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Paying it forward

I am toughening up in the chilly English weather - there's me, in a coat, scarf and knee-high boots while around me, students stroll in T-shirts and flip-flops. I feel a bit mad. But... we joined an outdoor swimming pool  for the winter!!! I can't quite believe it. It's three minutes walk from our house, and actually, it's very refreshing. The whole set up is a bit posh, the revamped Lido, with a glass-walled cafe overlooking the brave swimmers. Going from the pool to the jacuzzi, my body is saying, What? What? What? I'll get used to it. Not swum in the rain... or sleet... yet!

So, onto business. So many lovely things have been happening to me that I have decided that it's time to Pay It Forward. The latest news is that my short screenplay adapted from my story North Cold is a finalist in the Waterford Film Fest's short screenplay comp, am off to ireland on Nov 8th to see if I've won.... and I'm a finalist in PANK magazine's 1,001 Awesome Words comp and will be published there. So, I'd like to return the karma. A few months ago I took Sue Guiney up on her offer to Pay it Forward: she sent me a beautiful gift in the post (her poetry play, Dreams of May, and a starfish pendant) in return for my promise to send a gift to three more people. Now it's your turn: I will send something to the first three people who comment on my TaniaWrites blog and promise to pay it forward too. Give me your email address if it's not on your blogger profile. Let's spread the love!

A bit more love: Kelly gave me a Kreativ Blogger award some time ago, thank you Kelly! The rules are:

  • 1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
  • 2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
  • 3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
  • 4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
  • 5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
  • 6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
  • 7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

So, 7 things? Ok: I used to have a piercing in my belly button; I speak English, Hebrew, French, German and a little Arabic; I wrote my first book when I was 6, a novel about triplets (unfinished and, fortunately, unpublished); I am right-handed but eat with my cutlery the "wrong" way round; I have a toe ring; I can hula hoop fairly well; I learned to do a headstand again at the age of 30-something. 

I nominate:

Diane Becker (with snazzy new blog layout!) 

How publishing really works full of very useful information

Mira's List fabulous blog with grants, fellowships and residences for creative people

The Quack Doctor "a collection of panacean powders, pills, potions and pamphlets, as advertised in historical newspapers."

God Shuffles His Feet  - always thought-provoking

Anam cara Writers and Artists Retreat - a creative blog about a heavenly place that nurtures creativity.

Branta: The Might of Write lots of interesting writing-related "stuff"


So, don't forget - first three commenters on my TaniaWrites blog who agree to pay it forward get a gift!