Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tu blog Me Inspira

There hasn't been much going on around here in the way of excitement lately, so between that and that fact that I was a bit down with my early spring allergies (cedar pollen to be exact) I'm somewhat at a loss for coming up with new material for this week. That being the case, I feel that I need to mention something that came up two or three weeks ago that I didn't take care of when I should have. 

During the latter part of January Odd Ghoul Out
tagged me for the Tu Blog Me Inspira award.Admittedly, I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I'm flattered that she visits here and finds my blog inspiring; but on the other, the award is supposed to obligate me to tag fifteen other bloggers, thereby obligating them to do the same thing. The award recipient is also supposed to list five odd habits that he or she has. 
Admittedly, I'm at a bit of a loss for knowing how to comply with either of the mandates. First of all, there are only a very few blogs that I visit on a regular basis. Unfortunately, some that I used to visit have pretty much been devoid of new posts for close to a couple of months now, or have changed in format. As for habits, I know that I have them, but am at a loss for thinking of five. All things considered therefore, I've decided to do a partial list on both counts, but I think I'm going to pass on tagging anyone.There's no offense intended here, it's just not my style. I know, I'm just not any fun.
Anyway, here goes.  

Odd Habits

* While I'm not sure if it's odd or not, whenever I retire for the night I usually listen to classical music, which I keep on low volume. I'm sort of lost if I have to sleep without it.
* Often when I'm listening to any kind of dialogue, I'm mentally typing the words on an imaginary keyboard. I clearly spend too much time in front of a computer.

* Speaking of computers, I have a habit of going to the local public library to use theirs. Sure, they have a faster connection than I do, but the fact of the matter is that I have a phobia about over-using and thus, burning out mine. 

* I brush my hair a lot, probably more than most guys do. 

* I have a habit of editing my short stories repeatedly every time I go to my document to continue work on it. This is a particularly annoying habit because it seriously slows down my creative process. seems that I just managed to list five odd habits after all. This whole award thing is turning out easier than I thought it would. 

Inspiring Blogs 

Sometimes I think that the Insomniac, in the abject darkness of the Gothic Mansion on her most sleepless nights, continuously conjures up decorative ideas that she knows will further inspire her readers. The wonderful ways in which she designs the inner sanctums of the Gothic Mansion, in reality a 1910 Queen Anne Revival Farmhouse, are inspiring indeed. Her blog is choc full of photos, which give ample testimony to her creativity--and she makes a dang good fruit cake too!

I always look forward to the House Cat's new posts. She covers a lot of territory with her blog through the inclusion of wonderful photos from points of interest in Northern Scotland, where she lives, to the  honest discussion about difficulties faced by Goths and those who are different. She covers art and music as well as the occasional outfit post. The House Cat always provides a good, thoughtful read for her followers.

Holly's Horrorland:  When Holly says that her blog contains "a collection of creepy curiosities" she isn't just kidding. Sometimes I'm amazed at the curiosities she manages to find. Would you like to see a life-size skeleton or learn how to find one? No problem, she's got the answer. Would you like to find rolls of toilet paper that have horror stories printed on them? She has photos and information on these too. Additionally, the Horrorland features lots of interesting movie shorts, pertinent music videos and stuff on Edgar Allan Poe as well as the great Vincent Price. A trip to Holly's Horrorland is always an inspiration. 

Amy Asphodel:
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the efforts and contributions of this young lady. I was first introduced to Amy's material when I stumbled upon her blog that was originally called The Ultimate Goth Guide. In my mind, she was just that as she went through great lengths to cover all aspects of Goth and alternative culture. Eventually, she changed the name of her blog to Stripy Tights and Dark Delights, but for awhile at least, kept up the tradition she had started. Eventually, Amy went on to begin another blog called Bohemian Bloomers. This new effort is not as much focused on the Goth subculture as it is on alternative fashion and her new interests. Sadly, Amy hasn't posted on either of her creations since around Christmas. Hopefully, all is well with her. In my mind however, Amy Asphodel stands out as a truly inspirational blogger and human being; this, no matter what future directions her life takes. 




  1. I guess we both kind of feel the same way about awards - awkward! :)

    I do exactly the same thing and type the words I'm hearing on an imaginary keyboard! I thought it was because of all the speed typing tests in high school and the piano lessons. I'm sure people look at my twitching fingers while they're talking to me and wonder what the heck is going on!

    And yes, the insomniac  truly does spend her sleepless nights conjuring up new decorating ideas ... when she's not sneaking down to the kitchen for another piece of fruitcake, that is. Mwahahaha!

  2. Oh, and congratulations on your award, by the way! You deserve it!! :D

  3. Thank you! I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one with that keyboard-typing habit. Perhaps we both spend too much time in front of a computer.

  4. Thank you so much for the kind words!