Wow! Earlier this morning I checked the comments in this blog and found that I have been offered the One Lovely Blog Award by Saphire Rainforest, the owner of which is an artist, water painter and designer. Thank you so much for offering me this award. According to the rules, I now need to list and offer the award to 15 other blogs and detail seven random things about myself. The random things about myself will be easy but offering the award to the other blogs is problematic; especially since I only visit a few blogs, most of which have already received the award or are participating in something very similar.
Things being as they are then, I've decided to list and link to my favorite blogs, which don't come close to numbering fifteen, without sending the actual award. After all, why send it to someone who has already received it or whose blog is currently inactive? So then, without further ado, I present my list of blogs:
Stripy Tights and Dark Delights - This blog, formerly called The Ultimate Goth Guide, is a wonderful piece of work maintained and regularly updated by Amy Asphodel, a super-neat young lady who has a keen interest in Goth and alternative culture.
DOMESTICATED - Hailing from the Scottish Highlands, the HouseCat, as she prefers to call herself, delights in discussion of crafts, aret, fashion and culture from the dark side. She also offers an abundance of photos from historic sites of interest to members of the subculture.
Holly's Horrorland - Holly deserves a lot of credit for allowing so many of us to participate in her Vampire's Day Soiree, which took place this past Valentine's Day. A self-described collector of creepy curiosities, Holly seems to reelish in the promotion of unique events such as April Ghoul's Day and the upcoming May Monster Madness. Her blog is filled with opportunities for both reader participation and creepy information.
The Gothic Tea Society - This colorful and popular blog, maintained by Wendy Black, results from the efforts of several regular contributors who remain vigilant in their efforts to present a wide variety of topics to their readership. I have to credit the Gothic Tea Society with making me aware of Robert the Doll's existence.
Daughter of Death - I used to love going to this one. Daughter of Death is maintained by Chloe Noir, a young lady from Košice, Slovakia. Chloe's blog, which discusses a variety of subjects, is also filled with beautiful photographs--photos not only featuring Ms. Noir herself, but of local cemeteries and historic places in her community. Unfortunately, she has not posted since shortly after Halloween of last year, but I'm hoping that she'll resume her blogging activities soon.
Okay, that takes care of the blogs that I regularly visit and recommend. Now comes the easy part; listing seven random things about myself.
1) I love Van Helsing's hat (from the movie) and have got to find one just like it.
2) Although I now live in the south/central United States I was born on the east coast in southern New England.
3) Although I do listen to old-school and current Goth bands, I spend most of my time listening to metal; particularly, real Gothic and doom metal.
4) Sometimes I like to wear blue jeans.
5) I'm not sure which I like more, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles or her stories about the Mayfair witches.
6) The cottage I live in is almost surrounded by cemeteries.
7) I really dislike Daylight Saving's Time because I have to wait an hour longer for it to get dark.
There you have it! Sorry I didn't make a list of fifteen blogs, but it's like I said; I only visit a very few on any regular basis.