Unique inspiration can be found in the blogger world. Particularly heartening are loyal teams of the kind you can steal horses with. Among them is a group of fantasy writers who first met up at Harper Collins Authonomy site, where many of us shared comments and encouragements that made us better writers. Most of this group are published authors now, like Katrina Jack with her urban fantasy Land of Midnight Days, and Sophie Tallis with White Mountain, a rolling fantasy she also illustrated. Sophie lifts the praise of other writers to epic levels. Her dragon wings are surely made of golden generosity. She nominated me for two awards, and I succumb to the honour: The Flight of Fantasy Award, and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
Thanks for these nominations, Sophie – much love and success to you and the fantasy crowd.
There are rules to these awards, which I’ll bend a little.
1 Display the award logo on your blog.
2 Link back to the person who nominated you.
3 State 7 things about yourself.
4 Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them.
5 Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements
Here are some things about me
My first truly creative expression was an installation on my mother’s kitchen floor, consisting of swirling designs of my sweet-smelling excrements mixed with white flour from kitchen cupboards. My parents’ lack of appreciation for my art set a tone: what really matters to me may not be entirely understood. It made me want to understand myself.
I was told dreams are not real. Later I become convinced that life was a dream and reality lay elsewhere. Later still, I thought dreams can be made real for the sheer fun of it.
I believe our bodies are made of stardust and our minds are united with and guided by all the illuminated souls who ever where, are, or will be. The trouble is, I forget, and more, I doubt these illuminated ones know all, but may need embodied consciousness to expand their own. To cut it short, I value my doubts.
My best luck was working as a photojournalist, travelling and meeting some exceptionally creative and eccentric famous people. My best fun was living and working in communities. My best joy was the birth of my son. My best failing was my marriage. My best challenges were trainings as a therapist and doing a film degree as a mature student. My best fulfilments are friends, photography and writing.
I’m habitually addicted to coffee, red wine and roll-up cigarettes, though not to excess.
For decades I worked hard at empowering people. Now it’s my turn. I take time to write.
Reading and writing in my hammock is bliss. At times, when I manage to step out of my own way, a burst of energy can makes me accomplish extraordinary things almost effortlessly.
* * *
Omitting the already honoured, I’ll nominate a mixed bunch whose posts inspire me and may inspire you. It’s up to the nominees whether they’ll run with the award or just feel tickled 🙂