Compounding my feelings of being a terrible blogger, I came back on WordPress a week or so ago and discovered this comment that I must have seen at some point, but completely forgot about.
Hi there, I enjoy reading your blog and would like to nominate you for a Liebster award. You can find the details here: http://spiralspun.com/2015/02/04/liebster-award/
(I completely understand if you don’t want to take part and I will not feel offended in any way if you choose not to) 🙂
From the lovely Kim at Spiral Spun. Sorry Kim, I know you said you won’t be offended, but I didn’t even mean not to answer your questions! I’m just super forgetful. I won’t pass the award on now as I think that moment has long since gone, but the least I can do is answer the questions you set:
- What do you do to cheer yourself up? I’d been having a rough time up til last month – I’ve been struggling with anxiety. At the worst points, the best thing I could do was every time I had a pernicious, negative thought, to try and concentrate on one related positive thought. It works a little just to get my mind out of a bad space. Otherwise, listening to upbeat music like Taylor Swift really has a strong positive influence over my mood.
- Which book would you like to have written? That’s a hard one. From the things I’ve read semi-recently, perhaps The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.
- Which character from a book would you most like to be? I’ve never identified with a fictional character the way I identified with Ruby Oliver, but I think I might be aging out of that, somewhat. I’m not sure what adult character I would say.
- Name something unusual about yourself.
- What is your favourite thing about blogging? Definitely connecting with other like-minded readers, even thought I’ve been severely rubbish about it recently. But yeah, I love chatting with people on here! I don’t have a whole lot of bookish conversation that runs the gamut of the things I like in “real life” so I do enjoy the variety of conversation you can get in the blogging world.
- What did you want to be when you grew up? I went through several phases of both wanting to be a teacher and an author. I think I’d still want to be a teacher if the job was better, but my parents both put me off (they were both teachers). I still harbour ambitions of writing something, someday.
- Name 3 people you would most like to have dinner with? ohhh, I’m struggling! I’m always scared to meet famous people in case either a. I don’t like them, or b. they don’t like me! Probably JK Rowling, Jenny Lawson, and Donna Tartt – I think that would be interesting!
- What is your favourite quote?
“When the stars threw down their spearsAnd water’d heaven with their tears:Did he smile his work to see?Did he who made the Lamb make thee?” (There are others, this was the first one that popped into my head!)
- What would you like to learn to do? I would love to properly learn another language (either more Spanish or German) and I would love to learn to run my own business.
- What scares you? What doesn’t scare me?! Nah, seriously – I’m extremely claustrophobic and I’m very, very afraid of wasps. I also get very specific social anxieties – I’m not socially anxious as a rule but I get anxious about, for example, having to spend a lot of time with more than one new person, even if I’m not really required to speak or do anything more than be pleasant. I’m working on it though!