Beautiful Blogger – that’s me! Seven things you didn’t know you wanted to know
Vikki over at The View Outside nominated me for a Beautiful Blogger Award which was really nice of her – thank you so much!
I’m new to all this but I gather that the rules are that I share seven things about myself and then pass this award on….
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DID
Vikki wrote about seven books that should be on every writer’s bookshelf — four of which I hadn’t across across before so thanks again Vikki, a really useful post.
Marina at Finding Time To Write felt that the world didn’t need to know yet another seven things about her so instead wrote about the person who nominated her and the people she was nominating – a generous act that confirms what I have always suspected – writers are nice people.
Debbie at The Wicked Queen’s Mirror (delicious blog name!) wrote about the six things she wished she had known about writing 10 years ago and the one thing she was glad she didn’t know 10 years ago. A really good read and an interesting insight into the writer’s journey.
SEVEN BOOKS THAT MADE ME WANT TO BE A WRITER
I’ve decided to look back at seven books that made a lasting impression and convinced me that making up stories was a fine thing to do.
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
I got it the Christmas I was seven and as soon as I finished I turned back to the beginning. It was the first book I read and re-read.
The Look Glassing is far superior to Wonderland, by the way. Instead of playing cards, it is chess pieces that come alive and the Thatcher-esque Red Queen is one of the great characters of fiction
The Gauntlet by Ronald Welch
It would be hard to exaggerate the impact this story made when I read it about Year Five of primary school. A boy from the 20th century is transported back to the Welsh boarder in the 1400s, a time of jousts and chain mail, of moats and battering rams, of hunting with hawks and dying young. I loved it and lived it.
The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
A good companion to The Gauntlet. This is the Middle Ages with Merlin, magic and wit.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The adventures of Pod, Homily, and Arrietty – the little people who live alongside us. Every time I lose something without having moved from my desk I believe all over again.
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
The first in the Narnia Series (although the first book actually written was the more famous The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) which I read as a child and re-read as an adult. This remains a favourite, but I am also fond of The Silver Chair and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I’ve tried and tried with The Horse and His Boy and can’t get on with it. I did go off the series in my early teens when I discovered that it was based on the Christ story, but I’ve forgiven C.S.Lewis…
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
I was 16 and working as a trainee reporter when I went into a bookshop with my first week’s wages. Staff assured me that, although it looked very high minded, I shouldn’t worry, it was really a Roman soap opera. They were right….in a good way. The next week I was back for Claudius the God.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Maurice Sendak wrote about the most perfect 30 words in the English language in Where the Wild Things Are. I didn’t read it as a child, but discovered it when I was reading to my own children. When Max dresses up, it’s not in a costume borrowed from someone’s imagination but in a wolf suit! Sendak had a wonderful ability to get inside a pre-literate, pre-reading child’s head.
OK, PASSING THE BATON ON…
The History Girls – a group of best-selling, award-winning writers of historical fiction.