The Unique Blogger Award



Earlier this month, the wonderful artist and blogger, Miss Gentileschi nominated me for The Unique Blogger Award.  I admit that I sometimes take longer than I should in replying to such honors. For the delay, I apologize. For the honor, I thank Miss Gentileschi, and I recommend you visit her wonderful site.


  • Share the link to the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 15 people and notify them.
  • Ask them three questions.



1.) What (or who) inspired you to get into blogging?

I have attended several writing conferences, and an emphasis was placed on having a web presence, so after investigations of possibilities, blogging was suggested as the best way to begin, and I agree. I have enjoyed both producing the blog and learning in the process.

2.) Describe your ideal three-course meal? 

This is a little difficult, because I love so many kinds of foods.  Here is one possibility:

A cheddar-beer soup, followed by a hearty beef stew, and finished with bread pudding. This is not the healthiest of meals, but it would be delicious.

3.)  Would you consider naming any future children after fictional characters, if so which characters? (Or if you already have children, did you gave them names after fictional characters?)

While I have never named any children after fictional characters, I have named several pets–cats–from characters in Shakespeare: Ariel and Miranda.


Karina Pinella Karina Pinella Writing the Wrong, Right, and Rediculous

Amanda Amanda Writes

Storyteller Stories A Part Of Life

Chape Chape blog

KD Dowdall K.D. Dowdall Of Pen and Paper

James J. Cudney IV This Is My Truth

Artimas Delmar Palabras Delmar

Jennie A Teacher’s Reflections

KC Redding-Gonzalez Zombie Salmon (the Horror Continues)

Kim Peace, Love, and Patchouli

Linda Linda’s Book Obsession

Goldenbrodie heartclosetblog

Khaya Ronkainen Khaya Ronkainen Writer

Didi Oviatt Didi Oviatt

Andrew Reynolds Andrew’s View of the Week



1.) What is one goal you hope to achieve with your blog?

2.) If you could travel anywhere, with money as no issue, where would you go?

3.) If you could have a conversation with a character from a work of fiction, who would it be?  What would you like to talk about?


Once again, thank you very much to Miss Gentileschi




Liebster Award!



Thank you very much to Angie Dokos for nominating me for the Liebster Award! It is always an honor to be recognized by other bloggers, so I am happy and humbled. Please visit Angie Dokos at and you will find a lively, intelligent, and entertaining blog.

The Rules:

  • Say thank you to the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Answer the 11 questions you have been asked.
  • Nominate and notify 11 bloggers for the award.
  • Ask those you have nominated 11 questions.

The Questions:

1. Why did you choose book blogging over something else?

Actually, I blog about books, writing, film, tv, quotations, and anything else that comes to mind!

2. What is one thing you’re really passionate about beside books?

I love to learn about the world, in a myriad of aspects. This includes philosophy, art, physics (although I do not have great math skills), and many other areas of exploration.

3. Have your reading tastes changed over the years?

Not counting being very young, I have always loved reading a wide variety of kinds of books.

4. What is your favorite vacation spot?

Either going to a lake or for a vacation of the future–going to Italy!

5. Do you collect anything (other than books)?

I have a collection of odd knick-knacks related to books, superheroes, and fishing.

6. What has been your favorite book so far this year?

I reread The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and it remains one of my favorite books!

7. What is one law you would change if you could?

I would have all states have immediate voter registration as people turn 18. Voting should be inclusive not exclusive.

8. If you had to donate money to a charity, which one would you choose?

To Teddy Atlas’ foundation — The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation — which serves the needy in New York. It is not well known,  but he does extraordinary work with this charity.

9. What is your favorite genre to read?

This is difficult, since I love so many, but if I had to choose, it would be Gothic.

10. What is your dream car?

A reconditioned 1967 Volkswagon Beetle!

11. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

I finally finished my Ph.D. in English Literature several years ago.

My nominees:

K. D. Dowdall

Sarah Higbee


Shehanne Moore


David Prosser


Annette Rochelle Aben




The Questions:

1.) What is your favorite, or one of your favorite, movies?

2.) What is your favorite breakfast?

3.) What was the last live performance of a play that you attended?

4.) Are you a day or night person?

5.) Are you writing something now? If so, what are you writing?

6.) What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

7.) Is there a book that you reread?

8.) Where would you like to visit that you have not yet gone to?

9.) Do you have a historical time period with which you are fascinated?

10.) What is your favorite season of the year?

11.) Do you prefer coffee or tea?


Again, I thank Angie Dokos for nominating me for the Liebster Award.



The Spirit Animal Award Nomination!



I am deeply honored to have received a second Spirit Animal Award Nomination; I take these kind acts of recognition by other bloggers very seriously and with gratitude. I was nominated by Miss Gentileschi at Secret Art Expedition for this award.  Thank you so much!  If you have not seen her wonderful blog, please visit her.

The  rules of the award:

*Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to his/her blog.

*Post the award picture on your blog.

*Write a short paragraph about your blog and what it means to you.

*Answer this question: if you could be any animal, what would it be?

*Choose and notify ten nominees

What does my blog mean to me?

I have been writing this blog for a couple of years, and it has grown from simply being a small exploration of words and writing to a much larger look at many aspects of writing, life, and art. It also, however, has become a conduit or a place of  meeting with many people with whom I would never have had the opportunity to connect without the blogging world. Ideas are exchanged here, and I am humbled and grateful for that opportunity. For that connection, I am thankful.  And I thank all the people I have met, who follow me, and whom I follow.

What animal would I choose to be?

The first time I received  this nomination, I choose the wolf, because I have always felt a connection to those magnificent animals. I also have another connection, and that is to an eagle.  So, I choose an eagle as my spirit animal.



My Nominees:

*Jennie at A Teacher’s Reflections

*K.C. Redding-Gonzalez at Zombie Salmon (The Horror Continues)

*K.D. Dowdall at Midnight In The Garden

*usabaker at Running After 50

*Sarah Higbee at Brainfluff Curious corners of a writer’s cluttered mind

*Marlana Eck at Awaiting Moderation Reflections on Culture

*John Kraft at Down the Hall on Your Left

*Mitch Teemley at The Power of Story

*Laura at Today’s Dose of Sanity

*amoafowaa at Mum C Writes

Once again, thank you to Miss Gentileschi at Secret Art Expedition


Sam’s Secret Love of Art




How often do people hide the truest parts of themselves from the world?

Samuel Sadlowski, a  retired homicide detective of the Bethberg, PA Police Force, is one of the three central characters in my horror novel Maledicus: Investigative Paranormal Society Book I. In many ways he projects a carefully cultivated image of a guy who doesn’t care about his appearance or what others think of him. He dresses in beat up old clothes, eats very fatty foods, and is overweight. He also has a reputation, also carefully developed, as being a tough guy—after having served in active combat as a Marine in the Vietnam War and a police officer, the people in the area know that he is able to handle himself in physical confrontations.



This self-created image is what he uses to hide his deep sorrow about his son’s suicide, and it serves to keep others at a very long distance, except for a very few people.  Included among those to whom he shows his true feelings and identity are the other two men of the Investigative Paranormal Society.

While he shows one image to the outside world, one part of himself that few know of in his little city is that he is a lover of art. He has no desire to share his appreciation of art with anyone other than his friends.  He loves to travel to the museums in New York City and Philadelphia. He has a small collection of original paintings of mainly little known artists from the area and an array of prints of famous artists.



He once confided to Roosevelt and Jeremy, the other two members of the IPS, that he almost decided to be an Art History major and go to college instead of enlisting in the Marines, but he was too afraid of what his father would have said. He told them that he was more afraid of his father’s disapproval than of the war.  But now, he spends much of his free time reading and looking at paintings and sculptures.



Sam’s favorite art, like Roosevelt is the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movement.  But very few people in Bethberg know this side of Sam. And his favorite museum is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a short two hour drive from Bethberg, PA.



Blogger Appreciation Award



I have received numerous blogger awards, and I appreciate all of them.  I thought, though, it was time I created one to show my appreciation for the wonderful bloggers I have met. I have given this award a while ago, but it has been sometime, so I decided to give it again.

The Rules of the Award:

The rules are simple.

(1) Thank the blogger who nominated you, link back to their site.

(2) Write a paragraph of something positive about yourself.

(3) Nominate and notify as many bloggers as you wish.

(4) Use the award image.

My nominees: (If you have not visited these blogs, please make a trip to them.)

K.D. Dowdall at Midnight In The Garden

K.C. Redding-Gonzalez  at Zombie Salmon (The Horror Continues)

Aubrey’s Arch

Ela at The Urban Kit

Send Sunshine

Dehan Taylor at Motivation with Dehan

Tony Burgess at The Tony Burgess Blog

Miss Gentileschi at Secret Art Expedition

Richard M. Ankers at Richard M. Ankers

Amy Reese at The Bumble Files

Thanks to all of you for your fine blogs!



One Lovely Blog Award



I have been nominated for this award by One Tough Mama at .  Thank you very much for this honor, and I apologize for taking so long to get to it.

The Rules:

*Thank the person who nominated you, and give a link to his/her blog.

*List the rules.

*Display  the image of the award on your post.

*List seven facts about yourself.

*Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award, and notify them to let them know you have nominated them.

Seven Facts About Me:

I am a writer of speculative fiction.

My first novel Maledicus: Investigative Paranormal Society Book I will be released in mid to late September.

I am a professor of English Literature.

I drink coffee from morning when I wake up until evening before I go to sleep–it has no effect on my sleeping.

My favorite junk food is hot dogs. I have loved them ever since I was a little kid, and my favorite toppings are either chili, mustard, and onions, or ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, and a pickle.

One of my favorite books, and movies, is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings.

My favorite beer is Guinness.

My Nominees:

Karina Pinella at Karina Pinella Writing the Wrong, Right, and Rediculous

Mitch Teemley at Mitch Teemley The Power of Story

Karen Dowdall at Midnight in the Garden

Spearfruit at spearfruit…it’s my life

Tony Burgess at The Tony Burgess Blog

Jennie Fitzkee at A Teacher’s Reflections

Yinglan at This Is Another Story

Tadhg at Ask A Teenage Aspie

Sarah Higbee at Brainfluff

Nic Schuck at   Nic Schuck

Rapaela at Hummingbird Redemption

M.C. Tuggle at M.C.Tuggle Writer

Annette Rochelle Aban at Annette Rochelle Aban

Mary Cathleen Clark at Southern Highways And Byways


Once again, thank you to One Tough Mama at









The Sunshine Blogger Award!



Thank you to Spearfruit at for nominating me for this award! I am always happy to receive recognition from other bloggers, and this is a wonderful blog. Please be sure to visit.

The Rules for the award:

1.Thank the person that nominated you.

2.Answer the 11 questions from your nominator.

3.Nominate and notify 11 bloggers.

4.Give them 11 questions to answer.

Sunshine Blogger Award Border

My answers for the questions from my nominator:

1.) What is your best childhood memory?

It would definitely be having a holiday dinner at my Aunt Judy’s house with all the family and friends there.

2.) If you could learn a language, which one would it be?

Irish–which is a language I am struggling to learn!

3.) If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

A photo of my wife and I; a volume of the complete works of Shakespeare; my writing journal; a pen my parents gave me as a graduation gift from college; and the cast iron frying pan that had been my mother’s.

4.) Who do you most admire in life?

Since I am uncertain if this means a person living or in death, I will go with J.F.K.

5.) Scuba Diving or Sky Diving?

This one is easy–I hate flying and love the water, so scuba diving!

6.) Do you have an embarrassing moment you have never told anyone else, if so what is it?

No, I don’t.

7.) What age do you feel right now and why?

That is a very good question–I am 60, but I feel like I am in my late 40s. Except for some aches and pains, I can still do more work now than I did in my 30s.

8.) If you could live in a movie or TV show, what one would it be?

The original Star Trek.

9.) If you could see one person in the world the last minute of your life, who would it be and why?

My wife. The answer is love.

10.) Comedy or Drama?


11.) If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?

Try to recognize the value of all people, try to understand the need for acceptance of diversity in all its variations, and work for human justice.

My Nominees:

Tricia at Never Less Than Everything at

Karen at Midnight in the Garden

Jennie at A Teacher’s Reflections

Cindy at

Tony Burgess at The Tony Burgess Blog

Laine at From Midnight to Dawnlight

Keene Short at Pens and Pencils

Josh Gross at The Jaguar and its Allies

Tadhg  at Ask A Teenage Aspie

Marc at Marc Alexander Valle

Send Sunshine at

My Questions For My Nominees:

1.) If you could visit any country that you have never been to, where would you go?

2.) What is your favorite book?

3.) Coffee or tea?

4.) What is your favorite meal of the day?

5.) What do you think is the most pressing issue of the day?

6.) Are you a day or night person?

7.) What is your favorite snack?

8.) What is the time period for which you have the most interest?

9.) Movie or live theater?

10.) What is your favorite season?

11.) Dog or cat?

Blogger Appreciation Award: II


I want to continue to send out thanks and appreciation to bloggers I have found through WordPress and to show support to them.  I cannot list or mention everyone I want to honor, so I will do it in various posts–the order of the posts themselves does not indicate any kind of hierarchy of importance or liking, more of my inherent disorganization.

There are many wonderful people who write here and who offer positive contributions to the world through their blogging. This is simply a small indication of appreciation to them.


The Rules of the Award:

The rules are simple.

(1) Thank the blogger who nominated you, link back to their site.

(2) Write a paragraph of something positive about yourself.

(3) Nominate and notify as many bloggers as you wish.

(4) Use the award image.

My nominees: (If you have not visited these blogs, please make a trip to them.)

C. M. Blackwood

KC Redding-Gonzalez

Esther Newton

Herminia Chow

Cathleen Townsend

Russell J. Fellows

Khaya Ronkainen

Zach Chopchinski


Nurse Kelly

R.S. Gullett


There are many more bloggers who deserve to be mentioned, so I will post another Blogger Appreciation Award in the not too distant future.

Again, thank you for all you do!


Blogger Appreciation Award



I have received numerous blogger awards, and I appreciate all of them.  I thought, though, it was time I created one to show my appreciation for the wonderful bloggers I have met.

The Rules of the Award:

The rules are simple.

(1) Thank the blogger who nominated you, link back to their site.

(2) Write a paragraph of something positive about yourself.

(3) Nominate and notify as many bloggers as you wish.

(4) Use the award image.

My nominees: (If you have not visited these blogs, please make a trip to them.)

Doc Susszues-zen



Laine Anne Jensen

Cindy Knoke



Michelle Saul

Mitch Teemley


Sarah Vernon

Kelly Miles

Karina Pinella

Kate M. Colby

About Me


Mitch Goldfarb

Marc Alexander Valle

There are many more bloggers who deserve to be mentioned, so I will post another Blogger Appreciation Award in the not too distant future.

The Versatile Blogger Award



I am always honored when other bloggers nominate me for an award, and I often have to apologize, as I do this time, for taking so long to deal with the award. So, thanks and apologies to Alfa for this honor and for taking so long to recognize it.

Here are the rules of the award:

(1) Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link to their page.

(2) Post the award image.

(3) Nominate and notify five other bloggers for the award.

(4) Tell seven things about yourself.

My nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award:


C. M. Blackwood

Marc Alexander Valle

Khaya Ronkainen


Seven things about me:

(1) I read 3-4 books a week.

(2) I am a die hard Washington Capitals fan.  Maybe this is the year for the Cup!

(3) I am a confirmed Marvel Comics fan.

(4) I love chili.

(5) I make a great Texas style chili.

(6) I am very excited The X-Files is back.

(7) I just submitted my horror novel Evil Lives After to another publisher.

Again, thank you to Alfa