Well this came as a surprise! I have marta87wink @ http://marta87wink.wordpress.com/ to thank for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I’d seen the badge around but not really understood what it was about – until now! I didn’t start that long ago so I’m hugely honoured to be mentioned and it’s great to know that someone enjoys my writing and ramblings enough to think to put it forward.
So, let the pre-ceremony commence!! But let’s not forget the rules!
The important Liebster rules!
- List 11 facts about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions given to you.
- Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
- Choose 5 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate for the Liebster Award.
- Go to each blogger’s page and let them know about the award.
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
List 11 facts about yourself.
I wanted to be a writer since I was quite small after reading every Enid Blyton possible and beyond.
- I have a penchant for peanut butter.
- I have travelled around the world, literally.
- I collect records and love raking through charity shops.
- I support AFC, or Arsenal Football Club. I say support, more keep a track of and watch the odd game.
- If I’m going to get drunk, I’d prefer it to be on tequila.
- I’m currently doing a Master’s in Applied Psychology.
- I first started writing seriously when I was 18. A friend at university told me about a rap forum and I haven’t stopped since in all formats of writing.
- I’m a big fan of dystopian themed books and films such as: 1984, Equilibrium.
- Somehow I’ve never read a Stephen King book – I plan to remedy this very soon. Please don’t hate me.
- I’m currently baking potatoes for dinner.
And the engaging questions from marta87wink are:
1. Why are you writing?
Hmm, largely because I read a lot when I was younger and have always been inspired to write. And simply because I love doing it, I always feel better when I’ve absorbed myself in writing about something.
2. Where do you look for inspiration?
I don’t tend to seek it as my imagination is fairly fertile despite me rarely tending to it if you get my drift. I get inspired by other writers, other people who are successful at something I want to emulate. Words, images, people, experiences – they all inspire me in one way or another.
3. What is one thing that you regret most in your life?
That’s an interesting one. No regrets right? Bollocks, everyone has a few. Mine would be..dam this is difficult! I guess not speaking my mind in certain situations when I should have been braver.
4. What is one thing you are most proud of in your life?
Graduating after some hard years at university and continuing my studies despite several setbacks.
5. Tell us one amazing thing that happened to you in the last month.
I held a tarantula called Tara in my hand today. I prefer the big spiders to the little ones bizzarely enough.
6. Do you believe in magic?
Magic isn’t something to be believed as much as it is something to marvel at and be mind boggled. I saw Derren Brown recently and he isn’t a magician per se but his mental magic if you will is incredible. I’m too analytic and logical to fully accept magic. I feel that once we become adults our magic meter wanes because we’re too busy trying to solve what has happened rather than appreciate what has been acheived.
7. If you could talk for 15 minutes with someone who is long dead, who would it be?
Good question! I’d have to go for Errol Flynn or Frank Sinatra. Dammit, Errol it is. His adverntures and stories may be tall but there’s got to be some truth in them. He lived an incredible life and was a genuine swashbuckler before he hit the screen. A different era.
8. Do you have your favourite motivational quote? If so, tell us about it.
Err, let me see. I have a terrible memory for these sorts of things. Perhaps, “no matter how far down the wrong road you’ve travelled it’s never too late to turn back”. I like it because if you consider your actions and are conscious of what you are doing, there’s always the oppurtunity to turn around with no excuses. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” by Gretzky I apply to writing in that you can know if what you’ve written is bad until you’ve done it, but once done it can be successful. You have to take the chance.
9. What is your favourite place to write?
Traditionally I used to write a lot in bed last thing at night in a Red & Black. Now I write on my laptop anywhere between my living room sofa and study.
10. Do you have a pet? If so what is its name?
Yes! It is called Pudding or Pudsy. She was a rescue cat and she looks like a pudding because her previous owners were slightly overzealous with their feeding. She’s black and white like a Friesen cow.
11. Who is your favourite writer of all times?
Ta da! the ultimate finisher. George Orwell has to be so far. 1984 sticks in my head so much and inspires much of my thoughts on what the future may hold.
Drum roll please! And finally, the list of my Nominees for the Liebster Award are:
http://ittakesanoceanblog.wordpress.com/ – I love the way this guy writes about his random happenings abroad in Asia.
http://hopeyoucanchange.wordpress.com/ – An interesting array of blogging some centred on mental illness. Engaging.
http://amannotathisbest.com/ – Great blog full of insightful ideas and writing.
http://lifein64squarefeet.com/ – Always some interesting content and insights.
http://hervelinec.wordpress.com/ – I like looking at the latest drawings she puts up.
And my 11 questions for each of you goes a little something like this:
- What is your worst habit?
- What inspired you begin blogging and what keeps you going?
- Do you believe in ghosts? If so why?
- If you were to stack your DVD collection how high would it be?
- Who would you get to play you in a movie of your life?
- Summer or Winter?
- Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
- What would you prefer? A dentist with Parkinson’s or a surgeon with no thumbs?
- Without lying, how many times a day do you check your blog for likes, comments and adds?
- What is your other hobby?
- Which book do you wish you’d written?