The Leibster Award!

I was sick since Wednesday, which is why I was MIA on all my social media – that would be my Facebook page/group/personal profile, Instagram and such. But I’m feeling better because, guess what? I got nominated for my SECOND blogging award, the Leibster!

I got nominated by the lovely Tracy (hint: if you’re into book/series/video game reviews, give her a follow!).

Rules are simple: answer 11 questions, come up with 11 questions of your own, nominate 11 people. But I’m ignoring the last part.

So without further ado, here are my answers to Tracy’s questions!

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You know you watch WAAAY too many Crime Dramas when…

You’ve thought about starting a running list of people who might want to murder you, so you could save the police the step of having them question your friends and family and having them be like, “Nobody would want to hurt Claire, everybody loved her”.

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But then you think about it, and you really can’t think of anyone who would murder you, and are overcome with the crippling fear that if you get murdered, the cops will have no leads. And you become just another episode of Cold Case.

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You rarely help strangers because the sweet old lady asking you for the time is clearly just a trick. She’s obviously got an entourage of goons waiting to ambush you and throw you in the back of the running van around the corner.

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Anytime you interact with anyone suspicious you take as many mental notes about their physical appearance as possible. And their number plate. And their clothes’ description. And their name.

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You can often be heard muttering things like, “White male. Mid 30’s. Over 5’10. Black North Face shirt. Wedding band.” under your breath.

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You try to avoid spaces without possible escape routes as much as possible. Like the elevator. Or the stairs. Or any other method to get you from one floor of a building to another. Actually, escalators are okay. (Side Note: I still use the elevator at work, but I trust those folks!)

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Part of you thinks you could kill someone you didn’t like and get away with it easily (insulin injection between the toes—they’ll never suspect), but then you think about it and you decide that between the alibi, eye witnesses, motive, and DNA, the police would find you in about ten minutes, and it’s not because I’m from a small country.

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You know that if you ever get questioned by the police, you’ll stay silent and get an attorney ASAP. Lawyer up and shut up: that’s your personal motto, apart from “Make love not war” and “Give peace a chance”. (Am I even the same person anymore?!)

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My Style Evolution

Those who know me can tell you I’m the absolute worst at being “on trend”. I live, eat and breathe in jeggings, loose band tshirts and my trainers.

But was it always this way?

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#ClaireNotes – May

Juggling Things

No, I’m not joining a circus as a juggler. This month, life really took a toll with the amount of things that have been happening in my life: courses, personal matters, work stuff, family stuff, assignments, training for a new job and so much more.

But I got through it like a champ, I reckon.

Exams

6 exams. And two assignments. I haven’t had an exam since last year for my VET Secretarial Course, which was just one exam, but having SIX in a matter of three weeks is too overwhelming for me.

As at the time the post is published, I’ve only done 3 out of 6, and received an assignment result… a C! Which for me is… WOW.

One Year of Blogging!

12th May was my blog’s first birthday. I celebrated it with a few special posts – three to be exact.

My 1st Year of Blogging in Numbers

What I’ve Learnt during my First Year of Blogging

How I get Traffic on my Blog

I was also nominated for my first blogging award!

“It started like any normal conversation would.” – An Account of an Abuse of Title

Someone I know approached me to write this story about an experience she had. * Names have been either omitted or changed to protect the people’s identities. I only ask for respect in the comments. There may be sexual content, so viewer discretion is advised.

Post is really long, sorry!

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Dim the Spotlight on… Chris Cornell [#1]

This is a new series which consists of me looking back at artists I love and have influenced me that are unfortunately no longer alive.

My earliest memory of Cornell is when I heard the song ‘Black Hole Sun’ playing on VH1 Classic when I was a pre-teen. As I usually do with every song I like, I searched all I could about the band, lead singer and songs.

You could say I was instantly hooked.

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The lyrics, particularly those of ‘Black Hole Sun’ really spoke to me, and I could tell from both the lyrics and my research that what Chris Cornell was singing truly came from his heart and how personal it was.

It’s just sort of a surreal dreamscape, a weird, play-with-the-title kind of song. He also that “lyrically it’s probably the closest to me just playing with words for words’ sake, of anything written. I guess it worked for a lot of people who heard it, but I have no idea how you’d begin to take that one literally. It’s funny because hits are usually sort of congruent, sort of an identifiable lyric idea, and that song pretty much had none. The chorus lyric is kind of beautiful and easy to remember.

Other than that, I sure didn’t have an understanding of it I was just sucked in by the music and I was painting a picture with the lyrics. There was no real idea to get across.” the song was misinterpreted as being positive, No one seems to get this, but ‘Black Hole Sun’ is sad. But because the melody is really pretty, everyone thinks it’s almost chipper, which is ridiculous!

Mental Health

Cornell battled drug addiction at a young age (13 years of age), to the extent of starvation. He starved so badly he had to be sent to rehab for a while to recover from both his drug addiction. He only got clean when he met his second wife, Vicky. Of this, he says, “It was a long period of coming to the realisation that [being sober] is better. Going through rehab, honestly, did help… it got me away from just the daily drudgery of depression and either trying to not drink or do drugs or doing them.

“They give you such a simple message that any idiot can get and it’s just over and over. But the bottom line is really, and this is the part that is scary for everyone, the individual kinda has to want it. Not kinda, you have to want it and to not do that crap anymore or you will never stop and it will just kill you.”

Demise

He was found dead inside the bathroom of his Detroit hotel room just mere hours after performing with Soundgarden. I found out about his death on my way to work and I was distraught. I couldn’t believe it, and it seems, neither did his wife, friends or fans all around the world. It was later revealed that he took his own life by hanging.

And this is why I wanted to start the series in the first place, because people would think something like “Kill himself why? He had everything: a great career, wife, family, money, fame…! What more could he possibly want?!”

You need to realise that famous people are also humans. They bleed like us, they have feelings like us, and they breathe like us. They feel happiness, anger and sadness just like the rest of us. So don’t you dare say “He had it all”.

No.

He had everything and nothing. He was happy and sad. Living and not. (A metaphor which makes complete sense in my head but not in the writing, but I wrote it anyways because I don’t know how to explain it).

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Around a week ago, I was nominated for my first award by the lovely Caroline. The rules are pretty simple . . .

Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog

Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them

Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer

Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post

Here are the questions I have been asked:

Why do you blog?

I blog not only because I’ve always wanted to or because I’ve been writing since I learned how to, but most especially to spread awareness on the stigma on mental health. To enjoy life and spread peace and love, one must be in love with his inner self, and that is what I advocate for.

What is your first memory?

Wow, um… I honestly have no idea. I never really thought about it, but I think it would be when I was still in Year 6 (9-10 years of age) and it suddenly hit me that in Year 7 I’d be separated from most of my friends, especially the male ones since I was going to an all-girls school. What can I say? I was a bit of a boy magnet!

If you were a painter, what would you paint?

I would paint something that makes people feel relaxed and at peace and loved, and they get the urge to spread those positive feelings everywhere they go. If I had to choose a painting that, in my opinion, represents that to me, it would be Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

If you could live in any book, which would it be and why?

Many would say Harry Potter, but would you really want to live in a world where Umbridge was alive?! I think not! I’d probably live in the world of Coraline by Neil Gaiman, because it is so beautifully written. It’s a perfect example of a horror book appropriate for children.

What was your dream job when you were 5?

My earliest memory of talking about a career was when I was at a bank with my mother when I wasn’t even eight years old, and the nice lady banker asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I immediately replied, “A mummy.” She smiled and explained that anyone can be a mum. This was also a time where I thought babies were made when a man and a woman kissed.

After that, I think I’ve always been into jobs which required travelling: a tour leader, air hostess, museum curator, journalist, writer.

What is one thing you will never do?

Start a war. Literally, figuratively, hypothetically or metaphorically. War is never the solution to anything, but unfortunately not everyone agrees.

In an alternate reality, which country are you born/raised in?

Merseyside, Liverpool since the 1940s. I used to live in an area known as Speke, where my good friends George and Paul also lived. You might know them, they went on to became half of the very legendary band The Beatles.

If you could create a new food, what would it be and why?

A cake made entirely out of chips (fries for the Americans) and chicken and pizza. My mouth is currently watering at the thought!

What is your favorite smell/scent?

Tea and gasoline, the latter which I aware is really bad for my health, but I still love it.

What would be your superpower if you had one?

The ability to heal anyone and anything.

At some point in your life, would you like to know the future? (never, only under certain circumstances, absolutely, etc.)

Absolutely never! What if I turn out the opposite of who I am? I’d be devastated for sure! So no, I’ll live my life with lots of questions about my future, thank you very much.


My nominees are! . . .

  1. Alexandra
  2. Fiona
  3. Lyndsey
  4. Kezia
  5. Kelly
  6. Svetlana
  7. Caroline
  8. Yvonne
  9. Pavli
  10. Deborah
  11. Lara

My questions are! . . .

  1. What inspired you to blog?
  2. If you had to stick to one make-up brand for the rest of life, which would it be and why?
  3. Which is your favourite blog post?
  4. If you had to be one person – dead or alive – who would it be and what would be the first thing you did as this person?
  5. What’s your favourite place in the whole world?
  6. If you had to travel to the past in a particular decade, which would it be and why?
  7. What advice would you give to your younger self?
  8. Name three people you look up to.
  9. What is the one thing you never leave home without?
  10. What is your all-time favourite song?
  11. What advice would you give to beginner bloggers?