Firstly a big thank you to Elle over at ‘The Submission of Elle’ (mature content) for nominating me for this award. It is always wonderful to be introduced to new bloggers and get to know some of those we read a little more! I really enjoy Elle’s musings and expressions of her world.
These are the questions that Elle asked her nominees:
1. How tall are you and have you shrunk? I am 5 foot 3 and a half. I always believed I was 5 foot 4 but my son measured me one day when I was measuring him and discovered I had been adding a ½ inch to my height or perhaps I have shrunk!
2. Do you have a celebrity girl crush? Scarlett Johansson smart, sexy and oh those luscious lips.
3. Have you ever had an orgasm in your sleep? Once! But I can achieve orgasm without being touched.
4. How many places have you lived? I live in a country made up of two Islands and a few little ones. I have lived in many, many places on these islands and lived for much of 2011 in Buenos Aires Argentina.
5. What’s your all-time favorite book? “The English Patient’ Michael Ondaatje:
“We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.
I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography – to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.”
6. Do you have any supernatural abilities? Some consider me psychic or a channel but I believe what we think of as psychic ability can manifest from those with well-honed empathy. I often write from a place of ‘trance’ especially after meditation or solo dancing.
7. Have you ever been to a sex club or would you ever consider going? No I haven’t. I would consider going with someone I trusted. In all honesty there really aren’t many near where I live.
8. Do you have any education goals? Yes, I would like to complete my masters degree in holistic psychology and anthropology. But writing has become very important to me so completing the novel I am working on is now a high priority.
9. Is there anything in your house that looks like a sex toy or a body part? Most of the artworks I have are calligraphy or framed photographs. They are not overtly sexual but most are sensual or they are literally bodies (usually dancing).
10. Do you have any piercings other than ears? I used to have my nose pierced but I have no exotic piercings.
11. Do you have some fearlessness or a bit of a daredevil in you? Yes and no. I have a goal to re-learn to ride motorcycles (something I did when I was much younger but never as seriously as I would have liked) but I am not keen on leaping out of planes! I cope very well in adrenaline-loaded situations, breaking up fights, accidents/emergencies though. I’m the calm one that takes over the situation and soothes everyone in the process.
Now for my Nominees:
They are all intriguing writers with diverse blogs. I know them each a little and hope that they will enjoy answering my questions!
Eleven random facts about me, which will also be my questions to my nominees (if they wish to take part that is – no obligation!)
1. My favourite quote at the moment is: “Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspirations shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” Susan Sontag. What quote is your favourite or gives you inspiration at the moment?
2. A favourite poem that I return to again and again and never tire of is ‘Auguries of Innocence’ William Blake (1803). Most people are familiar with the first stanza (click this link for the full poem):
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
What poem has stayed with you for a long time and remains a favourite?
3. I have three tattoos that all carry deep meaning for me. Do you have any tattoos, if not would you consider getting one?
4. I listen to very eclectic music. There is however one artist that often raises eyebrows when I mention them: Nine Inch Nails and the creative genius and powerhouse behind them Trent Reznor. Do you have a particular genre of music that you listen to or is there a surprising favourite artist?
5. One of my favourite movies is Pride & Prejudice. I am a sucker for Jane Austin. Makes me cry every time. Yet I wouldn’t consider romance (or chick-flick) to be a film genre that usually grabs me. I like sci-fi, thriller, mystery, martial arts, and art house films. Is there a film that surprised you with drawing you in even though it was in a ‘genre’ that you wouldn’t normal watch?
6. Ever since I can remember I have danced. I don’t recall deciding: ‘I should be a dancer’ but it has always felt as essential to me as breathing. My first ballet teacher told me immediately that I would never dance (professionally or otherwise) with feet like mine. But still I danced. And despite body injuries that have changed the style of dance I can achieve, I still dance. I don’t think anything could stop me dancing in some form. Is there anything in your life that you have really had to fight hard to achieve?
7. When I was a child I once told someone I was adopted. This was because I felt like a complete stranger in my home. And I think because I was an avid storyteller with a vivid imagination I found ‘tall tales’ would sometimes fall from my tongue. What is the most blatant lie you have ever told?
8. I dearly wish I had learned other languages when I was younger. In my country second languages are not strongly encouraged. I dabbled with Japanese, Tibetan and some indigenous languages but never in a substantial way. As an adult I have studied Spanish/Castellano and love it and understand much more than I feel confident to speak. I found when learning Tango in Buenos Aires that it was significant to be able to hear teaching in classes both in Castellano and in English. There were some things that did not translate well. I want to keep up my learning that one day I may become fluent. I love it when my mind thinks or dreams in Castellano it feels as though a different part of me is communicating. I have often wished I could speak multiple languages and be able to read histories, poems, sagas, novels what ever really in the original language they were written in. What talent or skill would you like to develop more?
9. I sometimes imagine living in other times. There are a few times I wouldn’t mind experiencing, of course I would want to experience them from the cultural perspective of the time. When I ask people this question: If you could live at any time history, when would it be? It often starts a lively debate about what it would really be like and often when shed of any romanticism other times become foreign and dangerous. Perhaps in the light of realisation the current time becomes the favoured or a sense of ‘I am where is right for who I am’ stirs within. Regardless, I would like to be a shieldmaiden in the height of the Viking times or a Spartan living a life of pared and austere beauty, an impossibly powerful physical being or a philosopher on the cusp between the old world of the multiple gods and the new world of childlike science. Notice I make no mention of being a slave or servant in any of those times; I am answering purely from a blind romantic view point. I wonder though in other times perhaps humans were happier than many are today (there are likely to be many who were infinitely less happy too.)
10. I really dislike singing in public. My voice isn’t bad it’s actually alright but I just can’t bare public singing, it absolutely terrifies me. I even studied singing and attempted to sing in bands to no avail. Do you have a phobia or something you are afraid of?
11. One of my favourite words is ‘lush’. I enjoy how it rolls off my tongue, what it means and to me it symbolises how I like to feel about my life. Do you have a favourite word?
Here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2, Display the award on your blog–by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
Answer 11 questions about yourself which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs you feel deserve this award, who have less than 1000 followers.
6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. List these rules on your post. Once you have written published it, you then have to:
8. Inform people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so they can learn about it (they might not have heard of it!)