Yesterday was a special day and I didn’t expect it.
First, WordPress sent me a message of celebration for my first year of blogging and it took me by surprise, because I remember writing my first post in April, I didn’t remember signing up to WordPress in March. So in the end I am celebrating my blog-anniversary on the right mouth.
Then, while browsing around the blogs I follow, I discovered one of my fellow bloggers received an award, so of course I headed over to congratulate for her Very Inspiring Blogger Award. But what was my surprise when I saw she had then nominated ME (together with fourteen others) for the same award!
I was beside myself with excitement, and I still am. This is the first time I receive an award for my blog and I’m – I can’t even start to describe what it feels like.
Sue Coletta is a murder mystery writer and if you write in the genre, you want to visit her blog. She’s a fantastic researcher, and a generous one, since she’s equally fantastic at sharing her discoveries. She’s always trying to get things right in her writing, no matter what mystery fiction (especially on TV) will tell you. She has some pretty awesome resources on her blog and if you subscribe to her newsletter (which I did), you receive a PDF describing 50 ways a person can be killed, together with a detective glossary. I really don’t see how you wouldn’t want it!
Well, seriously, I don’t write mysteries, but I do enjoy her blog a lot.
In order to accept the award, I have to do a few things:
- Display the award on your blog.
- Link back to the person who nominated you.
- State 7 things about yourself.
- Nominate 15 bloggers, link to them, and notify them about their nominations.
7 Things about me
- My native language is Italian. I speak English as a second language. I more or less understand German (especially if written). I don’t speak my dialect (Veronese) fluently, but I understand it perfectly.
I think language really has magic in it. It has the power to donate us anything, far beyond mere comprehension. This is why I’m always sad when I learn a language is dying (though that too is part of the life of a language) and I always support anything aimed at preserving any language.
- My granddad loved cooking. When I was a kid, he would often ask me to help him and that’s how I learned to cook. From him first (because there’s something special in the bond between grandparents and nephews) and then from my mother.
From my granddad I also learn to enjoy cooking for others, because it doesn’t make sense to cook just for myself. The purpose of cooking is to share the finished dish.
I like trying new recipes, both as a cook and a eater. Exploration is fun.
- I was a Tolkien fan way before the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy came out.
In his essay On Fairy Stories (which any writer should read, if I may say), Tolkien says it takes a lot more than dragons and magic to make a fantasy story. Magic has to be part of that world, it has to be woven in its very fabric to the point you can’t imagine that world without that kind of magic. And that world with that magic has to have the intimate consistency of reality.
This is what I love of his work. Middle-Earth isn’t real, but it could be. A world where you immerse yourself and everything makes sense. That’s what I strive for when I write my stories.
- More than ten years ago, I spent one year living and working in Dublin, which is where I learned my English. It was one of the most meaningful experiences in my life.
I shared an apartment with many girls and we were quite a diverse bunch. In particular, I shared my room with Hai Yao and Misbah, and there evolved a very strong bond among the three of us. We went through tough moments and exhilarating moments and we shared nearly everything we had. We were each others’ sisters. That’s way, even if Hai Yao has gone back to China a few years ago and Misbah now lives in London, they are still two of my closest friends.
- I’ve always liked doing things with my hands. I like cooking, as I said. I’ve been an illustrator for a long time (and one day I’ll go back to it). I still handwrite most of my revisions. A couple of years ago, I discovered something I didn’t expect: I like making jewellery, especially wire wrapping. I like working with wire and beads and create something that didn’t exist. An actual object that people can wear and enjoy.
It’s a special feeling.
- I’ve been a fan of Michael Jackson since I was ten. I still remember I didn’t even know his name and I didn’t understand his language, but I loved his dancing and his songs. He still inspires me as an artist. He was a perfectionist and worked very hard until his creation was exactly as he wanted it to be. And if he believed in something, he would do anything he could to make it come true.
And of course I still love his music, and his dancing, and his words and his visions.
Well, where do you think the Old Shelter came from?
- If I could choose, I’d live in a lonely place where there is more nature than people, though I wouldn’t want to be alone every single day. I especially love the sea, because it fascinates me and scares me, because it can be gentle but also powerful. There’s something that truly attracts me about water. Maybe I was a fish in anther life.
And here are the fifteen blog I’m nominating