Goodness knows, we could really do with some sunshine – especially as we have our very first Sports Day at a French school this afternoon and it looks like it will be a complete washout!
Thank you to the lovely Joanne Phillips, who has nominated me for the Sunshine Award. If you haven’t yet come across her blog A Writer’s Journey, I do recommend you read it for the down-to-earth, humorous description of writing and publishing. She is currently profreading her first novel ‘Can’t Live Without’, yet somehow still manages to find time to read and respond to blog posts and be really encouraging to newbies.
I’ve also been trying to find out the source for this blog award, but have to admit defeat. Apparently, it is designed to celebrate those bloggers whose positive and creative spirit inspire you. There is also some disagreement on what exactly you need to do in order to be the proud possessor of this badge of distinction on your blogsite, but I will follow Joanne’s guidelines:
- Write five things about yourself
- Include the award’s logo in a post
- Nominate 5 other bloggers
- Link to your nominees
- Link the person who nominated you
Now, confession time:
I hate writing things about myself. I have created a pseudonym for myself so that I don’t have to give too much away about myself. I believe that one’s books or poems or creations or blog posts are revealing enough of my inner life. And the outer one doesn’t really matter that much at all. But I get it, the curiosity to know more about a person we are interacting with, especially at a distance. Or to find out more about what moves an artist, (not that I am putting myself into that category!), what influences they might have had – I’ve devoured even the most prurient stuff about Sylvia Plath. Back when I was a teenager, when I fancied myself like her. Now I just hope that I am NOT like her!
So here are five random and little known facts about me:
Favourite film: Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil’ (although slightly unnerving that the Far Right in the US also like this film – maybe they think it’s a documentary?)
Favourite book: ‘The Great Gatsby’ or Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’, can never quite limit myself to just one
Most annoying and overused expression: ‘Now that I think about it…’
What makes me angry: Rudeness, although lack of caring under a veneer of politeness is just as bad
Most embarassing childhood outfit: I used to dress up like Madonna in ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’, cutting the fingers off my gloves and the feet off my tights.
And here are my gorgeous five nominees, who brighten up my day whenever I read their blogs:
Nicky Wells – Romance that Rocks Your World – for being the humorous, energetic, romantic person that she is, which shines through in her books and blog posts
A Year of Reading the World – this is such an inspirational and mammoth project, each new post makes me discover a world of possibility
Holly Anne – HollyAnne Gets Poetic – her poems make me giggle, give me goosebumps or make me think – a winning combination!
Claire – Word by Word – how can I not be inspired by a fellow expat writer based in France? However, she lives in the sunnier south of France, so she can bring some sunshine in my life!
Corey Booth – Clown Ponders – can he really be only 20 years old? He works, he blogs, he writes poetry and he brings web-based poets together with his weekly poetry challenge – he’s an amazing guy – and no, I’m not flattering him because I am taking part in this week’s challenge (he does not have the casting vote anyway).