Sunshine Blogger Award

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The hugely talented Lisa Lancaster  has very kindly nominated me for this award.  Her blog is a recent discovery for me but is really great.  Go follow, I say.

I know some people don’t do these award things but I think they’re rather a nice and kindly little tradition – so sincere thanks Lisa.

The guidelines of the award are as follows:

  • Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate up to eleven wonderful bloggers and write eleven questions for them to answer.

These are my responses to Lisa’s very interesting questions.  (I think there were only ten Lisa, you rebel  you.)

1. Where do you get your ideas for your creative pursuits from?

I’ve no idea.  I don’t want to know.  It’s clearly a chaotic and confused place, best left unexplored.  I’d actually prefer not to go there alone.

2. Favorite genre to read or write?

Short fiction.  Both to read and write.  I can only write short fiction it seems.  If I try very hard I can read long fiction.  I only understand three or four poets but they are part of my bloodstream now because I keep reading them.

3. Most useful piece of writing/creative advice?

Carver says don’t linger.  I like that.  Chekhov says to ask questions, not try to answer them.  I like that as well.  Of course, those two has-beens are just rungs on a ladder I can now kick away, having now achieved far greater writing than either of them….

4. What is the hardest part of your creative outlet? Is it ideas? Motivation? etc.

I don’t feel qualified to answer this.  Although I’ve written nearly 300 fifty words stories in the last few months, I’ve only written a handful of longer things.  I certainly haven’t yet worked out how to move in and out of time perspectives, which probably explains why larger structures remain tricky for me.  There are so many things I can’t do and find very hard.  Writing is very hard isn’t it?  But I feel like I’m starting to make some progress…

5. Do you listen to music when your write? Or do you prefer silence. Why?

Silence please.  I studied music and still do a lot of singing in choirs so I’ll tend to listen closely if any music is on, which then distracts me and slows me down.

6. Things you would rather be doing right now? Don’t worry I’m not sensitive. I’d prefer to be eating the blueberry crumble in the fridge…

Genuinely, I’m very happy answering your questions Lisa.  They’ve made me think about things I’ve not had to think about before and that’s always got to be a good thing.  I’m grateful to you for that.

7. Cats or Dogs? Or nothing with hair please?

I really love both and find them hilarious and sad in equal measure.  I always find myself speculating about their thoughts.  Regrettably, I’m also allergic to both, so it’s speculation from a distance.

8. Favorite television show?

The BBC’s Life on Mars was great.  I also loved the first couple of seasons particularly of HBO’s Six Feet Under (and still often pretend to myself that I’m actually Nate….).  I don’t watch a lot of tv.

9. How do you fit writing into your life?

I avoid sleep at all costs.  It is a complete waste of time.  I hate the thought of shutting down each night for a reboot.  I know this is unhealthy and I shall doubtless pay a heavy price for defying the laws of nature in due course….

10. Where do you write?

Anywhere.  Really.  Trust me, you don’t want to know.

And now….for the…..nominations.  I hereby nominate, without wanting anyone to feel in any way obligated, the following blogs.  I’ve tried to avoid those blogs that have made it clear they don’t do awards or who I know have already got the Sunshine thingy but apologies if I’ve accidentally included one of these.  Anyway, each of them is stimulating and remarkable and you should definitely check them out if you haven’t already:

Zouxzoux for combining a visual flair I so obviously lack with remarkable verbal dexterity

Manya Mexi movie for such beautiful images that often cheer me up from my dreariness and for her benign and positive presence on the net

I have pretty strong convictions, I guess because Craig Towsley combines the best dialogue with a brilliantly bleak sense of humour

Chatty Kerry whose blog pulls off the difficult trick of being funny and serious, and covering a really broad range of topics.  If I had a hat, I’d take it off to her.  I have a feeling she might not do awards any more so sorry if this is a redundant nomination.

Among other things because J has, at times, single-handedly kept me writing, always dropping by and commenting in a very kind and generous way.  I think J might also have been over-awarded already and has decided to stop doing these things – if so, sorry and all that.  Blame Albert.

Jenna Brownson because you can beat the rush by discovering her now: her blog is full of fascinating musings on the craft of writing and she is clearly destined for great things.

Cozy and Warm  because Liz is a great and intriguing poet and explorer of the human soul, and because she offers such kind and warm encouragement to others.

Vic Stories because Vic is without doubt the most generous supporter of flash fiction in the known universe.  (Vic, I know I’ve done this to you before so do feel free to ignore me!)

Serena Sinclair because Serena is clearly well on the way to finding her voice as a writer, which I’m trying my best not to be bitter and twisted about!

Smitchjack because Sarah is about to be published so you need to be able to say you followed her before she became famous.  I’m doing you a favour here….

Sarah Doughty because Sarah is everywhere, encouraging everyone and I never get around to saying thanks – so thanks!

Girl at a Desk because Nicola is super-intelligent and also a great writer.  As if having one great blog isn’t enough, she also has a great side-blog about how we learn to read, which is genuinely fascinating.  What’s not to like?

And my questions are….

  • Why am I such a great writer?  (Provide no less than 53 reasons)
  • Aside from the fact that I’m far too cool to bother with petty worldly acclaim by actually sending my stuff anywhere, what possible explanation is there that I’m still undiscovered?
  • Why don’t I just pack in the day job, forget about writing little stories and give in to the very frequently made suggestion to work as a George Clooney lookey likey?

Okay, okay – just joking: my real questions are as follows (you can feel free to amend the English spelling of certain words.  I’m big-hearted that way……):

  1. What single piece of advice would you give to your eighteen year old self?
  2. If you didn’t live in your current country of abode, where you most like to live?
  3. What has been your most extravagant purchase?
  4. What is the best movie of all time?
  5. Have you ever said I hate you and not meant it?
  6. Whale or dolphin?
  7. What is your favourite first or last line from a book or poem?
  8. How many languages can you speak?  Could you teach me how to say ‘you have intriguing ears’ in non-English please?
  9. Why is Donald Trump doing so well?  I need answers here….
  10. Should the UK stay in the European Union?  (I can’t decide so I thought I’d ask some learned people for their views.  But I couldn’t find any so I’m trying you lot……)
  11. And most importantly and maturely of all – what is your favourite colour?  (Mine is green, which is proven to be the best colour of all by a country mile)

Oh well, I’ve probably put you off with my questions now.   Anyway, have a great day one and all.  Thanks for reading to the end of this post!  You deserve an award I’d say….

Nick xx

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31 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. You are sweet to nominate me and even sweeter to say such nice things from our short time “knowing” each other. As I’ve been nominated (and subsequently have nominated others) for this sort of thing, I’ll answer your questions in a comment to this post of yours and will start following all of the folks you nominated, as well as the woman who nominated you.

    I love these sorts of “contests” and “awards” as they tend to breed good will among us all.

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  2. OK, I’ve just followed all of them and cannot wait to learn about them all.

    Here are my replies to your inquiries:

    What single piece of advice would you give to your eighteen year old self?
    Always use a condom

    If you didn’t live in your current country of abode, where you most like to live?
    Latvia

    What has been your most extravagant purchase?
    A used 2000 VW Cabrio with 47K miles for $13,000.00 in 2004

    What is the best movie of all time?
    American Beauty

    Have you ever said I hate you and not meant it?
    All the time, I didn’t go from toddler to adult overnight.

    Whale or dolphin?
    Whale

    What is your favourite first or last line from a book or poem?
    “Let us go then, you and I” (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot)

    How many languages can you speak? Could you teach me how to say ‘you have intriguing ears’ in non-English please?
    Two: English and Lativian
    “Jums ir intriģējošs ausis.”

    Why is Donald Trump doing so well? I need answers here….
    Because Americans love celebrities who “tell it like it is.” (DT is an ass.)

    Should the UK stay in the European Union? (I can’t decide so I thought I’d ask some learned people for their views. But I couldn’t find any so I’m trying you lot……)
    I don’t have the requisite knowledge to know how to answer.

    And most importantly and maturely of all – what is your favourite colour? (Mine is green, which is proven to be the best colour of all by a country mile)
    Yellow, but only since the birth of my first child–before that it was green.

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    1. I love American Beauty as well. i may need some help with the Latvian pronunciation! Your answers were so good I’ll even let you off your mistake with yellow….thanks for playing….

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  3. Oh, now I see why I’ve earned a follow from Jenna, what confidence. 🙂 To me the most incredible thing is that I haven’t even heard of anybody mentioned here before, and not that I’m not active on here. Okay, since you ask, here are my answers:

    1. What single piece of advice would you give to your eighteen year old self?

    I’d ask her a few things and keep my mouth shut. She knows.

    2. If you didn’t live in your current country of abode, where you most like to live?

    Anywhere, really, my heart tends to follow people, not places.

    3. What has been your most extravagant purchase?

    This is a tough one because I don’t spend. So hard to think of something. 5000 SIT (Slovenian Tolars, about 20 eur) for Metallica concert which I end up not even liking. Too polished, not enough emotions. At that time this was luxury for me.

    4. What is the best movie of all time?

    One Best Movie? Hmm. “St. Elmo’s Fire”. Its cast is made of my split personalities.

    5. Have you ever said I hate you and not meant it?

    If I said it I meant it for a second, until I heard how it sounded.

    6. Whale or dolphin?

    “Whale”: Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe

    7. What is your favourite first or last line from a book or poem?

    I’m upset because I can’t think of one right now! 😮 grrrrrrrrrrrrrr (was thinking of Pippi and Hitchhiker’s Guide but neither starts with a bang). Okay:

    Before the beginning of years
    There came to the making of man…
    —Algernon Charles Swinburne

    8. How many languages can you speak? Could you teach me how to say ‘you have intriguing ears’ in non-English please?

    Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian (okay, cheating a bit, the last three are not all that different), English, German (ungramatisch), Spanish (4 years, forgotten mostly), Italian (building it up as we speak)

    9.Why is Donald Trump doing so well? I need answers here….

    Uhh. It’s been programmed this way. And because he is a gangster, and like recognize like.

    10. Should the UK stay in the European Union?

    I asked amore, he said: “For them it’s better if they stay.”

    11. And most importantly and maturely of all – what is your favourite colour? (Mine is green, which is proven to be the best colour of all by a country mile)

    Green mile all the way.

    Thank you, Nick! And Jenna for follow. If I ever wish to acquire more people to follow – I’ve got too many already – I’ll look here for suggestions.

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  4. Aww, you’ve made me smile a big one, Nick. Thanks so much for the nom and its especially nice because I think you’re one of the best flash writers I’ve read.
    I’ll get my post up in the next few days. 👍

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  5. You wrote more about me than anyone else. For that, I must answer your questions. Hopefully I can get it up by next year. And even if I’m “over rewarded”, as you say, Albert can use all the nice shiny plaques to decorate his room.

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  6. What a lovely little excerpt about how great I am! I’m writing it down now to pop on the back cover of my next memoir. 🙂 Watch this space (actually not this one – the one on my blog) for answers to your questions.
    Love your responses. Chekhov’s got nothing on your pithy one-liners. Seriously though, thank you! And thanks also for the list of blogs I need to go and check out now.

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  7. Yes!!! The deed is great, my friend! Thanks for giving it a go and enjoying my sunshiny hug! Thank you for the love! I don’t know about hugely talented, maybe just mediocre-ly talented. Also, there were only 10 questions because I like a nice round number. 11 puts me off a little, it doesn’t know if it’s 10 or 12.
    Ha! I had to put my tea down to read this. I snorted it up my nose at your fist answer – it should come warning that no hot or fizzy beverages should be consumed while reading.

    I wish I had your talent for short fiction. I’m forever cutting stuff down to make it a short story, sometimes it works, sometimes it get burnt.

    Carver, Checkov! Pffft what would they know, right! Also, writing is very hard, and to write well as you do is even harder. No one writes because it is easy! Otherwise everyone would do it! I’m glad my questions are though provoking, it makes all that time I ignored my husband worth it.

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  8. Thanks for the nod, Nick. I really appreciate it. Knowing someone out there is reading my stuff is a nice motivation. I’ll even play along. Looking forward to going through the list and seeing what these other writers are all about as well.
    (I’ll be brief, because that’s really all I can do, hahha.)

    1. Write
    2. Somewhere warmish, on the water
    3. Bike, I guess?
    4. Tie: The Big Lebowski and Stand By Me
    5. Sure
    6. Neither
    7. “Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so.” – The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway
    8. No idea.
    9. No idea.
    10. Grey

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    1. Ah thanks for playing along – though with two passes I’m afraid you’re not through to the showcase final. Ah, well, that’s your chance to swim with the whales gone I guess….

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  9. Thanks again for nominating me! You are quite humorous in your answers, I was entertained and amused! I also am allergic to cats and dogs although I own both because I love them so much I prefer to suffer through it :p. I promise I will get around to answering your questions (relatively) soon!

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