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Blogger Appreciation Award!

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I am at times truly humbled by the amount of appreciation and kind words that I have recieved over the past months, ever since I started blogging. I have always said that the best thing about blogging is being a part of an amazing community where I have met all kinds of wonderful people, and some that have really become very good friends. Take Didi Oviatt for instance. I discovered her blog last year and I am very glad that I did. Not only is she is a truly sweet and very kind person who writes wonderful reviews about books, but she also publishes great and often very inspirational posts. It doesn’t stop there though. She is also an author of some very succesful novels. Even though I have yet to read a full novel by her (I know Didi, I’m ashamed I haven’t yet, but I promise to do that this year), I did read a few excerpts from her novels. And suffice it to say, what I read there has left me thirsting for more. Two weeks ago I got nominated by her for an award that I had never heard of before: The Blogger Appreciation Award. Thank you so much for this great honor Didi, and please all of you who haven’t done so already, go and follow her blog. You won’t regret that.

The Rules of the Award:

The rules are simple.

(1) Thank the blogger who nominated you, link back to their site.

(2) Write a paragraph of something positive about yourself.

(3) Nominate and notify as many bloggers as you wish.

(4) Use the award image.

Something Positive About Myself

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Now…this is really the hardest part of this award, writing something positive about myself. I always dish out a lot of compliments to other people, but when it comes to receiving compliments or being positive about me, I really become very shy or don’t really know what to say. But I guess I don’t really have a choice here for this award, as it’s part of the rules! So erm…here goes. I think that I always try to be helpful and supportive to other people as much as I can. Even at the cost of myself at times. But that’s pretty much a part of me that I really never want to lose. I just really become happy when I can offer my help to people, and in turn manage to put a smile on their faces when that support really helps them out. So I guess that is the most positive thing I can think about right now. Phew! That was really hard. Now onwards to a more fun part: my nominations!

My Nominees:

Well as unique as this award is, it is also unique in the fact that there is no limit on the number of people that I can nominate apparently. But that said, I think I will stick to 25 people that I have come to appreciate a lot over the past few months and that I have interacted with the most since I started blogging. Some are veterans, some have just started out with blogging. But all of them deserve it for being incredibly amazing, each and every one in their own ways. So without further ado the nominees are in no particular order (drumroll please:)

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Touchmyspinebookreviews

By Hook Or By Book

Vinnieh

Theorangutanlibrarian

Theotakujudge

MangatoritsukareruKoto

Blameitonchocolate

Thethingsiveseen

Jonspencerreviews

Idrinkandwatchanime

100wordanime

Kdramakisses

Tinyuglyanimal

TheLilyGarden

Indiescifi451

WeekendOtaku

Soneawrites

Confessionsofamoderndracula

Bookidote

CainSLatrani

Talesofbelle

Brendarochelle’sNeverland

Matt-in-the-Hatt

Wildfiremovies

Mattdoylemedia

As always, there is absolutely no obligation to write a post for this. I know how precious your time is, and lord knows I am running behind on these awards and tags  a lot myself (I promise to catch up this year though). But it really is my way of showing appreciation to you. As always thanks for reading, and see you on the next post!

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February’s Theme Reveal: Science Fiction & Horror movies

Helly everyone! As we are about halfway through the month of January, it’s time to reveal the upcoming theme for next month. As mentioned in my plans for this year, every month my blog will be focussing on a different theme, that will get just a little bit more attention than all the other stuff. And as you can see above in the big black capital letters that are kind of hard to miss, next month the theme will be Science Fiction and Horrormovies. So why reveal this now, and not wait until the end of the month? Well, because this time I’m going to ask you for a bit of help. No it’s nothing serious, you don’t need to do any heavy lifting or homework. So what am I asking exactly?

The help question and the rules.

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There are rules for this? Are you kidding me here?

Next month I want to do at least four reviews for movies that are suggested by you the readers. Yes you! So how exactly does this work?

  • Leave a comment down below in this post for one or two movies that you would like me to watch and do a review for
  • It has to be a science fiction and/or horrormovie
  • It can be either an animated or live action movie, as long as it is in one of the categories that I mentioned
  • You can leave a comment with your suggestions until the 25th of January
  • I will then use a random number generator to pick four movies, two for each category
  • The movies that are going to be reviewed will be revealed on the first post for February
  • The bloggers whose choices got picked will get an honorable mention on my blog

Pretty simple and straightforward huh? I hope you will provide me with a few good suggestions, and of course thank you for the help. Looking forward to seeing what everyone is going to come up with!

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January’s Theme: Korean Dramas

Hello everyone. This is going to be a short post to announce the first theme of this year. As I mentioned in my plans for the upcoming year, each month will have a certain theme that will get a little bit more coverage than all the other things. That’s not to say, I won’t be writing reviews for movies, anime etc, but the theme of the month will just get a few more posts than the others. And as you can see in the big bold letters above this text, January’s theme is going to be Korean Dramas.

What exactly is a Korean drama?

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Well don’t keep us in suspense tell us already!

As not everyone might be familiar with these let me explain just a little bit about them. Korean drama shows are pretty much the same as a regular tv series, except for the fact that they usually run for a single season (with a few exceptions). That means they are selfcontained stories that unfold in one season and then end. The great thing about that is the fact that you don’t run a risk that a show might get cancelled in the middle of a cliffhanger. Korean dramas have quite a large number of topics, such as crime, romance, period pieces, and these days they even have a few series that have sci-fi elements in them. If this has gotten your interest you might want to check out the website Viki that will let you watch these legally for free (with of course a few commercials thrown into the mix). Another great source for news and recommendations is the truly awesome blog Kdramakisses run by the amazingly kind Kay.

What will I be reviewing?

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What do you mean you are not going to tell us?

No, that’s exactly right, I am not going to tell you yet which shows I will be watching. Yes I know, I am evil like that. But I have to keep up a little bit of suspense right? I plan on watching three shows however, so keep your eyes out for the reviews that will start to make an appearance later on in this month. Thank you for reading, and see you all at the next post!

 

Special Features Presents: Happy New Year & Blogging Resolutions

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first post of the new year. I wish each and every one of you that is reading this, especially all of you that are following my blog, a very happy new year. Last year was a rough year for a lot of people, and I truly hope that 2018 is going to bring only good and warm things for all of you and your loved ones. And of course a new year brings the inevitable New Year’s Resolutions. Well, I know a lot of people make these, but I never quite believed in them. So, I thought that this year I would call them Blogging Resolutions, as I will be spending a lot of time this year on my blog and all of your blogs as well. But let’s translate this into what this post is actually about: pretty much all the things you can look forward to (or at least I hope you will be looking forward to it lol), on my blog in this year. As I mentioned in my final post last year, I want to bring a bit more structure into my blog.

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Yup….a bit more structure can definitely be good at times 😅

That doesn’t mean I am going to be focussing on only one thing. This is still a multi-topic blog and that won’t change. What I do plan on doing is at least cover every main theme of my blog (Movies, Anime, Books, TV-series and Korean Dramaseries) with at least one post each month. In that way everyone should at least get coverage of one of the things they like viewing/reading the most. That said I also plan on having theme months. Which means that each month I will be focussing on one topic of my blog more than the others. Lastly, I have a few new features that I hope to add as well, but you can find more details about that below. As with all things in life, and as most of you also know, there is always the aspect of real life hiding in the shadows. Which means that plans can always change because of events that happen in the real world that are beyond your control. But that said, where would we be without any sort of plans? So without further ado, lets get cracking and see what 2018 is going to bring!

Movies

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Well, it goes without saying that my movie reviews will of course return for the next year. If there would ever come a year that I don’t watch any movies, I have probably been replaced with an evil clone body. In 2018 we will get an enormous amount of different films that I am looking forward to very much. One of the biggest events will of course be Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War. With the largest superhero cast ever created for the big screen, this movie is set to take over the box office by storm. But there are more things to look forward to. The inevitable sequels such as Jurrasic World Fallen Kingdom, Pacific Rim:Uprising, The Equalizer II and a new Predator movie will hopefully bring us more of the same goodness that we loved in the originals. But three films I’m particularly looking forward to seeing are Meg (Jason Statham taking on a huge pre-historic shark), Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg’s new film, that looks like a geek’s dream come true) and Alita Battle Angel (the live action version of my favorite manga). These, and probably many others, are all going to make an appearance at some point on my blog.

Anime

imageLast year I started for the first time with watching seasonal anime (I usually only watched shows that were already completed), and it was something I enjoyed very much. The main reason for this being I could exchange thoughts on episodes right after they showed. It goes without saying that I will continue that in this year. Attack on Titan season 3, and hopefully the third season for Sword Art Online are definitely the two shows that I’m looking forward to the most. But of course, as I am pretty much behind on almost every anime in existence, there are some older shows that will get their reviews as well here. First up is the long overdue Girls und Panzer (and what a wonderful surprise that turned out to be), but you can also expect reviews for  Ganz, Psycho Pass season 2, Tokyo Ghoul and many others both old and new. I also hope to attend Animecon 2018, where I will give you a full report of that incredibly wonderful event just like I did last year.

Books

imageLike anime I have a list of books that I still need to read that will probably be enough to build a skyscraper of a 1000 floors with. But I love reading, and I definitely want to get to that part of my many hobbies a lot more this year. I own every Karin Slaughter book that has been published to date, but have yet to read her final three offerings. She is just about the only writer that I read that doesn’t write about science fiction and fantasy. The Warhammer 40000 universe has always held me interest and I plan on reading the twelve part novel series The Beast Arises in it’s entirety this year. Besides fiction I also love reading making of books on movies, and you can expect reviews for a few of those as well, including Big Trouble in Little China, Ghost in the Shell and Bladerunner 2049. And then there are of course comics and manga, which I’m sure will also get hit with my hard hitting reviews (ahum….right…moving on).

Tv series

imageThe world of television changes each year. New shows keep being added and quite honestly it’s become pretty much impossible to follow every show. But I’m pretty sure that I will in all likelyhood be able to discover some new shows this year along the way. But that’s not to say the old favorites are going anywhere. One review you can definitely expect from me is the eight season of The Walking Dead, that no matter what anybody says I still love to death. The second season of the science fiction series The Expanse is also still on my review list as well as Homeland season 6, Lethal Weapon season 2, and 24 Legacy. If all goes well, and this is a big if, I also hope to revisit one of my favorite alltime science fiction series Babylon 5. An amazing and truly highly underrated gem that some of you might never have even heard of.

Korean dramas

imageI love watching Korean dramas but one of my biggest problems with them, is that so many of the cool ones aren’t available for me to watch. Luckily Netflix is beginning to get a few of these as well now, which is awesome. Two of the dramas that I failed to complete last year are Pinocchio and Missing Nine. I hope that if all goes well, these will be featured on my blog in january. Two of the dramas that Netflix have on offer are Black and Stranger. I have already progressed about halfway with Stranger, and I’m really looking forward to Black. The story for that about a grim reaper that tries to uncover a serial murder mystery while at the same time falling in love with a mortal woman, sounds intriguing to say the least. I can’t wait to get started on that one. But I’m pretty sure that new shows will also enter my to watch list, as just with regular tv series, Korean Dramas continue being developed as well.

The New Stuff

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Can you please stop talking now?

For those of you that have made it to the end of this post, I thank you for your patience. I know this post is pretty long, but I am almost done. (What do you mean you don’t believe me?) So, as I mentioned I also have a few new features planned for my blog. Curious about what they are? Well, here they come:

  • Bloggers in the spotlight: Last year the number of new bloggers I have met were astounding. Some of them have become great friends, not to mention the ones that I already knew. As I am running a multi-topic blog I plan on doing a monthly post that will cover 3-4 bloggers that either write about anime, movies or books in order to put them in the spotlight. I have always said that the most wonderful thing about blogging is exchanging thoughts and meeting new people, and this is my way of showing my appreciation for that.
  • Competition time: My blog is starting to creep slowly towards the magical number of 1000 followers. I honestly still can’t believe this, but I really could not have done this without all your terrific support and love. That’s why I want to give back some of that love to all of you. As soon as I will hit the 1000th follower I’m going to run a competition giving you a chance to win some (hopefully) amazing prices. More on that later in the year.
  • The monthly choice: Starting in February, depending on the theme of that particular month, I want to give you all a chance to present me with a suggestion for a review I should be doing. I will choose one of these suggestions completely at random and the blogger who “wins ” will of course get an honorable mention.

Phew…..this was one heck of a long post, and to think that the year has only just started! Hopefully, despite it’s length, you still enjoyed reading this one. Let me know what you think of all these plans and what you are excited about the most in the comments section (or if you don’t like anything that was mentioned here, feel free to let me know as well lol). As always, thank you for reading, and let’s make 2018 a wonderful year!

Special Features Presents: And now…the end is near!

Don’t worry, I am not going to be closing down my blog. This is just the final post that I am going to be writing. For this year that is. Everyone has been saying it: “Wow, has this year flown by”. And it certainly has. For me this year has had it’s ups and downs. More downs than ups if I am going to be honest, but I don’t want to write my final post of the year as a depressive one. In short I want to make this a cool and fun post to celebrate the end of this year. And what better way to do that, than in showing you all my favorite things that I read, watched and played in 2017. But before I start on that I also want to say that this first full year of blogging has been amazing. I have seen my blog grow in ways that I really did not expect. I have met an awful lot of new bloggers along the way, and some of them have turned into a couple of really amazing friends. Combined with the people I already knew I can really say that I could not live without my blog anymore. It’s become a part of me, and I want to thank each and every one of you that has ever read a post, left a comment or a like. You really are all amazing, and I hope the new year is going to bring you all only fun and good things. And now, let’s kick off this end of year post shall we?

Favorite movie of the year: Bladerunner 2049

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If someone would have told me a few years ago that Blade Runner 2049 would end up as my favorite movie of the year I would have flat out laughed out loud. As I really thought that this sequel to such a classic science fiction masterpiece would be doomed to fail. But I was proven wrong. This beautiful movie had everything in it. It expanded the story of the original film, and combined with breathtaking visual effects, some solid acting and a brilliant score this one is simply the reason why I love movies so much. I can’t wait to own this one on dvd, to watch it over and over again. My absolute number one film for this year.

Favorite anime of the year: Your Lie in April

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One of absolute highlights of 2017 was the watch-a-long with Weekend Otaku for the breathtaking animeseries Your lie in April. I know this one was released in 2014,  but for me it was the first time I saw it this year. What can I say about this beautiful show that has not already been said? It’s an emotional roller coaster that this show takes you on, but it’s one well worth taking. You would be wise to stock up on numerous boxes of tissues because I guarantee that you are going to cry multiple times. But this is a show that is simply put: perfect. I had never thought I would like a slice of life show as much as I ended up enjoying this one. It’s still my number one alltime anime series to date.

Favorite Korean Drama of the year: Goblin

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On the front of Korean dramas I have had a very disappointing year. As in: I saw way too few of them (Sorry about that Kay). I plan to really watch more of these next year, as there are quite a number of them that I still want to see. My favorite pick for this year was really easy though. Goblin was an amazing drama with high production values, a beautiful and heartwarming story but best of all were the characters. They really made this series into an incredible fun watch. I’m not one that usually likes comedies, but the humor in this drama was just hilarious. I really had to laugh at so many scenes. But this certainly wasn’t a comedy as there were also many exciting, tearful but also quite horrifying scenes. If you have never seen a K-drama before this might be a very good place to start.

Favorite Tv Series of the Year: Stranger Things 2

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When a first season for a series is highly succesful and a second season gets announced, fans look forward to it, but obviously are very anxious for it at the same time. What if it sucks? Stranger Things is a show that proves that a second season can be just as good, if not at times even better than the first one. While overall I did think the first season was just a tiny bit better, this second season was just a blast from start to finish. The entire 80’s vibe, the wonderful characters (both old and new), and the storyline combine to make this a show that you can’t stop watching until you have finished it. It was an absolutely amazing watch, and I am already looking forward to next year where season 3 will hopefully give us that same experience again. Stranger Things is simply put: awesome!

Favorite Book of the Year: Sisters of Battle

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Ugh, as with Korean Dramaseries, reading books this year has really been underwhelming. I have such a huge pile of books that I still need to read, and because of the wonderful Dani ,Kim and Didi my Good Reads to read list has completely exploded. (Thanks for that girls 😢 Just kidding, you know I love you 😊). And now there are the wonderful Lashaan and Trang that also keep adding books to this seemingly never ending list. But I did read some books this year, and my favorite was also one that I finished quite recently the Sisters of Battle Omnibus. This one was just a blast to read from start to finish. Great characters, explosive battlescenes and just a terrific science fiction setting are just a couple of the things that made this novel so much fun. But the girlpower is what gave this book it’s real edge. This was a pageturner and a book that I could hardly put down.

Favorite Boardgame of the Year: Eldritch Horror

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When it comes to boardgames it simply doesn’t get any better than this. Eldritch Horror is a fantastic horror/fantasy boardgame that I gave a well deserved perfect score. It’s a joy to play, even when playing it solo, because of the great narrative components it contains. You will find yourself racing across the world trying to prevent an ancient evil from awakening. In the meantime you will experience all sorts of adventures that are always different whenever you play this game. If you love reading books or watching adventure movies, this is a game you should definitely consider adding to your collection. Trust me when I say that you will not be disappointed by this in any way.

Final thoughts

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Well people: that’s it. Time for me to call it a day. At least for this year that is. I hope you will all enjoy the upcoming final day of the year. If you are going to be using fireworks please make sure you aren’t going to blow any of your hands off. I do want to see each and everyone of you back safely next year. Speaking of next year, I will continue to write about the things I love the most, but I do want to bring a little bit more structure into my blog, as it has sometimes been going all over the place. I have also been thinking of a few new features I want to add, but that is a story for later. As always thank you for reading this and for your amazing support the past few months. See you all next year! 😀😀

Yup, we seem to be experiencing technical difficulties

It’s been a while since I have had problems with WordPress. I ofcourse had the fun issue of my comments disappearing (twice), but as of last week there is a new incident I wish to warn you about. At first I thought it was just a random thing, but I have now been hearing that it has been making an appearance on several blogs. So what horrible thing is it this time? Well, it’s not getting notifications for new comments on posts that you wrote. I noticed this for the first time when one of my regular readers the awesome Vinnieh (do check out his blog as it is really so very good) only seemed to have left a like. Knowing Vinnieh as someone who pretty much always leaves a comment, I checked out my post and sure enough there it was. Since then every single comment left by him, does not get a single notification.

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Today quite a few other comments left by fellow bloggers also did not pop up. And I don’t seem to be the only blogger affected by this. The amazing Dani, (you should really give her blog a look as well, it is truly terrific), also mentioned that several comments over on her blog did not get a notification either. So that’s why I am letting you all know that it seems that instead of comments disappearing, you now don’t always get notified there is one. It also seems to follow a random pattern. For instance sometimes I get a notification for a comment, but when someone leaves a second comment for the same post it doesn’t let me know. Hopefully this very annoying issue get’s resolved soon. But in the meantime you might want to double check your posts. I hope this warning was helpful to everyone. Thanks for reading, see you on the next post!

Something really upsetting….

It seems this is the week of unusual posts for my blog. After slowly recovering from a pretty horrible flu, and writing a post about that, I had hoped to get back to resuming normal blogging. But tonight something happened that really has made me quite upset. I know quite a few of you know fellow blogger Dani. She runs an absolutely amazing blog called Touch my Spine book reviews. She already had some trouble earlier this week with her being flagged as a spammer. But tonight I just recieved a message from her over on Twitter saying that her entire blog is suspended because of her somehow violating the terms of service. I don’t see her doing that. She is an absolutely amazing blogger that always brings such a positive note to everyone. I know a lot of you agree with me. I saw a wonderful post on her blog by fellow blogger Beetleypete which I haven’t yet completely read because of my flu. But it put her and her blog totally in the spotlight.

And now they have suspended her blog. I’m making this post on behalf of her. For one thing I want to try and reach as many of her followers and letting them know about this. Dani is understandably upset by all this, and the first thing she does is thinking about her followers and just wanting to let them all know. If that doesn’t show what a wonderful and heartwarming person she is, I don’t know what is. Secondly I hope this post somehow gets read by WordPress itself and make them realise that they have made a mistake. Third, I urge the followers of Dani to reblog this as many times as you can to reach as many people as possible. Let’s let Dani know that we are thinking of her and want her back in the WordPress community where she belongs. Let’s hope the WordPress executives see this post, and realise their mistake. Hang in there Dani…we will get you back to us somehow! 😀

The great war against the bacteria…

It was friday morning when a terrible silence entered the blog of Raistlin0903. No new blog posts, no comments for posts of fellow bloggers, not even likes made an appearance. (I’m pretty sure both Irina and Shokamoka picked up their hobbies of checking their spamfilters for any misplaced comments of mine. But to their dismay probably did not find any). So what did happen? What terrible doom or curse had claimed the blog of Raistlin0903? I will share my story with you now, so sit back and relax….

The prophecy of Commander Bacterial Flu

It was early friday morning when the first scouts of evil entered the plains of Throat. With malice and hatred in their hearts they began sowing the land with their insidious poison. The few defenders of the plains were quickly overcome, and soon Throat fell and became a barren and painful wasteland. One brave defender managed to survive and warn the people of the city of Nose that the prophecy they had been dreading for years was about to be fullfilled. The ancient and malicious Commander Bacterial Flu had returned to the land and was about to wreak havoc. The warning came to late however. After the plains of Throat fell, the great and powerful army of Commander Flu attacked the city of Nose with a power that none of the brave people living there were able to resist. It was called Fever and the heat it generated was too much to bear. Soon almost every single living being was incinerated and turned into green jelly. The few survivors that were left, were turned into slaves and ordered to mop up the carnage with devices called Tissues. Commander Bacterial Flu laughed, and it seemed all hope was lost…

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The plains of Throat after Commander Bacterial Flu was done with it…..

But in darkest times, it seems there are always brave souls that turn into heroes. Soon a resistance movement was formed and the counterattack was under way. Slowly but surely the resistance forces under the command of the brave sergeant Aspirine began gaining ground. The forces of Commander Flu were methodically destroyed, and the Commander soon had little choice but to surrender. Ever resourceful however, Commander Flu managed to evade capture and has not been seen since. Even though peace has returned to the city of Nose, and the plains of Throat have been restored, the shadow of Commander Flu always remains…….

Yep, that’s it Michel has finally lost it…

I can hear you all thinking that. But instead of turning this into a very boring post, I decided to make it at least a little bit entertaining. In short, I have been very sick the past few days with a terrible flu. It started with a little bit of a throatache, that soon turned into a full on blaze combined with a pretty high fever. It also came pretty much out of nowhere. I want to apologise to everyone for not letting you all know sooner, but I have done very little else besides lying in bed and trying to beat this thing. Today is my first day that I got back to work. Even though I still haven’t fully recovered I’m feeling a little bit better so I decided to at least let you know what has happened.

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All I hear are pretty lame excuses……

 

As you might expect, I’m running behind on reading posts and answering comments.  I can promise you that I will answer every single comment, but as much as I would want to it’s unfortunately not possible for me to read every post that has been published the past few days. For that I want to apologise as well. Starting tomorrow I want to try and catch up as much as I can, starting with your comments and reading some posts. I also hope to be able to publish a few posts of my own again, but as I am still not feeling a hundred percent I don’t want to make any promises that I can’t keep. But I will do my best. I really missed you all, and am looking forward to reading some of the things that you have all been up to. Thank you for all your patience and for any new readers that have recently started to follow me, sorry for this really strange start. As they say on television: “We will now return to our regularly scheduled programming”.

The Growing Self Blogger Award

Helly everyone. One of the highest honours I think one can receive is to be recognised by a fellow blogger with an award. To my shame though, I have lately really been running behind on making posts for awards and tags. It is seriously embarassing. In the upcoming weeks I’m going to try and make up for this by writing at least two awards post each week in order to catch up. Hopefully real life won’t be interfering with these plans again, but I will do my best. I’ve said it countless times, but one of the best things about blogging is the interacting with everyone. Some of you out there have really became amazing blogging friends, but there are always some people that are even more special.

A couple of weeks ago I came across a blog called Touch my spine book reviews. Featuring incredible reviews for, you guessed it alright novels, there is more to this blog than meets the eye. And I am not talking about Transformers here. No, not only are the reviews amazing to read, but there are also great posts with gifs that manage to put a smile on my face, whenever I’m feeling down. But it is the person behind this blog, that makes it so special: the great and wonderful Dani. To say she is a very kind soul that despite everything she is going through herself cares so much for others would be a complete understatement. She is one of the most amazing bloggers that I have met, and she really has become a great friend. So if you are not yet following her, quit reading this and do so ASAP. To my astonishment I got nominated by her for an award that I had not yet heard of, The Growing Self Blogger Award. When I read what this award was about, I was stunned. It really is a great honor. Thank you so much Dani for this fantastic award, and really never change: as you are so fond of saying: You Rock!

WHAT IS THE GROWING SELF BLOGGER AWARD?

“The Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through life’s challenges not only to GROW as individuals, but to reach out and help others GROW as well.” ~Roda

THE RULES:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the individual that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Describe the award and mention the creator: Roda @ @Growingself.blog
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs. Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically celebrate those individuals that make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Give 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

I NOMINATE :

Cain S. Latrani I have been following Cain for a very long time now. And to say that I am impressed by this man is just giving him way to little credit. Out of respect for his privacy I am not going to say what he is currently going through, but you can read that on his blog. I am also not going to say how I can understand what he is feeling right now, because truly I can’t. But for him to find the strength to keep posting high quality content nearly each day, and at times make even apologies to his readers when he misses a post has truly baffled me. If there is anyone who deserves this award it is him, as he manages to truly and utterly inspire me with each and every post.

Karandi James The great Karandi from 100wordanime, is probably the first blog I followed when I started my blogging career, now more than a year ago. In fact I think we both started our blogs at pretty much the same time. This lady is a miracle worker. She publishes posts every day, sometimes two or three at a time, while still maintaining an amazing quality. But she also manages to comment on nearly every blog that is out here, while at the same time showcasing posts from other blogs as well. How she sometimes manages to do this, together with a dayjob is simply beyond me. (I suspect either clones or black sorcery lol). She is a driving force in the anime community and a truly amazing individual that you just have to follow if you are not already doing so.

Irina Now I haven’t been following Irina for a very long time, but these past few weeks have been a blast. She always finds time to respond to your comments while at the same time making very cool posts. Her humor is one of the things I like most about her. Every post just has some kind of joke in it, that at times has really put tears into my eyes. And occasionally that has managed to let me spill my drinks too lol.(Why I am laughing about this last statement I don’t really know). Seriously though, not only has her blog been growing at an astonishing rate, she also is the inventor of the Blogwarming Party. This wonderful idea showcases new blogs that have only just started out and puts them in the spotlight. A truly incredible and selfless act, so that is why I think she more than deserves this award.

Vinnieh What to say about this man? Everything I say is probably way too less, but I will try and make an attempt anyway. Vinnieh runs not one, but two blogs. The first features amazing movie reviews. I always thought that I knew a lot about movies, but I have more than met my match. His knowledge about the world of film is astounding and I have discovered some incredible new movies because of his reviews. His other blog is a bit naughty and features the world of erotica but in a very tasteful way. He is also one of those miracle workers that not only writes terrific posts, but always responds to your comments in a very kind way and sometimes almost as soon as you post them. He really has grown into a terrific friend, and is also one of the most kindhearted indivuals you will meet on WordPress.

Sonea If I would not have included Sonea for this one I would seriously have cursed myself forever. Another person that I have really grown to admire over the past few months, Sonea is a woman that just never gives up. Again out of respect for privacy I’m not going to say what she has been going through, but trust me on this when I say it is very, very hard. She has been out of blogging for a while, and is now slowly getting back into it, but I do know it still is very tough for her to do so. Her reviews are absolutely amazing and written in a way that at times almost seems as if she is writing a novel. But it is her strength that I really respect. Despite everything that is going on with her, she still manages to comment on posts, and write posts herself. It is something that I don’t know if I could ever do. I really wish you all the best Sonea and I truly hope your amazing courage will never fail you.

IN CLOSING

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The hardest part for doing this post was the rule that I could only nominate five blogs. Alas, I did not make the rules so five nominees it is. I wish I could nominate more people, because I think that pretty much every blog that I follow is amazing. You all inspire me in some way, and I can only say keep doing what you are doing!

 

 

Special Features Presents: Coming up next……

Earlier this week I realised something that actually shocked me a bit. In a little bit less than two months we will be saying goodbye to the year 2017. I don’t know if this is just me, but seriously this year has rushed by so fast! But maybe the reason might simply be it’s because I’m getting older or something like that, but I do wonder where this year has gone off to in such a hurry. As the year 2018 is already slowly beginning to appear on the horizon, I thought it would be nice to let you all know what will be coming up next in these last two months of the year on my blog. I will try to release some diverse content so that hopefully everyone is going to have something to look forward to. So let’s take a look into the crystal ball of the future shall we?

Anime

imageYes anime is definitely still a part of my blog. It has been lacking a bit in the past few weeks, I have to admit, but let me just ease your minds: there is plenty of that still going to be heading your way. Ergo Proxy is a series that I know a lot of you have been waiting to hear my thoughts on. Rest assured the post for that one is coming this month. Girls und Panzer is an unexpected delight. I had skipped over this series quite a number of times in the Crunchyroll line up. But because of a recent post from The Otaku Judge on the Girls und Panzer film, I decided to give it a go. And I’m glad I did. Other anime you can expect reviews for are Deadman WonderlandThe Skycrawlers and Bakemonogatari.

Tv series

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I am really playing catch up to a lot of things at the moment, and as such have fallen  behind on some of my favorite television shows. But that does not mean I don’t occasionally start with something new. Television series based on movies are usually a very bad idea and have an awful track record. Ofcourse there are exceptions to this rule, and the Lethal Weapon tv series certainly is one. Prison Break returned this year to our small screens with a one time 9 episode event series. It used to be one of my alltime favorites, and that’s why I am really looking forward to watching this. Star Trek Discovery is the newest Star Trek tv series, and while I am still debating on whether or not I actually think it’s a good show, it’s certainly not bad either. Besides reviews for these three series, you can also expect posts for Homeland season 6, The Walking Dead season 7, and Fear the Walking Dead season 1.

Korean Dramas

imageKorean dramas are so much fun, but unfortunately as with almost everything I have really started to run behind on these (sorry Kay). The first one is Pinocchio a somewhat older series, but one that I have so far been enjoying for quite a bit. The second is one that has been on my to watch list for ages and that’s Missing 9. The main reason for watching this one is that it includes one of my favorite Korean actors Jung Kyung-ho. The second reason is that it reminds me a lot of Lost, an alltime favorite series of mine, as it tells the story of a group of people that survive a plane crash and get stranded on an island. Both of these are up for reviews in the coming months.

Movies

imageNo big suprise that of course movies will also remain a big part of this blog (at least I hope it won’t be a surprise that is lol). Yesterday I saw the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok. It was a fun filled film, and that one will be up first when it comes to movie reviews. With the releasedate of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, coming ever closer, I am planning on doing a series of posts similar to the Countdown to Halloween feature. And it will be given the name Countdown to The Last Jedi (duhhhhh). I’m not yet going to reveal which movies will be included, but of course they are all going to be science fiction. Other movies you can expect reviews for are John Carpenter’s classic Christine and Justice League. But with movies I expect a few others to be added to this list along the way.

Books

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Ughh, my Good Reads to read list is growing daily, and I probably won’t be able to complete it until I am close to entering a retirement home. I do want to finish a couple of books by the end of the year though, so I still have hope of including at least a few reviews for those as well. I am currently right in the middle of the Sisters of Battle Omnibus written by James Swallow. Part of the Warhammer 40000 universe, it has so far been a very entertaining read. For those who want a bit of nostalgia, I’m also planning a review for the Mini-comic collection of He-man and the Masters of the Universe. The last two books on my list for this year are The official making of Big Trouble in little China and the Star Wars novel Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. This last one especially is one I am really looking forward to as it marks the return of my favorite villain from the Expanded Universe that became canon again (erm, yes I am going to explain that one when I write the review for it).

Boardgames

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Yes, I still play boardgames, even though the last review for one of those dates back to May this year. I hope to publish at least one more review for a boardgame and that is for the incredible Xenoshyft Dreadmire. This is a really fun but incredibly tough deckbuilding game, in which you have to defend your base from a horde of bloodthirsty alien creatures. The artwork for this game is off the scales, and it will be a delight to show it you in all it’s creepy glory.

In closing….

So, that’s pretty much what I have planned for the final two months of this year. In between these posts I also hope to catch up on some tags and awards that I haven’t yet made posts for. As with all things, these are all plans that can be subject to change, as you never know when real life decides to throw a wrench into everything again. But hopefully that won’t happen. In closing I want to thank each and everyone of you who continue to support my blog. I really could not do this without you! So: Thank you all 😀 Let me know in the comments section below if there are any things that you are looking forward to in particular (or if there is nothing on this list that grabs your attention, which is fine as well of course, but I definitely hope that’s not the case lol). Thank you all for reading, see you on the next post!