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The Cramm Award

Thank you to Sergio @Scamander’sSuitcase for nominating me for the Cramm Award, and also Liv @theCramm, who created this award!

I usually post once a month but the universe has other ideas, at this rate I will have been posting twice a week 🙂 In other news it feels like the last three years have just been crammed into one week. The paperback for the re-release of my first book arrived and oh my goodness. It looks so amazing! It would look at home on my bookshelf it’s so exciting to actually see it. I’m going to leave you with a cliff hanger and save a photo for the next update! Well, maybe a peak won’t hurt.

Rules (Bloggers have class):

    • Include that titbit about who created this awesome award (With link)
    • Mention the person who nominated you
    • Share three things that motivate you to blog
    • Share three people who inspire you to blog
    • Share one thing you hope to do that will improve the world
    • Answer your challenge question
    • Nominate 10+ bloggers and give them a fun ‘challenge question’ (I don’t share, but I am happy to be nominated.)

Three Things that Motivate Me to Blog:

  1. Each post shows me how far I have come. It’s a little snapshot in time. When I am struggling and need a reminder that every bit helps move forward it’s uplifting to go back and trace my steps.
  2. Sometimes I meet people with similar interests or who just may be dropping by. It’s a fantastic way make a connection.
  3. On one hand being a writer can be incredibly lonely. It’s a long difficult path to follow with much to learn along the way. On the other hand it is incredibly social and relies on a fantastic team of people for support. Blogging allows me to hide away and at the same time reach others over a far distance.

Three People that Motivate Me to Blog:

  1. This probably sounds silly, but there is a small group of people who look forward to the occasional update. When I know there is an audience it makes blogging more fun.
  2.  This may surprise you, but I am the only one of my many relatives who writes novels. It creates this slight sense of amazement and bewilderment, to avoid any awkwardness it’s easier to blog. That way they can be part of the journey without having to ask.
  3. Last of all, I motivate me. After all who else is going to write it, blogs don’t write themselves!

One thing I hope to do to improve the world:

Writing is one long journey taken one step at a time, just as kindness is a virtue taken one small act at a time. I like to start by being polite, it makes the day a little brighter.

Challenge Question: If you could change into any animal at will what would it be, and what would be the first thing you would do?

What a question for a fantasy author? I would change into a dragon, and the first thing I would do is fly. Then start collecting a hoard of valuable items to keep in a lair buried deep in the hillside, in between dive bombing into the river so as to splash passers-by.

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The Unique Blogger Award

Thank you to Evelyn@EvyReadsBooksBlog for nominating me for The Unique Blogger Award. This week has been so busy and filled with anxiety. It has taken three years to re-release my first book, it’s funny how all that work can take forever then be almost over in a second. I had great plans of sitting down in my favourite armchair with a cup of hot tea and getting back into my little basket of books. The cat has given up and found a warm blanket to curl up in as I tap away on the keyboard. It has helped to create a distraction as I nervously count down the days. In case you haven’t realised I write for fun and accidentally collected a few readers along the way.

The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions. (I’m afraid I don’t share, but I am happy to be nominated.)

The Unique Blogger Award

Which book do have to keep close to you, or have to reread frequently as you love it so much?

Don’t Laugh! ‘The Elements of Style’ by E. B. White and William Strunk Jr. This is a handy pocket sized go to reference for any writer. For fiction it would have to be ‘Sabriel’ by Garth Nix. My sister ran off with the original and I had to get another.

Which author would you spend a day with, and what question would you definitely ask him/her?

I am the kind of person who gets nervous and has a mental blank. When I met Garth Nix in person a couple of years ago my mind literally decided to be unhelpful. As a writer I have made some great friendships with other authors. Jack Heath and K. J. Taylor (Katie) have been fantastic for advice. They are extremely busy so any questions have to be short.

The real eye opener was finding out the quality and how fast a professional author can write. Katie once topped a whopping 20,000 words in one day! I am lucky to manage 200 at the most. A few years ago I was privileged to read Jack Heath’s first draft for ‘Ink, Inc.’ It was almost perfect and made me realise there is so much more to learn.

Do you like book to movie adaptations? Which one is your favourite?

It is hard to go past ‘The Lord of Rings’ for my favourite book to movie adaptation. Books are a different media so not all are suited for a movie. The great thing about adaptations is that a book has depth and complexity that can aid the story.

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The Liebster Award!

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I am happy to announce I was nominated for the Liebster Award. I would like to thank Kate@MeltingPotsandOtherCalamaties for nominating me! She has a fantastic website that covers Webtoons as well as books. The rules are:Thank the person who nominated you and answer the 11 questions they’ve written for you. Nominate 11 people and give them 11 different questions to answer. (I prefer not to pass these on, but thanks for nominating me ☺️)

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

What kind of blog tags are your favorite to do?

This is my very first. Woohoo! Thanks Kate 🙂

How do you come up with ideas for blog posts?

Umm… Somtimes I just hope it happens. I tend to relate the post to something I have been up to, it’s a bit like a writing journal.

Give an example of an OTP/ship, BrOTP (favorite friendship) and NOTP (least favorite ship)

OTP: Nynaeve al’Meara and Lan Mandragoran from the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. ( I had to think because I usually don’t read romance.)BrOTP: Shane Schofield and Gena Newman in the Shane Schofield series by Matthew Reilly.NOTP: This is a difficult one because I prefer it when a romance does not work out (in true fantasy style). I may have to pass.

Are there any fandoms you’d like to possibly join?

I have met Garth Nix the author of ‘Sabriel’, I would definately be interested in joining a fandom for the book. I have also been interested in the ‘Wheel of Time’ series by Robert Jordan.

List a few problematic favorite characters.

I think all my favourite characters have problems. In terms of problematic in the form of development, I would have preferred to see more character growth with Richard Cypher and Kahlan Amnell in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.

Who is a writer whose writing style you may not care for, but you love anyway?

I find myself drawn to the stories by J. R. R. Tolkien, but I would not wish to write in his style. Tolkien was one of a kind.

What are some books/TV shows/movies/Webtoons you liked less than you thought you would?

I am embarrassed to admit ‘Talon’ by Julie Kagawa. The book cover and blurb suggested fantasy, but the story was not. I realise this is more a reflection on the marketing team rather than the author.

Now list some books/TV shows/movies/Webtoons you liked more than you thought you would.

The Impossible Quest series by Kate Forsyth. This is for middle grade, but the story is beautifully written. ‘The Cut Out’ by Jack Heath. I know the author so I have a habit of buying every book. This one sat on the shelf for 6 months, it is the second book I wish I had read earlier. ‘Ice Station’ by Matthew Reilly. My brother bought me Ice Station and it sat on the shelf for 2 years, I still think the blurb on the back does not match the story. I was running out of things to read and somehow managed to read the whole book in three days.

What is a fandom you have an unpopular opinion towards? Can be a good opinion or bad one.

I am having trouble trying to think of this one.

Do you have any blog recommendations?

The one thing about blogs I follow and my own that I look for is personality. It would be very boring if we were all the same ☺️

Please read my blog post Matching Webtoons with Fandoms. Are there any Webtoons you’d like to check out now?

When I was at university my friends would buy a so many cartoons it was hard to keep track. There were some great ones with a steampunk theme.

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