Back in March, Sandra from 12 Novels in 12 Months nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award and I failed to do the requisite thank you and pass it on post.  Better late than never though, right…?

Except it gets worse, because also in March, Sarah from 12 Months of Creativity nominated me for the exact same award, and I didn’t thank her either.   Verily, I am a shocker.

Still, I never forgot, I was just travelling and moving house and stuff.  All of which is done, so now I can engage in the Versatile Blogger Awards with gusto.  The first thing you are meant to do on being nominated is thank the person who nominated you and share their site, so thanks again Sandra and Sarah – please click over to their blogs!

Then you’re meant to nominate 15 other bloggers you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.  So I choose you:

  1. The Mind Probe (a page containing generally funny and sometimes utterly over my head discussions on the subject of Doctor Who.  In the interests of transparency, my partner writes this.)
  2. The Rogue Verbumancer (a blog in which a maverick scientist tries to write things and helps inspire other people write things too via his monthly Pictonaut Challenge)
  3. DorkyMum (who I’m sure probably has this award already – she blogs on parenting, politics, photography and all sorts and has a way with words I just love)
  4. Aunty Emily (a storyteller and science educator who is always involved with a variety of interesting projects)
  5. Disorientated Graduate (who talks about the trials and tribulations of being a graduate in a very sarcastic way)
  6. Arielle K Bosworth (a falconer and author whose blog is generally quite wry and always readable)
  7. Clearminded Creative (who tries to help creative people focus on what they ought to be doing rather than tying themselves up in knots/procrastinating)
  8. Snow in a Teapot (a blog by a Perthshire jewellery designer which often contains beautiful mood boards and images)
  9. Gin and Lemonade (a blog about life the universe and everything by Lorna, who happens to be a wheelchair user. I like it because it is open and honest, and because I like having a nosey into other people’s lives.)
  10. The Professional Descendant (a genealogy blog by Kirsty F. Wilkinson – this page has lots of insights into social history which I find really interesting)
  11. Writing, Mostly (very engaging blog about poetry, history and the Edinburgh literary scene by Tracey S. Rosenberg)
  12. 12 Novels (another 12 books in 12 months-er, but she’s doing it this year, so if you enjoyed watching me you should head over and show her some love)
  13. Katie Anderson (this is her writing site, but Katie is also a Social Media consultant and posts a lot of interesting stuff on that on her other page)
  14. Slugs on the Refrigerator (a blog by Kat Goldin which I follow for her gorgeous photography)
  15. And this is cheating but I have two book blogs you should check out – Subtle Melodrama and Tolstoy Is My Cat.

And finally, you’re meant to share 7 things about yourself.

  1. When we were kids, I told my sister the Minotaur (of Greek mythology) came out of the toilet when you flushed it.  She still carries the trauma.
  2. My accent fluctuates depending who I’m talking to. I don’t do it deliberately.
  3. I have sprained my ankle twice, both times in identical circumstances. The formula is simple – drink a bottle of rose wine, go out, skank until I fall over.
  4. I have a deep rooted love of Abba, stemming back to my dad coming back from a job interview in Abu Dhabi when I was 9 and bringing me back More Abba Gold on cassette. Even through my nu-metal phase and discovery of The Clash (my favourite band since the age of about 15) I never considered denying them.  Had I been a teenager in the 1970s I would have been conflicted as hell.
  5. I think bananas are naked without peanut butter on and I’ll fight anyone that says different.
  6. I spent ten years thinking my first gig was The Deftones, an atmospheric, sweaty and smoky affair at the SECC in Glasgow… but realised recently that I actually saw Jools Holland in Glenrothes the year before.
  7. When I sit down to read I find it hard to stop, and I’ll be pretty rude to anyone with the audacity to talk to me or try and make me move before I come to a natural stopping point (generally the end of the book).  In recent years this has meant I have sometimes avoided sitting down to read because I’ll lose a day and then feel guilty.  I see this as one of my worst flaws, and I’m working on it.