Versatile Blogger Award
Many thanks to Fel Wetzig at The Peasants Revolt! (http://www.scotzig.com) for my first Versatile Blogger Award – totally amazed and very grateful. The Award is really surprising as I struggle to blog as often as Fel and many others.
Anyway the rules are to nominate 15 more bloggers that I either follow or have recently discovered and find excellent. Then to give 7 facts about myself. (Further info on the Virtual Blogger Awards: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/about/)
My 15 nominations in no particular order are:
- http://dariospeaks.wordpress.com/ (Dario Ciriello)
- http://elfwriter.com/ (Alon Shalev)
- http://jadevarden.blogspot.co.uk/ (Jade Varden)
- http://colinfalconer.wordpress.com/ (Colin Falconer)
- http://inthedemonshead.blogspot.co.uk/ (Kyle Robinson)
- http://blog.janicehardy.com/ (Janice Hardy)
- http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/ (group of writers)
- http://sarahnego.blogspot.co.uk/ (Sarah Nego)
- http://www.rachellegardner.com/ (Rachelle Gardner)
- http://www.amypaulussen.com/ (Amy Paulussen)
- http://www.thecreativepenn.com/ (Joanna Penn)
- http://writerunboxed.com/ (group of writers)
- http://www.cindycarroll.com/ (Cindy Carroll)
- http://www.sarahsalway.net/ (Sarah Salway)
- http://www.livewritethrive.com (C. S. Lakin)
Finally, 7 things about myself (which aren’t in my Bio or obvious):
- First Award: when I was about twelve I entered an essay competition that came with a model aircraft kit. My entry – A Day in the Life of a Helicopter Pilot – was among the winners. We all won three days with the Royal Navy visiting submarine base, fleet air arm and sailing on a destroyer in English channel.
- J.R.R.Tolkien: Tolkien was the major influence on me as a reader and writer. I first discovered the Professor when I was age 16 in 1969. While exploring library for Anglo-Saxon and Old English literature, I found Tolkien’s seminal Beowulf: the Monsters & the Critics. Lord of the Rings followed in one long weekend without rest and I still have the books. I read anything else of his that I could find. After years of re-reading the films were as I imagined the epic and I currently escape to Middle Earth (see 7.).
- Beaver River Expedition: while at college in Canada – early 1970s – I went on white water expedition with teachers, a marine, rugby players, and various other friends. It was the first recorded descent of the Beaver River – although sure native Canadians beat us to it by a few hundred years.
- Magazine editing: Other than mowing lawns, my first job was as a sub-editor on The Field. But this wasn’t my only magazine editing experience as at college I created a Sci-Fi-Fantasy fanzine, in mid 1980s edited a green-socialist journal (New Ground), and before retired edited & assembled a carriage driving newsletter.
- Organic Food: In late 1970s set up Celandine Foods, one of the earliest wholesale organic fruit & vegetable companies in the UK and we tried to co-ordinate organic & bio-dynamic production in area of South East England. It proved better if growers and outlets traded direct, but one of the shops re-established business with my ex-partner who still continues to wholesale as well as retail bio-dynamic & organic produce.
- Clothworkers: As a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Clothworkers I at one time believed that I could take my sheep across London Bridge. Sadly this is no longer true – for obvious reasons – but it’s a great fantasy even if the Congestion Charge would be hefty. (See http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/sheep-across-london-bridge-the-freedom-of-the-city-of-london for further details including amusing anecdote about Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams).
- Perfect World: I met my wife Juanita in Perfect World (http://www.perfectworld.com/), an MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role playing game aka mainly men online role playing girls) set in a fantasy world. Even though divided by five thousand miles we met in real life and now are happily together and still gaming although in Lord of the Rings Online – http://www.lotro.com/ ). Some of course is ‘serious research’ but rest is welcome escape – when the kittens aren’t on the keyboard ‘helping’. Dogs are so much easier to train but what choice do two dog lovers have in a No Dog park home estate.
Once again thank you Fel Wetzig at The Peasants Revolt! (http://www.scotzig.com) for my first Versatile Blogger Award.
Spiral of Hooves: I’m still keeping my options open as I had queries on the draft contract from Spectacle. I’m waiting to see what they say in their clarifications before I shut other doors or avenues. My primary intent has always been to get published but not be trapped into a tight deal or a drawn-out process.
Wyrm Bait: I’ve done the first read-through/red-pen revision and have thousands of red scribbles, slash marks, and notes on the manuscript. But I have a much better idea of where the novel is going, how to improve the plot and how to bring my characters more to life. Now for the rewrite which I aim to finish during October before NaNoWriMo starts.
Wyrm Blood: This is my intended writing target for NaNoWriMo 2012 (http://www.nanowrimo.org) and I already have the scribbled outline and character sketches to guide my journey.
So until the next time I find time to Blog, this is the Silver Scribbler wishing everyone Good Writing & Good health.