I’m finally getting around to replying to these wonderful, thoughtful nominations you lovely people have given me. I apologise that it has taken me this long, it’s not out of disrespect or a lack of thanks.

As I’ve mentioned before when I received the Dragon’s Loyalty Award I was determined not to do these awards on this blog. However, someone had thought of me after receiving their own nomination, and ignoring it became much harder. I admit this isn’t entirely what I had in mind when I created CookieBreak, but I wouldn’t feel right ignoring these now. You didn’t have to nominate me, but you did and I am grateful! 🙂

This Award is created to highlight and promote Inspiring Bloggers.

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So, let’s kick this off! I have received two awards recently from two very lovely people. The first one was the Starlight Bloggers Award, given to me by the very sweet BellaBounce, and the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award was given to me by my lovely blogging friend and one of my first followers, K. J. Chapman. BellaBounce is a trampoline coach, and K. J. Chapman is a fellow writer. Do take a look at their blogs if you haven’t already, they are both very worth a read! I will start with the Starlight Award since that came first.

This Award is created to highlight and promote Inspiring Bloggers.

The Starlight Blogger award was created to help highlight and promote inspirational bloggers and their blogs. The award is totally friendly and you don’t have to do it, but I hope my 3 questions leave you inspired enough to do so!

Here are the rules for the STARLIGHT Blogger Award:

Show off your award by posting the picture of it.
Thank the person who gave you the nomination.
Answer the 3 questions given to you.
Pass on the award to at least six of your fellow bloggers and let them know of it.
Give your nominees 3 questions to answer.

Now, I will say right away that not too much has changed since the last award, and I already hardly knew anyone then! I will skip the nominating-part – again, not because I’m ungrateful but simply because I don’t know anyone. Should this happen again in a year from now I’m sure things will be very different! 🙂

BellaBounce asked me these three questions:

What is your ‘day job’?

I work in a library as a Library Attendant. I do a bit of everything from desk shifts and talking to students on the library chat to repairing books. And of course the best part is that I can take books out, too! Sometimes they decide to throw out old books, and I can take the ones I want home with me… Something I have taken advantage off a couple of times!

Share a picture you find inspiring…

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It’s an image by my favourite photographer, Sarah Moon. Most of her work is quite dark, a little twisted-fairytale like, and the colours are fantastic. Her quotes are just as inspiring and I came back to her work a lot in my last two years of studying Photography at uni.

Do you have either a word you made up and what it means to you or an unusual dictionary word?

I make up quite a lot of words but they tend to be new, creative swear words so I probably shouldn’t mention them on here!

Oh, also…. Last night we were having baked potato with beans, cheese and bacon. We love our bacon crispy, and in my excitement I may have slipped the word Crispon! If you ever felt like there needed to be a short word for crispy bacon, you now have one!

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Now, onto the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank and link the blogger who awarded you.

Answer the questions the blogger has provided.

Award 10 other bloggers.

Create 10 questions and notify your chosen bloggers of their award.

These are the ten questions K. J. asked:

What is your most prized possession?

I usually try not to get too attached to my possessions (would ‘my cat’ sound awful?) but there is one thing – or rather three things – I am pretty proud of!

most prized possession

Earning my green karate belt was the first belt I really felt I had earned, and worked hard for. It’s not just the belt I’m proud of, it’s the rest of the gi as well and all the work I’ve put into it. If this house burnt down I’d likely try to save it, easily replaceable as it is. Although chances are I’d be too scared to run back into a burning room.

(Of course I’ve now thought of more, like my BA degree certificate – shows you what my priorities are!)

Where is your favourite place in the world?

Definitely our house! It took us a while to get there but we got there in the end and now we’re just grateful to have a home of our own again. It’s my happy-place and hopefully will be for many years to come.

my happy place

This is the view from our bedroom window. It’s very nice and quite around here even though we’re pretty close to the other university (not my uni, the other one).

What actress would you pick to play you in a film of your life?

Wow, now we’re thinking ahead! I doubt anyone would willingly sit through a film of my life, but maybe if we could get Jennifer Lawrence to play me… We look nothing alike, I should say, but I adore her a lot. Failing that, I’ll play me. I’m a perfectionist so I’m probably the safest bet. (Honestly, I doubt any self-respecting actress would be interested. Don’t they have a new X-Men film or something equally exciting to do?)

What film title sums up your life?

Hmm….. This may need more consideration.

What is your go to karaoke song?

Ha, I don’t do karaoke and if you had ever heard me sing you’d know why!

What is your favourite aspect of blogging?

The actual blogging is quite fun but I love the feedback. Actually hearing back from people means that someone is interested enough to read this, which is great because I know I’m not wasting my time. But also I love knowing how people feel about something I’ve done. Good comments as well as negative ones can be good as long as they are honest, and I can do something with them. Someone simply saying ‘LOL’ is the most infuriating thing! If you have nothing to say…

Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it?

Spiders. They are evil, and I fully support my cat eating them.

What is your favourite book?

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That’s difficult! I don’t think I can chose just the one, so I will pick two… series. Sorry. I love everything written by Karen Miller – especially the Godspeaker series since that was the first one I read by her -, and the last series I started I also fell in love with very quickly. That was The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, and I’m happy to say that I’ve read all of them and am dying to watch the TV series they made. I don’t care if it’s bad, but I’m addicted enough to have to see it.

Tell me something that annoys you.

Cyclists thinking that traffic laws don’t apply to them. If you are using the road they apply, mkay? Don’t ignore that red light in front of you. It means you need to stop, whether you’re driving a car, a bike, or whatever it is you’re driving. I’ve seen cyclists get annoyed with other people because said other people followed the common, well-known traffic rules perfectly, but the cyclist didn’t. At least two have nearly crashed into me because they didn’t stop even though their light was red, and then shook their head at me.

If you’re a cyclist you’re participating in traffic, just like everybody else. The same rules apply to you. Don’t ignore red lights. Or people.

Tell me something that inspires you.

Honest feedback. Someone telling me that they’ve loved something I’ve written is a huge motivation to write more. Equally, someone being honest with me and telling what didn’t work for them also helps me improve. I appreciate both, and they both make me want to do better next time.

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