One Lovely Blog – Reprise

one-lovely-blogMy new blogging buddy, the lovely Linda Huber has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Linda, that’s One Lovely Thing – thank you!  It gives me a great opportunity to give a warm endorsement to Linda’s own blog, which you can find here. Linda lives in Switzerland and her blog is a lovely blend of life experience and writerly matters.

What she didn’t know when she nominated me, is that I’ve been nominated for One Lovely Blog before, back in September 2013 – I blogged it here. Call me indolent if you will, but with my book launch this week, and having just returned from holiday and needing to immerse myself in client work again, my time is – to say the least – a little squeezed.  Linda will know this, as I haven’t yet managed to get around to starting to read her book, The Paradise Trees, which really intrigued me when I read the blurb.  So I’ve decided, pretty much, to re-post my facts from their earlier appearance, with just a couple of changes. Given that a few people have joined me on the blog since September 2013, it’s quite possible this will all be fresh and new to you.  🙂

The One Lovely Blog Award requires I offer you seven facts about myself and nominate another [insert variable number of] recipients.  I’m happy to deliver the seven facts…

Seven facts about Julie (updated/refreshed from Sept 13):

  1. I started writing fiction around 5 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 attempt at a short story was a whimsical account of two people meeting on a singles night at a local pub. Called, ahem, Singled Out, it won Writing Magazine’s monthly prize in June 2010 and was printed in the magazine.  That earned me a lovely cheque for £250! Strangely, but only because it’s absolutely the best name for my novel, I’ve recycled that title – but this time it’s a very different piece of writing.
  3. Talking of unexpected income, I was once paid £250 to let actor Simon Pegg and his stunt-double tumble repeatedly down my stairs. Yes, it’s great fun offering up your home to be a sit-com location.
  4. I don’t drink tea.  Yes, that’s right.  I’m a Brit who hates tea. Even the smell of it makes me feel a bit queasy.
  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.

Last time I Lovely Blogged, I added five of my favourite writing/writer’s quotes – and I reprise them here, just for fun and because I like them.

  • ‘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

As for nominations… I know from last time that people sometimes don’t relish participating in blog awards due mainly, I suppose, to the time factor. You can check out my blogroll to see some of the many, many bloggers I admire. Following here are just three newer blogs (less than 1 year old) which I’m officially nominating as I think they deserve some exposure.  I’m saying nothing about these bloggers other than that they are interesting reads. If you’re curious – go check them out!

Nominees, if you want to take up the One Lovely Blog Award nomination, then I’m delighted to be supporting you.  If you don’t want to pick up the baton, that’s absolutely fine by me.

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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: