Rumor Has It That I’m a Kreativ Blogger!

The nomination comes with a badge:

It also comes with rules, which I am going to (sort of) break.


Rule 1: Mention the person who nominated you, and link to her blog.

Rule 2 : Post seven things about me that readers might not know.

Rule 3: Nominate seven other bloggers for the award.

The first rule I won’t mess with, not only because I adore Kim and think you will, too, but also because I’m grateful she thought to nominate me. You may know Kim Koning from #storycraft,  as a member of #TESSpecFic, or as a contributor toTales for Canterbury. Kim is a wonderfully emotive writer, an authentically engaged member of the world-wide writing community, and a friend.  Please check out her blog, Wrestling the Muse, and follow her on Twitter at @authorkimkoning.

Rules Two and Three, I’m going to bend. Most Kreative Blogger entries give a bullet-point list of seven disembodied facts or tidbits about the writer. Instead of listing seven things, I’m going to write seven vignettes illustrating something interesting. In addition, while the standard Kreative Blogger response lists seven nominees in the same post, I will list one per post. This is mostly to give me time to find seven bloggers I enjoy who are not already nominated. If you have suggestions, please send them. I will consider any entries, writing related or not, provided that the blogs are fresh, enjoyable and, of course, creative.


The Faerie or the Dinosaur?

Aniko Gets Kreativ  #1

I have two nephews. The oldest is almost ten, the youngest has just turned five. The difference between their ages is almost exactly the difference in age between my sister and me. In a sense, watching the boys is like getting to look back in time to how my sister and I must have been when we were children. If we were boys, that is, and if I had been the younger of the pair. I say that because my younger nephew’s dreamy, imaginative approach to the world strikes a chord of recognition within my soul. I know him because he is like me.

My writing room is filled with trinkets and baubles that have personal meaning. My desk faces a bank of windows, and on the sill is where I keep my talismans. Last weekend, my younger nephew found a little sponge amongst the trinkets. It came from one of those capsules that looks like a pill, but when you soak it in water, the gelatin capsule dissolves and the compressed sponge blossoms. I’ve seen them sold in packs at the grocery store, often claiming the sponges will look like farm animals. The pack I got, though, was supposed to look like mythical creatures. The sponge my younger nephew found was a faerie.


He held the faerie up to me and said, “What kind of dinosaur is this?” I said, “That’s not a dinosaur, it’s a faerie.” He wasn’t convinced, so I pointed to each part of the sponge and explained what it was. Here are her wings. Here are her legs. Here are her arms, and this is the book she’s reading.  He watched patiently, carefully, thoughtfully. Then he said, “Well, why does she have a dinosaur tail?” He pointed at the draped hem of the faerie’s dress. Suddenly, I understood my mistake. What I called ‘wings’ were really the bony plates on the back of a stegosaurus, the ‘book’ was a spindly leg, and the ‘dress’ was a stubby tail.

My first Kreativ blogger fact is this: I have seen a faerie turn into a dinosaur.

My nomination for the Kreativ Blogger award is my friend Mari Biella. Her blog is thoughtful and well-written. She recently published her debut novel, The Quickening – if you like haunted house stories, you’ll love Mari’s story.

20 thoughts on “Rumor Has It That I’m a Kreativ Blogger!

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    • I think I only saw it because for one moment, I was able to see it from my nephew’s perspective. Now, I have to really force it. And then it looks like the poor dino was born from a of toxic-waste – not quite right, you know?

      Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Oh I love what you have done with this Aniko 🙂 Again, you are as bad as Jonathan at making me blush with your very generous description 🙂 BTW I adore a certain Happy Horror Writer too! I can’t wait to see your other Kreative posts 🙂 – Kim


  3. Thank you for the nomination, Aniko! I love your idea for the ‘seven facts’, too!

    BTW, I was very sorry to hear that you were ill. Hope you’re feeling better (and less stressed) now. Relax, take a deep breath… 🙂


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  5. Ooh, I like this idea of taking on seven different vignettes. God speed. I won’t be attempting as much, but again, I really like that you are. And it makes good material. If I did this, I would be covered for the next two months 🙂

    It definitely helps to be a boy to see the dinosaur. Just something hardwired in our brains I think. Reminds me of my sister-in-law who decided that she didn’t want her son to play with toy guns, but before he even knew what a toy gun was, he was making one out of his finger.

    Of course, my daughter pretty regularly talks to dinosaurs, so maybe my logic is flawed on this one.

    Paul D. Dail A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog


    • I will probably end up taking great liberties with the Kreativ Blogger posts. I thought I would have them all be lighthearted, but I think that my next one will be a bit more sobering than giggle-inducing. I write what I feel, and am not good at planning out any particular theme for my blog. I just pretend I’m like those hand-dyed fabrics that have the warning on the label, “Natural variations in texture and color are normal!” 🙂

      As far as the dino, perhaps you are instinctively correct in your assumptions? I’ve read somewhere (yep, in addition to keeping a steady tone in the blog, I’m also good at citing sources!)… I read somewhere. Nope, can’t do it. Can’t remember what I read. There was something about one of the sexes developing the ability to spot camouflaged dangers earlier than the other sex, but without remembering which sex, I don’t have much to say. However, if it is boys that can detect hidden dangers like dinos, then you might be right about the gender-specific hard-wiring.

      Of course, like your daughter, my little sister was ga-ga for dinos when she was about four…


      • Wow. I think you should look into that one and see. That feels very much like the whole hunter-gatherer thing. I would be curious to see if it’s the male or female. Honestly, I can see logic for either side (obviously hunting, but also a motherly protective thing as well).

        Hope you are having a good weekend.

        Paul D. Dail A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog


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