Cliches

Cliches

Do you speak using cliches? You might think the answer is “no” but what if I told you there are as many as 681? These are things we say often without really recognizing that we are using cliches. Because we have heard them our whole lives they come so naturally in our speech that we hardly give them a thought.

A fellow blogger, Christine Goodnough, gave me a link to the article “Be a Better Blogger” that contains the long list of 681 cliches. You can check it out for yourself at https://www.be-a-better-writer.com/cliches.html According to the list maker, Pearl Luke, we should never use these cliches unless it is intentional to be funny.

I am always interested in becoming a better writer, but I’m not sure that I agree with Luke. While cliches can be lazy and boring it seems to me that we are throwing the baby out with the bathwater if we eschew them all forever. I’m not yanking your chain, in this day and age of information overload it pays to be on your toes, but you can’t believe everything you read.

The same goes for this blog.  🙂

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“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.” John Lennon

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Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Nomination

I am so honored to have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! Thank you to Sharvi who nominated me. Please check out her blog “Tips from Sharvi.” It will make your life easier.  https://tipsfromsharvi.com/about/

Here are my answers to Sharvi’s questions to me: 

1. What motivates you to blog? Exchanging thoughts and experiences with others. 

2. Do you actually follow your set blogging schedule? I do not have a schedule. That would make it seem like work. 

3. Who inspires you the most? Other bloggers and people of courage who I learn about inspire me, but most of all I must say are my readers. 

4. Which is your favourite vacation destination? Anywhere in nature, but especially the ocean.

5. Funny one… Honestly, can you sneeze with your eyes wide open? First, try it out to see. If you can, then teach me how to!  I can say with certainty that it cannot be done!

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Award Creation

The Mystery Award was created by Okoto Enigma who has a delightful blog about “Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion.” Check it out and learn more about her and this special award.  https://www.okotoenigmasblog.com

Award Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me

  1. I have been fortunate to have traveled to many different countries.
  2. Other than my family the thing that brings me the most joy is nature.
  3. I love to write and blogging is a wonderful way to share thoughts, doubts, questions and experiences with others. I cannot imagine being conformed by one subject.

Bloggers Who I nominate for the Mystery Award

  1. Beauty Beyond Bones  https://beautybeyondbones.com
  2. Life Just Happens  https://lifejusthappensweb.wordpress.com/author/debmrst/
  3. Parallax  https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/46393402
  4. The DIHEDRAL  https://thedihedral.com
  5. Christine’s Collection https://christinegoodnough.com/about/
  6. The Struggle  https://thestruggle247.wordpress.com
  7. Elan Mudrow https://tricksterchase.com/about-2/
  8. Tom’s Nature Up Close Photography and Mindfulness Blog  https://tom8pie.com
  9. Memoire of a Writer  https://thememoirofawriter.com/2019/05/12/what-you-too-qotd/
  10. Ankit Verma  https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/105525070/posts/574
  11. Sandstorm Click https://sandstormclick.wordpress.com/2019/05/11/pinata-time/

Questions for My Nominees

  1. What influenced you to start blogging?
  2. Have you ever thought of discontinuing your blog?
  3. What do you do when you are not writing?
  4. What is your biggest challenge to blogging?
  5. And, the “weird” one: If you were not a human what do you think you’d be?

My Ten Best Posts (in my opinion)

  1. The Landing  https://crookedcreek.live/2016/09/02/jacksonville-landing/
  2. The Good Wife https://crookedcreek.live/2016/09/03/the-good-wife/
  3. Phillip https://crookedcreek.live/2016/09/27/little-blue-bird/
  4. To Read  https://crookedcreek.live/2016/09/07/to-read/
  5. Death – Decisions  https://crookedcreek.live/2017/01/25/death-decisions/
  6. The Half Has Never Been Told https://crookedcreek.live/2019/02/01/book-review-2/
  7. Spring  https://crookedcreek.live/2019/04/15/spring/
  8. New Harmony 2  https://crookedcreek.live/2019/04/08/new-harmony-2/
  9. Solar Eclipse  https://crookedcreek.live/2017/08/23/solar-eclipse/
  10. The Green Book  https://crookedcreek.live/2018/12/16/movie-review-2/

I look forward to hearing from my nominees and seeing their responses. Again, thank you Sharvi for the nomination!