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I am nothing. I am a single grain of sand amongst billions. I am a single voice within a crowd. I am human, I am god, I am here, and this is what I have to say:

Friday, September 4, 2009

Early Halloween?

I have not been blogging. I think by now if my absence from this digital world hasn’t driven away all of my friends and readers, well that statement is pretty obvious. Instead of blogging I’ve been busy behind the scenes working on various other projects. I’ve also been spending a good amount of time thinking about how to spice things up around here and I came up with an awesome idea!

Let’s face it. I am not the world’s most web-savvy person. One thing I’ve always disliked about blogging was every time I wanted to do something specific it took a lot of time to figure out how. What I mean is, every time I wanted to put a link in one of my posts it took me upwards of fifteen minutes just to get the link in correctly. I was spending way too much time blogging and it was detracting from the other things I needed to be doing. You know, like actually writing.

With that said, let’s use our imaginations a little. Let’s say that the task of actually posting a blog update for me has become a whip. I dunno why a whip, maybe because it stings more than just a little, but anyway, for all intents and purposes, it’s a whip. Well I’ve decided to hand that whip over to a certain young web-mistress that I have known for awhile now.

So for a trial basis, to see how things go I’ll write and she’ll crack the whip--over my back if necessary. I know! The idea gives me goose bumps too. Wait, what are we talking about again? …right so what this means for the blog is now that I’m only responsible for content I’m going to free up a lot more time for those other things I need to be doing, you know, the actual writing stuff that I like to do. More goose bumps.

Also, my new web-mistress has a special treat in store for everyone concerning the blog also that I just can’t spoil, but you’ll find out for yourselves soon so stay tuned. I promise she won’t whip you… unless you want her to.

Finally, and I am so overdo in this, mass apologies go out all around. My blog was nominated for two rewards! It happened before I took a month’s vacation from blogging, and even if my absence may have made them question their decisions to reward me, I still think of it as way awesome and wholeheartedly thank Alissa Grosso of Books I Liked Loved or Hated and Slightly More than Dirt fame and Carrie Eckles who has been blogging at Promt Romp and Cogito Ergo Scribit. Both Carrie and Alissa have multiple blogs that are unique and offer refreshing perspectives that are well worth a read.

Here are the rules for the award:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

So, seven thing people might find interesting about me, okay, let’s see.

1. I absolutely cannot close my right eye by itself. I don’t know why, it just doesn’t work. I can wink my left eye just fine, but when I try to wink with the right… nothing. I can however close them both together, or if my left eye is already closed, then I can close the right eye independently.

2. I happen to be a big fan of well planned and designed tattoos. Not the trashy crap you see a lot of these days, but something artistic and clearly well thought out. Currently my tattoos are limited to only a tree of life split between my forearms and a personal symbol over my heart that has to do with my family and heritage, but I want oh, so many more.

3. I play guitar and I try to sing. I even record my own songs and I like to torture some of my dear friends by making them listen to my recordings. They say they aren’t too bad, but I think they lie. I made a musician’s myspace page to put up some of my own recordings and have yet to do so. Maybe someday I will, maybe not. Good or not it’s a better hobby for me than a lot of the other options out there.

4. I have some really weird dreams. Just ask Carrie.

5. I am the owner of an inbred (there’s no proof, but I suspect) polydactyl (meaning extra toes) cat. He is special, and I mean that in the most politically correct term possible. He is a very large cat not fat, but in length. I’m talking he stands up off the ground and his mutant paws come to my armpits and I’m 6’. But he’s sweet… most of the time. He likes to climb all over me all the time, and purr, and bite me when I pet him. And purr. I call him Stiffy a bit of an acronym from S.T.F.F--Seven Toed Feline Freak.

6. I like dragons. I like dragons a lot. I wish I was one.

7. I’m having trouble thinking of a seventh interesting factor. That may happen to be the case that I am probably my own harshest critic. I don’t know why, but sometimes I can’t help but give myself a lot of shit.

And now, in no particular order, the nominees!
1. B.J. Anderson of BJ Anderson
2. Roberto Scarlato of Tales and Troubled Times of a Hungry Writer
3. Eden Tyler of An Aspiring Author’s Journey
4. Rich Leighton of Florida Nature Photography
5.Cathryn Grant of Cathryn G-rant
6. Uninvoked of A Noveling Blog
7. Becky Joie of Rather Be Writing

Thanks everyone, and don’t forget to come back soon, they’ll be more treats to hand out.


BeckyJoie at Leaders in Learning said...

Thank you so much! I will post my nominations late this evening! What a great idea!

brittany michelle said...

I am so glad you are back with a plan, even if it involves a whip...ouch...

AmberInGlass said...

Becky, it's been my pleasure reading your blog and I thought the Kreativ Blogger reward was a really great idea too.

Thanks Brittany, it's nice to know I didn't drive everyone away with my absence. I'm really excited about the new things in store for the blog, hopefully everyone else will be too.

Alissa said...

I considered giving up the blogging when I felt it was taking up too much of my precious time. I wouldn't go so far as to say I have a system, but I try not to let it interfere with my "real" writing and the rest of my crazy life.

Your cat does sound a bit freaky, but in a cool way! (I've known two other people with extra-toed cats - like how I got out of trying to spell that big word? - and they had to give them names that reflected this: Six and ETC*.)

*which stands, of course, for Extra-Toed Cat

Uninvoked said...

EEEEE!!!! Thank you! I've never been nominated for an award before!! I will so make it work on my blog! ^^

eden tyler said...

yay! thanks =) you're so sweet!!
now to come up with 7 interesting things about myself..
i just had to do 7 favourite things and that was hard enough :P

xx -e*

B.J. Anderson said...

Thanks so much for the awesome award! And I totally understand about not being able to blog all the time. Sometimes it gets away from you when you want to, you know, just write. And that is NEVER a bad thing. :D

AmberInGlass said...

Alissa, yeah, the cat is cool. I love him so much, even if he gets on my nerves half the time. He was a full grown stray when I got him, and he never quite lost all of his feral nature. He has gotten better though. I guess it must just be a thing with us extra-toed cat owners to name them reflecting on their nature.

On a different related note, you might already know, Earnest Hemingway was a really big fan of polydactyl cats. He let them run wild and breed all over property of his house in Key West, FL. I think to this day they are still most commonly found down in Key West than anywhere else. That's more cool points for the cats. Stiffy, however, came from Philadelphia, PA. That's even more cool points as far as I'm concerned.

Uninvoked, I'm honored to be the first to think of giving it to you. What you are doing with your novel on your blog is truly one of the more original things I've read lately, and reading has always been liike a breath of fresh air for me!

E, you're quite welcome. I know exactly what you mean. I had a hard time coming up with seven things for myself also.

B.J. it was my pleasure to give you the award, and thank you for what you said about getting away from blogging. I think my favorite aspect of the whole blogging world is quite simply the overwhelming sense of community I developed in just a short time participating.

It was always a big fear in the back of my mind that I would be pushing friends and connections away with my absence. I can't tell you how much of a relief it is coming back and having people tell me the understand perfectly. It is definitely appreciated.

PrettySiren said...

Ooo, a webmistress -- sounds exciting! And that's also interesting about the cat. I did not know that.

AmberInGlass said...

Yeah, the web mistress is exciting. I'm calling her Domainatrix Fox, whether she likes it or not. And yeah, my cat's a bastard, but I love him. :D

Rob said...

Holy Crap! This is the second time the blog has won an award. Thank you. Thank you so much, man. You're alright! :)

PrettySiren said...

Hiya, I've nominated you for the Super Scribbler Award. Check it out!

Rebecca said...

surprise for you at my blog....

AmberInGlass said...

Thanks for the reward, you both rock. :D