A Couple of “Real” and “Inspiring” Awards to Accept

A couple of awards to accept, the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, and the Reality Blogger Award.

I’ve been nominated three times in the past couple for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. This isn’t the first time I’ve been nominated for this award, but I’m honored, as always, to accept such an award.

I’d like to thank Cheryl Brandreth, Tracy Cembor, and Cassie for thinking of me when nominating me for this award.

As with any award, there are rules to observe during your acceptance.

Rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person(s) who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by pingback.

Seven Things About Gus Sanchez

  1. I graduated from St. John’s University with a pre-law degree, with every intent of continuing on to law school.
  2. Six months’ worth of experience working as a corporate paralegal in a law firm convinced me I wasn’t cut out to be a lawyer.
  3. I had seriously considered switching majors in college; I considered majoring in journalism, but was talked out of it by an adviser because “there’s no money in journalism.”
  4. Now I’m a project manager/business analyst in Information Technology. How I got there is a really long and rather boring story.
  5. I really suck at keeping up with television shows; I have never seen a single episode of Breaking BadLost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, and The Big Bang Theory.
  6. I’ve got a serious case of plantar fascitis that’s cramping my running style right now, and it’s seriously casting doubts on me running the Cooper River 10K Run in six weeks’ time.
  7. I have tried for more than 20 years to learn to play the guitar. At best, I can pick out the opening notes to I Can’t Get No Satisfaction, at worst, I can pick out that same song and it sounds like I’m all thumbs.

My Nominees…See Below

I’ve also been nominated for a Reality Blogger Award. This is my first nomination, and I’m very excited to be nominated for this award.

I’d like to thank Victoria Sawyer for nominating me for this award. It was unexpected, to say the least, and very honored to accept this award.


The Reality Award involves answering five questions, and nominating five bloggers. Here goes:

If You Could Change Something, What Would You Change?

My underwear? Kidding.

I would change perhaps some of the time I’d lost not pursuing my writing ambitions, bemoaning not living the writer’s life. I’ve learned I can balance my work/life responsibilities, and life the writer’s life, but I wish I’d gotten a start sooner.

If You Could Repeat An Age, What Age Would It Be?

Not so much an age but a year, and that year was 1994. For me, it was the year I felt I finally became an adult. Well, not really an adult, but it’s when I first started doing adult-like things, like earn a living and live on my own.

What One Thing Really Scares You?

Losing someone I love, i.e., my wife or my daughter.

What One Dream Have You Not Completed Yet Which You Think You Will Be Able to Complete?

Well, first off, there’s some dreams I know I won’t complete…playing the left wing for Manchester United, replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond, and take apart and rebuild a 1967 Mercury Cougar.

However, my dream of becoming a published author is becoming more and more a reality with each passing day. My blog anthology is being finalized as we speak, and I’m anticipating a late-spring publishing date, and my debut novel is still a work-in-progress, but it will be published, damn it!

If You Could Be Someone For a Day, Who Would it Be?

This guy. Anthony Bourdain. I’d murder a bus full of nuns to have his job just for one day. I’ve never missed a single episode of “No Reservations” or “The Layover,” and I’ve read all his books. Hell yeah, I’d love to travel, eat, and write, and get paid filthy sums of money to do all three.







Alright, 15 Bloggers…You Should Read Their Blogs Right Now!

Running on Sober

Marla Rose Brady

Stan Mitchell

The Better Man Projects

The Green Study

JC Marckx 2009

Factory Maid

Intellect Ink

Carrie Rubin

Girl in the Hat

What’s Broken

The Flavored Word

Portable Magic

Coffee and Cardigans

365 Days of a Blog Already in Progress


The Addictive Blogger Award

It’s been my honor to have received The Addictive Blog Award, from my fellow blogger M.L. Swift. I’m quite pleased that M.L. finds my blog addictive. But, seriously, if his addiction starts to get out of hand, I’m not sure if there are any blog rehab clinics in sunny Malibu to help cure his jones.

Still, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank M.L. for awarding this nice award to me. If you haven’t read his blog, please do so. It’s a howl. He’s one of the funniest bloggers around, and I foresee big things for him. If he doesn’t make those big things happen, then I look like an ass, and then I’ll have to kill him.

With every award, of course there are guidelines to follow:

  1. Thank the person awarding you. (check)
  2. Share a little about why you blog and how the journey started. (below)
  3. Paste the blog award on your page. (above)
  4. Nominate other bloggers you feel deserve the award.(bottom)


Why I Blog and How It All Got Started

I started blogging back in the fall of 2005, when I used to hang out at MySpace. For all the crap you had to endure there – Tila Tequila, anyone? – MySpace had an outstanding blogging platform. I made many friends there, and built quite a name for myself there.

Back then, my blogs were about me waxing poetic about all kinds of subjects. Politics, sports, music, sex, and whatever random thoughts and observations came to mind. Then MySpace lost its luster, and everyone moved to where the cool kids hung out – Facebook. Suddenly, MySpace felt like an abandoned amusement park on the Internet. You visited your profile for sentimentality’s sake. And I hate being sentimental.

The problem with Facebook – among its many problems – is that you couldn’t blog there. Oh, sure, “Notes” is what they called their blog, but who was Mark Zuckerberg kidding? Zucky probably hates blogging anyway. Inevitably, I searched for other platforms where I could blog. Open Salon was one such site, and it was fine for a while, but unless you’re a political blogger, you’re really not going to get much exposure there.

Then there’s Blogger. I really don’t care for Blogger. Yes, I know there are millions of Bloggers who use Blogger, and you’re probably one of them, and I’m sure you like blogging there, but I just could never warm myself to it. As such, there was a good two-year period in which I pretty much stopped blogging.

I made the decision this past summer to blog again, primarily as a form of therapy, to help me work out some issues that had been bugging me for some time. Since Out Where the Buses Don’t Run came online in August 2012, I’ve focused primarily on blogging about the writing process and my work-in-progress, with the occasional confessional blog here and there. What started almost as a lark, back in August, became a focus, something that gave me a true sense of purpose once again.

And that’s why I blog.


Alright, here’s the part where I’m supposed to nominate 5 bloggers, but since blogging is a truly democratic process, feel free to nominate yourselves. You have the power to blog. Therefore, you’re pretty addictive as a blogger yourselves, so thank you.