The Thought Palette ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

My blog was nominated for the Thought Palette ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award by Amethyst Marie, author of the wonderful Thalia’s Musings. So, wow.

If anyone doesn’t remember, Thalia’s Musings is the Greek mythological pantheon told from the perspective of the Muse of Comedy in a very modern style. Very worth checking out.

So, uh, I believe these are the rules, as quoted in the post that Amethyst Marie wrote:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Link back to the Blog of the Year 2012 Rules page so people can read the real, complete, and fully accurate rules of this slightly-different blogger award.
4. State 5 things about yourself.
5. Pass the award on to 6 other bloggers and link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by pingback.

The fact that it’s a requirement to state 5 things about myself is probably a good thing, since I tend to be pretty bad at talking about myself. Here goes.

1. I’m a scientist who loves research and who, incidentally, is also obsessed with fantasy fiction. For me, both science and fiction are about exploration. Science is about discovery, in terms of the world around us. Reading is about seeing new perspectives and ideas. And writing is about pushing your own boundaries and finding out about yourself. To me, anyway.

2. I like trying a little bit of everything and broadening my horizons. That said, I’m still kind of scared when I don’t know what to expect.

3. I just got a deadline for a presentation that I need to hurry up and work on, but I just started reading this magnificent new book and I can’t stop.

4. Right now is kind of my winter break, where I don’t have classes, but I do have lab. This surreal state of existence is lasting for about a month. I’m technically working full-time, but it feels like a break. Or a dream. Unfortunately, this means I keep forgetting things I shouldn’t be forgetting. Because it’s not a break, so maybe I should figure out a way to focus.

5. I’m writing slower, now that I’m in grad school. That makes me a little sad, but I’m sure it’ll get better after classes are over and I’m in lab full-time.

And the six other bloggers I’d like to pass the award to:

the dancing professor

This blog is about the musings of a professor–one who very frequently delves into awesome things, like Greek epics. She also just talks about life, and sometimes about her profession. Her posts are very intelligent, and I love hearing her perspective on things. And of course, the posts that touch on literature have just wonderful details. This post, where she focused on an upcoming Classics conference, is a great example of how she presents genuinely interesting information in a very personal way (which I can’t pull off at all, by the way).

I Could Be Arguing In My Spare Time 

The author of this blog is a fellow fantasy reader. Her blog is often about genre and also often about books. She usually takes completely different perspectives on works that I’ve also seen/read, and it makes for a fascinating counterpoint to the things that stand out to me. I love the way she explains her views, and it always makes sense, but it’s usually something that never occurs to me. It’s wonderful to hear a well put together opinion that I never would have thought up myself. Here’s a post she wrote on one of my favorite books, and of course, it’s nothing at all like what I would say about the series.

Dragon Hunters

This is written by another PhD candidate in biology, and touches both on science and geeky stuff. This is another blog that talks about what it’s like to do science, and the author’s experience is completely different from mine. Maybe because we’re in completely different areas of biology. Something cool that she did on her blog was documenting one of her field research experiences.

my Stethoscope

This blog is about taking some basic education/medical thing and explaining it. It shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone familiar with my blog that this is a cause I can get behind. It updates sporadically, because the author is a medical student. That actually makes it a more appealing thing to put in my newsfeed–every now and again, I’ll get completely different kind of content. And you know I think more people should talk about what they know. I should also point out that the author is a friend from college. Here’s a post explaining why there are different names for the same drug.

No Joe Schmo

This blog is really cool, because it’ll post interviews with people from all kinds of professions about what their jobs are like. Most recently were a Santa Claus at the mall, a magician, and the chaser for the national Quidditch team. It’s a great chance to hear about the variety of experiences people have in their lives.

Atomic Anxiety

Another cool review site, this one generally focuses on movies and TV. I first started reading this blog because of the very good and in depth series of posts put up for the Avengers movie. More recently, the author put up a review of the Mortal Kombat web series, which I was really excited to see. I’m going to have to review that eventually…

And that’s it. Thanks to everyone who reads the blog, and enjoy 2013.

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8 Responses to The Thought Palette ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

  1. Wow, I just saw this. Thanks for the nomination!

  2. Ashley says:

    Blog of the year award? Interesting. Thanks for the nomination! I’m planning to revamp my blog soon, most likely to something not medically related.

  3. Thank you so much for the nomination! I’m hoping to post sometime this weekend and I’ll give a better acknowledgement then, but in the meantime I really appreciate that you thought of me for this. It put a huge smile on my face in a very hectic week.

  4. trophos says:

    Thank you so much for this! I look forward to paying it forward 🙂

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