I have the great honour to have been given the Sunshine Award and the Fabulous Sugar Doll Blogger Award, both by Catherine Andrako of A Thousand Clapping Hands. Catherine, thank you! Catherine is an artist and a former dancer, creative to her last twirling atom, and I urge you to check out her site of ‘Art, Letters, Visual Delights and Strange Coincidences’.
Footnote: I also got a nomination from Roberta McDonnell of the divinely named Subliminal Spaces, so a heartfelt ‘thanks’ goes to her too.
As with most awards, there must now be speeches and games. For the Sugar Doll I have to tell you 10 interesting things about myself.
I once volunteered for an experiment in ESP. I sat in a room and was told to close my eyes and think of nothing while someone in another room beamed thoughts at me. A researcher put wires on my head to record my brain patterns and see if any communication was taking place. To help me zone out he put a swirly mandala on the wall and played me white noise through headphones.
With some difficulty, I locked in on the husky hiss in my headphones.
After a while I began to hear voices. Inside my head. Very faint, but definitely people talking.
Eureka, was this ESP? I heard the crackly whisper of a jingle, and then … was that Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer? It was Radio 1. Being picked up on the 30 metres of unshielded headphone cable from the white noise generator in the next room.
And so I went on for half an hour. Trying not to notice things that would obviously spoil the game, being sucked into busy diversions and then remembering I was meant to be relaxing. When my time was up, the researcher showed me my results unhappily. ‘This is what your brain waves should have looked like,’ he said, and pointed to some sleepy undulations along the bottom of a graph. ‘And this is you.’ He showed me a frantic jagged line like a seismograph about to freak.
‘You know your equipment is picking up Radio 1?’ I said.
‘No one else has heard it,’ he muttered, and I was out on my ear.
This probably tells you a few interesting-ish things about me.
1. I simply can’t ‘think of nothing’.
2. When I was a child I wanted to be in The Avengers, getting up to peculiar derring-do in leafy parts of London.
3. At college I was in a band. So I know that long cables can pick up the radio.
4. I love using things for an unintended purpose, which is why I remember things like #3.
5. I can never resist an adventure to add to the writing diary, which is why I answered the advert to take part in the ESP experiment.
6. I like living in London because it’s the best place in England to find these sort of adventures. Although I have tried not to ruin anyone else’s experiments.
7. My best adventure was the time I turned up for a dance class at Pineapple Studios and found a film crew holding auditions.
8. I’m not good at right and left. And I took up dance just four years ago. But I decided what the heck.
9. To my utter astonishment I was hired. For two weeks of night rehearsals in a deserted station, I was a professional dancer.
10. As with all properly given awards, there should now be a musical interlude. This is what my friends were all scrutinizing, trying to spot me. Honestly, I’m there somewhere.
Speeches done. Now there’s the serious business of the onward nominations. I’m going to pass both awards on together, as Catherine did. I have to nominate 12 recipients, which isn’t nearly enough as I want to thank all of you who comment, encourage and spur me on, and the even wider circle whose blogs I regularly enjoy – as evidenced by the list on the right. But here goes – and don’t forget to leave me a comment with a link to your 10 answers, if you have the energy to do them.
Cat Woods at Words from the Woods
Paul Greci’s Northwriter
Natalie Whipple’s Between Fact and Fiction
Suzy Hayze’s Tales of Extraordinary Ordinariness
John Simpson’s Running After My Hat
Darcy Pattison’s Fiction Notes
Janna Qualman’s Something She Wrote
KM Weiland’s Wordplay
Jon Paul’s Where Sky Meets Ground
Maribeth Graham’s Writing Like Crazy
Jane Kennedy Sutton Jane’s Ride
Catherine Ryan Howard’s Catherine, Caffeinated