Mystery Thursday: Camp NaNoWriMo and 3 Blog Awards!

This month has 5 Thursdays, so I needed something to fill the gap in my schedule. Introducing Mystery Thursdays: Because the post will be random and not follow any theme! This time I’ll chat about blog awards and my Camp NaNoWriMo participation.

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award:

Way back in October 2017 I was nominated for the Black Cat Blue Sea award by Elizabeth Drake. Her short stories are amazing, and if you love fantasy/romance check out her website. Elizabeth has a book out soon, and is looking for people to review the advanced reader copy: Details here.

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Doesn’t this award have the most fabulous name?

It’s for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, no matter how many viewers they get, and make an impact on the reader.


  • Anybody nominated can nominate up to 8 bloggers.*
  • The nominee answers 3 questions posed by the nominator.

*I’m skipping nominations: I’ve been out of the loop lately.

Elizabeth’s Questions:

If you could only use three adjectives to describe yourself, which would you choose?

Imaginative. Scatterbrained. Determined.

What inspires you to write?

I started writing when I was a kid, but as I grew up it fell by the wayside. Then, my dad was killed in a car accident. He was 53. When you lose someone that suddenly it puts life in perspective. It spurred me to chase my dream job: Writing books. Nowadays I’m inspired by everything. Pictures, people, conversations: The story ideas won’t leave me alone!

What is your greatest joy in life?

Hugs from my fiancée and sitting in the sunshine.*

*Yes I know that’s two, but I love both equally.

Mystery Blogger Award:

In January, Cecilia at Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thanks for the nomination: Your blog always makes me smile, and everyone should read your post about DIY Ghost stories because it’s awesome 🙂 Cecilia also offers writing consultations via Paper Rock

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The award is “for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”


  • Thank whoever nominated you & provide a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people*
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

*Skipping nominations, but I challenge anyone reading to share an interesting thing about them in the comments 😀

Three Things About Me:

I uttered my first swear word when I was two years old. My granddad was reading the paper with me on his lap. He read something he didn’t like and muttered ‘Bloody rubbish.’ I repeated it back to him, much to the amusement of my parents!

I rarely like the couples that end up together in books and television. It saddens me to see characters with less chemistry getting together, when in my opinion their perfect partner is their rival/villain/best friend. Is it any wonder I love fan fiction so much? It’s the only place my ships will ever sail!

I love to sing, but the only time I’ve sung in public (other than school choir) was in a game store when PlayStation first released Singstar. I did a duet with a guy in a cowboy hat of ‘Suspicious Minds.’ It was exhilarating, and so much fun. I never saw the guy again, but we killed it!

My Best Posts:

In March 2017 I spent two weeks working for Penguin Random House. I learned a lot, and if you’re looking into traditional publishing my blog posts about the experience are worth a read. The first post covers Submissions and Proofs. I then discuss Agents, Cover Design, Marketing, Money and keywords.

My recent post on Lessons in Storytelling from TV was also super fun to write, because it was an excuse to geek out about all my favourite TV shows!

Awesome Blogger Award:

Finally, Jina nominated me for the Awesome Blogger Award at the end of January 2018. Her first book is released on April 15th, and she’s looking for readers to leave an advanced review. For more details, see her blog post announcing Heir of Ashes.

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What is the award?

This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

Jina’s Questions:

Why did you start blogging?

I read that writers should have a blog. At first I had no idea what to write, so I started writing TV recaps. I’ve since abandoned those to focus on writing and inspiration instead!

Do you choose the contents of your blog by random or do you have a system?

There’s a system. On Sunday I post a story based on the prompt from my twitter hashtag game, #sunscribbles. I also post on Thursdays, on a monthly rota. I discuss achievements, goals, research, inspiration, writing tips and other random things!

Do you rather type the contents of your post on a keyboard – all ten fingers – or on a screen with thumbs?

I love typing on a keyboard. I’m the type of clumsy person who drops things a lot. Breaking gadgets is expensive, so I avoid touchscreens when I can!

If technology was to become extinct but there was one thing that you could keep, what would it be?

My boiler. In the middle of all the snow we had in the UK, ours stopped working. It was freezing. Too cold to think, let alone write!

Is there a type of blog you seek to follow, do you only follow those who follow you, or do you only follow blogs you really enjoy?

I follow blogs I’ll enjoy. I love blogs with inspirational pictures, great short stories, poetry, and road trip blogs (because adventures are awesome). I’ll also follow any blogger who mentions things I like in their about page, or the magic word.*

*’Dragon.’ I love dragons.

During a cold storm, would you rather spend your time reading, watching a movie or talking on the phone?

Reading, with a blanket fort, watching the storm out of the window.

When you hear the word fantasy, what comes first to your mind?

Dragons 😀

Have you ever lied about having a commitment so you could stay at home lazing around or blogging, or just to finish reading a book you particularly enjoyed?

Nope. We’re all so busy and disorganised that when we do manage to organise something, there’s no way I’d miss it 🙂

What’s a word you can’t stop using on your posts but think you should?

‘That’ and ‘Had’ used to appear often in my short stories. They don’t so much now!

If you were asked to rename your blog, what would you name it?

My name. Apparently that’s the norm for an author page, but I like Dragonspire. It’s the name of a location in my first novel, and Dragons will likely feature in every book I write. I also like the idea of ‘Dragonspire,’ meaning ‘Dragons Inspire.’

Dragon collection
I have a lot of dragon memorabilia!

That’s it for awards! I’ll skip nominations because I’ve been struggling to keep up recently, what with a death in the family, a broken boiler, and the fear my fiancée will lose his job. In April I’m going to try to get back into writing, hence joining Camp NaNoWriMo!

Camp NaNoWriMo

Confession: I broke my new years writing resolution.

My goal was to write 75000 words by the end of March to finish the first draft of my Merlin/Arthurian legend based story. I’ve written about 5000. Life got in the way, and it hasn’t been easy to write lately. So for Camp NaNoWriMo I challenge myself to write 25k.

I figure if I can write 50000 words in November, 25000 is achievable given I’m recovering from a slump. I have my plan from November, which has been ripped to shreds edited in the past few months, and I’ve figured out what scenes I’ll write each day to meet my goal.

I’ve joined fellow writer Sarina Langer’s writing cabin, and she has a whole series of articles to help prepare on her website: NaNoWriMo Prep Articles. I’ll also update my progress on Twitter and shares lines via hashtag games to help stay on track!

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Thanks for reading!

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this year? What inspires you to write? What adjectives would you use to describe yourself? Anyone else a complete scatterbrain? Let me know in the comments!


    • The great thing about Camp Nanowrimo is you can set your own goals. I know people aiming for 5000 words, and others aiming for 80000! Choose a target you think you can achieve, but don’t be too disheartened if you don’t meet it: Any amount of words is better than none 🙂 Good luck!

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  1. Hey,
    first, sorry for your loss.
    and our boiler broke two years ago too, and yes, it does that in the winter only.
    tThird, i like the answers! all of them.
    Good luck with camp NanoRimo – did i spell that right? my screen reader didn’t read it right…
    And again, sorry i didn’t get to this post sooner, i also haven’t been able to keep up with wp lately. i have five awards that i’m contemplating doing in one post. we’ll see.

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