I am honoured that the lovely Diane Lee recently nominated me for a Liebster Award, a blogging award that, Google tells me, recognises and promotes new and upcoming blogs. Thank you so much, Diane! Although this is, indeed, a very new blog, I’ve been blogging on various platforms since around 2003 and it’s lovely to receive recognition.
In the spirit of paying it forward, I am nominating a few of my favourite blogs. For those who I’m nominating, here are the guidelines if you choose to accept the award:
- Display an image of the award and write about your nomination.
- Thank and link the person who nominated you for this award.
- Answer the 11 questions prepared for you by the blogger who nominated you.
- Nominate 5-11 awesome bloggers who you think deserve this award, and create 11 questions of your own for your nominees to answer.
- List these guidelines in your blog post.
Here are my answers to the questions Diane gave me.
1. What are you reading right now?
I’m reading a lot of different books actually. I’m reading a compilation of Gambit comics, A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin, The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck, and Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. These are the generally ‘half-finished’ books that have been neglected for a while. I’m also reading through a bunch of research for my thesis. The book I am most actively reading at the moment is The Waiting Room by Leah Kaminsky.
2. Why are you reading that particular book?
I saw Leah speaking at Adelaide Writers’ Week this year and the book sounded fascinating, so I borrowed it from the library.
3. Would you recommend it to others? Why or why not?
Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I only have about 50 pages left of it and I am still trying to determine whether it’s something I like or not. I will probably review it on my other blog, Bookabye Baby, so all will be revealed in time.
4. Who’s your most favourite author ever? Why?
This is a very cruel question! It’s like asking me to choose which of my cats is my favourite! But if I absolutely must provide an answer, I guess I’d have to say Stephen King. A staple since my teens, and someone I still love reading. Oh, to be as talented as Mr King.
5. Is there one book you read that changed your life? Or got you thinking about changing your life?
I recently did a post on this, and the book that sprung to mind when thinking about this question is none of those I listed in the post! I think I’m going to have to go with The BFG by Roald Dahl, simply because Roald Dahl’s books captured my imagination from such a young age and this one was my favourite. He helped to promote my love of reading and writing.
6. What writing (or other) project are you currently working on?
At the moment I am in the midst of an essay exploring the history/fiction debate for my Honours, and in between I am trying to write my artefact which is a work of historical fiction focusing on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. I’m looking forward to the end of June when coursework is finished and I can focus on my artefact and exegesis.
7. What’s the hardest thing about writing (or working on your current project)?
My answer is the cliched one of lack of time. Working full time and balancing studies while trying to write for pleasure is tricky at the best of times.
8. If a movie was made about your life, who would play you?
Probably Rebel Wilson because we share the same physique, but she has better hair and nicer skin. And she’s funnier. I’d like Toni Collette to play me because she can play funny as well as serious roles and my life has been filled with serious moments.
9. If you could have any super human quality, what would it be?
I’d like to be able to fly. Travelling would be so much easier and cheaper, and I’d never be late to work again.
10. What is something that scares the pants off you that you’d like to achieve or do in the next 12 months?
Ooh, I have lots of things on my bucket list but I’d have to say sky diving. It’s something I’ve always loved the idea of, but the thought of stepping off a perfectly good plane is still terrifying.
11. And the most important question of all: puppies or kittens?
Another tough choice as both are so cute! But I have to say kittens. I’m a cat lady, after all.
I’d like to nominate the following blogs, all of which I enjoy reading regularly:
- Alisdair Daws – I recently came across Alisdair’s blog as we both did the ‘Build Your Author Platform’ online course through the Australian Writers’ Centre, and he has really hit the road running and done a great job on his blog. He posts really interesting content regularly.
- Madame Bibi Lophile Recommends – Book reviews with a twist, as Madame centres 2 books around a theme and discusses them that way. Always an interesting analysis of the theme and often hilarious. Love that British humour!
- J.F. Gibson – Another recent discovery thanks to the course mentioned above. Jodi’s posts are very honest and refreshing, and from what I can tell she’s a great writer.
- A Little Blog of Books – This is an already successful blog with a babillion followers but I love reading the book reviews, and am always put to shame with the regularity of their posts.
- Yummy Lummy – The biggest foodie I think I’ve come across! Down to earth, Dr Lum posts recipes and food reviews regularly, as well as posting personal photographs of his walks around Canberra and his trips away.
And the questions for my nominees are:
- Who has inspired you the most?
- If money was no object, where would you most like to travel to and why?
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- What is your favourite book and why?
- What was the last film you watched at the cinema?
- Who was performing at the first concert you remember going to see?
- What was the last TV show you binge watched?
- What’s the earliest piece of writing you’ve ever had published (either online, newspaper, newsletter, etc)?
- In 140 characters or less, what would you tell your 16-year-old self?
- What do you do outside of blogging?
- In keeping with my studies: history, or historical fiction?