7 Things, and Other Things

Hooray and hurrah, I’ve won an award. A Kreativ Blogger award. From the lovely and talented Diane Becker. Thank you.

And here’s what I have to do.
* 1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
* 2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
* 3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
* 4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
* 5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
* 6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
* 7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

7 interesting things might be pushing it, but here goes…
1. I adore the autumn. Everything about it. The light, the air, the temperature, its colours. Kicking leaves. Smelling fires.
2. I once touched Posh Spice’s boob with my face. It was an accident of course, a collision and she took it in good humour, though she probably thought I’d been invited to the party where said collision occurred. I escaped without injury.
3. I have never seen ET.
4. I never thought this blog would last this long.
5.  I want a lightsaber now just as much as I did as when I was 7.
6. I used to sell cars.
7. I’m probably a lot more shy than you’d think.
Okay then. Let’s see. Who should I nominate? 
Let’s have the recently interviewed and very lovely Megan Taylor.
The lovely, Welshcake, Nuala, Teresa Stenson, Kim Mcgowan, Crawl Space and Annie Clarkson. All their blogs are ace.
And here’s a funny, or odd little thing I’ll share with you. A little glimpse into the mind of me. 
Yesterday was the first day since April that I didn’t do any work. I’ve known I’ve needed a break for ages but haven’t had the opportunity to take one because I’ve been rather busy.
So yesterday I did nothing. I dozed. And sat. Watched a bit of Doctor Who. And started to think about things (something I’d not done in an age as I’d been working so hard – and not thinking comes pretty easily to me). And, as a result, saw things in a slightly different way, put them into perspective. I felt sad and angry with some people for how they’ve treated me, disappointed that some have been pretty damn heartless and cruel.
But really, they’re happy. And me taking notice of them only does one thing: pisses me off. So why do I do it? Honestly, because I like things to be right. I like to think that people who I’ve known, and been friends with, are the sort of people who do the right thing. When they don’t it’s a shock and a disappointment. 
So, I’ve decided to not care as much about them and start caring more about me. I wonder if that’ll mean I work less or more.
Just thought I’d share.
And another thing…
I’ve been absolutely delighted that so many people have gotten in touch to tell me they like Pacifier, which appeared in the fab Metazen earlier in the week. I don’t think I’ve ever had that much feedback, certainly not from people I don’t know.
What makes this extra special is that Pacifier and other recently published stories are the stories I’m most excited about. They’re what I think a Nik Perring story looks like. So the fact that they’re being enjoyed by people is just thrilling.
So a huge thanks to everyone who’s emailed me, or commented over at Metazen, or left a note on Facebook or Twittered me. It means a lot.

13 Comments on “7 Things, and Other Things

  1.  by  Tania Hershman

    Congrats on the lovely award and I hope you get your lightsabre very soon. And good for you for having a day off! And for moving forwards in a situation where people are behaving badly. Shame on them, and more power to you.

  2.  by  Jessica

    You should watch ET – when I watched it for the first time it left me tingly – such a great movie. But I am a sucker for a 1980's Spielberg

  3.  by  Caroline

    How could you have never seen ET? OMG, you really are THAT young 🙂 Please (really please) watch it, you're making me feel old… and then read Adam and you'll see just how much I love ET. x

  4.  by  kim mcgowan

    Golly!Came to say congratulations for your lovely award and saw my name. What a nice shock! Thank you, Nik.It might seem a silly thing to ask a writer, but have you written down how sad and disappointed particular people made you feel? You don't have to tell them – but if you decide to you don't have to struggle to find the words. I very much hope you get your light sabre too, Hamleys had a nice one last Christmas – but it was only pretend.kim

  5.  by  Nik Perring

    Thanks T.Lovely to see you here LW. And it's good to know I'm not alone!Jessica and Caroline, I shall watch it. I promise. I don't know what I'm missing. And of course I'll read Adam.Hi Kim. I've kind of written about it, privately. And talked it through with people. Maybe that's why I mentioned it here. Trouble with a thing like this is I think I'm prone to keep it private by nature which results in me being the old cliché and bottling it up – and that's only bothering me then cos those concerned are doing what they want to do and are happy. So, they can do it. And I'll get on with my life.Anyway. Enough about them. They're in my past now.I do actually own a couple of lightsabers – a plastic one which makes the noise and a scaled replica. A real one would be quite something though. :)Looking forward to your 7 things…Nik

  6.  by  Megan

    Thank you Nik – your blog is truly spoiling me! (though it might take a while to think of 7 interesting things. Or even 2)I'm loving this Autumn as well, it has to be one of the best ever, the leaves are turning so slowly, the sky's still blue -it's a fab one. I also really enjoyed 'Pacifier', such a great silent beat at the end.Good on you too for shaking off the negativity

  7.  by  Nik Perring

    I'm sure there are hundreds of interesting Megan things…This autumn rocks! It's just gorgeous. Love it, love it.Really pleased you liked Pacifier too. That makes me happy.As for shaking off the negativity – it's been a long time coming.N 🙂

  8.  by  Sarah Hilary

    Congratulations, Nik! For the award and also for being, surely, one of the last men in the world to touch Posh Spice's chest while it was still real. And thank you for the nomination. I wish I had a similiar story to tell (I once touched David Beckham's calf muscle, maybe?) but I shall try to think up interesting answers, in any case.

  9.  by  Nik Perring

    Thanks Sarah. And yes, they certainly weren't what they are now!Looking forward to your interesting things – I'll bet there are many.Nik

  10.  by  annie clarkson

    Thanks for the award, I only just noticed… I love your seven things. Would you forgive me if I don't do my seven things yet, my brain isn't working properly!

  11.  by  Nik Perring

    Annie, you take as long as you like. Don't feel like you have to do them either. This was more about me saying: I Think These Blogs Are Fab, than anything else.N

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