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Many thanks to David J Delaney who nominated me for this, please click on the link to go look at his blog.

Given I’ve not actually been blogging a month yet, it’s a surprise. Not knowing anything about it, I took the liberty of hunting around the interweb to find out just what the Liebster Award is; and I think this blog sums it up the best.

Why am I “an awkward recipient”? Umm, well, I’m not good at taking praise or being recognised for things. I’m happy to lurk on the shadows and if people find me, they find me – but when they shine a light one me? Yeah… uncomfortable. That being said, I’m always game for challenge/fun.
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The rules;

  1. Write 11 Random facts about myself.
  2. Answer 11 questions the awarding Blogger posted for me.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) for the award, linking them to this post letting them know.
  4. No tag backs (don’t tag the person who tagged you).

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11 Random facts about me;

  1. When I was 22 I had plastic surgery on my face.
  2. I lived in three different countries before I was 8 years old.
  3. I’ve lost my belly button.
  4. I am profoundly dyslexic, in fact I was told by a Teacher I would be lucky to get a job sweeping the streets because of how “stupid (he thought) I was.”
  5. The first story I ever sold was to an adult magazine – it falls into the category of “one handed reads” (porn). I got £50 for it. I went on to sell two more to them. I took the friend who encouraged me to write them out for dinner as a thank you.
  6. I can play the guitar, the piano, and drums – although it’s been a few years.
  7. I had two short stories published in 1999 – both in the same book. My then partner was so livid when he found out that I told no one about them.
  8. I’m a horologist.
  9. I get very obsessed with things.
  10. I wanted to join the Navy when I was a teenager. I went as far as applying and being rejected.
  11. My favourite things (food, colour, clothes, books, music etc) are in a constant state of flux and depend on my mood, the time of day – and even the time of year.

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11 Questions from David J Delaney;

  1. Best and worst book you ever read?
    A tough one to answer. I have several favourite books, in fact my four “desert island books” (books I couldn’t live with out) are; Cabal by Clive Barker, The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey, The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub and To The Vanishing Point by Alan Dean Foster. Worst book I’ve ever read? Well that’s an interesting point – I tend to not bother finishing them if I don’t enjoy them. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a book I didn’t enjoy.
  2. What is it about writing that keeps you wanting more?
    I have a lot of stories to tell – need to tell I guess. They won’t be quiet until I tell them, write them down and give them life.
  3. Who is your favourite author?
    I have several, Anne McCaffrey, Stephen King, Brent Hartinger, Terry Pratchett, Arthur C Clark, H G Wells, Clive Barker, D E Murray, Larry Niven… I could go on.
  4. What genre do you write?
    I want to write science fiction/fantasy, I tend to write romance. But I have been known to write horror as well. I guess I write whatever takes my fancy.
  5. How do you stop yourself procrastinating?
    A question I wish I had a proper answer to. I use a laptop that has nothing else on it but what I need to write. I ask the other half to crack the whip and keep me focused. I’m also trialling setting myself a weekly schedule.
  6. What brings you right into a writing mood, and how do you keep it that way?
    It always starts with The Idea, which then grows into A Plot and then starts taking over my mind with Scenes and Situations. I stay in the mood by reading what I’ve done, talking about it, thinking about it. Keeping it present and alive in my mind.
  7. What do you prefer, eBook or paperback?
    Both. I have hundreds of books, and possibly hundreds of eBooks as well. Some books I have to have in physical form, some it’s fine to have in electronic form.
  8. Most intense read so far whether it’s a book, short story or election promises from your local politician?
    Bareback by Chris Owen.
  9. How do you note new story ideas?
    My super handy smart phone! Prior to that I had a PDA, and prior to that I had a notepad.
  10. Where would you like to be, writing career wise, in five years’ time?
    Earning enough from my words to pay off some of the bills.
  11. Why do you write?
    It’s a… Primal need to create, not just to paint with the words, but to shape them into people, places, situations. It’s an itch that needs to be scratched, and one I’m happy to scratch. I guess you could say; it’s a need.

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Here are my nominees for the next Liebster Award;

Keith Garrett Poetry
The Flibberatic Skreebles
Quoth the Wordsmith
Confessions of a published author
Indie Hero
Literatural Crap
Yes, I know this isn’t a list of 11, but I’ve not been blogging that long 😉

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And here’s 11 Questions for them;

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What are your four desert island books? (The four books you couldn’t live without).
  3. Name one trait you always give a character you create.
  4. What was the first story you ever wrote about?
  5. Which do you prefer; first-person or third-person perspective?
  6. How old were you when you started writing?
  7. What is your favourite literary series?
  8. What music do you like to listen to when you write – or, why don’t you listen to music when you write?
  9. Best time of day to be creative?
  10. Describe yourself using just one movie title.
  11. What are your future goals?
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