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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Creative Blogger Award, Alternatives, and Being Thankful

On Friday, June 19th, I was taken by surprise when Spacerguy over at Star Trek - Sci Fi Blog
chose me, out of all the bloggers out there, for the Creative Blogger Award. What a nice warm fuzzy feeling. Thank you, Spacerguy!

The rules for this award are simple enough.

1. Thank and post the link to the person who nominated you.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers.
3. Nominate 5-10-20 blogs and notify them.
4. Pass on the rules.

Star Trek - Sci Fi Blog.
If you want to know ANYthing about Star Trek, Spacerguy's blog is THE place to hang out. Do hop over there and say hello.

Five facts about me.

1.) My hair reaches past my waist. I get three or four inches trimmed off it every six months or so. I dyed it strawberry blond, briefly when I was in my 20s. (Does that count as three facts? Can you guess what I'm doing?)

2.) This September I will have been married for 30 years, which is almost half my life! Where did the time go?

3.) I used to draw some pretty interesting abstract stuff, all in pencil. The one at right is inspired by a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke which reads:

I live my life in growing orbits
which move out over the things of the world.
Perhaps I can never achieve the last,
but that will be my attempt.

I am circling around God, around the ancient tower,
and I have been circling for a thousand years,
and I still don't know if I am a falcon, or a storm,
or a great song.

4.) I lived for a brief crazy time in Hollywood, California and used to walk up into Griffith Park on the week-ends in an effort to keep my sanity.

5.) Yesterday was my birthday.

My nominees are:
Farawayeyes at Far Away Series: Because she the's one who started The Battle of the Bands
Gary at Klahanie: Because I just know he and Penny will have something witty to say
Liza at Middle Passages: Because her posts are all so beautiful
Anne at Piedmont Writer: Because she needs to come out of the woodwork a bit more
Robyn Campbell: Because she's such a good friend
Rena Jones: Because she takes such great photos
Alternatives are synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words.

Today's word is:

A couple of weeks ago... no seriously, upwards of two weeks ago, well, maybe it was a couplet of weeks ago... I came across an article posted on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Page. I wish now I'd taken notes about who wrote it with links and everything, but I didn't. Anyway, it was written by someone who does a lot of editing and she shared her list of over used words. I was pleased that find many of her words were already on my list. I was even more pleased to be able to add quite a few. More than a duet, perhaps even more than a smattering. This is the first of the latest additions.

Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing

a few, atom


couplet, crumb

defined, deuce, divers, doublet, duet, duo, dyad




handful, husband and wife

individual, iota, item


many, marked, match, minority, modicum, molecule

newlyweds, numerous


pair, particle, particular, precise


scatter/scattering, scrap, set, several, shred, singular, smatter/smattering, some, span, special, specific, specified, sprinkle/sprinkling, sundry

team, tittle, twain, twosome

upwards of




Being Thankful

Today I am thankful for whales.


Blue Whale

Sperm Whale
Any kind of whale.

My favorite Star Trek movie is The Voyage Home.

What are you thankful for today? Got a favorite Star Trek movie? Care to share something about yourself in the comments that I don't know about? Does one alternative appeal to you more than another? 


  1. Congratulations and happy birthday!
    Thirty years is really impressive. So's your long hair.
    Spacerguy runs a cool blog.

  2. Congrats on the award! And happy birthday!
    My hair is *almost* that long. I really do need at least a trim, though.

  3. Nice award. ;)
    PS - Those are not the hell your whales!
    Also also, Gracie is pregnant.

  4. Congrats on the award. Loved learning more about you. And hope you had a Happy Birthday!

  5. I love whales.

    Your hair is almost as long as mine! Or about the same. Can you sit on yours?

  6. Happy Birthday Bish. I love the whales, happy, intelligent and imaginative like your writing. One of my favorite Star Trek movies is Star Trek - The Voyage Home!! You deserve the Creative Bloggers award, thank you for accepting it.

  7. Hi Bish,

    Well done of you getting the highly sought after Creative Blogger Award. Thank you for including me amongst such an elite cast of bloggers you bestowed the award upon. I'm so not worthy :)

    I reckon you with the long hair are admiring your reflection in the kitchen window. You must of got married when you about two years old!

    Happy belated birthday, my kind friend.

    Over used words! I always try using an alternative.

    I love whales and Wales! I'm thankful for having a roof over my head.

    I'm outta' here and thanks again for the award.

    Gary :)

  8. Awe Bish, thank you. I don't really think of BATTLE OF THE BANDS as a creative endeavor, but I appreciate the sentiment. I will try to do it justice on my BOTB post tomorrow.

    'A couple'; I never really thought of how many different ways this could be used. A really good one for your 'alternatives' post.

    Ams finally - W-H-A-L-E-S what a wonderful think to be thankful for. They are, in my opinion, one of Gods most majestic creations.

  9. My favorite Star Trek movie? I would also say "the one I saw last", since I get pleasure from them all.

  10. Thirty years is amazing. I used to have my hair as long as yours, but since it's curly it's hard to manage. You look like you're washing dishes.

  11. Bish, how I adore you. Congrats on getting this award. And thank you, thank you for honoring me. You amaze me. You are just the sweetest. I hope your birthday was super. I used to have long hair like that. It took it 5 hours to dry (naturally). xoxoxo

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