One Lovely Blog Award!

one-lovely-blogIt’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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I don’t eat chocolate.  I love it – I just don’t eat it.
  4. I don’t drink tea.  Yes, that’s right.  I’m a Brit who hates tea.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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:

16 thoughts on “One Lovely Blog Award!

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  2. Aw this post is really nice! I’d love to be on Freshly Pressed, and I am trying to get into the business of writing & journalism – it’s working so far!

    I’m getting articles published in my local paper and have a whole bunch of projects lined up. I love to write stories too, and have often been praised for it. My blog is one of the ways I’m reaching out to the big wide world and sharing little anecdotes about myself.

    Please have a look at my blog, anybody? I’d love some more support – thank you 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your feedback and of course I’m delighted to have been both Freshly Pressed and One Lovely Blogged in the last couple of weeks. It’s given my at times intermittent blogging habit a whole new lease of life. Happy to promote your blog here too (I’ve added a link) – looks interesting!

  3. Wow, what a wake up this has been. Thank you so much for the nomination. I have been writing since March of this year. First I wrote about all the pent up feelings I had to purge as if I was telling the world what is wrong with it. I exploded my rage and anger openly without retrains or boundaries making the air around me blue. Very blue indeed. However once purged I felt much better about the world and settled down to more meaningful writings. Then I discovered Jools. I was hooked instantly and there is no escape. Some people are born writers; and are damn good writers and then there are the rest of us poor chaps and birds. I still have no idea how to do a tag.
    So many many thanks for your kindnesses and great guidance. Surely your book will be a grand success and it will be necessary for us to travel to London to help carry you on our shoulders through the streets of the city. But first I have to ask my wife if I can go. Better take her along as well. Bill

    1. I stand by what I said. Your writing is beautiful. Having peeled away those layers of rage (which have their own visceral beauty, by the way) what remains is reflective and multi-layered, ripe with life experience and truth. Keep writing… Keep writing.

    1. You’re most welcome Amanda, and thanks for following my blog too. The JKR and Chekhov quotes are pinned to my noticeboard, both inspiring in their different ways.

    1. Hi Amanda and thanks for the ‘pingback’. I love olives but will pick chunks of red chilli out of anything! Salutations to another leftie 🙂

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