Daily Prompt: Quirk of Habit

Today’s Daily prompt is  “Which quirky habit annoys you the most, and what quirky habit do you love — In yourself or others

 Hmmm, I used to do these regularly once upon a time. Well my peeves aren’t that extensive:

  • I am highly annoyed when I’m disturbed whilst reading, even if it’s a blinking receipt.
  • I find it irritating when I have to begin from season one of a show when I find myself in the middle of the fifth one. If it really knocks me out then and there I’ll do what I must.
  • When people put down books and shows/movies before they even give them a chance, especially when they feel it their responsibility to rant off to me.
  • People picking their nose indiscreetly.
  • Unbearably loud, stupid music.
  • I lied, there’s probably lots more.

My habits are simple enough:

  • I pace while I talking to myself to work out the effects of a high caffeine intake.
  • I love socks, matching ones and odd pairs. I often have a pair in my purse next to an ever present book.
  • I assign people into Hogwarts houses in my mind, depending on their personality. Continue reading

Happy 2nd birthday HC&B!

AnniversaryI’ve never memorized the date before so you can imagine my surprise after seeing that trophy icon. What now? Have I surpassed my previous record of insanity, of awesomeness, of laziness? In any case WP couldn’t have known their full extent but with much pleasure I’d like to say that today the 20th of November 2013, I’ve been blogging here for exactly two freaking years!

In these couple of years, my life has changed irrevocably. Mine eyes were pried open the the versatility, the ambiguity and the variety of words, of people and content. I’ve been encouraged to write more, to read more, to think more. More so than I couldn’t have otherwise in my old limited line of sight. Knowing how to navigate the internet and knowing where to look are two very separate things in my mind. The WordPress community has been that place for me, that where I can always come to search and learn and become inspired and it – therefore all of you my fellow WP bloggers – has made a great difference in my life.

So I’d like to say thanks to WP for making this platform possible and to the diverse dissidents that live on it :)

The art of being a fan

Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:

No matter who or where we are, we consume art on a daily basis. We listen to songs, go to the cinema, or spend a lazy afternoon enjoying a good book.

But why is it that art is so important? Why is it that our lives would feel empty, pointless, filled with blank spaces without art?

Art is important for a million different reasons: we consume art because it inspires us, because it gives us purpose, motivation, ambition, and it makes us dream. Art shows us a world we would’t dare imagine by ourselves. We consume art simply because it’s beautiful… a beautiful voice can be admired just for that, so is a beautiful painting.

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Hello, it’s so nice to see you again! Cracker? (got it from Pinterest)

Aren’t you a sweet duckie! Run along now, before your mum gets flighty. Uh, yes, that little fella said it for me, I think all of us bloggers need a break every so often and I’m feeling so-so right now, I’m not quite sure exactly that means too. I’ve stopped reading or at least I’m tying to because of my exams in Oct/Nov but it’s not an easy hobby to let lie. I am about a 100 and something pages away from finishing A Game of Thrones but I’m post postponing it until a later date and even though I’m brushing back Mercy Thompson during the nights, GoT wouldn’t sit well if I’m anxious as I am as of the moment. So that puts a halt in my progress in the Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge.

I’m not even sure what to write, there are ideas but not compelling enough to make me want to write about right now, and I am telling you it took a while to be compelled to write this post. More poems perhaps, yes, that might work. Also I have missed three going on four weeks of Picture it and Write! and I’m not in the last happy about it. It’s like my creative juices are drained. It could be aliens. Or ninjas.

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I’m afraid this is a little over due, nevertheless, I’d like to shout out a big thank you to James over at James Kennedy at Monash University for honoring me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

The rules of the award are as follows:
  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you. Check.
  2. Post the award image to your page. Check.
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate other blogs for the award and inform them about it.

Now … seven things about me:

  1. Last year I cut my knee length brown hair to just below my shoulders. It has been a regretful choice and a lesson in itself. Enough said.
  2. I’m a born Hindu but I’m open minded and I also believe in Jesus Christ so I suppose that would make me Christian as well.
  3. I have not posted anything much about this, I’m into environmental conservation, not exactly a newbie but nothing remotely close to an expert in any area. I’m still learning and such posts requires good research and time, time which I don’t normally have. Continue reading

The Blog of 2012 Award

starsHey everyone, how’s it going? I’m sitting at my desk typing this out for you while BBC 6 Radio plays in the background, a recent habit I acquired in the past few days, one of the good habits :) I’m thinking about how my now – the present – and everything in it will be an old dusty thing of the past, for instance the modern music now playing and the station is even airing songs of yesteryear.

I’m thinking how years to come I’ll remember lecturing my two little sisters and brother this morning that what’s not theirs they must not touch. Ranting to their wary round faces that I don’t want them trashing our shared room and God help me I will blow it if they do it anyway. Ten years or so from now I might remember this day when I chastise my own kids. Continue reading

HC&B’s first Anniversary

WordPress has recently informed yours truly that yesterday, the 22nd of November, had marked HC&B’s first year anniversary! I’d like to thank you all who have been reading from since then to those of you in the middle and to those who’ve just joined me, thank you all.

When I started blogging I wasn’t sure what to write about but I did know that there’s a lot that I need to get out. So since I loved reading and hot chocolate I named this blog after those but I was sure that it won’t be devoted to books entirely.

I don’t believe I write good reviews half of the time so I was reluctant to do it at all but I refuse to just read and not analyze. I mean I analyze what’s written but it needs to be written down and by really writing my thoughts down I find that there’s more to think about. So even though I don’t write one for each book I read I still make an attempt. Blogging has given me an opportunity to share and it has pushed me to do more.

For the past year I’ve met some really good people who’ve changed my life in even the most minute ways that changed me for the best and to you I’ll be forever grateful. Yes, yes, this might be all too melodramatic for a one year mark but what I say holds true :)

G’night everyone, and good morning to you on the other side :D

Cheers!

The Excellence Asylum – A New Breed

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Hey guys, I’ve recently joined the Excellence Asylum. We’ve just started out but you can expects great things to come, so come on over and drop us a line or two ;)

Originally posted on The Excellence Asylum:

THE EXCELLENCE ASYLUM  – EDITORIAL – FIRST EDITION

By Peter Howorth

A New Breed;

Does this look familiar? It should because it’s the kind of thing James Mahoney would write on The Dark Globe. Just one of many of his good ideas so I thought I’d adapt it for this place too, so you can be kept in the loop as it were.

While me and James have not always seen eye to eye on things and we most likely have mixed feelings about each other sometimes, one thing has always been consistent and that’s my respect for him. I probably respect him more than anyone in the blogging world, he’s done much for me and given me the drive to carry on writing.

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Au revoir to The Dark Globe

ImageI should have written about this earlier, maybe it was because I forgot or that I was too depressed to say it ‘out loud’ but reading a fellow ex-contributor‘s post mentioning it, I thought I should as well. Maybe you’ve known of The Dark Globe perhaps you haven’t but the fact is that around earlier this week Dark Jade, the blog’s creator, decided to stop operations on the blog.

It was a diverse little community we had there, a bit of almost everything to suit a broad range of interests of our readers. I won’t deny I was saddened by the news, but DJ has his reasons and I respect that. I don’t want to give false hope, but posting on TDG might or might not resume, if it does I will let you all know of it. Though let it be known that all of the contributors’ posts are still there for you everyone to have a look at and you can see us on the The Crew page.

In other news, I’m running late in this week’s Picture it and Write! challenge. Hopefully you’ll be seeing something from me tonight or tomorrow.

That’s it for now, have a great weekend :)

Site Updates

Hey there everyone :) I think my sidebar needs a face lift. I’ve got too much stuff there and since I’m working on de-cluttering my life I might as well do the same for my blog. I’m working on a page that will be dedicated to some of the blogs I follow that I recommend that you should check out instead of having buttons on the bar. At some point I’ll end up changing this theme which is currently Spectrum.

What do you guys think about how this blog looks right now? Are there any themes that you think I should try out?

Cheers all!