Much to my surprise, I was nominated for the mystery blogger award by Tebogo at The Amateur’s Quill. Thank you! What a lovely surprise! It’s always nice when some whose writing you really like likes yours as well.
It’s taken me a while to respond because it’s a busy time of year, and because I had to do a bit of pondering to answer her questions. But here at last is my response, and my own passing along of the nomination.
First, here are…
Display the award logo on your blog.
Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
Share the link to your best post.
Nice idea Okoto! It’s a good way to find new blogs!
And now 3 Things About Me:
1. My poems are all autobiographical/observational, with only a little poetic licence. So if you’ve read much of my blog you already know a lot about me. But here is a summary: stroppy middle-aged STEM academic, married, mother of three, pet pig, brown hair with white streak currently dyed apple green, fond of a G&T.
2. When I read something written by someone whose voice I know, I hear it in their voice. I love being able to put a voice to someone’s words (thank you DR Bogdan, Lawrence). My own accent is (mild, south eastern) Australian, so sometimes when I read things on blogs from the US the rhymes don’t come out right, and I have to stop and replay them in my mind with an American accent instead.
3. I’m one of several Kate Wilsons that I know, including one who is a friend and collaborator. Hence the blog name “anotherkatewilson”. I originally started the blog as a requirement for an online course I was doing (hence using my name in the title), but deleted all that stuff and repurposed it as a personal blog in January of this year.
My answers to Tebogo’s questions:
1. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do, if you don’t mind me asking?
Probably applying for promotion this year. I struggle with impostor syndrome, and it’s a really painful process writing many pages about how much impact I’ve had (hate that word), and then an interview in which senior colleagues ask why you think you’re worthy… It’s much worse than a job interview, because then if you don’t get it it’s because someone else was better in some way. With this it was just “why do you think you’re good enough?”. Plus it seemed really inappropriate this year, given people were losing their jobs. But my boss told me to, in very definite terms.
2. If you absolutely had to choose, would you rather be the hero in the movie 300 or would you rather be Steve Jobs?
So I had to google 300 because I haven’t seen it. That’s a tough question – One the one hand Leonidas appeals, because making mortar out of slain enemies is good use of the materials at hand, which is something I always praise in my students. But I think Pixar has done some great stuff, especially their shorts. And regardless of what you think of Apple, Steve Jobs was clearly brilliant. But I’d like to live past 56… Can I say neither? I think I’d rather just be me.
3. What’s one thing you’d definitely like to have included in your eulogy (if you don’t mind me asking)?
Funerals are for the living – I would want whoever was there to know that I loved them, and I would want them to get on with living their lives and being happy, and to look after the pig. Oh, and I’d like someone to call it a eugoogely, like in Zoolander.
4. What are you most proud of?
My own achievements seem pretty average. I think my proudest moment was a proud-mum-moment.
One of my sons won his school spelling bee, and went on to the regional finals in Goulburn. When it got down to the last two kids standing, it was him and a girl. Then, he got a word wrong, and then she got a word wrong. There was some conferring among the judges. Then they gave him another word and he got it right. Then the official announced him as winner, and going on to the state final in Sydney. While the applause was going on, he sidled over to the judges and was arguing with them that it wasn’t fair – the girl should have gotten another chance too.
Apparently he’d been given a word from the wrong list or something, so the decision stood, but I’m proud that he did that because I think she should have been given another word too.
5. What do people usually like most about you?
My colleagues and those above – that I’m reliable.
My students – that I care, and put in a lot of time to help them.
My friends and family – I have no idea, and I’m not game to ask in case they can’t think of anything.
My Best Post:
I think it’s probably “Talking to Samuel”, which is really just a record of a conversation, as close to word for word as I could remember when I tried to jot it down later the same day.
A selection of the blogs I love reading; excluding those nominated in the same post as I was – there are several there I would have nominated otherwise.
The funny, the strange, the dark, the clever, the sweet, the beautiful, the inspiring and the strong. I won’t specify who is in which category, and all are in at least two.
Day dreaming as a profession
Dread Poet’s Sobriety
If you haven’t got a sonnet
One woman’s quest II
Read, Learn, Live
The Tigress Awakes
The Vixen of Verse
1. Why do you blog?
2. What is your favourite poem (by someone else), and why?
3. What are you reading at the moment (and would you recommend it)?
4. What are you most proud of? (Yes, I know, I’m repeating one of Tebogo’s, but I’m really curious – I found this one so hard to answer.)
5. Would you rather be reincarnated as a bird, or uploaded into a simulated reality?