So, I was nominated by and I feel I should have prepared a speech and got my hair done. In the meantime, I would recommend clicking the link and having a little read of Mybookworld24.

Now, the rules…


  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select up to 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them, and provide the link to the post you created.

Okay, then. How did start?

Well, lordy. For those who don’t know me in day-to-day life, I should explain: I have an odd accent. I don’t think I’ve met anyone, in my adult life, who hasn’t been utterly perplexed by it. By rights, I should sound like a mixture of south London and east Devon, but the sound that comes out is a mish-mash of South African, Canadian, Australian and Irish – so I’m told.

If you’ve read any of this blog, you’ll know that I don’t really talk like people. And, hopefully, you think I’m funny. In any case, I do. Put all that together – accent, word choices and humour – and I’m a bit of an odd-duck.

Now, I suspect there are three ways of tackling this. Option one – become a hermit and never speak to another living soul. The problem with this is that no vow of silence would be enough to restrain me. I provide a near-constant running commentary for my life. Option two – elocution lessons. The problem is that for every success story is a gameshow host. I would provide examples, but I don’t fancy getting sued. Option three – turn it into a career.

When I started this blog, two years ago, I didn’t know I was going to write a book. I currently have five out there in the ether. I can’t begin to guess what might happen in the next two years, but I’ll guess – all manner of things. (Looking forward to the film deal…)

My advice to new bloggers…

I only really have two pieces of advice for writing – anything, really.

Read everything. Really, everything.

Don’t give up. We all have a wobble from time to time. The important thing is to keep going.

My nominations…