Good Day Sunshine

A day to shine
with award boasts
since one’s now mine
for my blog posts
They're painful though
Navin said so
when he picked me

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2020

Originally published advertising free at “If You Haven’t Got A Sonnet

Thank you, Navin, for thinking my site worthy of a Sunshine Blogger Award! That is very generous of you. I appreciate your honesty when you let me know about the award and said – “I “enjoy” (sometimes they’re painful) reading your writings.” If I ever publish a collection of my ha’sonnets that quote will be on the back cover. 🙂

But that honesty is fitting with how you write and present your wonderful “Self realization, experiences & expressions and some other dimensions” through poetry on your site Navin’s Poetry. Always worthwhile reading your posts.

Now the hard part. The award has rules to follow, and if I don’t follow them within fourteen days bad things will happen to me. I apologize up front to those I nominate since this now falls on you and one of the rules is I have to nominate others.*

(*Editor’s note: Bad things will not happen to anyone if the rules are not followed within fourteen days.** That is a myth of chain letters, not blog awards.)

(**Clarification to Editor’s note: Bad things could still happen in those fourteen days, but they would be coincidental to the award, not because of it.)

Rules of Sunshine Blogger Awards:    

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.   
  2.  Pingback the link (via comment) to the blogger who nominated you.    
  3. Answer the questions asked.    
  4. Nominate up to 10 bloggers and ask them to answer your 11 questions.    
  5. List the rules and display the logo of the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Numbers 1, 2 and 5 are completed above. Here are my answers to Navin’s questions:

  1. What would you like to do in your free time ? 
    • A. Spend time with my family or read.
  2.  What drives you crazy in life?
    • A. Myself not letting things go.
  3.  What kind of person are you, introvert or extrovert?
    • A. Very much an introvert who pretends to be an extrovert.
  4. Have you gone through any book recently? if yes, please name it.
  5. What you prefer to do in your holidays?
    • A. Spend time with my immediate family and go someplace peaceful. 
  6. Do you like any kind of sport?
    • A. Yes. Soccer, Penn State Football, Bicycle Races, and, for some odd reason, Australian Rules Football. 
  7. Are you a fitness freak person? if yes, name your favorite one.
    • A. No. Walking is the extent of my exercise. 
  8. Do you like to listen to music?
    • A. Yes. A variety of genres. 
  9. What is the main thing you like about other’s Blog?
    • A. The unique styles. How people manipulate the words and phrasing to tell their stories. 
  10. Do you like to do adventurous things?
    • A. Generally no. I like calm and relaxed. 
  11. How do you handle the things when bad phase comes in life?
    • A. Badly. Usually all five stages of grief make an appearance. Even for little things. 

Now, my questions and nominations.

Questions: I figured I’d put them first so the nominees can decide if they want to answer them.

  1. Do your RL family and friends know you write poetry and read your poetry?
  2. Is what you write  mostly based on reality, or mostly made up?
  3. If you could make a living writing poetry, would you want to?
  4. Do you prefer to write rhyming or non-rhyming poetry, or just whatever comes out when you write?
  5. Did you read poetry before you started writing poetry? 
  6. In a bookstore or online, would you buy a book of poetry to read now? 
  7. Do you prefer to write with a pen and paper, computer keyboard, phone, or something else (what)?
  8. Do you have a specific writing time, or just whenever the mood hits you? 
  9. Are you generally more sunny or cloudy? 
  10. Have you ever attempted to give up writing?
  11. All things considered, would you rather a sunny day on Sesame Street or in Philadelphia?

Nominations: For those I nominate, and it was hard to limit my selections, whether you choose to participate or not is up to you and won’t stop me from reading what you write. But it is my way of letting people know I think you have a blog worth reading.

A Real Neat Blog

My blog’s Real Neat!
In someone’s view
it is a treat!
So who chose to
award this space?
It’s Taylor Grace
that’s due Thank You!

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2019

I’m still too new to blogging to understand what it means to be nominated for an award, but it feels very nice! Thank you Taylor Grace of the Broken Inside of Me blog for nominating me for The Real Neat Blog Award! Please go read her blog and enjoy the interesting, challenging and fun thoughts, stories and poems she posts.

Awards seem to come with rules, at least this one did, so let’s get to them:

The Rules:

  1. Display the Award Logo – Complete
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog – Complete
  3. Answer the questions of the one who nominated you – Complete – See Below
  4. Nominate 7-10 bloggers – Complete – See Below
  5. Ask them seven questions – Complete – See Below

The Questions I have been provided for answering as This or That?

  1. Ice cream or Yogurt – Ice cream. But Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia FroYo is what I get for home to try and be a little more healthy.
  2. Desktop or Laptop For Writing – Laptop, though my phone is my first choice since it is handy more often when I have an idea or time.
  3. Rock or Country Music – Rock, of the alternative variety.
  4. Sunrise or Sunset – Sunset, because sunrise, though pretty, is usually too early.
  5. Traditional or Self Published – It’s hard to tell them apart these days, and I’ll read whichever one an author I like chooses to use. If I ever decide I want to publish, which right now isn’t something I ever plan on entertaining, it would probably be Self Published.
  6. Halloween or Easter – Halloween. I don’t like getting dressed up, but it is more fun.
  7. All Inclusive Cruise or Fly to destination vacay – I’ve never been on a cruise, so I’ll have to say Fly to.

My nominations:

I get the pleasure and honor of nominating others for this award, and it’s hard to limit the choices. For those nominated it is not something you have to accept (or even acknowledge) if you don’t want to, but it is my way of letting people know I think you have a blog worth reading.

My questions to you are about your favorite things

  1. What’s your favorite book?
  2. What’s your favorite movie?
  3. What’s your favorite song?
  4. What’s your favorite holiday?
  5. Where’s your favorite space to be?
  6. Where’s your favorite place to visit?
  7. What’s your favorite age?

That should cover it. For those who decide to join in I hope you enjoy. For those who don’t, I hope you keep posting to your blog for me to read!

Shakespeare’s 16

Make war on Time
in happy hours
with barren rhyme
and living flowers
A life in pen
lives not in men
Don’t still sweet skill

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2019

Picture of Shakespeare courtesy of Pixabay

The ha’sonnet format is based on the form of the Elizabethan sonnet, so I thought I
would try and use an actual sonnet as the basis for one, selecting Shakespeare’s
“Sonnet 16”, below. Hopefully I caught the essence of Shakespeare’s poem in mine.

Sonnet 16
But wherefore do not you a mightier way
Make war upon this bloody tyrant, Time?
And fortify your self in your decay
With means more blessed than my barren rhyme?
Now stand you on the top of happy hours,
And many maiden gardens, yet unset,
With virtuous wish would bear you living flowers,
Much liker than your painted counterfeit:
So should the lines of life that life repair,
Which this, Time's pencil, or my pupil pen,
Neither in inward worth nor outward fair,
Can make you live your self in eyes of men.
   To give away yourself, keeps yourself still,
   And you must live, drawn by your own sweet skill.
William Shakespeare