Liebster Award X 2

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I am delighted and honoured to have been nominated for this award by two different people. Strictly speaking, I’ve been nominated for two different versions of the award, so I’ll proudly display both badges on my page. My two lovely nominators are – in the order that I received them – Suganiya Rassiah at her blog, Infinite Passion (above badge) and Yinglan at A Simple Life (badge shown lower down the page). I want to say a huge thank you to both of them for thinking of me and urge you to take a look at their blogs, if you don’t already do so.

I’ve had Suganiya’s nomination for a good few weeks now, but it’s been on hold until I got back from Andalucia. Yinglan’s arrived last week, while I was still in Spain, so I think it’s time to do something about both of them.

First, here are the rules:

Other than for the fourth one, the rules are the same for both of the awards.  The questions are different, however, so I’ll take one set of questions at a time.

shutterstock_1180812761. Thank the person/people who nominated you by providing a link to their blog in your Liebster Award post. (Done)

2. Give 11 random facts about yourself.

3. Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.

4.  (a) Nominate 11 other blogs that have 200 followers or less (Suganiya’s Award – black badge, above).

(b) Nominate 5-11 other bloggers (Yinglan’s – blue badge below).

5. Ask your nominees 11 questions of your own.

Now that’s done, here are eleven random facts about myself:

shutterstock_1783224441I have very fine, flyaway hair. When I was younger I kept it long so I could just tie it back or put it into bunches or pigtails. I’d look a right idiot with bunches or pigtails now, so it just hangs and gets on my nerves. These two photos of me with bunches were taken when I was a first-time mum.  They’re so old and cracked they’re a bit of a disaster.

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2. I may have said this before, but I’m a techno-nerd. In other words, any technological apparatus or appliance has lost me before I even touch it. And when I do touch it, it invariably breaks.

3. I live in a tiny village where the Internet connection drives me to distraction. I’ve had to abandon so many posts, or comments – and even emails – for a while because the connection has been lost just before I hit the send button!

4. I hate the wind. I like a nice gentle breeze on a summer’s day, but a strong wind in either summer or winter is a definite no-no. Probably all to do with my flyaway hair.

5. If it were possible, I’d relocate to the Lake District – which I’ve adored since I was a child. Not that I want to wander off looking for daffodils – Wordsworth’s already done that bit. I just love the mountains and lakes.

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View from Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick, in the Lake District.

Now we live on the edge of Lincolnshire, which – with the exception of couple of areas – is very flat. Very pretty… but still flat.

6. I adore ice cream – although I’m not a lover of fancy flavours. I just like a nice, rich vanilla or even what we call Cornish ice cream in the UK, which is very rich and creamy. I’ll eat ice cream any way, but I prefer it in a cone/cornet when I’m walking around. Occasionally I’ll be tempted by a chocolate flake or strawberry sauce.

7. When I write – seriously, I mean – I have to be in a room on my own and in silence, give or take a few of the noisy birds we have around here. I don’t even like music playing, no matter how quiet it is.

8. I love travelling, both abroad and in the British Isles. I still have a list of countries I’d like to visit, for different reasons, as well as British sites I still haven’t seen. Finding the time (and money) is a different matter, though.

9. Early mornings are my favourite time. It’s the time I like to get out and walk. Then – apart from the usual housework and necessary cooking -I have the rest of the day to do my own things. I can’t do late nights nowadays. By 10pm I usually head off to bed to read.

10. This was me (the one on the left) when I was three, with my aunt (who was only six years older than me) and my little sister. I always hated these picture because they made me look like a little pudding. The second photo, of just me, is also very stained now. My tendency to overweight has long gone through year of jogging, going to gyms and swimming. Now I have dodgy knees due to all the jogging and people keep telling me I need to put weight on! Mum, Joan and Linda 172 11. I’m struggling to find random facts now … Ah, I know: By the time I was twenty I was beginning to believe I was destined to marry a farmer. I had had three ‘steady’ boyfriends who all, for some unknown reason, were farmers. The first two lasted for simply a matter of a few months but the last one was for three years. Most people assumed we would marry when I finished my teacher training. But things just fizzled out when I moved across to Yorkshire to start my first teaching job. I still wonder what attracted farmers to me, or me to farmers. Perhaps I just liked that rugged, outdoors look they have. Haha. 😀  None of the three knew each other and I met each in completely different circumstances. shutterstock_78397096 Now I think I’m totally factless… 

Here are the two sets of questions for me to answer: shutterstock_148655024 FIRST, SUGANIYA’S QUESTIONS: 

1. What era do you think you’re best suited to?

Although I write historical fiction and have a passion for the past, I’ve always been happy living in the present era. I was born just after the war, so I’m part of the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation who were teenagers during the 1960s with all the changes that came with it. I have very happy memories of my 1950s childhood and can’t help comparing it to childhood during the present times. I appreciate all the ‘mod cons’ we have now that make life so much easier and more comfortable, not to mention the medical advances that have been made. I rarely wish I’d been born at a later date. The future holds so much uncertainty.  

2. What kind of person do you wish you were? Describe please! For a start I’d like to be a lot taller! I’m a grand 5 foot 2 inches, and the shortest person in my family. My mother was six inches taller than me, although my father was an inch shorter than her. He looked even shorter because of the bad limp he had after being badly wounded in the war. But Dad’s side of the family were all ‘shrimps’ like me, especially the women. As for the type of person I’d like to be … Probably someone more assertive. I’m very easy going and have a ‘live and let live’ attitude to others. There’s no point in letting other people get you down as far as I’m concerned. We’re all different, and that’s that.

3, Why did you start a blog?  I started blogging simply because people assured me it was something that all writers should do. But I’ve found far more to WordPress than a site on which to promote my books. In fact, I do very few posts about my books. In all honesty, I hate some of the blogs of writers, whose every post has ‘Buy my Book’ thrust at the readers and nothing else. I can’t bring myself to do that. I enjoy blogging and participating in the flash fiction challenges because they’re fun. I also like to put my travel post and those about British customs and traditions. My blog is called, ‘Bringing History to Life’, which is what I like to do.

4. Describe your dream man/woman 😉 Ah now, that is an interesting question – although I’m probably far too ancient to be answering it! As far as looks are concerned, I’ve no preference for either fair or dark, or particular eye colour. But, between you and me, I’m rather fond of Chris Hemsworth as he is in the ‘Thor’ movie. 😀 Now, I know I’m biased here, and vikings are are must for me – but he is a god, after all …(I couldn’t find a free image of him as Thor, but I’m sure you all know what he looks like with long hair and carrying his big hammer.) I like long hair! I suppose I’ve been influenced by two hippie-style daughters!

5. Have you ever written a story/book (doesn’t have to be completed) and if so what’s its name? This is an easy one to answer! I have written the first two books of my ‘Sons of Kings’ trilogy – ‘Shadow of the Raven’ and ‘Pit of Vipers. I’m writing the third at present, but the only idea for a title at present is along the lines of ‘Dragon of Wessex’ – after the Wessex flag. (This is because it is in Book 3 that Alfred’s dreams of keeping the Danes out of Wessex are fulfilled … mostly!)

6. Do you remember the first book you read, if so what’s the name? Some of the first books I read (unassisted) were the ‘Secret Seven’ and then the ‘Famous Five’ books by Enyd Blyton when I was about six or seven. I read quite a few of them, so I don’t remember which I read first. Before those, of course, I had to learn to read at school. We had some set reading books about a farmer called Old Lob. So I suppose, they were the first books I actually read – under the gentle guidance of the very patient infant teachers (plus Mum at home). The first ‘classic’ I read was ‘Jane Eyre’ when I was about eleven. I loved that story.

7. Why do you read, or rather do you read? I can’t imagine life without reading. I’ve read all my life, to what extent dependent upon circumstances at the time. I now read for two different reasons. I read non-fiction when doing research for my writing, and fiction for the sheer pleasure of it. I find reading a great stress reliever. I can delve into someone else’s story and forget about everything I’ve got to do for a while. Any form of reading is also very educational. shutterstock_197038109 8. What relaxes you? Walking, swimming, reading, knitting and baking. I’m not one for a great deal of TV watching. I like the odd programme, like ‘The Musketeers’ – which I now have to wait almost another year for, but I can happily miss most stuff. Knitting I’ve simply abandoned while I’m writing this trilogy, but I know I’ll come back to it eventually. I’ve made dozens of jumpers and cardigans in my time and find knitting relaxing. Baking nowadays tends to be when we have all the family coming round to eat it.

9. Something you regret. My main regret is in not starting writing my books earlier in my life. But six children and teaching left no time until I’d actually retired. Now, I’m beginning to feel I really have left it too late.

10. Something that you don’t regret. Marrying and having six children. I’d probably do the same, given my time over again (although I’d probably have people screaming at me nowadays to think about the population explosion!)

11. What is the imaginary pet you always wanted to have? Don’t like pets, well try them 🙂 We’ve had just about every ‘normal’ type of pet imaginable when my children were young, including various types of rodents, and tanks and ponds full of various kinds of fish, including some huge koi carp that the local herons seemed to find tasty until we netted the pond. We also had a catfish that we soon realised was eating all his playmates. The only reptiles we’ve ever had are tortoises. I drew the line at snakes because I really don’t like them! Ugh … As for imaginary pets … When I was a child I’d have liked a flying horse, like Pegasus, or perhaps a unicorn. I also loved all those dogs and horses that always came to their child-friend’s aid when they were in danger. Like Lassie, Or Champion the Wonder Horse.

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Now for Yinglan’s Nomination

6e913-liebster-award1 AND HERE ARE YINGLAN’S QUESTIONS:

1. What made you start blogging?  (Same answer as Q.1 above)

2. What have you learned through blogging? I have learned that blogging takes a lot of time. It’s also a lot of fun meeting so many people around their world and many posts are very educational as well as interesting. Some have opened my eyes to things I had never considered before.

3. If you could go anywhere, where would you go? I’m happy actually living in the UK. Even if we move away from Nottinghamshire/Lincolnshire, nowhere in this country is that far away from where most of our family live. Britain is very small compared to other countries. For holidays, I think our next ‘long haul’ will either be New Zealand or Canada, although I’ve taken a fancy to Russia recently, too – and Argentina! Flying across to mainland Europe is a quick holiday for us, and we generally go down to Malta every September because we have a timeshare there. I’d like to do some ‘city breaks’ though …perhaps Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.

4. If you could be anything (occupation-wise), what would you be? I’ve already finished my career as a teacher – which I loved – and now I’m concentrating on my writing. If I hadn’t gone into teaching, I would have veered towards midwifery. I’ve always been a ‘baby person’. I fancied being some kind of air hostess when I was 14  because I wanted to see the world. I soon learned that in those days (1960s) they wanted tall, leggy women for that … which I certainly wasn’t!

5. One word you like people to use to describe you. Creative, I think. I love to write,  but only the feedback from others can say whether I manage to be creative or not.

6. One word you would not like people to use to describe you. Insensitive. I hate insensitive people, so if anyone called me that, I’d have a lot of self-assessment to do.

7. What are some sounds you dislike? Loud ones – particularly high-pitched screeches. ( I won’t elaborate on my dislike of some women singers’ high pitched caterwauling here!) I hate noise, whether it’s machinery, music or lots of people talking and laughing loudly. I really do like peace and quiet. Of course, I don’t get it when the tribe descend on us, especially at Christmas and times like that shutterstock_153779333 8. Who do you look up to? So many people throughout history, both men and women, have achieved greatness in their lives, and I’ve no desire to prioritise right now. Thinking about most of these is a humbling experience. Closer to home, I have to admire the way my husband has coped with his life in the twenty-six years since the car accident that almost killed him. Though not his fault in the slightest and he did receive compensation, he had to retire from teaching. Now, although he jokes about being ‘Metal Mickey’ (we have great fun at airports) he copes really well and, other than the limp due to a displaced pelvis, he keeps as active as possible – though sometimes not without his regular, prescribed pain killers.

9. If time freezes for 24 hours, what would you do? I’m not sure what could be done if time were frozen. Presumably I wouldn’t be frozen in time as well (?) in which case I’d probably write … and read. I could manage that for 24 hours, but any longer and I think I’d just go crazy. 😦

10. Are you motivated by hope or fear? Hope – for what I have still to do and can achieve. I don’t see fear as something to motivate anyone. Rather, it would surely hold them back? My own hopes and ambitions for my writing, and seeing as much of the world as possible, drive me forward – as well as  my hopes to see my children and grandchildren thrive in their future lives.

11. What/who is your inspiration? I’ll gear this question to my inspiration to write, I think, because I’ve been inspired by many people for different things. So, great writers … Dorothy Dunnett inspired me to write historical fiction many years ago. But her writing style is so complex, I always felt I could never match her standard. Still, it didn’t put me off wanting to write. I’ve enjoyed books by so many authors. I love Wilbur Smith’s ‘River God’, Mary Stewart’s ‘Crystal Cave’ and Bernard Cornwell’s series about Arthur. And far too many more to list here.

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Which brings me to my questions for my nominees:

shutterstock_1412641331.What are the main types of posts you write and what type of blogs do you enjoy reading yourself?

2.Do you have a particular time of day when you do your blogging and how often do you generally aim to post?

3. Have you a particular genre you like to read or watch on TV/movies, and are there any genres that you would avoid at all costs?

4. What would be your ideal holiday destination? (e.g. are you a sunshine-and-beach kind of person or a sightseer, a sports-driven holiday-seeker, or what?)

5. What is your biggest goal in life at the moment?

6. What is your favourite type of music? Do you have any favourite performer(s)?

7. Do you have a favourite musical instrument and do you play anything yourself?

8. To what extent are you influenced by fashion in your choice of clothes?

9. Describe your ideal meal/venue for a meal on a special occasion or night out.

10. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?

11. Now the biggie: What do you think of ‘Game of Thrones’ (book or TV series)? This seems to be a popular discussion point at the moment!

Finally, these are my nominees. I’ll do them in two groups. 

These are the people I nominate for the first award shown (the black and pink one):

luckyjc007 at Reflections on Life’s Journey

* Sonya at Only 100 Words

HumaAq

OldenGray

 SerenaArtiste

Jessica (skyllarae) at Eat Me

* Shivangi

 lifehomeandaway

For Yinglan’s Award (blue/grey one)

* Norma at Emovere

AlexF 

Bekki Hill at The Creativity Cauldron

tastyniblets

Jack R. Cotner

The Snow Melts Somewhere

About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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66 Responses to Liebster Award X 2

  1. Congrats Millie, well deserved.
    I did enjoy your answers and admire your motivation to write. I enjoy the writing process but the long haul I find daunting……

  2. TEG Diez says:

    Love hearing more about you! And, seeing pictures from your childhood. Beautiful.

    • milliethom says:

      Well, I usually warn people that I tend to be very garrulous when I get going! I find it so hard to answer the questions briefly, so the posts end up of marathon proportions. Thank you for having the patience to read it and like those old pictures. 🙂

  3. Yinglan says:

    Congratulations once again and it was very interesting reading your answers to my questions. 🙂

  4. Creatopath says:

    Well done. That’s a lot of questions you had to answer!

    • milliethom says:

      It was a lot, of questions Rachel, and I did wonder whether I should have done two separate posts. 🙂 But I reasoned that no one would want to read two! You were on my list of nominees at first, untiI I realised you already had this award and probably wouldn’t want to do it twice. 🙂

      • Creatopath says:

        I think it worked well combining them. That was nice of you to think of me, but yes, have already completed that one!

      • milliethom says:

        I’ve always turned down second nominations for other awards, but these two came at roughly the same time, so I thought I’d combine them. It made it a heck of a long post, though! 🙂

  5. Bekki Hill says:

    Hi Millie. Congratulations and thank you for the nominations. Lovely random facts and question answers. Everyone should have a flying horse 🙂 Can I just check – it was a long post with a lot of information – my Liebster nominations I chose can have any number of followers?

    • milliethom says:

      Yes, I’ve nominated you for the blue award because I know you have more than 200 followers. It seemed odd to me that the two awards were different in this, and it took ages trying to find out how many followers people had. I didn’t know how to do that until my daughter came round and explained it to me! Techno-nerd, that’s me! 🙂

  6. Thanks for thinking of me, Millie! I love the interview part of these awards 🙂 getting to know other bloggers

    • milliethom says:

      You are very welcome, and I hope you will accept. There is no obligation to do so, of course but, as you say, awards are a way of bloggers getting to know each other – and it can be fun. I found the hardest part with this one was finding out how many followers people had. 🙂

      • And how do you find out? Unless they’ve allowed it to show on their site, I have no idea either…

      • milliethom says:

        This is the tricky part – which took me ages yesterday! You go into your Reader and find the posts of people you want to nominate. Don’t open up/go into the post, though. If you click on the blog title at the top of that ‘sort-of-square- box’ it tells you how many followers they have. The problem arises when the person you want to nominate hasn’t posted anything for a while, so their last post is miles down in your Reader. I gave up with some, I must admit, because I had no idea how many followers they had. You are doing the blue award, so your nominees don’t have to have fewer than 200. The idea of the Liebster award, though, is to welcome relatively new bloggers – not those who already have hundreds of followers. So, you still need to look for people who, pehaps, have no more than 3-400. (That’s what I think, anyway.) Hope this makes sense! Millie 🙂

      • I probably never would have figured that out on my own! Thanks! 🙂

        By the way, I loved the Famous Five as a kid! (And if you don’t like windy places, you’d better buy a windstopper for Argentina! 🙂 We had geared up with windproof everything – gloves, etc., and it wasn’t too much at all!)

      • milliethom says:

        I’m suitably forewarned, then Thank
        you! 🙂
        As for finding the number of followers, it was my daughter – who also has a WP blog – who had to come round and explain it to me. I’d never have even thought to click on there. It’s supposed to be the correct figure too. Hope you manage to sort things out. At least you don’t have to answer two lots of questions. I thought the post would go on forever! Feel free to ask anything else if you need to. I haven’t made the questions too personal, so they should be straightforward enough.

      • I liked your questions 🙂 I actually do have two sets of questions, I was also nominated by someone else 1-2 weeks ago but didn’t do the post yet. So I’ll probably combine the two Liebsters like you did 🙂 I’ve seen others do it too…

      • milliethom says:

        Oh, good for you. I managed to make the eleven things about myself do for both and my own questions. It did make it shorter than doing two full posts. And you can make your answers to questions a long or short as you like. I always tend to ramble…! Have fun with the post because that’s what it’s all about, and I’ll look forward to reading it. There’s no rush, though, just do it whenever you can fit it in. 🙂

      • Thanks, Millie! 🙂

  7. Galit Balli says:

    Congratulations Millie, on a well deserved awards ❤
    Loved reading your answers and to know more about you 🙂 I am the same way in writing, I need silence as much as I can 😀

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks, Galit. ❤ I know you've finished (or almost finished) your first book now. It's a great feeling, isn't it? I hope everything goes well with you for that. I'll have to seek it out once it's published. 🙂

      • Galit Balli says:

        Thank you so much 🙂 It is great and it will feel even better once I’ve finished it, lol.
        I hope I will be ab;e to publish it, lol, someday 😀

  8. Galit Balli says:

    Love your childhood pictures so cute 🙂 and I loved getting a glimpse into the third book, can’t wait to read it 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      Those childhood pics are just funny, Galit. I can see that now, after years of hiding them away. I used to loathe anyone thinking I was a little chubby-chops! (Which I was!) I don’t care now. ❤ I'm making a great effort with my book now, so I think some of my usual challenge posts will have to go for a while. We can't fit everything into a single day, can we? I hope the book will be worth reading when I do eventually finish. lol Thank you for that really nice comment, Galit. It's much appreciated. 🙂

      • Galit Balli says:

        I love the picture and we are all a bit (or more) embarrassed by childhood pictures, lol. You are awesome to post them and share them and you look so cute, so no worries at all.
        Sadly we can’t fit everything we want in one day (but we still try), lol.

  9. I really enjoyed reading this and learning more about you. You were an adorable little girl!

  10. OldenGray says:

    Many thanks to Millie Thom for tossing me under the trolley, given I have never been selected for much of anything and am slightly nervous at this time. I will get over it! See! Sincerely, thank you very much Millie!

    • milliethom says:

      Hi! I’m really glad you have accepted the challenge. If you are old as dirt, I’m not sure what that makes me. I’m 68! So less of the ancient stuff! Hehe 🙂

      • OldenGray says:

        Hello Millie.
        Well, I am glad that I did not receive this note until this morning because I was up to my ears busy last night. I never read fiction, but there is the woman who writes so well that I could not put her book down. I’m not sure if you have read any of her stuff but she is one super fantastic author. Her name is Millie Thom. A fabulous writer and a master of the craft. The funny thing is, that lady has the same name as you Millie. What are the odds on that, wink, wink! I promised the Mrs. she could read it as she loves these type of books. Poor thing, she only reads about ten times faster than me.
        Okay dear, well I will have to go through the process and see if I am bright enough to figure out what I have to do. I’ve only been blogging since the beginning of this year so a lot of Greek stuff. And by the way, when you are giving out your age you should be doing so in metric…let people know that you are 34 years old…in each eye!

      • milliethom says:

        Well, OldenGray, I’m not sure where to
        start answering this! I hadn’t realised there was another writer with the same name as me. That really is a coincidence. I wonder where she lives. lol 🙂
        I’m really flattered that you actually bought my book, let alone liked it! Thank you so much for all the great things you’ve said about my writing (unless, of course, you’re mistaking me
        for the ‘other’ Millie Thom).
        As you’ve probably guessed, I love historical fiction and I’m obsessed with Vikings right now. I went down to Andalucia a couple of weeks ago to do a bit more research for Book 3, which has a section in Cordoba. (That’s why I had
        some posts about the various places on my blog). I’m desperate to get on with the book because I’m way behind with it. I’ve spent far too much time writing flash fiction on WP!
        As for blogging … I only put my first post up at the end of last July. I had a very slow start, too, because I was still writing Book 2. So, I only really got the hang of things after Christmas. All becomes clear as time moves on. 🙂
        I hadn’t realised you didn’t know about doing an Awards post, or I would have explained. Still, you have done most of the post, so just copy and paste it onto a new page on your blog. Don’t forget to take the badge from my post as a jpg to put on you own post. Just follow the rules I’ve written (just the first one for Rule 4). If you’re not sure how to find other bloggers with under 200 followers, I’ve explained it to snowsomewhere in a comment on my post. Just nominate as many as possible. You don’t have to do the whole eleven!
        As for age … the metric idea sounds good, I’ll have to try it out!
        Don’t worry about the answers you put in my comment box. I can always delete them later on. 🙂 Thank you again for liking my book!
        You can always email me if you need to know anything else. The address is in the sidebar on my blog. 😀

      • OldenGray says:

        I forgot to mention the title of the book is Shadow of the Raven. You can get it through Amazon! :o)

      • milliethom says:

        Sounds like an interesting title! I’ll have to look into it. 😀

  11. Shivangi says:

    Lovely beautiful cute pics Millie…loved the answers and facts about you…keep writing your informative pieces…kudos!

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you so much, Shivangi. ❤ Did you decide whether you would accept the nomination or not? (Please don't think I'm rushing you, or pressuring you into accepting. Of course, I'd love you to accept, but there is no obligation to do so.) 🙂

      • Shivangi says:

        I would love to but I do not have the time….I already accepted it once Millie. So, I will have to let it go this time…but thank you so much. I appreciate it a lot 🙂

      • milliethom says:

        That’s absolutely fine, Shivangi. You wouldn’t be expected to do it twice, unless you really had lots ot time on your hands! I’m not surprised you’ve already had this one, either. 🙂

  12. scrapydotwo says:

    Congratulations on the two awards running together. You are a very interesting character(person) I would love to know you as a friend and now I know you much better after all your answers. I enjoyed reading your first book Shadow of the Raven so much that after finishing it last night I immediately bought the also. I want to go on reading about those Danes and Mercians

    • milliethom says:

      That is one of the nicest comments I’ve ever had, Scrapydo! Thank you so much. ❤ I promise you, when we get to New Zealand – hopefully in the next couple of years – we will come and see you (if that's Ok with you, of course). New Zealand has been on our list of places to visit for a long time. And thank you so much for liking my book! 🙂 I'll have to hurry up and get on with Book 3 because I've been very slow with it so far. I'll be interested to see what you think of Pit of Vipers. Some people like it better than Shadow, whereas others didn't like it as much. It's all down to personal taste though, isn't it?
      I would sincerely love to have you as my friend, too. ❤

      • scrapydotwo says:

        You are very welcome to have some time here in Upper Hutt. It is near many well known place! Lord of the Rings, Hobbits….

      • milliethom says:

        It sounds wonderful. I just have to finish my third book and save up some pennies. We decided New Zealand would be next ‘long haul’ after visiting Australia, but we just have’t got round to it yet. It’s right there at the top of our list, though. It would be lovely to meet you. 🙂

      • scrapydotwo says:

        Looking forward to meet you too. I even have some space for you to overnight here if you want to. That’s for the future anyway!

  13. I of July says:

    if anyone deserves an award it’s you 🙂

  14. luckyjc007 says:

    Millie, Congratulations on receiving the two different versions of the Liebster Award. I have enjoyed reading your answers to the questions. 😃 I also enjoyed your random facts and the pictures. It’s a nice way to learn more about you other than the fact that you have an awesome blogger site. I feel like I know you better now and will continue to look forward to your posts.

    • milliethom says:

      Hello, Jessie. Thank you for that wonderful comment. 🙂 I agree that these awards are a lovely way of getting to know each other as people. Did you see the pingback I sent to your About page, nominating you for this award? I hope it worked! Naturallly, I’d love you to accept because I really enjoy reading your posts, too, but there’s no obligation to do so. Thank you again for reading and liking my post. 😀

  15. Congrats!!! I really enjoyed your responses and learning more about you!! 😀

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you so much, Christina. I know I tend to rabbit on, and hoped I wouldn’t frighten people off – especially with two lots of questions to answer. 🙂 Hope all is going well with you and your writing.

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  18. AlexF says:

    I love the photographs of you as a young girl Millie! They are so precious. And while they may be stained or discoloured with age, I think that makes them all the more beautiful and special! Also, the photos of you as a first time mother are stunning. I would love to see more of these old photographs. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      I suppose the photos are special to me, but most are b/w and all very cracked. They’ve just been in a big box for years, I’ll never be young again, that’s for sure. 😦 The one of me asleep with our first baby says how exhausting I found it. My husband came in from work and found us both ‘out for the count’. Nicola was only four weeks old and hardly ever slept, so I was making the most of it here. That was in 1973 – so long ago now. Ah, well. I really appreciate your lovely comment, Alex. Thank you so much. ❤

  19. Tastyniblets says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post Millie, Thankyou for sharing a snippet of your life with us 🙂 6 children! Full credit to you in finding the time to write now- I imagine you must have a few grandchildren keeping you busy! Thankyou also for nominating me for the award- I’m hoping to be able to complete the award at some stage soon. I’ve just returned to work for a few days, so it’s tricky jiggling the two littlies work and writing at the moment- hence why I’ve been so quiet on the flash-fictioning front lately! Hopefully should be able to get life back into order soon! 🙂

  20. Hi MIllie, I finally did my post. thanks again for nominating me.
    https://livehomeandaway.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/liebster-award-2/

  21. Norma says:

    Congrats Millie. 😀
    Thanks for nominating me. I will do the post in a while as I’m busy with something. I have not read the post completely but will be back for the read. 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      There’s no rush to do your post, Norma. Just do it when you’re ready. I’m glad you’ve accepted, anyway. My post is very long because I’ve done two nominations in one. 🙂

  22. Norma says:

    You look so cute in those photos. Thanks for sharing a few facts from your life. There are a few things that I have in common with you 🙂 – absolutely hate loud noises, was a teacher in the past and I too wish I could be a little taller.

    • milliethom says:

      That’s really good to hear! For a start, I really hate being a shrimp on my own. I didn’t know you’d been a teacher, either, so that’s also good to know. As for my photos … Well, they’ve been hidden away for years because my annoying children think they’re hilarious. Chubby chops is a favourite description. lol 😀

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