Blog Award

I’m posting a little later this week than I intended (there goes my New Years Resolution to blog consistently on the same day each week). I just got back from a little getaway with my husband to celebrate our wedding anniversary and I’m feeling relaxed and refreshed. I was surprised to find when I arrived back that I had a message telling me I’d received a blog award from the lovely Brooke Johnson over at brookenomicon.

I’ve never received one of these kinds of awards before, so I hope I’m following the rules correctly.

Seven Facts About Me

1. I have been writing stories since I could first wield a pencil and I’ve always been drawn to fantasy. I remember when I was about seven I wrote a story about my best friend turning into a fairy. Back then I thought I’d written a chapter book, but it was really only five pages (with illustrations).

2. I have an absolute phobia of snakes, yet I live in Australia on a farm where snakes are pretty much a given.

3. At school I loathed computer class and nearly failed one semester, now I love computers and practically live on mine.

4. One of my biggest writing idols is Australian author John Marsden. I actually got to meet him once as a teenager and got his autograph. I still have it to this day. (Everyone go read one of his books – he’s the master of YA voice.)

5. Whenever I go out for dinner I nearly always order carbonara – it’s my favourite dish. My mum used to make it for me from scratch, and even though I know how to make it from scratch too, I rarely ever make it for myself.

6. I wrote my first complete novel as a teenager and got enough courage to send it to a publisher. It got rejected and I was heartbroken. I was too scared to submit it to any other publishers after that. In hindsight I shouldn’t have let one rejection get me down, but on the other hand, looking back at that manuscript, I don’t think I would have had much luck with any other publishers anyway. It needed a lot more polishing and I needed to hone my writing skills a lot more at that stage.

7. I have never travelled overseas (I’ve never even been to Tasmania), but if I ever went overseas it is my dream to travel Europe.

And to pass on the award to some fellow writers’ blogs…

The Peevish Penman

Harry Potter for Writers

Beth Hull

Rach Writes

Karen Collum

Kathryn Apel

Kangaroobee’s Blog

Be sure to check them out.


7 thoughts on “Blog Award”

  1. Congrats on your award and thanks so much for passing it on to me! I love how you have overcome a lot of your previous weaknesses, I don’t envy you with the snakes, I had one at our last house, almost stepped on it. Happy Anniversary!


  2. Thanks Catherine! We have cats and dogs around the house to keep the snakes away, so far that’s worked, but I freak out if I do see one around. I run so fast I could try out for the Olympics.
    Keep up the great work on your blog!


  3. i love your seven points, especially the first one 🙂
    i’m more afraid of bugs than snakes, though i’ve only ever seen like two snakes in my entire lifetime.

    i’m glad i could share the award with you! ❤


  4. Hey Jo, congrats on your award, and thanks so much for passing it on to me 🙂 I haven’t received that one yet, ooh, I feel quite stylish!!! 🙂

    Loved learning more about you, here’s hoping you get overseas soon.



  5. Hi Jo.

    Congrats – and thanks. 🙂

    I’m phobic about spiders – but scared of snakes too. Alas, the snake fear translates to running on the spot while spluttering incoherently. (It used to be scream and run, but motherhood means I need to know where the snake goes.)


  6. Five comments:

    Congratulations on the award!

    Happy Anniversary!

    Thank you for shout out!

    I really like exclamation points today – it’s that kind of day!

    Have you ever found your first “book,” or do you think it’s lost forever? I’d love to see it posted on your site!


  7. Thanks, and no worries to all of you! I love reading your blogs.

    Rach – I’m sure I’ll get overseas one day.

    Kat – Spiders don’t worry me too much, unless they’re on me. Snakes I scream and run. I don’t think I’ve come across one while the kids have been with me yet, so not sure how I would react if that happened.

    Beth – I love exclamation points! I haven’t found that book yet, though I’m sure I still have it stored away somewhere. I’ll come across it one day.


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