Saturday, June 19, 2010

Good Things Come in Threes or More

On Wednesday I actually received three awards. This blows my mind. If I wasn’t already bursting with joy at my good fortune and grinning like I won a Literary Award for my book, Thursday I received another. In two days I got four awards. I’m so flattered.

I’m going to do an epic Award post now. I apologize if I tagged you for an award and you already have it. I also tried for no overlap in any of my award giving (including Wednesday's) because ALL of you deserve one. (In my humble opinion anyway.)

Writing Nut at Writing in a Nutshell gave me the Honest Scrap award.
The rules are to write ten things that aren't common knowledge and then pass the award along to five people. 

Ten (hopefully) Unknown Facts
1.When we look at the stars we're looking into the past. In some cases, millions of years into the past.
2. Animals can scream too. Somehow, the sound is far more horrifying to my ears than human screams. 
3.Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
4. The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: 
"A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

5. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Meaning from an obscure term ostensibly referring to a lung disease caused bysilica dust. Pretty sure I couldn't say this word if I tried.

6.There's been a Beer Tsunami. It happened in London 1814 and nine people died.

7.The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

8. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do. Yay me!

9. A cockroach will live nine days without it's head, before it starves to death. 

10.  First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer

My Five People
Roland D. Yeomans at Writing in the Crosshairs
Lydia Kang at The Word is my Oyster

Aubrie at Flutey Words created a new, totally awesome award! It's gorgeous isn't it?
This award is for bloggers who either write or promote fantasy or sci-fi fiction. 

Five Fantasy/Sci-fi Books That Inspire Me
1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I lack the words to properly convey the meaning this series has to me. Harry Potter made me experiences emotions when as I kid I thought I'd be better off without them. Order of the Phoenix is the only book (to date) that has ever made me full on cry because of content. (And when I say cry I mean until I dehydrated myself.)

2. The Hobbit by Tolkien. While the rest of the Lord of the Ring series is good, the hobbit is my favorite. I read this book when I was super little and the hobbit turned my impressionable mind towards Fantasy. I have yet to look away.

3.  Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This book resonates on so many levels of my crazy mind. I relate to it and the nonsense. Half the time I feel my head is full of nonsense.

4. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. My favorite urban fantasy series. There's memorable characters, a beautifully crafted world, and it's extremely witty.

5. The Looking Glass Wars Trilogy by Frank Beddor. It's a different version of Alice in Wonderland and to be honest that would be enough to make it on this list. But it's also well done and imaginative enough that I love it on it's own terms.

Pass the Award Along
Erica Mitchell-Spickard at Chapter by Chapter
Callie Forester at Chimera Critiques
Kiersten White at Kiersten Writes

If you write/love fantasy or sci-fi and I didn't tag are now officially tagged.

Okay. Last award! 

Erica Mitchell-Spickard at Chapter by Chapter gave me the Sugar Doll Award and I really, really wish I could give it back to her because she has to be one of  the sweetest bloggers I've met so far. 

There are no rules for this one as far as I can tell. You just need to be deserving of the title.

Jessica Nelson at BookingIt
Naomie Rees at Inkcrush
Everyone else who read through this entire post automatically gets this award -- you are all kinds of awesome!

Word Of The Day: Afflatus - inspiration; an impelling mental force acting from within


  1. I'm just heading to bed, but thought I'd check my blogs beforehand. I'm glad I did :)

    Awesome post.

    Thanks for the Sugar Doll Award :)

    Loved your ten obscure facts too.

  2. Yes, animals can scream too :(

    You have another award on my blog! xD

  3. Look at you gettin all kinds of awards this week! I'm fairly certain it's because your wicked awesome, nah I'm certain that's why ;) And you are def one of the sweetest nicest bloggers I've met toooooooooo. AWW thank you for the award! I have a long word too, the Hawaii State fish. ehem
    humuhumunukunukuapuaha. Its not as long but it's impressive? Kinda? I can pronounce it that's the impressive part. WTH is a Bear Tsunami?!?! :D Hope your having a great day <3

  4. Wow, that was an epic award post! Great choices for you fantasy inspirations. Thank you for accepting the award!

  5. Wow, you made out great this week! Congrats! Those facts were great, I don't think I would have been able to find such good ones!

  6. Ha! Thank you so much :)
    Now You are listed and linked on my I'm Not Worthy post. XO

    Congrats on your awards!

  7. Congratulations on all your awards Melissa!!! You so deserve them! And congrats to all the winners too :)

    *shivers*... I read that about the cockroaches in a book at the dentist's office - now I can't forget it!

  8. Congrats on your awards! And whoo hoo for mine :0

    Thanks mate :)

    I should check out the Through the Looking Glass Trilogy...

  9. Thanks for the award, Melissa. I already have the Honest Scrap Award so I swtiched it for the Fantasy_Sci-Fi One.

    Guys. What are you going to do with us?

    I thought you might do a Bad Boy entry in the blogfest of today. I was looking forward to reading yours. Rat.

  10. Thanks for letting me switch, Melissa. And Tessa has a Blogfest of Death on July 18th. The link is on the right side of my blog.

    When you check for it, you'll see Gypsy awarded herself her own Award of Excellence. Forgive her. Her being a gypsy princess and all. Roland

  11. Very cool. Nice to meet you. (=

  12. Congrats, Melissa!!!! Super cool! Keep rackin' it up!

  13. Wow I'm in awe of your blog bling! Way to go Melissa!!! Awesome job, well deserved for sure! I'm still working on putting mine up... I'm ashamed!!!

    I need to catch up on the story you and Ramona are working on as well! I will eventually find time, hopefully within the next half hour!

  14. Congrats on all your awards! They are well deserved! And your facts are fascinating. And kind of gross too (the roach one? EWWW!)

    Ha ha.
    Happy Monday, and thanks again for my award!

  15. congratulations on your awards and to the winners! I loved your facts but the blood one grossed me out! lol.

  16. Loved your facts, totally fascinating and JK inspired me as well. It was the first time I thought I could write kids books as an adult.

  17. aww congrats. Okay the cat vocalthing is amazing and cockroach thing is yucky ;-)

  18. Congrats on all your awards and thanks for mine!! You already know that I'm a huge fan of HP and The Mortal Instruments. It's really nice to meet someone else that truly grasps the amazing awesomeness of those books!!

    Now I want to know what a beer tsunami is. You must tell me. Although I easily could have gone the rest of my life without knowing the cockroach fact. Blech.

    Thanks again. :)

  19. Yay! Thanks for my cool award, Melissa! It's gonna be a blast to come up with ten unknown truths :D

    Congrats on all your awards, by the way. What a lucky lady!

  20. ...this is so utterly weird, but I just finished a book that contained like, half of those facts you posted. "Meg:Hell's Aquarium," by Steve Alten.

    Seriously, I finished the thing yesterday...funny stuff:)

  21. Just checking in on you to see if you had another new post. Have a great new week, Roland

  22. Wowza...those are some crazy facts!!!
    A BEER tsunami??
    Cockroaches completely freak me out...they're way scarier than zombies...zombies have the good grace to die when you chop their heads off!

    CONGRATS on your well deserved awards. :)

    Have a wonderful week!


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