. It was the single-most disappointing experience since Attack of the Clones and Batman and Robin. Daniel and Marty were NOT killer robots, dammit!
  3. Have you met any authors?
    Yes, but just one, but on two separate occasions. I’ve met Gwynne Dyer, my hero when it comes to cool reads about geo-political issues and world events. I was pretty much in awe of him, but still managed to ask some important questions on two occasions. Nice man, and very well informed!
  4. Do you own an e-reader? If not, will you make the switch to e-reading?
    I do, I have the Amazon Kindle program for iPad. I think it’s better than a Kindle itself, in that it has color and can approximate the experience of reading a book far more closely than a grey screen.
  5. What’s your favourite colour?
    Green! There’s nothing quite like a rainforest or emerald green, and I’m told it brings out the color in my eyes.
  6. What is your favourite childhood book?
    Not sure I had one. The literary bug didn’t bite me until I was in my teens, really. My other tried, bless her soul, but it took military fiction and pulp sci-fi to light my fire, and years later I’d be reading classics like The Iliad, A Tale of Two Cities, and Brave New World.
  7. Do you have a favourite genre you like to read?
    Science fiction generally, but anything satirical and historical is aces in my (ahem) book as well.
  8. Sunrise or Sunset?
    Sunset. It’s beautiful, relaxing, inspiring. Plus you can drink without worrying about ruining your health or getting fired.
  9. Favourite pass time, other than reading?
    Taekwon-Do. I’ve done martial arts since I was about ten and haven’t looked back. In fact, if I couldn’t punch, kick and generally wail on things, I’d probably go insane!
  10. What’s your favourite day of the week?
    Friday, without a doubt. Something about the energy, the promise of sleeping in, and having an open canvass before you. It just can’t be beat!
  11. Finally, two men walk into a bar.. ?
    Well that was stupid of them. Surely with two of them they’d be able to notice a metal beam in their way!

And now for my list of nominees. Gee, I can’t think of many people I know with less than 200 followers, so this might take some time… My apologies too for anyone who’s well over 200, sometimes it’s hard to tell. And remember you’re free to disregard this if you don’t want to participate.

  1. Clowie’s Corner – The adventures of Clowie, a Pyrenean mountain dog who’s perspective on life is nothing if not interesting and refreshing!
  2. Inside the Mind of a Fantasy Writer – The home of Heidi N. Sieverding, Fantasy writer extraordinaire! She;’s authored 27 fantasy books by my last count, and maintains this site to communicate her insights about the world of Fae, fantasy and the supernatural to her fans. An with a name like Heidi Sieverding, you gotta know she’s the real deal!
  3. advocatemmmohan aksharaalu – An interesting site, clearly that of a man who’s dedicated to the law and has plenty to say about life and the world around him, but curiously very little about himself! Hence, I call upon him to answer questions and be a little narcissistic for a moment.
  4. Better With A Pen – The site of the author who shall remain nameless, at least that’s the impression I got from his blog! Sure, there’s plenty of information on his likes, his process, and the book he’s been writing for the past eight years. But no photos or real bio info. This could be just the thing to shake some of that info loose!
  5. restaurantbastards – The unrelentingly and unrepentantly honest scribe of the service industry, telling it like it is to all you potential patrons out there. I have no idea if they have 200 or 200,000 followers, I’d just like to see what they have to say to some of these questions!
  6. I think about beer – The site of a certified beer server (yes, they do have certification for that). Like me, this person loves beer, beer culture, and is well-situated to talk about it being in the Pacific Northwest. Frankly, I can’t understand why tons more people aren’t following this person! Get off your asses people and listen to what this beer enthusiast has to say. It just might save your taste buds!
  7. 8 Bit Beer Blog – Another beer snob, like myself (that’s a compliment, don’t worry!), who’s also based right here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I’m so happy to find like minded people around here, especially in that it they provide reviews of beers which I may not have tried, but which are actually accessible to me since we are in the same geographic area. Rock on 8 Bit!
  8. The Millennium Conjectures – The site of author and journalist Mark Sackler, who is writes about the ridiculous and the sublime (his words) and is based in the eastern seaboard of the US. In short, he is a man who delights in observing things both trivial in nature and profound. Interesting… one could say he’s got life summed up right there!
  9. Better With a Pen – The site of sci-fi indie writer who shall remain nameless. At least, that’s my impression since I can’t seem to find a name, a picture or anything identifying about this site. But dangit if he doesn’t delve into his process and the book he’s been hard at work on for the last eight years. Maybe this award will shake something loose…
  10. The Wandering G0urmand – Here is someone I just started following recently. Now I love food, cooking and travel, but compared to some of heavy-hitters (like this guy), I’m a total novice. Hence why I turn to the professionals who know a thing or two about the world and the fine food, wine and culture to be experienced therein.
  11. Serenity Spell – The site of photographer and adventurer Feygirl, a woman who grew up on Three-Mile Island and now photographs the world, its animals and its habitats as a means of exploring it and expressing her creative side. I have a feeling she has a lot of worthwhile things to say, and so I bat this award to her in the hopes of hearing all about her journeys!

Done and done. Remind me to start a campaign to make sure these awards are finalized every year, and come with a cash prize! They seem to just bounce around endlessly otherwise. Of course, they do kind of serve the purpose of achieving cross-promotion between bloggers, and do help us get to know each other a little better. But dammit if I’m not just a little tired of their being endless nominations and no winners! I want something I can brag about to my peers, something I can rub the noses of my illegitimate kids in when I tell them how much of a disappointment they are! But most, I want the cash and the ass-kissing adulation of acolytes and fans. Is that such a bad thing?

Until next time, take everything I say with a dose of salt and keep doing what you love. The rest will surely follow… 😉

Nominated for a Liebster!

I can remember, somewhat vaguely, when the Versatile Blogger Awards were making the rounds and I received a nomination. I felt so… confused. It’s like, so it’s an award… but it’s not an award? I get nominated but there’s no winner and no prize money? What gives? And then came the Kreative Blogger Awards, the Lucky Sevens, and a slew of others. And all the while, I aint got no stinking reward cash! So you can imagine how “honored” I was to find out that I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Blog Award, which also doesn’t come with cash!

Ah, I’m just kidding, Carly! I’m very honored that you chose to nominate me for this. But just for fun, I thought I’d give an acceptance speech loaded with sarcasm, self-pity and recrimination. People always talk about how happy they are, how unworthy they are, and who they want to thank. Me? I want to talk about who I BLAME! And all the while, I’ll be reminding everybody just how worthy I am of their praise and how crappy a job I think they’re doing of kissing my ass! Brace yourself, this is not going to be pretty…

First off, I blame my parents. I didn’t ask to be born! And what’s more, I blame them for providing me with the kind of stable, privileged, upper-middle class upbringing with just aint cool anymore. If I want to be a successful writer, I need a hook, an angle, a background I can exploit for cheap sympathy and street cred! Mom, Pop – why couldn’t we have been the kind of broken home that inspires it’s kids to be tough and responsible? Why couldn’t I have grown up in a neighborhood where kids were badass and throw downs involved more than just hurt feelings? I can’t help but think that if I had picked up a few flesh wounds in my time, I might also be hawking vitamin water and my own line of apparel.

Second, I blame my friends who made the unforgivable mistake of believing in me. Everybody knows that the best success stories come from overcoming the odds and flying in the face of all the naysayers. So may I say, you’ve all failed me terribly! Where was the “you’re never going to make it” or the “you just don’t have what it takes” speeches? How am I supposed to succeed with all you people telling me what I’m doing sounds “interesting” or that “you’re all pulling for me”? Didn’t you see Million Dollar Baby? Do you really think she would have become a great fighter if her momma said “Everybody in the trailer park is cheering for ya, honey”?

Third, I blame my peers and colleagues for not challenging me enough. Sure, you’ve been supportive, friendly, and generally a pleasure to be around, but did you ever once think of ME? It’s a well known fact that people need conflict in order to be creative, so why the hell didn’t any of you troll me or call me a hack? The best I could do was some kid who barely spoke passable English and didn’t even seem to understand what the article he was slamming was about. What kind of nemesis is that? If I’m going to nominate anybody for anything, it’s going to be for the Crappy Enemy Award. The nominees in that category are… all of you!

And last, I’d like to blame God. Of all the generations and countries I could have been born into, why did you stick me with Generation Echo here in Canada? Were you aware that I would grow up in a time and place where the standard of living was ranked highest in the world? Were you aware that I would grow up surrounded by a diverse array of people who would teach me so many interesting things, like how lucky I was and how rich and wonderful the world really is? Yeah, I know you’re busy running the universe and all that, but seriously, you could have done a way better job on me! Thanks to you, I got no complaints! Well, sure, I could complain about a few things, but the who the hell would want to listen? I’ve never seen a war, never known hunger, never known poverty or neglect. I’ve never seen a person die or been traumatized by the sheer brutality that some people have to face on a daily basis. In short, I’m not interesting! Sure, you stuck me with a real nice situation, but no one wants to hear about nice! If it’s true that a person is the sum total of their experiences, might I then say that I’m boring and it’s clearly your fault.

So thank you all for this honor and I hope you’re happy. I know I am 😉

Okay, sarcasm done. Hope you found it funny because I was kind of blowing my cover towards the end there. I really can’t be too sarcastic when it comes to the suffering of other people and how I’ve never had to deal with that. That’s just too plain stark and serious to ever really joke about. But I hope my point was clear. I am a lucky man and I want to pass that on to as many people as I possibly can before I die. I’ve felt for the longest time that that’s my Dharma, my purpose since I’ve been dealt a pretty good hand. What the universe gives ya, you should pay forward, or back, as the case may be.

Oh, and I will be sure to actually follow the rules and nominate people. Hang on, that’s coming up in my next post 🙂

The Lucky Seven Nod!

Well, it seems that there is a new award-meme making the rounds these days. Yes, after months and months of VBA’s, BBA’s, KBA’s, and whatever else they could come up with, the creative community of the blogosphere has invented one more award. And it seems I’ve been nominated! It’s called the Lucky Seven, and its actually a creative way of promoting aspiring authors and writers. Here are the rules as I understand them:

  • Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript (fiction or non-fiction)
  • Go to line 7
  • Post the next 7 lines or sentences on your blog as they are (no cheating, please!)
  • Tag 7 other authors to do the same

Of course, step one for me is to thank the person who nominated me, so an unreserved thank you to Richard of Richard’s Ramblings for the nod. Next step, the 7 lines from line 7 of page 77 of my manuscript, known as “Data Miners”:

Anyway, email me back, is your job really in trouble? I’ll help if
>I can, but I don’t know what is expected here.

Well, that was about as effective as a pin through the eye! His wounded ego, smarting from the effects of professional termination, has just taken another a blow in the romantic department. Now he’s got cupid’s and his former company’s shoes up his ass! His mind is too much of a mess to sort out how this email has categorically made him feel worse but if he could

Doesn’t make a lot of sense taken out of context like that does it? Oh well, who am I to question the rules of this award system? And now, my nominees, all of whom are awesome writers who are currently hard at work producing those manuscripts!

  1. Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali
  2. Goran Zidar
  3. Urbannight
  4. Audrey Johnson
  5. Erin Brady Pike
  6. Zencherry
  7. Lance Schubert

Keep up the good work, all y’all! Keep hammering those keys and if possible, get out there and get that manuscript published!

Nominated for a VBA!

Woohoo! It looks like I’ve been nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award… for the second time! The first time came in January of 2012, back when my good friend and colleague Jamie A Hughes gave me the nod. Now, a new colleague and follower has honored me with a VBA nomination. As the great and venerable Duckman once said, “I accept [this prize] with humility and smuggness!”

And now, to fulfill the obligations of the VBA:

First off, a big thanks to the mystery writer, AB Ciccone, for nominating me for this prestigious meme. Keep hammering those keys, and best wishes with all your writing endeavors.

Second, here are seven things about myself:

  1. I always smile too big for photos: My wife, who’s a photography buff, loves to take pictures of me. Somehow, I’m always hamming it up and raising my eyebrows. Not sure why…
  2. I love to cook: my specialties include curry, pastas, stir fry, soups, stews, and bbq. I also make some mean spinach and tomato salads!
  3. I love beer!: Not necessarily for its deleterious effects, but for its history, culture, and diversity.
  4. I dig martial arts: Since the tender age of nine, I’ve studied martial arts in one form or another. First it was a year of Judo, then I transferred to Taekwon-Do and have stayed with it ever since, earning my fourth degree black belt in 2006. I also dabbled in Wing Chun, Aikido, and Aikijujutsu. I’ve broken lots of wood and about half a dozen bricks in my time.
  5. I’ve wanted to write since I was 18: It was during my senior year in high school that I began reading the classics of dystopian sci-fi. Orwell’s 1984 was my favorite, and I hoped that one day, I too would write something like it. It’s been a long road, but I believe I’m getting closer.
  6. I’ve got way too many ideas on the fly!: I can’t count how many ideas I’ve opened and then never finished. Seriously, I’ve tried! My “My Documents” folder is crammed with them. The other day I did a tally so I could seriously buckle down and focus on the ones I needed to finish first. Hopefully, I finish those off before I come up with any more!
  7. I love it when people like my stuff: I am drawn to praise like a moth to a flame. It’s one of the most pleasing things when my wife likes my writing, and she’s a tough critic! When friends, colleagues and even strangers do it, it makes me happy. I got into writing to share my ideas with people, and it warms my heart to know they get something out of it too.

Third, here is my list of nominees for the VBA in alphabetical order (no favorites!):

  1. Amateur Professional – Run by David DeMar, who’s insights on pop culture, sci-fi, fantasy and zombie guns are always punchy and often hilarious!
  2. Dangerously Daydreaming – The home site of Audrey Johnson, fellow traveler, gourmand, and photography enthusiast. She’s also a fan of Firefly… yeah, we get along fine!
  3. MythRider – The writing blog of Phyllis Moore, writer extraordinaire who delights in exploring the process of creating literature and spawning the mythos that drive us.
  4. Nonoy Manga – Dedicated to manga and anime, this self-styled Filipino artist loves to create scenes that tell a story, often as part of flash-fiction. Illustrated beauty meets the written word!
  5. Rendezvous with Renee – The site of Renee Homan Heath, blogger of life, love, marriage, devotion, and all things in between. Her observations, anecdotes and personal reflections are a constant heart warmer!
  6. Urbannight – Home to the urban night, female blogger extraordinaire who’s reflections on life, at the tender age of 4o, are smart, insightful, and often quite funny!
  7. Writerlious – The site of business woman and part-time writer and YA addict Brady Pike. Like me, she aspires to be a full-time writer someday; probably why we get along so well!

Okay, that’s everybody! My thanks to all those who have taken the time and effort to follow me and read my many, many ramblings. My apologies to those I didn’t nominate, but the rules are strict. Only seven people per nominee! Damn things a popularity content, I tell ya. Ah what can you do…

Kreative Blogger Award!

Yaaaaay! This means you love me! You really love me! Alright, now that I got that out of the way, let me explain what this means and thank those responsible. The Kreative Blogger Award, which is much like the Versatile Blogger Award, is now making the rounds. I would personally like to thank versipellusfenris for the nod, and in accordance with the rules of the KBA, I will now share seven things about myself and nominate seven other worthy candidates:

1. I look good in golf shirts!: Years ago, I amassed a pretty respectable collection of short sleeve, three button shirts, most of which had a logo over the right breast. These are otherwise known as golf shirts, and I kind of went through a phase with them. Then I kind of got of that wagon, only to realize again more recently that they really suit me! Somehow, they just seem to hang off my shoulders and chest in a way that’s quite flattering.

2. I am vain: Yep, whenever I walk by a mirror, I can’t help but stop and wonder about my appearance. I don’t put much work into my hair, face, or wardrobe really. And hell, I can go days without shaving! But I will always wonder how my current getup makes my midsection look. Yes, I hate looking like I have a paunch or a beer gut, which is probably the biggest reason I work out. Call me vain or insecure, but I’ve found that when my abs are flat, the ladies give me way more second looks!

3. I start way more things than I can finish: When it comes to my writing, I often joke that I have a combination of ADD and OCD. A more accurate diagnosis would be that I will get into a project, become totally focused on it… for a few days, and then lose interest and move onto something else. I have about three dozen open projects in my documents folder as a result of this, many of which are undeveloped sequels or ideas that have been abandoned in their infancy. Some might say this is a natural part of the process, but frankly I’d like to be able to finish my ideas so I would have a wide selection to choose from!

4. I am all about Dystopian lit: This kind of goes without saying, but I just love stories that are dark, gritty and painfully realistic. I especially love writing them. While I’m not a misanthropist and I tend to think that humanity has plenty of redeeming features, I prefer to read and write stories that contain death, destruction, and don’t end with tidy little resolutions. Human beings are morally ambiguous, and there is no such thing as “happily ever after”!

5. The most important thing to me is friends and family: Many years ago, my family and I experienced several losses within a relatively short space of time. The one thing I took from this experience is that in the end, all we have is each other. When one of us dies, it becomes all the more important to pull each other closer. Years later, when my family moved all the way across the country (which is far since I live in Canada!) I found that being alone in the big city was not too nice. Lucky for me, I had my best friends close at hand. Now that I live on the other side of the country from them, I miss them terribly. Every time I go back for a visit is a very heartfelt time and I try to do it as often as possible. And of course, I can’t imagine life without my wife and kitty cat! They are the most important thing in my life and I would do anything for them, within reason of course 😉

6. The parable of the man in the hole: I’m not a very religious person. But there’s a parable I have done my best to live by, a sort of variation on the Golden Rule: A man is walking down a street when suddenly, he falls into a deep hole. He looks up and realizes there’s no possible way he can climb out on his own. One by one, he calls to passersby and asks them for help. One by one, the people try to help him, but fail. First someone tries to pass him a rope, but the rope breaks. Second, someone tells him to crawl up, spider-style, but he falls back down. Third, a priest tells him he can’t help, but that he can pray for him. Finally, the man’s best friend comes along, he jumps down into the hole with him. The man asks, “Why did you do that? I want to get out, not for you to come in!” His friends answers, “I’ve been down here before, I know the way out.” Make sense? Sure did to me! If there’s one rule I try to live by, it to help others who are in need out. Chances are, we’ve all been where they are, or may be someday in the future, and its what we’d want for ourselves.

7. I love beer!: Sure, lots of people love the combined result of malted grains, hops, water and yeast, not the least of which is for its deleterious effects, but I love it for so much more than that! I love the history, the process, and the culture of beer and beer making and could tell you volumes about it if prompted. Hell, I even started a website dedicated to it, check it out! The same is true of wine and other spirits, but not quite to the same extent. Maybe its the fact that its an organic process, or that it’s really dated, or that it is such a part of our social history. Whenever I go to a new place, I love to soak up the culture, and part of that is sampling its peculiar kinds of drink 😉

Okay, enough about me. Let’s get to who I want to see win this award (in alphabetical order)!

  1. Ash Silverlock Fantasy enthusiast and someone who’s articles I’ve been known to read and find very interesting. Seriously, the guy combines an attention to detail and a working knowledge of fantasy and sci-fi with some mad research skills. Look him up!
  2. David Arthur Beatson Aka. Literary Dormouse, a spritely writer and fan of fantasy fiction who’s love for the written word is reflected in the fact that he’s about to complete his Bachelors Degree in English Lit. Good luck!
  3. David DeMar A recent acquaintance of mine who’s witty insights on the daily world and the grind we go through are sure to inspire, insight, and make you laugh.
  4. Joachim Boaz A fellow lover of science fiction who’s interest and dedication to the genre are apparent from the very first post!
  5. Nonoy Manga An artist and enthusiast of the popular Manga style. Check out the illustrations, they are real beauts!
  6. The Tousled Apostle My buddy, fellow writer and literary enthusiast, Jamie A Hughes. Her insights on life, books, spirituality and family constantly leave me with a warm feeling in my heart!
  7. Vandhana Snape A new discovery, first she found me and then I found her back! Though I’ve only known about her for a short time, I have found her perspective on several key global issues to be both fascinating and relevant.

Congrats to all of you guys and best of luck!