Liebster Blog Award. Let’s fly with me!

These beasts of onyx despise cowards
only to the brave, knowledge it shall pass onwards
approach the deity only if you are not craven
for you might have to face an Unkindness of Ravens

(An Unkindness of Ravens by the amazing Obsidian Visionary)

 

Kraaaaa! Kraaaaa!
Damn… Hello!Can you believe that not only pigeons deliver welcome letters? I swear, ravens are completely competitive in such matters! Why am I so sure? Because some weeks ago I got an amazing message, and it was brought by… drumroll… The Darkest RavenYes, my dear feathery friends, I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by my mysterious friend Raven. And I’m going to accept this nomination!

11 questions… 11 facts… Uff! Really sweaty work! It’s nice that birds can’t sweat… Hmmm… or can they? No, no, I’m just kidding. Birds don’t have sweat glands. OK. Let’s fly!

 

I. Questions for me

01. Why did you start blogging? I felt that it was time to leave my nest.
02. What inspired or influence you to write? A blank sheet, an inkstand and the white feather which rested near.
03. What are three things you can’t live without? The sunny sky. The cloudy sky. The stormy sky.
04. What (other) talents do you have? I can teach you how to fly without wings.
05. What is your favorite post you’ve written? (Don’t forget to include the link) Dedication on my blog.
06. If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be? Huginn and Muninn.
07. If money were no object, what would you do all day? I would play ‘hide-and-seek’ among the clouds.
08. What has been your biggest challenge? When I was pretending to be a song bird.
09. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? And why? I would learn how to seem like a birdbrain’… Sometimes it’s pretty useful.
10. What makes you smile? Penguins skating on ice.
11. What is your most memorable moment in your life? My first flight.

 

II. Facts about me

I have 1 beak; 2 wings; 3 fingers on every wing; 4-chamber heart; 5 anterior air sacs; 6 thousand feathers; 7 music notes in my hoarse songs; 8 dozen hues of grey on my plumage; 9 cervical vertebrae; 10 doubts that I didn’t get confused with these facts; 11 primaries.

 

III. My nominees

Who? What a silly question! Of course, all birds that I met on WP! (Pepperanne! Ry! My dearest ‘birds of a feather’! I know, you’re flying very highly and quickly! If you notice this post… suddenly… you’re my first nominees!) OK! My flock…

01. http://risinghawk.wordpress.com/
02. A Blind Bird
03. Strangetinybird
04. BLACKBIRD’S NEST
05. Halcyon Phoenix
06. SHAWN L. BIRD
07. the crow reborn
08. The Owl’s Wise Eyes
09. http://ornithologi.com/
10. Love and Feathers
11. BIRD ENCOUNTERS OF A BALCONY KIND

 

IV. My questions

01. Donald Duck or Woody Woodpecker?
02. Swan Lake (ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky) or Black Swan (film by Darren Aronofsky)?
03. Harpies or Gryphons?
04. Angry Birds (puzzle video game) or Birds of Steel (combat flight simulator video game)?
05. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (books by Selma Lagerlof) or Duck Tales (cartoons by Disney)?
06. Dove of Peace (sketch by Pablo Picasso) or Swans Reflecting Elephants (painting by Salvador Dali)?
07. Blackbird (song by The Beatles) or White Bird (song by Sam Bush)?
08. Captain Jack Sparrow or Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico (The Penguins of Madagascar)?
09. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (novel by Ken Kesey) or To Kill a Mockingbird (novel by Harper Lee)?
10. Raphinae or Phorusrhacos?
11. The Raven (poem by Edgar Allan Poe) or The Birds (film by Alfred Hitchcock)?

 

V. Rules (the most boring part, isn’t it?) So, it’s only your free will…

Accept / Not accept this nomination.
Paste / Not paste the Liebster logo onto your blog.
Link back / Not link back me.
Answer / Not answer my questions.
List / Not list 11 facts about yourself.
Nominate / Not nominate 11 other blogs.
List / Not list 11 questions for your nominees.
Inform / Not inform your nominees by leaving a comment.

 

Is all of this clear? Cool! Mission over, mission done. I fly away… Catch up with me!

 

by TETIANA ALEKSINA
© All rights reserved 2014

Liebster Blog Award. Hall of Fame. Greet Obsidian Visionary!

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11 brilliant answers by Obsidian Visionary

(original version is here)

 

 

1. Can e-readers replace traditional books completely?
– I highly doubt anything can replace the feel, taste and smell of a ‘traditional’ book.

2. Do your parents read your blog?
– No actually they don’t. They used to read my previous blog, but as of now, this new blog is unknown to everyone in my personal life and hopefully someday I’ll show them this one too.

3. What emotion (mood) is the most productive for your creative work?
– Sadness, Anger and Hope.

4. Praise VS Criticism. What is more useful for you?
-Criticism, but with a dash of praise just to feed my ever hungry ego.

5. Will you continue to write even though everybody says, ‘It sucks!’?
– Yes. No doubt about it.

6. Is it hard for you to choose a pseudonym?
– Considering the fact that I’ve always worked under a pen name it would surprise you to know that I actually spent days thinking of “Obsidian Visionary’ before I actually decided to use it.

7. Do you want to be famous?
– Right now? No. In the future? Possibly.

8. Are you afraid of to see your bio on the bookshelf in the nearest bookstore?
– Terrified.

9. Imagine that you’re on the stage and all your followers are standing in front of you. Is it easy to make a speech in real life?
– No it isn’t. Words come easier to me behind the safety of my screen.

10. Should art be an accurate reflection of life?
– Isn’t it already?

11. Any random fact about you. Just for fun!
– I listen to Lana Del Rey’s songs when I’m sad. Odd. But yes, it is true.

 

by TETIANA ALEKSINA & OBISDIAN VISIONARY
© All rights reserved 2014

Liebster Blog Award. Hall of Fame. Greet Raycabiro!

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11 incredible answers by Raycabiro

(original version is here)

 

 

1. Can e-readers replace traditional books completely?
I don’t mind if everything goes electronic.  People often say they love the smell or feel of books and so they’d never get an e-reader.  Maybe if it was the other way round and we were going from analog to digital, there’d be the same people saying things like, “Call me a traditionalist, but I’d miss the backlight ramping up and the solid feel of my e-reader.”  Maybe they couldn’t replace bookshops with Amazon though.

2. Do your parents read your blog?
I’m not sure if my parents even know what blogs are.  My dad doesn’t even know if he’s got an email address and mum knows less than him.

3. What emotion (mood) is the most productive for your creative work?
Hypomania and cheerfulness.  Any depression I get is too confused and blurry to lead to anything creative.

4. Praise VS Criticism. What is more useful for you?
Praise is better because because it leads to more mania.  Criticism often seems to be meant unkindly, but well meaning criticism is good and its effects last longer than praise.

5. Will you continue to write even though everybody says, ‘It sucks!’?
Hmm, if there was too much of that I might quietly give up, especially if it seemed like they knew what they were talking about.

6. Is it hard for you to choose a pseudonym?
I must have spent about 2% of my life choosing pseudonyms, the best ones didn’t take long at all but I spent a lot of time going blank.

7. Do you want to be famous?
I want to be famous on wordpress.com so I can be famous somewhere I don’t actually live.  I don’t want the National Enquirer or Daily Mail taking photos and then people criticising how I appear or psychoanalysing every gesture I make, especially if they get it right.

8. Are you afraid of to see your bio on the bookshelf in the nearest bookstore?
I’d assume someone who likes me would have done it for a well-intentioned joke, I don’t think anyone who dislikes me would care enough about me to write an actual book.  So, I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

9. Imagine that you’re on the stage and all your followers are standing in front of you. Is it easy to make a speech in real life?
I can’t make speeches.  I clam up and can’t speak.  I think something weird happens to my vocal chords when there’s anyone in the same house.  I’d have to take horse tranquilisers.

10. Should art be an accurate reflection of life?
I don’t even know what art is.  I’d have to know more about it before I could answer it.  Maybe there has to be a real life element of it for it to resonate though.  Or maybe there are so many ways for art to reflect real life, that if they actually managed to find something that didn’t it’d be prized above everything else.

11. Any random fact about you. Just for fun!
I used to sleep in Paul McCartney’s cousin’s cot.  I’ll just leave that sentence as it is, shrouded in mystery and wonder….

 

by TETIANA ALEKSINA & RAYCABIRO
© All rights reserved 2014

Liebster Blog Award. Hall of Fame. Greet Spahr Plops!

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11 exciting answers by Spahr Plops

(original version is here)

 

 

1. Can e-readers replace traditional books completely?
-I don’t want the replacement to be complete. I’m not sure if it will ever be absolute, but obviously we’re witnessing a change. I can see major providers offering charging stations and samples to download on modern fancy lounge things while you go up to get coffee or tea. Bring your own tablet or look like the fools in the back of the store hogging wired ones, like old payphones. Maybe.

2. Do your parents read your blog?
-No. I would be shocked if they knew about it. We don’t really talk.

3. What emotion (mood) is the most productive for your creative work?
-Calm, well fed, and ready. Then I sit for a bit.

4. Praise VS Criticism. What is more useful for you?
-I think they’re equal in what they can give to me. Praise gives me confidence which I can use to try and be my best. Criticism gives me insight, which I can use similarly.

5. Will you continue to write even though everybody says, ‘It sucks!’?
-If I didn’t write, I would die much faster. I just wouldn’t share as frequently if I saw that I sucked.

6. Is it hard for you to choose a pseudonym?
-It wasn’t difficult for me. It plopped into my head.

7. Do you want to be famous?
-Don’t think so. Unless it meant money wouldn’t be a worry.

8. Are you afraid of to see your bio on a bookshelf in the nearest bookstore?
-Bio? I would be afraid to see it look thin. Then I would wonder who my stalker was. Yes, I would be afraid.

9. Imagine that you’re on a stage and all your followers are standing in front of you. Is it easy to make a speech in real life?
-I would be nervous, but I wouldn’t want to let any of you down. I’m sure I’d make a fool of myself somehow. Hopefully not too embarrassingly.

10. Should art be an accurate reflection of life?
-Reflections are too relative, what would accurate be to everyone? Reflections also change, what was once accurate to the artist then isn’t always now. Art is a creative outlet shared among communities built around its contributors with an aim to increase some sense or senses of understanding. I don’t want to say it should be anything, but things happen by effect. Those involved in their select sects believe their interests to be an accurate reflection of themselves. Their life. It doesn’t have to be accurate, it’s sorta contrived to be that way.

11. Any random fact about you. Just for fun!
-My favorite animal is a lemur.

 

by TETIANA ALEKSINA & SPAHR PLOPS
© All rights reserved 2014