Freelance Editor, Writer and Poet for Hire

That’s right guys!

Looks like it is time for some shameless self promotion.

On my other blog I have recently uploaded my online resume, which includes my educational and professional history. This can be found at the link towards the end of this post.

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For the past couple of years I have on occasion participated in part time freelance work, and thought it a good idea to advertise on my blog.

I have been educated in and professionally involved with proofing, copy-editing and structural-editing, and I am further known for being a notorious grammar Nazi. Moreover, I am an online journalist, and have written articles for the Australian Business Information Service and Ausgamers, and I have additionally had poetry published both online, and in textual anthologies.

If you ever wish to have a potentially alright editor, writer or poet consult with you or your company, do not hesitate to contact me at the following link:

http://totalovrdose.wordpress.com/online-resume/

If interested, upon visiting the site, please follow the prompts!

I am perfectly amenable to negotiating a fee, and have on occasion worked Pro Bono, however I do appreciate economical compensation.

Thank you for reading!

New Opportunities Available with Good Morning Bedtime Story

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen. I hope your New Years Celebrations were great. Sorry that I have been incognito for the past few weeks. On that note, I thought I would kick the New Year off by discussing opportunities with an online company I am associated with.

Good Morning Bedtime Story, an international online organization dedicated to building an awareness of mental health through writing, poetry, art and music has a number of new prospects that are coming alive in 2014.

The first is the announcement of a forum, where people will be able to discuss issues they are having whilst dealing with their mental illness, talk about their survival stories and offer advice to others who are suffering. We hope it will become an area of the internet where those suffering depression, bipolar, schizophrenia or any other form of mental illness will be able to congregate and safely discuss their lives, challenges and feelings.

Additionally on the forum, emerging artists will be able to showcase aspects of their artistic creations and acquire feedback in order to help become published. This will assist artists with becoming creative contributors in Good Morning Bedtime Story (GMBS) anthologies.

To help manage the forum, GMBS will require moderators to look at the conversations taking place to ensure that none begin to show racism, hatred, derogatory comments or excessive violence.

Moreover, GMBS still has a number of openings available for volunteers. Jobs will include updating social media pages; posting calls for submissions to anthologies; marketing any new ventures the organization is undertaking, and creating ideas to advantageously benefit the organizational cause.

GMBS is always open for online submissions, which will be posted on the website. Volunteers too are able to contribute with submissions, and those who volunteer their services have the opportunity to receive a recommendation for their resume.

If anyone is interested in becoming involved with GMBS, you can e-mail them at: gmbssubmissions@gmail.com

In the e-mail, explain why mental health matters to you, what ideas you have to help further promote the organization, and also outline whether you are interested in working as a forum moderator. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

If you ever want to submit work to GMBS, you may submit poetry, writing (both fictional and memoir), music and images relating to mental health to: gmbssubmissions@gmail.com

You are able to post under a pseudonym if you wish, and all published work remains copyright of the original creators. Be sure to include the word ‘submission’ in the title of the e-mail.

Thank you for reading and I hope you consider submitting work and contributing to the organization.

Have a great day. I wish all of you health and happiness in 2014. Cheers!

Absolutely Lovely

Recently, the awesome gaming guru CheeeseToastie (http://cheeesetoastieandvideogames.com/) nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award, which I am very thankful for.  😀

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As with all awards there are rules, and this, as always, is no exception. After thanking the nominator, the blogger writes seven facts about themselves, nominates seven other bloggers and notifies them of the nomination. Doesn’t sound too difficult, does it? (said with very little confidence as sweat pours across my facial features whilst my body shakes in terror)

Okay, so seven things about me…

One: I am at a loss – seriously, I have no idea what to write about right now!

Two: My favorite gaming console is the XBOX, and I will always be more devoted to the Microsoft products than I will be to those developed by Sony.

Three: I am a poem loving junkie. I especially have a thing for poets who used old English, including the likes of William Shakespeare, John Donne and Andrew Marvell.

Four: I am currently undertaking a Master of Creative Writing and Editing at Melbourne University. I must have been really lucky to get into this institution, that’s all I can say! There are signs up around the campus on the walls and on the floors illustrating how Melbourne University is the no. 1 university in all of Australia – kind of pretentious actually.

Five: I love coffee. You get in the way of me and my coffee, well, just don’t, then you won’t ever have to suffer my wrath!

Six: I can’t dance. Well, actually I can, but I personally wouldn’t call it dancing – I’d call it watching the world end.

Seven: What do you call a cow behind the wheel of a tractor: A cowtastrophe waiting to happen – now you know something else about me – I’ve a terrible sense of humor.

And my seven nominees are:

AnnJohnsonMurphree – http://annjohnsonmurphreeauthor.wordpress.com/

Jack Flacco – http://jackflacco.com/

Kellydoscope – http://kelleydoscope.com/

PM – http://prinsesamusang.wordpress.com/

Reviews and Rants – http://mandarox.wordpress.com/

Stuff I tell my Little Sister – http://stuffitellmysister.me/

The Duck of Indeed – http://duckofindeed.wordpress.com/

Again, thank you to CheeeseToastie for the nomination!

Have a great day guys!  😀

Getting slapped in the face by the many pages of thy many books

Recently, the beautiful PM wrote an interesting post on a meme concerning books, and after inviting me to partake in a post of my own, well, who am I to say ‘no’? PM’s interesting little nugget can be found here peeps…http://prinsesamusang.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/walking-through-the-cemetery-of-my-not-so-forgotten-books/

So, without further ado, time to answer some questions it would seem…

Author you’ve read the most books from: Andrew Daddo, JK Rowling, John Whitman, John Saul, William Shakespeare (although technically these were plays and poetry collections rather than actual books)

Best Sequel Ever: I’ll probably steal PM’s answer and say one of the Harry Potter texts – The Goblet of Fire no doubt.

Currently Reading: Floundering, Romy Ash

Drink of choice while reading – I normally don’t drink from fear of spilling it, but if I had to say, either coffee, water or wine

E-reader or physical book: I’m an old dinosaur (not really) and will always go with the physical version. I have tried e-readers and I have never truly adapted to them. I like to feel an actual text – the moving of the pages as I turn them over – being able to close the text and open it again, as though I am temporarily locking the characters up to reveal them again and give them life at a later date.

Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school – Difficult to say, but I will note this, when I was younger and was reading Animorphs, I had a thing for Cassie. Since high school, my taste in women has not changed much, and although I can think of many intelligent women from books, I also have a thing for women with tattoos and piercings, and none of them spring to mind when remembering any books…

Glad you gave this book a chance – the Book of Lies by James Moloney. My mother bought this for me in high school because when I was  a lot younger I used to tell lots of lies and she said she saw this book and immediately thought of me. Glad she did, because this was a really interesting fantasy adventure!

Hidden gem book:  Perhaps Andrew Daddo’s Dacked – his short story collections were so relatable when I was a teenager from the voice of the character to the life experiences, and although they were meant to be funny, I never really laughed that much, but I was certainly entertained, and it was because of this man’s short stories that I began to write a few of my own.

Important Moment in your reading life – perhaps the above mentioned book, because, like I said, this assisted me in taking my own writing endeavors more seriously.

Just finished – Foster, Claire Keegan

Kind of books you won’t read – I once began 50 Shades of Grey for an assignment at university. I was at least 15 pages into it before I slammed my face into my desk in an attempt to end my horrific torment. Since then, I can officially say, that erotic romance is not my thing, and neither is romance in general – unless its poetry – I just darn well love me some romantuic poetry.

Longest book you read – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix certainly felt that way the first time I read it. Then when I went back to it later I thought ‘eh, you ain’t that big!’

Major book hangover because of:  perhaps Terrible Times by Eddie Dickens. This was in I do believe 2003 mind you, but when I started reading this, I simply could not stop!

Number of bookcases you own – 2, both the same height as I, and I am one tall drink of water!

Book you have read multiple times – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone, sometimes called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, depending on what country you live in.

Preferred place to read – my couch and my floor – I like being all spread out, funnily enough I have never truly become accustomed to reading in bed though…

Quote that inspires you – Yeah, don’t have one, sorry guys! No, scratch that, I do! ‘so long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee.’ William Shakespeare wrote this in his fifteenth sonnet ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day’ which emphasises immortalising a beautiful young woman forever in the art of writing, and to this day I have kept this in mind – when writing about someone I love, my goal is to immortalise them inside a textual piece for all of time so other people may love her too!

Reading Regret – can’t remember the title, it was an Australian book about a football player who was hired by a PR company for an ad that went terribly wrong and his career ended up on the line. It was supposed to be hilarious, and although there were a couple of laughs at the start, most of the book left me shaking my head in disbelief – me and football never did become very well acquainted anyway. Technically that’s not entirely true – during a game at primary school, the soccer ball was kicked by the goal keeper and landed right on top of my head. Not funny!
Additionally, and no offence to the man’s memory, but John Forbes and his Collected Poems – eh, sheesh! Not going to read you again my friend!

Series you started and need to finish – don’t have one yet…

Three of your all time favourite books – Dacked by Andrew Daddo, probably a Harry Potter book and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. I have never been too good at valuing which is my all time favorite books because I often find them to be equal if I enjoyed them.

Unapologetic Fanboy of:  William Shakespeare, John Donne, Andrew Marvell, Tara Mokhtari

Very excited for the release more of – I have been thinking of George R.R Martin and his fantasy series since I am a major fan of the TV show Game of Thrones, and if I start his book collection, I will have to see it through…

Worst book habit – if someone borrows my books and they do anything, I mean anything to them – break the spine, curl a corner of the page, spill something on it – then that person had better run, else my wrath will reign down upon them – basically, my worst book habit is that I am a book Nazi – do not hurt my books or I will hurt you!

X marks the spot (start from the top left of a bookshelf and go along to the 27th book what is it?) Looks like our winner is Muddle Earth from Paul Stewart and Chris Riddle

Latest Book Purchase – it was, funnily enough, a reader for one of my university subjects called Text Time and Space – truly a riveting read (by the way I am being sarcastic)

ZZZ -snatcher book (last book that kept you up all hours of the night) Hasn’t happened in a while, but it might have been Stephen King’s Misery, but this was a few years ago. I try to do my reading during the day as to not be consumed by it come nightfall. I have some kind of insomnia (don’t ask me which, I ain’t no doctor) and if my mind is too active when I go to bed, that sure ain’t going to help matters either.

Well, thank you to PM for telling me about this meme. Quite a fun exercise ma’am!

Derek Childs parades through the streets, searching for a darn good book

15bzx2Title: Puppet Parade
Author: Zeinab Alayann
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http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/)
Genre: Fantasy,
Young Adult/Tween Fiction

Overall Rating (out of 5): 4

Summary: An entertaining magical
adventure that is both satisfyingly
unique and character driven with
moments of emotional greatness,
intellect and excitement.

Perhaps I’m being presumptuous, but every child believes they can make a wish and have it come to fruition. The sad truth is that such can never be. Author Zeinab Alayan however intelligently uses this as the initial force to cause her text to vibrantly come to life.

Sophie, a young woman who has been locked up inside her own room since she was very young (think Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French), wishes upon a falling star to be released. All her life, Sophie has been told that a sickness which engulfed her body turned her hideously ugly and over the course of the text she is often found wearing a mask to shield the world from looking upon her supposedly wretched face. Ms. Alayan does such an efficacious job at articulating this particular part of Sophie’s character that the readership is unable to imagine Sophie has anything but an internally beautiful young woman. At worse, Sophie does seem to represent characteristics that could make her appear like a prima donna, but she is so genuinely sweet, intelligent, thoughtful, kind and courageous that you cannot help but greatly enjoy her character for the amazing young woman that she is.

Adjunctively, Sophie’s want to not let anyone see her face seems reminiscent of the character Tali Zurah from the Mass Effect Franchise. Tali was a Quarian, a member of a race who were forced to wear suits and masks due to the lacking properties of their immune systems, without which would cause inevitable and almost instant death. Tali was a highly intelligent, resourceful and well trained operative who was also unbelievably sweet, kind and very charming and Sophie’s attitude, not to mention her mask, seem reflective of this completely.

On another note, at the beginning, it is difficult to discern Sophie’s age. For this particular reader, I only realised how old she was not long after she formed a friendship with Oliver, the other protagonist in the story. At this point, before Sophie’s age was unveiled to me, to say that the relationship between Oliver, who had been described as a young man in his early twenties and Sophie, who I believed was younger than she was eventually revealed to be, seemed a little odd.

At the same time, Oliver, a puppet master who creates his own wooden creations wishes for his inanimate objects to be bestowed with life upon noticing the same falling star that Sophie wishes on. One thing I would note however is that Oliver’s voice does not always seem entirely masculine. His character has a very gentle demeanour, along with a formalised attitude that does not always seem to fit the stereotypical male.

Both Sophie and Oliver’s dreams shortly after come true, which inevitably cause them to stumble upon one another that same night after Oliver’s puppets, now very much alive, decide to flee to experience the great wide world. Oliver’s quest to reacquire his escaped puppets is the driving force of the story, with Sophie quickly deciding to join in on the adventure.

The banter between the characters is incredibly entertaining, with Sophie and Oliver’s friendship being reminiscent of ‘will they or won’t they commit to a romanticised relationship’, which is reflective of Bo and Lauren in Lost Girl and Richard Castle and Kate Becket in the self-titled Castle. On top of this, the author additionally articulates feelings the likes of jealousy and attraction which the lead characters do not properly understand as they feel them, yet the readership does. This technique is especially well orchestrated and allows the reader to know things even when the characters do not, emboldening the reader with a great deal of information. This is further exacerbated with the use of the puppets, who, although are wooden creations mind you, provide the text with more humanity, each one embodying a certain character trait, whether that be politeness, religious values, crude humour, violence, et al. Additional emotions the puppets display, from hugging their master, to feeling legitimate fear, loathing, anger or happiness is additionally well executed.

The lead characters, Sophie and Oliver, and the relationship they share, has been very well articulated. Over the course of their adventure, their friendship grows stronger and stronger as they reveal more to one another. Much like in a conversation when a person gasps and giggles in all the right places, the same is done here, Ms. Alayan beautifully conceiving the conversations and revealing hidden truths at all the right moments.

At the same time however, the characters themselves are flawed in their behaviour, which does not seem real at all. On many occasions the characters become shocked by supposedly obscene crude humour and sexual references, which I did not find at all offensive; in fact, they were unbelievably tame and the idea that one could possibly take offense at such sentences is utter folly. This is quite possibly where the text is perhaps at its weakest.

The author appears to have some very loyal views and values and appears unable to be rude or blatantly sexual in her textual nature, instead being considerably polite, sweet and well mannered. This is very admirable; however, in a text where some of the characters are indeed supposed to be sexually rude, this is not furthered with the use of their vocabulary, which maintains a strict PG tone. In a time when texts are more often than not paved with four letter words and often sexual expletives, the fact this one does not require such profanity is indeed a welcome relief, however, at the same time, it is unfortunate that a reader such as myself has become quite accustomed to the indecent swearing found within literature today.

On that note, although the decency of the text works really well, at times I could not properly assimilate into such a world because I had been corrupted by prior texts where that particular author was, on occasion, unable to write a single paragraph without coating every line with vulgarities. Now, I may sometimes argue that a number of these words in texts are unnecessary. Growing up in a country the likes of Australia, where on average, at age three you already know every foul word in the English vernacular and from that moment onwards frequently use such expletives in everyday speech, I have unfortunately become accustomed to having my pieces paved with profanity.

Perhaps in the author’s part of the world swear words do not play such a mandatory role in conversational ideologies and if that be the case, then that is quite honourable and respectful. At the same time, the reason why this text may be self published and not published by a major publishing house is because many an audience outside of the author’s home country may not have been able to thoroughly enjoy the text as much as they should due to its overall genuinely nice nature. If that’s the case, then such is a rather sad conclusion for a text deserving of attention.

The puppet characters too are just as effective in their lines, but at the same time just as courteous. Harold the Hare and Boris the Brutal Bear for instance don’t quite sound the way one might typically believe. I imagined both of their characters having these thick, almost unintelligible accents and yet after conceding this view, the characters began to show other traits; like grinning and smiling, which seemed ill-apparent in the original postulation of such characters.

Adjunctively, on occasion the narrative becomes rather stereotypical of other texts generated today. There often seems to be this implied stigma in texts where women require men to protect them, which seems rather misogynistic as it degrades the female characters and prevents them from becoming the individuals they ultimately should. A number of times the character Oliver unnecessarily reasserts his masculinity by saying how he will protect Sophie’s character, when in fact it is revealed on many an occasion that she can take care of herself. This is reminiscent of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, where the character Katniss is shown to be an incredibly strong willed and capable young woman. Peeta however is seen to hold her back with his borderline chauvinistic attitude when he later emphasises his need to protect her, or, as it so often seems, dominate her. Heroes very rarely need another individual to rescue them, so why is it in texts that often a heroine needs a man to come to her rescue? Women are just as capable as being heroic as men and ought to be able to express their powers of strength and intellect without being overshadowed by dominating men, and at times I thought it would be great for Sophie to venture out from the protective shell that Oliver unnecessarily casts upon her.

Moreover, there are a number of incredibly powerful moments in the text that Ms. Alayan wondrously orchestrates. The few action scenes are well paced and keep your interest from beginning to end, preventing you from stopping even for a fraction of a second. The violence that takes place during these particular scenes is often incredibly blood thirsty and, if anything over-exaggerated to the extent that younger readers should probably be barred from experiencing such content until a more suitable adolescent age. This seems almost ironically contradictory. It feels at times as though the author can barely bring herself to write the word ‘crap’ in her text, but Ms. Alayan has no problem with articulating blood thirsty scenes with rampant violent fighting. This is adjunctively heightened, for instance, in a region dedicated solely to violence, when she meticulously articulates the weaponry used in one particularly gruesome scene, adjunctively using accurate terminology to describe what takes place, all of which is very effectively promulgated.

Moving on, the story begins in the town of Silver Lakeshore, a fictitious community which could be internationally unanimous across a wide number of countries for it is universally symbolic of the stereotypical residential environment. This is a great tactic by the author for anyone in the world can read the text and immediately feel at one with the original textual location before the adventure begins. The story sees the two central characters move from one fantastical realm to another, each land comprised of a central community, dedicated either to religion, scholarly intellect, magic, violence, et al, each one coming equipped with their own unique laws and regulations. These particular lands seem reminiscent of the worlds in Enid Blyton’s the Far Away Tree franchise, each filled with suspense and magical mystery.

Of course, all of this is shrouded by a menacing force located in a desolate region of the fantastical lands. To avoid giving away any plot twists, this reviewer will simply state that the antagonistic force is represented as having powers of persuasive indoctrination, reminiscent of ‘Invasion of the Body Snatches.’ The author does such a great job at developing this evil realm over the course of the storyline with a significant build up of suspense, that Ms. Alayan becomes a victim of her own success, because from this moment on I was hooked, wanting to know more and more about this evil dimension, the information about such a land often being relatively slow coming from its original unveiling.

The ending of the text is something that the reader will in all likelihood not see coming, with a number of very convincing twists that continuously keep one’s attention. At the same time though, there was at least one answer I was longing to acquire that did not seem to be adequately provided.

However, even with this said, by the end of the text I was very satisfied to have had the opportunity to read this unique fantasy novel and to share in the many adventures with the characters. Clearly Ms. Alayan is an author worth looking out for in the future.

Follow the yellow brick road? What on Earth are you talking about?

Hey peeps!

It’s really late, so I if seem somewhat deranged (I usually do anyway) just blame it on the fact that my body is crying out for some z’s.

See this guy?

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Well, that’s me on a better day. Now, I am not only showing this picture so all you single ladies out there can try and contact this singularly handsome bachelor (BARF!).

I am also showing this image to prove that I am (somewhat) human, as are my motives in running this little blog of mine. Now, I believe in the general notion that if you follow someone’s page, then they may very well follow you back. Some people may however wonder why my blog is contradicting the words I am expressing in this post.

In my ‘about’ section I discuss how I have two blogs; this one, and my Totalovrdose account, whose link can be found in the ‘About’ section. My end point? I hope I don’t come off sounding like a right ass, but I don’t follow a person, when I happen to be already following them on my other blog. I do not see the point in being notified twice about a new person’s post on both pages when one will equally suffice, no matter how awesome they are or how amazing their post might be. So, if Naughty Nefarious ain’t following your blog, Totalovrdose might very well be, and if Naughty Nefarious does not ‘like’ your posts then perhaps Totalovrdose will. It will ultimately depend on which profile I am using when I happen to ‘like’ a post one has promulgated or ‘follow’ a new blog that I discover during my journeys online.

I just don’t want to come off like an arsehole. You ladies and gentleman who have graced me with your ‘follows’, ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ come up with some truly amazing pieces and I would just like to make clear that I probably am following you to some extent, whether or not you have come to realise it. In the past on different social media sites, I have been accused of not following a person’s account when they were following my own, which ultimately caused them to quit following mine. If however I am not following you, and what I have stipulated here ain’t at all accurate, then please, by all means, you may label me an ‘arsehole’, but not before.

Additionally, I may not be following you on either account cuz I am yet to discover you…I’m a lot like the Melbourne train service – very slow, but I’ll get there eventually.

Now, if you excuse me, it’s late and I need rest.

Naughty Nefarious, signing off

I hope I am not graded on these 11 questions…

 

I was recently tagged by the beautiful blogger PM (http://prinsesamusang.wordpress.com/) to answer some questions of hers, and so, without further ado, here are my responses!

1. You have to give up one part of your body: brain or heart? Pick in the context of the debate mind vs. heart or right vs. kind in making decisions.

WHAT? What kind of question is this? You don’t ask a soporific romantic a question the likes of this one! No! No! I would love to say ‘I refuse to answer on the grounds that this is unjustly wrong!’; I would love to, but I know how you want your answer PM!

Okay, let’s think about this for a second; by giving up the heart, hypothetically, you are suggesting that I will not be allowed to love, ever again; I will not be able to experience love; feel love or respond to such an emotion if anyone was (un)lucky enough to fall in love with me. However, on the plus side, I’d be incredibly intelligent as I would be empowered with the mind. Decisions would come unbelievably easily to me as no longer would I be concerned with the emotional ramifications of any potential choice. I would therefore be an intellectual, albeit, emotionless zealot.

On the other hand, if I give up the brain, I’d be rendered an insufferable idiot, incapable of articulating even the simplest of decisions. However, I would be empowered with the power of love and would be able to successfully feel such an emotion without the bounds of intellect. I could fall in love extremely easily – which would be as much of a curse as it would be a potential gift. The brain after all helps one make decisions in regards to romantic endeavours and indeed on occasion assists the individual in not making a total fool of themselves.

Okay, moment of truth; what’ll it be? Brian, heart? Brain, heart? Brain, heart? Brain, heart? Brain, heart? Brain, heart? Brian, heart? Brain, heart? Brain, heart? Brain, heart?

Okay, here’s a twist – I’ll go with the brain. Goodbye heart!

I’ll be an emotionless zealot, yes, but I will never again feel the agonising pain of heartbreak. On occasion, romance is overrated. Relationships fail; lovers leave; the brain is always there, and therefore is the one muscle that can always be relied upon (unless you’re attempting to complete an exam – then it apparently shuts down).

So, there you have it PM, your answer to question no. 1! I did not enjoy answering that particular question, so, just for that reason, and although this may seem immature and vulgar, please imagine me sticking my tongue out at you right now. (For the record, my tongue is long and forked).

2. Fictional characters are great! Would you rather be the hero or the villain in the greatest story ever told?

The villain, absolutely, hands down! If the option was available though, I would choose the anti-hero over the villain.

Heroes often fail and are forgotten to time; villains are forever.

3. Smart and ugly or gorgeous and dumb?

Some people already think I’m smart and ugly, so I’ll just go with that option. Besides, I would never wish to sacrifice intellect for something as cheesy as some moderately good looks. Besides, good looks are overrated. True, a good lookin’ person is easy on the eyes and never will one become bored of looking at them, but without the intelligence or personality to back up the physically perfect form, where is the reason to stay together?

4. Yes or No: becoming a parent and having kids.

I don’t know if I am mature enough to answer this question for you PM. I’m only 23 after all, and although some people do have children when they are in their teens, I have not thought much on the subject of children. As a woman PM, I believe you would have thought more about children than I, as women are after all the members of the human species who give birth to the future populations.
For the moment I will say no. I do not have time for children or a family. However, as I mature, acquire additional economic sustenance and become older, I may very well change my answer. Watch this space PM; watch this space.

5. Yes or No: divorce.

Apologies PM; I do not understand the question. Are you asking ‘do I believe divorce to be an acceptable aspect of society?’ or are you asking ‘would you consider divorce if you were in an unhealthy marriage?’ Just in case, I will answer both of these questions.

Yes, I believe that if two people are in an unhealthy marriage, they should split. Besides, divorce is so common these days that I personally believe many people have simply become indoctrinated into believing divorce to be socially acceptable, even though there was a time when nobody (in the western world that is) would consider what was thought to be a heinous occurrence.

Yes, I would divorce someone that I was unhappily married to. There is a stigma to this response though; unlike most people I have happened to bump into over the last few years, I don’t believe in one night stands; I believe in relationships.
In my opinion, if you choose to be with someone; if you fall madly in love with them; then you cannot have eyes for anyone else. When I fall in love with someone, this has always been the case with me – I have not had eyes for any other woman whilst there was a certain young lady in my life. Basically, if I was to marry someone, my intention would be to stay married to them until I officially ended up on my back, with my arms and legs in the air. So, unless the woman I married turned out to be a wraith or something – I can’t imagine why I would consider divorcing them.

6. You are about to do the one best thing that you have always wanted to do ever. What stops you from taking the plunge: your personal fear of failing or your fear of judgment from others?

PM, this question is irrelevant. If I was about to accomplish the one best thing that I had always wanted to do, there is not one thing in the universe that could stop me from succeeding.

Okay, hypothetically; just say my goal was to…fly to the Philippines, find out where you lived and say, to your face ‘PM, I did not like some of your questions.’ Then, upon completion of said goal, fly back home to Australia. I know, sounds kind of dumb, but, bear with me. My point, is that if this was my major goal, there is nothing that could stop me from accomplishing it.

However, if I was to do something a little less important than ‘the best thing that you have always wanted to do ever’, my personal fear of failing would be why I would not accomplish that particular task.

7. For one day, you get to spend the day with this famous person. Will you pick your favourite athlete, your favourite musician, your favourite author or your favourite actor?

Favourite actress actually darling, favourite actress. Never know; she might fall madly in love with me and later still we may end up married. Ah, a man can dream can he not; can a man not dream?

8. Yes or No: watching cartoons until your ridiculous old age now. (Admit it )

I can say, with absolute certainty – no. Not 24/7 at least, but in moderation, why the hell not, eh?

9. The unfortunate has struck: your lover is dying. You are faced with this option: donate your vital organ to save him or her and die yourself while he or she lives without you or let your lover die without doing anything?

PM, if the woman I loved most was dying, there is not a single thing I would not sacrifice to get her back, even if that means forfeiting my own life.

However, I find the notion that my lover will, in perhaps three years time be married to another man with children to be a little disconcerting. This may not be the scenario that you concocted in your question, but it is indeed the scenario that will come to fruition.

Now, I realise I have been quite serious throughout this particular question thus far, however, I am now going to be contradictory and become a little obscene and vulgar; your vital organ may be your heart PM, but mine is not. I will give you three guesses as to what mine is, but you will only need one. If my lover was dying, why would she need my particular vital organ, when women do not have that particular appendage?

10. Yes or No: death penalty.

Do I believe in the death penalty? Do I believe it is an adequate punishment? Yes; yes I do. In Australia, the death penalty was cancelled in I do believe 1967? (Don’t quote me on this). The crime of the last man executed in Australia (he was hung) was as follows; he orchestrated a prison break out, and during this, a guard was shot and killed. Now, according to many sources, the executed man was not the man who shot the guard; however, because he instigated the break out, he was blamed because if he had not broken out with some other prisoners, then the guard would never have been killed. It was theorised that some believed at the time the execution was unnecessary, and so it was disbanded because such a punishment was rarely used, even then.

However, in Australia today it seems very much as though crime is unchecked. I mean, just looking at the paper today I can list several heinous crimes right off the first couple pages;
-a teenage girl, gang raped after leaving party
-man shot dead in CBD
-armoured truck attacked by gunman
-stabbing death in suburbs
-pregnant woman killed in hit and run
-young man assaulted in bar fight

My point is this; many people who deserved to live are killed; many people who deserve to live a good life are forced to endure a horrific one; and many people who deserve to die live to cause more death and destruction. The punishment fits the crime in my book, and if there was a referendum tomorrow in regards to the death penalty, I would vote for it to be reinstated; if not for the reason that some deserve to die, then for the reason to keep our streets safer.

11. At a huge crossroad in your life, a decision has to be made which will alter the course of your freaking life. What do you do? Do you take the ridiculous way or the safe way to go about it?

‘Your freaking life’? Quite a phrase PM, quite a phrase indeed.

Can you define ridiculous? What, do I rip off my clothes and run up and down the street screaming insanities before finding myself with a one way ticket to the local funny farm?

Seriously PM, I will probably take the safe approach. If this decision is going to affect the course of my existence, then I would rather not jeopardise my future by doing anything, as you said, ridiculous.

 

Well, there you have it PM! I do not know if these were what you were after, but they are my questions just the same.

Thanks for the questions PM, although I cannot wait to get you back with some questions of my own! HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!

Acquiring yet another blogger award, Derek learns his ABC’s whilst listening to ‘Poison Arrow’ and ‘Look of Love’

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That’s right folks, another award was just sent my way! This is the first time I have been nominated for the ABC award, and much thanks and appreciation goes out to Elaine of ‘Our Consciousness’ (http://ourconsciousness.wordpress.com/) for this nomination.

I always enjoy award nominations and memes; maybe not so much this time, as the ABC award appears to be as much of a curse as it is a gift. As with all awards on WordPress, there are rules, and the ABC award is no exception, having only one attachment; presume everyone knows their alphabet? Well, long story short, for every letter of the alphabet, one needs to write down a word which relates back to them and their life, and give a brief reason as to why.

So, why is this a curse I hear you ask? Well, after you stare blankly at your screen for a few hours, attempting to wonder what words you could possibly use, I think you will begin to slowly understand.

Anyway, on with the award! Here are my responses!

Autumn: the month I like the most. Not too hot, but at the same time not too cold. I used to say ‘Spring’, but last year my hay fever became so bad that one day when I happened to sneeze, my head fell off and started to roll down a really steep hill. Took me weeks to hunt the little bastard down before placing it safely back atop of my neck.
Aayla Secura: the woman of my dreams. Unfortunately she died a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Bioware: the designers of my favorite video game Mass Effect, which spawned two amazing sequels. These campaigns were absolutely fantastic!

Castle: my favorite television show on TV at the moment.

Danger: My middle name. Not really.
Daughtry: One of my favorite bands formed in the past ten years.

Early: I always enjoy being, as the word suggests, early! I have never, not once in my life being late for any job, appointment or class.

F***: my single most beloved profanity of all time. I am not going to write it down because I am attempting to keep this post ‘PG’. For anyone under the age of 12 who happens to read this post, the word in question is ‘Fudge’. Honest!
FCUK: This is in no relation to the above word. I know, I have two ‘F’ words, and that may be considered against the rules. Also, I can spell my favorite profanity – this is French Connection UK; they make some of my favorite eau de toilette’s.

Geography: The one thing I will never properly master. If you are ever lost, here’s some advice for you – never consult me for directions! I once became lost in my own home whilst making my way from my front door to my bedroom.

Halo: the video game series which contains my favorite multiplayer modes and maps of any other franchise.

Icehouse: Quite possibly my favorite Australian band. Crazy, electric blue, great southern land, Jimmy Dean, man of colours, amongst many others are some of their top songs, found on their eighties albums Primitive Man and Man of Colours.

Jason: my middle name. This time I am not fooling around either. ‘Derek Jason Childs’ I hear you say. Not quite. If you survive to read more of this post, you may find there is something else happening with my name.

Keeping Fit (and staying in shape): I often work out and frequently do exercise. I am so incredibly muscular (not really) and in pretty good shape (perhaps). I am in such good shape, I once lifted a car right over my head. If you look really closely at the photographic evidence, you might just spot the word ‘Hot Wheels’ beneath the vehicle.

‘Losing my mind’: the title of one of Daughtry’s singles on their 2011 album ‘Break the Spell.’ Of all the songs on this album, this is one of the few that I was able to relate the most towards.

Masters: this year I am beginning my Masters course at university. Does not necessarily mean I will grow up to become the master. After watching those Doctor Who episodes with Jon Pertwee in which the Master was always thwarted, I don’t exactly know if I’d ever want to be one.

Nicholas: my official first name. ‘Derek’ is a pseudonym that I use for online purposes; a bit like Clark Kent and Superman, except I wear my underpants beneath my pants, not the other way around.

One: the last time I saw this number, it was the result on my IQ test. (Only kidding) Or am I?
Oakey Doakey:
an expression I use a little too often. It just pops out whenever I am acknowledging something. Quite annoying actually.
October: yes, another ‘O’! This is my birthday month, so it is a must for this list. If you do not like it, please, take it up with the administrator. Actually don’t, pretty please!

Petit Miams: When I was younger (between 2 and 5) I used to eat these small yoghurt canisters all the time. Might be why I have bones of steel.
Promulgate: yes, another ‘P’ word. Promulgate is one of my favorite words. I often insert it into pieces whenever I can. Yes, I know, I have broken the rules, again! However, I don’t go by the username ‘Naughty Nefarious’ because I am nice and sweet – I do so because I’m a regular bad boy, and so, I do very bad things; I swear (a lot), I never clean my room, and I refuse to eat my broccoli.

Quiz: the scariest word in the English language. I hate quizzes and I absolutely loath tests.

Reading: something I used to do quite regularly, but not so much anymore, which is ironic because I’m an editor. However, since I’m resuming study at university in just a few hours, it will be my mandate once more to read, whether I want to or not.

Sleep: the one thing I never seem to get enough of. Managed to grab about three hours of it last night – new all time high score.
Sesquipedalian: I know, I broke the rules (again) but you see, I had to. Most definitely! This word here, perfectly describes me.

Technology: my mortal adversary. John Connor is so yesterday. In the future, I will lead the heroic Tech-comm. resistance to victory against the villainous Skynet. MARK MY WORDS!

University: The educational institution I am currently attending as to better my occupational qualifications.

Video Games: My greatest hobby in all the universe. Often I need to be physically dragged away from a gaming console as to ensure that any work is done and that my priorities are kept in check.

Women: the great mystery of the universe, whom I shall never understand.

Xbox: the game console that in my opinion blows all of its competition away.

You: my audience, that read the whacky words of this blog. Without you guys, I would not be blogging today. Well, I would be, but nobody would be paying attention. So please, give yourselves a clap on the back, because I cannot do so. Well, I could, but that would be stalkerish and wrong.

Zen and Peace: Two things I have been denied for the majority of my life.

Here are my nominations for the award:

All World Issues
http://allworldissues.com/

Cerulean Skies
http://nelsville.wordpress.com/

Impressions of a Princess
http://gongjumonica.wordpress.com/

Reviews and Rants
http://mandarox.wordpress.com/

Zen
http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/

Okay! Thank you again to Elaine for the award!

Cheers! Have a great day!

Oh my stars, another Liebster Award!?

 

Apparently so! The very beautiful blogger, Just One Monkey Typing, whose blog can be found at the following link (http://justonemonkeytyping.wordpress.com/) was kind enough to present this award, which I have not been granted twice, but three times now, a couple of days ago. Thank you ma’am!

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Now, there are rules to accepting this award, and they are as follows:

1: Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award and link back to them

2: Answer the 11 questions they presented to you

3: State 11 random things about yourself

4: Write 11 questions of your own and nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing and alert them of the award nomination

 

Now, the questions that Just One Monkey Typing created are as follows:

 

1.      What is one album you couldn’t live without? 

It would be a tossup between these seven treasures of mine:

-Don Henley’s Greatest Hits

-Halo 4 Original Soundtrack by Neil Davidge

-Daughtry – Break the Spell

-MeatLoaf – Bat Outta Hell II: Back Into Hell

-Bon Jovi’s – Slippery When Wet, New Jersey & Have a Nice Day

2.      What was your childhood dream? 

I had a few in fact…I wanted to be a writer…I wanted to be the next David Attenborough…I wanted to be an actor…I wanted to be involved in the development of computer games.

Funnily enough, not too long ago I came to my sensors and returned to my original dream.

3.      If you could choose between knowing every language fluently or being able to play every instrument perfectly, which would you choose?

Hands down – speaking every language fluently. It would make navigating the world unbelievably easy, and I could easily assimilate into new cultures regardless of my background because language is one of the single most crucial factors in life, for communication is key to the survival of a culture.

4.      What is your opinion of Valentine’s day? 

I wrote a post about this actually a couple days before receiving this award. Perhaps it was my sub-consciousness knowing that I would receive this. You can read all about my opinion on such a rotten wonderful occasion right here… http://wp.me/p2tQ7q-5u

5.      Which band/artist would you most like to see in concert? 

In order: Don Henley, Daughtry and Bon Jovi.

I rarely go to concerts though because I get freaked out by large crowds. The last time I went to a concert must have been what, Moving Pictures? Wow – I am so old! (I’m only 23 this year, FYI)

6.      What is the kindest thing anybody has ever done for you? 

A young woman went out with me once for a couple years. That was awfully kind of her. Does that count?

7.      What is your earliest memory?

Kindergarten; when I was initially contacted, or should I say, due to my age (4), when my parents were originally contacted by the Associated Modeling Agency, they requested that they supply pictures to show the different types of emotions that I could convey. I remember I did this pose on the playground where I wore a fireman’s helmet and looked as though I was deep in thought, and this subsequently became one of the few images that were shown to the modeling agency which inevitably led to me being represented by them.

8.      What was your favourite subject in high school and why? 

This would be a tossup between Year 12 English (because the subject was incredibly freeing. In previous English classes it had seemed as though the class was controlled with an iron fist, but in Year 12 we had so much more control over choice and class communication and teamwork, etc; the texts were additionally more interesting and more adult as well) and Year 12 Drama (I think it is obvious why – drama is always so incredibly easy and fun to participate in).

9.      If you could choose to speak any language fluently, which one would you choose and why?

This is a very interesting question – never thought much about it. I can already speak two languages – English and bad English. Perhaps I could speak Japanese – it’s an incredibly fast spoken language from a culture with a very colourful past that is unbelievably quick at evolving. If you could speak a language then hypothetically you could probably write it too, right? (Pun included) Therefore, I could use all of those intricate symbols.

10.  Do you have a favourite film soundtrack? If so, what is it? 

Not so much a favorite film soundtrack, but I do appreciate the soundtracks from video games. My favorites would have to be (in no particular order) the themes from the Halo and Mass Effect franchise, the music from Enslaved, the Witcher, et al.

However, come to think of it I have always been partial to the soundtrack from the Lord of the Rings the Two Towers, the Sixth Day, Titanic, Spartan, Wing Commander and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

11.  Name three books that you couldn’t live without. 

Star Wars: the Complete Visual Dictionary – David West Reynolds, James Luceno and Ryder Windham

Star Wars Character Encyclopedia (DK Publishing)

The above two texts are my favorite Star Wars books of all time. Being the avid Star Wars fan that I am, I cannot imagine reliving what is without a doubt one of the greatest film sagas of all time in visual text format.

Dacked – Andrew Daddo

One of my favorite short story collections of all time, when I was an adolescent, this particular collection was very true to me and I could easily relate to the storylines and the characters. I found this to be very rare back then when reading books and I clearly remember reading this text a number of times, and each time, although I knew what was going to happen, the book continued to surprise me as I came to understand more and more about the characters and plots.

 

Eleven Random Facts About Me:

-Since I was nineteen I have had tinnitus in my right ear. It was initially in both my left and my right, but I should be glad that it only resides in my right ear now. For those who have not had to suffer this annoying issue, just imagine this; a phone is ringing non-stop inside your ear 24/7. Good times? I think not!

-I have written three short story collections, one novel, and am at present working on a sequel whilst simultaneously searching for a publisher. However, as I mentioned previously in this post (http://wp.me/p2tQ7q-5k) not too long ago, trying to find a publisher/literary agent is not exactly an easy task.

-Last year I completed my undergraduate university course; a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Professional Writing.

-I am better at communicating literally than I am verbally.

-I was born in Melbourne, Victoria Australia, and I continue to live there to this very day.

-As surprising as it may seem, I have not once in my life ever gone out on a date with an Australian woman – despite the fact that I have lived in Australia for a cool 23 years.

-Although I very rarely fall in love, I become attracted to women incredibly easily.

-I am 183 centimeters tall (I think). Don’t take this as the Gospel.

-I am unbelievably sarcastic at the best of times. I am unbelievably sarcastic at the worst of times as well, funnily enough.

-I absolutely adore my privacy – a little hypocritical since I have five sites on social media.

-I prefer the Winter over the Summer. Why? Well, in Summer…I suffer from heat stroke…I have hay fever (true, this is more potent in the Spring but does continue into Summer)…to ensure the house does not become boiling hot I have salad more often than not come dinner (a.k.a rabbit food) and after three months of salad I am so fed up with it I just want to cry a blood curdling scream!

 

My Eleven Questions:

What is your dream occupation? Why?

Which is your favorite post you have written on your blog thus far? Why?

What is your favorite sport? If you are not an enjoyer of sport, might you kindly share why not?

You’re an actor (hypothetically). Your favorite text is being turned into a feature film and you wish to play the role of the one fictional character that you have always loved. What is the text being turned into a film? Which character do you portray? Is there anything new you might add to the role that was not in the book? Why did you make these decisions?

It’s the future; space travel is easily accessible. You are a revered astronaut who explores the stars. Whilst out travelling you discover your dream planet. What is it like? What life lives there? What will you call this world you have found?

What is your favorite film genre? Why? Might you be able to share five films that you enjoy which come under said genre?

If you could grow an extra appendage upon your person or modify a part of your body, what would it be? Would you grow a tail? Would you have pointy Elven ears, sharp Tri’lek teeth, blue Navi skin, etc? Why?

At your place of work you discover a fifty dollar note just lying on the ground. What do you do? Do you take the money for yourself, believing that you have earned it for all of your hard work? Do you give the money in to your boss so that he/she might keep it safe until someone comes looking for it? Do you take the money and buy several handfuls of chocolates/lollies come lunch time to share with your colleagues? What do you do? Why?

What is/was your favorite subject/s at high school/university? Why? Might you also state what was your least favorite?

You wake up tomorrow with extraordinary super human powers. What are they? Like Super Man, you can have up to six of them. Better yet, will you use your powers for good, or for evil? Additionally, what would be your weakness?

You are given the opportunity to become the political leader of your country for an entire week. Over the course of this time, what is it that you do?

 

My Nominees:

Here’s a twist…With the exception of the bloggers I gave this award out to last time, I really have no idea as to who to give the Liebster Award to. Do you know how difficult it is to find a follower/someone you follow with less than 200 followers? I’ll tell you – it’s very hard!

So, with that in mind (and my unbelievable amount of laziness to go along with it), anyone who reads this post and has less than 200 followers, CONGRATULATIONS! This award is yours!

Hey Ma! Good news! Apparently, I’m a Liebster Blogger!

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I would like to thank Reviews and Rants (http://mandarox.wordpress.com/) for the Liebster Blogger award. Really appreciate it.

So, let’s get cracking!

Apparently, there are four rules when receiving this award…Question – do you really think there is a person out there whose mandate it is to ensure these rules are followed? I don’t think we’re gonna suddenly find ourselves locked up in a cell if we don’t follow one of the rules, are we?

1: Thank the person who awarded you the Liebster award and link back to their page

2: Answer the eleven questions your nominator has developed. Post eleven random facts about yourself, and then develop a further eleven questions for eleven nominees who have 200 followers or less (this rule I broke. Some of my nominees do fit the requirement, but most of my followers/people I am following are awesome and have hundreds of thousands of followers – but I enjoy what they write so I gave it to them anyway. I know, I’m a horrible person! I ought to be purged from society!)

3: Alert your eleven nominees of the award

4: Post the award on your site

Now, for the 11 questions I was asked:

One: If you could choose between knowing every language fluently or being able to play every instrument perfectly, which would you choose?

I used to be in a band, however, I have not played an instrument in what feels like a lifetime, and I don’t at present own any instrument. My point is that learning how to meticulously play every instrument would be rather pointless for me at present.
On the other hand, when I was younger, I used to have this avid fascination that I would like to perhaps be some kind of secret agent when I was older (the mind of a child is often a delusional thing – in my case at least), and one way to be an expert spy with a licence to kill would be to expertly know every language in the world to actively assimilate into alternate cultures and communicate with professional affiliates to avoid suspicion and ensure successful promulgation of the mission.

Two: What’s the best book you’ve ever read? Alternately, if you don’t read, what’s the best movie you’ve ever seen? Or answer both, if you want.

Believe it nor not, my favourite book may very well be the short story anthologies by Andrew Daddo. Upon reading his short story collections, these really helped inspire me to want to write my own pieces of short fiction, and additionally, the general life issues which his central character Fergus experienced seemed, at the time, relatable to what had transpired in my life.
Moreover, my favourite film would have to be not just one, but a collection of six feature films; the Star Wars franchise.

Three: What animal would you say you’re most like?

It would probably be a toss-up between a clam and a shark. Now true, I’m not as strong as shark (but there was that one time when I lifted a car right over my head (it was a Hot Wheels Sedan)), but like the stereotypical shark, I am often happy with my own company and I have the tendency to also become quite vicious when provoked.
Moreover, I’m like a clam because on occasion I am an open book – but more often than not I am closed – indefinitely.

Four: What type of music do you listen to? Rock, orchestral, pop? And who’s your favourite band/composer/singer?

I genuinely listen to pop and rock, and I especially enjoy music from the eighties. My favourite singer of all time would have to be Don Henley. Ever since I heard his song ‘Boys of Summer’ back in the mid nineties on the radio I have had a fascination with the music he used to perform. All of his songs are about life and love, but deep down they have entrenched themes of other varieties, which include political agendas and views and values that he held dear.
My second favourite band, btw, would probably be Daughty, because many of their songs not only have amazing use of instruments, but additionally, the messages in some of the songs are not only powerful, but very easy to relate towards.

Five: What’s your favourite thing about yourself?

I could answer this, but there might be children listening in.

Six: Do you have any pets? If so, what are they? If not, do you want any?

In the past I have had a cat (Simba) and a dog (Sheena), but not at the moment, no. I have considered bringing another pet into my life, however I have had my heart broken many times already over the past few years without deliberately entering into a relationship where I will eventually have to say goodbye to my best and most treasured friend. Eventually I’ll be ready for such a commitment, but not today.

Seven: What would you prefer; money or love?

Well, money would be advantageously beneficial, no doubt about that; yes indeed, yummy, yummy! However, funnily enough, I’m probably going to go with love. Why’s it funny? Well, I’m not saying anything here that I haven’t before; I haven’t’ had a girlfriend in three years and to be perfectly honest with you I have actually become quite accustomed to, you know, being sad and alone. In fact, I’ve become so accustomed to the loneliness that I have gone so far as to plan accordingly in case I spend the rest of my life like this. But even with that said, love is the preference that I’ll choose. Without love, people in general are incapable of feeling pleasurably positive emotions, and so become void, zealous monsters. Now, I could have all the money in the world, but it wouldn’t help me emotionally, and I have an idea of what kind of monster I’d turn out to be without positive emotions in my life, and I’d probably make the Hulk look like a choir boy, so, yeah, long story short, going with love.

Eight: What’s your favourite quote?

I have always feared the day when someone far more intelligent than I would develop this question for me to answer. I do not have a favourite quote; not from any revered historic individual, nor from a fictional text.

Nine: What is/was your favourite and least favourite subject at school? Why?

My favourite subject in high school would have been English, especially my year twelve class. I found the subject to be very entertaining because although we were in our final year, the class seemed a lot more open and fun than before, and we were able to explore many different avenues in our studies that had previously not been open to us.
My least favourite subject would had to have been mathematics, hands down. In year eight, the subject began to deteriorate into algebra and other complicated equations which I am unable to process.

Ten: Why did the chicken cross the road?

Well, if the chicken happens to be like any of the women I have asked out over the past three years, it did so to get away from me as fast as it possibly could, before running, in the words of an old limerick, over the hills and far away.

Eleven: If you had one day to live, what would you spend it doing?

To anyone reading this answer – prepare to be very disappointed! If I had only one day left in my life’s calendar, I’d probably spend it playing video games. At least when I croaked, I’d do so doing something that I enjoyed.

Now, for the eleven random facts about myself:

–          I live in Melbourne Australia, although come to think of it, I’m pretty sure I mention this in my ‘about’ section (you can just tell I’m dragging the bottom of the barrel here, I really haven’t the foggiest what to write!).

–          In 2012 I completed my undergraduate Bachelor of Communication course, majoring in Professional Writing at Victoria University. This year I am commencing my Masters degree at Melbourne University, majoring in Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing.

–          Been the avid video-gamer that I am, this year there are several titles I intend to buy over the course of the coming year, including Aliens: Colonial Marines, Crysis 3, Gears of War Judgment, Bioshock Infinite, Fuse, Remember Me, and perhaps (if the following three games are released in the coming year) Destiny, Doom 4 and Singularity 2.

–          Although a lot of people I follow on WordPress enjoy reading as a pastime, I have not read for fun since I was fifteen years old. At the time I began to read books mandatory for my course, and the additional surplus of homework began to get to me. My infatuation with video games took over many of my other hobbies, and the requirements of work, along with keeping fit whilst attempting to maintain a social life inevitably left me with little time to read and at the end something just had to give.
On top of this I began to write more often, beginning with short story collections and then into novels (although none have ever been published), and I began to focus more so on developing my own books rather than reading the works of more talented writers than myself. Many people could have potentially worked around this schedule – apparently, I ain’t one of ‘em.

–          My favorite gaming platform is the XBOX 360. I find the controller and the general graphical performance of games on the system to be far more impressive than the other available platforms. I used to be a regular PC man myself, but since the system basically requires you to update it every couple years if you wish to keep playing games, it seemed too much of a hassle. I still have a computer (purchased back at the start of 2011) but I do not use it as often as I used to.

–          I frequently change the hair style on both my face and atop of my head. I have grown my hair long, I have had it average and I’ve even gone skinhead. I have additionally dyed my hair on several occasions, and have used almost every colour you can imagine (besides pink, black and brown (pink is not stereotypically a masculine colour, and my hair is naturally dark, so using darkened dye is worthless)). As for my face, I have grown a beard, a moustache, chops, and currently have a moustache and goatee.

–          -I prefer written communication rather than oral, and if given the opportunity to e-mail a certain someone, I would rather do that than communicate in person or over the phone. It’s not that I’m anti-social, but for some reason I have always been better at conveying my message literally than I ever have verbally.

–          In the past I have travelled to America, and have temporarily holidayed in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC and Hawaii. Closer to home; I have travelled to New Zealand, and have additionally been to Sydney and Brisbane.

–          When it comes to geography, I am absolutely pathetic. Whatever you do, do not ever ask me for directions, I once became lost making my way from my front door to my bedroom.

–          I have, and continue to work part time as an editor and proofer.

–          Since I was fifteen years of age I have had to endure some kind of insomnia (I don’t really know what the professionals call it) and I only manage to acquire a couple hours of sleep every night. Hell, some nights I don’t even sleep at all. Can on occasion be a little disconcerting.

The eleven questions for my nominees:

Question One: If you wish to share, please, explain why you chose to originally begin blogging?

Question Two: Is there someone that you admire? A family member; a friend; a celebrity; a member of government; a notable historical individual, et al? Who is this certain someone, and what is it about them that you admire?

Question Three: Say you are going on a trip – could be for business; could be a vacation – entirely your prerogative. Apart from your clothes and any other obvious personnel utensils necessary for trips and such, what are some of the things that you personally cannot go anywhere without?

Question Four: You are suddenly bestowed with the ability to become, for an entire week, a character of your choice, from any book, film, television series or theatrical production. Who do you choose to become, what will you do over the course of the week, and why?

Question Five: Hypothetically, imagine a unique contagion has spread across the world. The next thing you eat, whether it be a chocolate bar or a piece of broccoli; a slice of meat or a piece of pie; you will inevitably turn into this piece of food. For instance, just say you ate a chocolate bar – a few hours later you will turn into a life sized bar of chocolate; however, you will still retain your head, arms and legs. For dignity’s purposes, you can still wear clothes – although I don’t know how a person who ate a spider will go attempting to fit into a pair of trousers. Now, there is no cure, so you will remain as this piece of food for the rest of your life.
You eat something, not knowing of the contagious viral outbreak. What do you eat? Hypothetically, why did you make this choice?
For those who are daring, on top of the prescribed question above, not only are you turned into a piece of food, but you can only eat food from the group that you have become. For instance, a person turned into a piece of fruit, can only eat fruit. A person turned into a vegetable, can only eat vegetables. A person who becomes a potato chip can only eat potatoes, salt and artificial preservatives. A person who becomes a block of chocolate can only eat chocolate, dairy and sugar. If you don’t eat from these food groups – well let’s just say that is not in the rules! (tee hee!) Do you maintain your original choice in what food you eat and inevitably become, or have you changed your mind? If so, what do you wish to become instead and why?

Question Six: Do you play video games? (I am not talking about Angry Birds here; I’m talking about First Person Shooters, Third Person Action Games, Real Time Strategy, Role Playing Games and Massive Multiplayer Online, etc). If not, do you understand the world of video games? Do you understand why many men have an avid fascination with gaming, or do you think gaming in general is a stupid and immature waste of time and money?

Question Seven: A vile antagonist just insulted you! That rat bastard! How do your proceed? Do you walk away, avoiding the situation altogether and hope nothing more comes of it? Do you calmly attempt to deescalate the situation by explaining to the individual that you do not wish for there to be any confrontation? Or do you clench your fist and bonk this person on the nose, making Chuck Norris look like the second greatest action hero in comparison to you? Perhaps you could do a combination of all three? Or perhaps you have an alternate suggestion? What are your thoughts? Or you could always avoid this question entirely because the man who wrote it is obvious deranged.

Question Eight: Is there one country you have not travelled to yet but really wish to see? What is this country and why do you wish to go there? What might you do over the course of your stay there?

Question Nine: After a huge economic recession, you find that the only job you are able to acquire is at a touring circus. However, life ain’t all bad because you quickly discover that you have a unique talent. What is this talent of yours, and what stage name will you go by to market yourself during the show?

Question Ten: Do you know any good jokes? Do you care to share the funniest joke that you know?

Question Eleven: It’s Monday morning. You get up, have breakfast, get dressed, brush your teeth and enjoy a stereotypically natural experience at work. Upon arriving back home later that day, you discover a peculiar triangular shaped gift wrapped in sparkling purple wrapping paper has been left for. Before you even have the opportunity to open the strange and unexpected present, you hear a tapping at the door, and move towards the front entrance, with your present in tow, to see who it could be. Opening the door, you look upon who was gently tapping. ‘Oh my’ you say…Who is at the door, and what is it they require? Better yet, what is inside that oddly shaped package?

Special Bonus Question (cuz you’re awesome and you know it): Do you often spend your time answering ridiculous questions like these, or is this strictly a one off occasion?

My eleven nominees (in alphabetical order)

Brittany
http://allworldissues.com/

Domestic Majestic
http://agirlsguidetoagamerguy.wordpress.com/

Michele Seminara
http://micheleseminara.wordpress.com/

Ms. Jodi Ambrose
http://jodiambroseblog.com/

Our Consciousness
http://ourconsciousness.wordpress.com/

PM
http://prinsesamusang.wordpress.com/

Songs of Serendipity
http://songsofserendipity.wordpress.com/

The Asphalt Journal
http://theasphaltjournal.wordpress.com/

Tiger Groves
http://tigergroves.wordpress.com/

Valarie
http://valerieloveswriting.wordpress.com/

Zen Scribbles!
http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/

Again, thank you to Reviews and Rants (http://mandarox.wordpress.com/) for the Liebster Blogger award.

Have a great weekend!

Cheers!