Wednesday, August 10, 2011

There are more good people than bad

Okay, to counterract the insane stuff I've been watching on my television, as parts of this country tries its hardest to destroy itself, I've got some fun things to report on.

Today, Jen at A book, A girl, A Journey passed a meme onto me. It's a fun one so I thought I'd give you lot a hint into my psyche by answering the questions. Incidentally, if you want a peek at her writing, you can read part of her first chapter at Blackbird in my Window. If you're not following Jen by the way, you should, she's lovely.
So, here are my answers:

Show us the cutest most adorable picture of your favorite animal.

(Picture of Giraffe removed).

Because giraffes don't get enough love.

You have five seconds to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Choose one friend who would save your butt and tell us why you choose them.
Jen chose her husband and I'm going to copy her here. Except I'm going to choose my husband, not hers, because that would be weird. I haven't even met him. Although he looks rather cute in that picture on her blog (sorry Jen!) but no, my husband – well, partner (seeing as bigamy isn't allowed and I, uhh, haven't got a divorce yet. Don't hate me) - is the most awesome, all round together guy I know, and I don't doubt for a second that he will take care of us when the Zombie Apocalypse comes.

Share a quote with us.
'Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason'
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Thanks Claudia)

I know you had trouble choosing just one, let's have another.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain'.
If anyone knows whose quote that is, please can they let me know?

Using exactly 27 words tell us your life story.
Grew up, moved across the country. Married, had kids, moved back then back again. Went to uni, husband left. Found new love, started writing, penniless but happy.

Please do not throw your hands up in the air. This is not a stick up.
Not possible. One of my arms doesn't work properly :)

All the dead rock legends live again. You're standing in a fifty mile long line for:
Umm Does Elvis Costello count as a rock legend? Although, he's not dead.

Describe yourself using six words that start with the third letter of your middle name.
Natural, naïve (apparently), nerd, nocturnal, not neat.

What is your middle name? (This is for research purposes only. Your response will not affect your chances of employment.)

I'm not sure how many I was supposed to tag with this but the questions are fun, so anyone who wants to have a go at this one should do it.

Also, I received this award last week:

(Picture of Liebster award removed).

I'm really pleased. This is my first ever award and I received it from two people. The first was
Abby at Something to Write about, who awarded it to me last Friday. She's a fairly new blogger but has already become part of the community. The second, on Saturday, was Krista from I Take the Pen. I credit her with finally persuading me to try out flash fiction in a non-scary environment!

The rules of the award are as follows:

The Liebster Award (meaning “friend” in German) is meant to connect us even more and spotlight new bloggers who have less than 200 followers – but hopefully not for long. The rules are:

1.Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2.Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3.Post the award on your blog.
4.Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the Internet – other writers.
5.And best of all – have fun and spread the karma!

It was difficult to pick out five people for this, not least because three of the people I had picked out received it whilst I was too busy watching things burn to write a blog post, but here are five blogs that you should check out if you haven't already:

Claudia Moser, at The Story. Whatever life throws at her, she always does her best to come up smiling.
Lauren F. Boyd: My Path to Publication. She's working hard to get her work out there and is generously sharing her experiences.
Rebecca Bradley, at Life in Clarity. I love Rebecca, she's in a similar place to me, writing wise, and I feel like we have a lot of things in common.
Rebecca Kiel. She compares making jelly (by which I've just realised she, of course, means jam. Jelly is jello in America, right?) to writing and made me look at a blue square to make my climax hotter. How can I not love that?
Lastly, and I probably shouldn't do this because although she writes, it's not a writing blog and she doesn't often post but Neon Stitches is written (occasionally) by someone special :)

I hope you find something to enjoy among that little lot.


  1. Hey, Sarah! You made my night with this award!!!! You are so sweet to choose me from all the many wonderful blogs out there as one of the recipients of this award.
    Thank you so much! I'm so flattered and humbled! :)

  2. Sarah, thank you so much for the award! I am honored. And, believe me, I would not be quite so excited to make Jello. I've had the stuff and thinks is kind of strange. I think jelly is a lot like jam only without the seeds:). At least that is the distinction my friend made on his little farm two hours outside of Chicago. Ask someone in Texas, and you might get a completely different description. Thanks again!

  3. Hi Sarah,

    I hope you're staying safe over there. I've been quite worried as I've got friends in Nottingham. Sent a message to the Notts police saying thanks.

    I hope you and yours are all insulated from the "protests"--and well.

  4. Love that photo!!
    And I hope your country stops the descruction xx

  5. Thank you Sarah, you are so sweet! Somthing to write tonight when I will be home :)))

  6. Thanks for the very kind award Sarah. I will try and get it up in the next couple of days. I am now off to check out the other four blogs you've recommended :)

    Also loving the giraffes!

  7. I'm still in shock with what's going on in your part of the world. That even out does the hockey-riot mess that happened here a few months ago.

    This is the coolest tag game I've seen yet. I'd pick my hubby too. He knows how to survive in the wilderness. :D

  8. Love your answers to the questions. When I saw the news I looked to see where you are located in respect to London, and I'm glad you're OK. Oh and Jelly is seedless jam. Jello is totally different.

  9. I think giraffe love is a good antidote to the zombie apocalypse.

    Which seems to be going on in England right now. Seriously. Do they even know why they're destroying things? "Everybody else is doing it" sounds like a zombie answer to me.

    We already had our zombie apocalypse in the US. All they needed to do was elect zombies to Congress.

    The reason zombies eat brains? They don't have any of their own.

  10. Congrats on the awards! I love giraffes, too. That's a fab photo! :)

  11. congrats on the award! I love your quote about dancing in the rain. giraffes are cool too.

  12. Thank you for the kind words and the link to my chapter!

    I'm glad you picked your husband and not mine since we live in the western U.S. and that would be kinda far away during a Zombie Apocalypse. lol!

    I totally love giraffe's too,and that pic is too cute for words. I also like the Emerson quote. He has so many good ones!

  13. Congrats on the award! I enjoyed your meme. I think my wife would also choose me if there was a zombie Apocalypse, too. Not Jen's husband. Like you said, that would be weird.

    I gave you a shout-out and some awards on my blog today, just so you know. :)

  14. Ah! Thanks so much for sharing the LOVE! I love the meme! Fun stuff!

  15. Loved the title of this post - a good reminder in a week when the mindless minority have been rampaging through our cities.
    Love your giraffe too!

  16. Congratulations on the award!

    Love the meme!(Would you mind if I snagged it for a (possible) future post?) The giraffe picture is so cute! :)

  17. Congrats on the award. I love the answers too - I think the giraffe alone could calm the hearts and minds of the restless youth here in Old Blighty :)

  18. Congratulations! And choosing Jen's husband would be weird. Be sure you husband remembers to double-tap those zombies.

  19. Yay for you! So glad you chose your own husband because I agree that could be weird. :P

  20. Okay, the questions on this meme are just plain awesome. Great idea, and I love the giraffe pic you chose. When we went to Africa last year, giraffes were my favorite animal to watch for. :)

    Have a great week!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  21. Lauren - you deserve it honey.

    Rebecca - You're very welcome, and I can't believe I forgot the difference between jam and jelly between England and America!

    Nick - thanks for the best wishes. I was far enough away to be safe but near enough to get concerned at one point!

    Michelle - It all seemed to get rained off, thank goodness!

    Claudia - you deserve it. You always make me feel better.

    Rebecca - there was no way I couldn't pass it on to you!

    Stina - hubbies rock!

    Matthew - a perfect description of the best people I know :)

    Jenny - thank you so much for thinking about me x

    Anne - that is the best explanation for riots, ever!

    Talli - yay, another giraffe lover!

    Missi - that quote is an old favourite. I try and remember it always :)

    Jen - also, he might be busy saving you!

    David - thank you so much. And isn't it grand when wives think their husbands are the best in the world at fighting zombies :)

    Abby - thank you for giving it to me!

    Paula - sometimes we need reminding!

    Golden Eagle - Of course I wouldn't mind. Share the fun, I say!

    Jamie - You've got it! We'll make everyone in the country adopt a giraffe. Ah, if you only ran the country...

    Alex - I told him and he even looked it up to make sure he'd be ready ;-)

    AA - indeed! Plus I'd have some explaining to do :)

    Angela - Oh wow, Africa. Lucky lucky you!

  22. It's nice to know a bit more about you, Sarah.

  23. you're right, giraffe's totally don't get enough love.

  24. J.L. Campbell - no doubt more info will slowly drip out over time ;-)

    Jenny - I know. I blame the meerkats for becoming popular and cornering the market :)

  25. I enjoyed the variety in this post. Lots of bloggers to check out here. In the meantime, I'll put in my good word for giraffes -- I've always been drawn to their grace.


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