Yippee! Literary Lightbox gets a lovely award

One_Lovely_Blog_AwardI was so happy to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Steve Marriott that I did a little pirouette around my lounge and fell over the coffee table!

It means so much when I hear readers enjoy my blog and it encourages me to keep going. So, thanks Steve!


To accept the award, there are a few things nominees have to do…

  • Thank the person who nominated them for the award.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to their post.
  • Share 7 facts/or things about themselves.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers they admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

A micro memoir in seven shorts

As a writer, I thought I’d share a micro memoir with you in celebration. I’ve split it up into seven short anecdotes and have left the one that’s most influenced me near to the end…

  1. The pool of doom: Thought I’d start with a childhood story, so here’s one I’ll never forget: When I was around eight, inspired by a recent trip to the seaside, I filled a pretty large paddling pool with water in my bedroom while my dad was watching the six o’clock news and mum had popped out to get a few groceries. Thing is, there was a slit down one side that I didn’t notice until I’d filled it with around twenty toy-storage-box-loads of water. Tried to rescue the situation by stuffing the gap with all the towels and pillow slips in the airing cupboard but it was too late. The room was flooded and so was the kitchen beneath it. It hadn’t long dried out, after several weeks of fans and electric heaters, when I burnt a hole in that same carpet with a lamp I knocked over while reading. Yes, lightbulbs used to be able to do that if left long enough!
  2. A classical trip wire: When I’m not reading or writing, there are several other art forms I love to indulge in. I’m a classically trained pianist but, as I play it more as a hobby these days, no one really knows. Back when I was applying for an internship though, it was with pride I added this fact to my CV. I figured it had to be something memorable to talk about. However, I didn’t get the job. Wasn’t even shortlisted. Turns out, I’m led to believe, the interviewer thought I’d made it up. Should have stuck to adding clubbing, listening to the charts and going to the cinema to my list of interests instead! Luckily, in the end, I got a job I would love much more working for Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer. The highlight was sitting in the cockpit of a double-decker A380, an amazing feat of engineering. Happy days.
  3. 10,000 blades: In my early career days, I had little left after I’d paid all my bills. So, when my brother announced he was getting married I knew I’d have to think creatively if I wanted to give them something really special. So, I decided to paint for the first time since six form. The result was a scene from the Serengeti, colour matched to the sofa they picked for their new home and then re-touched when the manufacturer delivered the wrong colour and they decided to keep it. Took up most of my evenings and weekends over several weeks and it has over 10,000 individually painted blades of grass!
  4. A stuttered rendition: Much later in my career, things had started to go well, and I took a job with a fascinating water company. Water efficiency was something they were all passionate about so I never dared tell them how I wasted that paddling pool of water. Anyway, during a meeting in the company’s business lounge, Gareth Malone (a well-know television choirmaster here in the UK) walked in with a camera crew and picked on me to sing a few lines. The only thing that came to me was a carol even though Christmas had long passed. I thought my colleagues would have a good giggle at my stuttered rendition of Once in Royal David’s City and that would be it. So I was shocked that I was actually picked to be part of a workplace choir competition on the BBC. (I’m even in the official pic here.) It was such a fun experience topped by the fact we won! Yay.
  5. High on sugar: The same year, I conquered blisters, mosquitoes (which fortunately, for some reason, hate me) and latrines to climb Kilimanjaro and, as a team of ten, we raised over £30,000 for charity. It’s still one of my most memorable experiences, especially watching the sunrise from the highest free-standing peak in the world. Exhausted from reaching the summit and low on sugar, though, I literally fell asleep as I was walking back down and had to be revived with a mouthful of what looked like cocaine but was actually something closely related to icing sugar. Was buzzing after that. Mmm.
  6. The covert library operation: Probably most surprising through, given that I’m a book blogger, is that I wasn’t allowed to read very much fiction when I was a child. So I snuck every book in the junior school library home and devoured them one by one in secret. As I often did this in bad light, my eyesight is now so poor I can’t read the top letter on opticians’ charts. I’m therefore thankful for contact lenses and that glasses are fashionable these days! My experience is one of the reasons I’m so passionate about encouraging people to enjoy more books and being free to read things that expand thinking.
  7. Today’s chapter: I’m so passionate about books that, after over a decade of working in Marketing and sales, I made the decision late last year to focus full-time on writing, book reviewing and supporting other authors. I’ve now been able to make great headway with my novel and will soon have some exciting news about further things I’m going to be doing to help authors get their work noticed. So, watch this space!

My nominations…

I love to read the work of bloggers who review books, publish articles to inspire writers or show huge support to authors in their own, very special way. There are ten blogs that I love the most so I’m going to nominate them all for a One Lovely Blog Award too…

  1. Andrew Wille: www.wille.org
  2. Author Allsorts: https://authorallsorts.wordpress.com
  3. Debi Alper: http://debialper.blogspot.co.uk
  4. Isabel Costello: http://isabelcostelloliterarysofa.com
  5. Kim the Bookworm: http://kimthebookworm.blogspot.co.uk
  6. Little Book Owl: www.littlebookowl.com
  7. Novelicious: www.novelicious.com
  8. Squidge’s Scribbles: http://squidgesscribbles.blogspot.co.uk
  9. This Itch of Writing: http://emmadarwin.typepad.com

I’m going to drop them all a little note shortly to let them know but why not show them a little love too by checking them out?


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    By: Loretta Milan

    Loretta Milan is the founder of Literary Lightbox. She works as a professional writer and also has a novel in construction. She is a graduate of the Faber Academy and Curtis Brown Creative’s three-month novel writing programme. Her writing is fuelled by too much tea.

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