New Feature: Sonya’s Soapbox

Once in a while, I like to vent on a non-swashbuckling topic, so I’ve created a new category on my site that will allow my readers to catch up on my latest rantings.

I will rant only about very important things such a justice and liberty for all, which is in fact a swashbuckling concept… Stay tuned!



Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Supernova has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!


The rules of this award are:

1. Display the Award Certificate on your website.

2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.

3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.

4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.

5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

This nomination comes from Supernova, a blogger with a passion for history, pre-history, and the outdoors. From ancient church yards to picturesque riverbeds, Supernova hunts for historical treasures and tells their tales. His blog includes ”Metal Detecting, History, Fylde Coast, River Ribble, Wildlife, Conservation, Ecology and more….”

Check out Supernova’s blog, Digging History, here: http://detectingblackpool.wordpress.com/
Thank you very much for this award, Supernova!


Here are the 7 things about me:

1. I’m a nocturnal animal, being most active after sundown.

2. I’ve had over 100 of my articles published online in the past year.

3. I like to read about the history of Europe but only pre-20th century – those were swashbuckling times.

4. I believe Shakespeare really did write all his plays.

5. I love post-it notes.

6. I’m attempting to do some dolphin activism. (Last time I wrote facts about myself I said I wanted to help dolphin conservation, and now I’m on my way)

7. Dolphins are cute! Wait, that’s not really a fact about me…

And the Nominees Are…

(I couldn’t come up with a lot of nominees as many of the bloggers I read already have this award.


2.    The One Thing I Know for Sure

3.    The Day Dream, a Scarlet Pimpernel Blog 

4.    J.D. Gallagher

Congratulations to all the nominees!


The Motorcycle Homilies: Learning to Ride a Motorcycle Is a Lot Like Learning to Write

IMAG1297-smlThanks for bearing with me, loyal readers and fellow bloggers! I haven’t blogged in ages, but I hope you are still with me. I’ve been busy working as well as learning to ride a motorcycle and enjoying the beginning of summer, so it has been an interesting couple of months.


 Motorcycle Lessons

It took me several lessons to learn how to shift into first gear and get the thing moving. The controls are very sensitive, and since I only drive automatic, learning how to shift gears was something new to me.

Robert Brockway of Cracked.com says it best when he says,

…for reasons that are entirely beyond me, motorcycles have the clutch on the handlebar and the gear shifter at your foot, forcing me to assume that Bill Motorcycle, the inventor of the motorcycle, was either medically dyslexic or some sort of drunken acrobat who exclusively rode bikes while doing headstands.

You also control the throttle with your hand instead of foot, and have not one but two brakes — using either of which at the wrong time will hurl you off the bike like a meat trebuchet.

learning to ride a motorcycleSo far, I’ve never been hurled off the bike in such a spectacular manner. In fact, I managed to take off successfully on my very first day of learning (that is, first day of learning with the motor on — there was one previous day of coasting downhill and falling over). The bike gave a bit of a lurch as the engine nearly stalled, but I got things under control.

Strangely enough, in the following training sessions, I seemed to get worse!

I was worried that stalling would occur or that I would lose control of the bike. And indeed, there was a lot of lurching and stalling. Sometimes the bike would roar forward like a wild beast when I applied too much gas. Once I accidentally popped a wheelie, impressing nearby spectators. But finally I found a way to apply the right subtle pressure on the gas and to gently release the clutch.

The bike was in motion! Apparently that’s the hardest part of learning to ride, and I finally conquered it.

I guess the cheesy motorcycle metaphor moral is that with riding a motorcycle, as with learning any other new skills, we do better when we are confident. Sometimes this confidence comes from ignorance, but that’s okay. It gives you the power to start something new and dazzle the world with your amazing wheelies, metaphorical or otherwise.

At the age of 12 I believed I was the best damned writer in the universe. While that may not have been true, it gave me the confidence to continue writing for many years to come.

This is why I think writers who are stuck or are having doubts about their abilities need to look back at their youthful writings and recall that feeling of owning your writing and liking it just the way it is without worrying about what family members, editors, or critics will say about it.

Okay, that’s enough homilies for now. I will write more about my adventures soon!


Reality Blog Award

Check out Supernova’s blog, Digging History, here: http://detectingblackpool.wordpress.com/
Thank you very much for this award, Supernova!

To carry on the spirit of this award one follows these simple rules:

Answer these 5 questions about yourself.                                                                                                                                                                            
1. If you could change one thing, what would you change? I would supercharge my ability to let go of old grudges.
2. If you could repeat an age, what would it be? I wouldn’t like to repeat any age: I’m happy as I am.
3. What is one thing that really scares you? Rabbits! Like the one on Monty Python and the Holy Grail
4. What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it? Okay, I realize this may sound like a Miss America pageant answer, but this is an actual dream I have: to help the conservation of dolphins. I don’t yet know how I’ll be able to do this, but I think I will.
5. If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be? Regular readers, you probably saw this coming: a Pirate King!

The Award

I am proud and delighted to list my nominees for this award below (in no particular order):  
Congratulations to all the nominees!