Friday, December 14, 2012

Booty: Lovely Blog and Giveaway

Holy heck! Look at that up there. "One Lovely Blog." That's staggering, actually. But not surprising in its origin. My dear, dear friend Undine, whose World of Poe blog is one of my favorite corners of the web, has bestowed this award not only on Triple P but also on that little place I go to muck about with my other interests: HoodooQ. And that's one of the nicest recognitions I could ever get. Everyone likes to be told they're doing a good job, but it really means a lot more when it comes from someone you deeply admire. Thank you, Undine.

As always, there are requirements that must be met. Fair enough. I shall:

First: Include the Lovely Blog Award label in this post (done)
Second: Regale your followers with seven facts about yourself.
Third: Gift seven blogs you enjoy with the Lovely Blog Award, link to them and leave a comment so that they know about their award.
Fourth: Include these requirements (done)

Here are some things about me.

1) I'm allergic to cats. This means that cats LOVE me and will do anything in their power to get as close to me as possible. Bless them.

2) As of this writing, I have personally rescued five dogs from abusive situations. If you have the ability, I strongly urge you to donate to a local (not nationwide - they use your money to fund their administrative machine, not save animals) rescue organization or no-kill shelter. They do wonderful things for creatures that we tamed and now cannot help themselves.

3) I volunteer in my community. A lot. You should too.

4) December 26, 2012 will mark my 25th wedding anniversary. Fortunately, I'm married to the most perfect person for me. In case you're wondering, I chose the day after Christmas because French Revolutionary hero Camille Desmoulins married his true love, Lucile Duplessis, on the same day at Sacre Ceour in Paris. We've been a bit more fortunate than that tragic pair; both were guillotined during the Reign of Terror.

5) I am lucky in love and friendship.

6) My favorite holiday is Hallowe'en (sorry, Christmas).

7) Cancer can kiss my ass - 'nuff said.

Now to the good part. Here are the lovely blogs that I hope you will click over to and experience for yourself:

Aubrey/Maturin on Tumblr: This one has not been updated for a while, sad to say, but the archives are a delight for fans of Patrick O'Brian's masterpiece.

Calliope Street: Arthur's heart-felt love letter to the city of New Orleans will make you wish you were there.

History Myths Debunked: I learn something new from this wonderful site every time Mary posts. A great boon to writers of historical fact and fiction.

The Historic Seaport Blog: the site of tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. The fan photos alone will keep you coming back for more. You can also buy tickets for their regular and pirate cruises through the blog.

Homo Gastronomicus: a site I referenced in Tuesday's post. India's careful research brings 18th century cooking and eating to life miraculously.

Isis' Wardrobe: Isis is an incredibly talented artist with the needle. Her recreations of 17th and 18th century clothing are nothing short of breathtaking. Another wonderful reference for writers and artists.

Log Lines: the newly created blog of the USS Constitution Museum. Wonderful information about life aboard ship and ashore for sailors in the early U.S. Navy.

Once again, my thanks to Undine for her kindness and generosity. There's nothing new there, of course, but it is rash and ill-mannered to miss a chance to say thank you.

Finally, I've something especially for the Brethren at this Holiday Season: a give-away!

The booty up for grabs is a new, paperback copy of Benerson Little's The Sea Rover's Practice. This is an absolute must for anyone researching buccaneers/pirates and covers the century from 1630 to 1730 when West Indies piracy was in its heyday. I refer to the book constantly but was given this copy as a gift, making it a duplicate. So, just as the gift of the Lovely Blog Award was passed on to me, I want to pass this incredible book on to you. Here are the simple rules:

1) leave a comment on this post and/or tweet about the giveaway referring back to @Paulineagain so I know.

That's it - seriously. Your name will be put in a fishbowl and First Mate Timmy! will draw a winner at random on our 25th anniversary. We'll then bundle your prize off to you - perhaps with an extra treat just for the New Year - for you to enjoy all through 2013 and beyond. I'm not picky about International shipping so all are welcome.

Happy Friday ~ and bonne chance mes amis! And a Happy Birthday to that hero of the Royal Navy and the Chilean revolution: Admiral Thomas Lord Cochrane ~ Huzzah!


Calliope Street said...

Aw shucks, Pauline! Thanks for including Calliope Street among the illustrious bloggers above, lazy and unworthy as we are down here. But you truly are the best! Congratulations on the award, and profound admiration always.

Undine said...

Thanks so much for the sweet words, Pauline. I'm really thankful for your blog friendship.

Cats, eh? Oh, dear, I don't think you could get within a block of my place without breaking out in hives. Especially since my gang likes to crawl all over people.

They really, really like to crawl all over people.

Timmy! said...

Congrats on a well deserved award, my Captain Pauline.

I get to draw the name... all right!

I'm not above accepting bribes... err... I mean donations to my favorite charity for a favorable drawing.

Pauline said...

A: Thank you and you're welcome. I told you I love your blog.

Undine: As you know, I'm hard to stop. Bring on the cats! What's the occasional sneeze now and then after all?

Timmy!: Stop baiting the Brethren!

Capt. John Swallow said...

It couldn't happen to a more deserving blogger...or PYRATE for that matter!
As always, we salute ye, dear Pauline - and an extra tankard o' Rum for ye in honour o' the big "Quarter Century" in yer journey with exactly the right First Mate (and two fine crew & the occasional sea dog)!

Capt. John Swallow said...

BTW, I'm not certain, but I believe it's in Timmy's job description somewhere to "bait the Brethren" fact, isn't that how he became First Mate?

Andrew Laarz said...

Double Congratulations.
1) On your blog award.
2) On beating the cancer (by the sounds of it).
You put a lot of effort into this amazing blog, and it shows. I love all of the information that you provide to all of us scallywags.

Pauline said...

Well said; Captain and thankee. I believe you're right as far as Timmy! goes, too. Cheers!

Pauline said...

Andrew: Thank you so much. I appreciate your encouragement more than you know (and yeah; I'm five months out post-surgery and so far so good :)

Isis said...

Thank you so much!

Pauline said...

You are more than welcome, Isis. I think I forgot to leave you a comment, though, for which omission I apologize.

DaleBurr said...

Congratulations on the Lovely Blogger Award, I have been enjoying your posts for several months now and your awards are well deserved!

Pauline said...

Thanks, Dale; I always appreciate your input and links which add so much to these posts.