Saturday, 15 September 2012

I Have The Fashion Sense Of An Op-shop Mannequin.

Hey, guys. Writer, blogger and show-er instead of teller Rhiann Wynn-Nolet of A Nest Of Words just awarded my blog a Reader Appreciation award, so I get to reveal seven things about myself and pass it on. Here goes!

1. I have the fashion sense of an op-shop mannequin. My favourite outfit? Mum jeans and a sensible t-shirt. Isn’t that what all the twenty-three year olds are wearing?

2. I became the nerdiest eight-year-old in history when I decided I wanted to be Prime Minister. I even wrote a list entitled ‘My Marvellous Morals’, featuring the principles I would uphold while governing the country. (No. 1. Make all the roads purple with pink stripes. That was my dress sense in the making).

3. I proceeded to grow into the nerdiest teenager in history; so much so that when I started high school I always sat at the front of the room because I thought I would learn more. Yeah, I know. I can’t work it out now either.

4. I feel bad for inanimate objects. Overstuffed pencil cases – I’ll half empty so it’s easier on the zip. Half-closed laptops – I’ll either close or open it, just to take the weight off the hinges. I even feel bad for the computer we all remotely access at work – we’re leeching its life force away!

5. Thanks to my years’ of telemarketing experience I’ve been known to answer my phone with “Hi it’s Katherine calling on behalf of… oh, sorry, um, hey,” or even finish calls I’ve made to a customer service line with “is there anything else I can do for you today?”

6. I have a terrible habit of singing my thoughts aloud. When my computer is having one of those days you’ll often hear me singing to myself, “just hurry up and work, you-total-piece, yeah!” (That’s right; it’s not a decent song unless it ends with a cheesy, “yeah!”)

7. I’m obsessed with marketing, ads, and any creative way to sell. It’s been observed that when I sit down to watch TV with anyone I end up working through the show but stopping to watch when the ads are on (and much to my companions’ delight, I’ll provide running commentary on what works and why while I’m at it). It’s so much of a passion for me that I invite any author, blogger, random-stranger-with-a-big-idea to contact me if they want to work on promoting something. As long as we can come up with an interesting way to market it, I’m in. (And there’s a nice little Dragon’s Den pun for anyone else as obsessive as me).

8. I can’t count. :P

And now, on to my nominees: 

Utsav and Brighton of Pineapple Lightning – Because they used the word ‘happenstance’ in a disclaimer on their recent pitch contest. Respect.

Dr. Margaret Aranda – Because her blog gives you a medically-approved excuse to spend hours playing with that fish widget.

Raewyn Hewitt of Dreaming of Other Realms – Because I sent her about seven chapters of my MS recently, asking for feedback only on the first, but she read them all anyway. Nawww.

Lisa Terry of Lisaslanding – Because her blog is littered with lovely bits of writing and I reckon they deserve a few more comments.

And finally Donna Hosie of Musings of a Penniless Writer – Because she self-published an awesome book after almost getting an agent for it, then landed an agent for another series. Perseverance, people!

Congratulations to my nominees on their awesome work. And last but not least, thank you so much Rhiann for nominating me! You should all check out her blogA Nest of Words, because she writes beautifully and portrays amazing imagery in just a few words. I can't wait to read more from her!

P.S. Nominees, here are the rules for you.

1. Identify and show appreciation to the blogger who nominated you.
2. You must add the reward logo to your blog.
3. Tell your readers 7 things about yourself.
4. You must nominate 5-10 of your favourite bloggers for this award.
5. Inform your nominees that you nominated them.

Have fun!


  1. Hey, I'm 23 and my friends have taken to calling me a 'grandma' because of my dress sense.

    And your obsession with marketing sounds like my obsessions with how people create adds and movies. Taking Media Production at uni has turned me into a massive media snob.

  2. What a lovely award! Thank you, Katherine. BTW, I am about to send you a lengthy email - prepare yourself!!

    Tiny correction though, there were actually two agents who offered with Searching for Arthur. I just decided to do it myself, because clearly I am nuts!

  3. @Heather I know the feeling there. Oh well, some day people will realise there's nothing uncool about crocs and a cardigan.

  4. @Donna *Toddles off to gmail* And sorry about the mistake but you're right - you are nuts! :P

  5. #5 - yes, I've done that too, answering my own phone with "Good afternoon, you've reached Company Name, this is Rhiann, how can I help you?" Response "Um, it's your husband, with Company Name, what's for dinner?"
    Thank you for saying nice things about me, now, in the interests of marketing me can you put a link to my blog with my name? Only because on Yahoo! nothing about my blog comes up, even with the url in the search box. Thank you!

  6. Awwww - thanks for the nomination. You made my day!

  7. @Rhiann. No worries, done. :) The worst part is when you ramble your opening spiel and you're in public. I did it in a line at the post office once. *Dies*