Achievement Unlocked Award

Achievement Unlocked Award

So, I’ve been nominated for a geeky blogging award… does that mean I’m a geek? [Looks around as everyone else averts their gaze.] I’m kidding! Of course, I’m a geek.

What’s going on?

I love getting nominated for stuff. It’s like a massive pat on the back or friendly head rub if you’re talking about anime, which I more often than not am. So, thank you, Megan, from A Geeky Gal for the nomination, especially as you only nominated three other bloggers. I’m honoured that you wasted one of your wishes on me…

If you’re not already following Megan, as unbelievable as that may be, you really should. She’s a 3D modeler by day and geek by night, covering everything from anime and gaming, to poetry and even her wedding. Seriously, there’s something for everyone, but wait until you’ve finished reading this post. Megan has set some interesting questions for me to answer.

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A Real Neat Threepeat!

Catching up on some tag posts and this seems like a great place to start. Thanks for the nomination Amelia, I do enjoy completing these posts and it’s always great to be thought of.

This is my third Real Neat Blog Award and that means I have another great set of questions to answer. So, thanks again, Amelia.

All right, rather than drag out the intro, let’s get on with it.

As with all good things there are some rules to follow:

  1. Display the award logo.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 7-10 bloggers
  5. Ask them seven questions

And now for the questions:

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The Real Neat Blog Award (Goblin Edition)

This may seem like great timing since I’ve just finished watching Goblin Slayer!, however, I actually received this nomination back at the end of November… I know, I should have got to it sooner, but you know how it is. Anyhow, I’d like to apologize to Lina for taking so long to complete this one and say a massive thanks for the nomination.

Rules, there will always be rules. Thus, here they come:

  1. Display the award logo.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 7-10 bloggers
  5. Ask them seven questions

I just need to get into the right frame of mind. All right! Now, let’s get on with the questions.

1. What’s your stance on killing goblins?

If only there was an easy answer to this. I guess for the most part it depends on the goblin. Recently, I’ve seen several series with goblins in and each has a slightly different take on them.

In Overlord the goblins are the protectors of Carne Village. They don’t appear to be evil as they answer to Enri, but maybe that’s just because of who she is. They certainly don’t have any qualms taking care of the invaders. I feel like I’d need to keep one eye on these goblins.

In That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime the goblins are kind and gentle. They seem to be focused on surviving and maintaining a quiet and peaceful life. Again, maybe that’s Rimuru’s influence. I would be happy to hang out with these goblins.

In Goblin Slayer! things are very different. These goblins are dirty, disgusting, and dangerous. Often seen as a sub class of monster, they more than make up for it with their wicked ways. Nothing is off the table when these little bastards are fighting. Everyone got upset about the first episode, but what about using people as bait to draw in other adventurers or even the meat shields. With these goblins, I’d quite happily kill every last one of them.

2. What would be the best way to kill an evil goblin? (is there even good goblins?)

There may be good goblins as I said in question one, but let’s focus on the evil goblins as they’re the ones I’d be killing. Goblins might not be individually strong or smart, but they are cunning and with enough numbers can cause a real problem. It’s not enough to charge in expecting to win, you have to be prepared for them to try to trick you.

I think it’s best to fight fire with fire. A series of elaborate goblin traps, like a more sinister version of Home Alone, would be my tactic. That would obviously work best if they were attacking you, however, if they decided to stay in their cave then you’ll have to adjust your plan, setting traps around the entrances and trying to flush them out. I’m quite patient.

3. What would happen in a world where the goblins would be allowed to roam free?

I’m led to believe that they reproduce at an alarming rate, so left unchecked and with very few natural predators they would become a real nuisance. I have a hard time keeping the squirrels and raccoons out of my garbage as it is, last thing I want is the overblown goblin population fighting over the scraps too.

4. Would you like to live in a world where goblins ruled?

Well, that escalated quickly. Only a few weeks back they were knocking over my bins and running off with scraps. Now, they’re ruling the world. I guess the real question here is whether they’ve set up some sort of goblin governing body or whether this is more like a zombie apocalypse but with goblins. If it’s the second version, sign me up. I’d take a goblin apocalypse as a back up for sure.

5. Who is your favourite goblin/-slayer? (yes, you can choose; be it the favourite goblin or the slayer that kills the goblin. And I am not necessarily talking about anime mind you.)

Epic fantasy is one of my favourite genres in any medium, so it’s been a real treat to see so much of it in anime lately. He’s pretty new to the scene but I am really enjoying the Goblin Slayer. I love how stoic and silent he is. His actions remind me of D, one of my favourite vampire slayers.

6. What is you favorite anime/movie/tv-series with goblins in it?

I tend to change or add to my favourites all the time, but it’s only really recently that goblins have registered on my radar. Like most, I’ve dismissed them as nothing more than pests. One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about Goblin Slayer is how realistic it feels. Nothing has been glorified, it’s a dark and dirty world where bad stuff happens. So, currently, I’m saying Goblin Slayer, especially as I’m keen to read the manga now too.

7. This was plenty of goblins I’d say; who’s your best boy/girl of all the best boys/girls in all genres. Please elaborate and show me pictures. We need pictures after all them nasty goblins.

You’re right, that was a lot of goblins. So, this may not come as much of a shock to anyone that’s been reading my posts for a while, but my number one best girl in all and any genre is Saeko Busujima from Highschool of the Dead (also my favourite anime series). So, here are a bunch of pictures celebrating Saeko!

So, that was a lot of fun. Thanks, Lina for the awesome questions. Now, I suppose I had better nominate some other bloggers and give them some questions.


I don’t mind if you don’t want to complete the tag or want to take several months to do it… it happens… but I just want to say thanks for the support and entertaining posts. Cheers

I guess you’ll be needing some questions now. I’ll try to keep this interesting.


You wake up one morning and open you’re eyes to discover that you are now in an anime. It’s still your room, but in the style of your favourite series.

Suddenly the door bursts open and someone runs in yelling about a problem. It seems pretty serious, so you decide you’ll need some help them to solve this problem. You call another anime character for help, but they can’t help right now, so they’re sending someone else in their place.

  1. Who is the anime character that just burst into your room?
  2. What is the problem?
  3. How will you deal with it?
  4. Who or what caused the problem?
  5. Who did you call for help?
  6. Who did they send in their place?
  7. What happened?

Feel free to be as creative as you like or not? Hopefully, it’s vague enough that you can answer them in any number of ways.

Thanks for reading.

Doubly Lovely: One Lovely Blog Award

Getting nominated for One Lovely Blog Award is great, getting nominated for two in a matter of days is a bit special, plus it means I can use it as an excuse to use this image of the Puma sisters…

Special thanks to Yomu and Average Joe Reviews for nominating me, and I apologise that I’m going to lump you both together, especially as I don’t think I can come up with fourteen questions to answer, well, not that would be of any interest anyhow.

Here are the rules:

1) Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
2) Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
3) Share 7 things about yourself
4) Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
5) Include this set of rules
6) Inform your nominees

The hardest thing with this is coming up with stuff that isn’t already on my blog. Sure, it would be easy (and probably smart to talk about posts that I can link back to), but what’s the fun in that. All right, let’s go.

7. Staying Awake!

I once stayed awake for three whole days just to see if I could do it. If that’s not a good enough reason, I don’t know what is. When my wife would go away for business or school, I would have horror movie weekends where I would stay up all night watching scary movie because I love them and she hates them.

The time in question, however, was when I was eighteen and wanted to just see what would happen. Honestly, I got tired, but every so often I would get a second wind and forget all about it. When I was done, I just had a normal sleep, so it didn’t seem like that big of a deal.

I’ve never been a huge fan of sleep. It’s always seemed like such a waste of time. One-third of your life spent lying around doing nothing when there is so much to do and see is annoying, but that’s just me.

6. Run, Forest, Run!

I used to be pretty fast. My fastest one-hundred metre sprint was 11.02 seconds. I was also a good rugby player, playing on the wing with my speed and size, I was big for a winger back then too. It ended when I bust my knee playing kabbadi on a beach in France… What a way to go!?!

5. Nice bum!

Apparently, voice actors like it when I comment on their anime character’s bum. For some reason, they are oddly proud of their animated posteriors!

The lovely Jamie Marchi, the English voice of Mount Lady from My Hero Academy and Rias Gremory from High School DxD, among others, retweeted my tweet about joining team Mount Lady after one episode of My Hero Academia.

You’re thinking, sure, but that’s just one. Wait, there’s more. Cassandra Lee Morris, the English voice of Nero, Saber from Fate/Extra, replied to my comment about Nero’s interesting fashion statement – butt cleavage!

I don’t try to make a habit of talking about bums, but maybe I should…

4. A Nice Cup of Tea

I don’t drink coffee and haven’t done so for at least ten years, probably longer. Tea is the hot drink of choice for me, and I’ve even replaced soft drinks with tea too. Basically, I drink a lot of tea, but then I am British!

3. My First Job

My first real job was as a lifeguard at a pleasure pool with a wave machine and slides. I ended up doing it all through school on weekends and holidays. In all, I was a lifeguard for almost six years. It has given me a great foundation in first aid, although I’m sure everything I learnt is now out of date, but it’ll be better than nothing in a pinch.

I have saved a few people, almost exclusively children going out of their depth and one that wasn’t ready for the waves when they started up. It seems like a fairly glamorous job, but it is incredibly boring. The hardest part is staying alert. It’s impossible to turn off though as I still find myself watching everyone and making sure they’re safe whenever I go to a pool or the beach.

2. Zombie Run!

Not content with just watching films and anime about zombies, I love to take part in zombie runs. Back when I lived in New Zealand there was a haunted attraction that held an annual 5km zombie run. It had obstacles and mazes and a lot of zombies. They were all professional actors and incredibly good at their job. I’ve done it twice and even dressed as Thor one year. I made Mjolnir myself and carried it around the entire race.

1. Word Count is Strong

You may not have noticed, but I also write fiction. I have released eight novellas in a dark fantasy series called Valiant Lineage. Interesting fact, I have actually written the first draft for the first twenty-six novellas, which rather surprisingly takes me to the midpoint of the overall story. I need to find a way to increase the editing speed.

I have also written the first draft for a collaborative trilogy of novels with two other authors. The book follows three survivors after a plague-like outbreak which decimates the population of the United Kingdom, possibly the world. We are actively working on the edits and hope to release these later this year.

On top of all of that, I have a pile of outlines that I’ve been working on and will eventually get to. One of which is a harem comedy set on a mysterious island resort. Can’t wait to write that one, it should be a blast. I wrote the outline for it on a plane flight. If I can just find a way to write the stories as quickly as I come up with the ideas.

So, who are you going to nominate? Good question. I tend to get to these tag posts too late in the game to nominate people who haven’t already done it or been nominated before. So, if you have been tagged before, don’t worry, you don’t have to do it. I know how hard it was to come up with seven interesting things about myself.

This means you all have lovely blogs.

Thanks for reading.

The Story of how I became a Really Neat Blogger!!!


It’s always nice to receive feedback. Even better if it comes with a fancy logo and a chance to make up stuff. So, without further ado, I would like to thank A Winter’s Reverie for the nomination and the awesome selection of questions to answer. I really enjoy their posts. Their passion for the subject material definitely comes through in their writing. Thanks and keep on keeping on!

Like most things there are rules, so here they are? 

  1. Display the Award Logo.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 7-10 bloggers.
  5. Ask them seven questions.

All right, here are the questions A Winter’s Reverie asked me to answer. 

  1. If you could Blue-Skidoo into your television or monitor, what show would you choose and why?
  2. Once inside your show, what would you do?
  3. If you could meet one fictional character for a date at a coffee shop, who would you choose?
  4. What are some of the questions you would ask?
  5. You have been placed in a fighting game and your about to do your signature move. What is the name of your move and what do you do?
  6. Your opponent’s life bar just depleted and you won your match. What is your winning phrase?
  7. Can you dig it?

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