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.


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

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


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

  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 :)

  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.

  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!

  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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