I received an exciting nomination for the One Lovely Blog Award from the extra lovely CJS Writing, a fellow writer and blogger from across the pond. You can follow her journey on her blog, as she’s doing something incredible: she’s writing every day for a whole year, and with three months left to go, she’s almost there. She’s working on her first novel, a paranormal romance, but also writes poetry, short stories and blogs regularly. One of my favourite posts of hers is the ‘Top 10 ways having a writing goal has helped me’.
The rules I need to follow are simple. I have to share 7 facts about myself, nominate blogs I like to read, and provide links to their websites. If I have nominated you, please don’t feel under any obligation to follow the above, but if you do, please share the One Lovely Blog Award logo with your fellow bloggers and nominees, and do link back to this post. I’d really appreciate it.
So, let me try this.
Here are 7 facts about me:
1. I used to sing in a choir, and we used to enter Glee-type competitions. If I remember correctly, the best we did was third place.
2. As a teenager, I was a huge fan of the Swedish rock group Europe. I remember writing to their fan club a letter a day for about a year, asking the band to do a concert in Bulgaria. Eventually they did, some 20 years later, and very likely not because of my letters. I did see them live in London though, and it was a great night.
3. I attended a German high school where I studied most of the science subjects in German. One of my more memorable exams was on the male reproductive system. I was asked to stand in front of the class, and my Biology teacher, who happened to be German too, quizzed me about it in detail. I did manage to keep a straight face, not my classmates though. It was one of those things I was teased about pretty much until I graduated.
4. I’m not a fussy eater but I really don’t like melon. I don’t mind bananas or watermelon, but please, no melon for me, no thank you. I also don’t drink alcohol, never have. I think I’ve had no more than three sips (yes, sips) of beer my entire life.
5. I don’t have only one favourite song, book, movie, quote and so on – I have a bunch of them. The truth is, I have a long list that I just keep adding to. I recently had to choose my top 10 most influential books, and I really struggled to do it. In fact, I ended up cheating. I tried to argue that all seven Harry Potter books should be accepted as one, and I also listed Jane Austen and Stephen King as untouchable entities.
6. A few years ago I did a round the world trip with a friend. We were invited to a wedding in Australia and decided that the quickest way to travel to Port Douglas and back was to circle the globe and visit a few more countries on the way. It took us a month to do that, and it turned out to be a great adventure.
7. One of my favourite things to cook is the traditional British Christmas Dinner. Even when we’re celebrating the holidays back in Sofia, we do the usual Bulgarian dishes for Christmas Eve, and then prepare the British version for Christmas Day. This means that I usually travel with a suitcase stuffed with jars of goose fat, cranberry sauce and creamed horseradish, bags of parsnips, and enough mince pies to last us till Easter.
As promised, here are my nominations:
Miranda is a published writer and a new mum, but still finds time to blog and vlog, and always offers excellent advice for aspiring writers. Her advice has helped me a lot.
Sara is a journalist and lives in New York, but she’s often on the road, and her posts are hilarious, entertaining, and full of the mystique of the places she’s visited.
And fellow bloggers, here’s your One Lovely Blog Award badge of honour for you to pass on.
Thank you for reading my blog.