BLOG: The Sunshine Blogger Award

Two separate people nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award in the same week! Please go visit Chloe at Writing the Blues Away, and Sarah at Mommin’ in the Real World – they have some wonderful posts and great content, and they deserve all the love!

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a way for bloggers to give recognition to those who spread positivity in their posts and bring you happiness. Blogging for me is a place where I come when things are stressful to be greeted with joy and a supportive community. I couldn’t think of a more fitting award for many of the bloggers whose posts I read! Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, including a link back to their blogs.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they have given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify your nominees that you have nominated them.
  5. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo.


Chloe’s questions

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be something “…or an author”. So it was “A vet, or an author”, “a pop star, or an author”, “an actor, or an author”. I never committed to author as my primary goal, but I could never think of anything I wanted to do anyway. I trained as a teacher because it seemed like something I could enjoy, and then work on my writing around it. Insert hollow laughter here. I completed my PGCE and noped the hell out of there, and ended up in admin. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I even started considering publishing as a career – and part of that might have been because, outside of London, it wasn’t a visible career. I went to a fairly prestigious state school, but publishing just wasn’t there as an option, no-one thought of it. I’d considered it briefly at University and written it off as inaccessible to people like me. I’m pretty certain now it’s my dream career – I don’t know that I’m suited to being an author, but being around books all the time makes me very happy indeed.

How long have you been blogging for?

I’ve had a livejournal since I was about 14, although it’s been a bit neglected the past couple of years – ever since photobucket decided to make people pay for photos and I lost over a decade’s worth of memories embedded into my posts. It knocked the wind out of me.

I ran a comic/blog about wedding planning for about two years to deal with my engagement anxiety. I can’t remember much about the blog (except that my GIF game was red hot), but I was proud of the comic. I’d like to do one about publishing, but it’s finding the time as much as anything – it was a fairly labour intensive hobby, and I lived a lot closer to work so had more time of an evening. I’ve got a few sketched out, but not got much further.

And then this blog I started on 1st January 2018, so nearly 18 months with at least one post every week. I’m very proud of this endeavour. Well done me!

that deserves a star


What do you think is the film you’ve watched the most times?

This… is a hard one. When I was a small child, I apparently watched first The Sword In The Stone and then Annie on repeat until my parents nearly snapped. I think I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean at the cinema about four times, and then watched the DVD many many times after that, and I know Harvey and Calamity Jane are firm favourites that I’ve definitely worn down the discs on, but I’m not certain any of them will compete with the vigour that 3-year-old me had for The Sword In The Stone, or 5-year-old me had for Annie.

I haven’t had much time for rewatches lately because I feel like there’s so much new to watch, although I think I could watch Bugsy Malone or Who Framed Roger Rabbit a million times and never get bored.

What do you like most about your appearance/your favourite physical feature?

I have pretty excellent boobs. I know it’s not considered classy to say it, but dang they’re great.

What skill would you love to learn?

I’d love to be able to speak a second language fluently. I didn’t learn well when I was younger, probably because of lack of inclination, but as an adult it’s a huge gap in my knowledge that I really regret. I’ve started trying to use DuoLingo a few times to learn German, but I get so far and then the owl starts getting disappointed with me and I can’t take the guilt.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

“It seemed like a good idea at the time”

Do you know any other languages apart from your native one?

See above! I can do a little bit of German, I have a GCSE in French that basically just gathers dust, and I did study Latin and Ancient Greek at school, for all the good they do me.

What is your go-to outfit for a casual day?

I bought a set of dungarees just before Christmas and I was MADE UP to have a pair again. I used to wear dungarees all the time in high school, and quite a bit at Uni, before I grew out of the pairs I owned. Dungarees are great, although I do keep losing my phone because I can’t remember which pocket I put it in.

Why did you start blogging?

When I finished my Publishing MA, I stopped going to London so much and felt very disconnected from the rest of the industry. This was a way to help me stay in touch with what was happening, but it’s also helped me to broaden my reading habits and consider why I like some books and not others, whether the book works well as a book but just not for me, or whether I would do things differently to make things work. It’s been great to expand my knowledge of different forms and genres, and also my understanding of what makes a good story, what I like, and to identify things objectively as well as on a personal level.

Which song holds the best memories for you?

I don’t really have a strong connection with music in the way some people do? I’ve never been able to just sit and listen to music, I need to be doing something. That said, I have a very, very vivid memory of being a kid, driving on holiday somewhere, reading an issue of Sonic The Comic (where a yellow Sonic could transform into different shapes – like a giant net – and was trying to take out the real Sonic), and whenever I listen to Bus Stop by the Hollies I’m right back there, it’s so weird. It’s not a particularly happy or special memory, but it’s the most vivid one I have musically.

What is your favourite meal?

Oh man, okay. I love food. I love eating. But the one food I can eat all the time with no prompting, no matter how I’m feeling? Fried chicken. KFC. Give me a bucket. I am a classy laydee.


Sarah’s Questions

What is your least favorite part of blogging?

I am not the biggest fan of making all the images – my photoshop skills aren’t the best, and I can muddle through, but the graphics aren’t what I imagine in my mind and I wish I could get them to look a mite more professional. Realistically I just don’t have time around all my other commitments.

What has been the best way to promote your blog in social media?

I will be honest in that I have been a bit lazy in promoting my blog. I have never intended for this to be a career or to become an internet sensation. It was a personal exercise, so mostly I just post on twitter on the day a post goes up, and sometimes share on comment threads. I comment and read other peoples’ posts when I can, but that’s about it!

Do your friends and family read your blog?

I think some of them do? My husband reads when he can, and I think my mum does – I’m not sure about anyone else though!

What 3 things would you take with you on a desert island?

Sunscreen, plenty of water, and a boat.

Where is 1 place in the world you would like to travel to?

I would like to go to Japan, definitely. I would also like to go to an elephant sanctuary, because I adore elephants. Some part of me also wants to spend time luxuriating in somewhere like the Maldives too, but the others are definitely higher on my agenda.

Are you married and do you have any children?

I am married, but no children! I have, instead, an extremely neurotic cat who sits outside the bedroom door and cries in the middle of the night, so I imagine it is a similar experience.

Do you prefer a bath or shower?

I do love a bath, but I always feel like I need to make the most of time because I have so much to do, so I will generally shower and save baths for if I have nothing pressing.

Do you follow current events in your country/around the world?

Yes and – siiiighhh – it’s not great and quite worrying right now.

Do you vote? If not, why not?

Yes! I always vote and I believe it’s extremely important to vote. The democratic process only has a chance of working if everyone gets to have their say, and whilst the current climate is showing that there are still massive flaws in the system, the flaw shouldn’t be just that people don’t want to vote.

What was your favorite subject to study in school?

I mostly enjoyed English, but I really loved my Art lessons, which I took up to GCSE. There was something so nice about them, and less… regimented in the way you learned. The exam was absolute bliss, a whole day just quietly being creative. I didn’t do as well as I could have done, and I think were I to redo it now I would do much better (the way I was a far better student on my MA than I was on my undergraduate course).

What are 5 words that describe you?

Mostly chaos, but trying hard.


My nominees

These are some more great blogs for you to check out, and if they want to do these questions as well they are very welcome.

  1. Howl’s Moving Library
  2. A Rambling Reviewer
  3. Reader Fox
  4. Demi Reads
  5. Jen D Bibliophile
  6. Sophil Reads
  7. Fortunately the Book
  8. Witty and Sarcastic Book Club
  9. Bookishly Brittknee
  10. Fantastic Books And Where To Find Them
  11. Excuse My Reading


My Questions

  1. What is your favourite book adaptation, and why?
  2. What is your least favourite book adaptation, and why?
  3. Wax lyrical about one of your favourite books – I want to know all about it!
  4. Do you have a favourite place to read?
  5. Do you have any creative hobbies? What are they?
  6. Tell me what your perfect day would be!
  7. Do you have a book, tv show, film or game you have loved since you were a child?
  8. What’s your happy place?
  9. What would you write a book about?
  10. What is something you are really proud of?
  11. What do you want for Christmas?


If anyone else wants to answer these too, please let me know, I’d love to see your answers!

13 thoughts on “BLOG: The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Bexa says:

    Congrats on the award, Claire! I LOVED your answers, so many things made me laugh… “pretty excellent boobs”, brilliant, and taking a boat on a desert island is the smartest response yet. Also, I remember livejournal and photobucket, the teenage memories! Ha ha and yep, and I can relate to having needy cats, mine meow at me loudly each morning for their breakfast, I imagine that’s very similar to having kids, hah. Fab post, really enjoyed reading ❤ xx

    Bexa |

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