… Luccia Grey for nominating me for the Liebster Award.
I’m so touched that anyone thinks of me for these awards. While I retain a certain scepticism for some of these trophies, this one – using, as it does, a German expression nearly translated as ‘beloved’ or dearest’ – is a personal pleasure because to want to award it you have to gain some real pleasure for the blog you’ve nominated. And that, after all, for any writer and, indeed, any artist, is surely the goal? Or if it isn’t for some, well, it is for me.
So Luccia: THANK YOU!
If you haven’t met Lucia yet, you must. She’s a wonder and what makes her stand out for me is the uncanny way she blogs something that then goes ‘ding!’ and sets me off on a post (frolic) of my own. Luccia admits to being two people and her online persona is most intriguing. She lives part of her life in another century, gadding around in virtual crinolines and bustles, with a parasol twirling over her shoulder, yet she takes stunning photographs of which any Pre-Raphaelite would be proud to paint. She also takes on writing prompts with a flair and ambition that is admirable.
Ok, these award come with rules; I’m too long in the tooth and I spent too many years as a lawyer to have much respect for rules (just ways to control the masses while the elites party their arses off, if you ask me) but here we go. As with other awards, once you have been nominated, (1) you should post the badge on your blog, (2) thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog. In this case you should (3) answer the questions proposed and (4) write 10 questions for those you nominate to answer in turn.
So what are the questions and my answers? Ok here goes:
1. What motivates you to blog?
A little nip of Vanity laced with a dab of Ego, wilted onto a Desperation to be Liked tossed with a dressing of a Need for Praise and all wrapped up in a stodgy bun of Cheesy Humour and Facile Asides all of which serves to mask the real motivation, namely, I just like writing and sharing.
2. Choose a post you’d like us to (re)read.
My dad’s letters and poetry mainly because I wrote none of them and they speak of a long forgotten time and two people I still care for dearly even though they are long dead.
3. What do you feel strongly enough about to discuss for hours?
English cricket, cake and the beauty that is the Textiliste
4. Write the first line of a novel.
“Have a great time.” Gary Dobbs is my best mate. And, right now, I hate him. He knows what I think about going home for the summer holidays.
This is the first line of my novel ‘Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, to be published this year (I hope).
This is the current draft cover:
5. Write the last line of a poem.
The head said no; the heart yes
6. Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
Where I live: Sarf London is just the business.
7. Which book(s) would you take with you to a desert island?
For a read to take me ages: Bill Bryson’s ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’; laugh out loud funny: either John O’Farrell’s ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ or a PG Woodhouse anthology; for a dipper-inner ‘Britain’s Favourite Poems’ or ‘Kipling’s Complete Works’; for enjoyment time and again, any Raymond Chandler anthology. But if it had to be one volume (see 9)
8. Which historical person would you like to have lunch with?
Lunch must be fun so someone who tells good stories: Dickens, maybe, or Trollope but most likely, given the above, PG Woodhouse, or AP Herbert, or John Mortimer, or Peter Ustinov, or David Niven – any of the great raconteurs really.
9. Which book would you have liked to write?
The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; genius.
10. Which is the next book you’re planning to read?
Fallout by Ruth Sutton: I met Ruth on an Arvon course years ago and Fallout is the third in her ‘Between the Mountains and the Sea’ trilogy and is to be highly recommended.
I know have to pose my own questions: I’m not sure I have ten but let’s see (they start a little morbidly, but they do improve):
1. If you find yourself in the condemned man’s (woman’s) cell, what is your last meal?
2. What music would you choose to be played at your funeral?
3. If you had the choice of our next Prime Minister (or President or Potentate or minor deity, depending where you are and who you are ruled by) who, from anyone living, would you choose and why?
4. When you are driving what irritates you most in other drivers/road users. If you don’t drive, move on.
5. Do you prefer first or third person books and why?
6. Imagine you had to lose a sense: which one and why?
7. Do you believe freedom of speech is an absolute or conditioned right, and if conditioned what principle limitations? If this offends you to answer, move on.
8. If you had your time again what put down or response would you like to have made but didn’t think of it in time?
9. What’s your funniest funny in under thirty words?
10. What is your favourite cartoon/graphic book/novel? Mine is Tintin (The Secret of the Unicorn/Red Rackham’s treasure double bill).
The last piece of these awards is always trickiest. I looked at the rules and it seems to vary on nominations. Both the number and the criteria. But the essential piece is that I think of them as Liebster – dearest. And those I do are those I’ve known longest on this journey and usually (but not exclusively) we share a passion for joining in the flash fiction challenges posed by Charli and Lisa. So I’ll give a list and pingbacks and offer the award to them and if they want to accept please feel free. A number are Liebsters already but you’re my Liebsters now so it’s different, right? And if they want to answer the questions, ditto, but really they just need to know that I am very grateful they have allowed me to share a little piece of their time on this little rock of ours.
- Lisa Reiter
- Anne Goodwin
- Charli Mills
- Irene Waters
- Norah Colvin
- Sarah Brentyn
- Lori Schaffer