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

Liebster Blog Award. Take up the gauntlet!

Lovely bloggers!
I am ready to
Encourage you,
Believe in you,
Support you,
Take up with you,
Explore you,
Read your blogs every day!

OK… Let’s go! Firstly, I wholeheartedly thank the lovely Reva aka Strings of Soulfulness who nominated me. It was a really exciting experience!

My 11 answers.
1. How do you define your self? A mirror.
2. What inspires you in life? The scope of human intellect and human stupidity.
3. What is your most desired dream? Own uninhabited island.
4. Are you a private person or social or selectively social? A private person.
5. What is that you dislike in others? The awkward attempts to imitate somebody.
6. How satisfied are you with your life? A satisfied person doesn’t write poems.
7. When was the last time you encouraged someone? Today.
8. What makes you go crazy? Mess and disorder. In my wardrobe, on my table, in my life.
9. What makes you trust someone? When someone trusts me.
10. What is that something which you cannot live without? A challenge.
11. How do you feel when someone nominates you for any award? Responsibility.

Only 11.
Unfortunately. Sorry, it’s very hard to choose… but I should.
(In alphabetical order, not in order of preference)
1. Beautiful Insanity http://tokoniutisbeautifulinsanity.wordpress.com/
2. Breakthru http://breakthru.org.uk/
3. Feed|the|feesh http://feedthefeesh.com/
4. Field of thorns http://fieldofthorns.wordpress.com/
5. MEN HEAL http://menheal.org.uk/
6. Motivating Giraffe http://motivatinggiraffe.com/
7. Munir Zamir Poetry http://incandescentmoonpoetry.wordpress.com/
8. Obsidian Visionary http://northernnevermore.wordpress.com/
9. Raycabiro http://raycabiro.wordpress.com/
10. Spahr Plops http://mspahr.wordpress.com/
11. Wine and Tobacco http://literatureandlethargy.wordpress.com/

My 11 questions.
1. Can e-readers replace traditional books completely?
2. Do your parents read your blog?
3. What emotion (mood) is the most productive for your creative work?
4. Praise VS Criticism. What is more useful for you?
5. Will you continue to write even though everybody says, ‘It sucks!’?
6. Is it hard for you to choose a pseudonym?
7. Do you want to be famous?
8. Are you afraid to see your bio on the bookshelf in the nearest bookstore?
9. Imagine that you’re on a stage and all of your followers are standing in front of you. Would it be easy to make a speech in real life?
10. Should art be an accurate reflection of life?
11. Any random fact about you. Just for fun!

My rules.
1. Thank or curse me for the nomination. Don’t forget to put my link there!
2. Answer my 11 foolish questions.
3. Nominate 11 lucky ones. (Less than 500-1000 followers. I guess the less, the better. The novices really need this!)
4. Ask your 11 genius questions.
5. Put your version of these rules on your blog.
6. Don’t forget to inform your victims about the nomination.
7. Paste the LIEBSTER sticker anywhere you want and enjoy!
8. Thank or curse me for the nomination again. It is possible mentally…

OK. I finished. Did I forget anything? No? Wow! I’ll go and put on my deserved sticker!

by TETIANA ALEKSINA
© All rights reserved 2014

Liebster Blog Award

I’m floored…

I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award!
I’m excited, I feel honored, and… hmmm… I don’t know what it means. 
It looks like I should read the rules!

Thank you so much, my wonderful Reva, my Strings of Soulfulness!

by TETIANA ALEKSINA
© All rights reserved 2014