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Good day inmates!

This is truly a joyous day for me! I don’t think I ever expected to be writing a post like this. Or rather, a post about this. It’s extremely good news and i feel rather proud to announce it.

WorldofHarley has finally passed 1000 followers!!

Huzzah! The big one triple zero! I could scarcely believe it. It’s possible that you already knew about this if you’re one of our Twitter followers but still, I felt it necessary to make a short post (are they ever short?) on this wonderful milestone. I never expected it to get this far at all. I know I say that quite a lot but it’s true, I simply find myself dumbfounded each day! Each and every like, follow or comment is a reason to celebrate here at the asylum.

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So basically, I’d like to thank each and every one of you that check the blog out, follower or not. You’re all amazing and you simply must be mad! Thank you, thank you and thank you! We simply must try to keep the madness going, no?

So, until next time, have an extra crazy day inmates!

Hello there inmates!

I hope you’re all having a great day. It’s Halloween! Or some may call it; Samhain, Hallow’s Eve or All Saint’s Eve! It’s the holiday of scares, it’s the time for spooks and scares and the best day of the year for dressing up like a loony. Halloween is like a second birthday to me. It’s the only day of the year I can dress as the Harlequin and not get darkly sinister looks from strangers. It’s a time for monsters, a time for haunted places and a time for standing under the glory of the full moon. I have frequented many a Halloween party in my time and they are always the best. It is my favorite holiday (in concept) and I adore it!

I thought I’d do something a little different today. Instead of writing a poem or piece of writing specifically for this special day, I’m going to post some links to some of my freakiest and spookiest poems on the blog. Similar to what I did in my “Reminiscing On Previous Madness” from a while back. I decided to do this simply because I tend to write a lot of poetry that could fit quite well with Halloween. It’s a celebration of my weirdness I suppose. I’m going to showcase my favorite poems about monsters, serial killers, ghosts and the moon. These are some of my personal favorite poems in general too, to be honest.

So here goes, prepare to be mystified and terrified! Oh, and enjoy!

Tarquin
It wouldn’t be Halloween without creepy or otherwise otherworldly house servants. Tarquin is a poem about one such man. A poem about an ungrateful (and murderous) butler.

Ghost Of A Clown
A small set of haiku’s about an ethereal clown with dark intentions. You’re not afraid of clowns are you?

King Of Scythes
The undead are a staple of Halloween. This is a poem about the monarch of the mortuary, the lord of the underworld, the king of the dead. Ghosts, skeletons and ghouls, oh my!

The Old gods
Halloween. HP Lovecraft. Cthulhu. Enough said?

Cannibal Heart
This probably fits more into horror rather than Halloween, but I’d say that cannibals and killers are monsters too. Cannibal is a tragic poem of one such monster.

Grinning Moon
The moon is a symbol of Halloween. Whenever you see a “Halloweeny” picture, you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be a full moon in it. It is as sinister as it is beautiful, and this poem reflects that.

A Bloody Legacy
Serial killers are the monsters that reside within human society. They can be anybody you see. They could be me, they could be you, they could be that guy standing right behind you right now. Don’t turn around, it’ll only provoke him! This is a poem written from the point of view of a particularly dire killer.

Festival Of Blood
A continuation of sorts of A Bloody Legacy. Even serial killers have homes, they too need to take a load off after a long day of maiming innocents. Allow this one to describe his den to you. In very graphic detail.

Beast Of Eyes
The night can bring out all manner of terrifying beasts, from the out-rightly brutal to the devilishly subtle. This being is an original creation of mine. I wrote a poem describing its desire to kill with a glance. Or several. Enjoy!

So there you have it my friends! I hope you check out some of my older poems, it does mean a lot. I hope that you enjoy what I have posted, and that you aren’t too spooked! Ha! There may or not be another post later on tonight, something of a more musical nature. We shall see how the time goes! For now though, I hope you all have a very happy Halloween and that you enjoy this very special day!

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And as always, have a very crazy day!

Hello there inmates!

Remember me? It seems like it’s been a while since I posted anything. Ok, it’s only been half a week or so, but it feels quite a bit longer. Yet again, sorry about that. I’ve been very busy with a new job you see. Oh, the joys of capitalism eh? I’m still working on a Daetrolos piece and several Asylum Mythos pieces, so watch out for those. I’ve also began devising a new poem, which I should have ready and posted by the end of the week too.

Anyway, today I thought I’d respond to an award that I was nominated for a few days ago. This award is the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Quite a joyous and pleasant sounding award no? I was nominated for this by the ever-laudable Sourceror, a blogger I happen to enjoy reading very much. Thank you very much Sourceror for thinking of me, as always it means a lot. Loving the Facebook page, by the way!

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Right, now for the award itself! It’s a relatively simple one this time, no long questions or eccentric facts about oneself. You simply have to nominate 14 other bloggers and post links to their blogs. You see, the idea of this award is to give a little thank you to those fellow bloggers who regularly view, like and comment on you blog. So yes, even if you don’t do awards, consider this a personal thank you to yourselves for being such great little inmates!

The specific rules are as follows:
1. The nominee shall display the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award logo on his/her blog.
2. The nominee shall nominate 14 bloggers s/he admires, over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.

I think I’m going to simply nominate all of my allotted nominees all at once, because I feel I will simply forget if I try to do it bit by bit. So here goes, these are my nominees!

http://grievingsparrow.wordpress.com/

http://erikslehman.com/

http://drchdietfood.com/

http://susanneleist.wordpress.com/

http://drkillpatient01.wordpress.com/

http://purplepheonixstudios.wordpress.com/

http://rearwindowethx.wordpress.com/

http://rachaelcmarek.com/

http://en.gravatar.com/mikialkennethmillard

http://en.gravatar.com/conrad72

http://radiatingblossom.wordpress.com/

http://beckysonnet130.wordpress.com/

http://ninjasridingdinosaurs.wordpress.com/

http://wallgrimm.wordpress.com/

So there you go! Congratulations to all of my nominees, you all deserve the exposure. Thank you to all of you who happen to read this! I hope that you will continue to support my little menagerie of madness here at WorldofHarley. Thank you once again! Until next time…

Have a strikingly crazy day inmates!

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Hello there inmates!

Marvelous news! Just the other day I was invited (or challenged) by the very talented Rachael C Marek at A Writer’s Discrepant Memoirs and Other Tales to undertake the “Book Blogger Test”. I’d not heard of it until this happened, but it sounds rather interesting. I simply have to answer some book-related questions. What fun! So here goes, let’s sharpen our pencils and steady our reading glasses shall we?

What are your top three book hates?
1. I dislike books that essentially use or copy Tolkien-esque creatures and lore. Fantasy authors use Tolkien elves, who fight Tolkien orcs with Tolkien-esque magic in Tolkien-esque wars in Tolkien-esque nations. I don’t think it’s necessary at all. Tolkiens world worked for him and him alone, why do authors these days not come up with their own beasts and races? Create unique creatures or nations instead of trying to emulate Tolkien. Tolkien was phenomenal, don’t get me wrong, but you should be your own writer. Not another Tolkien. You’re better than that.

2. Poorly written villains! I’m sure that this is a book hate of many, many people. I don’t like the old, almost comic-book-like style of bad guys in many stories. You know the ones, The villains who appear to have practiced their “bad guy” laugh more-so than actually working out how to be evil. I want truly sinister villains you just love to hate.

3. I’m not a fan of what I call “forced romances”. I see this in modern films more so than in books, but I feel it’s still relevant. It’s when a love interest character seems to exist solely so the protagonist can have a love interest. The main character seems to always have to fall in love. It feels forced and rarely actually adds anything to the story. Ironically, I struggle to think of an example as I write this, but I see it far too often. It is quite irritating.

Describe your perfect reading spot.
My perfect reading spot would have to be a dimly lit room, perhaps my bedroom, in complete silence. Perhaps with quiet and soft music playing, if i must. I prefer to read indoors you see.

Tell us three book confessions.
1. I actually don’t have all that many books anymore. Many of them were lost when I moved out years ago. Bit of a shame really, but I still have a decent selection. I intend to grow my collection again over time.

2. I read just as many nonfiction books, like encyclopedias or historical books, as I do fictional stories. I enjoy reading about history and geography just as much as I do reading about fictional monsters and wars in fantastic worlds. I’m something of a nerd, I suppose.

3. I never read the last Harry Potter book, or the Silmarillion, or any of the Song of Fire and Ice books, or any of the books by Terry Pratchett. I’m a terrible person.

When was the last time you cried during a book?
I’m not sure I have ever cried while reading a book. I have felt a tinge of melancholy though. This occurred while I was reading the Harry Potter books. I forget which book it was, but it was when Dobby died. Sorry if that counts as spoiling it for others. Don’t judge me!

How many books are on your bedside table?
My bedside table isn’t really big enough to have much on it. Oh yes, I’m rather cheap like that. However, there is occasionally the one book I’m reading at the time resting its pages on it. It changes periodically, of course.

What’s your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading?
I’m not really one for eating while reading but it would have to be either twiglets or chocolate digestives. As you can imagine, my books can get messy occasionally. It’s not unknown for me to have a good fizzy drink as well!

Name three books you would recommend to anyone.
1. ‘The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara’ by Terry Brooks

2. ‘Twelve’ by Jasper Kent

3. ‘The Necronomicon’ by HP Lovecraft

Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase.
I’m going to have to leave this one for the time being. I have no camera to take photos right now. Sorry about that!

Write how much books mean to you in three words.
Words are freedom.

What is your biggest reading secret?
I sometimes have a memory lapse and end up reading the same page twice. I forget that I’ve read it already, so I just start over like nothing has happened. I only tend to notice about half way through that it seems very familiar.

Who I’m tagging:
1. The Migraine Chronicles

2. Creativity is Key

3. ohellino

4. childoftheisland

Well, there we go! That was quite refreshing to be honest, Writing about something a little bit different. Here’s hoping my answers are satisfactory. Thank you again for thinking of me with this Rachael. Be sure to check out her blog, it’s really cool! That’s all from me for now. I’ll have some more work up by the end of the week hopefully, assuming the voices don’t drag me away. Haha!

Have a very crazy day inmates!

Hello inmates!

Hope you’re all having a great day. Just a quick note for now I promise! I have internet again already! Happy day! It was sorted out a lot sooner than I anticipated, which is great news of course. I’m so glad it only took a few days, I must admit I expected to be unable to post anything for ages like last time I had a technological problem.

Thanks to that, I should have a new piece of writing up at some point tonight, it will either be a poem or a Daetrolos piece. I’ll keep you guessing as to which.

Have a very crazy day my fellow inmates!

Good day inmates!

I hope you’re all having a fine friday! I just have a small, simple update for you today. It made me laugh a little bit you see. When I logged on to WordPress earlier on today to check my notifications, I noticed that I had received this…

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Time to celebrate? Not quite. It turns out today, the 16th of May, is the anniversary for WorldofHarley. This made me laugh a little bit. I guess I’m quite easy to amuse really. You see, I opened my WordPress account on this day last year, but I didn’t actually write my first, slightly dull update until October. I suppose that it’s a little bit of a non-anniversary for me. So yes, thank you WordPress for reminding me when I spawned WorldofHarley, but I fear you may be slightly off. Sort of.

Have a very crazy day inmates!

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Hello there inmates!

I hope you’re all having a fine day! I know I said this was going to be last night, but it seems that I either fell asleep or simply forgot. Apologies for that! I’ve finally got around to one of the awards that I’ve been nominated for recently. This time it is something known as the “Sunshine award”. A truly suitable award name for this time of year, since it’s beginning to warm up here in the UK. In my friend Becky’s words, this award is “passed on by bloggers to fellow bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. How very uplifting!

I was nominated for this award by my good friend Becky over at Creativity is Key! It’s not the first time Becky has nominated me for an award and for that, I am very grateful. So yes, once again Becky, thank you very much for considering me again. It means a lot!

Now this award, so far as i can tell, is very similar to the Liebster award in terms of rules. The only major differences that I can see are the name and the fact there is no notified number of people you must nominate. Anyway, allow me to be more specific.

The rules for the Sunshine award as follows:

1. Display the award certificate on your website.
2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award.
3. Answer the 10 questions given to you.
4. Present the award to deserving bloggers.
5. List 10 questions for them to answer.
6. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post.

Right! So now I must answer the questions that Becky gave me. Here goes!

Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in a number of things. I take inspiration from music, books, video games and anime. Ideas just sort of “poof” into existence as i watch/listen to these things. I can’t really explain it. I occasionally get rather bizarre ideas when I’m sat gazing out of the window. Inspiration is mysterious like that i think.
Do you have a particular audience in mind when you write?
Not at all, to be honest. If someone enjoys what I write then great. If not, then fair enough.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m not sure i really remember. I think I wanted to be a video game designer or otherwise work in video gaming.
Why/When did you start your blog?
I believe it was either October or November last year. I started it as a kind of gamble I suppose, I simply wanted to know if anyone would enjoy my sort of work.
Who is your favorite writer or poet?
It’s got to be HP Lovecraft, without a doubt. Such an inspiration, in writing terms at least.
Do you ever get writers block? What do you do about it?
Of course, who doesn’t? I quite often just sort of wait it out, I’m not too knowledgeable of writing block techniques.
Are you currently in love?
Most definitely! I’m in love with my wonderful girlfriend Lee!
Is there a certain place that you prefer to write?
I will almost always write in my own bedroom. It’s something of a sanctum for me.
Do you do anything else creative?
Well, I do attempt to draw occasionally. The ideas for my drawings often come with the ideas for my writing. I’m not really very good at it though.
What was the last thing that made you think “wow…”?
I think I saw a random animal picture on Facebook. Can’t really remember what it was, but I remember it being rather exotic.

I hope those answers are satisfactory! Now I must nominate fellow bloggers for this award. According to the rules, there is no designated number of people i must nominate. Therefore, I’m just going to nominate 5 bloggers. It seems like a nice, simple number.

http://ashiakira.wordpress.com/ AshiAkira

childoftheisland.com Childoftheisland

http://mindsplatterings.wordpress.com/ Heart of a Lunatic

http://ramiungarthewriter.wordpress.com/ Rami Ungar the Writer

http://musingsofthebard.wordpress.com/ Musings of the Bard

There we are! Five extremely deserving nominees. Be sure to check all of them out. Now i must attempt to come up with ten questions for my nominees to answer. Here goes!

1. Do you post your writing/work anywhere else?

2. Do you listen to music while you write?

3. What sort of music?

4. What piece of writing/work are you most proud of?

5. Who is your favorite author?

6. What inspires your writing/work?

7. What is your favorite color?

8. How do you deal with writers block?

9. What would be your favorite thing to drink while writing?

10. Describe yourself in 3 words.

So there you have it. Hope those questions are interesting enough for you. So that’s my response post to the Sunshine award. Thank you once again Becky for nominating me. Be sure to check her blog and those of my nominees as well. You shan’t be disappointed!

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Have a very crazy day inmates!

Hello there inmates.

Hope you’re all having a gorgeously crazy day! This is just going to be a short little note about something that made me smile. The other day I posted my most recent poem, titled “Moonlight“. I’ve been quite happy with the response to it so far, thank you all very kindly for taking the time to read it. I hope you enjoyed it!

That is not what I am writing this post for however. Moonlight was my 100th post, so I felt that it was worth enshrining that fact in a post. I’m rather proud of this fact, to be quite honest with you. I never expected to get this far, but thanks to all of you WordPress people I have. I doff my hat to you as always!

Clearly, I’m not stopping there. Expect more madness! Oh yes, expect much more madness! I have two more poems in the works right now. Expect one of them later on tonight, in fact. I also have another piece about the mysterious “Asylum Mythos” on its way as well. Not to mention the fact I still have an award from my friend Becky to get finished! Yes, I have a number of pieces planned already, the asylum shall grow!

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Thank you all once again and have a very crazy day!

Hello there inmates!

You’ll never guess what happened! I got nominated for the Liebster award again! I’m very seriously considering creating a category on the blog dedicated to these things, i know i said it last time but i truly might. This time i have been nominated by Rami Ungar The Writer, a gentleman if i ever saw one. Apologies to Rami for leaving this response so very late! He is another great horror writer and also has some interesting reviews. Go check out his blog, you won’t be disappointed.

So, here are the rules for the nomination from Rami:

1. Write 11 random facts about myself.
2. Answer 11 questions Rami came up for me.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers.
4. Come up with 11 questions for my nominees.

So, here’s some random facts about me i suppose:

1. I once forgot where i lived. I don’t know what happened but i finished school and just couldn’t remember. My friends had to show me.

2. I once wished i could become a video game designer. I don’t think i really have the ability to do it though. I’m quite happy with writing now.

3. I really hate riding in cars.

4. Even though i don’t like being in water, i adore being on boats. I actually often wish i could get a job on a yacht or a water bus.

5. I once got called Johnny Depp. I don’t see the resemblance at all. Not even the slightest bit.

6. My favorite color is dark green.

7. I have an unhealthy obsession with hats. Top hats in particular.

8. I have no real political views at all. I prefer to stay out of all of that.

9. I once got my head closed in a car door. I sometimes wonder if that’s when the voices started. Haha!

10. I really like Steampunk music.

11. I’ve only ever watched one band live. That band was the Shanklin Freak show.

 

Right, now i have to answer the questions that Rami asked in his post:

What is your favorite genre of fiction?
It would have to be high fantasy. I love big monsters, armies and huge battles and the like. I’m also quite partial to horror and historical fantasy.
What scares you the most?
If it had to be anything it would be water. I’m not a fan.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be when you were an adult?
I wanted to be a video game designer, i loved video games then and now. There was also a bizarre patch where i wanted to be a priest despite not being religious. The mind boggles.
If you could hang out with one superhero for a day, who would you pick and why?
It would have to be Batman. Simply because i can undermine him so the Joker can win. Wink wink!
What is your pet peeve?
Cats. Hate the damn overgrown rats.
What is something you never thought you’d end up doing but you found yourself doing it?
To be honest, blogging. I never ever expected that i would be trying to get my writing out into the world.
What do you look for in a potential romantic partner?
I think it would be a little bit pointless to answer this. I have Lee. Haha!
What is something you wish you could change about yourself?
If it had to be anything, probably my height. I don’t really fancy being short all my life.
What is something you’d like to do before you’re 80?
See Steam Powered Giraffe or Poets of the Fall live.
What is your fondest childhood memory?
This is a difficult one to answer as i remember very little about my childhood. It would have to be meeting my group of friends for the first time. I’m still friends with most of them now, over 15 years later.
If you found a large brown spider crawling up your leg right now, how would you most likely react?
I’d most likely squash it. Spiders don’t bother me. I’m not violent i swear! Haha!

Now i need to nominate 11 other bloggers for the award. Here goes.

http://ralatza.wordpress.com/et-tu-arcopet/ ET Tu, Arcopet!

http://mindsplatterings.wordpress.com/ Heart of a Lunatic

http://thoughtsfromthespareroom.wordpress.com/ Thoughts from the spare room

http://susanneleist.wordpress.com/ THE DEAD GAME

http://erikslehman.com/ Erik S. Lehman

http://beckysonnet130.wordpress.com/ Creativity is Key

http://ashiakira.wordpress.com/ AshiAkira’s Blog

http://zachbissett.wordpress.com/ Stahr Magazine

http://radiatingblossom.wordpress.com/ Radiating Blossom

http://rearwindowethx.wordpress.com/ The Sixpence at Her Feet

http://shesaidhesaidshesaid.wordpress.com/ Sea Said

 

There we go. Those are my nominees. They’re all quite brilliant, be sure to check them all out! So now for the questions for them to answer.

1. Are you afraid of clowns?

2. If you were asked to spend a night in a supposedly haunted mansion for a fortune, would you?

3. Do you prefer poetry or prose?

4. What is your favorite genre?

5. On a relaxing night in, do you prefer a book or a film? Why?

6. Cats or dogs?

7. What is your opinion of the situation in Ukraine?

8. Do you listen to music while writing? What kind?

9. Do you like/watch anime?

10. Describe yourself in three words?

11. What is your quote of the day?

 

So there we go! Those are the questions for my lucky nominees! Be sure to check out each of the nominees, they really all deserve the attention. Also, thanks again to my good friend Rami, be sure to check out his blog as well. You won’t regret it! Thank you for reading.

Have a very crazy day!

Greetings inmates!

I hope you’re all having a pleasantly crazy day! After a few weeks of copious amounts of “umming” and “ahhing”, i finally decided to create a Facebook page for the WorldofHarley. I’m finally making the plunge, so to speak! I’ve been unsure about it ever since i started this blog. I know that greater exposure and such can only be a good thing, but i fear the sort of drama that Facebook is known for creating. That’s not to say i intend to create any drama of course, but i suppose I’m saying Facebook has something of a reputation. I’m probably being absurd.

I’ve created the page itself on Facebook. It doesn’t have anything on it yet as you would expect, but in the next few days I’m going to be sharing all sorts of stuff on there. Interesting pictures, random thoughts, various odd things and of course links to the blog posts I’ve made. I’ll be including links to blog posts both as i post them and older posts that WordPress’ publicize function will have missed. Hopefully there will be something to interest WorldofHarley ‘veterans’ as well as newcomer inmates. Here’s hoping i can entertain you all!

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You can find my Facebook page over here!

I’ve enabled the Facebook widget on the sidebar of my blog as well as adding a link in the ‘Contact me‘ page. It would mean a lot to me for any of my inmates reading this to go over to Facebook and like my page! I seem to ask a lot of my readers, but it really does mean a lot. Thank you all!

Have a very crazy day!