The Versatile Blogger Award


This is disgracefully late. Very sorry Ana, of Ana’s Lair who kindly nominated me for this award longer ago than I care to think. Do swing by her blog, she writes insightful, articulate reviews with a cool cover gismo over the spoiler issues that you have the option to remove should you wish.

versitle-blogger1I’ve decided to get all rebellious in my old age and give seven facts about me and then nominate four other excellent bloggers. If you feel I should have also nominated you and I didn’t, then feel free to hop aboard – you’re fabulous anyway – you love books!

1. I’m a confirmed insomniac and often write and work until 3 am and gone. Fortunately, I don’t have to be up with the lark, but I can get by quite happily with 3-4 hours sleep a night and then every 10 days or so, will catch up with an unbroken block of sleep for about 8-9 hours.

2. When living in Somerset some thirty years ago, I learnt to ring church bells. I gave up when pregnant holytrinityls_11003_1304679121_498with my daughter and didn’t resume, but one magical New Year’s Eve (I think in 1982) I got the chance to ring out the old year and ring in the new. One of my most treasured memories.

3. I HATE wearing glasses – I became a specky four-eyes after spending far too long in front of a computer screen and carry glasses wipes everywhere so they stay as clean as possible.

4. I love the night. As a child, I used to retreat to the walk-in storeroom off the kitchen and sit amongst the sacks of potatoes and carrots without the light on, so it was absolutely dark and play in there. The pictures in my mind were so much more vivid…

northbrookcollege5. I’m just about to start my eighth year of teaching Creative Writing at Northbrook College – which I cannot quite believe… Where does the time go? It’s the best job in the world and I have the loveliest students – I’m missing them and looking forward to catching up with them all when we start back in a fortnight.


6. Favourite food – avocado pears. I recently became vegetarian and so have undergone major changes in my diet.

7. I was born on a Wednesday, both my children were born on Wednesdays and my granddaughter was also born on a Wednesday. The catch is that’s the child full of woe, according to the old nursery rhyme!

I’m nominating four people – but do feel free not to respond as I know they can stack up:-
Richard M Ankers –
Richard is a writer who produces a stream of quirky, excellent micro fiction, as well as writing novels. If you haven’t already visited, check out his site.

Gods and Storytellers –
Yes, I know she’s a great friend, but I wouldn’t be nominating Mhairi if she wasn’t also a great writer of interesting articles on the difficult task of being highly creative.

Jo at Mychestnutreadingtree –
Jo produces a steady stream of reviews, all well written and intelligent. She particularly features women’s fiction and psychological thrillers and I’ve come to look forward to reading her articles even though I don’t often read the books she reviews.

DJ at Mylifemybooksmyescape –
DJ’s blog features reviews and excellent author interviews, along with essays mainly about science fiction and fantasy. If you enjoy the genre, then drop by, it’s worth visiting.

Have a wonderful week-end and many thanks for dropping in:).

14 responses »

  1. I am checking out the bloggers you mentioned. TY
    What does the rhyme say about Thurs’s child? I am a Thursday child, a WWII baby, and I teach juniors and seniors writing (Advanced Writing at UHCL) but it’s argumentative, researched writing for an academic target audience. I wouldn’t know where to begin with Creative Writing except I have a ton of writing prompts stolen from various sources over the past 40 years of teaching.
    I hear the oven beeping and something cherryish is making the house smell lovely.

  2. Man, if only I could survive on 3-4 hours of sleep a night lol. And how amazing that you got to ring in the new year like that! And you already know that I also love the night 😀

    I had never heard that nursery rhyme you mentioned, so I looked it up, and it turns out I got the best description since I was born on a Sunday, haha.

    Fun post!

    • There – you see? You KNEW there was a solid reason why you were bonny and bright:)) And you’re certainly up on us hapless folks who are full of woe… Yes, I recalled your love of the night when I wrote that detail – because before then, it never occurred to me that was an aspect of my life that was worth remarking on… Take care and have a great week, Kristen.

  3. I am so jealous of your 3-4 hours of sleep each night. I wish I could do that. My standard night is 9-10 hours of sleep and if I sleep less I get grumpy and tired very easily and need to catch-up on sleep. That’s awesome you got the ring out the old year and ring the new year in, I can see why that’s a precious memory.

    I didn’t realize you taught creative writing, that sounds like a great job! I am a vegetarian as well, for quite some time now. I don’t like avocado’s, i think they’re gross. I hadn’t heard of avocado pears before.

    • I think avocado pears/avocados are the same thing…:) They are a Marmite food, I think – you either love them or loathe them. What is your favourite food and what prompted you to become vegetarian?

      • Oh I never heard of the term avocado pears before, but good to know they are the same. And it definitely seems to be one of those things you eater hate or love.

        I never really liked meat even when I was younger and I hate how I would eat half of it and then throw it away or have someone else eat my meat instead. And when I was a teenager I decided to stop eating meat altogether, I never liked it anyway so it was an easy decision to make and I didn’t like the thought of eating animals as I love animals. I actually wrote a topic about why i became a vegetarian and how it changed things for me once, in case you’re interested in reading it:

        I love curries, hence why I make those a lot. Red bell peppers are my favorite vegetable. When it comes to fruit I mostly like banana’s, apples, peaches and mango.

      • Ooo yes! Mango in particular, but a lovely crunchy apple does take a lot of beating. Many thanks for your informative, interesting reply and I’ve popped across to your excellent article about it. Have a great week, Lola and thank you for taking the time to reply so thoroughly:)

  4. Hey! Thank you so much the nomination and kind words about my blog 🙂 I have fallen a tab bit behind on these tags (I still have 3 others ones to get to), but I will get this one! I always like learning facts about other bloggers whom I read.

    I’m not from England, but I do live near a Somerset in the US 😛

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.