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July Recap

Here are the highlights of July’s blogging:





Contribution to Other Blogs

Photo Credit: Sonja Langford.

Photo Credit: Sonja Langford.

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you very much to Sally from Smorgasbord for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! If you don’t know or follow her blog yet, you should check it out.

sisterhood-award1Here are the rules of engagement.
Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
Answer the 10 questions given to you.
Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog.

Here are the questions that Sally asked:

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

I am very bad at picking just one person/item, or even a few. I will go with Gillian Anderson. Not only is she my favorite actress but I have great admiration for the woman and artist.

2. What are you most proud of about your blog?

The relationships I have build with fellow bloggers and readers.

3. What would constitute a perfect day for you?

Waking up after a good night of sleep, enjoying a solid and healthy breakfast. I’d go for a walk with a lovely weather (not too hot, even a beautiful winter day would do it). Then I’d work on my writing projects, with my kitty Kenzi demanding attention and cuddles in between. I’d have dinner with family and/or friends and then maybe write some more with one too many teapot for the day.

4. Name three things you and your best friend or partner have in common.

Being geeks, loving our pets and enjoying a nice walk.

5. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?

Teleportation so I could visit all my friends across the world without any problem.

6. Have you ever had your fortune told and how was it?

Yes, I have. Certain things turned out to be true.

7. Do you have an ambition that still needs to be realised.

Yes. I’d love to win a literary award and earn decent money from my writing.

8. What do you value most in a friendship?

Trust, support and loyalty.

9. What is your most treasured memory?

Too many to name but I have a soft spot for the days I met both my cats (the first in 1993 and the current one in December 2014).

10. How would you describe yourself to a stranger in 20 words or less?

Hi! I am Natacha, a feminist and geeky writer who loves Science Fiction and cats.

My nominees:

I have come across so many talented and kind women bloggers that I leave the nominations open to any of them wanting to grab the award, if you follow the blog. You are amazing, ladies! As for the questions, I’d use the same as Sally because they made me think.

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you so very much to K. L. Allendoerfer for nominating me for One Lovely Blog Award! If you don’t know her blog yet, you should check it out.


The rules for accepting the 2015 One Lovely Blog Award are:

  • Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know.

Seven Things about Myself:

  1. I never regretted getting into indie publishing.
  2. I commonly read two books at the same time: one fiction and one nonfiction.
  3. The only MMORPG I love is Star Wars: The Old Republic.
  4. My desktop computer’s name is Kanan and my laptop’s is Sheridan.
  5. I started vidding 10 years ago.
  6. It took me two attempts before enjoying both Tumblr and Goodreads.
  7. I’ve had my desk since I was 9 years old.

I am not going to nominate anyone in particular but any of my readers are welcome to snag this award and share it on their own blogs! Thank you for following/liking/sharing/commenting!

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you very much to Vanessa from Romance Done Write for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!


 There are four rules:

  1. Say “Thank You” to the person who nominated you & link their blog to your post.
  2. Answer the 10 questions given to you.
  3. Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers (I’m passing it to 5) and let them know they have been nominated.
  4. Include the Award Badge in your post.

Answers about Me:

  1. What would you rather eat: dessert or breakfast? – Breakfast! It is a favorite moment of the day with food I love to pieces (both salty and sweet).
  2. Do you have siblings? – No, I am an only child.
  3. Where would you visit if money wasn’t a factor? I would take a long trip to the UK and then the US to visit many of my friends.
  4. What’s your favorite color? – I often say black but it really depends what we are talking about (clothes, decoration and so on). I love black, red, purple and blue a lot.
  5. Are you a morning person or a night owl? – I’d love to be a morning person but I’m more of a night owl. It tends to vary this past couple of years.
  6. What’s one talent you have that people wouldn’t expect? – I’m good at fixing some stuff in the house.
  7. What’s your favorite book? – I’m not good at picking favorites. I’ll say that among my favorites are the Book of the Order series by Philippa Ballantine, many Star Wars novels, Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and most of Joseph Campbell books.
  8. If someone described you as a fictional character, who would you be? – I’m not a scientist/doctor (or a FBI agent!) but I’ve been nicknamed Scully for many years.
  9. What fictional character would you most like to meet? – I already have a ton living with me. My characters tend to stop by for a chat even at the most unpractical hours! I remember Keno (villain in upcoming Fantasy short story collection) popping up at 1am to tell me about what he had been up to since Stone Age. Really? Yes.
  10. If you were an animal, what would you be? – A cat!

10 Questions for my Nominees

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. Do you enjoy crafty hobbies?
  3. What is one of your favorite foods?
  4. What movie are you most looking forward to in 2015?
  5. What brought you to blogging?
  6. Do you like poetry?
  7. Do you have a favored computer brand?
  8. What is the one software you couldn’t live without?
  9. What book(s) from your childhood left a most significant impression?
  10. Do you like notebooks?

My Nominees

As always, if you don’t do blog awards, you can simply consider this award a token of my appreciation.

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Thank you very much to Hannah from Things Matter for nominating me for a Dragon’s Loyalty Award!

dragons-loyalty-awardSo here are five random facts about me:

  1. The most recent musical artist I fell in love with is Frenchie Marina Kaye. Expect me to rave about her in the weeks to come!
  2. I have written 15 short stories since January.
  3. I have write 40 (technically 41) Star Wars roleplaying characters, though not all at the same time!
  4. I am currently watching the third season of Orphan Black.
  5. I have been enjoying Tumblr more than I first thought I would.

Dragon’s Loyalty Award recipients can nominate fifteen people, but I think that’s a little much. I’m sticking with five. As always if you don’t do blog awards, you can simply consider this nomination as a token of my appreciation.

Real Neat Blog Award

real-neat-blog-awardMelissa and Hannah surprised me with two nominations for the Real Neat Blog Award on the same day! Thank you very much! May I also say that having only one (hard!) set of questions to answer is awesome? It is!

1. What is the #1 most played song on your iPod (or other listening device)?

I have been listening to the Mass Effect soundtrack for countless hours over the last months. It has become one of my favorite go-to music for writing. To finish a project with a bang, I switch to Star Wars: Throne Room and Finale. It has been a ritual since my higher education days!

2. What is one of your favorite quotes?

  • May the Force be with you. – Star Wars
  • The lyrics from Let Your Light Shine (Bethany Dillon), Le Blues du Businessman (Starmania), Here’s to us (Halestorm), Senorita (Jean-Patrick Capdevielle), Book of Love (Dar Williams) and many more!

3. If you were immortal for one day, what would you do?

Give up on sleep to have more time for doing other things.

4. What’s the most recent movie/book you’ve seen/read? Tell us about it.

The last movie I saw was Sapphire Blue (the day after watching Ruby Red). I haven’t read the books but enjoyed the movies a whole lot more than I expected! I can’t wait for the third one to come out and plan to get my hands on the novels in the meantime.

I am currently reading Fairy Tales and Feminism: New Approaches (edited by Donald Haase). I’ll have probably finished reading it by the time this post goes online. There is a lot of fascinating material in this book. To anyone interested in Fairy Tales, I highly recommend it!

5. What have you always wanted to study (but never had the time)?

Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek.

My nominees are:

As always, if you don’t do blog awards, simply consider this a token of my appreciation!

My questions for you are the following:

  1. If you could adapt one book for the big screen, which one would it be?
  2. Do you have a favorite blogging tip?
  3. What is your favorite genre to read?
  4. Which season is your favorite?
  5. What is your dream vacation destination?

Real Neat Blog Award


Thank you to the Chaos Fairy for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award!


  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Answers to the Chaos Fairy’s questions:

1) What do you smell like? (favourite scents, essential oils, perfumes?)

I wear Champs Élysées by Guerlain.

2) Plane, train, or automobile? (or some other neat form of travel–real or hypothetical)

I like walking. I’d fancy a space ship though.

3) Introvert or extrovert?

Introvert for the most part.

4) Night Owl or Sunny Side Up?

Night Owl, but I love being Sunny Side Up when it happens!

5) Favourite Dessert?

Anything with dark chocolate.

6) Most unusual thing you ever ate?

I tried to think about this, but I can’t come up with any answer.

7) Which one of the known planets would you like to live on, and why?

I’ll stick to Earth for existing planets.

My Nominees (notified via a ping to a recent post)

Questions for my Nominees

  1. Do you have pets? Which kind(s)?
  2. What is your favorite dish?
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
  4. What is your dream vacation destination?
  5. What book are you most looking forward to reading, this year?
  6. Is the glass half full or half empty?
  7. Coffee or tea?

If you don’t do blog awards, you can simply consider the nomination a token of appreciation.