Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Sunshine Blog Award

Today I received a ‘Sunshine Blog Award’ from my friend Erin O’Quinn, who writes great historical novels about Ireland, and also provides a wealth of knowledge about Ireland and all things Irish on her blog  - http://erinsromance.wordpress.com/
Now I have to answer 8 questions
1. What is your favourite Christmas/festive movie?
Not sure I have a favourite, but if pushed, I’d probably say ‘Scrooge’, the musical version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ with Albert Finney playing Scrooge. There are some great songs in it.
2. What is your favourite flower?
Daffodils, because they mean winter’s over and spring is coming
3. What is your favourite non-alcoholic beverage?
Diet coke - I think I'm addicted to the stuff!
4. What is your passion?
Er – writing? To qualify that, I really struggle with the first draft of a novel, but once that’s done, I’m away. I love the editing and polishing stage best.
5. What is your favourite time of year?
My answer to #2 has probably already told you – Spring. Winter’s over, the nights start getting lighter, the air smells fresher, and the flowers start growing again.
6. What is your favourite time of day?
Evening as that’s when I do my writing. I’m a night owl and always say my brain starts to come awake about 9pm!
7. What is your favourite physical activity?
Because of my arthritis, I can’t do very much physically these days. When I was younger and fitter, I used to love walking in England’s Lake District. Now I have to rely on my memory and my ‘inner vision’ to recall the wonderful views from the tops of the mountains and alongside the lakes.
8.What is your favourite vacation?
The best vacation I ever had was a Nile Cruise, two years ago, when I saw the ancient sites I’d always dreamed of seeing, especially the Valley of the Kings and the Abu Simbel temples. That cruise inspired my next novel ‘His Only Option’ which comes out in November.
Thanks so much for this Award, Erin – and here are my 8 nominees to receive it from me:
Rosemary Gemmell, Jennifer Wilck, Celia Yeary, Joanne Stewart, Nancy Jardine, Suzie Tullett, Glynis Smy and Gilli Allan


  1. Great answers, Paula, and I agree, I too enjoy editing and polishing a story, especially if it has been a while since I wrote it, I feel like I am visiting old friends again.

    Lily x

  2. Thanks, Lily. I know some people hate editing, but I love it. I could carry on 'tweaking' forever and a day, but have to force myself to stop eventually!

  3. Paula, this looks really great. You didn't need to "plug" me, but thanks for the boost!

    You and I agree on some things. I, too, love the IDEA of a walk in the mounains (with me, it's the lack of time and the lack of close by locales), so I stroll in my imagination. And spring, too, for the same reasons as you stated, but I specifically mention my freezing butt...

    Your blog is a breath of sunshine. Keep up the great work. xErin

  4. Diet coke is horribly addictive, I'm trying to get over mine right now. :) Loved the questions!

  5. Thanks for the tag, Paula! I'm looking forward to answering the questions.

  6. Libby, I don't think I could survive without diet coke!

  7. You're welcome, Jen. Let me know when you post your answers!

  8. Thank you, Paula! How nice of you to do this. I'll see what I can do.

  9. Thanks for the tag, Paula. I love your answer for number two and we share number four. :) My husband had a diet coke addiction. I seriously think that stuff really IS addicting.

  10. Well, I'll just have to see what I can do about the tag questions asap, Paula. Thank you for the invitation.

  11. Thanks for the tag, Paula.

    I loved all your answers but am now wondering if I'm the only one who doesn't at all like coke, diet or otherwise x

  12. Hi,

    Fun post, great answers, but Diet Coke? Uhhhhh.

    Hee hee, last book I sent to an editor (Marci C) she got so carried away reading it she kept forgetting to edit the damn thing! No better compliment, is there?


  13. You;re welcome Celia - look forward to seeing your answers!

    Joanne - diet coke IS addictive, must be the caffeine. I tried the non-caffene stuff, and it tasted like coloured water LOL

    No time limit, Nancy - whenever you want to include them on your blog!

    Suzie - a friend of mine doesn't like the taste of coke either, so that makes two of you!

  14. Ah, so you're the third one to dislike diet coke, Francine!
    And I had the same comment from my editor for 'Changing the Future'- as you say, no better compliment than that!

  15. Great answers, but...
    No sooner did I think I'd got one of these 'tag fests' out of my hair, than I'm landed with another! Thank you Paula (& Erin)! I had trouble enough finding 5 to tag. Not sure I'm up to finding 8!
    I don't like sweet or fruity drinks so I do drink Coke Zero,as it's fairly neutral in flavour, and only as a way to avoid drinking alcohol!

  16. Coke Zero - isn't that coloured water, Gilli? LOL
    No pressure to find 8 - just tag however many you want to!
    Look forward to your answers!

  17. God knows what it is! Son & d-i-l think it's akin to poison. But water on it's own is a bit dull. Not fond of tonic on it's own and there are times when I have to drink something, but don't want/shouldn't have alcohol.