Wednesday 16 May 2012

Blogging Kreativly - or so I'm told

The Death Writer (of whom you have heard much of late and if you haven't, I really urge you to go and check out her necessary blog), has bestowed this on me.   I am extremely honoured.

There's rules, of course.

1. Thank and link back to the awarding blog. Done.
2. Answer the following seven questions. See below.
3. Provide ten random factoids about yourself. See belower.
4. Last but not at all least, hand this on to seven deserving others. See even belower.

(Just to mention in passing, I really want to change the questions and most of them are vague or slightly daft, but tradition is tradition I suppose).

The questions:

1. What's your favorite song?

Don't have one. Sorry. It's very mood dependant.

2. What's your favorite dessert?
Homemade danish pastry with raspberrys. Which I make and is awesome. 
(Note that the original question asked about my favourite desert, in which case the answer is Gobi.)

3. What do you do when you're upset?
Variable. Mostly I just run away from people for a bit and smoke a couple of cigarettes. In extreme cases I embark on major housecleaning, which suggests I should get much more upset much more often. 
4. Which is your favorite pet?
We only have one right now. She's 16, jet black, a killer queen and her name's Zuleika.  She's also a cat.
5. Which do you prefer? Black or White
Neither. I'm a shades of grey gal.
6. What is your biggest fear?
Heights. Changing a lightbulb is a big deal for me. 
7. What is your attitude mostly?
Self-conscious but prepared to roll the dice.

10 random factoids
  • I regard garment shopping as a form of purgatory.
  • I have love walking barefoot (this might have come up before - in which case, I do apologise, but I'm not really that interesting)
  • I am a balrog in the morning.
  • Whistling freaks me out and makes my spine wobble.
  • I have a broken nose from a left-over riding accident.
  • I have a horrible effect on technology. Batteries run down in days, computers act funny, stuff does not work as it should. Magnetic field misfire is my theory.
  • I adore airports and deeply fear flying.
  • I get stagefright before every class I teach.
  • I fall asleep reading. Sitting up with a book in my hand.
  • I failed my first driving test in spectacular style by backing into a lamp post.
Passing on to the following blogs, all utterly deserving of your time and attention:

Analog Breakfast - Suze is always a great read, stirring up the braincells with intelligence and humour. She's also crazy enough to ask me to GM for her as she works her way towards gamer-dom.
Carol Anne Carr - Carol Anne writes about children's literature in a way which makes me plain envious.
Elise Fallson - Elise - expat living in France. She blogged on insects for A-Z and is a seriously stylish lady.
Elizabeth Twist - self-confessed plague enthusiast. How can you resist?
*Pixies don't have wings - Buffy proves once and for all that fey does not mean feeble.
Rubye Jack - insightful thoughts from Rubye. She writes from the heart.
Servitor Ludi - Cygnus is another who makes me jealous. What I take pages and years to formulate, he puts in two paragraph blog posts.


  1. Congratulations! By the way, I love cats too and yes, asking about one's favorite song is not a valid question...nobody can like one song all the time.

    1. The thing is, even if I did pick one, it wouldn't be true 15 minutes later. That felt like cheating, so I took the true-but-dull option.

  2. I haven't done an award in ages but I love them! They're such a great way to get to know the blogger you visit. Since this is my first time it's brilliant!

    PS - I'm with you on mood dependant music. Today I couldn't tell you what I love!

  3. I love that you hit a lamp post while taking your driver's test. And that you get stage fright. Although I passed my test with flying colors, I have had extreme anxiety about getting up in front of people to speak. But, I love to act and tell jokes, so it's so silly. I think it's pretty common.

    1. Oh it is, I'm sure of it.

      I'm not worried about performing nearly as much because that's what rehearsals and scripts are for.

  4. Thank you so much Amanda for the award! It's a fun way to get to know people. And how strange about your whistling aversion. Does it stem from the 'no whistling in a theatre' superstition?

    1. You're welcome :)

      The whistling thing is a matter of pitch I think, it's not based on any superstition. Tuneful whistling is fine, but random whistling affects me like white noise.

  5. This was fun. Some of your answers made me chuckle (garment shopping as purgatory, balrog in the morning) some of them made my eyebrows shoot up a bit and my lips down simultaneously with a little, 'hmm,' (stage fright before every class, whistling as minor form of torture.)

    Thanks for the nomination!

    1. See the comments above for the stagefright and whistling things :)

      I'm not at my best with the uncharted social territory of teaching until I start, and can never quite quell the panic as the door opens.

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  7. Fun to read about you, and thanks so much for the award, Amanda.

    1. You are most welcome. It was fun picking other blogs to point people towards.

  8. I like that "Self-conscious but prepared to roll the dice." I'm the same. There's no sense hiding behind closed doors, which I often tend to do. :)

    Thank you for the award Amanda. It means a lot to me to be validated like this. Personally, I love accepting awards and can't understand why others don't. :)
    You get to talk about yourself and other blogs in one post. So, thanks again!!!

    1. "You get to talk about yourself and other blogs in one post."

      And you can do it without feeling like a rampant egotist. Although I do still feel like a rampant egotist, because a bone Jewish/Catholic guilt complex will do that to a person :)

  9. Thanks! I am terrible with awards, not because I don't love them but I am generally bad with following through with them. The faux-Russian spelling of this one makes me want to claim it and run with it.

    Elizabeth Twist: Writer, Plague Enthusiast

    1. Most excellent. I'm not the best at passing these things on either (much as I love the validation).

  10. I'm always amazed by those that walk barefoot. It hurts my feet but I want to.

    1. This would be inside barefoot. I don't have the soles for much outdoor walking, but I do love to keep my toes free.

  11. Wow! Now that's a way to fail your driving test! I was going to tell you that I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award, too! This one is in color. So if you'd like it, please stop by my blog, Gone Gardening, to pick it up.

    1. Really?

      Sherry, that's wonderful and so very kind. I will certainly be along to pick it up.

  12. Congratulations on your award!! But....what's a 'balrog'??

    1. I don't know if you've seen Lord of the Rings, but there's a scene in the first one where a gigantic fire and smoke whip-wielding demon rises from the depths and makes rumbling noises. That's me in the morning.

      For more information :)

  13. Thanks, Amanda! Now I've got to go think up some kreeative answers to these questions... :-)

  14. It's interesting how many different versions of the same award exist, and also how many of the same blogs (like Suze and Rubye) get the nod of approval on so many different bloggers' lists. (Well-deserved, too!) I enjoyed your factoids, especially the one about your magnetic field theory. Me, I have a history of making battery-operated watches stop. Annoying, isn't it?

    1. I'm always happy when blogs I know and follow get nominated - makes me feel I have good taste. The magnetic field theory even has some slight validity.

      As both Chris at Bladesharp and Elizabeth T have pointed out, my impact on technology may be something like this:

      Perhaps you too?