Many thanks to Blondeusk at Blondewritemore for this nomination. Everyone, do check out her writing blog (after you’ve read my post, of course!) and say “hi” to her. I love reading her posts, which are concise, relevant, and gently humorous. She’s also an extremely good writer and is my guest storyteller for August, so watch out for her post scheduled for next Saturday on my blog.
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- List the rules and display the award
- Share 7 facts about yourself
- Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know you have nominated them
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The 7 Facts:
Well, this is a difficult one as I’ve been awarded the “Inspiring Blogger Award” twice before. So if my fellow bloggers don’t mind, on this occasion I’ll share some up-to-the-moment trivia about me and, if you’re interested, you can visit my “Blogging Awards” page afterwards, where you can link to my earlier posts.
- I spent two hours in the local town centre the other day and only bought a recipe book that cost £4.99, 6 postage stamps, and a bargain packet of AA batteries (5+3 free). The sales were on in the clothes shops, but I thought that everything was rubbish, much of it unethically produced in sweat shops, and I couldn’t wait to get home.
- My granddaughter just had her 12th birthday and dyed her hair bright pink to celebrate! I couldn’t help wishing they’d had fun colours like that around when I was that age; although, thinking back, I was more interested in climbing trees and making stink bombs than bothering about how I looked.
- At the moment, I’m only watching two programmes a week on the telly: the exceedingly quirky conspiracy theory Utopia (Series 2), and an atmospheric but perplexing thriller, The Honourable Woman. On my computer, I’m doing a catch up of Game of Thrones (Series 4) — the brilliant epic fantasy series based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin.
- I’ve given up taking all nutritional supplements other than Krill Oil (sustainably sourced, of course). As a result, my former food intolerances have disappeared, including that of chocolate. Yay 🙂
- The most gripping novel I’ve read this year is 11.22.63 by Stephen King. It’s a time travel novel first published in 2011 that asks the question “What if you could go back in time and prevent the JFK assassination?”. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the novel, but am now grateful that it was part of a 3-for-the-price-of-2 offer in the bookstore or I might never have read it! Thanks W. H. Smith.
- Sometimes I wish that the first person I submitted my first novel to had told me it was rubbish and that I should give up writing. Instead he used the word “promising”, thus condemning me to many years of chasing a dream when the odds of success are only a little higher than winning the lottery. Even so, I have a consuming passion for writing, the flip-side of passion being pain.
- Last night I dreamt that zombies had taken over my home town, although they only came out after sunset (vampire-zombies?). This meant that everybody had to rush home and barricade themselves in their houses with blackout blinds at the windows, and stay silent. In my dream, I was walking across the recreation ground just a moment after sunset, trying to get home before the zombies saw me. But then a bass from the church choir (it’s always a bass) started to sing and drew attention to us. One of the zombies, whose name was Valerie and who looked normal (apart from her glazed blue eyes), took a liking to me and taught me how I could hoodwink zombies into believing I was one of them.
I’m going to break the rule here about 15 nominations, as I’ve already showered awards on certain bloggers and don’t wish to drown them in a sea of the things. Thus, I’m nominating just one blogger who I’ve started following recently. Ajaytao Botanical Photography shares my love of flowers and delights me daily with his photographs accompanied by a few well-chosen words.