Versatile Blogger Award Nomination

Thanks to simpleek for nominating me for this wonderful award! The VBA is basically what its title states, an award given to bloggers for their versatility.  Those who have been nominated are also automatically winners.  I consider myself still a beginner at all this blogging business, but am extremely flattered to be chosen nonetheless.  Here are the rules for the VBA:

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy.
  •  Next, select [up to] 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •  Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award—you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

For the nomination part of the process, here are 8 blogs whose colorful array of topics I very much enjoy (random order):

  1. the beautiful world, by foxy lady and neko
    Dedicated in title to the anime, Kino no Tabi, the beautiful world catalogs the discoveries of two wonderful bloggers in such topics as anime, music, manga, and illustrations.  My entrance to them was through a post about xxxHOLiC on Yi’s blog, Listless Ink.
  2. Beneath the Tangles, by TWWK, Goldy, Murasaki Lynna, R86, and Zeroe4
    While I’m not exactly new to this site, there are several new writers whose voices I’ve just started to become familiarized with.  A blog with Christianity and spirituality in mind, I enjoy their interpretations on anime and manga despite my own agnostic views.
  3. Baka Laureate, by krizzlybear
    I first stumbled across krizzlybear when I spotted a piece about Apple Curry and Mawaru Penguindrum.  Now, for those of you who know me: I cannot resist anything to do with food.  Baka Laureate isn’t dedicated to food in topic, but covers everything from episodic reviews, Editorials, fan-fiction, and ISML coverage.
  4. EmptyBlue, by feal87
    feal87 has been around just as short of a time as me, and yet took off at a sprint almost right from the beginning.  This can be attributed not only to his huge area of coverage of episodic reviews, but also because of how awesome he is at making sure to visit and comment on many other blogs.  I still struggle with this as I’m a natural lurker.  Topics include anime, visual novels, manga, and lots and lots of artwork.
  5. Lost in America, by Guardian Enzo
    I am continually stunned at the staggering amount of anime that Enzo is able to cover from season to season.  Amassing both episodic reviews almost in the double digits, along with season previews and reviews, Lost in America is regularly updated at a surprising speed by its lone blogger.  And quantity by no means affects quality, as each of his entries are written with great thought and wit.  I also look forward to his coverage of the HBO TV series, the 2nd season of Game of Thrones.
  6. Lemmas and Submodalities, by SnippetTee
    You can get a hint of the writer’s originality and intelligence just from the title alone–SnippetTee’s writing style is both graceful and poignant.  And though the topics center mostly on anime, the range of approaches is extremely wide.  If you’re looking to stretch your intellectual boundaries, I suggest giving this blog a try.
  7. Draggle’s Anime Blog, by draggle
    I cannot get enough of draggle’s hilarious image-heavy posts.  Inane babble, step aside! Here’s a blogger who isn’t afraid of striking to the heart of the topic and cutting out any unnecessary discussion.  I appreciate draggle’s sense of humor in large part because I tend to have trouble inserting any into my own writing.
  8. Listless Ink, by Yi
    I had to conduct a wide search to find a blogger with such interesting views on fashion and sexuality in anime and manga (though simpleek is one as well).  A good percentage of the entries are written in academic essay format, editorial, and do take a large amount of time and thought to process.  They’re never quick and dirty reads.

Now for the 7 things about myself (though my recent 50-question survey covers this already):

  1. Despite my profession for non-pickiness when it comes to food, there are some that I avoid: okra, celery, dark chocolate, overly sweet candies, ice cream, and some others that are slipping my mind.
  2. My current go-to espresso drink is a white chocolate mocha with creme de menthe (think chocolate mint ice cream in coffee form)
  3. I have extreme rage issues with video games; I cannot count the number of times I’ve yelled at the computer screen when playing Left 4 Dead 2.  Don’t play on expert realism if you friendly fire!
  4. I have been obsessively buying nail polish every time I’ve gone to the store for the past couple of months–particularly those made by Essie
  5. I currently live in a dry cabin (no running water), a type of housing that is very popular in Alaska, particularly for college students who have a small budget.  I have to haul water in 5-6 gallon jugs every month or so.
  6. My hair takes 15-20 minutes to blow dry.  Curse my mother for giving me her overly thick hair!
  7. When I don’t want to deal with my morning bangs, I slip on a stretchy head band Tainaka Ritsu style (and I used to be a percussion major in undergrad, too)

2011 AniBloggers’ Choice Anime Awards

In participation with Kiddtic’s 2011 ACAA, here are my picks for the past year.  I probably had the most difficulty narrowing down my choices for the current fall season since there are quite a few that vied for my second and third choices.  I’m also going to include an additional Licensor Award since I think it’s a great idea for supporting our local licensing of a medium we all love and hopefully want to share with others.

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