...I return from a week or so of exploring some of Italy's greatest treasures to find that Milady Fury has awarded me with this trophy. Now, she has a Very Inspiring Blog of her own and here it is:
Rule Three - Share seven things about yourself. OK, let's have a bit of fun and keep up that holiday spirit:
1. I am nocturnal. Really. Most nights, I stay up way into the night and usually get my best story ideas at around two or three in the morning. Then I have to write them down of course.
2. I am addicted to liquorice. I can't just eat one piece, I have to eat half the bag. Unfortunately, this has led to longer than desirable sessions in the dentist's chair having my teeth deep cleaned or whatever they call it. As I have a pathological fear of dentists, I have reluctantly had to discipline myself to stay away from those enticing little bags of the delicious stuff.
3. I am terrified of almost every insect imaginable, with the possible exception of ladybirds and butterflies - but I still don't want them in my flat.
4. Apart from the many wonderful sites we visited in southern Italy, I became some sort of magnet for these delightful little lizards and fell in love with them. This one posed for his close up on a stone outside a temple in Paestum. Once I'd taken it, he scampered away.
5. I'm fascinated by Russian imperial history - especially Tsar Nicholas II and his ill-fated family. His whole reign was dogged by tragedy, resulting in the most appalling lack of judgement - especially over their almost total dependence on Rasputin, who convinced them that he was the only one who could help their haemophiliac son, Alexei, I have a long term - as yet unsatisfied - hankering to visit St Petersburg and see where they lived. One day...
6. In my angst ridden teenage years, I wrote poetry, and read everything by Rod McKuen I could lay my hands on. All these years later, I still enjoy his poems. I love their simplicity and emotion. Curling up with one of his books is one of my guilty pleasures.
7. If I had a time machine, I would hop into it and travel back to the 1880s and one of Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill's famous dinner parties. Somehow, I would wangle an invitation and enjoy a convivial evening of wit and repartee in the company of the lady herself - Winston Churchill's mother - Oscar Wilde, Lillie Langtry, and maybe even the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) might drop in...
Rules for this Award:
1.Thank the person who nominated you.
2.Add the Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3.Share 7 things about yourself.
4.Nominate a list of bloggers that inspire you.
5.Include this set of rules.
6.Inform your nomineesHere are my nominees:
Ute Carbone (Inside The Writer's Garret)