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Kind of Kreativ

I remember that, when I was about thirteen, a disgruntled Physical Education teacher told me that I’d never win anything more than, perhaps, a good loser award.

Well, in sporting terms she was right: I’ll be the first to admit that my performance in the annual cross-country race was less than inspiring, and that anyone in need of a tennis partner would do well not to look in my direction. But in more general terms she has just been proved wrong – because I have been nominated for a Kreativ Blogger Award!

Kreativ Blogger Award

Woo-hoo! Take that, Mrs Hartstill, in the unlikely event that you’re reading this!

There’s a sense in which I’m just as surprised as Mrs Hartstill would no doubt be by this news. I’ve been blogging for a very short length of time. My blog currently attracts an average of about two or three visits a day. I really don’t think I’m particularly creative – I can’t boast any whacky graphics or particularly fascinating reflections or insights. Nor am I prolific: I blog only when I think I’ve something at least mildly interesting to say, and as a result am currently averaging about two posts per month.

In blogging terms, I am a minnow – a little minnow in an ocean full of whales. And no, there’s nothing particularly creative – or indeed kreativ – about that metaphor, either.

Still, nominated I have been. The first condition of this nomination is apparently that I must display the Kreativ Blogger Award badge on my blog. The second condition is that I thank and link back to the blogger who was kind enough to nominate me. So, in best award ceremony fashion, my thanks are due to the delightful Aniko Carmean, without whom none of this would have been possible. Aniko is no mean blogger herself, and a visit to her blog is highly recommended. (Also, if you like horror, the chances are you’ll love her novel Stolen Climates, available to buy or borrow on Amazon.)

Condition Number Three is that I mention seven facts about myself. I can’t hope to be as inventive as Aniko herself was with this task, so I’m just going to take the path of least resistance and note down seven mildly interesting particulars about myself…

1. I once had a girly crush.

Nothing very unusual about that, you might say. However, this particular crush was ill-fated from the start, given that the object of my juvenile affections was even more unattainable than the singers and actors who usually bedeck the bedroom walls of young girls. It wasn’t that he was rich, famous and remote, and therefore unlikely to take a shine to an underage girl from South Wales. Oh no. It was the even more discouraging fact that he didn’t even exist.

Yes, I was in love with no less a person than Barney Rubble, of The Flintstones fame.

Image courtesy of Nevit Dilmen | Wikimedia Commons
Image courtesy of Nevit Dilmen | Wikimedia Commons

Why? Don’t ask me. Perhaps it was the animal skin tunic.

2. Speaking of childish crushes…

…I once tried to impress the handsome new boy at school by showing off how well I could climb the ropes in the school gym. I lost my grip, fell, and sprained my ankle. Needless to say, he wasn’t impressed.

3. I met my husband in Vicenza, Italy.

We went to visit the Teatro Olimpico together. Our first real date was in Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, where he proposed outside the Roman amphitheatre. Who says romance is dead?

Juliet's balcony in Verona. Image courtesy of Uwe Hermann |Wikimedia Commons
Juliet’s balcony in Verona. Image courtesy of Uwe Hermann |Wikimedia Commons

All right, that’s enough about my romantic fortunes and misfortunes now.

4. I’ve been to many a supposedly haunted place…

…but the only time I felt even remotely scared was during a visit to the Edinburgh Vaults. Nothing happened, apart from a few strange sounds which probably had an altogether earthly provenance, but the place scared me half to death. I screamed like a girl at one point.

I’d advise anyone with steady nerves to go and visit.

5. I’m a synaesthete and taste words.

“Decision” tastes like coconut. “Suggestion” is, to me, suggestive only of chocolate biscuits. Anyone going by the name of “Emma” makes me think of lemon drizzle cake. Spare a thought for the city of Paris, mention of which causes me to taste chalk. Not that I go around eating chalk, of course.

Until somebody pointed out to me that this was rather unusual, I thought it was entirely normal.

6. I once had a bad case of quinsy.

Or “peritonsillar abscess”, if you prefer the medical term. Highly uncomfortable it was too. Imagine that someone has rammed their fist down your throat and grabbed one of your tonsils and is twisting it – hard – and you’re getting close to the unbearable pain that is quinsy.

7. I sort of like Boris Johnson.

(He’s the Mayor of London, in case you’re not British and are wondering.)

I think he’s sort of sweet, even though I suspect that his bumbling exterior conceals a mind of penetrating brilliance. Perhaps.

Anyway, that’s enough trivia about me.

Another rule governing the nomination is that I have to nominate seven other bloggers. I’m quite happy to do so, but it’s going to take a little while. If anyone has any suggestions (ooh, that taste of chocolate biscuits) please leave a comment or contact me.

Once again, thank you Aniko!

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7 thoughts on “Kind of Kreativ

  1. Barney Rubble! I laughed right out loud at that! I had competing crushes on Dr. Livesey in Treasure Island and Sherlock Holmes. To my knowledge, neither has ever donned an animal skin tunic. I see now the error of my ways.

    Synaethesia fascinates me, and this was a really notable and interesting fact to share. Do you taste the words only if you say them? Or even when you read them or overhear others say them?

    Thank you for saying I’m delightful!!! And for accepting the Kreativ Blogger award. I hope Mrs. Hartsill sees this post and realizes that she can never have Barney’s heart, er, I mean – I hope she sees you are an absolute winner when it comes to writing.

    1. Thank you again, Aniko! Yes, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Sherlock Holmes too. He’s spellbinding – in an unapproachable, emotionally frigid sort of way.

      I taste the words whether I say, hear or read them. Every page read and every conversation heard or participated in is potentially a riot of different tastes. This can be either delightful or sickening, depending on the tastes concerned!

      1. I realize now, as an adult in a healthy relationship, that Holmes and I would not have made it very long! I like my genius with at least a touch of humanity. I’m also pretty sure I’d annoy Holmes.

        I read an article that I’m trying to find again… the gist of it is that the brains of synaesthetes have a very thin dividing membrane between two different zones. This is what allows the sensations/thoughts/neurological impulses from one zone to migrate to another that is nearby. It is most common for this to happen between the zones for color and number, so you are doubly rare. I’m sure I’m getting the neurological terms wrong, but it was a fascinating read. If I locate it, I will link back to it here.

  2. I wonder if Barney is approachable in real life, or if he’s one of those celebrities who seems so nice on their show but then turns out to be a jerk in real life. I think you need to convince yourself of the latter if you’re ever to get over him once and for all 🙂

    Thought I’d stop by. I’ve seen you over at Aniko’s frequently (isn’t she awesome? So pleased to have met her… I think at last year’s Coffin Hop, but I’d have to ask her to be sure).

    Synaethesia is fascinating to me as well. I’d be curious about that article Aniko mentioned. I also remember seeing a report on a man who associated numbers with colors. Guessing that’s along the same lines.

    And quinsy sounds awful.

    Congrats on proving your PE teacher wrong.

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Paul! I’ve been lurking on your blog for a while now, though I haven’t left any comments yet … I don’t really know why!

      I suppose I had better persuade myself that Barney was indeed a jerk. They do say that you never quite get over your first crush.

      Yes, Aniko is wonderful – she was the first person I really befriended in cyberspace, and she’s been so friendly and supportive. What on earth is the ‘Coffin Hop’, though?!

      1. The Coffin Hop was a blog hop that took place around Halloween. I met lots of good folks through it. It was also pretty overwhelming, though. I’m sure you already know this if you’ve already participated in a blog hop. I’ll probably do it again this year. I’ll keep you posted (and now I need to check with Aniko to see if that’s how we met originally).

        Hope you’re having a good week.

  3. Paul and Mari, glad to see you meet! Paul, I think we met during the Halloween Hop, which ran at the same time as the Coffin Hop. However, I did “cheat” and visit a lot of Coffin Hop blogs even though I myself was not registered for that hop. Did you participate in both hops?

    Thanks for the kind comments!!

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