Back In Business

Back In Business

Hello, all. I’m back.

Okay, I never really ‘went’, but my posts have been less than frequent this month, since I prioritised writing for NaNoWriMo over actually keeping up to date, which was bad of me. Sorry. On the other hand, after an epic battle between myself and the NaNo wordcount validator (which stole about 500 words from my total), I hit 200k last night. As that was my target and I’ve now finished two novels and abandoned a third–I mentioned that on here before–I don’t think I can really justify spending any more time away from my blog.

So, I’m back.

And during this month, I was nominated for an award. That happens quite a bit, but often I feel I’m the quota-filler. You know, you have to nominate 10 people, so I’m one of them. This one is the Liebster Award, and it came from Emily Okaty Wilson. I was surprised, and also very pleased. I love her blog–she writes about parenting and writing etc through a series of writing prompts from various groups, so that every post is like a story in itself–and I wouldn’t have expected her to give me an award.

But she did. So thank you very much!

  • Thank the blogger who nominated/awarded me.
  • Answer 11 questions asked by the person who awarded me. (Meg only gave me 10.)
  • Nominate/award 11 other blogs with links.
  • Pose 11 of my own questions to my nominees.
  • Put the Liebster Award logo on my blog.

I don’t always actually follow through with awards but as I need to get back into the whole blogging thing and I have nothing else to say, this time I will. Plus, her questions are pretty interesting.

How do you balance your creativity with your life?

I prioritise things like dancing and music over sleeping, and sometimes over schoolwork too. As for writing, it fits in–before school, lunchtimes, and after school. Sometimes a month will pass when I literally only have time to write at lunch, and never in the evenings, but I make sure I do that so I still get some writing done. Also, because writing is a relaxation thing for me, it serves as ‘down time’.

Why did you start blogging?

I don’t actually remember. My first blog was abysmal and still lurking in the depths of the internet somewhere, hopefully never to be found. I think I had some vague idea about ‘building a platform’ but I didn’t really understand social media back then. We pretend that didn’t happen.

Do you own more books in print or electronically?

Print. Especially if you consider the number of books in my house that aren’t mine. I have, like, a wall of books. And a shelf above my bed. And another shelf. And the corridor outside my room is lined with shelves. I do have a Kindle but since I acquired most of my print books in years gone by, it hasn’t yet caught up. I also have a habit of buying books when the library is selling them off, sometimes for as little as 10p, so I acquire books regularly.

What kind of music do you listen to when you write?

Depends on what I’m writing, but it’s usually film and TV soundtracks because they’re epic but they stay in the background and don’t distract me. However, right now I’m listening to Muse.

Which of your 5 senses would be the most devastating to lose?

That’s a hard question. Sight would be pretty bad, given that I read and write and make YouTube videos etc. I’m not sure I could stand to go blind. On the other hand, I’m also a dancer, and I’d like to be able to hear the music, etc. But you can dance when you’re deaf more easily than when you’re blind. I’ve also got experience of not being able to hear, given that my ear infection last year meant I couldn’t hear for a day or two. It was terrifying, but I think you get used to it. And, subtitles.

I think sight would be the hardest to cope with losing. I use it so much and depend on it so entirely.

What is the worst advice you have ever received?

School is the most important thing. Save writing for later.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Don’t just sit there waiting to be inspired. Write. Finish your shit. You’re a writer, dammit.

What food comes to mind when you think of ‘comfort food’?

Chocolate. Whether in the form of biscuits, brownies, or just normal chocolate, I don’t care.

Do you crave salt or sweet?

Sweet, I think. Although salted crisps kept me alive this summer, when I was ill and wasn’t eating anything except them and jelly. I also always keep a packet of salt in my coat pocket. You know, just in case of demons or ghosts. *shifty eyes* But I’m definitely a sugar person.

What one thing are you most proud of from this past year?

Well, I wrote 200k in 28 days, that was pretty cool. Oh, and I got through my GCSEs without a nervous breakdown and got good grades. Other than that, I’m not sure I’ve done a lot.

What one thing do you most hope to achieve in the next year?

I want to take my writing a stage further, whether that’s getting an agent for Watching if I decide to go through with it, or whether that’s the publication of St Mallory’s Forever. Obviously we’re hoping for that to be later this year, i.e. Christmas, but one never knows. And I’d also like to get good grades in my AS Levels to make applying for university less stressful. :D

Now I’m going to back out where I always do, because I don’t follow eleven blogs that aren’t industry professionals or just all-round too important for me to give awards to (in my experience, the more followers a blog has, the less likely they are to respond to awards).

So this is for all of you. Answer these questions next time you’re stuck for a post–as a reader of my blog, I like you. And you deserve an award because you all keep giving them to me. And if you do write that post, leave me a link in the comments so I can check it out.

  1. What was the best decision you ever made?
  2. If you could go back and change one thing in your life, would you do it?
  3. If there was one day you could go and live again exactly as it happened, would you do it?
  4. What time period do you feel you belong in?
  5. Could you live without the Internet?
  6. Do you wear glasses? How long have you been wearing glasses?
  7. What was the last book you bought and what attracted you to it?
  8. Do you think Hamlet was genuinely mad, or do you think it was entirely pretense?
  9. What was the last food that somebody else bought for you?
  10. When did you last catch a train? Where did you go?
  11. What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever written–in a basement, on a yacht, in another country, on a train? (I’ve done all of these.)

Thank you all, readers, for putting up with me this month! Let me know how you got in with NaNoWriMo, and don’t forget to link me if you answer any of these questions. I’m particularly interested in your answers to number eight… :D

24 thoughts on “Back In Business

  1. You honestly destroy my confidence with those statistics, you know that? I have no idea how you type that much. I’ve note even hit 60k on ONE project, let alone 200 on three. It really boggles my brain.

    That said, congrats on the award – very well deserved :)

  2. *Laughs* I ditto Charley’s comment. You’re a writing machine, Miriam! May do that list of questions sometime in the next month (!) simply because it seems an awesome sort of blog post to do (I especially love the question ‘What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever written?’ I’ll pingback to here if I ever get around to it!

  3. I have given up on awe, but just accpt the fact that you, my dear Miriam, are a fster typer, a needer of less sleep, with a brain theta thinks ten tims faster than mine… okay maybe only five times *grins*

    I also may just use those questions as I try to get back to being a regular blogger, though I think my schedule will be pared down a bit. depending on how my life goes these next few months. :}

      1. Yes, but so long as it’s not lack of sleep making you sick.

        I remember staying up till really late when I was 14/15 finishing a project for English Class. I had just enough energy the next morning to go to school and hand it in, before going to the nurse feeling sick, and being sent home.

        Yup, staying up all night studying was never part of my habits at university – I was a learn as you go and if you don’t know at least get a good nights sleep. :}

  4. Okay, I just want to say that I’m going to minorly freak out… I LOVE MUSE. Okay, maybe it wasn’t too minor, more miniscule. I think the fact that you reached the 200K goal is awesome, I’m not quite sure if I’ll ever try to do that, but who knows! And the “Finish you shit” is the best advice I’ve gotten in years! :)

    1. It’s advice from here – Loads of great advice, tons of profanity, and a bunch of hilarious similes and metaphors. I also have one of his books of advice which is brilliant, too. Read the whole thing in a couple of hours and felt unreasonably motivated afterwards.

      I recently discovered Muse, worked out that pretty much every song I ever liked but didn’t know who it was by was by them, and was thus converted. Now about half of their songs are on my writing playlists, mainly for characters but others for certain scenes. They’re very aptly named.

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