Well now here’s a turn-up for the books. I’ve won an award. Me.

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Out of all the insanity that is the internet someone has very kindly not only taken the time to visit my little blog, but has also liked it enough to nominate me. Thank you so much Eva Marasca – I’m really quite thrilled and touched.

Now I’m going to be honest and say I’d never heard of the Liebster Award until the notification from Eva popped up in my email inbox, and after some investigating I found out that it’s an award that only exists on the internet and is given to bloggers by fellow bloggers. You can find out more about it here.

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It’s kinda humbling to think that out of the millions of bloggers out there, Eva chose me as one of her nominees. I’ve been letting the writing slip over the last couple of months for one reason and another, and this has given me the kick up the bum I needed to get back into it.

Now it turns out the Liebster Award comes with some rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. List eleven random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the eleven questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  4. Pick five to ten new bloggers (must have less than three hundred followers) to nominate. Do not re-nominate the blogger who nominated you.
  5. Ask them eleven new questions.
  6. Go to each blogger’s site and inform them of their nomination.

The cynical amongst you (and yes, I will put my hand up and say that included me as well) will immediately be thinking that this is just a way to promote one’s blog, as well as promote others. And it is. But getting our voices heard and getting as wide an audience as possible are two of the things that blogging is all about, and if that means connecting with fellow bloggers and sharing our writing (something which I have to admit I have been woefully rubbish at), then so be it.

So without further ado, here are my eleven random facts:

  1. I love cheese on toast. And I especially love cheese on toast when it’s been dipped in tea. There is something quite delicious about the combination of the savoury cheese and the sweet tea that I have never fully understood but know that it tantalises my taste buds and satisfies me no end.
  2. I own over thirty ties. For someone that hardly ever wears a tie, that’s quite a lot I feel.
  3. I can be the world’s biggest flake at times.
  4. I spend a lot of time looking at clouds.
  5. I have amassed a collection of new books, comics and graphic novels that I’m not sure I have time to read. And I keep procuring more because I am a completist and must have full sets of everything. I blame my mum for this – her china and cut-glass collections were something to behold.
  6. I find cutting my toenails a very satisfying endeavour.
  7. No matter where I am, or in what situation, I have to count the number of steps as I climb stairs.
  8. When I was little I used to try to get to Narnia and was always disappointed when I’d hit the back of the wardrobe.
  9. I get very involved in the TV shows I watch and sometimes have to put off watching them for a while because I get so tense, invested and even angry.
  10. When I leave for work in the mornings I am often jealous of my cats who are fast asleep on my bed.
  11. I’ve learned that writing eleven random facts about oneself is actually quite hard.

Phew. I’m glad that’s over.

And now my answers to Eva’s questions:

  1. Which random fact about myself in this post do you think is a lie? Hmmm, I think it might actually be number eleven – I don’t think any of the facts are a lie.
  2. What is your favourite breakfast food? Has to be a full English breakfast dripping with fat, protein and carbohydrates. Is the only way to start the day!
  3. If you could spend a day in a body of different gender, what would be the first thing you would do? I would like to get pregnant and have a baby. I think men really do miss out on this biological phenomenon. Would also make for less arguing amongst the sexes I feel.
  4. What is your favourite animal and what do you think you have in common with this animal (physical or behavioural)? Oooooh. Tough one. I have lots of favourite animals, but I think it would have to be a quokka ‘cos they’re just so damn cute and cuddly. Make of that what you will.
  5. What are you most afraid of? Dying and not leaving a legacy of some sort.
  6. Who is your favourite female hero – can be real or fictional – and why? Being a comic-book nerd I have lots of female heroes but my all-time favourite would have to be Jean Grey/Phoenix. She’s just awesome.
  7. If you could, what physical object would you wipe out of existence? Anything that has more than four legs.
  8. Life on other planets – possible or not? I don’t see why not. I think it would be very naive of us to think that in all the vastness of the cosmos ours is the only planet with life on it.
  9. What song are you listening to right now or what song was the last you’ve heard? Last song I listened to was ‘Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit’ by Fedde le Grand.
  10. Your favourite acronym. I think it would have to be RSVP, ‘cos it means I’ve been invited somewhere nice.
  11. Would you prefer to know how to fly or how to breathe under water? Definitely how to fly.

And now my list of nominees:

  1. Mrs Jardin’s ART Room – one of my very good friends who travels the world teaching art. A truly inspirational site.
  2. Sci-Fi, Movies, Comics and Quiche from a Pop Disciple – a great site with great writing about all things geeky and nerdy.
  3. I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog – a quirky personal look at life and very entertaining at the same time.
  4. Just Kick The Can – somewhere to go when you need cheering up. A great collection of pictures, infographics, comics and cartoons.
  5. Ray Ferrer – Emotion on Canvas – official site of the artist Ray Ferrer.
  6. Some Offense Intended – the musings of a twenty-something nerd and pseudo-comedian.

And finally, my eleven questions for the above nominees:

  1. Cats or dogs?
  2. White wine or red?
  3. Dark chocolate or milk?
  4. Superman or Batman?
  5. Beach or adventure holiday?
  6. Coke or Pepsi?
  7. Madonna or Lady Gaga?
  8. London or Paris?
  9. Telekinesis or telepathy?
  10. Starter or dessert?
  11. If a woodchuck could chuck wood, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

All that’s left for me to say is a big thank you to everyone that’s been reading this blog. I know my posts can sometimes be few and far between – life has a tendency to take over unfortunately – but when I do post the feedback has always been positive. And now that I’ve won an award for my writing, well, like I said earlier, it’s given me the incentive to hopefully be a bit more productive.

Bear with me. I’ll keep writing if you keep reading!

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