The Liebster Award!

January 14th 2017

I want to start by saying I am eternally grateful to Lucy of Travelling_Lucy for nominating me!  Lucy is a British blogger who travels across the world, capturing her adventures on camera which she shares with excellent travel tips through both her blog and Instagram. I would recommend to any any lovers of photography, history, architecture, travel and nature!
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What is the Liebster Award? The Liebster Award is an online only award which is given to bloggers by other bloggers. It began back in 2011 as a way of giving exposure to lesser known blogs. The word “Liebster” originates from German and can be translated into a few different meanings such as “kindest, dearest, sweetest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant and nicest” – to which I am really humbled to be nominated such an award!

These are the rules of the Liebster Award: 

  1. Write a blog post on the Liebster Award and Thank the blogger/s who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
  3. Nominate 5-11 of your favourite new bloggers for the Liebster Award andnotify them
  4. Provide the rules and instructions for accepting the award
  5. Create 11 new questions for your nominees
  6. Post your Liebster Award blog post link in the comment of the nominators Liebster Award post

My 11 questions from Travelling_Lucy:

1. Have you had any major fails or bad things happen on any of your trips?

As far as I can remember there hasn’t been any majorly bad things to happen! I’ve been quit fortunate enough to have had all good experiences whilst abroad.

2. Do you regret visiting anywhere? If so, where did you regret visiting and why?

I’ve loved every travel I’ve been on so far and I hope it stays this way!

3. What one song makes you remember all your memories from travelling?

There is one song that stands out to me when I went to Tenerife about 4 years ago. This Wild Life made a gorgeous acoustic cover of Bring Me The Horizon’s song ‘Sleepwalking‘. I found it just as I was on my way to tenerife in 2013 and couldn’t stop listening to it throughout the holiday. It’s a very chilled and beautiful rendition of one of my favourite songs!

4. Where is your favourite destination?

My family and I went to Cuba 2 years ago for Christmas and I can truly say it is one of the most beautiful places to go. The tropical climate and weather is amazing, especially sitting by the pool as you bathed in the warm sunlight, reading a good book whilst guzzling down all the free alcohol! Seeing all the old american cars in their pristine conditions is almost like going back in time 50 years! Swimming with dolphins on christmas day was an incredible experience, but I think what made being in Cuba so special was meeting such humble and giving people. It is already widely known that parts of Cuba itself is bordering the lines of poverty. When you leave the airport and enter into the vast tropical landscapes of Cuba, you are instantly hit with the reality of how some of these people live. It can be quite a shock to the system as you drive past the slums and built up shacks, it’s like entering another world. The people of Cuba are kind, grateful and look out for each other. Seeing people give so much when they have little themselves is something that makes you take a step back and see how lucky we really are living in the comfort of the UK. If you ever have the chance to go to Cuba be sure to go into the villages, meet the locals and see the real Cuba! I would love to go back!

5. What country or city do you want to visit the most?

I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland or Ireland! I’d love to visit Finland, Scandinavia, Holland or Denmark and look at all the ancient Norse settlements! The countries look gorgeous! Rome or France would be lovely nice too, I think it’s safe to say the list is endless!

6. Have you traveled to a place that you couldn’t wait to get out of?

Luckily I’ve really enjoyed all the places i’ve visited! I’ve been to Lanzarote and our hotel wasn’t that great, but it’s what you make of it that makes a great holiday!

7. If you could move to any other country in the world, where would you move to?

This is a hard one as i’ve not been abroad that often! I would like to say somewhere like Canada, from what i’ve heard it’s quite nice there!

8. What is your number one travel essential?

Probably a good book! As much as I love seeing the world in all it’s glory, I don’t think anything beats kicking back at the end of the day and reading a good story!

9. Do you prefer to travel alone, in a group or with a partner/friend?

I do like wandering off and exploring alone but I don’t think I could travel to a country all by myself. Having someone there to watch your back and having company to share in the experiences is what I love best!

10. What’s the scariest thing that’s happened on a trip? (if any)

When I was maybe 7 or 8 years old my family and I went to Greece, and I remember wandering off (still hasn’t changed) and getting lost around the hotel we stayed in. The place was massive and I was so frightened my family had left me behind, I remember that scene from Home Alone  when the mum goes ‘KEVIN!!’ on the plane running through my head! I thought it had become reality and I was stuck in Greece forever. Thankfully the hotel staff helped me find my family, who were back at our room. Turns out I had only been gone 10 minutes. Good times!

11. Where are you planning to travel to next?

I’ve recently been speaking to an old friend of mine who shares my interest in the ancient castles of England! We’re planning with a group of friends to travel across the United Kingdom and see all these amazing places! I believe our first destination to explore is Arundel Castle, which I luckily live down the road from!

Thanks again Lucy for the nomination! I can definitely say you’ve inspired me to immerse myself in blogging properly now! I wish you luck on all your travels 🙂

My Nominees:

  1. Stephen A. Watkins – Stephen is an aspiring Fantasy writer. His blog is about his journey to one day becoming a published author, just like myself!
  2. Martin Bolton – Martin is an artist and published author of Fantasy and Short Stories, hailing from Cornwall, UK. His work is inspired by the likes of Joe Abercrombie and Bernard Cornwell!
  3. Alon Shalev – Alon is an author of Fantasy and Social Justice!
  4. Heath Shedlake – Heath is a self-published author from the seaside town Worthing. He blogs about self publishing and being an indie author!
  5. K. M. Alexander – K. M. Alexander is a novelist from Seattle, USA. He has published works as a series called The Bell Forging Cycle.

Questions for my nominees:

  1. Who or what inspired you to pursue writing as a hobby/career?
  2. Who are your top three authors?
  3. What do you find most challenging about the writing process?
  4. As a writer, which social media do you use most to connect with your readers?
  5. What is your favourite book/series? What draws you to love it so much?
  6. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
  7. What’s your writing schedule like? Do you write everyday?
  8. If you could bring back an author of the past, who would it be and why?
  9. Does other forms of writing interest you? (etc. scripts/poetry)
  10. Where do you like writing? Do you have a specific writing area you go to?
  11. What are your plans for 2017 with writing?

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I Caught the Fever of NaNoWriMo

Today is November 1, which for pantsers everywhere is the official first day of writing 50,000 words. In the words of those who put National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) together: “On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

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Sure, I value enthusiasm, determination, and deadlines, making me susceptible (once again) to the craze that I’ve been reading about on writing sites and blogs everywhere.

I participated in NaNoWriMo thrice before, in ’10, ’11 and ’12, and all times I’d created novels that wouldn’t otherwise exist if not for this organization. Yes, I have found value and success and hope in the NaNoWriMo experience.

Last week I mentioned that I was in the middle of three various novels, all at different stages, so…

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National Novel Writing Month – a journey

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The national Novel Writing Month is an on-line challenge to write 50,000 words of a new novel in one month, the month of November. There is no prize, just the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done it, although the NaNoWriMo site has certificates and various goodies for the ‘winners’. There are local meetings in the real world, for example, there are weekly meetings in Bath and Bristol for those living in the area, but there is also an on-line community or forums and friends – and those friendships can spill over into the real world.

In 2012, Lois Elsden was tempted… this is what she wrote in the October of that year:

Thanks to a WordPress blog, National Novel writing month has been drawn to my attention…

http://4amwriter.com/2012/10/22/writers-start-your-engines/

I’ve read about it before but never more than vaguely contemplated doing it. However, having decided that ‘Loving Judah’ will be published on October 31st, maybe I should set myself a new…

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