And the Winner Is...

Awards galore!

Thanks so much to Neurotic Workaholic, Lara Lacombe, and Deanie Humphrys-Dunne! *happy flail*

Here are the questions I was asked:

1. What's your favourite cancelled television show?
A lot of the old British ones. The Young Ones, Father Ted, Blackadder... Or is that not quite what you meant by cancelled?

2. Which show do you wish would get cancelled?
Well, I do wish music channels played more videos and fewer reality shows...

3. If you could meet any author, who would it be?
All of them? No, seriously, dead = Tolkien. Living = Neil Gaiman (at the moment, but I'd make a fool of myself with any author)

4. If you could relive high school, would you?
Relive how? With my current brain? I might. Just think, all that uninterrupted reading time...

5. Why would you want/not want to relive high school?
See above re: reading time. And with my current brain, I'd be a lot more outgoing.

6. If you could meet the characters of any book, which book would it be?
Ooh, I once wrote a post on characters I'd like to be friends with!

"...the members of The Babysitter's Club girls, Hermione and Jo March; I'd also love to be friends with Anne Shirley, Prince Caspian, and Anna Solden of Jean Little's From Anna. I'd like to know Luthien as well, not to mention Lord John Grey and Peter Wimsey. Then there's Calvin and Meg from A Wrinkle in Time, James Qwilleran of the Cat Who books... It seems that rather than a best friend, I'd like an entire group!"

7. What do you like best about writing/blogging?
Writing - I love the high of drafting, discovering characters and a story right in the moment of being born, and following the twists and turns and serendipitousness of their creation.
Blogging - all of you guys! The fun and excitement of friendliness.

8. How would you like to spend your summer vacation?
I'm currently fantasising about going to Turkey this summer. Unless someone invents the Star Trek transporter already, this will remain a fantasy. Plane tickets start at 1400$, before tax. All I want is a sandy beach...

I've got to share seven things about myself!

1. I'm a pile of opposites: I cringe at the thought of public speaking, but don't mind a conference or interview around a board table; I love email and face to face interaction but will avoid the phone whenever possible. And I don't even know why!

2. I love the card game King

3. A couple of weeks ago I got my first iPad! If you've got fun app suggestions, let me know!

4. I finally finished reading The Count of Monte Cristo in French! Review coming soon.

5. The other day I saw the intriguing, suspenseful British spy movie Page Eight, starring the ever-suave Bill Nighy.

6. Thanks to the movie, I discovered a new-to-me artist, Christopher Wood.

7. Here is the place I really want to go this summer: Kuşadası, especially Kadınlar Denizi, and Turkish markets.

I'm supposed to reveal ten things about myself, so I'll tack three on to the list above:

8. I don't like mushrooms. There, I said it.

9. I've donated to a couple of Kickstarter projects just for the thrill of, if the project hits the big time, being able to say "I was there when..."

10. I've invented the word 'fussling' to describe the all over petting/eating/back rubbing/kissing I give to my cats at least once a day. Can easily be applied to any pet, not just cats, though.

I'm going to be one of those freewheelers and say, if the award catches your eye, go ahead and nab it! But, okay, one catch: each of the above awards is now linked to this one as well:

So please share both awards together!

I have to report epic fail on the ROW80 front. I even got some feedback on a short story and still haven't edited it. ALL my motivation for editing seems to have evaporate, and now it's cold and rainy so not even the outdoors are an excuse. That's it! I'm going to start drafting something new, and see if I can't get a spring in my step again.

What're your foolproof methods for kickstarting your mojo?


Love Bill Nighy! Kick starting? One that never fails - listening to Erick Brown dvds on ipad of ipod. Brilliant!
DL Hammons said…
Congrats on the award! I laughed out loud at your uninterrupted reading time remark about re-living high school! :)
Zan Marie said…
That's a revealing post! Congrats on the awards, Deniz.
S.P. Bowers said…
I would never go back to high school. I'd end up with too many therapy bills. Hope the drafting worked.
Nas said…
Congratulations on the award! And it was lovely to read your answers! We got to know you a little better!

All the best!
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to go back to high school with a 16 year old's body but my current brain. I would like to think I'm smart enough to be outgoing instead of the wallflower I was back then, but who knows. :)
alberta ross said…
I'd hate to be back at school even with current brain:( great answers :)
Cherie Reich said…
Congrats on the awards!
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks everyone!

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