Officially Lovely: I Received the One Lovely Blog Award

I shed a tear upon seeing that I have been nominated for my very first WordPress award by the wickedly popular WordPress newcomer, Jamie at The Comic Vault. It was a manly, salty tear which fell like a rock, but it was a tear nonetheless. If you like comics, you have to check out Jamie’s blog. Despite being on WordPress for only a short time, he has made his position in the community clear: his blog is the place for comic musings and analyses. He hasn’t made that claim so boldly, but I’ll say it for him! Thank you, Jamie!

This whole thing is wild because if you take a gander at my posts you’ll see that I often begin by saying hello to you “lovely ladies and classy gents.” This is the One Lovely Blog Award! Coincidence? I think not! So, what does this award entail? Allow me to don my monocle and investigate the fine print. My instructions are as follows.

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees


It seems I’ve been tasked with sharing 7 things about myself. If that’s what it takes for this blog to be certified lovely, I won’t spare a moment!

Numbah One!

I firmly believe that there is one steak to rule them all: Ribeye is king. Yes, yes, Filet Mignon is perfect and well and fine, and I will certainly crown it king in my older age when I can no longer indulge in fat, but for now, Ribeye is my go-to. The steak’s thickness and trim of fat gives it potential which surpasses other cuts.

Numbah Two!

I am a college student with a double major. I am currently studying Political Science and Philosophy, gearing up for Law School. I can’t say I won’t change anything (I probably will), but this is the plan for now.

Numbah Three!

I’ve made three major moves. I was born and raised in New Jersey. I moved to California at the age of 12. I moved back to Jersey at the age of 16. The four year stint provided me with a world entirely different from Jersey. Three things you should know about California:

  1. Californians take it slow. It’s like they all take some kind of organic vegan environmentally friendly Jack Johnson pill every morning. They stand in stark contrast to New Jersians, who run exclusively on coffee and road rage.
  2. The traffic is brutal. You want to go somewhere? California laughs at your foolishness. Plan on sitting in your car for far longer than is reasonable by any standard.
  3. There is so much to do. I lived there for four years and did a ton of cool things, but the state is so vast I haven’t seen a fraction of it. If you can stand the unholy traffic, you can see a whole lot!

Numbah Four!

I rank the four seasons as follows:

4. Autumn. Autumn is the season that kind of just has to be there. Given that I’ve been a student all of my life, it has always signified a return to school, a place which pales in comparison to the beach and the pool. Leaves fall and pile up on the sides of the roads which further complicates my life. No thank you, autumn. Get outta here.

3. Spring. Here in Jersey, it gets humid during the spring. By humid, I mean you step outside and you immediately feel as if you’ve just emerged from the shower. But spring offers warm weather after the chilling cold that is winter, so I welcome it like Idina Menzel welcomes mispronunciations of her name.

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2. Winter. It’s all about Christmas time. Christmas time is my jam. The music, the food, the family, the time off, the vibes, the celebration of Christ’s birth and the New Year all come together to make one heck of an exciting time-of-year. I like Christmas so much, in fact, that I intend to write a book set in my western world that takes places during Christmas.

1. Summer. Summer provides me the opportunity to do my favorite things: swim, hang outside, go to the beach, hit amusement parks, run amok…Who doesn’t like summer? Please, identify yourself in the comments so we can fix you.

Numbah Five!

I am a member of a squad of five strapping lads. We are formally known as the Five Strapping Lads. Meet my cousins:

From left to right we have Robby, yours truly, Justin, Jordan, and George.

How’s that for a team?

Numbah Six!



My favorite book is Book Six of the Wheel of Time series, Lord of Chaos. It is a refreshing book of astronomical scale that is written expertly. Furthermore, it is full of moments which prompted me to leap out of my seat and run laps around my house.

Numbah Seven!

I am a fan of the Magnificent Seven, both the original and the remake. I have yet to see the original original, Seven Samurai, but I intend to. This tidbit is relevant because my writing takes place in the western genre, however different my take on the American West may be.

So that’s a bit about me! If there’s anything that stood out to you, feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments.


I would like to pass the Lovely Blog Award along to the following blogs which are highly deserving of it. If this happens to be a repeat nomination for any of those named, my apologies. I nominate:

A.Z. Anthony

Eva Blaskovic


Aimee Davis

Thank you all for reading.

As always, stay classy.

~J.J. Azar

37 thoughts on “Officially Lovely: I Received the One Lovely Blog Award

  1. Congratulations, JJ. I can’t think of anyone more deserving than you, with your sense of style, humour (oops, humor), and great writing. I love your posts, and they always brighten my day.

    Now, about the steak. Filet Mignon all the way. Although, failing that, there’s sirloin. Fat grosses me out 😉

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  2. Congratulations!

    I love the Wheel of Time, but ended up stopping somewhere around book 8-9. I read them back to back and found myself getting burnt out. I need to go back and read them, but I can’t remember which book I left off on. (This was pre-Goodreads.)

    I recently watched the Magnificent 7, the remake, and I loved it! Now I need to go back and watch the original. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Birdie!

      8-9 are slow installments for sure (I’m on 9). Let me know when you get back into the series if you get around to it. I always enjoy talking WoT!

      The Magnificent 7 remake was a great time! Ethan Hawke’s character was my favorite. The original is top quality. The dialogue is stellar in particular.

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    1. I’m thrilled you enjoyed it! These tag/award posts have been a lot of fun. I searched long and hard for a picture of the 5 of us, and this is the most recent (1 year ago on Thanksgiving)! We spend so much time together you would think we would have a more recent photo.

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      1. We’re tight, that’s for sure. Funnily enough, I’ve promised the boys that in every book I write, one of them will have a cameo role. The character will have a different name, an insignificant role, but by the character’s likeness and speech, they’ll be able to figure out who it is. Just a bit of homage. They’re already placing bets as to who’s in Book 1! 😀

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    1. Between the 5 of us, none of us can sing, but Jordan and George are wildly skilled with the guitar! That counts for something, right? Thank you for your congrats! 😀 (You know my feeling about Wheel of Time, glad it’s on your list 🙂 )

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    1. Yeah, I definitely sat down and actually watched the Ridiculous Six *cough* *cough* *gag.* Thank you for the kind words! In the case of Cali, traffic moves JUST enough for driving to be sensible. In the heart of NYC, driving is…not practical, to say the least!

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    1. I’m glad you liked them! And a fresh spring?!?! Bahahaha what is that? 😉 Nah, Cali has fresh springs. In Cali, spring is just winter with a couple more degrees added. Cali has one season, as far as I’m concerned.


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