Thursday, May 07, 2015

Lovely bloggers

A glance down my list of recent posts shows I've been a lazy blogger for some time now. I'm so busy, and there are so many other people who say what I would about the craft of writing better than I can, so I spend most of my online activity accessing the quick fix of Facebook and Twitter.

So why am I posting now? Well, I've been shamed into it by the wonderful Loretta Milan who has declared this blog to be lovely. 


To accept the award, there are a few things nominees have to do…
  • Thank the person who nominated them for the award.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to their post.
  • Share 7 facts/or things about themselves.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers they admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.
I've ticked off 1) and 2) so here are 7 personal facts that you might not know about me. In no particular order:
  1.  I can speak backwards fluently.
  2. I covered my hair for 6 years when I was in my 30s. In that time, more people saw my breasts than the top of my head.
  3. One of my eyes is lighter than the other.
  4. In another lifetime, I would have been an archaeologist.
  5. I'm the shortest person in my immediate family by over a foot.
  6. I was made homeless when I was seven months pregnant.
  7. I once lost the losers' race at my primary school, despite being the oldest child competing.
There we go. Please note: I will NOT be elaborating on any of the above. 

And herewith my nominees, bearing in mind that Loretta has named many I would and Squidge has named some more of my favourites. I've chosen the ones I think are most useful/entertaining and, in some cases, it wouldn't be appropriate to leave a comment on their blog so I'm just putting these up here as a resource.

Jackie Buxton's Agenthood and Submissionville
Isabel Rogers' blog never promises to be entirely serious
A collective of bibliophiles talking about books - Vulpes Libris 
Rachael Dunlop's blog, Butterflies
Writers' Workshop House Blog
Agent Hunter blog
Nicola Morgan's Heartsong
And though she no longer posts there, Nicola's Help! I Need a Publisher is a treasure trove of useful advice
I know Squidge mentioned Chuck Wendig, but his Terrible Minds blog merits a mention here too
The ramblings of a few scattered authors - An Awfully Big Blog Adventure
Norman Geras sadly died in October 2013, but his normblog remains as a beacon of sanity in a naughty world

 Authors for Nepal

While I'm here and have you attention, do you know about Authors for Philippines? Set up by the wonderful Julia Williams, you can bid on ebay for all kinds of goodies including signed books, illustrations, named characters and critiques. Every penny goes directly to help the Nepalese people in the wake of the devastating earthquake. My offer of a crit of synopsis and first 5000 words of a novel is here.

Right, I'm off. I'll try not to leave it so long before I post again. Thanks again to Loretta's Literary Lightbox for bringing me out of the shadows.


Jackie Buxton said...

Awww Debi, thank you so much for including me, I'm truly honoured to be among such esteemed company and shall do my best to write a fitting blog repost. I knew some of your seven but am intrigued by the hair covering... although I'm not allowed to ask for further details, alas.
Off to the Authors for Philippines site, now.

Unknown said...

Fantastic! Enjoyed reading this. Stories for Homes, which is where I first read about your experiences, was one of the most wonderful short story collections I've read. I've homed it on a special shelf of favourite books which I re-read often.

Love the selection of blogs you've nominated, some of which are new to me, and am going to pop along and visit them over the weekend.

Best wishes.


P.S. You will have to give a demonstration of talking backwards at the next Festival of Writing. 😉

Debi said...

Jackie - you're so welcome. Your recent posts are awesome.

Loretta - thanks for bigging up Stories for Homes. Everyone involved in the SfH project should be proud of their achievement. Oh - and remind me about talking backwards when we get to York. :-) Saturday night might be the best time for a demo. Delivering a workshop or 1-1 backwards might not be the best idea.