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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‚Äôt want to take part and I will not feel offended in any way if you choose not to) ūüôā

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Name something unusual about yourself. 
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. What is your favourite quote? 
    “When the stars threw down their spears¬†
    And 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!)
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
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#BoutofBooks – Literary Quote challenge

Bout of Books

Thanks to Jess at Gone With the Words. This was a fairly easy challenge, but it was enjoyable picking out one of my favourite lines (from many!) from Titus Groan. So here it is:

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 An example of how perfectly Mervyn Peake understands his characters and is able to show us the kind of people that they are in a way that speaks to your soul.