I was so pleased to find a message from Angela Jardine in my comments telling me that I had won The Liebster Award the other day. As I have mentioned before, I think that blog awards are a great way to show support for bloggers!
Here are my answers to Angela’s questions:
1. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? And why?
I would live on Rarotonga, a small island in the Cook Islands. Why? Because it is quiet, has a great lagoon and also the coconut scones there are sort of addictive.
2.If you could be any historical figure who would you be? And why?
I think it would be pretty awesome to be Jane Austen, because she wrote some pretty awesome books.
3.What is your greatest regret?
That’s a tough one! I think we all have regrets in some way or another, but I’m not sure I have any great regrets. Every time I start to think “Aw, jeez I shouldn’t have done that…” I discover that my choice has led me to a place that ends up being pretty great after all. Then again, maybe I’m just an incurable optimist.
4.If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
My tendency to be somewhat, completely, unabashedly neurotic. i.e. the time in university that I was totally convinced I had Meningitis because I had a stiff neck. (note: I had been hunching over my computer for a few hours… *ahem* I guess stiff necks aren’t always a death knoll…)
5.Which six people famous people (dead or living) would you invite to a dinner party and why you have chosen them?
Did you know that the second result in the google page for Roger Ebert is “alive or dead?” Huh. Anyway, I’d invite him for sure, because he had a sharp wit. Then I’d invite Shakespeare, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Stephen Spielberg and Einstein and watch where the conversation went. There would be a good story in there somewhere, I’m sure.
6.What do you worry about most of all?
It really depends on what sort of content I have been exposed to that week. WebMD is always the source of some new fear…in 2009 I was sure I was going to die of the Swine flu…and when I haven’t been writing enough I have terrible zombie apocalypse dreams.
7.Tell me about your favourite book.
I’ve read all the “big” blockbuster books and the Harry Potter series is probably one of the best series of books ever written. However, I have to admit that my heart belongs to another book which (alas) is not in a series, but it will make you fall head-over-heels in love with it: “Dust City” by Robert Weston. “Dust City” is set in a modern fairy tale world and the protagonist is the Big Bad Wolf’s son. If you aren’t completely in love with the quirky characters (but you will be), Weston’s prose is smooth and precise.
8.Do you believe in a particular cause? Care to elaborate?
I don’t really have a cause at the moment, but I’m always interested in making a difference.
9.Why do you write?
Have you ever played “Zombies, Run”? If you haven’t, imagine the sound of hoards of zombies moaning behind you as you run through the wilderness. That’s what my brain is like when I don’t write; it’s all fast-paced with no direction except for the neuroses. Writing is like the antidote: it’s calming and (usually) there are no zombies/neuroses.
10. If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
On hot days, I fantasize about being a hippo in a lagoon. On warm summer evenings I like to imagine that I would be a bat. Mostly, I think it has to do with temperature.
11. Do you ever think you might have lived before?
If I have, I have yet to receive the stories. Let’s hope I was someone interesting in a past life…like a secret agent…or a geisha with a strong will…
In the spirit of sharing the love, here are some bloggers that I think deserve nomination for The Liebster Award: