Recently I got my first blogger award. I’d like to thank The Wheelchair Teen for nominating me for this award. I really appreciate it. You can visit her blog by clicking the link above.
- Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, write them 11 new questions and notify them about the nomination.
What was a defining or significant moment in your blogging experience?
That’s a tough one. I only started this blog about a year ago, with the intention of publishing three posts a week. I hoped to build a good following and maybe mean something to others with a chronic disease or disability. I didn’t make good on my promise to myself. I have not been posting consistently, and although I managed to build a small following, it’s just that. Small.
However, getting my first blogging award – and when I least expected it – that does feel significant to me. I made me remember why I was doing this. 🙂
What’s your favourite place that you’ve ever visited?
Scotland. We went there on our honeymoon in November 1991. People thought we were crazy. Why would we want to go to Scotland? In November? Such a bleak, grey country. So inhospitable.
The truth is, that was exactly what we loved about it. We didn’t want sunshine, golden beaches and an azure sea. We wanted to be alone with nature. Out in the wild. What better place to go than Scotland?
Who’s your favourite disabled or neurodiverse character?
I’ve got several. They are the two main characters and one of the supporting characters of my novel The Elven Curse (working title).
My male main character, Neel Park, is autistic – though I never use that term in my novel, as it just doesn’t fit the setting. He also suffers from severe depressions.
Bel, my female main character, is a wheelchair user, and she’s as badass as can be. I based her level of disability off of my own, which makes it a lot easier for me to write her. I know what I can and can’t do, so I also know what she can and cannot do. (I’m not nearly as badass as her, though. She’s way cooler than me.)
Then there’s Leks, an older man, who has a prosthetic leg, three missing fingers and a special prosthetic eye. Though in this work Leks is only a supporting character, I may want to give him his own novel, as I really like him.
What’s one thing about society that angers you?
Currently, that has to be the level of stupidity when it comes to COVID-19. All these idiots insisting it’s just a flu and we’re being lied to by the WHO and our governments. It’s thanks to these people that we’re now faced with a second wave of COVID-19, and I’m self-isolating again. (But at least it’s good for my novel.)
Do you love or hate poetry (or are you somewhere in the middle)?
Love it! Well, actually, it depends. But that’s with everything. I love books, I love music, but I don’t love all books, or all music. I’m picky which, I think, is a good thing. I write poetry. Sometimes. But I don’t consider myself a poet. Just an author who happens to dabble in poetry from time to time.
What was the last thing that made you smile?
What’s your favourite quote?
Right now, it’s this:
“Will you cut the Milord nonsense? It’s Bel. Just Bel. I don’t do fancy titles.” She felt like she could spit fire, and to her shocked surprise, she did.The Elven Curse – Chapter 19
Name one thing that’s always guaranteed to help you relax.
Only one? Good music, preferably Baroque. I’m currently listening to Bach’s Mass in B minor BWV 232
But also: My cats, a good book, a hot bath, a nice cuppa
What’s your number one tip to new bloggers?
Don’t do as I do. 😀
Instead, write consistently, and interact with other bloggers. Also consistently.
If you could choose a best friend to bring to life from any book that you’ve read or film or television series that you’ve watched – who would it be?
Another hard one. I’m picky, and as a result I don’t have many friends. But, I guess, if I really had to choose one, I’d go for my very own Leks.
His full name is Yeleksim Bogrovik. The guy with the prosthetic leg. He’s fun to be around, he’s far more clever than he usually lets on, and he has my kind of humour. I can think of so much mischief the two of us would be up to together.
What makes your blog special?
You mean apart from the fact that I haven’t updated it in a million years? 😉
I think what makes my blog different from others is that, although it’s aimed at the chronically ill and disabled community, there’s enough on the blog to make it potentially attractive to able-bodied readers as well.
Now if only I would update it regularly. That would be a good thing.
Pooja, at Lifesfinewhine, who has created a super helpful blog, with lots of tips and resources for new bloggers. Or any blogger who wants to get more out of their blog, really.
Clare, at Clarescauldron, because, as she herself says, everyone should enjoy cake.
Karran, at The Gluten Free and Vegan Alchemist, who shares the yummiest recipes.
Actually, Simone’s questions were just really good, provocative questions, so I’ll steal them.
- What was a defining or significant moment in your blogging experience?
- What’s your favourite place that you’ve ever visited?
- Who’s your favourite disabled or neurodiverse character?
- What’s one thing about society that angers you?
- Do you love or hate poetry (or are you somewhere in the middle)?
- What was the last thing that made you smile?
- What’s your favourite quote?
- Name one thing that’s always guaranteed to help you relax.
- What’s your number one tip to new bloggers?
- If you could choose a best friend to bring to life from any book that you’ve read or film or television series that you’ve watched – who would it be?
- What makes your blog special?