Doubly Lovely: One Lovely Blog Award

Getting nominated for One Lovely Blog Award is great, getting nominated for two in a matter of days is a bit special, plus it means I can use it as an excuse to use this image of the Puma sisters…

Special thanks to Yomu and Average Joe Reviews for nominating me, and I apologise that I’m going to lump you both together, especially as I don’t think I can come up with fourteen questions to answer, well, not that would be of any interest anyhow.

Here are the rules:

1) Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
2) Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
3) Share 7 things about yourself
4) Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
5) Include this set of rules
6) Inform your nominees

The hardest thing with this is coming up with stuff that isn’t already on my blog. Sure, it would be easy (and probably smart to talk about posts that I can link back to), but what’s the fun in that. All right, let’s go.

7. Staying Awake!

I once stayed awake for three whole days just to see if I could do it. If that’s not a good enough reason, I don’t know what is. When my wife would go away for business or school, I would have horror movie weekends where I would stay up all night watching scary movie because I love them and she hates them.

The time in question, however, was when I was eighteen and wanted to just see what would happen. Honestly, I got tired, but every so often I would get a second wind and forget all about it. When I was done, I just had a normal sleep, so it didn’t seem like that big of a deal.

I’ve never been a huge fan of sleep. It’s always seemed like such a waste of time. One-third of your life spent lying around doing nothing when there is so much to do and see is annoying, but that’s just me.

6. Run, Forest, Run!

I used to be pretty fast. My fastest one-hundred metre sprint was 11.02 seconds. I was also a good rugby player, playing on the wing with my speed and size, I was big for a winger back then too. It ended when I bust my knee playing kabbadi on a beach in France… What a way to go!?!

5. Nice bum!

Apparently, voice actors like it when I comment on their anime character’s bum. For some reason, they are oddly proud of their animated posteriors!

The lovely Jamie Marchi, the English voice of Mount Lady from My Hero Academy and Rias Gremory from High School DxD, among others, retweeted my tweet about joining team Mount Lady after one episode of My Hero Academia.

You’re thinking, sure, but that’s just one. Wait, there’s more. Cassandra Lee Morris, the English voice of Nero, Saber from Fate/Extra, replied to my comment about Nero’s interesting fashion statement – butt cleavage!

I don’t try to make a habit of talking about bums, but maybe I should…

4. A Nice Cup of Tea

I don’t drink coffee and haven’t done so for at least ten years, probably longer. Tea is the hot drink of choice for me, and I’ve even replaced soft drinks with tea too. Basically, I drink a lot of tea, but then I am British!

3. My First Job

My first real job was as a lifeguard at a pleasure pool with a wave machine and slides. I ended up doing it all through school on weekends and holidays. In all, I was a lifeguard for almost six years. It has given me a great foundation in first aid, although I’m sure everything I learnt is now out of date, but it’ll be better than nothing in a pinch.

I have saved a few people, almost exclusively children going out of their depth and one that wasn’t ready for the waves when they started up. It seems like a fairly glamorous job, but it is incredibly boring. The hardest part is staying alert. It’s impossible to turn off though as I still find myself watching everyone and making sure they’re safe whenever I go to a pool or the beach.

2. Zombie Run!

Not content with just watching films and anime about zombies, I love to take part in zombie runs. Back when I lived in New Zealand there was a haunted attraction that held an annual 5km zombie run. It had obstacles and mazes and a lot of zombies. They were all professional actors and incredibly good at their job. I’ve done it twice and even dressed as Thor one year. I made Mjolnir myself and carried it around the entire race.

1. Word Count is Strong

You may not have noticed, but I also write fiction. I have released eight novellas in a dark fantasy series called Valiant Lineage. Interesting fact, I have actually written the first draft for the first twenty-six novellas, which rather surprisingly takes me to the midpoint of the overall story. I need to find a way to increase the editing speed.

I have also written the first draft for a collaborative trilogy of novels with two other authors. The book follows three survivors after a plague-like outbreak which decimates the population of the United Kingdom, possibly the world. We are actively working on the edits and hope to release these later this year.

On top of all of that, I have a pile of outlines that I’ve been working on and will eventually get to. One of which is a harem comedy set on a mysterious island resort. Can’t wait to write that one, it should be a blast. I wrote the outline for it on a plane flight. If I can just find a way to write the stories as quickly as I come up with the ideas.

So, who are you going to nominate? Good question. I tend to get to these tag posts too late in the game to nominate people who haven’t already done it or been nominated before. So, if you have been tagged before, don’t worry, you don’t have to do it. I know how hard it was to come up with seven interesting things about myself.

This means you all have lovely blogs.

Thanks for reading.