Thursday, 17 May 2012

Kreativ Blogger Award

Hey all,
So, I've just been tagged in the 'Kreativ Blogger Award' by Lisa Shambrook (check out her blog...) so here goes...

The Rules:
1. Thank & link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the ten questions.
3. Share ten random facts/thoughts about yourself.
4. Nominate seven worthy blogs for the Kreative Blogger Award.

The Questions:
1. What's your favorite song?
This tends to change a lot, but Josh Ritter's "Wings" gives me chills every time.

2. What's your favorite dessert?
Cheesecake, every time. Honeycomb Cheesecake is incredible.

3. What ticks you off?
Disrespecting another's beliefs, opinion, or way of life. We are, each of us, entitled to our say, unless that way of life directly harms another person or yourself. That and racism.

4. What do you do when you're upset?
You'd expect a writer to say "write", correct? Surprisingly I can't write at all when I'm upset - instead, I play guitar. 

5. Which is your favorite pet?
I have two cats, Selene and Solstice, who I could not be without. I'd probably go crazy with loneliness without them. I'll never forget my last dog though, Shadow. He's dead a year and a half, and was my best friend for a decade. Rest in Peace, buddy.

6. Which do you prefer: black or white?
Would you like a literal or philosophical answer? Can black exist without white? Good without evil? If so, then I'll say black ;)

7. What is your biggest fear?
Losing those I care most about.

8. What is your attitude mostly?
I'm a worrier, unfortunately. I'm quiet, shy, can become quite introverted, and self-conscious, though online I'm almost a different person.

9. What is perfection?
A house by the sea, with two cats and someone who loves me. A few novels published, a comfortable amount of money in the bank, and for one person in the world to finish my novel and think ' life is never going to be the same again'. But does perfection exist? All we can hope for is to get as close to perfection as is possible, with minimal heartbreak along the way.

10. What is your guilty pleasure?
God, there's far too many to even list...

The Random Facts:

1. Beginning from when I was a kid, I've wanted to be everything from an archaeologist, an astronaut, a palaeontologist, a videogame journalist, a psychologist, a teacher, and a writer. I still have no idea what I want to do with my life.

2. I gave up the dream of archaeology because I was scared of ancient Egyptian curses (I was 6, to be fair...)

3. I live in Northern Ireland, which can be nice...sometimes. We have an 800 year old Norman Castle in our town, perfectly preserved.

4. I want, more than anything, to go north and see the Aurora Borealis with my own eyes.

5. I am quick to fear someone will let me down, but equally quick to give people second chances. I place a lot of faith in people sometimes.

6. I've been working on my novel, in some shape or form, for 4 years (from when the initial idea struck me). I have two other novel ideas waiting in the wings.

7. I was vegetarian for ten years until last summer. Since then, I've been trying any kind of meat I can get my hands on. My favourite so far is either Kangaroo or Venison...

8. I struggle to write, a lot, and have little faith in my own writing ability. When someone gives me positive feedback I often disregard it, thinking they are just being nice, and I find it far easier to accept criticism.

9. My favourite movie is still The Shawshank Redemption. Can't get much better than Shawshank.

10. If I was going to change my name to anything, it would be Alexander. I don't know why. 

The Nominations:

No idea if these bloggers have already participated, but here you go! - @angela_goff - @awkwardoptimist - @jean_elaine - @lilliemcferrin - @2CAHummingbird - @AGRMoore - @write_me_happy


  1. Wow thanks so much! And congrats on receiving the award :)

    1. Oh and The Shawshank redemption is AWESOME! So are the Aurora Borealis (I get to see them quite often)

    2. Thank you! And you're very welcome.

      You're so lucky to see the Aurora on a regular basis. The chances of seeing a full Aurora in Ireland are slim, though I know they -do- happen. You just have to be in the right place at the right time.

  2. I'm a worrier too, I love blogging and Twitter etc...I feel as though I can be myself, all be it a slightly more confident one online! Angie's so lucky to see the Aurora Borealis, would love to do that too!

    1. Very true. We always hide parts of ourselves from other people, granted. I could count on one hand the amount of people who I can say actually truly, completely know me. Some people hide parts of themselves more than other people do though. I'm the same as you - online I'm more confident, slightly more open.

  3. You are right about The Shawshank Redemption. That one is a great story!

    Congrats on the award!

    1. It gives me chills, every single time :) and those final lines... "I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope..."

      Best final lines to any movie, in my opinion. I really must read the novella, being a Stephen King fan and all.

      Anyway, thank you! And thanks for reading.

  4. I love your answer for "What is perfection?" I think we all hope for something like that...

    As for the Aurora Borealis (Yes, I had to look back to spell that) I'd love to see it one day... Being in South Wales I don't think I'll be lucky enough to see it from home!

    1. Thank you :)

      Yeah, unfortunately so. It's rare enough on the north coast of NI, so South Wales is almost unheard of. As soon as I can afford it I'm heading North. Norway, Iceland, wherever.

  5. Cheesecake <3
    Shy, quiet, introverted . . . you sound like me! But thank God for the internet!
    I haven't seen Shawshank but I've been meaning to. Looking for it now.
    And, I liked your post :)