The creative writing, observations, experiences, and opinions, on life, and the world around him, by Kiril Kundurazieff; taking one step at a time on the Journey of Discovery, and Enlightenment, that every individual must take from the cradle to the grave.
As the human behind the blog I sincerely thank her and am at last able to find time to pass the award on.
But, before doing so a little Liebster Blog Award History is in order:
I am not the first, and won't be the last (Hi there, fellow Googler! Hope the following answers your questions! Hee, hee!) who has been curious enough to go in search of the origins of the award and I did so last summer.
I remember when I first saw the award, in early 2011, and how cool I thought the design was, and how I hoped that, someday, someone would think my writing worthy of receiving it. Back then I never thought to find out who started it and why
I've had people tell me, "Oh, you're fine..." Blessed be to God! Oh, it gets better. Look how dead the trees are. They look horrible! You know what’s funny though? You know what they say… Don’t go to the banker, or the hospital, after the holidays. OK, I’ve got to go. If something comes up call me. I’m doing fine.
A retired mental health counselor and college professor, a cat and dog lover, blogger (3 over the years), internet radio host, and politically conservative he was one of the friendliest, kindest, funniest, most supportive people I have ever known; even through all his medical trials (Cancer, among other issues) all of those traits shown through loud and clear.
I first encountered him sometime in early 2006, maybe even earlier, and wrote about his blog, GM's Corner, and his participation as a radio host for the new Wide Awakes Network, in July of that year.
There are 2 tributes, by a couple of my blogging friends, who both knew him very well, that express the thoughts of many:
I never met George in person but, in the past year, after my move to Houston (He had encouraged me to also consider McAllen), had the pleasure of chatting with him on the phone a few times, even as we continued occasional email correspondence and a connection on Facebook.
The last 3 years of our friendship saw him encourage me during long years of unemployment, several serious medical issues of my own(Broken ankle and 2 eye surgeries, 1 for cancer), a move from CA, to TX, and a 3 year creative journey that has seen me grow and evolve as a writer in ways that I could not have imagined when I started in 2002.
The best way I know to show my appreciation to him, aside from continuing to move forward as a writer, is to share comments he made on my blogs, during these last 3 years, supporting and encouraging me.....
1.Delightful little tale. Never look back, for we can't change the past.
In my last post I mentioned, among other things, the following:
"I submitted a 3000+ word story to a pet themed publisher for consideration for an anthology book project; this is something new for me, another step, alongside the earlier 2 guest blogging posts and 2 poetry rejections, this year. I want to do more of all this, going forward, even eventually organizing my 4 blogs worth of archives as I ponder publishing options for the best of their material.
Doing all of these involves my learning new things, even getting help, if possible."
Well, I have an update....
Over the summer my friend Janiss Garza, LA cat blogger, cat book author and editor of FitCat Publishing, "a boutique publishing and media company that specializes in highly niched print and digital books, and digital artwork", released a "call for submissions" for rescue cat stories "written in First Person Cat (in other words, through the eyes of the rescued cats)".
I learned of the effort when the deadline was extended to the end of October and decided that one of my creative muses, Elvira Mistress of Felinity, had a story to tell, about her own arrival in my life, and the first few months in her new forever home.
My rent, phone/computer, and Typepad annual, with the help of my latest small paycheck from Walmart, on Thursday, will clean me out but for a few buck to keep my checking account open.
I am trying to apply for the LoneStar Foodstam program, but since the website is causing me a problem I will got to an office to get the form.
I will get my 2nd $500 from Hill's, for my Ideal Balance series, later in the month, but...
Have I hit absolute rock bottom at last? I don't know, I just don't know.
As I sat in a booth at a Jack-in-the-Box, across the street from my vet, nursing a diet Dr. Pepper and waiting for the rain to subside before heading home, on Halloween, I contemplated my future, as I gazed at the beautiful urn carrying the ashes of my original muse, Mr. Nikita, who I recently helped to Rainbow Bridge (Mr. Nikita RIP: My Original Muse...Never to Be Forgotten).
My sweater reads, “Real men Admit they Love Cats” and let there be no doubt…I loved Nikita with all my heart and soul.
I came out in the pouring rain to retrieve him because the management of my apartment needed proof he’d kicked the bucket in order to lop off $20 a month from my rent, which I am allowed to pay 4 days late, this month only, with no late fee.
Instead of tossing his ashes to the winds, someplace, I am going to make a spot of honor to set him and the clay paw print I was also given, among my cat book shelves. I think the best public tribute I could ever make for him would be to take him to an open mic poetry reading, set him next to me on the stage and read 2 or 3 of “his” poems.
Not knowing how I will pay the rent and my few bills, through at least the end of the year, I am looking for another job with more hours and better pay, on a reliable schedule and that is not temporary. Without being able to put funds on my Metro Transit Q-Card, instead relying on just my bike, I am not sure how difficult a job search will be, or if I could manage working 2 jobs.
After a year of Houston job searching (and 3 yrs. unemployment), with few interviews, I wonder if my age is a problem as well as my resume making me appear over-qualified for some odd reason.
My re-newed apartment lease is 9 months and, if I can become secure enough to find cheaper rent in a good neighborhood, even if further out from metro Houston, by then, it would take a load off my mind.
My other creative muse, my Tortie Miss Elvira, seems to have accepted Nikita no longer being a part of her life, partly helped, no doubt by the distraction of a big sore on her dainty behind and a cone around her head. With antibiotics and an ointment the sore seems to be healing nicely and she has continued her new-found extra friendliness with me by sleeping on the bed all night and sitting on my lap a while, from time to time, if I pick her up and set her there.
I had a follow-up on my eyes which showed more progress on the reduction of the cancer in the left one and I’ve lost 13 lbs. to 196 ½.
I will soon finish a writing project for Ideal Balance cat food and have submitted a 3000+ word story to a pet themed publisher for consideration for an anthology book project; this is something new for me, another step, alongside the earlier 2 guest blogging posts and 2 poetry rejections, this year. I want to do more of all this, going forward, even eventually organizing my 4 blogs worth of archives as I ponder publishing options for the best of their material.
Doing all of these involves my learning new things, even getting help, if possible.
But I have to have a stable, income generating, life that allows me to do things and get out and about.
I have ideas percolating in my brain about where to take my blogs the rest of the year, heading into 2014; there have been articles and news reports about cats and about cycling, among other issues, in Houston, for over a month now, that I have wanted to weigh in on and I want to find time to explore and comment on and about various Houston area websites and blogs that I have discovered over the past year as well.
I want to get out and about more in this town, also, not just to open mics, but other places and events (Especially if free) that I can write about and meet people. The only way I am going to get any attention and interest in my writing is to make my presence known and that includes on my Facebook and Twitter.
I have been reading the book Break Out! by Joel Osteen and, despite all the difficulties I face I continue to believe that, God willing, the best is still ahead for me and that I CAN overcome my challenges.
Lookout Houston! The Mad Macedonian, the Mad Houstonian, the Cycling Dude, and one sassy, Opinionated Pussycat are still living among you. :-D
Yes, it's been almost 3 years since I last subjected you, dear reader, to my culinary skills but, now that I am in Texas and Houston, one of the most dining and food pre-occupied cities in Texas, it is time that I join the fray.
A scene from an evening bike ride I took, last August, in a portion of George Bush Regional Park, here in Houston.
Good evening, friends.
It has been a tough two weeks, with a lot going on, and I just realized it had been a while since I last posted here.
Aside from work hours being reduced until the holiday season kicks in, thus giving me concern about being able to pay my rent and bills come November, I have been concerned about Nikita's health since his Sept. vet visit.
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