One Lovely Blog

Rosh from The Rose of Sharon Healing, a wonderful blog about hopeful and beautiful things from her adopted home of South Korea (and history!), had kindly nominated me for The Lovely Blog Award awhile ago. At the time I was already on an upswing – an emotional high full of hope and wishful thinking, and knew that it wouldn’t last. Unfortunately, this is a fact of life. Sometimes we’re in a good mood, sometimes we’re in a bad mood. Anyway, knowing this, I decided to secret this piece of honest kindness away until I needed it. And these past few days, I have been in need of a virtual hug.

Hug me!

Thank you Rosh! I hope you don’t mind that I kept your hug safe until I needed it.

Okay then! Let’s get down to business. The rules of this award are:

Seven things about myself? I’m going to take that to mean stuff I haven’t talked about already, just to make it difficult. Because I get a kick out of gossiping about myself honesty. Well, I’ve told you all about my aesthetic flaws, personality quirks and absence of religious faith, so I have to think about what I haven’t told you already. Ready? Here we go.


I can’t stand coffee. It gives me acid reflux – I taste it in my mouth for hours after I drink it, threatening to regurgitate. It also gives me, erm, digestion issues. Not that you needed to know that, it’s just I get lots of people who shout “YOU DON’T LIKE COFFEE?!” at me so I always have to explain why. Just figured I’d get that out the way by preempting the inevitable question. Yes, there are people in the world who don’t like and/or simply cannot enjoy coffee.

I am a tea drinker. Have been since I was ten years old. I cannot start the day without a cup of tea – to do so gives me a headache. I expect smokers experience the same thing if they can’t get that first cigarette, so it must be a withdrawal symptom. But tea doesn’t give a person lung cancer so as addictions go, I’m pretty happy with what I’ve got 🙂


My birthday is at the end of this month! I was born on the twenty-ninth of September, nineteen-eighty-nine. So I was able to experience the last three months of the glorious eighties before being raised by the indifferent and apathetic nineties.

I’m just kidding. After all, the nineties gave us the following awesome:

  • Xena
  • Spice Girls
  • Sailor Moon
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Pokemon
  • Power Rangers
  • The birth of the Elder Scrolls


I love travelling. I was lucky enough to have been raised by parents who loved travelling, so I caught the travel bug early. It helped that my dad worked for an airline so we got the staff travel discounts by hopping on planes that had spare seats. I’ve been to England (x3), California, Cambodia, New Zealand (x2, and what Aussie hasn’t visited Middle Zealand?), Tokyo (x2), Singapore, Dubai, Turkey (all over), and I’ve been on a two-week tour of central Europe which included: Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungry, Slovakia and Czech Republic.

And in case I haven’t talked about it enough already, on Thursday I shall embark on another adventure! This time, to Spain and Portugal for a two-week tour with Mum. So, so keen on this holiday. I don’t know what’s going to happen when I come back from it. I’m hoping I’ll have some sort of emotional epiphany and realise exactly how to live my life from now on. Bah, I should just get over myself and enjoy the damn holiday.


I love history and museums. The Hittite Museum in Ankara (Turkey) and the Pergamon Museum in Berlin (Germany) are my favourites so far. Yes, I’ve been to the British Museum. It was horribly organised and cluttered, like a flea market. I thought it was terrible. The one redeeming factor was that they got their grubby paws on the Rossetta Stone. But hey, each to their own, I suppose.

I completely geek out over this so maybe I’ll do some dodgy archaeological posts in the future (the discovery of Troy! Hatshepsut! The destruction of Minos!). Maybe. If I want to repel readers for some reason.


When I’m at work, I become Daria (oh! Add that to nineties awesome list). I think it’s a coping mechanism: if I stop caring, everything will be okay.

La la la, la la.

I wish I could be chirpy and happy and positive (like Unikitty) all the time but… but I’m at work. I get up at five, I’m at work for the pre-shift meeting at quarter to six, then it’s underground running around dodging falling rocks, or in the office running around and thinking too much until six in the evening. Then it’s bath, buffet, blog and bed. Well, it’s actually a shower and camp food for dinner – I just wanted to use alliteration.


… this is difficult. I’ve got four things so far and my mind is now stagnating. Do I have any other hobbies I haven’t mentioned? I don’t think so. I remember my mum signed me up for everything under the sun when I was a kid. I think it was because I wouldn’t leave the house otherwise. I was very much an indoors person. I’m not big on exercise, though I’m making myself do more because things are starting to click in strange places, which can’t be good.

A fact about me… Something about myself… I guess I’m a pretty boring person once you strip away the over-active imagination (which I like to think is pretty good, if I do say so myself). I don’t like ‘going out’, I don’t like to drink to excess (in vino veritas, after all, and no one wants to hear the truth (or so I find out the next morning)). My drink of choice is bloody mary. There we go. That can be number five.

My drink is Bloody Mary.


I’m a natural bitch. I don’t really want to be, but in real life I find it incredibly liberating to speak the scathing remarks that pass through my head (not in the blogosphere though – I think that’s because of the company I keep :o) you guys bring out the best in me). Because I work in the mines, the bitch act kind of works. Everyone is a… well, I’m in polite company now, so I won’t repeat what’s often said on minesites. Basically, if you can think of the worst word to use for a masculine appendage, and the worst word to use for a female, um, deppendage, then you’ve got a pretty good idea what two words are most frequently used out in the middle of this red dust-bowl. The former word can be used on its own, or with the suffix ‘head’. The latter word is just fine on its own, thank you very much.


Okay, I think I’m going a bit crazy trying to think up tidbits about myself. Oh, that gives me a good idea of what number seven can be:

When I was still at uni and I was trying to stay up really, really late because I was studying, my dreams started impeding my waking reality. I’d start to hear people. Not ‘voices’ as such (I had spoken to someone I knew who’s a psychologist and she swore I’m not carzy), but I could hear people having a conversation. Yet, there was no one there. At the same time I started getting flickers of something in my peripheral vision. I thought it was pretty cool, but recognised I was past the point of no return and had to retire to bed. Sometimes, I just need to do what my body is telling me and get some sleep.

Oh, and another fact about me? I’m an over-sharer. Let me know if I’ve been too much 🙂

My Nominations (in no particular order):

Please know that there is no obligation to follow the rules of this award – I’m nominating these people because I think they’re lovely. Whether they accept or not is entirely up to them.

Eliza Worner is a lovely fellow Australian and wholly sympathetic to the plights of the struggling author. Check out the details of her upcoming book, The Black Road.

Lola from Hit or Miss Books is always up for a friendly chat dissecting books and scarily has a very similar opinion to me. One of my first port of calls for recommendations.

Leiah from So, I read this book today. Leiah defines lovely. She is kind, supportive, and always giving and generous. She has too many qualities so please click the link and check out her blog!

Shelby from Nature Preserve Me –  seriously, seriously nice person who I feel so lucky to have accidentally replied to her comment when I was aiming for some else. I said something completely unrelated, but she replied with tact and grace. Because she’s that kind of person.

Kendi has written a really great fanfic based on The Purge (I loved it!) and she also posts about her random and entertaining thoughts. She is a genuinely nice person.

Utah Rob for Fly fishing the high country. I’ve already got one of Rob’s stories linked on my sidebar (click on the picture of the dog, and you’ll know why I’ve nominated him).

Cheryl for What Cheryl said. Cheryl reminds me to be kind, while addressing the more challenging topics of life.

Auntie Doris is one of my favourite characters on the internet. She is fantastic. Just, fantastic.

Oil Pastels by Mary. I love Mary’s art. Beautiful, unique and simply gorgeous.

Newguy87 from Movie Reviews 101 is a lovely guy who is crazy about movies. Seriously – check out the huge variety he’s reviewed!

TK from Chapter TK raises some great argumentative points and challenges us to really think about the society we live in and the society we want.

Leanne Walker is another Australian author who’s working on her manuscript! Plus she’s got some really funny commentaries on everything that happens to her.

Karen from My train of thoughts on… has some truly wonderful posts that are loved by many people – me included!

Story Medic is a great blog for writers – this Tasmanian has taught me a lot, and I’m paying sharp attention to what happens next with his writing adventures…

Carol Balawyder is a fascinating woman who has done some great posts on femme fatales and Nobel Prize Laureattes. I also love the cover she’s currently showing off for her new book Getting to Mr. Right.

Honourable Mentions!

Nicholas Rossis and Horrorville had recently been nominated for the lovely blog award, so I’m just giving them a special mention here 🙂

Also, to Silver Linings who had deservedly won two Lovely Blog Awards. It’s easy to see why.

21 thoughts on “One Lovely Blog

  1. Thank you for the kind words!

    We have a lot in common: I don’t drink coffee either and I have become quite the tea drinker; I am an indoors person too, to my wife’s concern. And my dreams usually lead to me writing another book because they are so vivid and realistic.
    Lovely post, keep being yourself!

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    • I’m so glad you haven’t though that it was all a bit much. I intended to put forward only certain aspects of myself with this blog, but it’s so liberating to be honest and be myself and then discover that people accept me for who I am! Thanks for your kind words, and you definitely deserved that lovely blog nomination you got just recently!

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      • Thanks, that’s sweet of you! 🙂 Just be sure to be back from Spain when your book arrives. 😀

        Also, I noticed that Greece was conspicuous in its absence in your list of visited countries. Tut tut tut…

        Having people accept you for who you are – that’s what I tell writers when they ask me whether they should change their writing/genre/style to accommodate readers. As long as we write in our own voice, there are enough readers for every one of us – and the same is true of blog followers 🙂

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      • Hah! Yes, Greece is definitely on my list 🙂 Actually I was looking at doing Greece and Crete for the next overseas trip. Maybe next year or the year after, depending.
        And we’re getting our postage held so no worries about your book! Hopefully I should have the Pearseus trilogy finished by the time I come back, so I can dive straight in to your next book! One of the great things about holidaying is having that extra time to read!

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  2. Thank you. You are very kind dear. And I didn’t realise you were a miner! Trey and control that ruddy bad language, my mother always warned me that if I cursed too much, my tongue would go black and drop off. So I always try and keep it down to a minimum, no matter how sodding bad things get.
    I did have a lovely blog award recently I think, but I shall keep this one on the shelf and polish it up for display and acceptance on a rainy day. And it’s Autumn here, so they are coming.

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    • Oh, I know I shouldn’t swear so much, but the words really lose their bite after hearing it so much. It’s like they’re not even swear words anymore! But I have to be careful when I’m home, for sure.
      Glad you liked the nomination 🙂 and keeping it in a safe place until you need it is exactly what I’ve done – so I couldn’t be happier you’re doing the same!


  3. This is an awesome, entertaining post and a pleasure to read. Thank you and I’m glad you waited to do it. I hope it was fun. I think these awards are pretty time consuming, but I think they are fun. It gives us a chance to get to know each better. Sorry it took me so long to comment and I’m glad you saved that hug<3
    I wish I wasn't a coffee drinker. It's not good for my tum tum, but I drink it anyway. You'll be much better off with tea.
    You have the same birthday as my nephew. Happy birthday in advance!
    You have been very fortunate to be able to do so much travel. I'm with you on the museum and history thing. If you do posts on that kind of history I'll be lovin' it. The Hittites really fascinate me. I'd love to have an opportunity some day to go to Turkey.
    You work in a mine? What do you do there? That must be quite the job. I sympathize with the language thing. I grew up with a father who scared the hell out of all my friends (and me). They didn't want to visit my place after watching one of his rages. Us kids learned the language well and I've battled with that problem ever since. When I think back on how I talked in high school I cringe. Yikes!! Well, we're all imperfect beings and God knows that. That's why he has so much grace for us. It's a comfort to know he loves us as we are:-)
    Well don Marigold. It's great to know you better. Have a great time on your trip!

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    • Aww you say the nicest things! Thank you so much! And don’t worry about the time you took – I agree with you that taking that extra time can really help clarify thoughts. Maybe I will do some posts on history too. I always enjoy yours on Korea. I’m a geologist so I work underground mapping and sampling and data processing and interpretation. Not really my calling but the money is good. Thinking of a career change to teaching next year though. It’s funny the things we can have in common! Esp the language thing: here we are on opposite sides of the world and we can relate to each other so well! Such are the wonders of blogging!

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      • I always liked science and I was raised to be very practical about money, so when I graduated high school the mining boom was really kicking off in Australia. It was a bit of a no brainer. I knew it would be hard, but I also knew I wouldn’t want to do it forever. Mining always has an element of danger to it, and the work is full on. I know it was laid back in the boom but now it’s the bust so the pressure is on. Teaching I always thought of as a good ‘civilian’ career alternative, where I can use my interest in science (and maybe other subjects if possible) and be safer and more fulfilled emotionally. Thanks for being so interested Rosh! I’ll be posting from Spain and Portugal so that will be a good place to start and I can talk about the history of the places as I learn 🙂


      • I’ve met so many teachers through WordPress that just love their jobs. It’s really encouraging. Since being a successful author is my dream job (pie in the sky style), I think teaching would make a great second 🙂


  4. Your oversharing always cracks me up! I really admire your blatant honesty.
    I too detest coffee and miss the 90s, but what really caught my attention is your travel list.
    Sorry to shout, but I am dying for your opinion. Cody and I want to visit so badly, so please if you hate it, gently crush my dreams.
    P.S. I am glad you accidentally commented too, bahaha! 🙂

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    • New Zealand is lovely, and it’s pretty much made for adventuring types like yourself. Lots of mountain biking paths, hiking trails, the skiing is fantastic and there’s all the extreme stuff too (bungy jumping and stuff). Queenstown is beautiful and the mountains provide a really gorgeous scenery. I’m not sure how it compares to what you have in the states but in aus we really don’t have anything like it. The only downside is that if you want to travel around, you really need a hire car. And the standard of living is pretty high, so basics like food and petrol are probably higher than what you’re used to. Of course, you can do lots of things based out of Queenstown through tourist buses that take you up the mountains to ski and some scenic places and tracks. Kiwis are the funniest animals I’ve ever seen – they’re like these little balls of fluff on straw legs. I think you’d really enjoy it, definitely go to the South Island because it’s scenery is better and it’s colder so the snow tends to be better (plus the Milford Track is meant to be the best walking track). But if you want to visit volcanoes and hot springs then they’re really more in the North Island. Queenstown is catering itself as the adventure capital of the world, so I think that would be your best bet.
      I hope you both get there someday!


      • I just copy and pasted this comment into an email for myself to reference whenever we plan to make it there for a visit! Thank you thank you thank you for so many wonderful details!

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  5. Thanks sooo much for the nomination Marigold 🙂 It is a lovely (pardon the pun!) compliment. I actually received this award from Vic Briggs my fav UK blogger a couple of months ago and responded – Although, that said, my Lovely Blog picture was a little different to yours…

    You’ll make a great teacher and it’s a good second career to famous writer (plus a regular income pays the bills!!)

    So thank you again Marigold, and “Cheers!” *raising my cup of tea to you* (from a BIG fellow- tea- drinker) 🙂

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