The Reader Appreciation Award

A week on from finding myself rather unexpectedly “blog-tipped” I awake to find yet another honour heaped upon my burdened brow. It would appear that I’ve been nominated for The Reader Appreciation Award *drumroll* by the lovely Tessa Sheppard Like me she’s just starting out as a writer, and unlike me she clearly has a great future in the business ahead of her. The most important thing you need to know about her, however, is she says very nice things on my blog. My thanks to her for this nomination. Stop reading and go check her out!

Okay, so apparently there are rules to this too (I think it’s basically the GUTGAA tag game but for posh people). So for those I in turn am about to nominate…

1. Identify and show appreciation to the blogger who nominated you.

2. You must add the reward logo to your blog.

3. Tell your readers 7 things about yourself.

4. You must nominate 5-10 of your favourite bloggers for this award.

5. Inform you nominees that you nominated them.

7 things about me:

1. I can see 11 union jacks from where I’m sitting in my University flat. Not all of them are actual full-blown flags, some are on book covers, or maps, or posters, or stickers. One’s a giant fluffy bed throw. One’s a little plastic flag I saved from getting stamped on by an irate Irishman in Hive (Edinburgh’s dingiest nightclub). One, an actual proper flag, was presented to me at the Scotch-Irish Festival in Pennsylvania. Its label says it was made in Valley Forge, which any student of history should find immensely ironic.

2. I prefer cats to dogs because they’re so aloof and arrogant. I’m not sure whether the fact that I enjoy being treated as an inferior by my pets is some sort of early warning sign for masochism.

3. The first story I ever submitted to a professional writing competition was the worst thing ever written in human history. I should know, I’m a history student. Thankfully no traces of it remain, except in my scarred memory.

4. I’m the only student at the University of Edinburgh who doesn’t drink. I pretend it’s because I’m Oliver Cromwell’s puritan great x 10 grandson. Stop staring and move on to 5.

5. I’m working on my stereotype. I’m a ginger, Scottish Mac with Donald as my middle name, who was born in the Highlands, loves haggis, drops his ‘t’s whenever he speaks, can play the bagpipes and looks pre-eminently f**kable in a kilt. The stereotype ends when I reveal that my mother is English and I consider myself as much British as Scottish. Jolly good, eh?

6. I’m allergic to fish and eggs. Presumably if I ate a fish’s egg I would implode and create some sort of black hole.

7. I first started writing seriously to held cope with that dreadfully predictable teenage angst-y phase. To this day I produce my best work when angry, moody or just generally pissed off. Please leave insults in the comments section below to help me write the final chapter of Covenanted.

So, with that out of the way, on to my nominees! Yes, there are only three when there should be 5, but I’ve only been blogging for two months now. I’m still networking, okay? In no particular order: Rebecca Enzor – the brainiest writer you’ll ever meet. No, seriously, she’s a nuclear chemist! Don’t believe me, go check her out.  Rhiann WynnNolet – Look, her most recent post features a bit about Richard III. That should tell you enough about why she’s on my friends list. She also happens to have one of the better GUTGAA pitches I’ve read. Have a look. Jodie Andrefski – with more experience writing than you and me combined (10 years, since you asked) plus she has 3 ebooks out. Check out “Summer of Hope.”

Right, now that that’s sorted back to doing unspeakable things during Uni Fresher’s week. The blog posts may be a little slow in coming for a while…



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8 responses to “The Reader Appreciation Award

  1. “and looks pre-eminently f**kable in a kilt”

    Well damn, now you’re going to have to post a photo 😉

    And thanks for the award!

  2. Awwwww….I’m majorly honored!!! Thank you! I guess I need to go figure out my own post! =)

  3. Oh thank you, you adorable (note more appropriate word choice there) kilted thistle-waver! Now you’re probably not going to believe this, but another of my YA novels has a kilt-wearing, bagpipe-playing, class clown who ultimately wins my snarky, flat-chested, artistically-gifted MC’s stoney little heart. So now I know where to come for photos of bagpipes – now that we can’t pilfer photos from the web anymore. I am truly honored and flattered, maybe even a little gobsmacked. Oh, but I’m supposed to make you angry, to fuel your creative fire. Hmm. I’ve heard sporrans are useful for camouflaging shortcomings. There, that should just about get that final chapter finished…

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