About a week ago, I was honoured to be nominated for a Liebster Award by Kerry E.B. Black of Allusionary Assembly. Thank you, Kerry!
Liebster is German for sweet, kind, nice, dear, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, and endearing. This award is a sweet, kind and nice way of discovering new blogs and supporting others in our blogging community.
- Say thank you to the person who nominated you for the award.
- Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you.
- Nominate people (comment on their blog to let them know).
- Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions.
Here are my answers to Kerry’s questions:
1. How much time a day do you spend writing?
When I’m working on my novel, it could be six to eight hours a day, but two jobs, this blog and life in general don’t allow me that luxury anymore! For my blog, I plan and write posts in advance to allow a lot of time for editing and tweaking until I feel they’re just right. I include original photography, so that takes time, too.
2. What are your greatest influences?
The medieval/Arthurian/historical books, movies and TV shows I consumed as a child, teen and young adult definitely formed me. The 1980s TV series Robin of Sherwood was huge, along with Tolkien and many of the authors I’ve written about for my blog! I went through a big King Arthur phase, fed by movies such as Excalibur. Exposure to wildlife and botany from an early age is also part of my equation. I’d spend the summer holidays at our little cottage wandering the woods and pretending I was Lady Marion – or better yet, Morgana, such a naughty nymph!
3. What is your favourite colour and why?
I’m a Pisces and love the water – any water: lake, trickling stream, waterfalls, puddles, the ocean – so my favourite colours are blue-green and soft grey, the colours of sea and fog.
4. If you could travel anywhere, where would you visit? Live?
Back to England and Wales, which I’ve only visited once; there’s still so much I want to see! Then I’d settle in a tiny rustic cottage on a remote Scottish island where cars are not allowed and mail gets delivered once a week by boat. The cottage would have flagstone floors, a scrubbed oak work table, an Aga, a stillroom and a wood-burning fireplace. And a herb garden. And cats, lots of cats.
5. Plan a dinner party with anyone, living or dead. Who highlights your guest list?
It would be a dinner party for ghosts, I’m afraid — my four grandparents. I never knew my grandmothers, and I wish I’d been old enough to better appreciate my grandfathers before they died. And my dad would be the guest of honour at the head of the table.
6. What’s your favourite scent and why?
Ooo, do I have to pick just one? Right now, frankincense and sandalwood top the list, but I also love the fragrance of wildflower meadows, fresh-cut grass, beeswax, pine needles, petrichor, fallen leaves and wood smoke. From the herb garden it would be lavender, roman chamomile, thyme, bergamot and scented geranium. I also cannot resist the aroma of fresh-baked bread (and will eat the whole loaf if someone doesn’t stop me). All of these are organic, down-to-earth scents with history; nothing synthetic for me, thank you!
7. What size is your family? Do you have many siblings?
Small, with two older siblings. None of us has any kids, so the patriarchal family name, which emigrated from England a century ago, ends with us on this side of The Pond.
8. What is your preferred mode of transportation?
Although I have to drive all the time to live the life I have now, I despise it. Rather, I despise other drivers. When I move to that remote, pedestrian-only island, I’ll bring a classic English bicycle, complete with wicker basket and bell!
9. Do you have a cause you’d fight and go to jail for?
I think it’s silly to go to jail for any reason, as that doesn’t, ahem, serve anyone. However, my favourite causes are nature conservancy, animal rights (including saving the bees) and preventing violence against women.
10. Ever think of running for political office?
11. What is your favourite social media platform and why?
I don’t use Instagram or Twitter, etc., but I am on Facebook. This blog allows me to express myself in ways in which Facebook doesn’t.
And now, I’m going to break the rules a bit. (Sometimes it’s good to break the rules, isn’t it?) I’m nominating only two people: Samantha at samanthamurdochblog and Gillian of PaperPuff, neither of whom I was able to nominate for the Real Neat Blog Award a while back. And I’m asking these wonderful ladies just one question, with no pressure or rules attached:
1. Oatmeal biscuits [cookies] with raisins? Or without?
(Is that two questions? Oops, now is that three? Ah, jeez…)
Ladies, be very careful when you answer the above question (if, indeed, you choose to answer). It is an extremely decisive issue! Feel free to wax poetical for an entire post on the virtues of oatmeal biscuits, or biscuits of any kind, if you wish. Especially if there’s tea involved.