Yes yes yes, I know this goes against my usual Awards Policy - that policy being "politely decline, then slay all attempts by the award's interloping agents to breach the walls with fire, blood and a toaster."
But I made an exception today. And not just because the award has a nice pretty picture. Being inspiring to someone is not easy - especially when you're as pedantic and pernickety as I can be - and thus I think it's important to let people know that they inspire you. I've been honoured with being told I "inspire" people a couple of times, either by supporting their endeavours or doing something that made them want to do similarly, and it's a wonderful feeling to know that you've done something good for people.
So, today, I'm going to do that too.
The award runs as follows:
Parts one and two here have been completed to my satisfaction . . . now . . . let's delve into the Fact File. It's a little old . . . I hope it's still decipherable.
FACT THE FIRST: The being known as Charley intends to conclude her full-time secondary education at the thirteenth educational venue she has attended (infant education omitted).
FACT THE SECOND: The aforementioned Charley takes great joy from occasionally referring to herself in the third person during innocuous conversation. Studies suggest this is because she enjoys seeing if anyone will notice or, preferably, join in.
FACT THE THIRD: To this day, Charley maintains a lifelong mistrust of the number nine. Neither she, her parents, or anyone else, is sure why.
FACT THE FOURTH: Despite priding herself on a consistently strong grasp and use of language, Charley frequently fails to leave the "a" out of the past-tense spelling of the verb "to lead", frequently leading to confusion over whether she means "led" or is referring a the dense metallic element.
FACT THE FIFTH: If asked, after much deliberation and reference to the subjective nature of the question, Charley would define herself as a "cat person".
FACT THE SIXTH: Charley is prone to existential crises. Especially as a result of lessons spent studying religious and theological issues.
FACT THE SEVENTH: Despite being no expert on avian species, Charley maintains a peculiar fondness for crows. Seagulls, however, are like to suffer similar treatment at her hands as they would from a small terrier (studies suggest this may be the result of a slightly traumatising chip-thieving incident perforated by the aforementioned).
And now, nominations . . . fifteen nominations!
Some rules are made to be broken. This one probably isn't, judging by the high-grade material and fairly sturdy consistency, but my mace has never been much troubled by that.
I hereby declare that my nominations go to ALL MY FOLLOWERS!
Because every single one of you inspires me. You read my posts, you give your opinions, you sometimes agree, you sometimes disagree, you add things to what I've said, you suggest things I didn't see. I read your blogs, I see your posts. They make me think, they make me laugh, they make me cry, they inspire me.
You inspire me.
~ Charley R