I returned from my holiday this weekend to discover that I have been nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by my author friend S. C. Skillman. Thank you very much! S.C. Skillman is the author of Mystical Circles, and she is a historian and spiritual enthusiast, which provides excellent content for her blog, along with delightful, colourful photographs.
My blogging journey has been one of peaks and troughs during the past five years. When I first started out, I really had no idea what to do with my blog. It was very much a learn-as-you-go process. I like to think that now it is more settled, more streamlined, and conveys the message and energy that I intend to display. I decided to focus my SpookyMrsGreen blog on my daily life experiences as a young mother, a freelance writer, and a spiritual adventurer. You might also like to read my author blog, Paranormal Author Catherine Green, which is far more focused on books and writing, and this month is the platform for the #AtoZChallenge.
As per the rules of accepting the Versatile Blogger Award, I will now share links to some blogs that I follow, and that I would like you, my readers and friends, to check out if you are not already familiar with them.
Alex Laybourne – The Prince of Horror. I have nominated Alex previously for a blog award, but I find his work both entertaining, informative, and accessible. We are both young parents with growing families (him more than me!), and we are both exploring the world of publishing and becoming bestselling authors in our respective genres.
Brummy Mummy of 2 – I discovered Emma’s blog less than a month ago, and already I feel like we are kindred spirits. She writes about her experiences as a mother, and her account of child rearing is both hilarious and terrifying.
So You Want to Be a Writer? – This is a blog I found only recently, through the #AtoZChallenge. I am keen to read more, and follow Inger on her journey to authorhood.
Gareth S. Young – Another blog that is new to me. I also found Gareth via the #AtoZChallenge, and I like what I see on his blog.
Kate Surfs – I think I may have nominated Kate before, and I am not sure that she participates in blog awards, but hey-ho, hers is a blog that I follow regularly, and one that I recommend to my parent friends. She offers practical advice, a holistic approach to parenting, and makes me feel a whole lot better about the way I educate my children.
And now, I am to share 7 things about me that you might not already know. Here goes!
1. I have two pet turtles, originally named Duck and Ashton, but now renamed Topsy and Tim by my daughter.
2. I like collecting trinkets. My collections are small at the moment, since my house is overcrowded, but I like having things in boxes. You know, coins, badges, Tarot cards, etc. Oh, and I have Whimsy ornaments and thimbles that have followed me from childhood.
3. I love dolls’ houses. We currently have three in our small house, and I dream of the day when I can once again own a proper wooden Victorian or Edwardian style house that will be a collector’s piece, and not a toy. We do have a wooden dolls’ house, but it is a very popular toy, and has the scars to prove it.
4. My work uniform includes pyjamas and a big, red, cuddly dressing gown. OK, I may have shared this detail before, but never mind!
5. My husband is a Chartered Waste Manager, and a real-life ‘Swampy.’ That means I have to explain everything that I dare to throw in our general waste bin, and I spend a lot of time washing out sweet wrappers (yes, really!), jars, bottles, foil pie cases and crisp packets so that they can be recycled. And I fight a constant battle to remove piles of used batteries, broken toys, worn out clothes and shoes. My husband hates to throw things out. Because, you know, they might come in useful one day!
6. I have a rare genetic eye disorder called Lymphodoema Distichiasis. Even my doctors look at me blankly when I tell them. I am a long-term patient at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. They can’t discharge me because the condition is, so far, incurable. It basically means that I live in pain most days, my vision is slightly blurry, and my eyes do not produce enough tears due to excessive scarring on my corneas. Despite this, I live a normal life. Well, normal for me, anyway.
7. I have not lived a glamorous life, but it is a happy one. The furthest I have lived away from home is mid Wales. I come from a small town near Stoke-on-Trent. I lived in Manchester for a while, and now I live just across the border in South Cheshire.
And now, for my fellow nominees:
Please thank the person who nominated you for the award.
Include a link to their blog.
Select several blogs that you follow.
Nominate these bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Share 7 items of interest about yourself.
Full details about the Versatile Blogger Award can be found on the official website.