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20 Facts About Me

A Writer's MusingsI 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!

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From the last project I started.

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 🙂

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Looking at all these pictures of strawberries has made me crave strawberries! Pinterest

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

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Doesn’t this just make your mouth water? <3 Pinterest

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.

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All hail the flying spaghetti monster! Source

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.

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All of these are mine, and were earned.

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.

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My two newest additions <3

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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17 Comments

  1. Great facts! My daughter would eat pasta all day everyday if I let her!! 🙂

  2. I love these, thanks for joining in! 😀 There’s something so therapeutic about buying pretty new notebooks! I came really close to doing a psych degree but did horses instead 🙂

    • My pleasure! I love learning about what other writers get up to when they don’t write, and it was fun to think about! 🙂
      Well, they say that horses have great empathy and can sense your emotions like no other animal, so you could argue that a slight hint of psychology remained 😉

  3. Wow, these facts are pretty interesting: photography,baking, gardening, and karate! Wow! I totally agree with paperchase. It is a truly stationery heavan!!

    • I want to stress that I don’t garden, hardly ever bake, haven’t done any serious photography in a year, and don’t have time for karate at the moment 😛

  4. These are amazing facts! I love learning about people and new facts.
    I love cats but I also have two Guinea Pigs called Mac and Milo. Me and my wife think Mac is trying to take over the world…he seems to be attracted to laptops and gadgets…we think he is trying to communicate to someone.

    I love the idea of a dark room. It reminds me of something from a horror film. I love the cat protection club, sounds so great at that age. I agree with the God aspect too.

    Each one was brilliant and made me smile. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you! I do, too 🙂

      I loved my guinea pigs, they always greeted me when I came home and I read to them many times – they were very attentive! Maybe Mac is communicating with our cat? She’s obsessed with my SO’s laptop, too.

      I’m happy I made you smile! 🙂 I do aim to please ^^

      • Aww your Guinea pigs sounded amazing 🙂 oh maybe they are in cahoots. I do think he is planning to take over the world after all 🙂

  5. So many great facts about you!
    I’ve yet to try a burger, truth be told.
    I also have a large family, but we don’t see each other much — half are in Australia!
    Thanks for sharing these truths about you. You have so many diverse interests. And amazing ones at that! I love how you have a darkroom. I hope you find the time to use it!
    Stay well my dear <3

    • :O WHAT! That can’t stand, Faith, get over here right now and I’ll take you to my favourite pub! 🙂

      I’d love to have more time for my darkroom. My SO built it for me as a birthday present and I feel bad that I don’t have more time for it, but I can’t just use it for half an hour here and there. I would want two hours at least, and I just don’t have that :/

      • I’m coming over to England in the fall if all goes well. Maybe we’ll meet up for a burger 😉

  6. It’s neat to hear more about you. We have quite a few things in common. I love cooking. Baking is my favorite too! Hooray for games. I remember when I used to play Harvest Moon so much.
    I find it hard to trust others as well. I’m the same way. If I say it-it’s a big thing. 🙂
    I can relate to your earthquake nightmares. I used to have ones about tornados quite often and I’ve never experienced one. I think I was just afraid of one occurring, going through that and losing the ones I loved, even though the area I used to live in didn’t get many at all. Now I live in an area where there is 0 chance for any.
    I’m a paranoid person to. I was more that way when I was younger. I’m not so much anymore. I’ve learned that being that way all the time can drive me nuts.
    I’m not the religious type either. I used to believe when I was a child because my Mom may have slightly brainwashed me. lol. When I was in my early teens, I had my own views of things. I believe exactly what you stated. My SO was very religious as a child and decided to read the entire Holy Bible. Let’s just say some of the things in their changed his mind.
    I can’t believe you never ate a burger. :O
    I also have a large family and I don’t really know any of them.
    Sadly I’ve never had much experience with cats because I’m allergic.
    Thanks for sharing! It was fun to read.

    • Isn’t it odd? I’ve never experienced an earthquake, either, so I can’t explain what caused the nightmares. The area where I grew up was at no risk at all, so I’m not even sure where I might have gotten the idea from. I seem to remember they were usually caused by an erupting volcano, and they weren’t any where I grew up. I should really look into that ^^

      I agree, being paranoid all the time is bound to drive you mad!

      I used to believe, too, because my parents did. We went to church every Christmas and prayed before I went to bed, but they didn’t continue it.

      Right? Burgers are the food of God!! 😀 Especially when they have bacon and cheese <3

      I'm sorry to hear about your allergy. I'm quite lucky to never have had any serious allergies that really impacted me. I used to be allergic to hazelnut and my parents have a hazelnut tree in their garden, but that's as bad as it ever got.

      • I looked up disaster dreams and it mentioned ‘the fear of not knowing your future can be the reason why.’ It goes into detail on why your having a dream about a specific disaster. I don’t know how true these are. The tornado one doesn’t pertain to me at all. I never lashed out or have/had anger issues or any of the other mentioned. Here is the link if you want to check it out.
        http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamthemes/disasters-dream-symbols.htm

        Yes, with bacon and cheese! 😀

  7. OMG I LOVE PAPERCHASE IT’S AS GOOD AS WALKING INTO A SWEET SHOP

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