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For the blogger who has everything – the Liebster award. :)

candy's liebster awardI haven’t done an award post for a very long time because I sort of ran out of things to say. Then along comes Candy’s Monsters with some interesting new questions, and I’m drooling to get started. Who am I to ignore my inner me? lol

So thank you for nominating me Candy! This Liebster is for those blogs with under 1000 followers. I know a lot of us qualify there, so if I nominate you and you choose to pass on the love, please pass it to blogs that aren’t blogging mega stars already.

Okay, here are Candy’s eleven questions, and my slightly irreverent answers. 🙂

1: Do you dance?

Frequently…around the kitchen. I did learn classical ballet as a kid, but apart from still knowing how to suck my stomach in, on occasion, I couldn’t pirouette to save my life.

2: If you could go back in time and talk to yourself, when would you “drop by” and give sage advice?

This one really made me think. My first thought was that I have no regrets, so what would I whisper sage advice about? And then it hit me! Sage advice comes in many flavours, and not all are medicinal. If I could go back and whisper something to my younger self it would be “Don’t rush through this glorious moment.  Savour it. Treasure it. Remember it!”

3: What book do you remember from your childhood?

Just the one? That’s impossible. I remember Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books, and another one she wrote called, I think, The Wishing Chair. I remember Peter Pan and Swiss Family Robinson and Grimm’s Fairytales and Greek myths and Dot and the Kangaroo and The Once and Future King and Mary Poppins…. Books are like chocolate, you can’t just stop at one. 😦

4: With an unlimited budget and a month to spend on a vacation, where would you go?

This one is easy – Japan! I’ve wanted to visit Japan since I was about ten and fell in love with The Samurai on TV.

5: What was your dream job when you were eight?

I didn’t have one. 😦 Boy, kids grow up early these days. When I was eight, the next term of school was eternity…

6: Captain Kirk or Captain Picard?

Hah! Mr Spock of course.

7: What’s your preferred fiction genre?

Another easy one – science fiction. 🙂

8: What was the best birthday present you ever received?

Strangely enough, this was an easy one as well. For my 40th birthday, dear, dear friends organized [and paid] for me to be chauffered to the restaurant where we would be having lunch. In a Porsche Carrera. My husband knew about the big present but I didn’t, so he sent me out into the driveway, ostensibly to see if our friends had arrived yet. They hadn’t, but this glorious Porsche convertible had. The driver was leaning against the car. He looked up at me, and I knew. And I cried. You see everyone who knows me knows that I’ve had an unrequited love affair with Porsche cars since my early 20s. Unrequited because up until my 40th birthday I had never even sat in one. Nothing beats my memory of that hour long drive. 🙂

9: What is your most memorable Halloween costume?

Nada. Zip. Nothing. 😦 Australia is only just starting to catch on to Halloween fun.

10: What’s your favorite city?

Paris. Just thinking about it makes me smile.

11: Are you an adventurous eater?

Hmmm… I’ve eaten frog’s legs and snail [French style, not straight from the garden], kangaroo and crocodile, but I don’t think I could stomach crispy fried locusts, or haggis, so maybe not that adventurous.

Now it’s my turn to nominate some lovely blogs.

Allergic to my life battle
Anne Lawson
AV Carden’s Blog
A spoon full of sugar

The more observant amongst you may notice that all my nominees begin with ‘A’… Well no, that was not laziness on my part. I’m following so many great blogs. How do I choose just a few? Next time I’ll nominate the ‘B’s. X, Y and Z may be tricky but I will persevere!

[Note to self : don’t forget to inform the nominees that they have been nominated]

And now to my questions to the nominees! Mwahahaha… -cough-

1. Which is the movie you have hated most in your entire life? [If you can’t think of a movie you may substitute a TV show]

2. Which is your least favourite colour?

3. How superstitious are you?

4. If you could change yourself into one fictional character, who would it be? [You can gender swap or even choose an animal – e.g. Lassie]

5. Which animal would you NEVER have as a pet?

6. You are abducted by aliens and you’re told to choose one plant to save out of all the possible plants on earth. Would you choose wheat, rice, sugar cane, or the cocoa plant?

7. Which is the worst make of car you have ever owned? [If you don’t drive you can nominate some form of public transport]

8. If you had to choose between a Da Vinci painting, or one by Picasso, or Van Gogh, which would you choose?

9. Would you rather play chess against a computer, or Solitaire?

10. Red wine, white wine, beer or spirits?

11. If the zombie apocalypse hit tomorrow, what would you take with you into your bunker – a tablet full of music or a kindle full of books?

A lot of those questions are tongue in cheek, but I am interested in the answers so please feel free to give your answers in comments – whether you were nominated or not!

Okay, the last thing I’m supposed to do is tell you all some little known facts about myself. To be honest I can’t really think of anything that would be very interesting. I mean, do you really care that I hate brussel sprouts with a passion? Or that oysters in any form make me gag?

Thought not. So how about telling me some little known fact about yourselves instead? Let’s have some fun!



Now this is what I call an intriguing challenge!

Much as I love being nominated for awards, I just don’t have the time or energy to accept them these days… unless they have a really interesting twist. Marian Allen provided an irresistible twist today when she :

liebster 2a. Nominated me for a Liebster Award, and

b. Threw down the gauntlet by saying I/we should answer the following questions in the voice of one of our characters!

These are the questions :

How long have you been blogging?
Why did you choose the topic(s) for your blog?
How do people find your blog?
Do you feel comfortable promoting/advertising your own stuff?
What’s your happiest earliest childhood memory?
If you could have any critter, real or imaginary, as a pet, what would it be?
What would you name it?
Why would a woodchuck chuck wood?
Vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore?
What are you reading (not these questions, silly! what book?)?
What is your superpower?

Now as most of you know, iVokh are very low tech creatures – no phones, no cars, no computers – so I can’t exactly have any of them talking about blogging. Besides, the language barrier would make it painful for them, and us. Likewise, Miira, my very high tech character from Innerscape, is not a blogger either.

But… the idea fired my imagination, so I’m going to add a twist of my own and have Emmi answer the questions… as the world’s oldest gamer!

[Emmi is the main character in my first ever short story. She is rich enough to have the very best gaming equipment, and so old, virtual reality is the only place where she can live a life that is still worth living.] Here goes!


“Good evening, and welcome to Tonight on OR. My guest tonight is Ms Emily Sandhurst, the oldest gamer in the world.”

[The holo expands to include a diminutive woman seated to the right of the presenter. The stylish clothes cannot quite conceal the exo-skeleton that holds the woman upright.]

“Thank you for joining us Emily.”

“Please call me Emmi. I haven’t been called Emily in close to eighty years.”

“Oh course… Emmi. Would you mind telling us how old you are?”

“Fifty years older than I feel, and ten years younger than I look.”

[Giggles sound from the background, and the interviewer smiles appreciatively].

“As you can see, Emmi’s wit is still razor sharp at 110!”

[After the laughter dies down the interviewer becomes serious].

“So tell me Emmi, how long have you been gaming?”

“I played video games when I was a child, of course, but I didn’t return to gaming until about ten years ago when the technology made immersive social interaction a reality.”

“But you’ve chosen to do more than just interact on a social level. Why choose fantasy gaming?”

“Well, it started as a dare. Or perhaps challenge is a better word for it. I wanted to see if my brain was still capable of doing the things my body couldn’t. As things turned out, it became an addiction, When I’m in OR I can be the real me, instead of this geriatric hulk.”

[As Emmi speaks, the holocam pans in for a closeup of her face. Every wrinkle in her sagging skin is shown in cruel detail].

“So how do other gamers react to you?”

“They just accept me as a person.”

“Do they know how old you are? And do you think that would make a difference?”

“I don’t make an issue of talking about my age, but I don’t pretend to be something I’m not either. I’m sure some of my historical references have left many of them scratching their heads. On the whole though, most people in OR don’t care.”

“Speaking of historical references, what would you say is your happiest childhood memory?”

“Mmm… that’s a tough one. I think it would have to be about climbing the fruit trees in our garden and eating warm, sun-ripened apricots.”

“I can only imagine how wonderful that must have been. But I believe you had pets back then as well?”

“Oh yes. Dogs, cats, birds, horses. We had them all.”

“So what kind of animals did you like the best?”

“I still love both cats and dogs, but I’ve always had a secret yen for a fox. They were classified as feral pests back then, but somehow I always saw them as having the best features of both cats and dogs.”

[Slightly puzzled laughter from the audience].

“If you had had a fox, what would you have called it?”

“Vuk. The name comes from an Hungarian children’s animation back in ’81. 1981 that is.”

“You do enjoy strange words and sayings don’t you? Can you explain this one?”

[The closeup of the presenter’s face is replaced by a circle of letters floating in space. As the circle turns you read ‘Why would a woodchuck chuck wood?”]

“Oh! That one. Well that’s a bit like the one about ‘why did the chicken cross the road’ isn’t it?”

[As the holocam pans across the blank faces of the studio audience, the presenter coughs, and shuffles his notes. He is reknowned for using archaic props, but this time the paper in his hands serves as a handy distraction].

“So Emmi. Tell us a bit more about yourself. Are you a vegan or a vegetarian?”

“Actually I’m an omnivore.”


[More paper shuffling can be heard off camera].

“It says here that you love books. I must say I’m rather partial to hearing a good story myself. Are you listening to anything interesting at the moment?”

“I don’t listen to books young man, I read them, and as a matter of fact, I’ve just finished reading an early twenty-first century novel called The Lady of the Lazaretto.”

“Lazaretto? Is that a religious reference?”

“No, Lazaretto is a medical reference, and the story was set on a quarantine planet.”

“Oh! I see. So it was science fiction. Was it any good?”

“Yes, it was excellent.”

[A pale yellow glow begins to swirl around the presenter’s feet, cueing him to wind the interview up].

“So, Emmi, one last question if I may, about your gaming. What would you say is your avatar’s best super-power?”

[There is a long pause as the holocam zooms in on Emmi’s face again].

“She doesn’t take bleep from anyone.”

[Gasps sound from the audience].

“Ah… quite.”

[The theme music swells in the background]

“Well that’s it for another night. Would you please give a round of applause to Emmi Sandhurst, holder of the Guinness Book of Records title, Oldest Gamer in the World!”

[Fade to black]


As you can see I’ve taken huge liberties with both questions and answers, but I had great fun doing it. 😀

And now it’s your turn. Give it a go. It’s a fun writing prompt and a nice way of passing on the Liebster love. Oh and don’t forget to thank Marian Allen for kick-starting the fun!


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