About this blog: Direction

Dearest Reader,

This is a letter to you. I’ve done something to this effect before, and in those missives I thanked you for your following – though I suspect many had even forgotten that they had in the first place (and I don’t blame you). So I’ll do that again. Thank you. So much. Really, I’m continuously baffled that new  people still manage to stumble over here amidst the inactivity.

In the fever of my first blogging adventures I practically lived at HC&B. Churning out two to three posts a day, some of which I cringe to think about now, and lots in which I surprised myself with. I’d been about eighteen at the time I made this website, my first one. Today, I sit here at twenty-two. These days make me yearn for high school, where I’d rather do homework than be an adult. And ladies and gentlemen, that is saying something!

To get to the point, I feel guilty on two fronts: 1) to the blog itself that gave me a chance to explore the internet with even more curiosity, to doors revealing insights and opportunities to learn from this community. I shouldn’t give up on this education.

2) to you my followers, to those who have stuck it out with me and my pretty much random content. And to the new folks who decided to give this a chance.

Look. I know I might be over dramatizing this a bit. I mean, it only takes a second to click and follow and about five minutes to forget? Still, I think it’s important.

Concerning direction, I’ve never decided on specific content matter but what I wrote about included books, poetry, creative writing, some vaguely personal insights and a smattering of miscellany. I’m seriously considering writing about shows I’m watching and the languages I’m trying to learn.

Time has always stayed the same after everything else has changed, so I can’t mint any minutes or hours, but I’ll try to get gears turning again. For me, and for those who’d taken that second to click, and those of you who come to just window shop.

Sincerely,

Devina

 

Booyaa

Random stuff time.

Let me tell you a thing, I suck at interaction sometimes and this would mostly apply to blogging and visiting blogs. So when I say I am so grateful for all the visits this here humble virtual abode of mine got in my absence, I mean this with all my heart. I have one or two other excuses, of course. Thank you, gracias, merci, grazie! I can’t imagine why you guys stick around.

I’ve hit some sort of wall that I’m finally scaling at a creeping pace (if that makes sense) and my computer is still acting up even after the check up I got done and I’ve got to start saving up for a new one soon, and apparently I think better, or should say more, when I type as opposed to writing (except for poetry, though).

I’ve been drowning myself in music, more than the usual anyways. I’ve gotten into Radiohead quite a bit, “Body Snatchers” hooked me. Um then I discovered Redbone, The Archies and got an eyeful (haha) earful of “Hang on Sloopy” by The McCoys. Sort of a longish list, really. Also electro swing, ugh, such curvaceous sound waves.

I feel my attention slipping away already and I hate that. I hate that I want to write things but I end up feeling that I don’t follow through. I feel disappointed in my self yet I understand why … but still. I drive myself insane with contradicting tendencies, it almost makes sense.

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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 “Daily Prompt: Quirk of Habit”

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

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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Hey

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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 “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”

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 “The Blog of 2012 Award”

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😀

Cheers!

The Excellence Asylum – A New Breed

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😉

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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