Written in response to The Daily Post’s latest Writing 101 offering, Finding Everyday Inspiration. This is (sort of) Day 19’s prompt, and I’m aiming to complete each day of the course.
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A little while ago I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Anushka at A Dark World Inside. With my illness and some unexpected busy-ness at work, it’s only now that I’m getting round to accepting it. Forgive me!
As you may notice, I’m titling this under Writing 101’s Day 19 task, even though it technically isn’t a response to Day 19’s task. This is because I’m a cheater, and I wanted to kill two birds with one stone: get this award post done, and not give up Writing 101 on Day 16 again (like I did last year… gah!). I see this as a kind-of collaboration, as the questions were set by Anushka herself, and it also fits into the roundup thing because I get to list blogs and people and stuff. So, apologies for being said cheater, but this is a genius idea.
In terms of the award, I’m really glad to have received this. There’s something so humbling about being recognised – in any shape or form – for the blogging you do. I know I’m a bit of a rubbish blogger, and I certainly wouldn’t call myself a Sunshine Blogger, but it’s still nice to be nominated for these things. Thanks very much Anushka – it means a lot. :)
So, as with all other blogger awards, there are rules to follow and questions to answer. The rules are:
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Answer the questions from your nominators
- Nominate (eleven) other bloggers
and give them (eleven) new questions to answer
There’s no way I know enough bloggers to nominate 11, so I’ll keep it at 3 for now. (That’s an improvement – last time I nominated 0!) And I don’t think I’ll set any of my own questions, just as a continuation of the cheating theme.
And now for the questions, set by Anushka:
What is your biggest fear?
I’m not sure, really… I haven’t thought about that for a while. Probably losing a close family member, or my cat. You know, all the usual boring fears. Or crashing my car.
Which one thing are you addicted to?
Sweets. I’m actually surprised my teeth haven’t fallen out yet, because when I’m given a pack of sweets I finish it off stupidly quickly. It’s the fruity, chewy ones. Couldn’t live without them!
Have any bookish pet peeves? What are they?
When people moan and yell about spine breaking. I think that a book is loved the most when it’s been read and damaged. Okay, you don’t want to go tearing off the cover or ripping pages out of books, but if a book looks weathered, even after the first read, then it’s been loved. There are a few people who insist on keeping books in a pristine condition, and to them I say phooey! I’m gonna get a book and I’m gonna break the spine. Immediately. And only then am I loving the book.
What is your perfect idea of a ‘relaxation day’?
Sofa, games consoles, Mexican food and a large, fluffy blanket. I talked about my perfect relaxation day on Day 7 of my venture into Daily Prompts back in August. I wish I could have another, honestly. I had so many days off work in July and August due to needing to use up holiday time, so it felt like I was having a nice, relaxing day every week. But now, weekends aren’t enough – they’re over too quick. I can’t wait for the day when I can go back to my boyfriend’s house, camp in his living room for the whole day, and just chill. No responsibilities, nothing. Amazing.
How do you deal with stress?
Not very well… haha! Recently, I’ve been taking early nights whenever I feel at all down or stressed. What I want to do more is allow myself to zone out and go and do something else for a while – but it’s often hard for me to turn away from whatever is making me stressed.
Which is one habit of yours you wish to improve/change?
I want to be more chatty, and more social. Something my mum said the other day really hit me: “You should go out and get some friends, you’ll be happier then.” Of course, I do have friends… but I barely do anything with them or see anyone other than my boyfriend. So I’d like to do that, really. I know it’s not really a habit, but meh…
Your favorite ‘hanging out’ spot?
My bed. Of course.
How do you spend your weekends?
These days, packing in as much productive stuff as I can. Two weeks ago I spent the whole afternoon washing my car (so therapeutic) and last weekend I did some cleaning. Generally I leave Sunday to the relaxing/fun stuff and make sure I do lots of things on Saturdays. But honestly, each weekend is different, and more often than not I’m away from home during them.
Are you a movie buff? What are your favorite movies?
Recently, I am trying to be a movie buff… I’ve missed out on so much over the past few years! The Back to the Future trilogy are my all-time favourite movies, but I also love Saving Mr Banks. 80s comedies are great, and so are Disney films (well, before they went 3D, anyway).
Which is one book you feel has changed your life?
Probably The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It really opened my eyes to what writing alone can achieve, and also gave me one of my first insights into literature based on a different culture.
Sea-beach or hills?
Hills. I much prefer spending time in country parks and nature than being on the beach for five minutes! Sure, it’s nice to go occasionally, particularly in the evenings and when it’s quiet, but I loathe the whole sand thing, the pebbles, naked children (plus parents) and the smell of seaweed. I’d much rather be further inland – or on the promenade watching the sea!
And that’s it. :) I like answering these questions! It’s nice having a little snippet of life to look back on.
Now to choose some bloggers. I nominate…
Haruzuzu, for being an uplifting voice,
Amelia, for having a great outlook on the world,
Hannah, whose content inspires me.
I don’t know any of these guys particularly well, but I hope my nominating them cheers them up! It’s always great to be recognised, as I’ve already said.
I won’t set my own questions, simply because I like Anushka’s so much – but I will alter them a bit to accommodate more than just “book people”. Even if I haven’t nominated you, feel free to answer them yourself if you wish – I’d love to see some different responses to these!
- What is your biggest fear?
- Which one thing are you addicted to?
- Do you have any pet peeves? What are they?
- What is your perfect idea of a ‘relaxation day’?
- How do you deal with stress?
- Which is one habit of yours you wish to improve/change?
- Where’s your favorite ‘hanging out’ spot?
- How do you prefer to spend your weekends?
- Are you a movie buff? What are your favorite movies?
- Which event do you feel changed your life the most?
- What did your ten-years-younger self think you’d be doing right now?
Thanks for reading, and I hope this is an acceptable attempt at Day 19’s task. I swear on my favourite bookmark that I’ll complete tomorrow’s task properly… if only for some closure before NaNoWriMo prep begins! (Yes. I’m one of those!)