It’s been wonderful, seeing ‘follows’ on my blog increase so much since I was Freshly Pressed. Another delightful outcome has been that one of my new follows, Robb Walker/Robert Miller and his blog Shadows and Java has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks Robb, I really appreciate the shout. Robb’s blog is worth a visit, particularly if you’re into horror, fantasy, science fiction and geekery. He’s hinting he might participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo too. Go Robb!
The One Lovely Blog Award requires I offer you 7 facts about myself and nominate another 5 recipients. Robb also offered 5 writing quotes, and since this is a blog about writing, I thought I might try something like that too.
So without further ado:
Seven facts about Julie:
- I started writing fiction just over 3 years ago, having put it off long enough. But I’ve been marketing/copywriting for business for years – mainly for technology companies. It’s a far cry from psychological storytelling.
- My first short story, Singled Out won Writing Magazine’s monthly prize in June 2010 and was printed in the magazine. Strangely, but only because it’s absolutely the best name for my first novel, I’m recycling that title – but this time for a very different piece of writing.
- I don’t eat chocolate. I love it – I just don’t eat it.
- I don’t drink tea. Yes, that’s right. I’m a Brit who hates tea.
- I’m a paper-crafter. I love playing around with inks, rubber stamps and other crafty stuff, and seeing how much the people I care about enjoy receiving a hand-made card.
- I’m left-handed. Apparently, that means I’m better at divergent thinking – whatever that is. I’m good at brainstorming, but mind-maps are a mystery to me. Go figure.
- Be still my heart. There are only four degrees of separation between me and George Clooney.
Five writing quotes:
- ‘Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve’ – JK Rowling in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
- ‘Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass’ – Anton Chekhov
- ‘Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings’ – Stephen King
- ‘He didn’t want to please his readers. He wanted to stretch them until they twanged’ – Martin Amis
- ‘It would have been nice to have had unicorns’ – Tom Stoppard in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
My five ‘pay it forward’ One Lovely Blog nominations:
- http://bogothebad1.wordpress.com/ Bill Pokins writes a beautiful blog, poignant and honest in its reflections. Warmly recommended.
- http://elainecanham.wordpress.com/ Elaine Canham writes very engaging posts, observant and creative, and is generous in her advice to other writers.
- http://eagleeyededitor.wordpress.com/ Eagle-Eyed Editor, unsurprisingly, has a way with words. A must-read blog for would-be writers.
- http://amandabumgarner.com/blog/ Amanda Bumgarner’s blog is another must-read for would-be writers. Practical advice on the technicalities of grammar and language.
- http://jwolffblog.wordpress.com/ Now for something completely different. Get Your S#*t Together is a bit like sitting in the psychotherapist’s chair – but in a nice way.