Hi everyone! This is just going to be a very short post where I remind you that the Competition that I am running for my 1000 followers celebration is just open for one more week. And then it closes…like…forever. So in case you haven’t entered yet, or might have missed the post altogether just press on that link, read the rules and if you are eligible for entry don’t hesitate to do so. I promise, I won’t bite…much. Well I could make this post longer, listing all kinds of reasons for why you should enter. But I guess this pretty much covers it. And I said in the beginning that this would be a short post, and I want to keep that promise. So, the clock is ticking. Put on your fighting gear, grab your sword or favorite submachine gun and run towards the fight…..you know you want to!
Special note to my email followers:
If you are following my blog by email and want to enter the competion, be sure to leave a name in the comment. I have seen two messages that ended up in my spamfilter (entered by “someone” as a response to the competition. Not knowing who they were from (or if it was in fact spam) they have since been deleted. So that’s why I put up this special notice. Thank you!
Goodmorning, goodafternoon , goodevening, or maybe even goodnight! No idea when you are reading this post ofcourse, but I always try to be polite. So, we are already at the halfway point of February, and that means it is time to reveal the theme for next month. A few of you already knew about this (because really I am terrible at keeping secrets), but for those of you that didn’t yet know or for some reason missed the title of this post: it’s anime! I’m very excited for this month, for not only is it a theme that is very close to my heart, it’s also because if all goes well I have some collab posts lined up that I am really looking forward to. Just like last month I am going to ask you for some help again. For this month I am going to be reviewing two animes that will be selected by you the readers. And yes…..there are again a couple of rules for this. Ugh….I know I hate them too. But let’s get them over with, shall we?
Well, don’t worry I’m not going to make them very tough again, so here goes:
The anime must either be on Crunchyroll or Netflix (please bear in mind that I live in Holland, so not every show might be available to me. If it isn’t I ofcourse will let you know, so you are able to choose another one)
The anime must have a maximum length of 12-13 episodes (It can be a first season, if it has that number of episodes)
Any genre of anime is allowed, except full on comedy series (sorry, I just don’t like that genre and would not even know how to write a review for that)
Leave your choice for the two animes in the comments section
You can leave a comment on this post up until the 25th of February
The two animes that will be selected will be revealed on the 1st of March and just like last month I am going to use a random number generator to determine who has won
The two bloggers that have won will get an honorable mention on my blog
That’s it! Pretty simple huh? As always I want to thank you for your help, and I am really looking forward to seeing what you are going to come up with. Rest assured for the people that are not into anime, there will still be other content as well such as movie reviews and hopefully another Korean drama series. See you on the next post!
Do you like anime? Of course you do! Do you like blogs about anime? Well duh! Today over on Irina’s blog (yes you already know her of course, so bear with me here) I came across Cactus Matt who has a very original way of doing reviews. It’s a pretty new blog, so it might be that you haven’t yet seen it. But it’s one you definitely want to check out. So that’s why I’m reblogging one of their post in order for you to discover this highly entertaining and fun blog. Go ahead: check it out, leave a like over there and go and follow! It’s well worth it, as you will soon see! 😊
To be nominated for an award is just very humbling. It always really puts a smile on my face every single time. As much as I appreciate them, I honestly have to admit that I don’t always have the time to answer all of them. I am trying to at least play a bit of catch up, and am planning to write a few long over due posts for these later this year. But today I just had to go and thank a blogger who I not only think is very special, but nominated me not once but twice in a row for two awards. I’m talking about the wonderful Anjali. Maybe you have already encountered her blog, but if you haven’t, I urge you very kindly to check it out. She writes amazingly diverse reviews that cover a wide range of topics, but also has other posts that really inspire people. But let me not forget to mention how incredibly kind Anjali is. She is a very gentle soul that always gives amazing comments, and has truly made me blush a couple of times with the support she has shown for me and my blog. So really, thank you Anjali for all your kindness and these awards. This post is for you!
The Versatile Blogger Award
Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog)
Share seven things about yourself
Nominate bloggers of your choice
Seven things about myself
Now, more than a year ago, about two months after I started my blog I also got nominated for this award. But seeing as that was such a long time ago, and I have gained a lot of new followers since that time most of you probably won’t know about the 7 things that I am going to be sharing here about myself. But just in case you were here since the beginning, and might find a few of these things sound familiar, my apologies for that. So….here we go:
Wasps. I have an irritional fear of wasps. Even though I have never been stung by one of those dispacable creatures (and I really plan on keeping it that way), I am terrified by them. When one comes near me, I overturn tables, and turn into a complete nutcase in trying to get away from it.
Impulse buyer. I am really not a very good friend to my wallet. When I am at a con, or in one of my favorite stores, I usually buy way too much stuff. And at times it’s stuff that I really don’t need, but just because it looks cool I buy it anyway. It also pretty much explains why I have way too many hobbies.
Titanic. I absolutely loved the movie Titanic. It’s still my number one movie to date. So much so in fact that I have seen it nine times in the theatres back in the day. And guess what? The ship still sank every time at the end of the movie.
Shy. Even though you might not notice it when I am writing to you on this blog, or even when you would meet me in real life, but I am a really shy guy. Over the years I have managed to mask it well. But it’s something that I still struggle with.
Insecure. Another thing that you might not notice is that I often lack self confidence and can be very insecure. Just like my shyness I manage to hide it well. But there are times when I severely doubt myself, or at times even get worried I might have said something wrong, when I usually already know that isn’t the case. It can be quite annoying let me assure you of that.
Flying. I am afraid of flying. I have never entered, nor do I ever plan on entering a plane. I know everybody keeps telling me it’s the safest way to travel. You have more risk getting into a car. Blah, blah, blah….you are still not getting me into that plane.
Home. I don’t go out much. I am much happier staying at home and enjoying my many hobbies than going outside doing stuff. A nice quiet relaxing day reading a book or watching a movie/anime/tv show, is just me having a good time.
Just as always, in no way are you obligated to do a post for this. I just wanted to nominate you for having a cool blog and being awesome.
Answer the questions that has been mentioned in the post
Post my set of questions for my nominees to answer
Nominate users for ‘The Sunshine Blogger Award
Now this is the question that I got asked by Anjali:
“We all dream of what we want to do. What we want to be. There are some crazy dreams (like meeting up with aliens or saving the world like Superman) which we know will never happen but still dream about a lot. Then there are those realistic dreams, like being a writer or a doctor or anything which is “sensible”. I want to know what your “crazy” dream and your “sensible ” dreams are.”
Crazy dream: Well, a few you already know that I can be a little bit crazy at times (no I am not going to be mentioning names here, you already know who you are), so a crazy dream should be easy to come up with right? Erm…..🙄 I guess the craziest dream I can come up with is me being able to build a giant transformable robot with alien technology, that I could pilot like in the anime series Macross that I love so very much. It would be awesome to just show up at work in a thing like that and put it in a parking space (of course crushing a couple of cars along the way).
Sensible dream: Well, my sensible dream is certainly less exciting. It might even sound a little cheesy to some of you, but nonetheless I will share it anyway. My sensible dream is to one day hopefully find a soulmate. Having been alone for most of my life, is quite frankly beginning to get annoying. Sure, I can handle being alone quite good, especially considering the many hobbies that I have. But, I would not mind having someone around to share those hobbies with. So yes, sorry it wasn’t anything more exciting like maybe bring about worldpeace, but I guess I am a hopeless romantic at heart. Wow, putting myself on the spot here now…suddenly that insecurity is beginning to surface again…moving on I guess 🙈🙈
Just like the award above no one has to feel obligated to do this post. But I nominated you because I think you definitely bring some sunshine to me every day. As for my question, I quite liked the question that was asked by Anjali, so I will ask it too: What is your crazy dream, and what is your sensible dream?
Yes people, the moment that you have all been waiting for has finally arrived! As most of you know a short while ago I reached 1000 followers. I’m still pretty much completely in awe by that, but to celebrate I also promised that I would be having a competition in order for you to win some cool stuff. And now, it’s time to finally do that. Before we get into the rules for this (yes I know, horrible, there are rules again) I’m thinking you would probably like to know what you can win right? Well, you have the chance to win one of three different prizes. As I run a multi topic blog, I have decided to give away one prize in three of the categories on my blog. So without further ado, let’s go see what these goodies are!
I have been thinking about giving away some kind of boxed set of dvds but with the regional codes that might not be such a good idea. So instead I ordered a Mikasa figure from Attack on Titan. You can see her on display down here. The one thing I am extremely disappointed in was the fact that it got delivered to me without a box. So, really my apologies in advance for that. The figure itself however is intact and looks pretty freaking awesome if you ask me.
As with the Anime category I decided not to give away dvds because of regional codes, but I did order something cool that movielovers would probably enjoy as well. Last year I read a terrific making of book of one of the coolest movie franchises ever: Back to the Future. You can read my review for it right here. It was an awesome book to read, and in case you are wondering: no, this is not my own copy that I am giving away here. All of these prizes are brand spanking new items.
Last but not least I am delighted to present to you a prize that grants you the opportunity to read one of my most beloved fantasy epics: The Dragonlance Chronicles. Did you ever wonder where my Blogname came from? Well…Raistlin is a book character that came from the pages of these books. He is one of my all time favorite characters, and if you read the novels you will find out why. I am very happy that I was able to track down a very rare edition for you guys that collects the first 3 novels in one beautiful tome.
Yes…I know why are there rules? Well, can’t have a competition without some form of rules right? So what am I going to ask of you? Do you need to sharpen your swords for gladiator combat? Do I want you to take place in a marathon? Perform in a live Karaoke show? Do some mud-wrestling? Erm….no…no worries. I’m a simple guy, so I am going to keep it very simple for you all:
As this is a celebration of my reaching 1000 followers, you can only participate if you were following my blog before the 23rd of January 2018 (I reached the 1000 follower mark on the 22nd).
You can only choose one category in which you want to participate.
Participating is easy: just leave a comment below this post telling me in which category you wish to win.
You can only leave one comment. Duplicates are not allowed.
You can leave a comment up until the 28th of February at which point the competition will close.
The winners will be determined by the random number generator (the one I also used for my current theme month).
I will announce the winners on the 9th of March (Which coincidentally is my birthday, and there is nothing better than giving away presents on your birthday)
And…that’s it. That’s not too hard right? For those of you that have started following me after the 1000 followers mark, rest assured there will be another competition somewhere in the future. So I hope you don’t feel too left out, because I really appreciate everyone that reads my posts, leaves a like or a comment in some form or another. I will leave you now with saying good luck if you are going to be entering this, and I hope that the prizes are to everyone’s liking. Thanks for reading and see you on the next post !
Bravery. Just what excactly makes a person brave? It can be different for everyone I guess. But I recently came across a type of bravery from someone that I already greatly admired in the first place, but who I would now want to call a hero. Her name is probably known to most of you already as many of you have all encountered her in some from or another. And if you have not, you would be very wise to go and check her out right now. Auri is one of the purest and kindest souls I have met on WordPress. She leaves wonderful comments, she writes posts that give encouragement, and in short she is someone that I think makes up the very definition of what being a good human being is all about. So why do I now also call her a hero? A few weeks ago she contacted me, together with the amazing Irina and Remy for our help in a project that she wanted to take on. Now, I would have helped her out no matter what the project would be about (because really how could anyone refuse help to her?), but this was something else entirely.
Underneath this introduction you will find her post that is about a subject that most people would be afraid to maybe even adress. Much less offer to reach out and help. Auri’s post about it however offers hope. It offers help. And most importantly it shows that no one is ever alone. We all need people when we go through a rough time. I encourage everyone to read this post. It is shining example of why Auri is such an important part of this community. But also…don’t be afraid to reach out when you want our help. After reading her post you will know what I mean by this. And after reading it you will also know why I call her a hero now.
Where can you reach me?
You can contact me directly through my blog here, send me an email or message me on twitter.
Email id: email@example.com
Some days, as you wake up, you wonder what the point of this is. This whole talking, eating, sleeping.
What was the point of it, when you felt like you were watching another person’s life and yet felt so much pain? As if you weren’t meant to exist? As if… anything you touched became a disaster?
Was there even a point to begin with?
Every day, you have a heavy secret in your heart. One that grows heavier with every person you don’t tell it to. That weighs you down more and more as you think it but don’t say it out loud.
Until it gets so heavy, so LOUD, that you can’t believe that it’s only three words. Three simple words to think, but three very difficult words to feel.
And so, again and again, you think it, but you don’t speak it. You can’t say it.
Hi everyone! You all know Jon Spencer right? There are only two correct answers to this question: A. Of course I know him, he is awesome! or B. I don’t know him, but I am going to check him out right now and of course follow him right away by pressing on the link provided. For the people who answered B I will just wait a few seconds before I continue with this post. Ready? Okay. Now, I am not writing this post solely for promoting the blog of Jon here. No, I am writing this post because Jon had a terrific idea a couple of weeks back. It was called The creator showcase and you can read more about it on his blog. What it comes down to though, is that everyone could submit a post that he or she was proud of and sent it to him on twitter. But after doing that, he or she had to also encourage another blogger to do the same, and so on and so forth, causing a sort of chainloop. This was a very cool idea and it was an awesome way to maybe discover new blogs, as well as showcase your own talents.
Now though this idea is in danger of dying out, and that would be a true shame. In this post Jon showcases the submissions from december, but also tells us this will be the final post as he currently hasn’t enough energy to keep this going. But here is where it gets interesting. At the end of the post he pretty much asks us for help by saying if anyone would like to keep this alive they should message him. Now I know we all have very busy lives, and we all also have our own blogs and projects going. But I was thinking of maybe turning this into a tag, and having someone else host this event every month. We could call it the Jon Spencer Creator Showcase tag. If anyone is interested in this idea please feel free to contact Jon. I’m more than happy to also host this event, but the coming two months I will be swamped, so I am not able to do this as early as March. So…what do you think guys and gals? Can we make this happen? We can do this right?
Can you believe it? The first month of the year is already over. Time sure does fly when you are having fun right? But with January now being a thing of the past (though I am pretty sure it will return next year), this means we now have a new month to get through. And a new month, means a new theme for my blog. In January I already let you know what that theme would be, namely science fiction and horror movies. But that’s also because I needed your help. You might recall that I asked you all to let me in on which movies you would like me to review. A lot of you gave me some awesome suggestions, and now the time has arrived to decide which ones would be the winners. So how did I set about in doing this? I of course consulted a number of the most scientific and inventive minds our world has to offer. Erm…sorry to disappoint but no, not really. Let’s find out how I did decide and then ofcourse which ones have made the cut so to speak.
Now I did not really use rocketscience people. In fact it was all done in a very basic way. I made two lists from all of your comments, one for the horror movies, one for the science fiction movies. Each comment got a number, and after buying a random number generator from the Appstore, I let fate decide on the winners.
So….who has won? Well, let’s find out shall we?
And the winners are……(horrormovies)
The random number generator selected number 9 and number 14 from this list. Number 9 was a suggestion from Vinnieh and will go down in history as the oldest movie that I have ever reviewed on my blog: The Haunting from 1963. The second number, being 14 was a choice made by Shadowcat99 namely the Stephen King adaptation It from 1990.
And the winners are……(science fiction movies)
For the science fiction movielist we get two numbers that were next to each other. The first, number 22 was a suggestion by Bizarre Brunette the epic Pacific Rim. The number 21 that was selected next, was chosen by Dani being the Paul Verhoeven classic, Starship Troopers.
Congratulations to the winners! I hope that the reviews I’m going to write for your choices will live up to your expectations. And, each review will also as promised contain an honorable mention, which means a small promo from me about your blogs as a thank you for participating in this event. Just like last month, the theme will not be the only thing that is going to be happening on my blog. There will also be plenty of other content heading your way for some anime, another Korean dramaseries and hopefully a book review as well. I’m looking forward to another cool month of blogging. Thank you all for reading, see you around!
So remember how a few days ago I promoted a blogger who had just reached 100 followers and did all those push ups to thank his followers? Well, it turns out he had a really fun idea for all of us to start writing a book. And of course it was inevitable that at some point this tag would reach me. Did not expect it to be almost right away though. Thanks Irina….erm I think 😅
So if you want a reminder of what the idea was about, or haven’t even seen it yet, just read Arthifis’ post. I have to be honest the last time I wrote a story was on school about 25 years ago I guess….so yeah, I am getting old now lol. And nervous for making this even remotely interesting to read. Okay, erm…here we go. But first the rules:
Here’s a quick reminder of the rules:
1. Copy the post you’ve been tagged from the rules down (with the links)
2. Go here and read the rules
3. Write your name and link it to one of your posts (The main character is called NoGender and as the name indicates, does not have a gender, so if you want to speak in the third person use the word “it”)
4. Write your paragraph (max 200 words with 100 words margin)
5. Tag someone’s post who wasn’t tagged before and say the following rule in the same phrase “You have 3 days to accept this tag”
6. If the person you tagged doesn’t answer or doesn’t want to participate tag other person (again, tag a post and not a page)
7. Write the Title “Let’s All Write a Book | Chapter 1 | Paragraph X”, being X your paragraph
Arthifis Chapter 1.1 : It was the same dream again, for a week NoGender was always having the same dream. Drowning… It was funny actually, since “it” had the power of controlling water.
NoGender woke up breathing heavily as always… Next morning would be the final exam for him to be a full edge water bender, but without having proper sleep for a week, NoGender was getting nervous about it… “Its” concentration was not as good as normal, “It” had found itself almost falling asleep countless times while trying to train its skills the best it could and, at this moment “it” was getting anxious that it would just fall asleep in the middle of the exam. With these kind of thoughts, “It” bended over to the other side and fell asleep again.
NoGender was part of one of the most important schools of the kingdom. It was usual for someone to bend any kind of elemental, however only until a certain point… Having really the power to bend an elemental power to someone’s will was extremely rare. Every kid with age of 5 needed to do the national yearly exam to show their abilities, although simple, the exam was enough to see if the bender had enough capabilities to be a “true” bender or not. In thousands of children only 1%, in average, would be good enough to enter this prestigious school. However, being chosen and being in this school didn’t meant they would be benders all their lives, when these already special children got to 18 years old, their powers could just disappear from night to day, because of that, everyone did the final exam in their 18th birthday day, if they passed they could choose which path they wanted to continue and join one of the specialized schools they prefered.
Irina Chapter 1.2 : It was no good. The worries and anxieties could only be pushed aside so far before they needed to be dealt with.
OK NoGender thought, this is going nowhere. Might as well get this day started so I can get it over with. It figured the library would be a good place to while away the remaining hours before the exam. It was way too nervous to get any actual studying done but at least it could pretend, that’s what **good** students did, right? Fake it till you make it! It was starting to get a sinking feeling that making it was always a bit fake anyways. At least the library was close to the main campus.
As NoGender distractedly ambled into the stuffy reading room, with the comfy leather chairs, that were now considerably more patchwork than leather, and the assorted desk and floor lamps that all gave off different lights, it noticed that the room was already stuffed with nervous looking students, all seemingly at a loss as to what to do with themselves.
A tall skinny boy with a smile that was the polar opposite of comforting, caught his eye. If NoGender was this anxious, he could only imagine what poor Schickley was going through, that kid had trouble handling the stress of ordering lunch. NoGender worried about him. As their eyes met, it greeted its friend in what it hoped was a reassuring manner:
-Hey Shakes, wanna go get a drink after this?
-Geni, oh good you’re here! Did you hear what happened?
Raistlin Chapter 1.3 : NoGender looked at it’s friend in puzzlement. “Hear what?” it asked. If anything, it seemed Schickley was even more nervous than normal. Which was saying something. Just as Schickley was about to answer, a small tremor rocked the floor of the library. Students began looking up from their books, and just then the tremors started getting worse. People screamed in fright, and small cracks appeared in the marble floors of the library.
A real panic now began to take a hold of the students and everyone started rushing towards the great double doors that formed the exit. Schickley and NoGender got swept up in the crowd and lost sight of each other. Then someone yelled ” The doors are locked!! ” NoGender wasn’t someone that was quick to panic, but it began to creep up on “it”. What was going on? But then the worst tremor yet shook the building.
Bookcases began to fall over, and great chunks of the ceiling came loose and started falling on students. NoGender dove under a table just in time, as a big block of rubble crashed down on the space where he had just stood. And then a terrible inhuman howling sound started……..
To be continued….
Okay I have to admit: this was a lot of fun! And now for the tag: Shokamoka I choose you! Sorry about this, but come on, we all know you were asking for it with those comments you left over on Irina’s post. So no pressure. But just a quick reminder “You have three days to accept this tag” Good luck, and looking forward to seeing where you are going to be taking the story.
You all remember Irina right? The amazingly talented and incredibly kindhearted blogger that invented the Blogwarming Party? What do you mean you don’t remember her? Well, if you don’t remember her, this is another chance as there is a new edition out for the party! This time it features a blog outside of the WordPress community. It looks amazing from what I have seen of it so far. Go and check it out, and Irina thanks again for this truly amazing opportunity you give new bloggers every time you do this!
Well 2018 started with a BANG, or in my case, an avalanche! Between the rugged weather we’ve been getting up here, the sort of drowsy, frantic scramble everyone has been going through to get back into the swing of things after the holidays both at work and here, I found that there just weren’t enough hours in the day! Ok, so the sun is out for about 6 hours a day where I am so there’s also a quite literal sense to that. I’m part parrot, I never stop talking and I fall asleep as soon as it gets dark….
I’m not sure if you guys have had the same experience. It’s like we all collectively told ourselves – ok! Time to get back to work! But then we started trying to do everything at the same time and ended up getting not much done. That’s how I feel at…