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The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2019 Vote is LIVE! — VOTE beetleypete!

One of the most fun aspects about blogging, as well most of you know, is the fact that you come across a lot of cool blogs, but even better: the amazing people behind those blogs. I have been following Pete who runs the blog Beetleypete for quite a while now. And I can honestly say: he is one of the good ones. Pete has an incredibly varied blog, with posts that deal with movie reviews, every day life, and even his own (well written) stories. But above all Pete is an incredibly kind blogger, who always has a nice thing to say and is incredibly supportive. Pete has been nominated with his blog for the Annual bloggers bash. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure to run across Pete, press on the link above, and start following him already. And while you are doing that give him a vote as well on the post below. As for everyone else that already knows and loves him: show that same support he always gives you, and go vote already: I already did! Let’s all keep our fingers crossed and hope Pete wins, because he most certainly deserves it! As he always says himself: best wishes Pete! 😊

 

Originally posted on The Annual Bloggers Bash: It’s that time of year again… The 2019 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards are now open. As always, we had a huge number of nominations. So let me thank everyone who took the time to nominate their fellow bloggers. Without you guys nominating, there would be no bash awards.…

via The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2019 Vote is LIVE! — beetleypete

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Breaking the silence…

Remember that scene from Star Wars where Obi Wan Kenobi suddenly stands still after the destruction of Alderaan and says “ As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced” ? While this is of course a very dramatic moment, and comes nowhere close to something I would compare to this blog, it’s been a long time since my voice was heard here. When I wrote my Finding Balance….. post way back in November, I didn’t realise that things would turn into pretty much a complete absence on my part. A lot has happened since then, and even though I popped up every once in a while the last few months, I can honestly say that I was (and still am) pretty much out of the wonderful world of WordPress. So…with this my first post since almost two months, does this mean things are going to be changing? Erm….well….yes and no. But let’s first adress what’s going on with me, until I get to the blog itself.

Health

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I imagine this is what’s been going on in my body (although White Blood Cell is doing a lousy job)

One of the main reasons I have been away from here so long is my health. I have been extremely tired, but more annoying is my stomache that has been causing me all sorts of problems for over 4 months now. I have had an enormous amount of tests, one of them being a stomache examination that felt like a new type of torture, and so far all of them haven’t yielded any results. Walking around with pain for such a long time, and not really knowing what’s going on, is becoming pretty frustrating. On top of that, as some of you know, my father had an operation last year to his back. Unfortunately, that operation didn’t go quite as planned, and he is in extreme pain every day now. Where my pain is at least manageable and on some days not really there, my father’s isn’t. He is currently awaiting a scan, and until that time is on pain medication (which unfortunately doesn’t really relieves his pain). So…the short summary of this is that things have been pretty FUBAR the past few weeks. (Just google FUBAR if you don’t know what that acronym stands for lol).

Moral Support

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Me smiling and blushing after some of the messages I received from you guys!

I’m an optimistic guy and I always try to stay as positive as I can about things, but I have to admit that it’s been hard lately trying to keep feeling like that. It’s been four months now, since this whole thing started, and I’m still not any closer to finding out what’s wrong. And I feel even worse for my dad. But there are bright notes as well, and one of them has been the overwhelming amount of support I have been getting from all of you. So many people have sent me a message on either twitter, or email, or through the blog, checking in on how I am doing or lending moral support. You don’t know even know how much that has meant to me. It never failed to put a smile on my face, especially as luck would sometimes have it, on days that I really needed it. So seriously thank you so much for that. I don’t even know how I will ever be able to repay you all, but I will think of something. A Lannister always pays his debts…..erm…whoops, sorry I guess I am already getting excited for that final season of Game of Thrones.

So….what else?

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What do you mean…..out of touch with anime……..???!?!??!

One question that might also be on your minds is, what has this guy been up to the past few months. Honestly less than you might think. One thing that I have really been out of touch with is anime. Yes, I know, how on Earth could I do something like that right? Good question, and one for which I unfortunately don’t have an answer. But, a new season of anime is luckily right around the corner, so hopefully I will be able to pick up a few shows (preferably good ones) and get back into that fantastic medium again. Netflix has been kind of my to go to place lately. I have watched a lot of shows on that, including a lot of movies. Some were good, some were mediocre, and some were just downright bad. But it’s been nice to just turn off your brain, especially on bad days, and just watch something on Netflix hoping to discover a hidden gem. Another thing I have been doing is reading a lot. With a library of books and comics that I probably will never complete in my lifetime, it was nice to read some things that had been gathering dust on my shelves for years.

So….what now?

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If only I could have hands like this…I could type a post in what..10 seconds? 

And now of course one question remains unanswered: what about my blog? This being an update post, and still not a “real” post so to speak, one has to wonder if I will ever get back to writing about what I started this blog for in the first place. In a round about way that brings me back to the first paragraph of this post: yes and no. With my health still being what it is, I just can’t go back to blogging in the capacity that I did before I left on my hiatus. I loved bloghopping, leaving comments all over the place, and writing posts of my own two to three times a week. That being said, I do miss blogging. I miss the interaction with everyone, reading posts and commenting on them, and sharing my own thoughts on things that I have watched or read myself. So in that regard I want to try and  release a new post at least once a week. And by post I mean a real post, either a review, or some of the other things that I used to write about on this blog. I don’t want to make promises that I can’t keep, so that is why I added the word: try. I also want to try and check out at least once or twice a week posts that you wrote, as I have been completely missing in action from WordPress. Again no promises on that, as it all depends on what kind of mood my stomache is in.

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I am….at your mercy!

Well, if you made it to the end of this post, I guess I did manage to keep your attention and didn’t bore you to death: phew, breathes sigh of relief. After all this talking about myself, I’m also interested to know how you are doing! Leave a comment and let me know. If you wrote a post that you have been proud of, and want me to know about, let me know that too, and I will see if I can find some time to check that out. And of course any recommendations for new shows, movies, anime, books and stuff like that are also welcome. For now, this is me signing off and wishing you all a great weekend. But not before saying one more time how grateful I am to be a part of this community. If you are new to blogging, and are maybe still doubting if you should sometimes comment on posts, leave those doubts behind. Take it from me, you will meet some wonderful people here, that will turn into real friends. And that in short, is what life is all about, and turns it bright even in darker times….

 

Merry Christmas to you all (A special post, and life update)

Hello everyone. So next week it’s Christmas and most of you will probably be celebrating this event with all of your loved ones. A few weeks ago I announced the fact that I would be taking a step back from blogging. At the time I thought that I would at least still be around albeit in a lesser capacity. Sadly as most of you have noticed that hasn’t been the case. Since my announcement life decided to throw me a curveball, and it seems my being tired and lacking energy has a different reason than just the work stress and life being generally busy. But I will get to that in a moment. One of the reasons I am writing this post is to also say that life without blogging is….quiet. As most of you know that have been following me for a long while, blogging has been a big part of my life for almost three years. It’s been strange, coming home and not tuning in to wordpress reading posts and commenting on them. But one of the biggest things that I have been missing is you guys.

Health

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I take any excuse to put up a picture of the platelets….

My lack of energy and generally being tired was steadily becoming worse. So much worse in fact that I eventually consulted a doctor and after a bloodtest it was confirmed that I have an extreme lack of Vitamine D. To give you a small indication. A normal, healthy person should be at a rate of about 70, I have a rate of 10. Yes…you read that correctly a rate of 10. That pretty much explains the fact why I have been feeling so tired these past few weeks. As annoying as this is, I could honestly live with that. I am getting medication for it, and hopefully my levels will go up again eventually. But, unfortunately this is not the only thing that is going on. For the past 3 weeks I have been having a lot of problems with my stomache. Eating something usually results in either getting a very bloated stomache, or feeling nauseous, or a combination of the two. The meds I am taking for that aren’t really helping, and as it’s looking now after the holiday season I will be getting more tests to find out what’s going on. It’s been a pretty horrible couple of weeks, with some good days, but also some pretty bad days. Honestly I am quite done with it, thank you very much.

Promises

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Sigh…are we really back to apologising now……

One of the things I regret a lot is not having been able to keep the promises that I made. I have luckily been able to complete the collab posts with Irina and participated in the WordPress Anime Awards, for which I am very grateful. Both were incredibly fun projects and I’m glad that I fortunately still had time (and energy) to work on those. But original content from me like for instance the review for the Korean drama Voice and other stuff that I announced, those promises I unfortunately wasn’t able to keep. I have not even answered all of the comments on some of my last posts, and I truly am sorry for that. Believe me when I say that I appreciate all the kind words, and heartwarming comments that I have received from so many of you. It really isn’t my intention to ignore you, but there have been days where pretty much all I did after work was fall asleep or lie in my bed trying to watch something on Netflix. I am playing catch up, and sometimes it might take me a while, but I will eventually get to answering all of them.

So…..what now?

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Yeah….this really is one of my new addictions (as if I didn’t have enough of those yet…)

Because of my health, starting this week I have begun working less hours, six instead of my usual eight. On a particularly bad day this week, I even returned home sick and crawled back into bed. I am not doing a lot when I come home, and spent my free hours either resting or watching some dvd/Netflix (I have developped a particular addiction to the CW Arrowverse universe lol). All in all I am feeling like a guy well past his eighties instead of my own age. It sucks, for lack of a better word, but at the same time I also felt that I just had to write a post for all of you nearing the holiday season. Because as annoying as all this might be, I also know that I quite honestly do miss blogging and all of you. Does this mean that I will be returning soon? Erm…no. I first have to get my health back in some kind of reasonable shape, before I even attempt to return to some type of schedule. I hope that after the holiday season, the new tests will be able to establish what’s currently going on inside my body, and return it back into fighting shape.

Christmas and the future…

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Best….Christmas movie….ever??? FOR REAL?!?!

So why this post then? It’s Christmas, and as cheesy as this may sound, it’s one of my favorite times of the year. I love the cozyness of it all, the way we spent time with our families, eating good food, watching Home Alone for maybe the one millionth time (although I am more partial to Die Hard myself) and just generally enjoying ourselves. Even though this Christmas might not be the same for me as the years that came before it, (especially on the food department) I do intend to make the best of it. For Christmas is more than food, it’s just enjoying each other’s company that usually makes it the best. At the same time I also wanted to wish each and every one of you an incredibly awesome Christmas. All of you that have left a like, placed a comment, or in some other way supported me throughout the past few years that I have been blogging: Thank you. This community is and always shall be: awesome! I don’t know what the new year will be bringing, but I do intend to make some kind of return here as soon as I am back in shape. So…don’t write me off just yet. For now though, at the risk of sounding like a bad Hallmark movie (sorry Nicole), may your holiday season be very bright, and all the best for the upcoming year.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

 

 

Step Right Up, Folks! Don’t Be Shy. Be Prepared To Witness The Whimsical, The Outlandish, And The First Ever WordPress Anime Awards!

If you like anime, be sure to check out this post. It’s the first ever WordPress Anime Awards. A series of judges, including myself, have compiled a fun series of categories where you can cast your vote and decide which anime series are worthy. The driving force behind this project is Ayano, who has worked incredibly hard on this and definitely deserves all the praise. So be sure to check out the post, cast your votes, and if you are not yet subscribed to her blog yet, definitely do that as well. You won’t regret it! 😊

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Come one, come all to the first ever WordPress Anime Awards! 

We’ve got lions and tigers and heroic boys, oh my! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages we have a vast array of voting categories for you to be entertained by. Come join us as we aim to please you from start to finish. Listen to the melodic anime opening and ending songs from 2018, laugh at the funniest moments this year had to offer, be thrilled by the perilous anime films that made their debut amongst the people, marvel at all the great characters that made you smile or cry while watching their journey…Only at the 2018 WordPress Anime Awards!

All of these acts were carefully chosen by a wondrous group of performers. These performers include Cactus Matt, Derek Lyons, Marthaurion, Raistlin, Matt Doyle, Jon Spencer, Karandi,

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A D-mail conversation with Raistlin (part 6)

All good things come to an end, as I am afraid we have reached the last installment of my collab post with the wonderful Irina. If you haven’t already, check out last week’s part over on Irina’s blog. Before I move on to the final part, on a personal note I want to apologise for not having responded to some comments left on this post. Trust me it’s not because I am ignoring you but it’s because currently I am really not feeling like my usual self. It’s hard to even write a comment sometimes or find any spark of energy to even write someting. I am sad that I have missed out on a lot of posts, and haven’t been able to keep my promise for still being around here. I am doing my best to find that energy again, so please be patient with me if you can. Now, before this becomes way too depressing, on to the fun stuff: Part 6 of the Steins;Gate review. I hope you will enjoy it, and thank you again Irina for doing this amazing project with me. It’s been a blast!

Inbox Gmail: Raistlin 0903, dated 2017/18/02

From: Irina

Contrast is key

Hello everyone, it’s Raistlin (yeah who else would it be). I’m back again to continue the review of the time travel epic anime series Steins; Gate. I hope you are all ready for this as we are entering the final arc of this series. And you know that’s where things can really go wrong. We all have probably seen countless examples of enjoying something thoroughly, and having the final ruin everything that came before. The past hours I have felt this weird pressure as if someone is overlooking my every move. It’s nothing quite as sinister as The Organisation that is looking over my shoulder, but more a guiding and helping hand that makes sure that I don’t screw this up. As I said before, this is an important review. I’m writing it to make sure that everyone ends up loving this series as much as I have. But also for that blogger that I have mentioned that you all still haven’t met. I have, she is an amazing friend, and the impact she will have on this community will be felt throughout the centuries. Irina is her name: don’t forget it, you will thank me later.

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Nothing to see here….move on please…..

Okay in the last segment I talked about the fact that the first segment while slow, is very important, a joy to watch, and probably even the best thing about this entire anime.I have also let it shine through that the second half of the show is much darker. But exactly what do I mean with that, and how does it hold up in the overall scheme of things? I’m not going to tell you what happens because I have pretty much always avoided putting spoilers in my post, so I am not going to start now. Suffice it to say though that when that shift in tone occurs, you won’t be ready for it. There were very subtle hints in the first half, another thing that’s so clever about Steins;Gate. But the true shock will hit you like a sledgehammer. It will wrench your gut, and it will make you cry. You might even feel as if you are slowly suffering a heart attack. And after it happens, the anime shifts gears. Radically. It almost seems as if you are watching an entirely different show.

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What do you mean we are watching an entirely different show??!!

I often had a hard time wondering what this series wanted itself to be. But looking back now that is pretty much exactly what you shouldn’t be doing. You see, what happens in this second half is that it creates an atmosphere of true desperation. A lot of things that seemed so very innocent in the beginning turned out to have very dire consequences. And you feel Okabe’s sense of urgency. You feel his heartbreak, his need to fix things in the right way. But maybe some things can’t be fixed. Or when they are fixed, they might leave a timeline that is even worse than the one created now. And I do say timeline, because the build up to the real time travelling aspects of the show, come to the fore in this second half. Think full on Back to the Future stuff and then some. As someone who really loves everything that even has a single spark of time travelling in it, I think this is where Steins;Gate really shines the most. And not for the reasons you might think. It’s not just the way that this show handles the concept of time travel itself.

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Jeezzzz…..you are really making me upset here…..

No, what makes the time travel really work is the way this series is built up. The first half lures you in with this sense of calm, the funny dialogues, the establishing of the relationships, in short it seems to set the tone for the entire anime. At least that’s what you think. There are of course hints thrown your way that you might not pick up on until much later. And then that second half hits you: the tone is dark, the characters you know suddenly are much different when what you are used to, and you might even wonder where the series you loved so much all of a sudden disappeared to. But once the initial shock dissipates, you begin to go on the same journey that Okabe is going on. You want him to succeed at fixing things. You cry when he fails another attempt. You feel the sense of dread that maybe it won’t end happily. Every time jump into the past your heart races, hoping that maybe this is the one where our favorite mad scientist succeeds.

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Okay, we are done, let’s go drink some Dr. Pepper.

Steins;Gates’ contrast in tones is a stroke of genius. And I appreciate the show even more for doing it in this way. It takes a concept that at first seems very innocent to a level that you simply would not expect when you first start with this anime. If all my writing about this hasn’t been enough yet to convince you that you should really check this one out, then I don’t know what I can do more. Well, maybe there is one last thing. Somewhere, in the future, a time traveller called Irina will appear. Her identity right now is still hidden in mystery. When she first appears, you might not even realise her greatness yet. Almost like Steins;Gate she lures you in very cleverly. But make no mistake. Her blogging skills are awe inspiring and will blow you away. One day out of the blue, she will start to talk about this anime. And she will convince you even more to go and watch it than I have done. If for some reason the first time you might not have enjoyed Steins; Gate, try it again. Because who knows? Maybe time will change things for you…….Psy El Congroo……

Finding Balance…..(A personal post)

Hey everyone. I’ll try to warn you all in advance, this is not going to be a happy post. It’s a post that I’m quite honestly writing with a thumping heart, as I don’t quite know what the response is going to be like. I have been blogging for two and a half years now, and next year in June my three year anniversary is coming up. When I started my blog I had really no idea what I was doing. It was just something that I created to share my thoughts on the stuff that I loved: Movies, Tv series, Anime, Books and Boardgames. Never in my wildest dreams had I ever thought that I would reach more than 1500 followers, from all kinds of places around the world. I have made friends here, and I’m really talking about real and true friendships. That for me has always been the one thing that I have always been the most grateful for. But that said, lately I feel that things have become unbalanced for me. I will explain what I mean by that later. There really is no easy way to say this so I guess I will just spit it out: this might be my final year of blogging.

Work

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If only work was more like this…

Right now, without getting into any real details, things are really rough at work. Basically what it comes down too is that the work that I do is usually done by six people, and it’s now being done by only two. Literally. And guess who one of those two people is? That’s right: me. Some days things are fine, other days I come home pretty exhausted, and just want to crash and read a book or watch something. For those of you who have known me for a while now, you also know one of the things I really like to do is read your posts, and write comments on them. But I have also started thinking that lately the balance between work, blogging and free time is to put it mildly off balance. Of the 5-6 hours of free time that I usually have on weekdays, I spent 3-4 hours of that on reading posts and writing comments. Hence I only have 1, maybe 2 hours of time to do other things. I used to comment on my phone at work in less busy times, but those times are gone, at least for the moment. I have a lot of hobbies, and I started to realise that as much love that I have for blogging, I am maybe spending a little bit too much time on this. There are dvds, books, and boardgames that are still in boxes and that I have never even opened yet. And that isn’t even a joke.

Changes

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Not all changes are good…..

Having said this, I am going to be taking a step back for a bit, and be a little bit less active. You might have already noticed that I haven’t really been visiting your blogs lately, much less have left any kind of comments. No worries, I will gradually return and start reading again, as well as provide some of my customary comments. I will just not be doing it as actively as I have been doing the past two years. I might miss an occasional post, or maybe not leave a comment but just a like. I am doing this because I know that if I don’t, I might stop blogging alltogether sooner rather than later. It was beginning to feel too much like work, instead of a hobby. I guess it’s the old saying, too much of a good thing is, well too much. It is quite frankly hard to make a decision like this. But I hope you understand why I am making it. I just want to focus a bit on other things as well, and get some more rest instead of adding more pressure. That is usually the road to a burn out, and I am not willing to risk that, no matter how much I love all of you.

The near future

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Always in motion the future is…..

So what does this mean for my own blog? Well, I will still try and publish posts whenever I can. I currently am still in the middle of my collab with the wonderful Irina (who has already made it clear to me that she won’t allow me to leave lol), and there is another seriously cool project coming up with the awesome Ayano that I am very excited about as well. Those will definitely still go ahead. If all goes well another collab that I am not going to tell you about just yet, and is something entirely different than I have ever done, will be seeing daylight in December as well. Next to the collabs I will try and put out some other content, including the long awaited review for the Korean drama Voice, season 7 of Game of Thrones, and new installments of Bloggers in the Spotlight and The Wors/Best anime you (might not) have seen yet. One or two book reviews will be heading your way too, as well as hopefully a few new movie reviews. In other words, I will still try to bring you as much content as I can manage.

The far future

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Okay, this image was maybe a bit too dramatic…..

And that brings me to the ominous message in the beginning, of maybe ending my blogging career entirely. Well, first off nothing is set in stone yet. But next year is going to be the year of some major changes for me. My company is moving to another town, and instead of me being home in five minutes, it will now take me more than an hour of travel time back and forth. That means that the precious free time that I have, will be even less next year. I have also been living at home supporting my parents because of various reasons. In order for me to cut back on my travel time, in all likelyhood I will start searching for my own place that is nearer to my work. Which means another very big change for me. With all these things going on, it might become impossible for me to keep up blogging. The way it is now, things are already very busy, next year it will become even crazier. I don’t want to leave to be honest, and I will try to keep my blog up and running. At the same time I don’t want to keep a promise I might not be able to keep. That’s why I wrote this post as I don’t want to disappear into the night so to speak.

A heartfelt thank you

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Could not have said it better myself!

While this post might seem like doom and gloom, I will try everything I can to keep spending as much time as I can here. Even if things might end completely next year, one thing I will continue to do is keep in touch. I am incredibly thankful of all the amazing friendships that I have made here, and the wonderful support I have always had from everyone for me and my blog. I could not have kept on blogging without the support from all of you, and for that you all truly have my heartfelt thanks. Everyone who has read my posts over the years, left a like or a comment or contacted me personally, all of you, are amazing. At the same time I also want to apologise for dropping this bomb and become a less active member of the community at least for a bit. I hope you understand why I came to this decision. I have to think about myself for a change, which is quite frankly something new and quite a challenge lol. However things will turn out, especially next year, I promise that I won’t fade away. You all mean too much to me for that. Thank you all for reading and have a great weekend.

It’s a blogging anniversary…and again it’s not mine!

You know, I just realised something. My blog turns three years old next year (If I make to that date, which isn’t so sure anymore, but more on that later this week) on june the 6th to be exact. And I have never held a blogging anniversary. No idea why really. Maybe it’s because I just like being happy for other people more? Yeah I know: I’m weird that way. Today it’s time to celebrate again, as someone’s blog has turned one year old. Now a while back I promoted Irina’s blogging anniversary in this way as well, and by a strange coincidence the blogger that celebrates today is also from Canada. You would almost think that there is a certain trend going on here. Anyways, I am of course talking about the wonderful, amazing, funny and totally awesome Nicole aka the Bookworm Drinketh. I already prepared her that I was going to do something like this (because well I want to avoid physical and mental trauma, both on her side and mine). So….let’s get to the celebration already!!

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Not that I won’t get punched in the face anyway.

Far Side Tuesday

One of the things that I really like about Nicole’s blog…or should I say about Nicole, is her sense of humor. Everything she writes pretty much always includes something that makes me laugh out loud. Her writing focusses primarily on books, but the reviews that she writes are not only very good (you hear that Nicole, they are VERY GOOD), but it’s the humor that adds that special ingredient to the cocktail. Another feature of her blog is the Far Side Friday cartoons that always announce the weekend and never fail to make me smile. So of course, I just had to include a couple of those in this post.

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Celebrating The Bookworm Drinketh’s anniversay is best done with a Nicole cocktail (Just probably not this one…..)

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Now, no post for Nicole would be complete without at least including a drink. If you aren’t following her yet (for the love of God why aren’t you yet???!!!) she always concludes a book review with a home made drink. So it goes without saying that I have to include one here right. Sorry this one is non alcoholic (But, I guess that is just what makes this one extra funny, seeing as Nicole just loves a good drink! 🍸)

Ingredients

  • One can of Cherry Coke
  • One straw
  • A few slices of Dutch Cheese
  • A pack of cheese crisps
  • A plate
  • A bowl

Directions (Like you need them for this)

  1. Open up the can (be careful not to cut into your fingers while doing this)
  2. Put the straw in the can
  3. Put the slices of cheese on a plate
  4. Open the bag of cheese crips (begin eating them) and put them in a bowl
  5. Put on your favorite tv show/movie
  6. Sit back in your favorite comfy chair, and start binging (both the show and the food/drink)

To close things of….

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Okay, I was saying to close things of, not destroy things……

All good things must come to an end, but it would not be me if I wouldn’t at least go on one final speech as to why you should follow Nicole in the first place. You see Nicole is one of those persons that doesn’t like to be put in the spotlight, because she just wants to be there for other people. She always has a kind thing to say, works hard, and goes above and beyond the call of duty to promote books for writers that she loves. And she does this all for free. Best of all it once again proves that you can really gain some great friends from blogging. And you don’t always have to be living in the same country to establish some truly wonderful friendships. So let’s try and blow up Nicole’s blogging stats today. Go ahead and leave some likes, but especially some comments (she loves those) on her posts.  If you aren’t following her yet, just go ahead and press the link, and subscribe: You won’t be disappointed! Nicole: Happy Blogging Anniversary, and hopefully your blog will continue for a lot more years! Here’s to many more years of  friendship 🍻🍻

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Yep: go and rush over to Nicole’s blog: like ASAP!

 

A busy week….

Hi everyone! This is just going to be a very short post where I’m just letting you all know that I am not going to be around much on wordpress this week. As I have four days where I have activities planned right after work, and there are some plans for the weekend as well, I won’t be home a lot. As such I unfortunately won’t be able to keep up with reading all your posts and providing my usual comments on them. My apologies for that, but I thought I would at least let you all know, hence I wrote this post. There will be one scheduled post coming out on wednesday from me, which is the second part of my collab post with Irina. Other than that the Raist isn’t going to be around again until next week. That is unless the alien invaders from the galaxy of Andromeda finally decide to attack the Earth or the horrors from Dimension X get summoned. But I guess we all have bigger problems if that happens. I hope you will all have a great week, and I will talk to you all again soon!

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Let us hope this isn’t on the agenda for next week……..

 

Megane Day 2018

So today it’s Megane Day! Yes, I know right, you are probably all very excited about this especially since you all know what this is about. You don’t? Wow, that’s a total shocker. Don’t worry though, I was as much in the dark about this day as probably most of you are. I found about this day through Mel’s awesome blog (yes this is also a shameless plug to follow her blog as it’s totally cool not to mention the fact that she is totally amazing herself as well). But now that you have pushed that follow button, what exactly is Megane Day? A Megane is a character wearing glasses. And in Japan the 1st October is a national day that is called Megane Day (which for the record is not an official holiday). So that’s pretty straightforward huh? Now Mel came up with this great idea to also celebrate it here over on WordPress which is what this post is all about. Now as I am still a bit of an anime novice (notice that I am not saying noob anymore) I tried hard to come up with a megane character. And not surprisingly as I haven’t seen as much anime as some of the experts around here, I had to think about this for a bit.

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Maximilian Jenius as seen in Macross.

But, then it hit me. When I was nine years old I saw an animation series called Robotech. While it technically isn’t anime it was formed out of three separate Japanese animes, and then put through the blender to form a new animation series for Western audiences. One of those shows was called Macross, and it is a series that went on to spawn numerous sequels. Macross tells the story of an alien ship crashlanding on Earth during a time where global war was laying waste to the planet. But with the threat of an alien invasion imminent humanity pulled together and started to salvage the ship as well as adapting the technology found inside. One of the most awesome things they managed to create were the transformable fighter jetplanes called Valkyries. And of course those things needed pilots. Maximilian Jenius (or Max Sterling as he is known in Robotech) was one of those pilots, and he is my chosen character for Megane Day.

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Max and Milia on their wedding day.

Don’t let his appearance fool you. When we first meet him, Max is very shy and humble and tells his commanding officer that he will probably need a lot of help out in the fight. But when the aliens attack, and Maximilian gets to show off his skills, everyone is completely baffled by his performance. He becomes the ace of the series, and manages to save a lot of lives in the process. But what he will be most remembered for is falling in love with the beautiful but deadly alien Milia Fallyna. Now one has to understand that the aliens that attack the Earth to reclaim their lost ship are a race of warriors that have never experienced emotions. Milia was on a mission to kill him since he had bested her in aerial combat multiple times. But, in the end his compassion and courage managed to make her fall for him as well, and they ended up getting married. So I guess in the end it all comes down to one thing: First impressions can be very wrong indeed! Happy Megane Day!

Bloggers in the Spotlight, Volume 5

Hello everybody! It’s hard to believe, but in a few more days we will be entering the first of the final three months of the year. That’s crazy isn’t it? It seems that time just keeps moving faster and faster, but it could also mean that maybe I am just getting old. Or it’s just me, I will let you be the judge of that. Anyways, with this month almost over it’s time for another Bloggers in the Spotlight segment. If you are new to my blog and not yet know what this is all about, let me explain for you shortly. In Bloggers in the Spotlight I put some bloggers erm in the spotlight and give you a chance to discover new blogs that you might not have yet heard of. As I have a multi-topic blog I always try to feature bloggers in different categories. So without furter ado, let’s get to these shall we!

Scott- Mechanical Anime Reviews

78845D97-E57D-49D7-A778-CFA3B9913314 One of my favorite genres in anime is the Mecha genre. Which you probably wouldn’t realise as I have hardly done any reviews on those. If you want to find out more about this terrific genre in the world of anime though, I can not think of a better place then Scott’s wonderful blog. I haven’t even been following Scott for very long, only a few months now, but I have pretty much kicked myself for not having followed it sooner. You see not only is Scott a very friendly guy to talk to, but his posts are always wonderful to read. Featuring reviews, weekly overviews on space/mech shows he is currently watching this is just one of those blogs that you really want to check out if you are a fan of all things mech/space related. He delivers some very high quality content, so seriously what are you waiting for: go on over there and hit that follow button!

BiblioNyan

27573396-F07D-4CE9-96B8-87D3D253EFB9 Now really what can I say about this blog and the woman behind it that doesn’t sell it short. The Biblionyan is a blog that features reviews and previews for books, movies, anime even Korean dramas. So in that way, she pretty much has the same content I have with one very noteworthy exception and those are her selfcare posts. Every week she writes an extensive and very well written post about selfcare. Not only are they extremely helpful they are often very brave and I have nothing but respect for the way she manages to write these. But one would almost forget how incredible she is herself. She is an extremely supportive blogger who always has a friendly word for everyone and is very active on twitter where she always promotes other people’s work. So this time it’s only right to put her in the spotlight for a change. Well, pretty much a no brainer huh? Hit that link and follow, you know you want to!

Lily’s Blissful Pages

8DD731AB-E3F9-4C7C-A427-DC54E10DE0B5 Reading is one of the things that I love to do, but I always find myself falling behind with books. The even worse part is that I follow a lot of bookbloggers that seem to insist on adding more books to my to read list lol. Lily is one of those book bloggers, and one that is also hard at work on becoming an aspiring writer. In my book (see what I did there) she is already there as her book reviews are just becoming better and better all the time. She reviews a wide range of different kinds of novels, not just in one kind of genre, so there is probably something there for everyone. Another thing I like is the read-a-longs she partipates in where she and other bloggers just read books for 24 hours. (And try to stay awake in the process). Lily is a very kind person to talk to, who always responds to comments and in short this is just one of the many reasons why you should follow her. So, I’ll wait for you to press on that link in case you haven’t already.

Late to the Game Blog

B274CE7F-1F41-4727-A666-940861DA2F3F Another blogger that covers a wide and incredibly varied range of topics, this is just one of those blogs that pretty much has it all. Especially if you love Star Trek and movies. Late to the Game currently features episode reviews for the terrific Star Trek series the next generation, but there are also movie reviews for all kinds of different films and even music is covered by him. Another feature I love about this blog is the daily “Things I’m Grateful For” post, which is in short three bullet points for a particular day that this blogger was thankful for. I think that’s very unique indeed. I have been following this one for quite a while now, and it’s always a delight to talk to him about a particular topic on one of his posts. Well, I pretty much know I have your interest now, so this blog is only one click away and you are there too!

The Things I have seen Blog

DBCC2848-03B2-434A-866B-CBBA650CBB8E The last blog to be featured this month, is certainly not the least. The things I have seen  blog is harder to describe, not because it isn’t totally awesome, but because it really covers so many different things. Anime and movies are definitely featured on this blog, with some very interesting and well written posts on them. But the one thing I think that sets this blog apart from others is the art. Because pretty much every post has pictures to liven it up that were designed by the host of this blog. And it always looks amazing. The fun thing is that there are also posts that let’s us see how some of that art was created and those are always very cool. But let’s not forget that we also have a host here who is always very humble, and very fun to talk to in the comments sections. We have had some great talks about the different posts on both our blogs and those have always been a delight. So in other words, no more talking about it, hit the link and follow it already. You will not regret this for a second!

This is the end….

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No worries, I can see all of you frowning already. I just meant the end of this post, not the end of my blog or anything even more worrysome! I hope you all enjoyed this month’s installment and hopefully will press the links to follow all of these if you aren’t already because they really deserve it each and every one of them. Anyways, ofcourse Bloggers in the Spotlight will return to you next month. And no, again I am not going to tell you who will be featured then. As the great Forrest Gump used to say: life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get! See you on the next post 😊