Community Award: One Lovely Blog

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I would like to sincerely thank charteblanche for nominating me for this blog award. I am really humbled, considering that I have been rather absent on this platform over the past month or so. And also thank you for brightening my day in such a gloomy and stressful period in my life.

Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.

  1. I am an immensely guarded person. This is also the reason why I appear to be highly unapproachable, often deflecting intrusions with humour and sarcasm. Very few people actually know the real ‘me’.
  2. I do not subscribe to labels –and especially dislike the human disposition for binary categorisations. I believe in fluidity.
  3. One of my greatest character flaws is that I can be domineering when working in groups (that hold my interest), which I find to be off-putting myself.
  4. My self-concept is misaligned with reality. How I want to portray myself does not line up with how I am in actuality. Therein lies the greatest contradiction I call ‘myself’.
  5. I love travelling. I have been planning my travels, without worrying about money or my future. Honestly though, I feel that such experiences are far more important than future financial security. Now the problem is,  I can’t seem to find a like-minded individual to go backpacking with.
  6. I like being alone, but I don’t fancy being lonely. I have been alone for a very long time, and that’s how I like it. But there is a very fine line between being alone and being lonely, which I seem to step on occasionally.
  7. “That which we manifest is before us.” –Garth Stein. While I do believe that we are products of our circumstances, I also believe in human agency.

 

I am supposed to nominate a few others for this award. But given my absenteeism, I think it would be rather unfair for me to do so.

Virtual Blog Tour

Two Mondays back, Mara Eastern picked me for the Virtual Blog Tour event which requires me to share my creative process and introduce 3 other fellow bloggers. Before I even begin to answer the following set of questions, I would like to introduce you to some of Mara’s work. She’s an Eastern European (Czech) academic who specialises in humour. And if you are/were a history student, like myself, you will be intrigued by her unique perspective as a child in the Soviet Union. You can find them here and here.

The Questions

  1. What are you currently working on?
    I am not actively working on anything per se;  but more of random posts as and when the creative spirits choose to possess me. Although I’ve been meaning to start on a piece about my ‘smoke-free’ living, I can never seem to find the time.
  2. How does your work differ from others in the same genre?
    There is no specific genre. Most of my work are autobiographical, or embellished recounts. So I guess they are unique. I have also dabbled a little with fiction. I don’t know exactly how they differ from others, but hopefully they carry a unique perspective.
  3. Why do you write (create ) what you do?
    I started this blog because my brain was degenerating. After two years of vulgar and thoughtless language in the army, I was losing my command over the English Language. So, I decided that I should start writing. Now that my brain has adapted back to normal, I write simply to improve myself.
  4. How does your creative process work?
    If you haven’t already guessed, there isn’t a specific creative formula I adhere to. I usually just sit on my bed cross-legged – similar to that of Buddha when he meditated for enlightenment (except that my macbook is in front of me). I call out to the creative spirits and wait patiently. Usually nothing happens. I’m still working on this though. I’ll update you if I find a better alternative.

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Liebster Award

I would like to sincerely thank Urbandementria for nominating me. It’s such a lovely award (quite literally). Don’t forget to click on that link to check out her blog. She writes beautifully in prose AND poetry. She is also a really friendly blogger who is active in the WordPress community. So, follow her and you might just gain one more friend.

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Questions from Urbanmentria:

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To which I say, “Screw Humility.”

I woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise from urbanmentria and FlorenceT, who have nominated me for this award. I’d also like to thank ramblingcogitation, for doing the same a few weeks back. I apologise for taking this long to do this.

I didn’t complete Writing 101’s prompt on my plausible reaction to something dear to my heart being cancelled – partly because I was really lazy. But mostly because the only thing I could think of, that would affect me that deeply, would be the cancellation of the lease on my life. Besides, the whole point of that prompt was to help the writer find his voice. I guess this post might just be perfect to help me find mine – because who doesn’t love talking about himself? Alright now, let’s get this party started.   Continue reading