I have been nominated by one of my new blogging pals, Sadje, of Keep it Alive,
See here for her excellent post and to find out more about her:
1.Thank the blogger/s who nominated you.
2.Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post and list the rules.
3.Answer the 11 questions the selector asks of you.
4.Nominate 11 bloggers you want to give the award to.
5.Ask the bloggers 11 questions of your own.
So firstly, Thank you very much, Sadje, for your kind nomination. It was great finding out more about you and thank you for finding my blog and leaving your lovely, supportive comments. It is much appreciated. 🙂
What made you start blogging?
I started blogging because I had just started doing a creative writing course, and the flow of my writing had gone from a trickle to writing something every day. I wanted a place I could keep all the stuff I had written in the past and was now writing in greater amounts. I also wanted to seek feedback and answers to the question I had thus far been too scared to ask – Am I any Good?
Do your friends and family support you in this?
Friends and family have been supportive. Occasionally one will read a poem or story and tell me they liked it, but they do not ‘follow’ my blog or read much of it. I have found the most supportive and encouraging people have been my fellow bloggers. That has been the greatest surprise to me, I never thought I would find so many fantastic people blogging. I owe a lot to this blogging community on WordPress. Thanks must go to, to WordPress itself for creating a blog format that even I could use. 🙂
Which is your favourite time of the day?
I like mid mornings. I am neither an early bird nor a night owl. I like 9am – 12pm and I also like early evenings 5pm – 8pm. Those are my most productive hours.
What would be your dream vacation?
I have been lucky to have lots of lovely holidays. They usually involved being able to catch up with friends that I don’t see as often as I would like. A friend of mine lives in Melbourne, Australia and she is a musician. A few years ago she was invited to perform on a cruise ship that was going round the Baltic sea stopping in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. I decided to book on the cruise, and we had a wonderful time exploring and I spent time with my friend and her husband.
I have never been to the South Island of New Zealand to that would be a dream. Also, I’d quite like to see Canada. I have also made a few blogging friends in the States so It might be fun to say hi to them.
One of my favourite places in the world is the Isle of Wight. That is my happy place.
What genre of movies you like best?
I love comedies, but clever ones, I’m not so much into slapstick. I love musicals and I love a fantasy story, something that takes you on a journey. I don’t like Horror, or films that a very gritty. I also prefer a happy ending. I want to be made to feel better by a film, not wallow in misery and despair.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
I’m British, so I don’t really like talking about strengths, it sound so big-headed. I would like my strengths to be that people enjoy my company, I make them laugh, I would like another strength to be my writing, but I think that it is best for others to say if that is or not. My weaknesses are more than I can say in this blog. I talk too much. I am a coward. I fear everything and my own fear prevents me from being a better person.
Are you an emotional person?
I try my best to keep a British ‘Stiff-upper lip’ but Underneath that I am a seething mass of emotions. I am very emotional, far too emotional.
What motivates you in life and writing?
A desire to be the best person I can be. I am motivated to learn. My motivation for writing is that I have so many ideas buzzing round in my head, I have just got to get some of them down on paper, or on screen.
What sort of friend are you to your pals?
One that when you make an effort to contact me, I will pick up where we left off. I will make you laugh and I will entertain you. I am terrible at keeping in touch. I do not respond straight away to text messages or emails. I do normally respond eventually.
Have you written poetry as well?
I write poetry and prose. I write stories all the time, but only write poetry when the inspiration takes hold of me. I need more motivation to write poetry than I do a story. I have to be in the right frame of mind.
Being happy or peaceful, what is more important to you?
I think both are intrinsically linked. I couldn’t be happy in a noisy and chaotic environment. I am happiest when at peace. I am at peace when I am happy. 🙂
This is the bit I find so hard. The hardest thing of all. I have so many blogging friends out there, some like these awards and some do not. Some feel that these awards are too time consuming and I do not want to put anyone under pressure. I owe a great deal to my followers and so If any one of my followers read this and want to take part in this, consider yourselves nominated. I couldn’t do what I do without YOU.
I think that Sadje has asked some excellent questions and so I will ask a few of my own but feel free to pick your eleven from some of mine or some of Sadje’s you can mix and match as you feel fit. 🙂
Some Extra Questions to Choose From:
- What elements/ aspects of Fantasy or Sci-Fi do you want to be real?
- Which Actor or Actress who has never won an Oscar do you think should have?
- Is there a moment in History that you wish you could go back and witness to find out what really happened?
- Who has inspired you the most?
- If you could keep any animal as a pet (and have all the things they needed to be happy) what animal would it be?
- Would you rather go to a big party and rub shoulders with the rich and famous or go to an amazing quiet Garden that hardly anyone has ever visited?
- Do you plan things in advance or take life as it comes?
- When reading a book what normally encourages you to keep reading?
- When reading or watching a film, what things would make you ‘switch off’?
- Do you connect most with evil characters or good ones?
- Name a character from a book or movie that you really connected with and understood.
OK. That should keep you busy. If you decide to take part in this, please link to me so I can read them.
I have taken this opportunity to broadcast to the blogosphere a bit more about me and maybe shed some misconceptions or at least some of my secrecy. 🙂
Thanks to Sadje again for the Nomination and Thank you for reading this. Have a great day everyone. 🙂