Premio Dardos Award

My blog coupremio-dardos-award3ld not have received a higher appreciation than being nominated for the Premio Dardos Award. Thank you Robin, your support and appreciation is a very kind gesture, one that would never rust with time. I’m humbled to be among the chosen 12 whom you selected to nominate for this award. For those of you who do not know her, Robin at writes about anything she can get her hands on, turning it into a damn good read. I find her work sparkling with original ideas and always look forward to what she has to write about. Please pay her a visit, I’m sure you would find her blog as engaging as I do.

Here are my Nominees for the Premio Dardos award –

1. Aionios – Short, sweet, and heart felt poetry. She specializes in showing deep emotion through less words, a quality I admire

2. Leonard Durso – Some of the most moving poetry translations. Meet Leonard, a prolific poet himself

3. The Chicago Files – Kindness and love reflects in all that she writes. Her work brings a smile and brightens my day

4. A Curious Mind – A little bit of everything can be found on his blog. Some of the best poetry I’ve read, quotes that I couldn’t agree more with and music

5. Trini Lind – She is a freelance writer who also writes the most lovely stories for children and poetry that I find really heart warming

6. Erika Kind – Blogging quotes of kindness that touch humanity with ways to better ourselves

7. Gaelic Dreams – A very talented poet whose poems are a journey to read

8. The Mobius Strip – Poetry that reflects deep emotions through vivid imagery. Often unrhymed, but marvels at being rhymed as well

9. Weggieboy’s Blog – Dougy and Andy, his two fun and adorable cats who keep him on his toes are the stars of his blog. I find it most entertaining to read about what they get up to each day!

10. Cindy Knoke – For the most amazing and breathtaking photography

11. Omnipop – Sharing his opinion through the written word, he writes on matters one can strongly relate to

12. Yeoldefoole – One of the first poets I started following on WordPress. His work shows honesty and courage. He is a skilled poet of all styles of poetry. But he does write the most fantastic Ghazals, which are a treat to read

13. Gogyoshi – I didn’t know what a Gogyoshi was until I found Steve’s blog. His poems are real gems that provoke a moment of aha.

14. Permacooking – Sharing healthy recipes and useful tips on how to reduce food wastage and conserve energy.

15. The Fires Inside – An accomplished writer, whose poetry passes great feelings of life and often times inspiring

On a side note: it was nearly an impossible task to bring it down to only 15 out of all the amazing bloggers I follow. Please do not think nothing more of it.

The rules for accepting and passing along this award –

Please create a post thanking the blogger who nominates you, should you choose to accept, with a link to their site, followed by nominating 15 bloggers whose work you deeply enjoy. If you wish to paste the Premio Dardos Award image onto your websites you may take it from this post above.

That said, I do not expect you to create a post participating to pass this award along because I do understand blogging is just a small part of our lives which otherwise couldn’t have been any less busier. Also, many of you may not accept awards, which again is perfectly fine. I only wish to convey my sentiment that your blogs are noteworthy and I always look forward to reading what you have to say.

Gathering Myself Back

An artist is made not by creative brush strokes or working alphabets like alchemy. Creativity exists in us all, from the common office worker to the affluent CEO, we are all creative in our own special ways. But the artist, the one who has in his grip all the courage needed to light the darkness inside his fist, is the only one courageous enough to take the plunge.

Tomorrow is the day I’m supposed to join another office job. Beginning tomorrow my tolerance meter will start taking a dip day by day and if history is any indication, I would not last in this job for more than 6 months. The longest period I have been employed by any organization is barely one and a half years out all of my 7 years of being employed. I believe this display of job hopping exhibits a strong pattern of escapism into a realm of higher promise, if you will, because I have in front me a mountain that I hope to conquer and every “office job”, no matter how reputed or well paying, takes me away from that mountain.

Honesty is that prized commodity which only shines from a distance. Therefore, I had agreed to trade some of my courage in return for a little lack of faith toward my art. Of course the writing market is not at its peak and it was not as early as yesterday that I heard a poet becoming a poet simply owing to his or her own merit. Paper is sinking under the weight of the internet; this is a fact that I told myself before I added the last interview in my bag of endless interviews.

So, here I am, disemboweled from my art and attached to the dilemma of whether or not to join this job because I know it will take me away from my mountain.

Distance does equal speed over time, the farther I drift away from my goal the longer it would take for me to travel back assuming I keep up the same speed, assuming I don’t age.

Throughout history art has never been the field leading to affluence but is certainly the one leading in terms of influence. And here is my courage. Today the distribution system is undergoing a rapid makeover and no one knows for certain where paper would be twenty years hence, perhaps the odds are tipping in favor of the internet. Which can be both, a plus or minus in many ways.

One need not fret as to a way to get one’s name out there in the open. We can all safely agree that everyone is capable and allowed to carve out their own special corner in the internet space. Again, here lays my courage.

It is not a task to get published today, but sadly some societies refuse to budge from being orthodox. The section of youth born into such a society will have to display herculean courage in greasing the shackles that bind them to the methods and notions of the past. Among that section of capable youth, I too belong, undoing the tangles, separating my views from theirs as a means to achieve harmony.

After all this thought stirring up a wildfire in my brain, I feel a moment of respite as I picture myself writing and being able to make some sort of a decent living out of it. I may not be aware of the exact figures of revenue but I can vouch for the fact that freelance is the new technology bound to change the way we have been looking at the writing industry. As more and more people take to freelance, there is definite hope for the writer to beat his way out of how he was perceived years ago.

Note: I had taken my blog off this space and had turned it private and removed all content, as you can see. Being caught between the pressure to do what’s expected out of me by others and myself, I tried to become the heroic son every family hopes for. Couldn’t keep it going for long. Tomorrow is World War Z at home..