Pushing the Sunshine: Sunshine Blogger Award!

Yes, I resorted to using a Lovedrug reference. Congrats to all two of you who got it. Anyways, I was nominated by K at the Movies very recently. K is a blogger I discovered recently and I find his take on reviewing anime, short films, and movies to be quite fascinating. We’ve had good conversations on his blog when I checked out his reviews. He’s also one of the few film reviewers I follow who covers mainstream movies which is a rarity especially if you know about my taste in films. I appreciate how K covers multiple genres and styles.

Here are the rules for the award:

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
    List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Now here are the questions K gave me…

  1. What would be the subject of your TED Talk? Wow, leading a TED Talk would be sweet. If I did a topic, there are two topics I’d want to talk about. One would be talking about the inventors that you never hear about in school or dealing with film plagiarism controversies. Both talks would be quite strong if you know my feelings about originality and those two subjects.
  2. What is your preferred mode of transportation: Plane, Train, or Automobile?I guess automobile because I drive way more than I go on trains or planes. I’m not against the other forms of transportation, but I just rarely get a chance to travel in those vehicles.
  3. What is one of your post that you wished got more love or would recommend people to go check out?That’s a tough question. I’m going to cheat and mention posts from three of my active blogs. I thought these posts didn’t get much attention and I’ll leave it at that.
  4. Ospreyshire: Dave Hawkins reviewing my first EP.
    C. M. B. Bell Fiction: I’ve recently had times where I wondered if my own stories can still be good.
    Iridium Eye Reviews: Namibian Genocide and the Second Reich Review
  5. You get “free tickets” to an event of your choosing, where or what are you going to?I would probably pick the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.
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  7. WordPress is creating a theme park like Disneyland, they want to turn your blog into one of it’s attractions. What would your attraction be like?

    If the Ospreyshire blog became some kind of attraction, I could see it as an art exhibit with loads of avant-garde works in multiple disciplines: film, paintings, sound art, installations, and performance art that involves audience participation. Despite the experimental aesthetics, there will also be activities where people can make things and take them home. They could also be a part of a collaborative process like a mural or gigantic canvas. I guess it’s too artsy of an idea for a theme park. Sorry. Haha! 
  8. A restaurant is basing its signature dish off you! Describe what that dish is?An order of fufu with olive tapenade hummus alongside Snapea crisps on the side.
  9. What is one word you have difficulty spelling?Crazy enough, I’ve had trouble typing the word privilege. There have been times where I get the spelling confused which is weird because I can spell bigger and more complex words with ease or even foreign names or words.
  10. What is your favorite children’s book?I was a huge reader when I was a kid. Nowadays, I write more than I read when it comes to fiction and or film reviews. I liked a lot of Shel Silverstein’s books which may have gotten me into poetry. The Giving Tree was a big one. Besides that, I would read a flag book a ton because I liked and still like geography.
  11. If you could take any school subject at this point in your life for free, what class would you learn?Coding.
  12. Who is the actor (that isn’t already known for portraying this character) would you like to see portray your favorite fictional character?So many tough choices out there. Yugo Beppu from Yugo the Negotiator would be a fascinating character if he were remade. If he were racebent in an American setting (we can rename this version Yannick Benton), I think Nate Parker would work in that context. That would be an interesting form of revenge against the media who slandered him.

11. If you have a pet, would you rather have 100 of them or one really big version of your pet?
I think one big iguana would be fine. It would sort of like having my own dinosaur if you want to think of it that way.
My nominees are as follows:

1. Khaya Ronkainen
2. Kreb
3. Swo8
4. Shelby Courtland
5. Sawa Minori
6. Little Fears
7. Canadian Art Junkie
8. Rodrovich
9. The Alchemist’s Studio
10. Justice4Survivors
11. Raistlin0903

Here are my questions for you.

1. Which three countries would you visit if you had the opportunity to travel for free?

2. If you can turn any of your favorite books into movies, who would you cast as the main characters?

3. What are the things that give you peace and solace in your life?

4. If you could learn any language, what would it be, why, and how would you best use it?

5. If you could meet your ancestors, what would you do when you meet them and what would you tell them?

6. What are your thoughts on experimental art and the avant-garde?

7. What is the most original creative project you’ve experienced? It can be music, a movie, a book, piece of artwork, etc.

8. What are your greatest fears as a creator and/or blogger?

9. Which famous person would you like to hang out with for an entire day and why?

10. What was the biggest thing that made you jaded when it came to media?

11. How do you think humanity can be the most constructive when it comes to helping others?

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I’m really neat? I got the Real Neat Blog Award!

It’s been a delay, but I wanted to get this out there on a day when I wasn’t so busy. I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Dear Kitty. Thank you very much! I really appreciate this!

Here are the rules for this award:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of people linking to their blogs and let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.
    -Come up with 7 questions for the people you nominated.

 

1. Who is your favourite visual artist?

That’s a tough one. I’m kind of cheating on this one, but I would say Yoshitoshi ABe. I know my aniblogger friends know him for being the creator of Haibane Renmei, Serial Experiments Lain, and Texhnolyze. His art and illustrating style always intrigued me with his experimental and avant-garde takes on anime designs.

2. Which is your favourite bird species?

I guess I just have to say an osprey because it’s part of my stage name. Okay, besides that, I would say budgies are cool, too.

3. Which is your favourite mammal species?

Good question. I would say gazelles or kudu would be in that list.

4. What is your favourite insect?

Perhaps the viceroy butterfly. I really had to think about it.

5. What is your favourite plant?

For some reason, sunflowers seem to calm me down. Peach trees would be a close second.

6. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

USA

7. If you would be invited to make a space journey, then to which solar system planet would you like to go?

Saturn would be really cool. Maybe this space crew and I would skate on the rings if that were possible. 😛

Now here are my 7 questions to my nominees.

1. Who is your favorite poet?

2. If you could make a musical movie, which artist or band’s music would you use and what would the plot look like?

3. Which country would you want to visit that you’ve never been to before?

4. Which book would you like to see adapted as a movie or TV show? This can be a novel, novella, novelette, graphic novel, manga, or any form of literature.

5. What is your favorite instrument to hear in music?

6. If you had the power to give an unknown or under-appreciated musician the ability to have one of their songs to be a #1 hit, what musician/singer/band would it be and what song would it be from them to temporally get rid of the typical mainstream Top 40 doldrums?

7. What is the worst case of protagonist centered morality you’ve seen in a movie, story, TV show, etc.? For those not familiar with the term, let me put it to you this way. What is something you’ve seen a heroic character do that was bad and would never get away with it if they were a villain?

My nominees are as follows:

1. Megan from A Geeky Gal
2. Dr. Y
3. A Fiery Spirit
4. KG Bethlehem
5. Irina
6. The Things I’ve Seen
7. Ya Boy Jack
8. Khaya Ronkainen
9. Rodrovich
10. Xena

Blogging Chums Award!

Blogging Chum Award

It’s been a while, but I got nominated for an award! This is the Blogging Chums award and I’d like to thank the nomination from Xena at We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident! She’s an amazing blogger and I’ve had many intelligent conversations with her on that site. Thanks, Xena!

This logo for the award was created at Dressing to Impress and the award itself was created by beams19 at Crave the Unknown.

Here are the rules:

“This may seem like a bit of an odd award but I think it’s so important to tell the people closest to us how much we care about them, and in a world that is so full of hate and division, it’s the little things we do that can help make a big impact – so go tell someone you love them!

This award isn’t compulsory by any means but if you decide to take part, it would mean the world to me. I wonder if there will ever be a day when I’m scrolling through WordPress Reader and I see the Blogging Chum Award floating around on other blogs!” 

The Rules:

  1. Be sure to use the award image!
  2. List the rules & about paragraph!
  3. Thank whoever nominated you!
  4. Write a letter to someone who means a lot to you to spread some positivity around the Internet – anyone will do!

5. Nominate 5-10 more people for the award and go let them know about it in their comments!

Here’s my letter. I’m going to cheat a little bit and mention this letter to my real friends and those who’ve supported my art.

I just want to say thank you for supporting me when I don’t even deserve it. For the longest time, I had to work hard at proving myself (dare I say, prove my humanity) to everyone I met. I thought of myself as worthless for the longest time, and it’s a miracle that anyone would want to see the good in me.

Whenever anyone checked out my Ospreyshire songs/poetry, my video works, my reviews involving obscure movies, my books, or my thoughts on this fallen world we live in, it feels great. I know I haven’t been as active with blogging as much as I was last year, but I hope I’ve made some quality content.

Thank you.

Here are my nominees…

1. Angela Grant
2. Keiko
3. Scottie
4. Scott
5. Moyatori
6. Raistlin
7. Madekesiworld
8. Simoneteffect
9. Irina
10. Sawa Minori

My Reasons Why

My Reasons Why

This was a huge delay, but I need to make this post.

The wonderful Kimchisama created this award tag called My Reasons Why. This was innovative and something that can spread positivity around. I can certainly use some more substantive positivity, to be honest. Thanks, Kimchisama! I was honored when you nominated me and when you specifically mentioned how we had great conversations about different things on her blog.

Here are the rules for My Reasons Why:

1. Mention the person who nominated you

2. List 13 reasons why you keep going/living (This is borrowed from the book but I’m taking it the opposite direction).

3. Nominate 10 or more people to give their reasons why.

4. Use the picture that Kimchisama created as seen in this article.

Here we go!

1. My literary projects: When I got into writing stories 4 years ago, I realized that I had so much untapped creative potential. I finally got to release some of my books.

2. The Ospreyshire Project: This current spoken word/avant-garde music project I’ve been working on for 2 years has been a great creative progression.

3. My family: I’m glad that they support me and have helped me out.

4. My friends I still talk with: I’m glad to have some good friends who still want to reach out. Since I don’t have social media, this is huge and it lets me know who my real pals are.

5. Independent and foreign cinema: I’m glad there’s quality movies outside of Hollywood. That and I get to review them. Hee hee hee…

6. Books: I’m able to read things even if it’s mainly non-fiction.

7. Learning: Despite having a degree, I had to know that learning doesn’t end. That and I want to teach others about what I know.

8. Open-minded people: It’s amazing seeing people who actually care about others.

9. Miso soup: Okay, this is a superficial one, but I can’t say no to that soup especially on the rare occasions where I have Japanese food. Hahaha!

10. Being certified to teach adults: This was very unexpected, but I was able to get certified last December.

11. Geography: I enjoy learning about other countries and cultures.

12: The blogging community: I tackle tons of topics with all of my pages. It’s a miracle there are people actually interested in what I have to say.

13: My newfound assertiveness: I was always an internalizer, but blogging helped me express my feelings with people online and real life more often.

I hereby nominate the following:

The Zone of Nerders
Jenn
Xena
AfroSapiophile
Brandon Knoll
Elleguyence
Joshua Stamper
Madekesiworld
Mechanical Anime Reviews
Joshua Hedlund

A Bright Sunshiny Day! The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Sunshine Blogger Award

I would like to thank Harotian Essentials for the nomination. It was very kind of you for nominating people. This award is for creative, positive, and inspiring. I hope I’ve been those things in all my blogs.

Here are the rules!

     Write a post thanking the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging sites.

      Answer the question asked to you by the person who nominated you.

 Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

 Notify them about the nomination by commenting on their blog.

 List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or in your post

Here are the questions:

1.What is something that you will always refuse to compromise on?

I want to be an independent artist. With this day and age, one doesn’t need a major label or company to get your works out there. I need creative control in my music, videos, and fiction projects.

2. Are you a daytime person or a nighttime person?

Definitely a daytime person. I could barely stay awake if I’m staying up late at night.

3. If you could own any kind of animal, what will it be?

An iguana. I’ve always wanted one as a pet.

4. Do you have any phobias? What are they?

I have a fear of failure.

5. What is your greatest childhood memory?

Probably my 6th birthday party. That was a fun time where my friends and family dressed up in costumes since my birthday is only a few days before Halloween.

6. What is your favorite dish that you like to cook?

I’m the farthest thing from Gordon Ramsey and Gaston Acurio. Hahahaha! The last thing I remember cooking (read: not throwing something in a microwave) would be fried tofu.

7. What was your very first date like?

It was fine and nothing too special. This first date happened at homecoming.

8. To you, what does it mean to have a “good time”?

Being able to create new things and the rare times I get to hang out with friends. The latter is important since we’re all extremely busy people.

9. Living or dead, who would you want to party with?

Ooh, I’m not much of a party person, but I’m sure having some avant-garde/world cultures art party with people such as Yoshitoshi ABe, Dobet Gnahore, and Tanya Tagaq would be fun.

10. Who is the Ying to your yang?

Like someone who’s the opposite of me? Probably some sellout mainstream musician or movie-maker. HAHAHAHAHA! XD

11. What is your favorite quote and/or bible scripture?

There are so many good quotes I could think of. A somewhat recent quote I’ve liked is this…

“The more you give away, the greater your honor.” -Winona LaDuke

Here are my 11 questions for you.

1. What is your favorite kind of art?
2. Which person living or dead would you like to have coffee or tea with?
3. Which 3 countries would you like to visit that you’ve never been to before?
4. Who do you think is the most underrated musician out there?
5. What inspires you creatively?
6. What was your greatest accomplishment so far?
7. Which fictional character would you like to hang out with?
8. What was the kindest thing that someone has said to you?
9. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
10. What is your favorite poem?
11. What is your advice to creative individuals?

I hereby nominate the following…

1. Kimchisama
2. Brittney’s Blog
3. AniMessenger
4. Joshua Hedlund