Seductive and addictive Gemini of http://geminisub.wordpress.com/ is a gifted sub and lovely blogger: if you have not yet visited her poetic blog Geminiwords please do without delay! Moreover Gemini was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by another delicious sub at http://thedreamingsub.wordpress.com/, and has honoured your servant by nominated him in turn! A big thank you to Gemini, in particular since this gives me the opportunity to visit some great bloggers in my co-nominees…
Some duties are attached to the award, such as posting eleven random facts about oneself, and answer eleven set questions. Then one should select eleven new nominees and post eleven new questions for them. Setting aside the question of why eleven – may be you know reader, the origin of it! – I am more than happy to oblige with a slight variation (which I have used before), namely I’d rather post about some of my characters, who are by far much more interesting (I hope) than their creator! Anyway is there any better way to understand a writer, even one in training, than through her characters?
1.What do you think is your greatest accomplishment so far? – Erm… possibly to have kept up with this blog which is my main training vehicle as writer!
2. What do you still want to accomplish? – I have two novels in the work, and you can read some excerpts in these pages here. I want to complete them, and dependent on feedback, maybe publish them. How and when I have no idea at this point.
3. What was your favorite toy as a child? – my bike!
4. You can be a Disney
villain princess hero for one day, which one and why? – Evidently Donald Duck 😛
5. What are you afraid
to try of? – I really can’t think of anything!
7. Are you messy or a neat freak? – I am no freak, just a geek 🙂
8. What has been your favorite vacation? – Dolomiti/Dolomites/Dolomiten
9. Coffee or tea? – Most definitely coffee, but indulge in herbal tea in the evening, now you know!
10. What was the best gift you were ever given? – my fist novel by Stephen King
11. If you found out you were having a child, what would you name it? – Well, a bit tricky this, but referring the question to Gorgeous, she says: Jean-Pierre…
And now for the random facts:
- Given that he is my alter ego, I want first of all to mention Julian Dutoit: he’s the central character of The Page, which is a sweet story. Julian has one quality: he’s a good ten years younger than his creator! (he also has his own Facebook page!)
- Susan is still a half hidden secret. I mentioned her in my previous post. Susan holds a very dark secret, which, I am sure, must reflect my own inhibitions. I have said a bit more about her elsewhere in these pages.
- There is an entire crew, and you can read about them all here. This is a piece of work that draws from my obsessions with: a) The Pacific Ocean, b) Japan, c) Kafka on the Shore (the novel by Monsieur Murakami), d) Post-Soviet Russia… All of them hold a bit of me. Paul, the owner of the Arrakis, is married to Katrina, and what a pair!
- Melissa is Julian’s Nemesis, and her story is, in some distorted ways, that of the woman I never was. Melissa is dead, contrary to Susan who’s very much alive. Both are very present…
- Aomame is not one of my characters, but how I wish she could be! She’s the hero of 1Q84, of which more here. The more I think about her the more I admire her creator: a perfect woman, in all her imperfections, and an everlasting love, under the light of two moons: genius!
- Sarah is Julian’s wife and his anchor. There isn’t much space between her and… well, Gorgeous, my wife. Worship is an understatement for the feelings Julian has for her.
- Jane is Julian’s younger sister. There lies a deep nexus, but Jane is a good girl. So it is left to Susan to cross that border.
- In 1Q84 Tengo is Aomame’s love, and they meet, at last, right at the end of the novel. To me Tengo is a mystery, greater than even Kafka Tamura, the hero of Kafka on the Shore. Tengo was superbly gifted, but opted for the quiet life… Yet there is something incredibly powerful and attractive to him, and only Aomame can unravel the mystery.
- Piotr and Lara Nevelskoï are the skippers of the Arrakis. They represent – arguably – a longing for a past which is now unfathomable, because history has moved on so much. They are twentieth century heroes. As obsolete as this writer in learning is!
- This and the following are closer to the writer: I do have a publisher, to be, and I hope she succeeds in her venture!
- I am a very slow writer, and cannot rush things. I need time.
Now for the “questions” – things that I hope are worth asking!
- Which fictional character do you wish you had created?
- Which historical person would you consider writing a novel about?
- Name a book you want to read but never had the opportunity to
- Name a writer you may wish to emulate
- Pen or keyboard?
- Scotch or vodka?
- On the Transsiberian to Vladivostock who would you wish to have as travelling companion?
- Sea or mountains?
- Glass or paper?
- Spring or Autumn?
- Water or Ice?
Tentative because I am uncertain as who has already received this award! Of course it does not really matter, but still… All are bloggers who matter!
Guy at http://guylejeune.wordpress.com/ (brother in arms)
Mike at http://mattafoto.wordpress.com/ (fantastic shots)
Kathy at http://www.kathydisanto.com/about/ (a Pro)
Mindy at http://www.mindysue528.blogspot.co.uk/ (speaks, and writes, her mind)
Karen at http://www.thescarletdogma.com/ (a Pro, and outspoken)
Lady Day at http://rlbk75.wordpress.com/ (special to me, haiku poet and more)
Georgia at http://broadblogs.com/ (who knows about us!)
JWH at http://zombiemechanics.com/ (who knows about Zombies!)
(I haven’t counted!)