Saturday, 26 November 2011

Trains, Writing and Blog Awards

I had a lovely evening speaking about historical fiction and research at a writing group on Wednesday evening, a little further south from where I live. Since the train was the most sensible way to travel in a late November evening, I made the most of the forty minute journey down and took out pen and paper. I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy writing on trains, or in my favourite cafe. And this was no exception. By the time the train drew in, I’d written around 600 words of my WIP (I checked the word count when transferring it to the computer yesterday). So as well as enjoying time with old friends and new, while talking about a favourite subject, it was very productive evening all round. I read on the way home!

I’m delighted to accept the cute Liebster Award from a supportive and friendly online writing colleague, Angela Barton, for blogs with fewer than 200 followers. I also received one from another lovely online friend, Melanie Robertson-King for my Romancing History blog. Liebster is German for dearest and I love the way we encourage and support each other in this competitive world of writing. I do enjoy reading other writers’ blogs as much as possible. So in the spirit of the award, this is what I and my recipients must do:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger

2. Choose your 5 bloggers to receive the award and tell them by leaving a comment on their blog

3. Copy and paste the award on your blog

4. Hope those five people send it to their chosen bloggers!

It’s now my pleasure to pass the Liebster Award on to the following five bloggers:

Gwen Kirkwood: a genuinely lovely person and writer of great fiction with a farming background

Debbie White: a brave writer who is positively moving on after personal trauma

Jean Bull: a new blogger who has published a great sounding book with a lovely cover

Anita Chapman: another fairly new blogger whose posts are so interesting

Freda Lightfoot: prolific novelist of some great titles and more recent blogger

Happy writing and blogging,


Anita Chapman said...

Hello Rosemary,
Thank you so much for nominating my blog for this award. Liz Crump also kindly nominated by blog for this award a couple of weeks ago.
You are lovely ladies!
Anita X

Joanna said...

Congratulations on your award, Rosemary! Your evening sounds perfect. I love trains and usually find I read a huge amount in between listening to other people's conversations. I haven't written any fiction on a train yet, but I can't wait to try it next time. An extra few hundred words makes good use of the travelling time.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hi Anita - you're very welcome! I was trying to choose different people for this award and I do enjoy your posts very much.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Joanna! Trains seem to be my most pructive place to write and my husband and I have always loved travelling on them (steam trains too!)

Patsy said...

Congratulations on your award, Rosemary.

I agree - trains do seem to be good places to write.

Debs Carr said...

Your evening sound fun.

Congratulations on your blog award.

joanne fox said...

I don't know why it is that trains are such good writing places, but they definitely are. I should take trains more often and maybe I'd get more work done! Well done on being such a popular blogger too!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Patsy!

Hi Debs - thanky you!

Thanks, Joanne - I was thinking the same about going on trains more often!

Talli Roland said...

Congrats on the award and to those bloggers you've passed it on to!

K.C. Woolf said...

I love writing on the train as well, and reading even more.

Congratulations on the award! :-)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, Talli - it's always good to mention other blogs!

Great form of transport, isn't it, K.C? Thank you!

Diane Fordham said...

Good to hear your night went well. It seems no matter where we are us writers find the opportunity to write - good on you!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, Diane! Just as well we can make use of opportunities.