Monthly Archives: November 2010

I am not… Am I…?

(conclusion of the I am not… series)

“So what was that short ‘I am not’ series all about?” I hear you ask.

“So you’re not a photographer, you’re not a chef and you’re not an artist – so what? What’s the point you’re making here?”

Well, I’m glad you asked. The point was that, although I am not any of these things, that doesn’t mean I can’t give it a go if the fancy takes me. Also, having ‘given something a go,’ I might find I really enjoy it, and want to get better at it. For example, if I decided I wanted to be a professional photographer, I could go and take a course and study and practice until my photos were not just ‘alright,’ but outstanding, award-winning…  You get the picture (no pun intended). In order to get there though, I would need to want it enough.

Sometimes, a skill like photography, or cooking, is a natural talent. Those lucky enough to have been blessed can nuture this talent, or not, depending on their desire.

A while ago, I would not have called myself a writer. My main income did not come from writing (I have since made some progress here), and I have never had any formal training. However, writing for me is not a choice, it’s a calling. I always have, and always will write, and read about writing and write about writing and hopefully continue to improve over time.

So my point is… All the things we are not, are because we choose not to be. We can all do whatever it is we want if we want it enough.

I am a writer. What about you…?

I am not… An artist

I am not an artist.

(part#3 of the ‘I am not…’ series)

I like being creative (you may already be aware of this). Usually the tools I use for creating are words, but sometimes I branch out. As you will have learned from parts#1 and #2 of this series, other creative outlets include taking photos, and cooking. Sometimes I use other tools. Paint, card, crayons, paper, glitter, glue, that kind of thing. All the stuff we used to create with as kids – I never grew out of that.

Last week I felt like doing something different again (it’s been a while), so I went out and bought a some finger paints and got out the play dough I bought to entertain my nieces some time ago and had a bit of a ‘make and do’ afternoon. Here’s what I made and did:

I am not an artist (not by any stretch of the imagination) but that doesn’t mean I can’t give it a go. Some of you might even call this art…

I am not… A chef

I am not a chef

(part#2 of the ‘I am not…’ series)

I like to cook. I am not bad at it (so I’m told). Apparently my tomato and champagne risotto is pretty good (maybe it’s the champagne that does it).

I never cook any really complicated recipes but it doesn’t matter. What I do cook, while it doesn’t always look great, usually tastes alright.

Recently, I made a chocolate and banana cake (yum).  It looked ok, and it tasted great – so those who sampled it tell me.

I am not a chef, but sometimes I cook stuff.  Some of it tastes really good.

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Miriam Drori, who wins both birthday blog prizes!  That’s an edible treat for being the first to post a reply to my birthday blog post, and a £10 amazon voucher for the most creative post.

Miriam also wins the most creative post for her poem because she clearly gave it some thought, and wrote the poem specifically for the competition, relating it back to both the post, and my year’s worth of blogging. Congratulations Miriam!

Many thanks also to Juliette Lleyellyn, for entering her ‘strandline‘ photo.

Prizes to be won!.

The ‘I am not’ series will return next week, for those of you who were waiting for part 2…

As there have only been two entries so far to The Birthday Blog competition, I have decided to extend this for another week – to Sunday 14th October. The prize for the first post has already been claimed by Miriam Drori, but the prize for the most creative comment is still up for grabs! So, if you fancy a £10 amazon voucher (or local currency equivalent) and the chance to star in my upcoming ‘Ordinary People’ series of interviews, please check out the original post for further details and leave your comments there (or here, whichever is easiest for you)!