The Best of MightWar: 2013 Edition

best-of-mightwar-wordle Welcome to the first annual “Best of MightWar” post.

It’s a chance for you to catch up on something you might have missed.

And gives me an opportunity to revisit posts I’m particularly proud of.

This was the year for discovering how much further I could take the blogging experience.

It was challenging as my body and health didn’t cooperate in any easy way, but I intended to keep “sticking and colouring” my way through 2013.

Despite the bad words screamed at the computer and at the gods of technology, I have enjoyed this experience tremendously.

It has been heartening to know that people are taking time out of their day to spend time with my words: that despite my reduced senses I can still commune. And that the joy of words allows me to dance in spirit even if I am unable to do so in body.

Here are some of the best MightWar posts from 2013, based on your preferences and mine.

They are ordered by category so you can go to the posts that interest you most. Enjoy!
 
 
"Shadow" poem
 

Poetry Posts

I write to record my thoughts and experiences. Using this blog to find out what others think about my writing has been an intriguing and eye-opening experience.

It seems that you particularly like the pieces celebrating the wondrous people who have blessed my life in the form of family and friends; and those who have crossed my path during my travels.

 
Muffled
A piece celebrating my relationship with my body: both in sickness and in health.

My Face As Introduction
Inspired by an image titled “Halakki Tribe Woman” by Joshi Daniel. There was something about the woman’s face and the way that she looked into the camera that spoke to me and required voicing. These are the words that bubbled up in response.

Chocolate Soup
A piece written about one of the loveliest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

Heritage
A piece celebrating the joy of being African.

Dancing Naked ‘Round The Living Room
A tribute to my sister Zelda and in celebration of the relationship that we’ve shared over the years.
 
 
Bee on Mint
 

Creative Writing Posts

Starting this blog made me realise that I missed writing regularly. My writing has taken a back seat these last three and a half years – what with working, studying and then contracting an affliction that puzzles medical professionals.

These pieces resulted from my attempts to learn the art of blogging; and finding new ways to play with words.

 
Spastic … and sh!t
You know those dreams where you are standing naked in public? Well, I did it for real – using words and pixels.

Following 549 days of suffering from Functional Movement Disorder, I was finally able to put pen to page about my experience. After drafting, making the video (my first one!) and uploading the post, I wept. It had a bigger impact than I had considered when I first wrote it; and has led to several interesting conversations and new friendships.

You Lost Me At “Embedding A Map”
To learn the art of blogging, I set myself the task of attempting WordPress.com’s Weekly Writing Challenges for 2013. Only to find that the first challenge involved technology. Bloody typical! Who could have seen that coming?

A Picture-Perfect Moment
A short story that was written and submitted as part of the Weekly Writing Challenge where we were given an image and directed to base a post on it.

The Linguist
This is a tribute to my father and to all those men – both made and found – who accept the challenge of parenting and give the best of themselves in the role: inadvertently turning themselves into our heroes.

Seeking Forgiveness
A short discourse on what motivates my writing style. The post was inspired by meeting several people who have read this blog and the face-to-face discussions that followed.
 
 
Trafalgar Square lion
 

Photography Posts

For the first time ever, I shared some of the photos I’ve taken on my adventures through life and geography by participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge.

The responses and feedback have helped to improve my images and fuelled an ever-increasing delight in photography.
 

 
 
sheep-crossing-road
 

Random Musings

My mind is a bit of a freak and keeps me entertained with her ramblings about the weird and wonderful, funny and funky things that make the world go round. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you.

 
Technology … and sh!t

“I swear that technology senses my presence. Because it functions just enough to get me to believe that I can operate it. But then what follows is repeated disappointment and ever-growing frustration as every attempt is foiled by the gadget’s refusal to just FOLLOW THE F!CKING MANUAL!!!!”

Some thoughts on technology and its role in my life. Short version? Me and technology don’t go. It’s like being slapped in the face with a wet fish.

 
LOST

“ I feel something hit me savagely on the buttocks … which propels me uncontrollably forwards with some force … until I end up head-first in the siding of the rink.

It takes a couple of seconds to catch my breath. A couple more before I realise that J’s head is buried in my arse – and that neither of us are in any fit state to move in a hurry.”

When one of my oldest friends went missing, this was my last-ditch attempt to try and locate him. This post is the story of us; and a celebration of one of the most beautiful and influential friendships I have ever had.

 
The Listening Booth: Week #1

My favourite sound is that of the human voice lifted in song.

One of my goals for 2013 was to produce a weekly music post using tracks from my record collection. The challenge? Not to repeat artists or bands at any time over the weeks. And I gave it a good go.

 
Letting Go

A bull + a reality TV show = deep thoughts and life lessons.

It’s funny how inspiration just hits you out of left field. Don’t believe me? Check out the post and let me know what you think.

 
I Am A Marvel

“Every time I look over my left shoulder I am faced with the earnest and utterly engrossed visage of a pale female whom I do not know. And after a while, it starts to freak me out a little. Sh!t, I have cousins whom I haven’t been that intimate with!”

I’m always finding new and interesting ways of meeting people – even when I’m not trying.
 

Hungry For More?

On the last Friday of every month, the re•call series introduces you to some of the older posts on the site.

Alternatively, you can search through the Last 30 Blog Posts, Categories and Monthly Archives in the Repository.

 

A very big “Thank You”

It has been so much fun and I thank you all for coming along for the ride!

Friends old and new; and those just passing through, you have made this a joyous and unexpectedly blessèd experience.
 
Ever yours in gratitude for your time, your support and the sharing of your words.

Yours sincerely,
mightwar signature
 
SO TELL ME: Did I miss one of your favourites? Let me know in the comments section.
 
You can see how other bloggers responded to the “beginning” challenge at The Daily Post.
 
 

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AUTHOR: I am might war. I have a love of music, the written word, travel, Anime, polar bears, people and “sticking and colouring”.

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