So, this is a fun thing that I have Nikki Albert to thank for – since I’ve never gotten an award for blogging and it’s come during a really rough week, it’s an especially welcome thing.
Tagged Bloggers who are versatile and interesting. And they can respond to this, or not, either is cool.
1. If you are nominated, congratulations – you have been awarded the Versatile blogger award!
2. Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to their blog.
3. Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
5. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
Since Nikki knows pretty much everything about me, I’m going to to list my seven things about me here instead.
1. My Spawn’s (aka my son) encouragement is why this blog exists. I had toyed with the idea of blogging since I’d gotten some very positive responses and feedback on articles I’d written for The Mighty, but the upshot is that I was too chicken to do more than kick around the idea. I never thought of myself as particularly inspiring (and my anxiety was still undiagnosed and untreated at the time), but he convinced me to give it a go…and the rest is history.
2. I advocated for mental health awareness before Facebook existed and before I was diagnosed with my own mental health issues, but I never saw myself as an advocate – advocacy seemed like something on a professional/higher echelon than my awareness efforts. The first time someone referred to me as an advocate, I was flabbergasted.
3. I’m a fantasy/sci-fi reader and a comics geek. Marvel is my first love comics-wise.
4. I’m a digital artist and have an etsy shop dedicated to personalized fandom and fantasy art. I also do art for novels my sister is writing. http://www.etsy.com/shop/GoblinKingFantasyArt
5. I’m allergic to mushrooms and opioids, and have a toxic reaction to ant venom.
6. My list of medication allergies and highly unpleasant reactions is so long that my GP keeps a short list of the things I CAN take for quick reference. Currently, that list is 3 antibiotics and my current anxiety and depression meds.
7. I take in strays, abandoned animals, and rescues. I currently have 14 outside cats, 2 inside cats, 2 box turtles, and a German shepherd slobber factory. Ferals, a possum, and an armadillo are frequent guests who stop by for food and then go their own ways. It seems like the word gets passed along to every animal in the vicinity that my yard is a designated safe place, even if they don’t decide to move in or are comfortable around humans. The only rule of Selena’s Halfway House, Sanctuary, and Soup Kitchen for Animals is no picking fights (which most of the visitors seem to know instinctively, so I’m guessing it’s a respect/survival thing).
I have some bloggers to nominate myself, and will update this post as I accumulate links to their blogs.
Be well, or as well as you can.