On Tuesday, Amy Walters unexpectedly nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. I meant to accept the award before now but I was struck down with a bad cold mid-week which delayed me.
If you are wondering what this award actually is, it is the brainchild of blogger, Okoto Enigma, as a way of recognising undiscovered blogs, and hopefully increasing their visibility so more people can discover them.
So thank you Amy for the nomination, and thank you Okoto for creating the award.
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– Put the award logo on your blog.
– List the rules.
– Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
– Mention the creator of the award (Okoto Enigma) and provide a link as well.
– Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
– Nominate roughly 10 – 20 people for this award.
– Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
– Ask your nominees five questions.
– Share a link to your best/favourite post that you’ve written.
3 THINGS ABOUT MYSELF
– The 9 year old me appeared (briefly) in a Cliff Richard music video in 1986.
– I am related to a member of the cast of the science fiction comedy show Red Dwarf.
– After reading The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe for the first time, I climbed into my bedroom wardrobe and tried to go to Narnia.
5 QUESTIONS FROM AMY WALTERS
1. Kindle or Paperback?
I will always favour paperbacks, but I am beginning to appreciate the convenience of ebooks, especially as the quality of formatting has improved greatly from what it was a few years ago.
2. Milk chocolate or Dark Chocolate?
I like both, so why can’t I have both? But if I was forced to choose I’d go for milk chocolate.
3. Funniest typo ever found in a WIP?
There isn’t one specific typo that sticks out. However, most of my major typos occur whenever my mind starts wandering, so I end up inadvertently typing out whatever is pre-occupying my thoughts at the time, whether it be what I should have for dinner or something much more explicit. Fortunately, once I regain my concentration I always spot the error and correct it before I embarrass myself.
4. Which famous Author would you like to meet (dead or alive)?
Definitely Alexandre Dumas. After learning that he was the offspring of a mixed-race father and an enslaved black mother from the Caribbean, I’ve often wondered what life was like for him in early 19th century France. It’s inspiring that he was able to overcome the racism of the time to eventually become, unquestionably, the most famous and popular French novelist of all time.
5. Top piece of advice for aspiring authors?
The most important advice I would give to any aspiring author is to ensure that your primary motivation for writing is that you love it. Of all the other possible motivations and goals you can have, this is the only that cannot end in disappointment.
I realise I’m supposed to nominate at least 10 blogs, but as three of my prospective nominees have already received the award I will only list the remaining seven. These are blogs that I have found to be either informative and insightful, a source of inspiration, or just entertaining. I would encourage more people to check them out.
5 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES
– What unachieved goal would you most like to accomplish before you die?
– What unpopular opinion do you hold about a popular book you’ve read?
– If you could swap gender for a day, how would you spend your time?
– If you could journey to a fictional setting from a book, which would it be?
– If you could possess any superpower, which would you like to have?
MY BEST/FAVOURITE POST
I think the best post on my blog at the moment is, Self-Publishing: First Choice Or Last Resort? which laid out my reasons for pursuing the independent author route to publication, rather than traditional publishing.