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I’ve done my share of blogging awards and abandoned them when the attractiveness of the concept wore off for me. Today, though, I was nominated for what is not an ordinary award but a personalised challenge. It’s called the Dedicated Blogger Award, kindly passed on to me by my much appreciated blogging friend Soul Gifts. Before I get any more cheesy, I say a huge thank you (cheesy) and present my completed task: I was asked to produce a stick drawing!

I’m still laughing at the idea that I was drawing on demand. I mean, look at my picture… Pathetic, isn’t it. I feel the need to explain what the picture attempts to represent, in case there is a confusion arising from my lack of mimetic skills. It’s me accepting this award while wearing an evening gown and giving an acceptance speech. The thing emitting rays in the top left corner isn’t a flying saucer but a spotlight. The small thing on the right is my cat. She doesn’t give a meow.

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

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  1. I tend to keep well away from the various pyramid-scheme awards too. And most memes. That cartoon is pretty funny though πŸ™‚

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      1. You should get an award for that πŸ˜‰

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    1. I enjoyed the awards to start with, and it’s still flattering to be awarded one, but then it got too complicated and demanding. I’m pleasantly surprised that you like my primitive drawing πŸ™‚

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  2. Great stick drawing! Very eye-catching! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you a lot! I never cease to be surprised by the positive responses to my silly drawings… I wish I could draw properly.

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      1. I really can’t do any better and would not share my drawings for anything in the world ahahah

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        1. I shared my first dumb drawing as a joke, but people seemed to be laughing with me rather than at me, so I soon overcame my original determination to avoid sharing stupid things…

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          1. I guess that’s how everything works πŸ˜†

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  3. Hey Mara, I was wondering if you could do me a favor and read my latest post? It’s been a while since I’ve written and I wanted a dedicated blogger to read my post… If you wouldn’t mind.

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    1. All read and done. Good to see you around and good luck with your project!

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  4. Brilliant! I love that the cat does not give a fig about your accomplishments.

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    1. Thank you! The cat never gives a fig. She made it her job to always look indifferent, occasionally mildly disgusted.

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  5. Fabulous! I totally love it, that you’re thanking your cat in the acceptance speech! They should try that at the Oscars instead …

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    1. Awe, thank you! I’d totally thank my cat if I were required to deliver an acceptance speech. I was toying with the idea of thanking the cat in my dissertation, but then limited myself just to thanking my supervisor and such. I still regret that.

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      1. Oh my … that would have been terrific! I think you’d gotten at least a smile out of them, don’t you think?! πŸ™‚

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        1. I suspected that those who’d read my dissertation wouldn’t have a great sense of humour, so I omitted the cat (and the family and god) and only thanked my supervisor, the doctoral committee members and my department in general. (I didn’t even include the secretary so as not to get controversial, though the department secretary has done more for me than anyone else.)

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          1. Yes … I can understand that. Very formal. My husband has told me a great deal …

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  6. The cartoon is great. Especially the cat!

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    1. Thanks a lot! I’m quite taken aback by the positive feedback on my dumb drawings πŸ˜‰

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  7. That is priceless, Mara! I love it πŸ™‚ And thank you for accepting the challenge – it was just an excuse to see another one of your priceless drawings…

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    1. I’m glad if I managed to meet the challenge! I tried my best, but then it’s no secret that I’m horrible at arts… I’m starting to enjoy the stick figures a lot though. There might be more coming.

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      1. Awesome πŸ™‚ Could be a book in the making – Mara’s sticks!!

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        1. Haha, that would be quite the irony to make a stick drawing book because I always looked to publishing an academic book πŸ˜€

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          1. Do both πŸ™‚ Or – here’s a thought: illustrate the academic one with your sticks!

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          2. Haha, now, that’s an idea!

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          3. It would be unique πŸ™‚

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          4. It could be just the one academic book that would actually sell.

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          5. It’ll be so different people will be intrigued enough to buy it πŸ™‚

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  8. […] always, it delights me to make this announcement. Β The recipient of Β August 2017 Soul Gifting is Mara Eastern who describes herself as a ‘sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space […]

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  9. Haha – I was surprised to see Raili handing out a blogging award… I should have known it wasn’t the kind that usually makes the rounds πŸ™‚ All the same, I think you should demand a badge πŸ™‚

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    1. Nope, it wasn’t your usual blogging award! It didn’t occur to me to demand a badge. I guess I could make one, but it would probably end up pathetic.

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      1. I made a badge for an award I invented last year. It said Non-Nominate; the prestigious non-award for outstanding award-free blogs.
        I was quite proud of it. Raili was one of my non-nominees. This is what it looked like: https://janebasilblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/non-nominate/

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        1. Your non-nominate award is hilarious! Thank you for the link, I discovered some new blogs to follow!

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          1. Thank you – and I’m pleased that it led you to interesting places.

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