So, turns out I have been nominated for the marvelous Liebster Award by the beautiful, hilarious and multi talented Ana over at A Z Pascoe. Ana is one of the most welcoming and insightful bloggers I’ve come across and reading her work is like taking a road trip with a good friend. Check out her blog, it’s far more interesting than mine.                                                                                                                                                                    liebster-blog-awardThe Liebster Award means you get to find out things about me and discover a whole new bunch of awesome people, which is frankly the best bit.

The rules are thankfully quite simple:

  1. Share 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate up to 11 bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer

Okay, 11 facts about me, and pretty much my Online Dating pitch:

  1. I love art almost as much as I love writing. It was pretty touch and go deciding which unrequited career to plump for. The Crone Avatar is taken from one of my charcoal drawings.                                                                                                                                                    sleeper
  2. I’m a vegan. Yep, B12 is a bugger.
  3. I love Indie Rock, the louder and more obscure the better.
  4. I have 3 children. They’ve turned out great, I often take a moment to congratulate myself on that                                                                                  .il_570xn-738465398_amw2
  5. I once ran a charcoal drawing workshop. People thought I knew what I was doing and everything.
  6. My favorite film of all time is Zoolander. I had to buy a replacement DVD.
  7. My go to guru is Steve Jobs.steve-jobs
  8. I can still code in Basic.
  9. I have playlists for every possible emotional occasion. I’m currently listening to, ‘Who died and left you in charge?
  10. My first love was a beautiful boy called Keith. I also dumped that one sided affection the day I saw Bauhaus play in Bristol. Even now Pete Murphy, even now I would run away with you.600full-peter-murphy
  11. I love Illustrators. I have their artwork all over my house. Especially, Kay Nielsen  Edmund Dulac & Arthur Rackham.

 

11 questions set by Ana. I’ve kept the answers short because life is bastard short enough already. 

  1. What is the best thing you think you’ve ever written, and why?  The first draft of my first novel. Not because it was some sort of epic masterpiece, but because finishing that first book is so damn hard. Frankly, there should be flags and marching bands.
  2. If you could spend an hour with anyone in the world, either alive or dead, to speak about life, the universe and everything, who would it be?  Nikola Tesla. I swear that man was/is/will be, a Time Lord.
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  3. What’s one genre/type of book/story you’ve always wanted to write, but been too scared to try? I’d like to have a go at science fiction, but I’d want to put a weird spin on it.
  4. Alternatively, what would you hate to have to write? Any form of slushy Romance. Besides, I know my characters, they wouldn’t do it even if I asked them to.
  5. Name one book, story or poem that inspires you to keep writing or, alternatively, contains some language that, for whatever reason, steals your breath.                                                                                                                                      9780099766018-1467198678851
  6. When did you start writing, and why?  I’ve always written stories. Question is, why did I stop for so long?
  7. Is there a personality trait, quirk or other notable characteristic that you particularly gifting (or cursing!) your characters with?   You can’t beat a bit of darkness.
  8. What’s your favorite kind of cake? (This is a big deal, think carefully)  Man… I don’t eat cake.                                                                                                                                                           no-cakes
  9. If there were no financial barriers, would you take up writing/blogging full time? And if you’re doing so currently, how’d you achieve that?  I am writing full time, (which is mainly why I don’t eat cake.. or biscuits). I have gone into this as if I’m starting a business and everything I do is about building a viable brand. Still, it feels totally insane. I’m risking everything, but I’m also doing what I love and honestly, where’s the fun in playing safe?
  10. If you had to recommend one book to me, what would it be?  The Lord of the Rings (haha, I know you’ve read it, but read it again). Otherwise, The Pearl, by John Steinbeck.
  11. And finally, are you guys way too busy to do this?? I totally understand if you are (it took me forever), so your alternative is to write a kick ass story for me (which, obviously, is no challenge at all).  Hey, you don’t need to ask me twice. Can you be addicted to writing?

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Questions to the 11 Chosen Ones:

  1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
  2. If you were an evil villain trying to take over the world, how would you do it?
  3. Which quote would you have tattooed up your arm?
  4. What book, poem or piece of artwork are you currently working on?
  5. Blue pill or Red pill?                                                                                                                            images
  6. How do you deal with self doubt?
  7. What one piece of advice would you give to new bloggers?
  8. If you could go back in time, which period of history would you choose?
  9. Which book or film do you wish you’d thought of writing first?
  10. What is your zombie apocalypse strategy?
  11. Which character from any novel, poem or piece of artwork that you have produced, would you most like to meet?

Chosen Ones: 

Actually, the one thing I hadn’t appreciated about blogging until I started was just quite how much downright awesome talent there is out there. Seriously, 11 blogs isn’t nearly enough. Check these guys out, they are great bloggers and in my experience, pretty down right fabulous people.

1.  Whalerquinn Quinn writes the most exquisitely beautiful and gloriously weird micro fiction I have so far come across on WordPress. Sometimes it does my head in. What more can you ask of a blog?

2. It’s All In Perception  This blog has kept me puzzled for weeks. There is an unfolding story based around Sherlock Holmes which I love because it’s from a weird angle. But be warned you will also find some beautifully written dialogue, which suddenly turns out to be Magic Realism. I fall for it every damn time.

3. Tammy Mezera Poetry  Tammy’s site reads, ‘Nothing verbose, just poetically inclined‘ Seriously, there is no just on this blog, her beautiful poetry always takes my breath away. There are also links to Tammy’s other writing available from the home page. Check out the side bar.

4. Ash N. Finn So I got hooked on Ash’s blog through the brilliant Cath White flash series. A set of short stories which all weave together to form a larger story. I live in fear that one day Ash will stop writing.

5. Christian Meneses  What can I tell you about Christian? Seeing, The Princess of the Secret Blood, unfold has been a privilege. And apart from making me laugh every time we exchange comments, he’s also a splendid all rounder. So you get blog advice, writing advice and most of all you get to sit back with a cup of coffee and read great Fantasy.

6. The Book of Hangman  With Neil, never know what you’re gonna get. ‘Gothic horror, bizarre absurdities, ridiculous comedy and poetry.’ From the utterly surreal, The last magical fart donkey, to the hauntingly beautiful, The Bogle, it’s always weird and always brilliant.

7. Drunk Off Rhetoric  It would be easy to flag up Minelli’s blog as one of the best places to pick up writing tips and advice, and yes it is. But what really I love about this site is her fiction. I’m not normally one for First Person, Present Tense, but Minelli uses it so damn skillfully that sometimes I’m not sure if I’ve read it or watched it on TV.

8. Kristen P  Kris is one of those bloggers who does all the hard work for me. She delves into this creative process and always comes up with some piece of advice I’ve never thought of before. I also love Kris’ passion for this wild and often confusing business and she will take an idea and run with it. Just a delight.

9. Somathread  ‘Expansion and liberation. Truth. Knowledge. Wisdom. Being informed. Being responsible’ and that’s just the first page. I haven’t even scratched the surface with this site. If the divine had time to write a blog, this is what it would look like.

10. Forged From Reverie  You can get blissfully lost in Stuart’s site. It’s like a glorious library of Folklore and Fantasy, I never have enough time to do it justice. I would take this blog on holiday with me.

11. Pema’s 50/50 challenge   I’m not ashamed to say that this final blog belongs to my dearest, fake beard buddy Pema. When I said I was going to nominate her, she said, ‘Oh god, tell them I don’t know what I’m doing… and that I can’t spell.’ Pema was set 50 challenges for her 50th birthday, and this is the account of her journey. Reading her blog is like being in her company. She’s funny, insightful and highly entertaining things happen to her. Plus she likes me and I admire that in a person.

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34 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. Jac, this is awesome! I love that you’re using your own artwork in your blog – I really miss drawing and painting, and I’m hoping that when uni settles down a little, I can get back into it. Also, it warms my little heart that you’re a Dr Who fan, because we all need to unite and take over the world. Plus, I like to talk about Dr Who because it’s amazing – what’s not to love? OH MY GOD I have actually read The Pearl! I decided to read 100 books last year (I managed, but it was pretty tough going at some points) and I read The Pearl over Christmas and loved it. It was so tragic and poignant 🙂 Great blog post chick!

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  2. Haha, yeah the world would be a far better place if the Whosters united and took over. Plus, if it all went a bit pear shaped, we could unwind the space time continuum and have another go. Favorite doctor?
    The Pearl makes me cry every single time, I’m a bit of a Steinbeck groupie.

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  3. Whoops, I hit send before I meant to! Your bravery is inspiring and courageous and that is why you will succeed. It takes a lot to decide to jump in and just do it. I’m a nostalgic kinda girl and the fact that you said you can code in basic made me gasp. Thanks for sharing your facts, answers, and questions and for sharing some super cool blogs I’m excited to dive into.

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  4. I also adore Steinbeck! He’s one of my very favorite authors, and love everything I’ve read by him, except The Red Pony. Don’t get me wrong. It’s Steinbeck so the writing is magnificent, but I’m an animal lover to the core of my being, and this story is difficult to get through. … AND.. Zoo lander is one of my favorite movies ever! Love Ben Stiller. Gas fight anyone? AND I am a total Doctor Who fanatic! David Tennant is my fave ever, but I don’t want to start a who’s the best Doctor debate with anyone.
    And I really want to thank you for nominating me for the Leibster Award. I’ll do my best to deserve it! 🙂 Now on my way to check out all these blogs you mention.

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  5. Of course, Matt Smith made a fabulous Doctor too, but really, this is why I can’t debate things like this. I could go on all day, and I might change my mind a lot. (My doc tells me that’s part of menopause.). Anyway, I’ll stop talking now. I promise I’m done this time. 🙂

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  6. Ah, The Red Pony. I read that for the first time when I was 10 and I forgot I was reading because I got so swept away by the story. I still can’t look at buttons without thinking about that book.
    I lent Zoolander to someone once and they said it was too silly to watch! Too silly is why I love it. Every time I cough I say, ‘I think I have the Black Lung.’ It’s like a Pavlovian response, I can’t stop it.
    I still morn the leaving of David Tennant…
    As for the Liebster, you already deserve it babe.

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  7. Hey there, thank you so much for including me in this list. I added all these amazing blogs to my WordPress reader (I really hope the reader function works better, lately all its throwing me are weird blogs and Fortune magazine posts). I like you even more now that I know those things about yourself. I love Zoolander and I even liked Zoolander 2 very much. I think it was an inner joke for Zoolander fans more than anything else 🙂
    I really like the art you display. I imagine your house as some sort of magical set from a fantasy movie.
    Please be sure to let your friends know anything you need with your writing /building your brand. I can only imagine how it may feel to be writing full time.

    Finally, I’d always take the red pill…and funny enough, my daughter is next to me on bed watching Alicia in Wonderland (the original Disney movie) 🙂

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  8. Haha, hey it’s an honour and why wouldn’t I have you on my list, your blog is awesome.
    I loved Zoolander 2, none taken. I said exactly the same thing about it, it was more for the fans than anything. Now we get a whole new set of tag lines to use in life. ‘I miss not knowing things with you.’
    Red pill all the way babe 🙂

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  9. Thank you so much Jac! I’m honored. I’m bad, I don’t play by the rules and run from the beatings! haha But the award is posted on my awards page with your permanent link to say Thank You for thinking of me 🙂 Right now my site is in transition as I am working on my first poetry publication that will be in a couple of weeks so I have most of the poetry on private my site, temporarily, for final edits and book selection. But they will be back up soon. Thank you for the kind words.

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  10. Thanks so much, Jac! 😀 It was great finding out more about you and your other talents, your artwork is so beautiful. And I’ll always cost the red pill.
    I’ll check out your other writers in your list, I’m sure I’ll enjoy them.
    And it’s you funny that Zoolander I’d your favorite movie haha I love it too

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  11. Ah, thank you. All the best people are Zoolander groupies. I was just over reading your blog. What a tough choice, but then you know I adore your fiction, I can’t rate it highly enough. Good luck, and have a fantastic holiday 🌞

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  12. Ah, thank you. All the best people are Zoolander groupies.
    I was just over reading your blog, it’s a tough choice, but then you know how much I adore your fiction, I can’t rate it highly enough. Good luck and have a fantastic holiday.

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  13. Haha, they definitely are. I think you need to have a sense of humor to be a writer, so that could be a part of it too.
    Thanks! Sometimes other posts take away from my story writing time so that’s not so good, but I’ll see. Time away from the grid should help me decide. 🙂

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  14. Red pill for sure! And thanks so much for the inclusion in your list of recommended blogs, am truly chuffed and don’t fear :-D. Let’s strike a deal, I’ll continue weaving and you stay loyal to the dark matters?
    I’m off to check out your recommendations now. Fearsomely great fake beards by the way, and your post is great.

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  15. Haha I completely agree! We would be magnificent 😉 Oh god, favourite doctor? Ahhhh… I don’t know. I love 9, 10 and 11 :p
    And The Little Red Pony? I thought that was beautiful too 🙂 And it made me sad 😦

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  16. You have my utmost appreciation for including me on your list. Thank you. I’ll have to give these guys a thorough looking over.

    Excellent choice in Lord of the Rings. All the best with your projects and I hope your future will soon be filled with all of the cakes and biscuits that your stomach can withstand! Take care.

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  17. Oh Stuart, ‘I hope your future will son be filled with all of the cakes and biscuits that your stomach can withstand.’ I’ve never heard such a magnificent sign off. I’m gonna use that in my next submission letter.
    Where there’s life there’s hope, and need of vittles.

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  18. Oh no – what have you done! Thanks for the nomination mate ! ❤️ I will get around to this as soon as I can, AND I will check out these lovely peeps, it sounds like WordPress is hosting some real talent.

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  19. I clearly am not on time with my Leibster post! I promise I haven’t forgotten about it nor your kindness in nominating me. But I am a technical doofus. One of the reasons my blog looks as plain as it does is because I don’t know how to post links and photos. I try, but it just never works. What I do to get around that is just go on, write, and hit publish. I know, right!? Pretty simpleton. But I’m working on it and will hopefully get it done soon…

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  20. Haha, don’t you fret mate, it was always more about letting people know about your fab blog than anything. I too have a couple more nominations in the mix that I haven’t done yet. Time is a bugger for appearing to be more cooperative than it is.

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  21. Preach! 😃 You’re not alone. Can’t figure this out and it seems to require more time and brain power than I have at the moment. Starting a blog was one of the 50 challenges I was set to document the other 49, thought it wasn’t going to amount to anything but a bit of easy admin. Wrong! I will blame the ap on my iPhone – it is very unintuitive. Yours,
    Fellow Doofus
    ❤️

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  22. Great blog! We have similar tastes in artwork – I have loads of books on illustrators – indeed, Rackham, Nielsen, Dulac. What is it about their work? Other worldly, deeper than they look at first glance, speaking of times and realms unknown.

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  23. I begged my mum to buy me a dusty old copy of The Arabian Nights when I was about 5. She said I could have it when I could read it. I’ve never learned to do anything so quickly. It was Dulac’s artwork I wanted, but I found something so beautiful in the stories that there was no going back.
    For me, those illustrators were storytellers in their own right, they painted pictures in my head, they took me somewhere else. Can’t get enough of them.

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