So, this is an award I’ve been nominated for twice. Maybe this is cheating, but I’m thanking BOTH people who nominated me: Joshua, at Kuya’s Notebook and Linda G Hill at … well, lindaghill. Thank you to both, you made me incredibly happy and also very embarassaed. – Me? An award? But, but – ME? – was the tune of my thoughts.

So. Here goes! The rules for nominees are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
  2. Include a link to their blog.
  3. Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers to nominate. Contact them to let them know they are now one of the elect!
  4. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

One and two being done, I’m going to go ahead and skip to number four. Seven things about me:

  1. I love reading, but I am very terrible at finishing books
  2. I love writing, but I am also very terrible at finishing drafts.
  3. So, I have no sticking power.
  4. I love languages. All languages. (I think. Maybe not one or two, but I won’t name them in case they start to feel sad!) As such an obsessive lover of languages, I welcome people talking to me as if I understand them, no matter the language. I’ll give it a good shot before google translating 😉
  5. I’m a person more shy than many people realise, and definitely more shy than I act. I’m also very loud without meaning to be and I can’t help but talk a lot, which is probably why no one notices how shy I am until they observe me shaking in a queue to return clothing in a shop…
  6. I am very messy. Everything that is important is likely to be on my bed. Today it’s pretty tame, with only clothes; a charger; a cd player; several water bottles; a purse; a brooch; my teddies and a selection of notebooks in it. In the past it has contained such bladed lovelies as knives and scissors. I’ve never died, so I don’t worry myself.
  7. I have a punctuation mark that I favour over all other punctuation. It is the semi-colon. What more could you want?*

Now to the hardest part. The bit where I nominate 15 other bloggers. This is mostly what prevented me from doing this the first time, because I wasn’t sure if I could find fifteen blogs that I loved. And then I realised I could find way more than that – how could I choose? But here goes:

  1. Ac Klingenberg at Girl Shaped Guitar. Ac posts fiction and fiction-styled journal entries.
  2. Bottled Worder at Bottled Worder. BW is a reader, a writer, and a blogger. Posts are therefore about reading, writing and blogging
  3. Catana and Tracking the Words: a yearly cycle. Catana posts about writing, self-publishing and if you’re luck, you even get excerpts!
  4. Chris at Write to Perfect. Chris writes on writing, believe it or not. A few extra lovelies are thrown in too 🙂
  5. Drew Chial at Drew Chial. Drew posts writing, and writing about writing. Fictional, semi-ficiton, mostly real, sometimes silly. Dive right in 🙂
  6. Johannes Punkt at the Flaskpost. Johannes posts flash-fiction, fiction and occasional humorous essays.
  7. Miss Risabella Rambler at The Risible Rambler. Miss Risabella (teehee) posts lovely ramblings on life and writing, a some fiction/poetry too 🙂
  8. Myothervoices at My Other Voices. First person pieces from the point of view of others of varying animacy.
  9. Raluwrites over at awritingaffair. Ralu posts fiction and feelings in an enviable and beautiful mix of English, French and Romanian. Entirely accesible (mostly), I promise!
  10. Robotic Hermit over at The Robotic Hermit. RH posts fiction and musings on life.
  11. Steph Snow at Bare Knuckle Writer. Steph’s posts are hilarious and she doesn’t just go five rounds with the muse, she get into it with your excuses, too!
  12. Tercentumquadragintaquatuor at And The Imperfect World. Tercentum posts about conlanging, world building, her life and a little fiction, when we’re lucky :3
  13. Tradersolstice at Structured Roots. TS posts mesmeric writing about travels and life and all the things these two carry. It’s real life filtered through fiction.
  14. Seth at Seth Snap. Seth posts his photography, which is vibrant with fabulous colours and light.
  15. The Ranting Chef over at Rantings of an Amateur Chef. Accessible food blog with very minimal ranting and good guest posts. I’m in!

There you have it. Enjoy!

*Obviously, the ‘what more could you want’ out of punctuation is a mark to remind you that you should be reading everything with Morgan Freeman’s voice. It’s easy to forget this, and it’s sad because Morgan Freeman’s voice is a good one to narrate your internal monologue.