Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Kreativ Blogger Award

I was going to wait until Monday to post an entry, but thanks to the supercool Randi Lee, I've been named a recipient of the Kreativ Blogger Award. It is only with the utmost humility that I accept this award.

And to be perfectly honest, it couldn't have come at a better time, because I had no idea what I was going to write about this week. So thanks, Randi!

Here's how the award works:

1. Thank and link back to the person who presented you with the award.
2. Answer the ten questions below.
3. Share ten random facts/thoughts about yourself.
4. Nominate seven worthy blogs for the Kreativ Blogger Award.

So let's have at it, shall we?

Interrogation Results: 

What is your favorite song?
Oh, man. There's no way I could narrow it down to one. My musical tastes are wide and weird. For what it's worth, this song is in my head right now, and I'm just fine with that:

What is your favorite dessert?
No contest. Pumpkin pie.

What ticks you off?
I'm a pretty ritualistic person, so sometimes I get annoyed when my routine is impeded in some way. I'm trying to work on that though, since my routine currently revolves around my work schedule, which is pretty vampiric and therefor difficult to accord with the rest of the civilized world. My social life has suffered as a result.

When you're upset, what do you d--

Which is/was your favorite pet? 
I've had lots of pets since childhood, but Rusty Bears gets all of the treats to himself right now.

Which do you prefer, black or white?

What is your biggest fear?

What is your attitude mostly?
I'm a pretty reserved, laid back guy. Stoic, I guess.

What is perfection?

What is your guilty pleasure?
I don't believe in feeling guilty for your pleasures. I eat crappy food, play video games, and sometimes engage in zombie movie marathons. With pride, I say! With pride!

Valuable Intel: 

  1. The "J" stands for James, which most people call me in the physical realm.
  2. I've become a huge coffee drinker. I don't really feel like I'm hooked on caffeine (I can go without it and feel fine), but I can consume three cups or more during a writing marathon.
  3. I'm an unabashed tech nerd. If it blinks and beeps, I want it.
  4. I'm a musician. I was in a couple of bands when I was younger; these days I mostly stare at my guitars and keyboard and chastise myself for not playing them enough.
  5. Related to the above, I've also created an entire album's worth of weird, hybrid-genre electronic music in my spare time over the course of the last eight years or so, as a hobby.
  6. Years ago, I had my own web comic called Guy in a Hoodie. It floundered because I couldn't keep an artist attached to the project.
  7. Combat sports are the only kind of sports I can follow without severe boredom setting in. I watch a lot of Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Kickboxing. I've been a martial arts nerd since I was about six, when my parents enrolled me in karate. 
  8. Related to the above, I used to host an MMA podcast. It became pretty popular after just one episode, thanks to the help of an awesome fighter named Roxanne Modafferi. Unfortunately, it didn't last long, as I didn't have the proper time to commit to it or enough money to pay for the hosting.
  9. I don't watch much television, but when I do it's probably Game of Thrones. 
  10. As I mentioned in the interview, my work schedule has me on the vampire shift, so I'm pretty much nocturnal. I sleep during the day and turn to ashes when exposed to direct sunlight.

And finally, my own list of nominees. These people are all deserving, but I'm blindsiding them, so they may not be able to participate for some reason. Check them out anyway:

Angeline Trevena | Candy Lynn Fite | Guilie Castillo-Oriard | 
Rafael R. PiƱero | Sean CW Korsgaard | Tracy Brown | Veronica Sicoe


  1. I share your attitude toward "guilty pleasures". Why should one feel guilty for making himself happy, if it doesn't harm another? ;)

    Those are some very interesting and fun facts about you James (should I duck?), and I love that I feel I get to know you much better this way. Completing this sort of interview (and sharing the award) helps tremendously in shrinking the inevitable distance of "online acquaintance" and even "fellow blogger/writer". Thanks for the answers, the nomination and the implicit introductions. :) Hi guys! *waves awkwardly at the screen*

    So. How do you propose we crush those enemies? Can I bring my mace? I've cleaned it of hair and skin shreds. Promise.

    1. No ducking necessary! I agree, it's nice to get a glimpse into the real people behind the blogger voice that everyone uses. I think a lot of us get so wrapped up in our blog themes and what not that we sometimes leave too little of ourselves behind the screen. It's nice to toss a few details about myself on here that don't revolve around writing! Of course, the whole lot of you might abandon me when you find out how much of a dork I really am. ;)

      Your mace should work wonderfully as long as it's a one-hander with a long enough grip. We'll be doing most of our crushing from horseback. Oh, and I see here on your horde application that you said you're not afraid of birds. That's delightful; we'll be working with falcons.

  2. Fun read...and you were IN before it was IN {Guy in a Hoodie}. Love it!

    Great picks on the blogs - several are new to me, off to check them out. Will wait impatiently for them to spill their guts! LOL!

    1. Thanks, Donna! Hope you like them; they're all enjoyable reads!

  3. Congratulations! Dig the scene from Conan. I'm a creature of habit, so I hate having my routine disrupted as well.

  4. Yes! Pumpkin pie, the best thing about the fall months. Congrats on your award.

    1. I seriously think fall is my favorite time of the year, just because that's when the pumpkin pie and egg nog goes out for sale. Love it!

      Thanks for the congrats!

  5. Wow, I'm humbled, thank you. :)) And, I love the photo of Rusty Bears. That sweet face deserves all the treats (Sorry, J.W.)!

    I'll let you know when the post is up. It'll be closer to Wed. this week. Thanks again for your comments on my blog last week. :)

    1. No problem, you deserve it! I look forward to reading your post. :)

  6. Thank you so much for the award, James--and for sharing your name, haha. I'm posting today. Love the tidbits you shared about yourself :)

    1. No problem! Thanks for reading, and for accepting!

  7. Thanks for including me in your award list, but I will not share my pumpkin pie with you. :) (It's my fav dessert too.)

    Loved the Conan clip! Gawd, I haven't seen those movies in ages. I remember Saturday afternoons of Conan, Red Sonja (spelling?), and The Beastmaster. Ah, the good 'ol days.

    Great list, James! ;) Nah, who am I kidding? I'm sticking with J.W.

    PS: I saw your post on going award-free. Me too. My "Kreativ" answers and award-free explanation here:

  8. Thanks for the award JW! In case you want to see mine, here is the link:
    Way to use the Conan clip by the way.


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