It never ceases to amaze and flatter me when I’m lucky enough to receive a blog award nomination. There have been a couple of times in the past when for various reasons I haven’t managed to write up a proper post in response, but upon reading Mel’s post, I knew I had to get involved. Firstly, to say a huge thank you to her for the nod and all her continued support and kindness. Secondly, the lure of her questions was just all too tempting. So, without further ado, here are my answers:
1. What is the #1 most played song on your iPod (or other listening device)?
The current most played song on my iPod is Stonemilker by Björk. It’s from her most recent album, Vulnicura, showing just how quickly I became obsessed with it. The album documents Björk’s utter heartbreak and eventual healing following the breakdown of her long-term relationship and this opening track in particular speaks of the moment she first realises that her partner is closing up and drifting away from her. It’s beautiful.
2. What is one of your favourite quotes?
As a writer, this iconic quote by Toni Morrison has always been something of a mantra of mine: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
3. If you were immortal for one day, what would you do?
I would climb to the highest point of the highest mountain I could find, stand at the very edge and just marvel at the sheer scale and beauty of the view. Or maybe look down into an active volcano in Iceland and breathe in the power of the natural world.
4. What’s the most recent movie/book you’ve seen/read? Tell us about it.
In terms of movies, I re-watched Pan’s Labyrinth recently and fell in love with it all over again. It manages to combine a dark fairy tale with a harrowing war story (that sounds odd, but believe me, it’s beautiful). As for books, I finally got round to starting the Saga series of graphic novels. I guess I’ve been on a bit of a fantasy kick of late!
5. What have you always wanted to study (but never had the time)?
When I was younger I used to play clarinet and a bit of piano but sadly have drifted from both. As a massive lover of music, it sometimes really irks me that I don’t have the tools to try and create my own, so I’d love to get back into the piano in the future. I’d also love to learn another language. We native English speakers are notoriously lazy when it comes to second languages, because most countries study ours and so we can get by without it, but I think being multilingual is a wonderful skill to have. I can hold a conversation in French but wouldn’t call myself fluent by any stretch, so I’d love to improve it or learn something new one day.
Big thanks once again to Mel. As for passing on the nomination, I’m aware that a few of my favourite bloggers either already have this Real Neat Blog Award, or don’t accept nominations, but I’ll name S.R. Carrillo (She’s a triple threat; a great writer, blogger and vlogger) and Marcia Meara (a very active and supportive member of the writing community). No pressure to take part, as always, but feel free to answer the following questions if you so wish – As can anyone else who wishes to in the comments for that matter.
- Physical book or ebook?
- Music or silence?
- City or countryside?
- Factual or fantasy?
- Extravert or introvert?