I got hit with a double whammy today! Two different bloggers, living in different countries, nominated me for the same thing – the Liebster Award. Many thanks to Gretchen and Nam H Nguyen for their thoughtfulness.
Now, down to business. I am singley ( I know. It’s not a word. I just made it up this very minute!) double responding. Which means I am pulling it all together into this one post.
BLOGGING – the why’s and wherefores
I came to the world of blogging as a respectable, mature aged retiree. Some would question my use of the word respectable. And even mature. I started this literary journey in August 2016. Why? ‘Cos I love to write. And I have this uncontrollable itch if I don’t. The inner muse or scribe or whatever you choose to call it just has to come out and bask in the sunshine of the blogosphere. Choosing the name for my blog was easy. I already owned a domain name – soulgifts.com.au. I just needed a name for my blog. I love writing stories, poems, all sorts of stuff. And alliteration. Telling Tales fell into my laptop. Followed in short order by Creating magic with words. Voila! Blog name and tag.
FAVOURITES of all shapes and sizes
Books – gosh. So many. Aussie authors – Bryce Courtenay, Colleen McCullough, Judy Nunn all tell great stories. Fiction founded in history. Lots of others too. My tastes are eclectic. Then there’s the more serious writers. Top of the list is Carolyn Myss, followed by Wayne Dyer and many more. And I have heaps of reference books and tomes on all manner of subjects I have a keen interest in or dip my toe into for a taste.
Movies – that’s easy. Animated kids movies tops the list. Have you seen Inside Out? Or Frozen? Ice Ages ? Madagascar? Finding Nemo? I’ll have to stop…. Seriously, you should. Really! There is more in these masterpieces for us retirees than there is for the rug rats. When we were dating way back in the days when the dinosaurs roamed the earth, we’d go to the one and only Drive In in town. They had a none drive-in night once a week where you took along a picnic basket and a blanket and watched Walt Disney cartoons. There’s other favourites too – Avatar, Star Wars, Big Bang Theory (which I always call Brain Drain for some reason!)
Countries – Australia of course. I have lived here most of my life. This country offers everything from deserts to snow and anything in between. Have driven, bussed, railed and flown across vast expanses of it and not seen the half of it. Mind you, I have a keen interest in many other places in this world of ours. Where would I go ? Finland. That’s where I was born. But while there I would hop, skip and jump around all over the place. I have a friend living in Ireland and another in England who I would just have to visit if I were up that way. The pyramids fascinate me, so Egypt is a must. Ancient Greece intrigues me, so that’s a stopover. Eat, Pray, Love entices me to visit Italy and Bali. My children were born in India and Philippines so they are on the list….oh, there’s lots ‘n lots more. And I simply could not leave the house to go on these travels without my camera, handbag and The Retired Husband.
Drum roll time – these are my fellow bloggers who I think are well worth a nomination, and a visit. There is no onus on any of you to accept this award. Some bloggers prefer not to. This is simply my way of shining a light on you and your words :
A fellow Aussie and retiree recently found. Her posts are thought provoking and beautifully written.
I am in awe of this 16 yo poet , Joe.
A man of few words, but boy are they powerful!
Says ‘ Dare to tag along’ to ‘help sustain me when I’m in need’
If you live the city and want to know what life on a farm is like, this is one great way of finding out. Very funny read.
Paul likes to sprinkle the world with daily doses of love.
© Raili Tanska