One Lovely Blog Award


Rather like my book and story slush pile I have, during my 20 months blogging, gathered a similar stack of blogger recognition awards. Winters coming, and perhaps it’s time to clear the decks…

First an accolade to Michael at Inkowlme for this nomination; even if it was way back on May 30th of this year. Humble apologies for the delay; although not quite as vast a gap as some I have waiting to do!

It was while pressing a guest post of mine on his blog during a submission request month for wordmongers that I remembered this one. Random word association at play; happens a lot, as some of you might find when I drop comments on blog posts!

Secondly, my take on awards is two-fold. One, they are a bit of fun and two, they are there to share other bloggers homes to allow followers to reach out and link up to places they might not yet have seen. Since people have been kind enough to do this for me, then it’s only right to reciprocate and pay a few back.


The Rules

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blogs.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Display the award on your own post.
  4. List seven facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.


In terms of nominations I am quite liberal in applying number 5. Some people I know are award free; this does not mean I will not nominate them because a shout out is a shout out. I nominate bloggers I admire; new and old. If you appear here there is NO obligation to respond. Simply take it on the chin, and accept I think your blog is cool and worth a visit.


And so to business. Seven random facts about me.

  1. I have three degrees; not albums by a band with a similar name, but three actual bits of paper.
  2. I have a long standing piscatorial interest in aged estate lakes hiding monsters.
  3. I write books. Three thus far (one in first draft needing editing, one almost a few chapters short of a manuscript and one seeking a publisher. Around those I do short stories and samples that lie deeper in my blog roll. My favourite of those (at the moment) is Dragon Stone.Β 
  4. I worked in research involving second harmonic generation on multilayer molecular thin solid films and surface plasmon resonance (savvy?). There are about 12 published science papers and one described as “Heresy in the world of non-linear optics” in Nature.
  5. Children arrived, so I became their primary carer. A game changer that took me out of science and into parenting. Consequence, factual writing began evolving into fiction.
  6. I was born in Lancashire, Bury to be exact and lived in a place called Ramsbottom until the age of three, when we moved to Staffordshire. Here my favourite piece of rolled up tin foil (former kit-kat wrapper) got sucked up a vacuum cleaner. Psychological trauma number two. The first being my ENTIRE family is from Yorkshire, parents included. War of the Roses, say no more. I remember my grandad sadly declaring I’d never play cricket for Yorkshire. That part turned out fine as I preferred football anyway.
  7. I have an fascination with the past that broods in old places. I remember Chris Yates (recall piscatorial point 1.) declaring in one of his books about Redmire Pool, where he caught a British record carp, that time collects there. If you understand what I mean by that then you will know what I mean by the word “fascination” in this context. If you ever read my books then that aspect often sits inside them too. An example, of sorts, is in a memoir on here called Of Wine, Nature and Elegies in Oak.


My Nominations / Shout Outs

Lucy Mitchell from Blondewritemore. Simply because I absolutely love her Diaries of Roxy Collins Rom-Com. Now in series two. A must read in my humble opinion; especially now I have a bit part in the next episode!

Molly at Shallow Reflections. An eclectic blogger who readily engages other people. Super post from Susan the Street Beggar that shows how keen she is to help people in need.

Justanotherblogfromawoman. Hayley loves blogging about music, books and random fashion things I know nothing about; the fashion bit I mean!

An Historian About Town. Lifestyle blogger, baker, style fiend, ballet dancer, reader and traveller; not forgetting historian.

Global Housesitter. Exactly what it says on the tin; house-sitting all over the globe #amazing and blogging about the places they visit and care take.

Suzie Speaks.Β  Here you will find a wealth of blogging and social media tips. Admin of Big Up Your Blog on Facebook which is one of the best sharing platforms I’ve ever engaged in. Former teacher and tackles content on virtually anything that grabs her. You really can’t go wrong here.

Em Linthorpe. Can’t mention Big Up Your Blog and leave Em out. Another page admin and welcoming blogger to anyone who stops by. Blogs about all sorts including parenting, health, reviews, life and once about not liking fish fingers; don’t get that myself, but it takes all sorts. She also has a picture of a carp on her Facebook page. If anyone saw my memoirs then that explains my mention of that!

Jennifer at UnfoldandBegin. Books, food, travel, family and books again (well, it gets a double mention on her About page!).

But I Smile Anyway… Ritu recently won the Best Overall Blog award and this years annual Bloggers Bash. That really speaks for itself as a reason to pop over. Another eclectic blogger writing about a very diverse range of topics. A teacher to reception and now the year below that in nursery. That and writing a book at the same time AND considering NaNoWriMo 2018. If you want mad as a box of frogs stirred with a hot poker then you’re bound to enjoy her blog.

Clockwork Clouds. Shaun is a gamer, writer and photographer and has different blogs for each. Clockwork Clouds is his writing platform for his own musings, promoting positivity and more. He has a daily schedule Monday to Friday and leaves the weekend for time-outs. Readily engages comments and I’m hoping to engage with his Work In Progress Wednesday shortly.

The Phil Factor. As it says under his blog title “Where sarcasm gets drunk and let’s it’s hair down.” Author of humour and suspense novels, and sure to brighten up a bad day with posts that make you chuckle. A must visit site in my humble opinion.

Mostly Blogging. If you’ve seen my blog then you will know I featured Janice a while back in an author spotlight on her book “An Insiders Guide to Building a Successful Blog.” Frequently hosts Linky parties and Meet and Greets to new and old bloggers. Her core blog is about social networking and raising traffic to all forms of social media. I’m still #newbie when it comes to understanding all her advice!

EllenBest24. Ellen writes and procrastinates like the best of us. It says so in her About page too. Always puts out considered content and engages at every opportunity.

Rendezvous En New York. Trudy is a New Yorker and clearly very proud of it. She blogs about her life there, places of interest and cultural aspects of the city. If you want to know about New York then this is the place to get started.

Shelley Wilson. Author and motivational blogger recently featured in one of my own author spotlights for her current book Oath Breaker. Hates ice cream though, which is almost as odd as Em Linthorpe’s dislike for fish fingers. Say no more.


For those nominated there is a common link. Two are excluded from saying anything, but I won’t say which two. If they get it then they will know who they are and why. Although that alone is a pretty big clue.

Thank you for reading and if you fancy a shout out on one of the other “award” posts I have in the back catalogue then drop a link below and I will gladly link you into an upcoming post.














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    1. Many thanks. I had to go re-read this after seeing your comment. Often seem to neglect older posts, my bad!! I’ll pop over this weekend 😊

  1. Thank you, Gary. I don’t know how these award things work but am grateful to be nominated. You have a fascinating background, and thinking that your science background and parenting go hand in hand, e.g. finding unidentifiable objects in back packs, helping with homework, deciphering teenage grunts into meaningful communication. Again, thanks so much for the shout out!

    1. Me either, I just go with the questions and shout out bloggers I like and who engage with me on their blog or here πŸ™‚

      Ah yes, homework…. it has helped yes lol. Flipping harder now than it was mind!!!

  2. Well deserved Award, dear Gary. Congratulations!
    Have bookmarked the Dragon Stone and will start reading it, as soon as I finished reading a book published by another blogger. (Tanya Cliff – )
    Keeping my fingers crossed for you, you find a publisher soon. Sending you a big hug, XxX

    1. Thank you so much Patty. Dragon Stone is in several parts which together form a chapter. They are all on here now though 😊 Thanks for the link too. Will definitely have a look now. As for a publisher….bah….long waits and uncertainty….might force my hand to try something that might give rise to a post lol thank you x

  3. What a lovely list of charming bloggers! I love them all. I also really enjoyed reading your seven facts about you. I’m not going to pretend I understand anything about your former life in science, except to say I’m impressed. I already know it from your writing, but your brain must be one heck of an interesting place. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Angela, I agree too; all rather charming folk and all willing to share in the group too. I’ve decided to do this as a catch up for a backlog of things like this that I’ve avoided doing and shout out more members too. Former science life was pretty interesting too and as for my brain… its a bit of a maelstrom at times πŸ˜‰

  4. Great post Gary – reminded me that I have an award I need to pass on too!! This is a wonderful list of very deserving people whom I have been getting to know since joining Big Up Your Blog! – as well as you and your fab tales x

    1. Thanks Claire, they can get side-lined and forgotten. I’ve a few that have gone that way and figured catch up and just give bloggers a shout out. Deliberately chose BUYB members too and intend to do it again soon on another one. Glad you like the tales… I really must add a few more πŸ™‚

    1. Anytime Phil. I know many people don’t do them. I often stick them on hold indefinitely, but I figured as shout outs now and then things could have a different slant. No pressure to do them kind of thing, but for me to say “Go see these flipping awesome bloggers.” Its why I deliberately picked those on the BUYB group πŸ™‚

  5. Fabulous, Gary! Thanks for the shout out too and you’re forgiven for the lack of pingback haha – good job we all read your blog regularly!! πŸ˜‰ Just thought I’d let you know that I’m from Yorkshire (born in Horsforth) and my ENTIRE family still live there! πŸ˜‰

    1. I knew I should have kept that quiet!! My lot are Castleford, Pontefract and around Leeds. It seems nobody has received a pingback either!! I was going to go blog stalking and mention it, but you know how time can be! Figured punting it on #SundayBlogShare might give me an assist πŸ™‚

    1. Sometimes I forget to self reflect and see the achievements and skip into the bad bits. This sort of thing can really help positive thoughts. Thanks for the comments πŸ™‚

    1. My fault!! I intended to wander off and notify everyone in person. I just got ambushed by a time rush and decided to try and rescue that by sticking it up on the #SundayBlogShare. No obligations either I use these as shout outs more than anything else πŸ™‚

        1. Ha, ha, its a no obligation shout out and besides, you are going to have a vast amount of new post material by the sounds of it. Anywhere nice?

  6. Well, thanks for the nod. Not sure why I had to read it here first and didn’t get a pingback on it. But one thing is for sure… deserve the award. I love your blog!

    1. It’s my fault Jennifer, I should be notifying everyone, but time got away from me. I was going to use it tomorrow and tag everyone on FB for the SundayBlogShare.

      Thank you for saying that about my blog too. I’m thinking of a re-theme soon so hopefully it will make things easier on the eye and allow finding stuff easier 😊

  7. Hey Gary, you better watch out! Your dark, mysterious blog is turning all warm, fuzzy here! Lol
    I couldn’t read anything past #4, sorry! My eyes glazed over, and I passed out!! When I got up off the floor, I had the presence of mind to start with #5, so all is well, aside from the goose egg on my head! (Entirely fictional, I assure you.)
    I love Molly, and of course, my BBFFJ, Janice!!

    1. Fear not, my blog is (STILL) pending a re-theme which should separate light and dark into much clearer paths. At least then you will be able to avoid the scary stuff lol.

      I figured #4 might cause a few people to glaze over; but hey, it was an achievement lol

      Yikes, you just reminded me I have to tell these people I’ve shouted them out! my bad!!

      Thanks for popping over Melinda, a pleasure as always πŸ™‚

      1. Yay!! I look forward to that! Meantime, I just keep popping in, and if the lights are out that day, I just go on my merry way!
        Yes, I apologize! Congrats Gary on the …… oh sorry, fell asleep there!
        You’re welcome!!

    1. Thank you Marje, and if I mention you in another one it will purely be to give you a shout out. I know you are award free, but I use these to showcase bloggers I like 😊

        1. You’re welcome Marje and I think that aspect of blogging is what it’s all about. Especially for authors who are actively trying to platform build and increase their profiles. 😊

            1. So far, I’m on the Social Saturday hop throwing posts at Stumble Upon and Twitter. My “new” old project is back to figuring out the best way to publish this flipping manuscript!!!! x

              1. I’m still trying to work out how to publish the paperback. Too many options such a complicated business if you need any advice message me and I’ll try to help. Not that I’m an expert!. x

                1. I think that’s the problem!! Too many options and so much overthinking. I may just message you Marje. Sometimes that alone can clear up the muddy waters a bit x

    1. You’re very welcome and I haven’t had chance to notify everyone yet so fair play for catching it! Really hope your week ends better too πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Sarah; and they are more a shout out methinks. Hope all’s well with you and I aim to be popping over to catch up soon!

    1. Ooh, I saw this on Twitter last night when I was supposed to be having a break from social media; my bad! Thank you Ritu #GaTu

  8. Thank you my darling Gary! #GaTu 😍
    I’m in wonderful company here!!!
    Thank you and I loved your answers!
    I am off to go a sharing as I have received this one before!
    ( And I think I worked the link out! )

    1. ha, ha I news some might have it already, or don’t do award tags; I still think they are a good way to share blogs though so its a case of hoping people accept the spirit of my intentions πŸ™‚

    1. Well, I had to given the cameo… it’s sitting in my notifications list right now! Just need to find a moment to read it… the suspense is doing me in at the moment πŸ™‚

        1. Oh my, nice guy for a change! I think I may come over now as normally in writing my head moves toward antagonists!! #underdogs

          Can’t wait to see what happens now πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Judy, I don’t very often mention it. Nine letters after ones name can be a shade pretentious! I’m sure you’ll get yours too. How long left to go? 😊

        1. Very true; I occasionally use the title; except sadly I don’t have a TARDIS! Although in truth, very few people I know realise I have these.

          Six months in though; how exciting. What are you studying?

            1. Awesome Judy; I have huge respect for people working in that profession. I know our media does focus on bad aspects of health care and how grim everything is, but the people that work in it are proper inspiring!

    1. Ha, at least someone read it then!! I fear autoincorrect at play. At least the link is right and I shall remedy the flaw ASAP. Thank you for mentioning it!!! ☺️

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