Hello! The other day my blog was nominated for a Liebster award. I may not have known what it was but I was very pleased as it made me sound intellectual, thus I purchased a pipe, a smoking jacket and crisps.
In actual fact it’s awarded to blogs with less than 3,000 subscribers. I must answer eleven questions given to me by Angela D’Onofrio and nominate 5-11 other bloggers, giving them 11 questions to answer which are at the bottom of this post (and they must then do the same). Here goes!
- What was one of your most random, unexpected inspirations? Probably the ones late at night when half asleep. It’s a cliche but ideas always come to me from dreams or sleepy thoughts.
- Which book made you realize that you wanted to be an author?
I always wanted to write, or so my mum says, but the first time I clearly remember thinking I wanted to write my own books was after reading The Witches by Roald Dahl. I was so scared reading about all the horrible things that happened to children that I really wanted to make people feel the same.
- Is there a book that you absolutely love that’s the exact opposite of your “usual fare”? (Example: I hoard high fantasy, but have read Augusten Burroughs’ “Running With Scissors” three times.)
I love Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, all of the sisters fascinate me. Actually it’s quite a gothic story so maybe it’s not so out of character. I laughed like a fool when I read Jenny Lawson’s ‘Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,‘ you should read it.
- Do you ever craft playlists for your writing projects? (Please share some of the songs you’ve used, if you do!) I go a bit obsessive when it comes to music and writing. For specific projects I often hit on a song that keeps me going and play it on repeat. Sometimes it’s a playlist I find on youtube, but either way I keep the headphones on so I don’t drive anyone batty. Once it was this 20s jazz playlist on youtube. During the story A Piece Worth Millions it was anything by or including the vocals of Anneka Snip, such as this, and while writing Rainbows Suck I listened to Space Boots by Miley Cyrus. All in all a rather eclectic mix.
- Which authors do you read when you need to fine-tune your own writing voice? If I need assistance with personal style I try to stick to straight-forward prose about off-the-wall things. I love poetic writing but it’s just not me, so I might choose Alice In Wonderland or Leonora Carrington.
- What would your dream workspace look like?
The Occult, 1920s room at Talliston House, Dunmow, Essex (but with a computer).
- Obligatory Writing Beverage of Choice Question! (Bonus points if it isn’t actually stereotypically coffee!)
Diet Coke! And tea.
- CDs or MP3s (or, hey, vinyl or cassette)?
MP3s. I love the idea that our possessions float in the ether.
- What’s your favorite Disney movie? (The former aspiring animator in me NEEDS to know.)
I’m not really a Disney fan, however at the time I loved Beauty and the Beast, probably because it’s a fairly depressing one. I also quite liked The Little Mermaid. I loved Watership Down more than Disney (apart from that terrible song) because I enjoyed the violence and how much it upset other children. I also went through a phase of watching the Japanese Godzilla and it’s sequels over and over. I was an odd child.
- If you had to model your entire wardrobe after any fictional character, who would it be?
I can’t make decisions so I’ll just say the gothic/rainbow/circus outfits worn by many of Neil Gaiman’s characters.
- Is there a theme which persistently creeps into your work, whether you want it to or not? (Please tell me it’s not just me.) I’ve noticed my tendency to stuff as many bright colours in as possible, plus I seem to be currently pre-occupied with social media. It fascinates me how a person can be famous whilst sitting at home, and how much we bare ourselves to others.
There we have it! My nominees to answer the questions below are:
And my questions for you are:
- When did you first realise you were drawn to the strange and odd
- What do you love most about the strange and unusual
- What are your favourite books/art pieces/films/TV shows etc
- What do you want to say/show by blogging
- How easy do you find it to get an audience, and do you have any tips
- What are your creative/blogging goals
- Who inspires you, famous or not famous
- What’s your strangest memory
- Do you have a routine when you need to think up ideas
- What are you most proud of so far
- Have you ever had strong or unexpected responses