Versatile? I wonder …

I never do these award thingies, but for some reason when I saw this one on Cactus, I wondered, and wondered, and wondered.

And then I decided to sit down and do a few sentences, maybe not the whole blurble of it, and I’m not going to ‘nominate’ people (you can do it, you can, you don’t need my permission) because all the blogs I follow are worthy of the title.


Save the badge to your award post / site.

And these things come with rules (can I roll my eyes now? Rules? Moi?):

Award Rules

In order to receive the award, each nominee will have to:

  • Thank the person who nominated him/her.
  • Link to the blog of the person who nominated him/her.
  • State 7 facts about himself/herself.
  • Nominate other bloggers who bring joy into their daily life

That leaves the 7 facts. And this is where I swear, ‘cos I’m a writer and my seven facts are probably going to be a bit left of fact. Maybe even outright fibs.

Why? Because I’m in the middle – and need to finish by end of May – three projects, maybe four.

One is for a competition, a short story. This also applies to four, but I can put that off if I don’t get the others polished and shone and eye-catching.

The other two are editing and formatting.

Two novellas – although I’m not all that sure the current novella will maintain its status of under 40,000 words for long. Never could find a way to do the shorter stories. Well, I’ll give it a go. Good story, by the way. About Lake Eyre. I’ll tell you about it nearer the end of the month.

The formatting and final RRR and proofreading of another novella. Also on the dark side. And a collaboration. We may need to find a publisher.

Did you know that publishers don’t like poetry or short works? It seems they don’t, and combining the two – ever heard of Eddic? this is a bit like that, a Valkyrie effect on a 21C neo-noir story told in poetry and prose – so we may reach out when the other stuff is complete and presentable. A publisher, though, who does both short and poetry? A lot like looking for seashells in an active volcano.

Now, where are those seven facts?

One – three pieces to finish before end of month.
Two – two other pieces with research work – keeps me busy when on down time and not reading.
Three – I don’t often tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – because we are all human and fibbing is a tool of protection. I use it often.
Four – I’m a COF. Don’t know what that is? Cranky Old Fart. And better than that, all the other people I meet who need that title get told to use it. It’s amazing how often I hear it in the local shops lately. “COF Syndrome,” I hear said. * Smile *
Five – I have a slight problem with a variety of obsessive-compulsive thingies. I quite like them, though, and they don’t (often) cause problems. What are they? If the pegs are coloured, they have to match for each piece of clothing. They do. If it takes two pegs to hang something up, they must be the same colour. The others are in a similar vein.
Six – I had to buy a new phone when the last one died, and I don’t know how to use it, the volume is too low when people call, so I tend to let it go to message so I can call them back on another phone (the landline – yes, I’m a dinosaur). The phone is on a plan I initially took out in ’98, perhaps. It’s a annual plan, and if I stop it I’d have to go on one of the plans that need to be paid monthly. And I absolutely hate having so many things being on ‘plans’ that are of no benefit to me, but give the provider a huge profit statement at the end of the financial year. Occasionally, I’d like to own something outright if I’ve paid for it.
Seven – I’ve written my will.

And that’s all there is to this story.

If you want to be a versatile blogger, take on the task.

If not … do your own thing – we’ll keep reading your words.

And say hello to the Cactus blog.


8 thoughts on “Versatile? I wonder …

  1. And it spreads, rippling out, one person who never did an award nominates another person who never did an award and …. laughing. Thanks for sharing. I learned a new term today: COF syndrome and I think it’s going to be handy.

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  2. Congrats on the award! Sounds like you’ve got a heck of a lot of writing and research on right now – good luck with it all! I’m 30 and I wrote my own will before one of my surgeries, thinking there was a decent chance I was going to die and wanting to make sure everything was straightened out… rather disappointing to sit down to write it and realising I have nothing to give away!
    Your COF comment made me chuckle!! I think I’m in that club too most days 😉
    Caz xx

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  3. I’ve done a will because I have a small mobile home that should go to someone so they can aggravate others here in the park.

    However, I am also working on something that probably most will find strange, but it is my obituary. I thought about it a lot because I don’t want someone who barely knew me to end up writing it. And most folks don’t know all that I have done in my lifetime, and I want to have that down on record, not because of ego, but because everyone needs to know that we CAN accomplish good in our lives regardless of where we started out.

    Like your things you are doing. Good on you!!!

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