Saturday, May 26, 2012

Kreativ Blogger

I've been tagged by fellow writer, Teresa Cypher, over at Dreamers, Lovers, and Star Voyagers.

According to the Kreativ Blogger rules, I need to:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated me for the award, and provide a link back to their blog.
2. List 7 things about myself that the readers might find interesting.
3. Tag 7 other bloggers, providing links to their blogs, and letting them know.

So, thank you again, Teresa.

Now, seven random things about me. The interest factor you'll have to judge for yourself:

1. I enjoy building things. I built a tree fort, a tire swing, and a pirate ship in the back yard.

2. I can't tolerate the skin that forms on custard or hot milky drinks. The texture just creeps me out big time.

3. I have drawn and painted from the moment I could hold a pencil, but I only started writing a few years ago.

4. I am highly introverted, don't do well in crowds or parties, yet I love performing to an audience. After overcoming my initial terror of public speaking many years ago, I enjoy making presentations or facilitating meetings.

5. My wife and I got married in our living room, and did our own catering for a family reception on our lawn.

6. I have trouble picking a favorite anything - color, food, movie. I have many favorites of each, but they each become favorite in turn depending on mood and context, so to pick one over another would not seem right. It's like asking an astronomer which is the brightest star in the sky ... are you talking about visible light? Infra red? Radio? Gamma? The answer depends on the filter you apply.

7. I have just become a Canadian citizen ... in case you didn't know :)

Now to pass on the award to seven new victims:

Jean Davis, at Discarded Darlings. As well as being an inventive writer, Jean is amazingly creative and finds energy for all sorts of nifty craft projects.

Unikorna, at Why I Wake Up Every Day. A passionate lady with a stunningly visual blog and a no-nonsense attitude to life.

Gary, at Klahanie. Funny and irreverent, with whole families of wee folk inhabiting the bottom of his garden.

Katie, at Creepy Query Girl. Many highly creative ways to look at the writing process, with a refreshing hint of randomness thrown in.

Mynx, at Lizard Happy. Funny and artistic and is about to embark on the 30 Days of Creativity challenge. Pop over and wish her luck.

Lily Tequila, at Wishbone Soup Cures Everything. Has a way of describing the most mundane things in a way that brings them new life and new perspectives.

Super Earthling. The epitome of blogging creativity. 'Nuff said.


  1. First of all congratulations on the award. Hip hip hooray!! Second...that is one awesome (And I don't often use that word) backyard pirate ship.

  2. You are welcome :-) I love the pirate ship! The skin that forms on custard?? lol...creepy, indeed. There might be a story (yet unwritten) about it. A horror story :-) My daughter can't peel potatoes once they begin to sprout. The little "strange growths" as she calls them, creep her out. Odd the things that flip our switches. That is interesting that you are introverted but manage speaking and presentations quite well. The at home weddings? They are much more intimate, lower stress, and you maintain control over things. I am a fan. Favorite things...variety is a wonderful thing. It is hard to narrow a choice to one. Congrats again on your Canadian citizenship!

  3. Congrats on your citizenship, and speaking of 'ships, what an amazing pirate ship you've built! I am so impressed!

  4. Forgive me for not getting over here sooner. Thank you so much for the award. Would you believe I was painting when your comment zinged into my inbox :)

    Love love love the pirate ship and seeing as I am late to the party, what were you before you became a Canadian (which I think is pretty awesome also)

  5. Duh, as I scrolled up the side bar I see you are an ex Brit. Forgive the slightly blond moment :)

  6. Congrats on the award and thank you kindly for considering me. That proves that you do know a little about me :) and this makes me proud and honored. Lots of love and kisses :).

  7. The pirate ship definitely deserves an award! Thank you Mr Botanist for thinking of me, and the introduction to the other blogs :-)

  8. Auww thanks! I'm honored. :)

    Congrats on your new citizenship!

  9. Congratulations on your award, Botanist! And you should definitely also be presented with some sort of award for that fabulous backyard pirate ship! How amazing!

    Many thanks for honoring me with the award, and for your very kind comments about my blog. You really made my day. :)


  10. Delores, Lydia, Lily, Super Earthling: I blogged a lot about the pirate ship while I was building it. There's more pictures on the Pirates Ahoy! page.

    Teresa: Thank you for thinking of me. Isn't it strange how tiny insignificant things can affect us?

    Mynx: That was good timing then, keep the creativity flowing :)

    Carrie: Thanks!

    Unikorna, Lily, Jean, Super Earthling: You're welcome, you all deserve it.

  11. Congratulations! I'm introverted and still don't like speaking in front of people.

  12. I guess I'm just odd, Alex. But then again, a lot of people - including out-and-out extroverts - don't like it either.

  13. Congrats on your award (and your new canadian nationality!) and thanks so much for passing it my way!

  14. Wow, awesome pirate swing. And I love the idea of a lawn reception (or wedding!). It was too cold when we got married or I would've tried it! And congrats on the new citizenship!

  15. Your back yard looks amazing! I'm coming over to play! :D

  16. Katie, you're welcome.

    Heather, weather was a concern, but it all worked out well for our wedding in the end.

    Lindsey, you are welcome to drop in any time you're in the neighborhood :)

  17. Greetings Ian,
    I want to thank you very much for bestowing the "Kreativ Blogger Award" to me and include me in such fine company of very good bloggers.
    And hearty congrats for you for receiving this award. Well deserved and I've always admired your sharing, caring, proactive qualities. Those facts about you are certainly varied and I even note you have been writing in American English. My new Canadian buddy, thanks again and I shall duly post up this award in an upcoming posting.
    All the best and good day, eh:)

  18. Congrats on winning the award. Like you, I also never know how to pick favorite things... :-)

  19. Gary, you're most welcome. The American English signals capitulation to the all-powerful spell checker, that insidious stormtrooper of American cultural imperialism :)

    Misha, thanks, and welcome to The Bald Patch. I'm glad it isn't just me who can't pick favorites. And it's not indecision either. I just refuse to be coerced into what I see as artificial and meaningless choices.

  20. Whoa, you've been busy. Congrats on your award, your citizenship and love the pirate ship. I want one. Arrrrgh!

    Oh, and Introverts rule!

  21. Arrrgh, shipmate Pam! No yard is complete without a pirate ship in the corner :)


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