Inspiring Blogger

Pheme has been, as luck would have it, quite a golden companion of mine the pas few weeks: I was told how “lovely” Madame looks through the Liebster Lauds and have been awarded a prize for her beguiling versatility… only to enhance the row of esteems bottom right with an extra nomination for the “Very Inspiring Blogger” that Liz back at “The Pragmatic Costumer” found fit to bestow upon yours truly. Somewhere in the higher spheres a providential creature has mysteriously decided on helping me… no reason in sight.

But returning to things rather more mundane, the award’s canonic laws:

 Thou shall display the award and link back to the person who nominated you.
Thou shall state 7 facts about yourself.
Thou shall nominate 15 bloggers for the award (in other words, be a philanthropist).
Thou shall notify the winners.

My random 7

1. I’m not far from being a sociopath.

2. The sole literary/ historical character I’ve actually managed to fall in love with is Homer’s Achilles (and yes, prior to Brad Pitt).

3. I’m both a gourmand and a gourmet… currently on diet for a Charlize Theron (or Sissi) figure.

4. If Hannibal Lecter were a real-life character I’d definitely be his disciple… for the sake of psychology.

5. By far the best movie seen this current month was “Carnage”.

6. My e-book “Vicious” is going to be launched next week.

7. Also, on Wednesday, I’m scheduled to pay a visit to a certain royal whose identity I’ll divulge in a future blog-post.

My 15 meritorious nominees

1. Tiaras and Trianon

2. Uncovering the Faces of History

3. Saints, Sisters and Sluts

4.Edwardian Promenade

5.Cafe Royal

6.Team Gloria

7.WTF Art History

8.Education of Madame X

9.Les Favorites Royale

10.Empress Chronicles

11.Knotty Puppet

12.The Freelance History Writer

13. Hankering for History

14.French Painters

15. the Mind is a Metaphor

Hail quality blogging!

Liebster Lauds again my way!

February 23, 2013


“Liebster Lauds” was the first token of appreciation I’ve received for blogging about my serendipitous meetings with historical characters and now, a mere half a year later but ages apart psychologically, the same award came to Madame de Pique‘s address, this time from the sapient Aubrey over at her dear, dear web log, the Cafe Royal. So, as it’s only civil of me to reply to the honor she bestowed yours truly: many thanks, chérie!

I’m eternally eager to compile manifestations of renown.

Well, jumping in another train of thoughts, having already experienced a Liebster protocol, I find it funny to compare how the rules vary for convergent sources. It practically illustrates internet’s prolific power to produce circumstances favorable to versatility. Last time, a nominee had to propose 5 further nominees, as opposed to the 11 presently required: just an example.

Yet let us not stray from the topic and reproduce the current formula:

  • Mind your manners and give thanks.
  • Tell 11 things about yourself – subheadings,  charts, etc. are not necessary.  If  you like bunnies, for Christ’s sake just say so.
  • Answer to the best of your ability the 11  questions that are asked of you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for this award – let them know too, surely, since keeping it to yourself would be mean.
  • Ask the above nominees 11 questions of your  own if you like, but remember you can also dispose of the questions you were asked.

Due to an acute infusion of laziness exhausting months of intellectual labor made inevitable, I’ll resort to images for the second task, the supposedly 11 personal details I think I even exceeded in preparing the following:


But Aubrey’s inquiry is not to be resolved as hastily:

Aubrey: Why did you start blogging?

 Madame: Mainly to exercise my writing skills, although it eventually turned to be an activity of multiple aims and uncountable gains.

A:  Do you find that you usually prefer the book or movie version?

M: For Madame, there’s ever one formula: movie version for mediocre books; they make it less a waste of time.

A: Are you wearing jewelry now?  Bonus points if a parure is involved.

M: Why, of course there’s a parure to enhance the natural pulchritude I lack! Jade rings, pendant and earrings, all embedded in silver, to be explicit.

A: Name five places you would never want to visit again.

M: Turkish public toilets, Bulgarian highways (despite not being a place per se), Romanian beaches, uhm… and that’s about every horrid thing I can momentarily recall. Excusez-moi.

A: Ocean or lake?

M: Ocean for a holiday view and mountain-top lake to live near. It has to do with my obsession of owning a small body of water.

A: What is the first book you couldn’t live without?

M: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando… but then came Wilde’s Dorian Grey

A: Are you one of those bloggers that believe that people resemble their icons?  Do you, for instance, think that I am wearing a periwig and holding a star?

M: Why, categorically! And allow me to compliment how gorgeous you look wearing that raven peruke!

A: If you were alive in 1902 would you be tempted to ride in one of those new car-things or would you prefer to continue driving your four-in-hand?

M: Given I’m pretty enamored with the original Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and would rather ride than travel by uncomfortable carriages… the reply can be easily inferred.

A: Which actor has provided you with your favorite rendition of Sherlock Holmes?

M: With the risk of sounding exceedingly typical, I must forward “Robert Downey Jr.” as my final answer.

A: You’re getting dressed for work.  You open your closet and find your clothes are not from this decade.  Are you happy about this?  What decade do you hope is represented?

M: Well, I’d love to be evocative of the belle epoque, but in a modern manner nonetheless, especially since I’m unable to go back and live it as it was.

A: Have you ever mixed a cocktail – for either yourself or others?  And if you have, can you mix a tall Bloody Mary – now?  All this writing and thinking has made Aubrey thirsty.

M: Madame doesn’t concern with alcohol unless it’s whiskey foam implied, sorry to disappoint. I could try ordering some absinth to quench that thirst, though.


AND now, to conclude spreading the favor I was awarded in the spirit of fair-play blogging, behold my eleven nominees, randomly ordered:

1. Tiaras and Trianon

2. the Pragmatic Costumer

3.Empress Chronicles

4. Life Takes Lemons

5. Saints, Sisters and Sluts

6. Team Gloria

7. Splatter

8. Sifting the Past

9. Good Gentlewomen

10. Versailles Gossip

11.Patricia Beykrat (I know, condemn me for the olympian narcissism that goes with nominating my alter ego, yet you must understand I’m able to resist everything but temptation!)





Blimey, the telescope of my anticipation hasn’t seen that coming and, both perplexed and unprepared, I can merely respond with some petty albeit sincere “thank you”s to the one who was thoughtful enough to nominate me: the witty Dauphine over at Tiaras and Trianon (a place you really need to visit when in the mood to be swept away by the tiara frenzy).

Getting a star for “blog of the year” has utterly come as a pleasant surprise, the sort only the festive interlude between St. Nicholas and Christmas can bring, and, well, if this post’s downright meager, the only excuse I feel no remorse to forward is that I was just overwhelmed by today’s program. I hate it, I concomitantly despise whining but life’s life, versatile and often gushing unexpectedly.

Now, getting to the matter-of-fact stuff, here are the 6 mundane rules the award comes with:

1 -Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2- Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3- Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award  and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 -Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5- You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6- As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

After a moment’s hesitation, I decided it’s beyond my power of control to refrain from retouching the badge. I don’t intend to offend anyone, but, with my blog’s theme color, it would be terribly unaesthetic to display the gold and red they propose near so much pink. Apologies being expressed, behold the altered award logo:


And for the majestic end, a list of blogs I consider have managed splendidly this year:

Life Takes Lemons

The Pragmatic Costumer

Saints, Sisters and Sluts

Of course there are a lot more, but these 3 in particular have made my evening delight for quite a while and I feel they’re most deserving to thus receive their rightful recognition.

So thank you and congratulations to the elected trio,

Madame de Pique


Amendment: since I’ve last written this post, a minor change knocked to Madame’s virtual door, awarding her an extra star from the lady of the Life Takes Lemons, Susan Ardelie. Hence a new array of gratitude expressions needs to be forwarded: merci et beaucoup de félicitations for least a change of language!


It just so happens that most recent events consist of Madame de Pique’s first public acknowledgement of loveliness, granted by the very gracious fellow bloggeress Dauphine under God may know what stimulating reason. Now, being one of those congenially narcissistic people never to consider themselves other than utterly divine beings,  I won’t lie, pledging I’ve experienced either surprise or bewilderment upon first receiving the notice. Suffice to say the gesture elated me, although, at the same time, it couldn’t come more natural. Just couldn’t. In fact, the sole thing to surprise me was the lateness with which such an award like “the Lovely Blogger” reached the eternally deserving me. Until recently, I told myself an error certainly slipped in since Madame’s total marvelousness passed unappreciated. After this blatant confirmation, let it be well known our goal for the future includes the finding and punishing of those responsible.

O.K. The introduction being done with, to migrate to rather more pragmatic topics, here’s the obligatory list of rules all nominees should feature in their announcement-post:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you. (checked)
  2. Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post. (definitely checked)
  3. Share 7 things about you. (in progress)
  4. Pass the award on to seven nominees. (election time!)
  5. Include this set of rules. (obviously a fulfilled task)
  6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs. (also in progress)

Alas, I’ve always, when possible, skipped the “share personal information” requirement on the basis of my already famous modesty and intend to apply the rule once more, hopefully to no great disappointment. Thus I jump to my top 7 nominees, all worthy of your attention but enumerated absolutely in no promoting order.

The Pragmatic Costumer

The Empress Chronicles

Saints, Sisters and Sluts

Life Takes Lemons

Good Gentlewomen

Versailles Gossip

The Freelance History Writer

You can take it as a token of my admiration for your work or simply a cogent evidence of my outrageously good taste. No matter the choice, congratulations and may you pass this lovely award guided by the intrinsic wisdom I’ve been proving in electing you!


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