This week Cassidy Cornblatt awarded my blog the Leibster Award – go check out his blog. I’m required to answer 11 questions, pose 11 more, and pass it on to 11 deserving bloggers. (Hmmn… the 1331 award?)
1.What keeps you writing when you have writer’s block?
Beer. Well, persistence actually. And keeping away from the internet.
2.Most writers have a literary counterpart—a character from their stories who reflects themselves. Tell us about yours.
I write non-fiction, mostly, but I wrote a biography of Sir Bernard Freyberg and was impressed by how similar his thought processes were to mine, particularly in the way he conceptualised.
3. What are your passions?
Writing. Music. Science. Understanding. Reason. Tolerance.
4.You’ve had a fight with your significant other and you want to fix things. What do you do?
5.What’s one injustice you see in the world that you would fix in a story?
6.If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
7.What’s important to you at this point in time?
Writing, which sounds facile, but I’m trying to finish a book and the contract deadline looms.
8.Who is your hero/heroine?
I don’t look on others as role models. I think we make our own way. But there are people I admire. One of them is Frank Zappa.
9.Do you make it a habit of telling others what you thought of their work, even if your experience wasn’t good?
I get paid to write book reviews professionally. I think it’s important to be constructive.
10. What is good will?
A positive and altruistic attitude towards others.
11. What would it take for you to make friends with an old enemy?
I always forgive my enemies; but the decision is theirs as to whether they have the moral courage to accept it.
And now my questions. There are 11 of them in base 2. In base 10 the number relates to 11 as the opposite function of 1331, rounded down from 2.223.
1. Is there anything you would do other than what you already have a passion for?
2. What are your thoughts on reason, reasonableness, and tolerance?
Finally, passing the award on. That’s hard – there are so many great bloggers out there – way more than 11, check out the blogroll, they all qualify. Five bloggers I’ve enjoyed reading lately are:
Karen Huber http://kmhubersblog.com/
Clare McAlpine http://clairemca.wordpress.com/
Stuart Young http://thechangeyourlifeblog.wordpress.com/
Dennis Langley http://langleyblog.wordpress.com/
Lemuel Lyes http://historygeek.co.nz/
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