Monthly Archives: July 2013

Ich liebe this award!

Firstly, my apologies to Melissa from Confessions of a fancy nerd, who nominated me for this award back in May so this response is well overdue!

So, I would like to accept this award now, and fulfill some of the rules (if you’ve been here before you’ll know my thoughts on ‘the rules’) so here goes:

11 random facts about me:

Well, I posted seven here and three here so you just need one more, right…

I once won a children’s poetry competition run by a Russian newspaper. I was 17 and the competition was aimed at children under 10. It was about a pea. I can barely speak any Russian now (I was studying for an A-level at the time).

My answer’s to Melissa’s 11 questions:

What is the last classic novel you’ve read?
Rebecca (yes, only recently!)

What is your best accomplishment so far?
Professional: Achieving my NLP Master Practitioner certification and receiving positive feedback from coaching clients. I was going to say ‘my son,’ but that’s not really my ‘accomplishment’!

Sweet or savoury?
Both (think Pretzel Flipz or honey roasted chilli peanuts… Yum)

Who is your favourite artist/singer?
My sister. Obviously.

Which country have you always wanted to go to?
So many…! I’d love to visit them all in my lifetime, if possible.

What is your favourite book?
All my Friends are Superheroes.

What inspires your blog posts?
Writing. People. Poetry (see what I did there?). Life.

How do you gather data to use on your blog?
I don’t, really. I have used surveymonkey once for this post but other than that I ‘research’ online or ask around.

What’s your favourite social media tool?

Cat or dog person?

I am supposed to ask 11 questions of those I nominate but instead I’m just asking five. I really want to know the answers to these questions if I have nominated you but a comment below is just fine if you don’t want to formally accept on your blog!

  1. What motivates you to write?
  2. What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
  3. What’s the best advice (about writing, or life in general) you’ve ever received?
  4. How would you like to be remembered?
  5. What’s your favourite line (this can be from a poem, a book, or it could be a quote you like)?

This award is supposed to be passed on to new blogs (or those with less than 200 followers, as I don’t think I can’t count mine as ‘new’ now!) that are worth reading. The ‘rules’ state 11 bloggers but as with previous awards, I don’t want to simply nominate 11 random blogs but just three of those I actually read (quality, not quantity) and would like to recommend (again, in some cases). They are:

Miriam Drori – Miriam writes over at An’ de walls came tumbling down* about social anxiety, writing and life in Israel. I met Miriam for the first time last month and she is just as lovely as I had imagined from her writing. I look forward to one day reading her memoirs!

Alice Fenner – Alice rarely blogs but when she does her words are well worth waiting for. Go and read some of her poems now, you’ll see what I mean.

Natalie Cherry – Natalie is a talented young writer who recently shared her writing journey as a guest post here at Honest Speaks. Natalie is just 17 so I look forward to seeing more of her work as she continues on this journey.


*I suspect Miriam has more than 200 followers but the number isn’t listed on her blog (or I couldn’t find it if it is) and I wanted to nominate her for this award as I really enjoy her blog posts and expect you will too!

Meeting Miriam

Over the weekend, I met up with fellow blogger Miriam Drori over at London’s South Bank. This was the first time I’ve met up with a blogger in person who I didn’t know already so it was an interesting (and enjoyable!) experience.

As I had my son with me for the morning, he led the morning’s family friendly activities so I blogged about it over on my parenting site, Mothering Mushroom. Head over there now to find out more about Miriam and what we got up to.