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The Parliament Award… no it’s not what you think

No, I am not running as a Member of Parliament. I do not have the patience, I blush and say ‘um’ too much when public speaking, and I am not good at dissembling. So I make things up instead and write about them. This is an award about loyalty but this time it is my loyalty being recognised: as a reader of blogs and supporter of writers! I love reading about writing and reading, of course, but also photography, cookery, travel and my favourite sport, tennis and I regularly read blogs written by writers in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, Taiwan, India, France, Holland, Germany, Spain and loads of other countries. My thanks go to Karen Oberlaender at My Train of Thoughts for nominating me for this award. Karen is a confessed book addict who reads… and reads… and reads. The Rules for this award are as follows: First, display the Award on your blog; List a few things that make you a loyal member; Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog; Nominate at least five well-deserving bloggers whose loyalty and love you value and consider part of your Parliament and Pack; for
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Categories: Book Love and On Writing.

The sunny, Sunshine Award

This is a very pretty award logo, it makes me smile and I think the title is very apt. Thank you so much to Cay at Life of Chi for the nomination. Cay is originally from Norway so English is not her mother tongue, she claims her vocabulary is limited and to be a terrible speller, but I would never have guessed she was not English. Her novel, Life of Chi is being published in short instalments on her blog Life of Chi. In accepting the award I have to answer these questions:- What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten? Don’t be daft, I don’t eat weird food: I’m a vegetarian [okay, I do eat fish]. What is your biggest accomplishment? Finishing Ignoring Gravity and planning a series of novels to follow it, all about Rose Haldane, identity detective. It’s been a long time in the planning. What is your biggest regret? Not taking a year out between A’levels and university to travel the world. I started travelling in my mid-20s as a journalist but, on reflection, I think I missed out. I had to wait many years to make it to The Maldives [below] but it was
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Categories: On Writing.

Thank you x 4

I’ve never been nominated for four awards at one time, so this is a first.  Thanks to Michelle Clements James at Book Chat for thinking of me. I enjoy reading Michelle’s reviews because she is always positive, and says she rarely comments on a book she doesn’t like. The four awards I have been nominated for are:- This nomination comes with no rules to follow, so I will simply tell you five things about me I think you don’t know:- I wear bed socks when I get into bed, but after an hour I peel them off and stick my feet out of the bottom of the duvet; Weetabix for breakfast in summer; porridge in winter; I haven’t drunk alcohol for almost three years. It stopped agreeing with me; My favourite biscuit is a Jaffa Cake; My favourite author, still living and writing: Kate Atkinson [above]. And now I will nominate five blogs I enjoy reading:- Jessica Kennedy at Mama Confessionals writes about her life as mother to three small children who smell of lavender and have clever one-liners. Jessica’s short story ‘Full of Abundance and Feeling Heavy’ is published in The Milk of Female Kindness: an Anthology of Honest Motherhood,
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Categories: On Writing.

Thanks… the Dragon’s Loyalty Award

This award is a little different from those which are awarded by fellow bloggers for the editorial content. Instead, this award is nominated by bloggers to their loyal readers, as a thank you for their support throughout the year. And I have to thank Steve at Gardening in Greenwood for this nomination. I can’t remember how I found my way to Steve’s blog, but I love the way he shows the progress of his garden projects, from nothing to completion, if completion ever exists in gardening terms. I think the post that sticks most in my memory is the one about the plants that have died, and which he misses. So, thanks to Steve. Now, a brief mention of The Rules for this award, which are:- Thank the person who offered it to you and link to their site. Display the award on your site and write a post about it. Present 15 or so other bloggers with the award and let them know about it. Write 7 things about yourself. List the Rules. Accordingly, I nominate these 15 bloggers, loyal readers of my blog, who have given me the encouragement to continue writing from the early days when I was averaging
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Categories: On Writing.