I was tagged by the lovely Holly Evans to tell you 20 things about myself! As some of you who have tried before are very well aware, I don’t usually do tags but I do love getting to know my favourite writers and fellow bloggers! There is more to us than writing books and maintaining a blog, and I love reading who they are beyond that.
So, I thought, why not? Hopefully some of you will find this post interesting 🙂 It will also give my new followers (HELLO!!) a chance to get to know me a little better 🙂
Here ya go!
1) I didn’t always know that I wanted to be a writer (shocking, I know) When I was a teenager I really wanted to study Psychology, and when I went to university I studied Photography. Got my degree in it, too! It’s collecting dust 🙂 I don’t regret that I studied Photography, however. It was a great course, and I earned some very amazing skills – you never know when they might come in handy 😉 I’m also the first person in my family to get a degree!
2) I’ve got my own darkroom! My SO built it for me as a birthday present in our attic. I’ve got the chemicals, the enlarger, and everything else you need to develop and print some decent black and white photographs from film. Sadly I don’t have the time for it right now. It takes time to print from film, and isn’t something I’m happy to spend twenty minutes here and there doing.
3) As everyone who has ever set their eyes on this blog will know, I’m a cat person. But did you know I’m a guinea-pig person, too? When I was growing up I wasn’t allowed cats or dogs, but my sister and I were allowed guinea-pigs – our house never went long without one. I owned four in total – Toni, Murkel, Buffy, and Charlie.
4) I grew up with a rottweiler. She wasn’t mine, she belonged to my aunt who lived in the flat over my grandma’s, who I spent the days with when I was very young. My aunt was out at work, so the rottweiler came down to us so she wouldn’t be lonely. She was a puppy when I was a toddler, and I have pictures of me sleeping on her back while she’s sleeping on her blanket <3 I tried to find one for this post but it would seem that I’ve lost it 🙁
5) My parents have a huge garden, and when I was a child I wanted to be a gardener like them. I wanted to make pretty flowers grow, so I asked them for my own little spot. I had pretty big ideas for it, and dreamed of arranging my forget-me-nots to look like a horse (did I mention how tiny my spot of soil was? This was doomed.) I didn’t have the patience for it, and eventually my parents planted strawberries in it – and arrangement I was very okay with. I love strawberries <3 These days my plants die just from being near me, and our garden probably hates me 🙂
6) When I was a very young child (before I started school) I had recurring nightmares of earthquakes which killed everyone I loved. They terrified me, and there were nights when I was scared to fall asleep. I have no idea what this says about me, but if any of you fancy attaching some meaning to it go ahead. I can’t say I’m not curious 😛
7) If I trust you, it’s a big deal. Trust doesn’t come easily to me, so if I told you that I trust you and maybe even discussed ideas with you, you should know how much you actually mean to me.
8) I’m very paranoid. It was a lot harder when I was a teenager and new to it, but I cope. Most of the time.
9) My BFF and I have actually known each other our whole lives. When we were babies my grandma and her Mum went on walks together with us in our prams. She is the first person I remember playing with (it’s my earliest memory, as far as I can tell), and we’re still talking now despite living in different countries. We don’t get to talk often, but when we do we pick things up effortlessly, and we consider each other sisters.
10) I’ve got a massive family, but I hardly ever see them. My grandma has five children, all of those five are married and have at least one child, and out of those eight cousins one has two children herself. I don’t consider myself close to most of them, and value my extended family a lot more.
11) I love cooking and baking and find it very therapeutic. I don’t have the time to do it often, but when I do I enjoy it. Especially baking. And who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked cookies wafting through the house? <3
12) When I was a child, one of our neighbours adopted three kittens. I and two friends thought that they weren’t treating the kittens very well (we thought they weren’t holding them right, kept them in cages, and we even sneaked into their garden to get evidence pictures of the ‘dirty’ food bowls – you know, to send to the police) and founded the ‘cat protection club’ (*ahem*). It was just us three, but we took our duties very seriously. We smuggled milk out of my kitchen to feed the cats, and even considered going to the police when we thought the cats were harmed. I don’t think we ever did, though. We were six years old.
13) When I was a teenager I read a lot of thrillers (primarily Karin Slaughter), and tried writing some myself. I could never get past the opening line, though, so they never progressed.
14) I LOVE pasta and risotto, and could happily eat nothing else for the rest of my life.
15) I’m not religious, and never have been – instead, I believe that the existence of God can neither be proven nor disproven, therefore either could be true but we can’t know either way.
16) I used to do karate but eventually stopped last year, because I didn’t have the time for it and ended up more stressed out than anything. I miss it, and the moment I can afford to be a full time writer I’m back in that dojo.
17) I never ate a burger until I met my SO and moved here.
18) I’m a gamer, and usually spend my weekends and evenings after work playing something. My greatest addictions are Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Harvest Moon and Pokemon.
19) When I was a child my parents hired one of my sister’s friends to play Santa for me at Christmas, and it scared the hell out of me. I hid under the table and refused to come out until he left.
20) Buying stationery makes me happy, and Paperchase is my happy place. It’s impossible for me to walk into the store and not buy something, and I’ve never regretted a single notebook.
As is tradition I’m quite late to this, so I won’t tag anyone. If this is the first you’ve seen of this tag and you’d like to do it, go ahead 🙂
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