The Inspiration Circle – Jun ’17

The months ahead are going to be filled with unpredictability. With equal parts dread and hope, I’m stepping into a new phase of life in July. Before I do that, however, I want to put myself in a positive frame of mind. That is why I decided to bring this feature back at this juncture.

Inspiration

The Quote

The future is completely open and we are writing it moment to moment.

– Pema Chodron

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The Mystery Blogger Award

In my Monday post I mentioned that I’ve been tagged for a number of fun challenges and awards during my absence. This is the second one, the Mystery Blogger Award. A big thank you to the most supportive blogger I know, Sara Letourneau, for the tag! You can check out her blog here. Thanks also to the creator of the tag, Okoto Enigma, who describes it as: “The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” A nomination for such an award means so much to me! *wipes a happy tear*

As is usual in these kind of posts, it comes with its own set of rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog. (Done.)
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (Yup.)
  3. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link. (Check.)
  4. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  5. Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
  6. Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  7. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  9. Share the link to your best post.

I can sense this is going to be a long post, so fasten your seat belts for the ride, folks!

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The Case of the Absent Blogger

It was Mystery and Thriller week over on Goodreads last week, hence the title. (Neat, don’t you think?) As many of you might have noticed, I took a month-long vacation from blogging without any prior notice. I feel like I owe my regular readers an explanation, so that’s what I’ll be talking about in this post. Also, watch out for some fun Harry Potter GIFs. 😀

Why the Absence?

Two main reasons for this one: extended illness and a writing slump (I refuse to call it writer’s block).

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Alternate Book Titles – Harry Potter

With the imminent release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them this week, my recent re-watching of the Harry Potter film series and getting my hands on all the movie soundtracks, this post was just inescapable. I searched far and wide for alternate titles that would have the Marauder’s featured in it and found this one on Reddit based on Sirius (you’ll have to scroll quite a lot). However, it felt sort of incomplete as he’s majorly present only for two books. So, here is my new and improved version featuring them all.

The Marauders 01 – James is in a Mirror

The Marauders 02 – Sirius is STILL in Jail

The Marauders 03 – The Map Never Lies

The Marauders 04 – James Visits a Graveyard

The Marauders 05 – Another One Departs

The Marauders 06 – L + T = Love

The Marauders 07 – And Then There Were None


I hope this tickled your funny bone and hit you right in the feels too. I did warn you in October that my November posts would be short, didn’t I? That’s it for today. Please leave your own variations in the comments section. Any alternate title that you can think of will do, not just Harry Potter (especially if you aren’t a fan – I’m not judging).

My Top Ten: Movies

As I sit down to write my 100th blog post, I can’t help but look back with a smile at my blogging journey. It’s been less than a year since I started posting regularly, but lately I’ve felt less compelled to give into my laziness and miss a post, mostly because writing for this blog brings me immense joy. Perhaps it isn’t a widely successful internet phenomenon, but that has never been my aim. I’m lucky that I’ve found so many loyal readers who like the sort of things I write about. On this important milestone, I’d like to thank everyone who has ever read a post written by me and felt it was worth your time.

The previous Monday post reminded me that trying to limit my favourites to three is a very difficult task for someone like me, so I decided to do something interesting and list my favourites according to the date. This time around, I chose movies, mostly because I’ve been re-watching the series that defined my childhood. I realise that a lot of people might not like the kind of cinema that I do, and if you are one of them, I hope you will not judge me by what I love. Also, I’ll be discussing only English movies in my post because a lot of my regular readers will be able to easily identify them. That does not mean that I don’t watch/hate on regional movies. In fact, recently, I’ve watched quite a lot of good Kannada movies and really liked them (Godhi BaNNa… was amazing, in my humble opinion). Also, I do enjoy the occasional Bollywood movie, provided they’re not the usual, predictable masala kind.

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Fictional Boyfriends Tag

First off, I’ll confess that I haven’t put a lot of thought into this one. It’s just a list off the top of my head. The characters mentioned below are from books that I have loved reading, not from all the books that I have read. Secondly, I’m going to imagine an ideal world where it wouldn’t be weird to date some of them who are obviously a lot older than me. Let’s pretend they’re all 20 for the time being.

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