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Infinity Dreams Blogging Award.

infinity-dreams-awardThis week will be a little bit different. One of my online friends, Tima Maria Lacoba, author of the Dantonville Legacy series Bloodgifted and Bloodpledge, has awarded me the Infinity Dreams Award. Isn’t it purrty?

It’s a bit of a Q&A session, so I’ve been placed in the hot seat. It’s been a while since I’ve participated in such blogging awards, but I thought I’d participate so others (that’s you reader) can find out a bit more about me. Of-course I wouldn’t be doing this without Tima, who was generous enough to nominate me, but also ask seven questions instead of the stated eleven. Thanks Tima!

1. If you could have another profession, what would it be?

I wanted to be a writer since I was about ten years old, but growing up, I soon realised that wasn’t seen by society (and my mother) as an acceptable career choice. I thought of many job possibilities – teacher, police officer, librarian, teacher’s aid, child care assistant, but found they weren’t ‘me’. By the time I left high school, writing was still in my blood. I went to secretarial college to learn how to type as I knew that would be a huge benefit to my writing. I ended up working in the NSW Police Service, then later within the educational sector,so some of my past career choices sort of came together. I also had a short stint as a child care assistant. So I guess, the long story short is that everything comes back to writing; there is no other profession for me. I’ve heard it said that you don’t choose to be a writer, it chooses you. These days I’m quite content to be in a profession that is still not considered a ‘real job’.

2. Are there any authors who have influenced your writing? If so, who?

I began reading Stephen King’s books in high school, so that was a good influence after growing up watching Alfred Hitchcock movies. From there I moved straight onto the classics such as Jane Austen, and the Brontes. Two books that have been the biggest influence to my writing have been Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock and Anya Seton’s Dragonwyck. Both romantic, yet mysterious and eerie with a hint of the paranormal.

3. Do you have a particular dream?

Getting published has always been my dream. I’ve had some short pieces published, but my main aim is for my longer works, such as short stories, novels, etc to see the light of day. I’d also like to do some more travel, but that might only happen if my husband fulfills his dream of winning lotto and I become an ‘instant bestselling author’. 😉

4. If you could travel back in time, which era would you choose?

The 1980s! I’d love to go back to that time, it was great fun. Failing that I’d want to visit the Victorian era. Despite the way women were treated, it would be nice to experience living it all first hand in order to improve my writing regarding the era.

5. What’s your favourite fashion era?

This is a tough one, but I’d have to say the 1950s. Simple, elegant, feminine. And because I’ve always loved jukeboxes and the 1950s diners (channeling Happy Days here).

6. If you could have any animal as a pet, which would you choose? Even if it’s mythical.

Geckos, they’re pretty cute. Luckily, we do get the odd one around our house during the warmer weather and we all call out to each other whenever we see one. Otherwise I’d love to have a family of meerkats. They’re also really cute and I could watch them all day.

7. List your dream foods.

Chocolate! That’s a dream come true, isn’t it? I think of that Cadbury commercial where everything is made of chocolate. Wouldn’t it be nice? Yep; although we’d become really fat, we’d all die happy I suppose. 😉

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Up Close & Personal

My Very First Writing Award.

Since joining the Writers’ Platform Building Campaign, I’ve been receiving quite a few comments on my blog, and I was quite surprised to receive one that said I was the recipient of The Versatile Blogger Award.  When I explained the award to my husband he said ‘Oh, a chain letter’, but I don’t look upon it that way.  I feel that after all these years of blogging, making numerous changes and wondering if anyone out there is actually reading what I have to say, I finally know that people are and I’m getting rewarded for my efforts.  So I give a big hearty thank you to Elizabeth Ann at ElizabethAnnWrites.

Now, like any grateful recipient, I have prepared my speech.  So, here are seven random facts about me, you probably just didn’t want to know:-

  1. My favourite colour is royal blue.
  2. I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher when I left school, but I didn’t get the marks to get in (I guess writing was my real calling).
  3. Sport doesn’t really do much for me.  Walking and playing on the Wii Fit is the best you’ll get from me these days.
  4. I hate clowns; always have.  I think they’re creepy.  I just have to think of John Wayne Gacy, which just about says it all really!
  5. I once won $100 on my first attempt at playing the poker machines.  I was happy to take the money and never play again.
  6. In my house, I’m the Zoo Keeper and Bejeweled Twist champion.
  7. I’m a tea person, not a coffee person.  I hate the smell of coffee and it gives me headaches (yet I can consume chocolate by the truckload – go figure)!

Now we come to the hardest part of receiving this award.  I have been visiting so many great blogs lately, I find it difficult to narrow my nominations down.  So because, like a good many of you, I’m flexible.  So here are my twelve nominations for this award:-

  1. Nicole Zoltack at Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight
  2. Susanna Leonard Hill
  3. Charmaine Clancy at Wagging Tales
  4. Renee at Books for Little Hands
  5. Helen Anderson at Helen Writes
  6. Cally Jackson
  7. Pauline at Pauline’s Prose
  8. Dawn Malone at Here’s the Story
  9. E. L. Schneider
  10. Heather at My Demon Spirits
  11. Dimity Powell at Dim’s Write Stuff
  12. Sabrina Llave at Little Red Writing Hood

I hope you’ll all take the time to visit these blogs.  As I’ve said there are many worthy blogs out there (too many to just narrow it down to so few), I aim to compile a list of other writing blogs in a future post.

I thank you and good night! 🙂

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