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The Versatile Blogger Award

versatile blogger award


he marvellous Steve Green over at The Twisted Quill has awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. So thank you very much Steve.

I recommend you go check out his writing, too.

But, before you dash off…

As per the rules, I have to write seven random facts about myself, and then nominate other bloggers to receive the award. So, in a rough chronological order (apart from the ‘thumb thing’):

  1. When I was three, in Malaysia, a rusty nail got stuck in my heel. I threw up out of a car window and had to get a tetanus injection in my backside. My mother tells me the throwing up and the nail were separate incidents.
  2. When I was seven, I managed to clobber my younger brother with a half brick when I was down in the coal cellar of our house. I was hiding and trying to startle him but the throw developed a hypnotic accuracy. He needed stitches on his scalp, and I felt my parents were most unfairly upset because I was so mortified. The ice cream trajectory in Tiger Tempura was based on this memory.
  3. I used to play a game of ‘collapsing bridges’ with my brothers and sisters (which basically meant putting a sofa-chair close to a wall, piling duvets, cushions and pillows over  the gap and then – while one of us crawled underneath – having the others gradually collapsing the ‘bridge’). At one point, after they collapsed the bridge and jumped up and down on the mound with me trapped underneath, I developed mild claustrophobia which I still have to this day.
  4. At twelve or thirteen, I was climbing up a vertical wall of hay bails in the middle of the night, when a tractor came into the barn with its lights blazing. I fell thirty feet and rattled my spine down a stack of potato crates. Stunned and winded, my friend desperately tried to stop me groaning in agony. We didn’t get caught by the farmer, but, after escaping across the fields, I found I had managed to lose a lot of skin off my back.
  5. I can pick up four chicks in each hand, simultaneously.
  6. As an evil experiment, working on Earthworm Jim, I wrote some broad, Glaswegian dialogue lines for Dan Castalanetta and his Groundskeeper Willie voice. The results were hysterical, though not pretty.
  7. I have two mutant thumbs: one won’t bend past forty-five degrees at the first joint, the other is hyper-dexterous. The doctor said that a defect in one place with over-compensation in the other is quite common. I’m still waiting for the rest of my super-powers to develop.
  8. BONUS FACT: I’m occasionally mistaken for Fran Healy out of Travis (which I can understand) and Chris Martin out of Coldplay (I don’t know why). At T-in the Park, while my girlfriend was having a loo break, I was mistaken for both of them by a couple asking directions…

So, to nominating other bloggers. Tricky – I’m always so busy, I never get to read as many blogs as I should, although those I do read I enjoy immensely. You talented people.

Some of those listed here have been nominated already, so feel free to quietly and smugly accept the fact that I admire the daring level of your versatility without your having to re-transmit the VBA meme. I’d rather pick from the full selection of folks I can comment on.

  1. John Xero over at the Xeroverse has created some lovely writing and some beguiling philosophical exposes. The Xeroverse has just been celebrating its first birthday. Read quietly, he may have a temporal hangover…
  2. Icy Sedgwick at Icy’s Blunt Pencil is the very definition of versatility, with many an intriguing writerly creation on the go, from flash fiction and photos, to author interviews and novellas. How she has the time to do everything she does, and read and comment on other stuff, is beyond me.
  3. Aidan Fritz at Aidan Writes is a man who can pull a compact and fully realized world out of the bag like nobody’s business – each world a perfectly crafted miniature. I suspect he lives in his own pocket universe.
  4. Harry at the eponymous Harry B. Sanderford blog can bounce between cactus underwear and deringer-toting bad-gals, with a felicity that will always impress. Rats, cereal, old movies… aye-carumba. I also admire his collaborative powers.
  5. Justin Davies at The Flying Scribbler has exhibited monstrous versatility in his impressive (and now – temporarily – complete) ensemble serial, ‘The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange’. What happens behind such an intriguing title, you say? Well there was this pink monster, and Santa, and the Kraken and…

For those not celebrated here, the fault is entirely mine: stupidly, I haven’t been reading your blog long enough to comment with more insight, or – in one, particular case – you gave me the award in the first place (thanks again, Steve).

The truth is, this should be a much longer list.


All the best,

Stephen Hewitt.


1 Harry B. Sanderford { 07.17.11 at 10:57 am }

Congratulations Stephen! Cafe Shorts is one of my faves and most deserving of awards. That is quite an amusing list of random facts. 🙂 And, thanks so much for my inclusion in your list of nominees!

2 Steve |Green { 07.17.11 at 12:16 pm }

Hiya Stephen, anyone who has read your work will agree that the award is well-merited.

You have an excellent choice of nominees too, very good writers every one of them, it really is difficult to decide, isn’t it?
Your list of random facts gave me a chuckle 🙂 they make mine look a bit bland. 🙂

3 Stephen Hewitt { 07.18.11 at 12:17 pm }

@Harry — Thanks Harry. I’m really glad you like my collection of writings. Having readers makes all the difference, and being able to read what others have written (such as yourself) is great entertainment and, at times, a great education. I’m definitely ‘at one’ with random. And as for the nomination, you’re welcome — I’ve enjoyed every word.

@Steve — thanks Steve. It definitely was hard to decide: that was the bit I was dreading most. Glad you liked that list of random facts. Initially there was a ‘oh crap’ as I wondered what to put, and then, seven facts later, I was having a great time and would’ve gone for loads more. Alas, the time I accidentally wandered into a coven, or the debate I had with a Hasbro executive over the meaning of the word ‘weiner’ will have to wait for another day 😉

4 Icy Sedgwick { 07.20.11 at 8:19 pm }

Awww, thank you!

5 Stephen Hewitt { 07.26.11 at 11:03 pm }

@Icy — you’re welcome. The fact that you had time to accept gets added to the ‘How does she have time to do it?’ list. 😉

@John — you’ve kept me mightily entertained, so enjoy your holiday and I look forward to the Xeroverse approaching a habitable planet, once again, and the lights flickering on.

@Aidan — reading over that list of facts again, I notice that I am either falling, crushed or maimed for a fair few of them. Aye well, you haven’t lived without a good maiming.

6 John Xero { 07.23.11 at 7:09 am }

Thank you so much, Stephen. =D

I am indeed suffering from some kind of temporal hangover… I’ve entered a slovenly snooze phase, in which my internet presence is somewhat more laid back than usual, sleepy-eyed and drowsy.

I really admire your writing, so it’s a real honour to receive this from you. =)

7 Aidan Fritz { 07.24.11 at 4:48 pm }

Stephen, An honor to win this award. These are a fun set of facts and you do a wonderful job of introducing your nominees!

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