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A Good Day

Today has been a good day!  First of all, I was delighted to receive 4 stars for Shade of Evil, from Wende Sheets of Julie’s Book Review blog.  You can read Wende’s review at Julie’s Book Review: Review of Shade of Evil By Steve K Smy.  On top of that, as you may have read on my general blog, Ramblings & Rumblings, yesterday I received my very first paperback of on of my own works – the very same novelette – Shade of Evil!  It was an incredible feeling, holding it in my hand.  I’ve dreamt of that moment for decades!  Believe me, it was even better in real life.

versatile-blogger-award The Versatile Blogger Award!

Another very happy piece of news is the fact that I have been given the Versatile Blogger Award!  This award was kindly given by Jo Robinson.  I am deeply honoured by the award, but I have a bit of a problem.  One of the rules of the award is that you nominate a further 15 bloggers you believe are deserving of it.  Now, I read many blogs, and there are definitely plenty who deserve an award.  The problem is the time required to choose just 15, and list them, and selecting so few from so many!  I will, however, do my best.

Rules of The Verstile Blogger Award, should you choose to accept it. You don’t have to if you don’t want to:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State seven things about yourself.
4. Nominate fifteen bloggers for this award.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so they get notified by pingback.

So, here we go…

Seven Things About Myself

1.  I have an unbreakable fear of needles!  I suspect it comes from being subjected, rather forcefully, to a lumbar puncture when I was 4 years old, and suffering from polio.  These days, it has become even more extreme than ever and I actually pass out when I have any needle-based encounter, such as having to give blood for tests.  My wife understands how to bring me back round and, so far, I’ve only met one person who has been ‘difficult’ about it.  Oddly enough, it was a few days ago, for blood tests.  A phlebotomist who was (apparently) supervising a trainee kept trying to insist that I should move from my wheelchair to the reclining seat they use.  We refused, despite her stubborn insistence.  In the end, we won.  The trainee, unconcerned by our wishes, not only carried out the procedure, she actually listened to what we said and did it as quickly as possible. I still passed out, but that was no big deal.

2.  I’ve been married since the end of June 1980.  Considering how such things go these days, I think that’s a major achievement.  It’s thanks to the fact that we’re both stubborn enough, and love each other enough, to actually work our way through difficult times!

3.  I love Nature, thanks to my Dad, who taught me a great deal about it.  In my youth, I spent many days, particularly Sundays, literally wandering over field and hill, through woodlands and exploring all the hidden places.

4.  I never had much success with shooting until a fairground stall holder suggested using my left instead of my right.  Amazingly, I instantly became a crack shot with a rifle!  I have never, and would never, shot at a live target – especially any animal!  I shot only at targets.

5.  Due to a slight limp that I didn’t even know I had (a consequence of polio), I was hopeless at sports at school.  In adulthood, however, I discovered the fine old sport of lawn bowls!  I was very happy to find that I had a natural ability at the sport, and frequently did well in competitions.  I also discovered some ability in table tennis, though not to competition standard.  Aside from those two sports, the only other thing I could do was bowl in cricket.  Sadly, I was not a good fielder or batsman, which was rather limiting.

6.  I started going grey when I was 13.  The process continued steadily throughout my life from then on.

7.  I normally sport a beard!  From time to time, however, I do shave it off – which pleases my wife considerably, as she thinks it knocks years off how old I look.

Nominated Bloggers

1.  Chris McMullen

2.  Trish Marie Dawson

3.  Tracee Ford

4.  Patrick O’Scheen

5.  C. Giovanni

6.  Luci’s Log

7.  Patrick & Sandy Jones

8.  Catherine Ryan Howard

9.  Ella Medler

10.  Susan Finlay

11.  Silver Wolf

12.  Rachel (Spilled Ink)

13.  J. D. Holiday

14.  Brian W Foster

15.  Amanda Taylor

~ Steve

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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

19 thoughts on “Breaking News

  1. Steve, thank you. Very kind of you to nominate me. I was in my teens when I discovered my first grey hair, too. So far, it’s all stuck to just one streak, though. I hate to think what will happen when it decides to leak into the rest of my hair!

  2. Ha ha ha thank you Steve! As a newbie blogger I appreciate your recognition and…help. I have no idea how to apply the award to a blog page or how to set up a ping back…However, I will figure these things out…eventually. Thanks for thinking of me. :)

    • Thanks Jill :)

      It must be a ‘Dad thing’ :D I’m glad I’m not the only one who had problems with sports ;) At times, it seems almost like sports are thought to be more important than academic subjects :(

      • I know what you mean. I try to remember ‘each to their own’ but then I look at that sea of chanting faces on Mr London’s football match of choice and I can’t help but think ‘Really?’ ;-)

      • LOL. I confess it – I love watching some sports :D And, as you say, ‘each to his own’. When our kids were growing up, we tried to support their choices, but always with a gentle reminder that some things are for Now and others are for Life. Sporting ability is great, if that’s your ‘thing’, but it’s finite. When the day comes that you have to leave it behind, you need backup, and that’s when the academic subjects prove their worth ;)

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