In Defense of Humanity

As I write this my heart sinks into my chest, heavy from the awfulness in this world. Looking across the beautiful countries of this Earth are saturated by violence and hate. From North Korea to Spain, Saudi Arabia to Africa and right here to my home in the USA. No place is unscathed from the vileness hate spews but those who hate are the few and we who embrace humanity are the many.

Vegas

To those who have lost their lives in other countries my heart goes out to you and your loved ones left behind. To those who lost their lives in the senseless shootings in Las Vegas, NV my heart goes to you and your loved ones. I see so many well wishes, prayers and love sent from around the world to other countries and people in these hard times. I embrace your humanity and love and I hope you embrace mine.

Those who hold kindness and love in their hearts for their fellow human beings: We are the many and they are the few.

(The audio is in English but subtitled are in Spanish)

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Reluctance #Poetry

Taking a deep breath

She held it until he lungs hurt

Letting the air explode from her lungs

But ended in a sigh

She had to do this

There was no choice

Even knowing this didn’t help her move her leaden feet

Her free hand clung tightly to her black dress

Her other hand trembled uncontrolled as she clutched the card she made

She closed her eyes

Forcing her tears back

As she walked through the door

And signed the guest book

“With deepest sympathy, I will always love you my friend.”

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via Daily Prompt: Sympathy

 

Blogger Recognition Award

Hello my fellow bloggers! I am so happy to announce that I was nominated for the, “Blogger Recognition Ward.” The nomination is for bloggers from other bloggers. It gives the opportunity for blogs to be seen and read by other people who may not have seen your work before. I’m always awestruck when someone nominates me for any award but especially a blogger award. There are so many amazing bloggers and it’s truly inspiring and humbling to be thought of.

 

Who Nominated Me?

I was nominated by Valerie, who blogs about simple tips for people that have no time. These time saving ideas are brilliant and things I would never have thought of.  I really like the fact that she’s not focusing on just one topic either, she gives tips from health to college and career. There’s great ideas in her blog for anyone that has a busy life and even if you don’t who doesn’t like to save some time? Check her out, give her a follow and enjoy her tips. You won’t be disappointed. http://www.simpletipsblog.com/

 

My Advice For Bloggers

There’s two big things that come into my mind for advice for any blogger, no matter the theme or ideas of your blog. The first one is blog about something you truly love, enjoy and are passionate about. ThiIs will shine through your posts and draw more people to you. Don’t worry if you feel like it’s not a popular blog topic, there will always be people out there who want to read what you write. So, don’t be discourage and keep true to yourself!

The second thing is interact with the blogging community. I was nervous to do this at first because I thought so many things from I’m not a big enough blogger for people to want to talk too or no one will want to read my posts. But one day I decided too and it was the best and biggest step for me. All the bloggers I have interacted with have been completely supportive, kind and given constructive criticism, which only helps me to grow as a writer and blogger. Please take a second, give your thoughts on a blog, go to twitter and join a blogging community or five.

Why I Started My Blog

I had only shown a handful of family and friends my writings and creative thoughts before. I was nervous about sharing them with anyone else. There are so many talented people in this world but I realized they only have grown as writer’s from sharing their works with others. Big or small publishing, blogs or writings groups- this is when I knew I was holding myself back by not doing so. I created my blog and began to post, not knowing what I was doing or how to do it. I jumped in head first and have learned everything as I go. This has made the journey fun and fulling for me. I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner but am so happy to be blogging now.

The People I’m Nominating

This is always hard for me because there’s so many talented, amazing creators that I have been lucky enough to come across and interact with. Here are the 15 people I am nominating for the Blogger Recognition Award:

  1. https://emolovepoetry.blog/
  2. https://debatablydateable.wordpress.com/
  3. https://sweetdevil69.wordpress.com/
  4. https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/
  5. https://crowdedmind.co/
  6. https://bellefabulous.wordpress.com/
  7. https://finallyunchainedone.wordpress.com/
  8. https://popmusiclifesupport.wordpress.com/
  9. https://runawaynunsandleprechauns.com/
  10. https://sunnywithachanceofmisery.wordpress.com/
  11. https://thethoughtscribblersblog.wordpress.com/
  12. https://whenlifeawakens.wordpress.com/
  13. https://popculturalstudies.wordpress.com/
  14. https://wayofthewise.wordpress.com/
  15. https://zeckrombryan.wordpress.com/

I nominated the above 15 bloggers because of their talent shines through their blog posts. Also, because of the interactions I have shared with some of these bloggers throughout my time blogging. I read their post whenever they share content on their blog which helps motivate and inspire me to write as well. Check out their blogs, read some great posts and interact with these amazing people. And don’t forget to give them a follow so you don’t miss out on their amazing work!

 

The Steps for Those Nominated

  1. Create a blog post
  2. Give a short description of the blog that nominated you and add their link
  3. Write your best piece of advice for other bloggers
  4. Discuss what made you start your blog
  5. Nominate 15 other blogs that you think people should check out

 

Did you guys check out any of the bloggers I nominated? If so tell me your thoughts on their blogs and if you followed them. Also, how do you feel about blogger awards? I’d love to know! Drop me a comment and lets interact.

Blogger in a Blog World AMA Responses

I’m really excited to get to this post. I had some questions asked from my Journey in Blogging: One Month post. I really enjoy interacting with the Word Press community and am glad some people asked me some questions. So, without further ado let’s begin:

Michael asked the following questions. I would definitely recommend checking out his page by clicking on his name. He has some fun posts, some poetry and has his tag line says, “Fantastical fiction from my brain.” Which means you’ll get lost within his writings for hours without even noticing but don’t worry it’s well worth it.

Question: What drove you to blog?

Holly: I always have enjoyed writing but was scared to put myself out there to anyone other than a close group of friends and family. One day I thought about blogging and was like, the worst that can happen is no one reads your writings, but the best thing that will happen is you can interact with a like-minded community which will make you grow as a writer and a person. Even though I was really nervous when I first posted, and still am, I put on my big-girl pants and make sure not to hold myself back. It’s been greatly rewarding.

Question: Do those closest to you know you, do it?

Holly: They do and they’re fully supportive because they know my love for writing. They are proud of me for gaining confidence and putting myself out to the world.

Question: Having been here for a month what would you advise a new blogger?

Holly: I would definitely recommend reaching out to fellow bloggers and enjoying the community. As much as I enjoy writing, the interaction with everyone and reading others work is amazing. I always look forward to Community Pool Mondays, where I can share my writings and check out other people’s work as well.

Question: Which blogs do you most enjoy?

Holly: Oh man this is tough, there are so many amazing ideas and people that I’ve come across and read daily. My favorite type of blogs are definitely poetry and short story based blogs, but I don’t limit myself to just those because so much creativity is put out there. I give any type of blog a chance because I love seeing the passion behind everyone’s work.

Question: Do you get as much time to write as you’d like?

Holly: Sadly, I don’t. When I’m stuck at work all day I think about how much I’d rather be writing.

 

Luna was next to ask a question. I really enjoy her the type of writings she does on her blog. From gaming, to TV shows, unboxing products, to just random posts you will never be let down by her take on things and her wonderful writing style. I would highly recommend checking out her work by clicking on her name above. Also, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, check out her takes on the episodes! I always look forward to reading them.

Question: What topics do you want to blog about and why?

Holly:  I love writings about anything and everything. I know that’s a huge range for an answer but I love to be able to challenge myself with what I write. That’s why I never want to set limits on myself or for my blog. I’m just hoping people enjoy the wide range of writings I do.

Noiceenterinment asked me a few questions as well. Jeff and Ches have a wonderful blog, especially if you enjoy anime and funny story lines as well as some gaming post. Their blog posts crack me up and have introduced me to a bunch of new anime I’ve never heard of before. Definitely worth clicking on their name above and browsing around their posts.

Question:  What are your goals you would like to accomplish with your blog?

Holly: My mine goal is to grow myself as a writer, to set challenges for myself and try new things. It’s also a way for me to interact with other bloggers and learn about their writings as well. I would also love to use this to publish a poetry book, short stories and a novel sometime in the future.

Question: When did you first realize you liked to write?

Holly: I always loved to write, ever since I was young. I would find myself at school not taking notes in class but writing down characters, story ideas and poems. Writing never feels like work to me I could do it for hours without even realizing the time that has passed. That’s how I know I truly enjoy every aspect of writing.

Diehardman aka The Bradcave is such a fan writer. He takes a glimpses into past toys, board and video games but is not just limited to these ideas. His in-depth look into the topics he chooses is really informative, yet fun. I really enjoy every post I’ve read by him and him listing himself as a “Batman Aficiando”’ how could you not to go take a peek at his blog?

Question:  What are the hardest kind of posts for you to write and why?

Holly: I would have to say any review I’ve done. This is because I have to take the time to put everything together, hit the best points, the down points and overall explain the concept of what I’m writing. I try to approach it as if the person reading has never heard of whatever I am writing about. So, I want to pull them in, give them an idea of the review but not give anything away. It is definitely time consuming but well worth it.

Question: If money was not an issue, would you write full-time?

Holly: Absolutely! I would be writing all day if I had the chance. Maybe if I can win the current lottery I might be able to make that dream come true. -Fingers crossed-

Question: What TV shows are you currently enjoying? Do they inspire your writing?

Holly: Currently my top show is Game of Thrones. I write a post about the episode every week and try to have it up by Monday morning. Another show is Twin Peaks, which is totally off the wall but I’m still hooked to find out what happens with Agent Cooper. Then there’s You’re the Worst which is a show about dysfunctional people trying to figure out life and it’s amazing.

Question: When you write, do you listen to music or have anything else on around you?

Holly: I have all sorts of different writing playlists set up on my Spotify account. When the headphones go on, it’s go time. Haha.

Desiree B asked the last question for this post. I remember reading about her on her page and thinking wow this girl gets it! She has a lovely way with words and if you enjoy fantasy writings you will enjoy her posts. I would definitely recommend giving a click on her name and checking her site out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

Question: What got you into writing?

Holly: There was a project in my 8th grade English class to put together a binder full of anything you would like to share. It had to be done by the end of the year and would be graded before school was out. I sat down at my computer and just began to write anything and everything that came to mind. I had to upgrade to a bigger binder than the one given to the class at the time. After that I was 100% hooked and knew I had found my true passion in life.

Thank you everyone for the questions. I really enjoying interacting with the blogging community. I would highly recommend checking out each of these talented individuals’ blogs and reaching out to them. Until next time, I’ll see you around the blogger world.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hello lovely fellow bloggers! It’s been a great day, especially here in our blogging community. I received a comment from RunawayNunsandLeprechauns saying that she had nominated me for the “Versatile Blogger Award”. I am so excited because I am new to the world of blogging, so even being thought of is such a HUGE thing. Thank you so much to RunawayNunsandLeprechauns for nominating me and letting me know that she is inspired by my writings. Nothing puts a smile on my face more than knowing people are enjoying what I post. If you haven’t checked out her blog I would highly recommend doing so. Her blog is so positive and inspirational you will not regret following her!

THE RULES

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers of your choice.
  4. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.

 

7 Holly Factoids

  1. I love animals! I have 2 cats currently (Named Shocka and Elwyn).
  2. Spiders (of any size) are my kryptonite.
  3. I earned my 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do before the age of 21.
  4. I’ve been to China and climbed the Great Wall.
  5. I love Roleplaying Games (RPGS) especially ones from Japan. Which makes me a PlayStation girl over XBOX.
  6. I love interacting and getting to know people in the blog community. I believe supporting each other in our creativity is the best thing in the world.
  7. I haven’t shared my writings much, outside of a handful of people, before I started my blog.

... AND THE NOMINEES ARE…

  1. Brett Little
  2. johncoyote
  3. aletheakatherine
  4. ananyaexpress ,Instinctive writing
  5. halfarsedrunner
  6. thesarahdoughty
  7. layvi444
  8. Unfiltered Mama
  9. Blue Settia
  10. Abirami 

    This was really hard for me to only pick 10 blogs to nominate for this award! I picked your blog because of the interaction we have had and how your writings inspire me. Now it’s your turn, please go nominate 10 fellow blogger’s that have inspired you. 😀