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So this morning Sessela, a reader and fellow blogger on her site anthropomagic.com, nominated Aethereal Engines for the “Creative Blogger Award”. I am touched and flattered that she would take the time to say that she enjoys reading my stuff and that it inspires her to keep writing and blogging. That was a great way to start my day!

I used my Google-Fu to find out more about the Creative Blogger Award however, and instead of finding a list or previous winners or a homepage for the Creative Blogger Association™, I mostly found other blogs talking about their own Creative Blogger Award nominations. Unfortunately, it seems like there is no actual award and this is a chain-letter-bloggy thing making the rounds.

You have probably seen this type of thing before; you get tagged by someone and it asks you to do something and tag more people asking them to do the same. Personally, although I might enjoy the content and even participate in the request, I don’t go out and “tag” more people to make them feel obligated to participate themselves. You see, I’m a “chainbreaker”…

Superman is a property of D.C. Comics, not me. Duh!

Superman is a property of D.C. Comics, not me. Duh!

…Ok, well, maybe not like that, unless I’m dreaming. What I mean is that if people want to pick-up a challenge or activity that I share on my blog, that’s great and I would love to see it! But I’m not going to get all spammy and try to FORCE people to do it.

My 777 Challenge and Ten Books posts sprang from tag-chain items. I simply removed the tagging part and shared the results of the activities without trying to coerce others to do the same. I broke the chain.

The thing that is really sad about this particular tag-chain is that it pretends to be an accolade when at its heart it isn’t. Then bloggers, with very noble intentions, spread it along to other blogs they admire… and the cycle starts anew. However, I’m going to look at things positively and still enjoy the fact that someone cared for my writing enough to take the effort to nominate me. With that in mind, I’m still going to break the chain, but I’m going to provide you with some entertainment by following the “Creative Blogger Award” rules as best as I can. Those rules are:

1. Display the Creative Blogger Award logo on your blog

Um, no. I’m not going to perpetuate the chain by sharing the graphic. Instead I present this picture of my cat, Wesir! Wesir2. Thank and tag the blog who nominated you

DONE! And thank you again Sessela, you’re a talented writer and I look forward to seeing more of your work!

3. Nominate a minimum of 5 other blogs and let them know

I’m not going to “nominate” anyone, but here are five blogs that I think are cool. You can let them know by checking them out yourself!

My wife makes cool things!
A good friend who blogs in a very authentic voice.
A Chronic storyteller.
An artist’s blog with beautiful artwork.
An RPG blog, with some maps.

4. Write 5 random facts about yourself

I’m going to turn things up to eleven and give you Twenty Five Random Things About Me instead! Read on if you dare…

Twenty Five Random Things About Me

1. I wear a size 12 ½ wide to 13 ½ size shoe depending upon the brand and store.

2. I still own and adore a “Shogun Warrior” Godzilla given to me when I was 4 or 5 by my sister.

G_and_Me3. My wife and I own two rehomed Siamese cats. You’ve already seen Wesir, here is our old boy, Nomti:

Nomti4. I cried my eyes out when my first D&D character was killed, I was in 3rd grade.

5. I once left dishes in the sink… dirty and in water… for over a year, when I was 20. I threw most of them out after. Yes, young bachelors are gross.

6. This is my favorite Subreddit.

7. I was a huge fan of Robotech in the early 90’s but never saw the TV series on the air.

8. I have been told that I look like a pro wrestler, Bigfoot and Kool Aid Man.

9. I love Studio Ghibli movies.

10. I Hunted down and paid $80 in 1994 to get a VHS copy of “Rock & Rule”, a movie I had wanted to see since 1983 when I was 9 years old. I still have it.

mok1011. I watched the movie Akira (Streamline version) 89 times between 1991 and 2001. I also own the soundtrack by the Geinoh Yamashirogumi. I had seen the movie Gremlins 32 times before 1989…

12. For about a 9 month period through the fall of 1994 until the spring of 1995, I had very vivid and emotional experiences that I believe were past life memories. I have not experienced anything so unrestrained and intense since.

13. In 1990-91, I had a crush on the Japanese exchange student in my high school, but was too shy to ever ask her out on a date.

14. My wife and I watched all three Lord of the Rings movies, the extended additions, back-to-back (that’s 11 hours and 6 minutes total) on Christmas day, 2007.

15. I did not drive or get a driver’s license until October 2001 when I was 27 years old.

16. I once worked with a man named Edward Knipping at a supermarket store when I was a 3rd shift stockman in the late 90’s. He kept wanting me to invest in his home business “Time Traders” which I thought was a bad idea as the info packet had a pyramid on the cover… Well, that and he told me he “used to be a millionaire” which made me think his investment advice was NOT his strong suit.

In 2002 he was convicted in the largest case of pyramid fraud in Maine history, having squandered 5 million dollars. True story, the BBC will back me up.

17. I was a paid videographer and filmed weddings for extra income throughout the 90’s. I got out of the gig when client’s attitudes began to make the job not worth the extra cash.

18. I love to visit Monhegan Island and in particular like to make a trip there on the Summer Solstice and then go to the highest point on the island.

19. I started to play Magic: The Gathering in 1994 and still play today.

20. I love Halloween and carving jack-o’-lanterns… Even if it snows overnight:

Pumpkins21. My 7th grade science teacher, having watched me ad-lib my way to an answer that was in no way correct but sounded as if it was… Made me stand before the class and proclaimed to all assembled that I had “The Gift of Gab” and would one day be pulled over by a state trooper and talk my way out of a ticket. In 2003, his prophecy came true.

22. I really enjoyed the documentary “Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns” even though I’m not a baseball or even a sports fan in general.

23. I want to write an awesome story about giant, Japanese style monsters saving mankind from killer robots.

24. I keep a crowbar handy in my house in case of zombie attack. I have also given a lecture and demonstration on how to survive a zombie attack and received an “A” grade for the presentation.

25. My favorite web comic is Namesake.

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