Spread the sunshine!

Wow! I was completely surprised and very grateful that a fellow writer, Valerie R. Lawson (whose blog header reads “Barbies on Fire” which cracks me up to no end), nominated my little ol’ blog for the Sunshine Award! Thank you, Valerie! That filled my day with some serious sun, and given the dark, grim, windy, wet weather Britain has been saddled with lately, this is most gratefully received 🙂 I seriously have been moaning about the lack of sun for the past few weeks, since it is spring and all, and how much, with each passing year, I seem to be affected by the lack of sunlight, blue skies, and warmth. So this was very special indeed. Thank you for making my day! 

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award:

Include the award logo in the post.
Link back and thank those that nominated me.
Answer 10 random questions about myself and/or tell seven random facts.
Nominate 10 other bloggers and link them to the award in their comments section.

As for the 10 random questions, here goes (some are random, some borrowed):

1. Favourite childhood books: Since I can’t name just one, I had to come up with a few. My Mom always read to my sisters and I which I think was key in my love of stories from a young age. I know lots of parents do this, but only as an adult do I understand how different my life would be had this not been an institution for me. I was a big fan of Arnold Lobel’s FROG AND TOAD books, SMALL PIG, and best of all was MISS SUZY by Miriam Young, illustrated by Lobel.

2. What are you reading right now? VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon in her OUTLANDER series. My best friend Wendy suggested I try the series, based on the mixture of Scottish setting, history, and sci-fi/fantasy. I’ve never been a big romance reader and in fact, the only real “romance” novel I’ve read, one of my favourite books, REDEEMING LOVE by Francine Rivers, is more of an inspirational tale than romance (though it was originally written as a bodice-ripper, and re-worked to focus on spirituality, interesting tidbit). But I do need to write a post about Gabaldon’s writing, as it’s so different to anything I’ve read before. I’m obsessed with Claire and Jamie Fraser. LOVE. Also finishing up READING LIKE A WRITER by Francine Prose.

3. Name one thing people can’t tell by looking at you: Well, there are countless things, I’d hope. If everything showed on my face, I’d be in trouble! I lived three years on a Native American reservation, from age 3-6, as my dad is half-Mohawk/Iroquois and we had a family home there. So I attended kindergarten and first grade on the reservation, and had weekly Mohawk language lessons (and no, I don’t remember much, sadly). 

4. Guilty pleasures: Not for the shoes, but the conversation, I’ve been a massive Sex & the City fan since it was on TV. I never tire of repeated viewings – so many classic lines. Guilty pleasure music: I have “Push It” by Salt n Pepa on my workout playlist. Don’t judge. There is worse than that on there 😉

5. Morning person or night owl? Night owl by nature/genetics I think. I do my best thinking at night. My brain seems to be in a cloud during the day, which breaks up only when the house is quiet and I can focus. But I do love being up with the sun – it’s just not always so easy to have my brain up as well.

6. Dream holiday: New Zealand. I will get there someday.

7. Favourite place lived? I’ve moved quite a lot; in fact, I think it’s now 31 times. But most of those were from apartment to apartment within the same city, sometimes the same complex. I grew up in Western NY state (Niagara Falls area), then moved to Nashville and lived all around the city. Then Northern California. Then England – Bristol and Cornwall – then Scotland, and back to England. It’s tough because I love so much about all those places. Least on the list: California. I get homesick for WNY all the time, but I visit about 3x a year. I miss Nashville’s size and nightlife. I’d move back to Cornwall in a heartbeat for the seaside villages and rugged coast. But Scotland was by far my favourite. Grim weather, but being a few hours’ drive from the Highlands made my heart sing.

8. What was breakfast this morning? 2 croissants with raspberry jam and 2 sips of coffee. Normally it’s something healthy like cereal or yogurt, but this is our weekly tradition 🙂

9. Music to write to? Yes. I have several writing playlists but my old standby is one simply called “Chill” which has a massive jumble of Craig Armstrong, LOTR and other film soundtracks, classical, jazz, and electronica/ambient/Ibiza-type stuff. Just bought the soundtrack to the Journey video game and it rocks. But sometimes I just need silence.

10. What moves you? Sadness. The thought of living without someone you love. Sacrifice for another. The human condition of struggling to protect or be with the ones you love. And while all of this sounds depressing, whether in film or novel, it ultimately reminds us of what’s most important in the very short time we have, and to embrace it for all we’re worth, while we can. 

So, my nominees… will be forthcoming 🙂 Thank you again, and have a sunshine-filled weekend! I will be hopefully completing one of my numbered goal items today, before heading off for a friend’s hen weekend. Back to work Monday morning!

**UPDATE! So it turns out a lot of the blogs I follow are already recipients of the Sunshine Award nomination 🙂 I’ve nominated the following fabulous and fun blogs, and more will be posted soon :}

1. Ermilia – Ermisenda & Eliabeth, co-authors of BLIND SIGHT.

2. Dorothy Dahm at Kidsbiographer’s Blog

3. Megan Cooley at WriterGirl

4. Ariel Swan, author of DISTILLATION

Thanks for sharing your great blogs, guys! Enjoy the sunshine!

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