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Apparently, people like me.  Specifically, Matt Williams and Richard Leonard have both nominated me for a VBA.  Thank you both!  May I encourage people to go check them out?

So, according to the rules, I need to tell you seven things about myself and then nominate some people.


Hmmm, now to think of things which are interesting that I didn’t say last time.

I have a thing for secret identities.  Seriously, superheroes, spies, anyone who leads a double life.  My particular favourite is Superman (Dean Cain was the best version), but I’ll take any of them, any day.

My guilty secret – fanfiction.  Harry Potter time travel stories are great, and also Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

I write far less than I want to.  I suspect this is normal.

I’m not sure if Stargate SG-1 is the best show ever, but it certainly comes very high up the list.

I sleep better on camp than I do in a bed.  Or I would do if I actually went to bed rather than chatting with the other Leaders.

I don’t have a pet.  If I owned my house and didn’t have to bow to the wishes of the landlord, I would be crazy cat lady.  And my husband would be crazy cat man.

I like cauliflower cheese.  Can you tell I’m running out of interesting facts?


Some nominations – mostly people I’ve discovered since the last time I got this award.  I’ve decided to exclude people I nominated last time, despite the fact that they still deserve it.

The Struggle to be a Writer that Writes, by Cat.  When I first discovered her she was in the midst of a month-long challenge to post a story every day.  She didn’t quite make it, but did discover some interesting things about herself and writing in the process.

Suzanne Conboy-Hill writes short scenes which really draw you in.

Human Nature and Superpowers; Preston Fuller is blogging about the process of creating a novel, as he does it.  The plot sounds intriguing and it’s fascinating to get an insight into how the creation process works.

The Best Place by the Fire, by Kari Fay.  Short stories on many different topics, which are well written and manage to get you emotionally invested very quickly.

Catherine, Caffeinated, by Catherine Ryan Howard.  She writes about the process of self-publishing, giving well thought out and helpful advice.

Keep up the good work, guys!

I’ve been totally flattered recently by MythRider, who nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award.  Phyllis Moore blogs about the process of writing, character, plot, and occasional random thoughts vaguely related to books.  Thank you Phyllis!

Now, I believe the rules require me to tell you seven interesting factoids about myself, and nominate some other people for the award.  This seems only fair, so here we go:

All About Me

I love Brownies.  Not the chocolate cake kind (although those are awesome too), but the kind that dresses in yellow and brown, plays games, sings songs, and promises to do a Good Turn every day.  I run one Brownie Pack, and help at another, and sometimes my husband accuses me of abandoning him.  Next year, our District is taking 30 girls to Paris!

I hit people for fun.  Ok, so mostly they, being fellow martial artists, dodge skilfully, but it’s the thought that counts.

I wish that the UK had a TV series like The West Wing.    Almost every piece of political knowledge I have about the US comes from the West Wing*, and I think it’s sad that I don’t have that same level of interest in the governing of my own country.  Making it interesting, funny, and dramatic would probably help with that.

* The obvious exception being the name of the current president and his immediate predecessor, who are basically the only real American politicians I can name.

All films should have aliens, elves, explosions, or magic.  Or possibly all of the above.  Also plot, but I can cope without that if there are enough implausible magical explosions narrowly survived by the elvish aliens.

I’m currently re-reading Shelters of Stone, by Jean Auel (does anyone know how to pronounce that?).  I need to finish it soon, because I was given the next one, Land of the Painted Caves, for my birthday and it’s giving me evil looks from the shelf.  I think it’s upset that I’m not reading it yet.

I like languages; I speak Spanish, and I have a smattering of Japanese (forwards, backwards, punch, kick, death!), Esperanto and Italian.  Also English.  Obviously.

I don’t own a car.  This is part ecological, part economical, and part plain old common sense, given the lack of parking near my house.

People I Think Are Brilliant

In no particular order, because otherwise I would have to come up with a reason for the order.

Rick Searle, at Utopia or Dystopia, a blog about contemporary science, political ideologies and other things in the context of images of future paradise and/or future hells.

Story Time.  A selection of stories written by a few people – the twist is that at the end of each chapter you have to vote on what the characters do next.  I like the level of control it gives us, the reader.

Also Matt Williams, of StoriesbyWilliams, one of the Story Time contributors.  He does reviews of films, books, games, etc, as well as writing his own stories.

Rosie Oliver, author of (among other things) C.A.T., a short story about an artificial intelligence in the shape of a cat.   I encountered the book before I found her blog, which is an interesting read.

Liberal Reflections is a blog about politics with a philosophical bent to it.  It’s fascinating!

So there we go.  I hope I’ve mentioned at least one blog that you’ve not heard of before.  If so, go check them out and see if they appeal to you!

The Author

Nicola Higgins is a 30-something martial artist who runs two Brownie packs and works full time. She somehow still finds time to write.

Her favourite genres are near-future and alternate world science fiction and fantasy.

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