Blogger awards

A very big thank you to lovely bloggers Deeksha and Alison who have nominated me for the Liebster and Sunshine Blogger awards – it’s so kind of you!

As you both asked me a very similar question about my favourite books, I’m going to write a separate blog post about that, but in the meantime, here’s the answers to all the other questions you asked:

Alison’s questions:

What is your favorite food?  Toast with loads of butter!  In fact I’m going to have some right now.

What do you think can make this world a better place? Ooh, so many things.  Breaking up the media empire of certain press barons who tell the rest of us what to think would be a good place to start.

Deeksha’s questions:

2. Describe yourself in three words. Chaotic, affectionate, socialist

3. Cat person or a dog person? Dog, definitely.

4. Who is your role model? My mum.  Isn’t that true for everyone?

5. What is the ultimate goal of your life? To make my living from writing, one way or another

6. Apple or Android..?  They both get on my nerves

7. Favourite celebrity? Patrick Stewart.  I’m a huge Star Trek fan and he’s from Mirfield, near where I used to live.

8. Favourite movie? Star Trek: First Contact (told you, Trekkie)

9. If you could meet someone from the past, who would it be? Why? the Bronte sisters.  They would have been great writer friends to share ideas with.

10. Favourite quote/proverb? “I want to know if it’s you I don’t trust, ‘cos I damn sure don’t trust myself” – Bruce Springsteen, Brilliant Disguise – a lyric that sends a shiver down my spine.

And now, to pass on the joy of award giving, I’d like to nominate Cathie Armstrong (charmstrongbooks.com/)for a Liebster award, as a blogger and writer I really admire, and ask her just one question:

What do you think is the most important attribute of a successful writer?

And finally, because I know I’m probably not v good at the whole gracefully accepting thing, I’m just going to share this clip of Phoebe in Friends showing us all how to really accept awards.  Enjoy!

Blogger Recognition awards: sharing the love

img_0496What a nice surprise I had this morning, to discover that MindandLifeMatters had nominated me for the Seal of Approval bloggers recognition award!  Thank you so much Rashmi.  It’s great to know that the words you put out there into the blogosphere are actually being read by someone, and even better to hear that people actually find what you have to say interesting or entertaining.

I started my blog because I have always had a secret ambition to write which couldn’t be put off any longer.  In the last two years I’ve grown to love my blogging habit.  I’ve probably written about 25,000 words which I wouldn’t have otherwise written, and can confidently say “I want to be a writer” to family and friends who ask why I’m blogging.  I still feel like a blogging/writing amateur, so I hesitate to give advice to any other bloggers.  On the one hand, having a space in my weekly schedule to sit and write without interruptions has been the thing I’ve found most helpful.  On the other hand, having a WordPress app on my tablet and smart phone, as well as using the desktop computer, has enabled me to blog ‘on the go’ and write whenever the mood takes me!  Taking part in the Blogging 101 course which WordPress offers has also helped me find new blogging friends, understand how my site works and given me lots of new ideas to write about.

Of course, the other great aspect of blogger awards is that they offer an opportunity to share the love with some other bloggers.  So here are some of the blogs which definitely get my Seal of Approval:

Ant Meads – blogging about mental health issues.  This nomination is just my way of sending admiration for brave, honest, talented writing.

Sometimes Stellar Storyteller – a talented writer and always encouraging to fellow bloggers

Bubbles and Beebots – a mixture of hilarious mummy blogging and other stuff too.

365 Shitty First Drafts – a great challenge for a writer to set themselves, committing to writing every day.  I’m always bowled over by the creativity.

Hard Book Habit – I wish I’d had you as a friend at university, it would have made studying English Literature a lot more fun!

Continuing with M.E. – blogs about what it’s like living with a chronic illness

If anyone who I’ve nominated would like to nominate anyone else in turn – no expectations of course – then this is how you do it:

Blogger Recognition Award Rules:

1. Select other blogs to which you want to give the award. You can not nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
2. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to attach the award! (You can do this by right clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
3. Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.