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What a lovely award!

One Lovely Blog award

First of all, a long overdue thank-you to Subhan Zein, who nominated me for this award last month. Subhan is an exceptionally gifted writer, which is all the more amazing given the fact that English is not his first language. If you have time, do pop over to Subhan’s blog and read some of his inspiring words.

Right, as always with these things, there are some ‘rules.’ I am supposed to:

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated me (check)
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on my blog and link back (check)
  3. Share seven random things about myself (see below)
  4. Nominate seven or more blogs and notify them on their blogs (um..)
  5. Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere (It’s in this post)

Ok. I posted seven random things about myself not so long ago when I accepted the Very Inspiring Blogger award, so I will just add three more to that (if you read the last seven, the numbers will make sense!), making up to a nice round ten. I will try to be more revealing this time:

  1. I still feel like I’m ‘playing’ at being grown-up. I take comfort from the fact that several people tell me they feel the same way (please don’t burst this bubble for me!)
  2.  I have a birthmark right under my right eye – where I used to put eyeliner back in the 80s (on the inside). It looks like the liner slipped. You’d have to look real close to see it though, I didn’t notice it myself until I started wearing make-up
  3.  I have three business ideas that I have so far been too cautious to do anything about. I don’t know what I’m afraid of – failure..? Or freedom?

Now, as for nominating seven blogs…. I’m not going to follow that rule this time. I go for quality over quantity in my blog reading so don’t have hundreds to choose from, and I want to make sure that a) I don’t nominate the same people all the time, which leads to b) I want these awards to mean something when I give them! Also, as the name of the award is ‘One lovely blog,’ I think I should nominate just that… So…

The One Lovely Blog I would like to nominate for this award is…

Alice Fenner

Alice doesn’t blog very often but I think that illustrates my earlier comment about preferring quality over quantity. She may not write much, but when she does it’s well worth the wait! If you would like to find out more about Alice, you could pop back to 2010, when I interviewed Alice for my Ordinary People series.* Do take a look at Alice’s stories and poems and if you like what you read, I urge you to subscribe by email to make sure you don’t miss a rare treat in your reader!

Alice – There’s no obligation to accept and if you do, feel free to interpret the ‘rules’ as loosely as I did – or even ignore them altogether! Congratulations!

*I will be running a series of ‘Ordinary People’ interviews again this year. If you would like to feature (or nominate someone to feature), please get in touch!

Ordinary People – Interview with Alice Fenner

This week I interviewed another ‘ordinary person,’ Alice Fenner. Alice would say she’s perfectly ordinary, but I beg to differ. I have known Alice for many years and the first time I became aware of her creative genius was on reading a story she wrote for the school magazine – a dark fairy tale with shades of Tim Burton (I would love to read it again Alice, if you still have it!). Since then I have heard compositions that reduced me to tears and read poems that made me re-think the way I look at the world.

Over the years I lost touch with Alice, as relationships change over time, so I was very glad to find her again online and to see that she had continued to write. On top of this, Alice is also an all round supermum to her son, Stanley, and she still found the time to answer my questions (below).

I already know that you’re an extremely talented writer, as the stories and poems on your blog show… Are there any other ways you like to create?

Well, I like painting with my son! Mainly we paint suns, cars and fish. I used to write music a lot but after a while I found it difficult and frustrating and I ran out of ideas. It needed an attention to detail that made my head hurt. And a lot of what I wrote was terrible.

What’s your preferred creative channel?

Poetry, definitely.

What is it about poetry that you enjoy?

I like how poetry lets you invent characters and tell a bit of a story but in quite a free sort of way. You can just go straight into a situation, and straight out again. It’s a great way of talking very personally. I enjoy prose poetry particularly. There’s something about the rhythm of a sentence that I really like. I’m quite interested in trying to write poems that are written in a way that’s similar to how someone might talk, using a lot of normal everyday language but with extra poetry bits. That way it feels like someone is just chatting with you, like you are sat at a bus stop or something, but the poetic bits make it unreal at the same time. I like that mix of normal and not quite so normal.

What or who inspires you to create?

I often get inspired by reading a few words which I think are really amazing. Sometimes they come from a poem but, most often, I find it’s a line in a pop song that gets me going. I always listen to music when I’m trying to write, usually the same song over and over, and often the poem gets based on the feelings and images I associate with that song.  I also get inspired by people who find time to be creative outside of work and other commitments. I find it inspiring that so many people do creative things and have the courage to share their work.

Tell us a bit about your son, Stanley

Stanley is 3. He’s very funny. At the moment, he loves running, trains and Postman Pat. He’s lovely.

Finally, what would you say your values are?

That’s a difficult question! I think my values are probably mainly to do with trying not to make too much of a mess of anything…

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions Alice. I think you do very well of not ‘making too much of a mess’ of anything, in fact, I’d say you manage quite the opposite!  I hope you found answering these questions as interesting as I found your answers.

If you would like to read some of Alice’s work, head over to her blog, get acquainted with her lovely ‘normal but not quite normal’ poems, and say hello!