This is very exciting. I have been nominated for an award by the lovely Sapphistication (thank you!): The Sunshine Blogger Award, which recognises creative, inspiring bloggers who spread a little bit of happiness around the Internet.
Hooray! And I’m very eager to get started on nominating my own personal rays of sunshine, so let’s get cracking.
The rules are as follows:
Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their blog link.
Answer the 11 questions that you were given.
Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and create 11 new questions to go along with it.
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post or on your blog.
Let’s do this!
Answering my 11 questions.
1. If you had to suggest a book to me today, which book would it be and why?
Ah, man, this is a hard one to start off with. I read books so quickly as part of my work as a blogger that there are so many great ones to choose from! I may bend the rules slightly here in that case- bad start, I know- and nominate two: the excellent Circe, by Madeline Miller, and Before Mars, by Emma Newman.
They’re both so compelling: both have strong, well-drawn female characters, but Circe is a retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Circe, the witch who turned Odysseus’ sailors into pigs, whilst Before Mars is set in a future where humans have landed on Mars, and where new arrival Anna finds herself in the middle of something a lot more sinister than she first imagined. Both are really well told books, with a gripping plot, a complex central character and surprisingly relatable. Read ’em both!
2. What is you favourite kind of blog post to read and to write?
Probably the quick opinion pieces: for instance, on the ins and outs of blogging, like whether negative reviews are ever a good thing. They let me be sassy and funny in a way that I can’t really be in my blog reviews- although I do have to say that the fun bit when writing reviews is coming up with a killer line that works great as a soundbite!
3. Do you prefer biscuits or cake?
Cake. Cake. Cake. Any cake. Now I’m hungry.
4. What is one book you’ve read at least twice?
Bit of an old school choice, but Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights has always been a favourite of mine. I’ve read Charlotte’s work too, but Wuthering Heights is still my favourite: it’s dark, it’s very Gothic, it has two main characters that tread a very narrow line between love and hate, sympathy and revulsion. It’s hard to puzzle out, and that’s one of my favourite bits about it- as well as the second half, where Cathy and Hareton and Linton try to puzzle out and redeem the sins of their parents.
5. What do you do to cheer yourself up when you are sad?
Go somewhere with nature. Bit hard to do in London, but it’s well worth the tube journey to do some soulful meandering around Epping Forest. Alternatively, just do something to take my mind off it: it could be a little day trip out somewhere, it could be alone, it could be a trip to the city centre. Distraction generally does the trick! Also, I’m ragingly curious so that’s two birds with one stone really.
6. Do you have a favourite movie?
Fifteen-year-old me would say Harry Potter, or any of the Harry Potter films. Today, not so sure: it’s more about TV series, if I’m honest, and I love to watch stuff like Westworld, or Arrow, or (shh) First Dates. That said, Shakespeare in Love is a particularly special favourite of mine. I think it’s because it’s so swooningly romantic! I like to watch it with tea and chocolates and wallow a little.
7. Tea, coffee or hot chocolate?
Tea, all the way! Love the stuff: nothing like a good brew.
8. What is a fun fact about you?
I can speak Welsh! This is what comes of living in an area where the only school around was a bilingual Welsh-English one. Now I’m living in London, go figure. Still: always useful as a party trick! Diolch.
9. Do you have any hobbies outside of blogging?
Does reading count?
If not, then probably going for long walks in the countryside, writing, baking and channelling my inner Mary Berry, and bingeing TV with my friends.
10. What is your favourite mythical creature?
I’ll probably have to say werewolves. There’s something so versatile about the lore, and the history of the myth is really interesting. Humans have such a fractious relationship with wolves, seeing them alternately as threats, as killers, as pack animals and also as noble creatures, that seeing how that comes out in the popular imagination is really interesting. Also, you can take it any way you want: the pure brute animal like Professor Lupin in Harry Potter, or the sentient shapeshifters a la Twilight or Nightbane. Romantic or terrifying: your choice!
11. How do you stay motivated with your blog?
Lord knows, it’s hard! I think because I’d read so much anyway, it’s more a case of finding the time to scribble down the blog reviews. And- this is bad I know- but watching how many views I get is also a great motivator. I also love reading other peoples’ blog posts, and scanning through their blogs: I see great stuff on their website, and then I get inspired to write on my own blog!
So that’s me done! Hope you’ve got a sense of what drives the way I write, and what I love to do.
Here are my questions for the next lucky 11 bloggers:
- When and why did you start your blog?
- What’s one thing you’ve learnt from being a blogger?
- What’s one thing you love to do during the summer?
- What’s one place you really want to visit that you haven’t gotten around to yet? (Could be a country, could be a town or a shop…)
- Favourite book and why?
- One guilty pleasure that you love to do- even though you know you shouldn’t!
- What’s your favourite blog post that you’ve written so far?
- Favourite flower?
- Do you have a favourite genre to read?
- Choose one TV show to binge-watch.
- One tip for aspiring bloggers?
And here are my nominations (apologies if any of you have already been nominated!):
Thank you and goodnight!