Knock me down with a feather!

liebster2 I’ve been nominated for another blog award!  The very kind J R Barker, the author of the children’s book The Adventures of the Frog Prince, nominated me for the Liebster Award.  I am deeply honoured, and very grateful.  There are, of course, some rules attached to this award, which I’ll do my best to obey.  The hardest one is that those I nominate should have small blogs with less than 200 followers.  It’s exceedingly difficult to be sure of how many followers any blog has, and the definition of ‘follower’ is a bit hard to figure out.  I’m not clear whether that means ‘direct’ followers (who subscribe to a blog) or ‘total’ followers (including Twitter, Facebook, and other follow schemes).  So, if you think I’ve got it wrong – I’m sorry, but I’m not a blog auditor LOL!

“The Liebster Award is a way for blogs with less than 200 followers to connect with other bloggers, share a little more about you, and a way to help promote other small blogs.”

How does this work? Here are the rules:

Post 11 Random Facts about Yourself.

Answer 11 Questions from you Nominator.

Visit the other 10 blogs that were nominated with you.

Nominate 11 Other Blogs with fewer than 200 Followers and ask them 11

Questions – NO TAG BACKS!

Visit your Nominees and Let them know they won the Award!

11 Random facts about myself:

I’m not a ‘teetotaller’ (though medication means I have to avoid alcohol) but I do strongly dislike drunkenness, over indulgence and drink driving of any kind (and yes – that includes disabled people who drink and drive electric scooters and such!).  I have always felt the same way!

I don’t use strong language and I don’t really like hearing it, either.  I understand its use in certain situations of extreme stress, such as combat.  There are certain words I don’t even like having to type into word filters so they can’t appear on my sites!

I suffer from short term memory problems, to the point of forgetting what I’m saying!  That said, I have a very good memory for some things.

I always wanted to be a full time author.  However, if pushed into employment, I dreamt of being a landscape gardener or working with animals – neither ever got close to happening!

I detest being called “Stevie”!

I’m an animal magnet.  I’ve never met a species that didn’t respond to me, though some individual animals have failed to do so.

I used to breed and hand rear cockatiels.

I despise any kind of prejudice.

I prefer toffee to chocolate.

I’m under orders from a dietician to eat virtually all the ‘unhealthy’ foods!

I love watching cricket, American football and ‘soccer’.  I’d watch baseball too, but it’s on way too late here in the UK.

Questions for me:

1. What is your favourite children’s book?

That takes some mental dredging!  I guess I’d have to say Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree.

2. Who’s your favourite story tale villain?

Believe it or not, I don’t think I have one.  I certainly can’t think of one, not from a children’s book.

3. Who’s your favourite story tale hero?

Again, I can’t think of one, not if we’re talking about children’s books.

4.  What’s your favourite fairy tale?

While I enjoyed them well enough, I don’t really have any that I’d regard as a favourite.

5. What’s your favourite childhood memory?

Christmas.  Not the gift giving/receiving bit.  The season – making things and decorating.  They were always happy times.

6.  Sweet or savoury?

Yes LOL.  Very mood dependent!  Mostly savoury, but sweet when the mood hits.

7. What genre of book do you prefer?

Tough one!  I guess I’d have to say epic fantasy.

8. Watching sport or playing sport?

Now, I’ve got no choice – I have to watch.  I was never sporty as a kid, but loved playing lawn bowls, cricket (well, bowling, anyway) and table tennis.

9. Cats or dogs?

Dogs!  No good telling cats that, though – they come to me whether I want them to or not LOL.

10. Name one story/ book that you feel has touched your life or changed it in some way.

That’s a difficult one.  How do you judge if a book has had a profound effect?  I mean, I learnt from George Orwell’s Animal Farm, my own attitudes were reinforced after I read Alan Paton’s Cry The Beloved Country, but my early writing was influenced by J R R Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, however that’s only partially true because I loved reading myths and legends.

11. Name one act of kindness that you have witnessed.

Myself being courteously assisted through a very difficult shop doorway by two youths, after they had checked with me that I required their assistance.  Why are shop doors so often on such tight springs that you need to be a muscle bound wrestler or a football lineman to open them?

My Nominees:

  1. Bite Size Canada
  2. Posed and Written
  3. Chris Allen: The Blog
  4. Lizzie Baldwin of mylittlebookblog
  5. Kathy and Sue-Ellen of Tartan Ink
  6. My Side of the Story
  7. Books are my Drug
  8. stephenedgerauthor
  9. DeAnna of Mommy’s Reading Break
  10. Luna’s Little Library
  11. Stories Are Forever – Mary Meddlemore

My Questions for Nominees:

  1. What’s your favourite colour, and why?
  2. Who has your favourite storyteller’s voice?
  3. Who’s your favourite children’s book illustrator?
  4. Do you have a favourite kind of non-fiction book?
  5. What was your favourite book you received as a gift?
  6. Black & White or Colour photographs?
  7. What’s your favourite movie, and why?
  8. Who are your favourite movie acting partnership (any genre)?
  9. What’s your favourite plant?
  10. Do you believe books should be compulsory reading just because critics have labelled them ‘classics’?
  11. Can a book be so morally bankrupt that it should never be published?
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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

16 thoughts on “Knock me down with a feather!

  1. What is it about swearwords that just grate? I know people say they’re just words (and yes I cuss from time to time) but there are certain words that just grate on the language receptor part of the brain.

    • I’ve been the same since childhood 😉 If any of us had ever sworn in front of our mother, I doubt our father would have let us live long! It became a habit to the point where I’ve been known to actually wince when people swear anywhere around me! And with our own kids, it meant I never had to be careful about what I said with them around 🙂

      • It’s fun to make up words though. ‘Oh flibbergibbet’ was a favourite one of mine for a while.

  2. Steve, thank you for stopping and liking a recent post. Congratulations on your award. I look forward to following your blog and learning more about the fine art of writing.

    Take care,


    • Thanks Jo 🙂 It’s certainly fun making discoveries about others 😉 Cockatiels are adorable – so full of personality and very devoted pets too!

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