Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fair Dinkum award

I knew there was something nagging at the back of my mind.

I had a drastic clear-out of my inbox at work and sent responses and groveling apologies to many people whose requests had lain buried for weeks waiting to be rescued. But I suddenly remembered things at home that have been waiting for attention too.

Many weeks ago, the delightful Stefanie, at Across the Border, handed me the Fair Dinkum award.

Now I need to return suitable abject groveling for tardiness above and beyond the call of duty, and respond to the requirements of said award, namely...

To reveal five things about myself:

1. I seem to be the odd one out in the writing world. Most people I come across in critique forums and blogs have been making up stories since they could say "story arc". But not me. I disliked writing. I excelled at mathematics because it involved no writing. Then one day an idea for a story popped into my head and I started trying to write.

I'm still trying.

Here's the really funny part. I enjoy writing when I know what it is I want to write, but I still have huge difficulty making up stories.

2. I paint and draw as well as write. I've done that since I could hold a pencil.

3. I have lots of favourite foods. Curry, pasta, pizza, bacon sandwiches, maltesers. I love variety.

4. I studied mathematics at Oxford University.

5. My kids drive me crazy half the time, but I couldn't imagine life without them.

7 comments:

  1. I'm hoping your fave foods are eaten all at the same time.

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  2. Right there with you on #1. I like to pretend I am creative but sadly, I suspect it is mostly an act.

    --j--

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  3. Lol, nice! Everyone loves pasta. Guess what I'm cooking tonight! ;)

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  4. Gidday Ian,
    Congrats on the award and it's fascinating knowing a little bit more about your good self.
    All the best and happy writing.
    Gary :)

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  5. LOL Moody. In the "parallel universes" interpretation of quantum mechanics, they probably are!

    Well, that's interesting Andrew. I thought I was alone there. Hmmm...sounds like a topic for a blog post some day.

    Hope you enjoyed your pasta, Steph.

    Thanks for your kind wishes Gary.

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  6. I envy people whose heads are full of stories. I have to mix and stir to come up with a story idea. I wrote about this a while back, "Writing from Scratch" on my blog.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and techniques!

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  7. Hello Carol, welcome to The Bald Patch. Hope you find something useful here. Well, I'm comforted that I'm not the only one who finds this hard work :D

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