Well, I totally missed this award (daughter was taking part in the Iron Man Wales weekend before last so, as you can imagine, I wasn’t here! And, this weekend it was eldest grandson’s twenty-first so big family celebrations ) But this is brilliant; I’ve never been nominated on an award. But quite nerve wracking as well. Hope those I’ve nominated feel able to join in. I must than the ever generous and brilliant Claire at https://brizzlelassbooks.com/ . A fascinating blog that I can’t recommend highly enough
- Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
- Include the featured image on your blog post.
- Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
- List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
- Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)
7 Things I Love About Myself
Now… this could take me all day… so bear with me. It’s a while since I did any self-analysis. Frightening thought!! Okay, need to start somewhere so…
- I’m a good friend: I love the good friends I’ve made over the years. I’m supportive and loyal; I’m there to be happy with them on when times are good and there to commiserate when times are not so good.And when they achieve their ambitions (which sometimes is having a book published) I’m one hundred per cent behind them, cheering for them.
- I’m a hard worker: If I have something to do I will make sure I work at it until I succeed in either finishing the task or until I know I’ve done the best I can. I’ve always been the same. I think I got the work ethic from my mother.
- I’ve now written six decent books (and four more that will never see the light of day, but I wrote them) and had five published, with another ready to be sent to the publisher. Although i’ve written all my life and had stories, poems and plays published,I only began sending the books out ten years ago. And I’m so pleased that I’m published by a small independent, feminist publisher.
- I beat cancer some twenty years ago and, despite a few more scares, I’m still here. I decided there and then that I would get higher qualifications (I hated school and left at sixteen to go into the Civil Service.) So, while having treatment for the cancer I took a degree with the Open University and got a B.A.(Hons) in Literature and then went on to gain a Masters in Creative Writing at Trinity College. Having a great interest in dialogue (and talking, as my husband and friends will tell you!) I then achieved a diploma in drama, and script writing and I’ve written a couple of plays that have been performed.
- I’m a good Wife,Mum and Nanna. Life wasn’t easy when we were first married and then, when the children came along, even more difficult. Money was short. But I’ve always – and still do – cooked from scratch and l’m a good cook. (Hmm…should I have had this as another thing I’m proud of?) Years ago I always made sure there was a decent meal on the table when my husband came home after working sixteen hours a day. I made all the children’s clothes. (I used to say, “we might be poor but no one needs to know”). As they grew older I took part time work to make sure they didn’t miss out on any school trips or hobbies they wanted to do. All this might seem old-fashioned these days but I’m proud of my family and proud I did what was needed at the time..
- I survived abuse. I’ll leave that one there.
- I’m a good painter. I don’t get too much time to paint these days but I’ve done quite a few seascapes and landscapes that people have wanted to buy. I’d never sell them though; I want to leave something behind when I’m no longer here in about… oh… another fifty years or so (hahaha!) that my kids will remember me by… or sell!! Oh, that would be like my books as well.
My Nominees: (with apologies if it’s not your ‘thing’)