Thanks to the lovely Kate M. Colby for nominating me for this award! I’ve been a bad blogger this week for finding no time to write here so, I feel very honoured and eager to please at this nomination. Kate is an incredibly disciplined, informative, generous and gifted writer. You should definitely check out her posts on writing as they’re very helpful! Also, keep your eyes peeled for when her first novel, The Cogsmith’s Daughter releases because, if you’ve been reading her blog for a while, you know it’s bound to be good! Onwards then!
Thank you to Shelby from Miles of Life Lines for also nominating me!
I am going to do a shameless copy-paste from her post here regarding the rules. Why mess with something that is already perfect, eh?
The guidelines for accepting this award are as follows:
• Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site.
• Put the award logo on your blog.
• Answer the ten questions sent to you.
• Nominate seven blogs.
• Make a list of ten questions for your nominees.
My answers to Kate’s questions:
1. If you could not be a writer, what would your career of choice be?
An actor. It has always, secretly, been my first choice. You see, I’ve never been able to settle on a career that promises money or stability. But, I’d love to have a go on almost every walk of life, for a while at least. In many ways, I see acting and writing using the same creative thought processes. I had done amateur theatre for a long time and though I could never gather the courage to pursue it seriously, I hope I get to, at least, do it in small ways again. For now, writing just seems more achievable, and more me.
2. If you won a lottery, what would you do with the money?
This ties in with a question later on but I would, quite simply, travel as much as possible if I won a lottery. So, in case I do, I hope it is enough to visit a couple of continents, at the very least. All I seem to win in raffles and lotteries are body lotions and chocolate bars. Hmm.
3. If you could meet one author, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would give cliched answers like Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen and, c’mon, you would do the same if you could. But, I’ve thought about this a bit and I realised, it would be most exciting to meet Lord Byron! He had an extremely fascinating life, was the first celebrity in the modern sense with groupies and everything, and I can’t fathom how he found time to write such excellent and prolific poetry amidst all that activity. Also, I’ve read he was very handsome.
4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
With that lottery money I am going to win, or the money I’ll earn if I become a famous writer, I would very much like to go to Australia and New Zealand. This has also become a cliched answer these days thanks to the Middle Earth films, but my love was born as a very young girl who would watch adventure reality shows, cricket and travel programmes obsessively, have a picture of the Sydney Opera House on her wall and an extremely detailed road map.
5. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
There are many favourites but, most of all, having the platform to write whatever I want to. I do have a somewhat tight structure where I can’t be as quirky or erratic as possible, but I love the prospect of bending that quirky idea into a more mundane structure. And this freedom only gets better because I can write without having any specific audience in my mind to seek approval of, even myself. There are many posts I have published which I hated, but having my own blog allowed me to publish them without caring what anyone, including myself, thinks of them.
6. What is your least favorite thing about blogging?
Editing. I want to say promoting too, but it’s not like I do much regarding that. I don’t like editing at all. I get so stressed, all the letters and punctuation marks start swimming in front of my eyes. If I do spot a mistake, it’s usually too late. It’s just an awful feeling.
7. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Fully reconciled to the way I am and thus, finally, doing the things I want to do.
8. If a genie gave you three wishes, what would you ask for?
Dear Genie, sorry you were stuck in that rusty old lamp for so long. I hope it was bigger on the inside. Now, as for my three wishes for having set you free, here goes: First, make me healthier. Second, do something about questions 2 and 4 i.e. having the money to travel and then, travel. Third, help me sleep better.
9. f you could go back in time and prevent a book from being published, would you? And which one?
The Bridges of Madison County. I would not prevent it from being published as its far superior movie would never happen then, but I would very much like to prevent my buying and reading it.
10. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
My stubbornness. When I’ve decided upon something, I never give up. I do lack determination, i.e., doing something about it. But, deciding on something and sticking by it is half the battle won. I may be a tortoise on heavy sleep medication but I’m surely getting there.
My Questions for my Nominees:
1. What is your favourite part of the day?
2. Name a pet peeve and why it irritates you.
3. Name one thing the world could do more with and one it could do less of.
4. What music are you currently listening to? Who would you recommend it to?
5. If you were to spend a week in a deserted island, with only five books of your choice to pass the time, which books would you choose?
6. You’re stuck in a time machine. You could either go back ten years or ten years ahead to survive. Which way would you go?
7. They say humans only use 10% of their brains. If you could use an extra 5%, what would you do with it?
8. Do you have any quirky habits or rituals? Name one, and why you think you do it.
9. If you could live as a member of the opposite gender for a day, what activities would you do that you don’t do normally?
10. What is/was your favourite board game that you would only ever play on cardboard and not on an electronic device?
Wow, that was quite an exercise for the imagination! Thank you again to Kate for nominating me. This has certainly broken the dry spell I’ve been having lately! I hope all my nominees have fun with this questionnaire. Even if you don’t wanna go the whole nine yards, or aren’t nominated ( sorry, I could only name seven ), why don’t you leave answers to at least one or two questions in the comments? That would be lovely!