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We all want to change the world – The REVOLUTION Award

Published September 17, 2013 by Shadow Girl

“A great revolution in just one single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a society and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of humankind.”
― Daisaku Ikeda

By it’s very definition, a revolution is simply a desire for change.
— Jack Chaser

“Revolution”

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SG ~ The First Shadow of the Revolution

You say you want a revolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know you can count me out

You say you got a real solution
Well you know
We don’t love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well you know
We’re doing what we can
But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell you is brother you have to wait

You say you’ll change the constitution
Well you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well you know
You better free your mind instead
[…]

What is ‘The Revolution Award’ ?

JACK CHASER, fellow blogger & writer of The Things I See Up Here, was thinking about these ‘blogger awards’ we sometimes are honored with being chosen for. I, like him & every other blogger I know, am very grateful, and I feel very humble (and giddy!) when nominated for one. A couple of my favorites will forever adorn my sidebar. (::smiling:: Remember your first?)
To quote from his blog post directly, he writes –
“The basic concept behind the awards passed around the blogosphere is simple. It’s a chain letter. You pass it off to others who then select a chosen few to perpetuate the cycle. It is a great way to help drive traffic from the blogs you have selected back to your own blog by making it part of the “rules” that the recipients have to link back to you.”
I’d really like you to read his post, because, he explains how these awards can quickly turn from Prestigious Award to a headache of a task when you can’t award just anyone back. You must adhere to a strict set of conditions, always sticking to someone else’s rules.

Jack is the first to slam his fist down & shout “NO MORE!”
Again, I quote –
“Why can’t I give the ” Blogger I’d Like to Fuck ” award to someone who posts photos of food they have cooked that looks so good I want to lick the computer screen? Why can’t I give the “Best Moment” award to someone who posts a video of their kid falling asleep on the toilet?”
I, for one, am following suit!! Slamming my fist down, adding a foot stomp for good measure, & shouting…

“NO MORE!”

This moment, as you read this is the birth of a revolution. We, as writers, literally shape this world we have created and a revolution begins with a single change. I want to change the way we think about each other and the way we appreciate each other.”

And, that is what he has done! He has made a brand new award! THE REVOLUTION AWARD – one to be passed like a torch to any blogger who inspires us, or touches us. One that has no rules or stipulations. No seven facts about your genitals, or eleven reasons why you write what you write or your top 69 favorite foods. The only requirement… pay it forward.
Bestow it upon a blogger who made you smile, (or laugh, or cry) today.
Present it to someone who treats their blog as they would their novel.
Pay it forward to someone you think deserves it.

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The person who deserves this award from me is all those things, and more.
A master of horror, a weaver of words, a ¹BARD by modern definition.

Arthur Griswold, Art, Grizz, Pooh-Bear, man with the plan behind GRIZZ-TION.
*ARTHUR GRISWOLD – THE FIRST BARD OF THE REVOLUTION*
He used Grizz-tion as a home to some of his stories, (short and long), along with sharing some of the poetry that gravitated around his darker side. It was his coffee house to meet other writers, network, and generally ‘decompress’ his brain whenever needed.
Sadly, due to circumstances that I’m not getting into, Art stopped blogging.
Grizz-tion sits, waiting for his return. Fellow bloggers stop by and scatter the tumble-weeds, leaving with pouty lips & their heads held low.
Art still writes. He wrote a short story, a piece especially for his daughter – (I thought it had been blogged, but I cannot find it), that now graces the pages of Literary Orphans! (If his blog is a home for his work, LO is their summer cottage). As a matter of fact, Mr. Grizz is about to unveil something HUGE – but it’s a secret known only by The Keepers. We will fill you in as the project develops further.
Art, you deserve this for so many reasons. Your work is only the beginning.
You’ve inspired me in ways that I never thought possible.
You’ve been a sounding board, a cheerleader, a coach, and a teacher.
You RE-WROTE ‘Bushkill…’ – for me!!
A near & dear story which began from a spark in your mind and a beat in your heart. A story that, along with a select few others, was held close to your heart and seen by only the worthy, was changed. Changed to include my character, changed to support my story, changed to encourage me to keep writing!
You participate in any whimsical ideas I come up with, (Urban Legends), without complaint, knowing it encourages me to keep trying, to keep writing. And, you are currently participating in a compilation to make sure that Phobophobia sees the light of day.
If I listed every reason that I think you’re the bee’s knees, this post would be the length of an epic novel. I want you to understand how much I appreciate all that you do, and all that you are, because you ARE awesome.
I think that the blogosphere misses Grizz, but more importantly… I think Grizz misses Grizz-tion. That place of your own, your Man Cave on the web. Where the bullshit of life can be shed creatively. Tumblr is fun, but you need more. I believe that your ‘NOW’ is suffering, and I think you should give this another go.
If you’re not ready, or if you just say no, I won’t be mad, sad, or disappointed, Pinkey Promise. You still deserve The Revolution Award, because you’re YOU. xxoo
* (on a side note… I JUST ‘gotF.W.I.W.! Sorry for my occasional derpiness. AND… we’re changing the pic on your bio! ~ xxoo)

So to all of you reading this, pay it forward. Take this award as your own to bestow on anyone who inspires you. If they choose to honor you by telling everyone about you , so be it. I believe in the freedom to tell someone they are talented without having to list out the seven types of bowel movements you have had in the last month.

The Revolution Award, made by JC, is the one shown at the top of this post. I took it into my art program only to add the recipient’s name… and it came out like you see here. That is my editing, done only for this person.
The FIRST _____ OF THE REVOLUTION started in the comments section of JC’s original post. A fun conversation we had that day (which produced The First Pussy of the Revolution – CJ Riordan of Cliterary Review, The First Shadow of the Revolution…etc. ) hence [yeah, hence!] THE FIRST BARD OF THE REVOLUTION

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¹Bard:
Celtic Word pertaining to individuals who are masters in the arts, music, story telling etc, as indeed the Celts were. Rabbie Burns Is a good Example of a Bard. Shakespeare on the other hand is not, as he is an English Twat who wrote boring and historically innacurate Plays.

BBB’s Tips & Tricks For Surviving The Day

Published September 13, 2013 by Shadow Girl

Happy Friday The Thirteenth Horror Lovers!
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There is that little inner voice that is whispering things in your ear today, trying to goad you into being a responsible ‘adult‘. It says things like “Unlucky things happen every day” and “Superstition ain’t the way” and “If anything, you’re probably a bit safer today, because many people are hiding out and therefore unable to drop a safe on your head.”
LIES! ALL LIES!
Don’t listen to it.
Have we learned nothing from the multitude of horror movies we’ve watched over the years? At the very least, you should listen to the wisdom taught by Uncle Jason…
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‘What does Shadow Girl do on Friday The 13th’, you ask?
I’ll tell you what I do! Besides posting these public service announcements to keep you safe, I do what I do best. I read. This year, I’m reading ASBO by Iain Rob Wright, and I’m going to be going back into recently finished books like THE SUMMER I DIED, STEPHEN KING, HOUSEMATES, and HIT, (among others) to sort my thoughts and tell you about them. I’ve been reading some amazing things, without stopping in between to review or discuss. ::finger of shame:: Bad Blogger! ::slaps hand::
What are you doing today?
You could be reading any number of Friday the Thirteenth themed books instead of rewatching the film franchise as it’s being looped on FX for 36 hours! [Or, you know, you could do that, too. Multi-tasking can be fun for horror hounds on days like today ::winks::]

CAMP BLOOD is the internet home of Jason Voorhees, and lists all the books and graphic novels that are attached to the movies in any way. The YA novels are written by multiple authors, and sound like so much fun… it’s a new quest of mine – to read them all. With lines like “I’ve got a little secret for you. The only time you’re safe―really safe―is when you’re dead.” [―Paul Sexton, Mother’s Day, P. 107], and so many crazy story lines (like in The Jason Strain by Christa Faust and Hate-Kill-Repeat by Jason Arnopp), I’m dying to get my hands on them all!

OK. We’ve covered READING for today. But, what other tips and tricks should you know to keep safe today? You should certainly avoid doing unlucky things!! I know you’re a rebel, but don’t purposely go stepping on sidewalk cracks today. Mothers around the world will thank you. Don’t try to be a bad ass, avoid walking under ladders, don’t run down the mirror isle of IKEA with a cart full of bowling balls, and stay away from umbrellas altogether. Here are 13 More Things You Should Definitely Avoid on Friday the 13th…

1. The internet.
The infamous Jerusalem virus of the ’80s (spread through floppy disks!) destroyed all executable files on infected computers every January 13. On January 13, 1989, the virus hit a bunch of IBM PCs in Britain. Keep the devices off.

2. The stock market.
Friday, the Thirteenth *[free download] was a weird and popular 1907 novel about an evil trader named Bob Brownley, who wreaks havoc on Wall Street. The novel’s helped cement the date’s evil portents in pop culture with inimitably purple prose:
Wall Street has lived through many black Fridays. Some of them have been thirteenth-of-the-month Fridays, but no Friday yet marked from the calendar, no Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday yet garnered to the storehouse of the past was ever more jubilantly welcomed by his Satanic Majesty than yesterday.
And wouldn’t you know, 81 years later, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 190.58 points, on Friday, October 13, 1989 — sure, that’s peanuts compared to the market of today, but why risk it?

3. Vegas.
Tupac Shakur died on Friday the 13th, 1996 after a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.

4. The movies.
Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, was born on a Friday the 13th, and you don’t want to live his nightmares.

5. The streets.
A 1993 study published in the British Medical Journal found that hospital visits from vehicular accidents increased as much as 52% on Friday the 13th. Stay home.

6. Work
Triskaidekaphobia expert Dr. Thomas Fernsler of the University of Delaware, known as “Dr. 13”, estimates that absenteeism costs the nation billions each Friday the 13th. So why even bother going in?

7. School.
This school caught on fire on Friday the 13th of August, 2010. It could happen again.

8. The air.
Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed in the Andes on Friday, October 13, 1972. The event is the subject of the movie Alive.

9. The water.
On Friday, January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia hit a rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Italy, partially sinking the ship and killing 30.

10. The outside.
Hurricane Charley made landfall in Cuba on Friday, August 13, 1992. It is still the eighth most destructive Atlantic hurricane in history. On April 13, 2012, a terrible tornado cluster hit the Midwest. Nature is to be respected. Be safe. (I’m using a clip from the weather channel, because the tornado footage from that day makes me cry)

11. The inside.
Even your house is not safe from today’s curse, at least if you want to sell it: housing sales are 32 percent less on the 13th, reports ABC News.

12. Traveling.
On Friday, August 13, 1993, the Royal Plaza Hotel in Nakorn Ratchasima, Thailand, caved in, killing 127 people. All six stories collapsed “swiftly and totally.”

13. Staying put.
According to NASA, an asteroid may SLAM into the Earth on a Friday the 13th in 2029. (Check out the freaky data & sciency stuff!) NASA says scientists are hoping it will not hit on April 13th, but ‘shave’ past us, being the brightest asteroid in recorded history. (Never fear! … There’s still a 3.9 in a million chance that 99942 Apophis will return to collide with us later this century.)

So, what’s left? What should you do this Friday the 13th?
~ Adopt a BLACK CAT from Black Cat Rescue
~ Download a Friday the 13th themed book
~ Play ESCAPE FROM CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE (fun & free!)
* or the original game – Escape from Elm Street
~ Do a Friday the 13th WORD SEARCH
~ Play Camp Blood TIC TAC TOE
~ Test your Friday the 13th movie knowledge HERE
~ Learn about Friday the 13th on Wikipedia
~ Play Friday The 13th online FREE
~ Load up your PINTREST boards with Friday The Thirteenth Flair!!

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