I am really grateful to Emily of A Writer’s Beginning for nominating me for this award.

Emily writes some great short stories and also does the most fantastic reviews of books and poems. She is also a prolific reader.

Please check out her Blog below:

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring โ€“ people who spread โ€œsunshineโ€ to the blogging world!

As such I am absolutely thrilled to have received this nomination. To be seen as a positive and inspiring person, that is the best achievement I could hope for, well next to a Million pound book deal ๐Ÿ˜‰


  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.


Emily’s Questions:

Do you have a favourite word? If so, what is it?ย (This is a question that Iโ€™ve started to ask a lot; I canโ€™t help it โ€“ I love words!).

I have lots of words that I love. The words I like are a bit like the stories I like, they have to inspire my imagination to take me off on a journey, an adventure.

so if I had to pick a word right now it would hate to be ADVENTURE.

The wonderful thing about reading is it takes you off on an adventure, and you never have to leave the comfort of your own surroundings. Reading a book never killed anyone (that I’m aware of, could be a good plot idea though).

Have you ever read a book, cover to cover, in one day?

No, I’m afraid not (except if you count the Mr. Men books I loved as a child – My favourite was Mr. Chatterbox, something that I was always called).ย 

I am an exceptionally slow reader. Which means I skim read a lot or I will take forever to read something. It can take me an hour just to read a few pages. I tend to absorb the content though. I remember reading a story in school which involved getting into an elevator that went off in all different directions. When I stopped reading I was actually dizzy.ย 

Do you believe in judging a book by its cover?

NEVER. I read the blurb, then the first chapter. If I’m not caught by then, I usually give up. I am not a dedicated reader. Life is too short to read something you don’t like.

For me, reading is a truly emotional experience and if I can’t engage with it, or I don’t like the way it makes me feel, I don’t read it.

Do you have a favourite book?ย (Itโ€™s a big question, I know.)

I have a few books I come back to time and time again these include:

Enid Blyton’s, Folk of the Faraway Tree

Anything by Agatha Christie, Favourites include A Murder is Announced, Sleeping Murder and Crooked House.

Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Harry Potter, in particular The Half Blood Prince

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series

Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.

There that’s enough for you surely?

Do you believe that aspiring writers should read as much as they can?

Reading is important but it isn’t quantity that matters it is opening your brain up to different kinds of writing and letting your imagination run free.

One of the great things about the blogging community is that you have a wealth of short stories and poetry to read, so rather than spending hours reading the same thing you can flit like a butterfly or a bee from short story to short story and taking in all its nectar.ย 

What time of day do you do the most of your blogging?

At the moment I have the Luxury to blog at any time. I am probably most productive between 10am and 2 pm, then with a flurry in the evening.ย 

Is there one particular blog post that youโ€™re really proud of?ย (Share a link to it โ€“ Iโ€™d love to read it if I havenโ€™t already!)

That’s a bit like picking one of your children to receive a scholarship to Oxford….

Well I am quite proud of this comic poem I wrote for my creative writing class. It got the best reaction from my Tutor, who never really commented much about my other work, but really liked this poem. She said I had a natural flair for comedic poetry. Well, let me know what you think…

What is one thing that you have learnt since starting your blog?

There is a wonderful community out there full of creative people who are far more interested in supporting each other rather than trying to out compete or belittle each other. It’s been great making friends.ย 

Do you keep to any kind of a blogging schedule?

No. I am totally spontaneous and random. I do like to now and then schedule a picture to post in the early hours of the morning and I am posting excerpts of the Fantasy Story I wrote back in 2001/2 every Wednesday and Sunday evenings, but apart from that, it’s a bit of a free for all.

If you could send a message to your past self, what would you say?

Don’t let fear stop you from having a go. Once you start on a journey you end up enjoying yourself too much to waste time with fear.ย 

Do you have any regrets that you want to share?

I regret not starting blogging ten years ago, maybe I wasn’t ready then, but I’m sure loving it now.


My Nominees:

Random Quotes 52#

Doodle(s)wash: 7/10-7/11

I need some good thoughts… (and update)

What Surprises Await on the Other Side of the Gate?

The Theory of Men or Donโ€™t go there!

Letโ€™s Talk ! #4


Here are my Questions:

  1. What is your least favourite genre of books to read?
  2. Do you have a particular favourite book or author? If yes, please tell me.
  3. Do you have a happy place? Describe it to me.
  4. Could you spend a week in a shack with no access to phone or computer?
  5. If you were in that shack what book would you want for company?
  6. What one human trait would you like to see eradicated?
  7. Name a place you want to go to but never have been.
  8. Do you prefer reading to writing or vice versa?
  9. If someone bought you a box set of a TV show or a particular Actors work, what would you want it to be?
  10. How does blogging make you feel?
  11. Is there one particular blog post that youโ€™re really proud of?ย (Share a link to it โ€“ Iโ€™d love to read it if I havenโ€™t already!) (I have copied this from Emily’s questions because I loved it).


As I always say, Don’t feel any pressure to take part if you don’t want to or are too busy. Save it up and do it later if you like, or not at all if you prefer.

My nomination is just a reflection of the fact that I appreciate all the effort that you put into your blog. Take time to wallow in well deserved glory.

Thank you.

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  1. Thanks Kristian but I don’t do awards at all!

    But a couple of your questions jump out at me …
    3. My happy place is when I am meditating, alone anywhere, leading a group or teaching it
    4. I have spent years in solitary meditation with no visual, verbal or written contact, so most certainly no devices of any kind … and I’m still alive to talk about it ๐Ÿ™‚
    6. ALL forms of Violence, bullying, abuse, put downs, war, etc
    love blogging and can’t imagine not doing it!
    Appreciate the nomination and hope the others are more compliant.

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  2. Sounds like a good list of questions, though I agree: it would be hard to pick my favorite blog post. And I always get in trouble with “Who’s your favorite author?” because my list of favorites is long. Which gives me an idea for a blog post… ๐Ÿ™‚
    I might do better with, “What’s your favorite invention?”

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  3. Thank you so much for the nomination. I’m going away this weekend for a much needed girls weekend. However, I’m going to note your questions and think about them some this weekend and maybe jot down some notes so I can write something up early next week.

    And Congrats on your nomination. I always love learning more about my favorite bloggers!

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