Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Kreative Blogger Award

Bill Kirton, crime writer extraordinaire, man of excellent taste and all round good guy (is that obsequious enough, Bill?) has nominated May Contain Nuts for a Kreative Blogger Award.

This is an award which comes with strings. These strings follow....

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
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 – or that they don't know.
5. Nominate 7 Kreative 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.

A couple of things occur to me...this is a blogging version of a chain mail email...and it is designed to generate more of an audience for other bloggers I enjoy.

Cool, I can deal with that.

I am happy to comply with the strings, mainly because I’m terrified that if I don’t my computer will get a virus, my teeth will fall out and I’ll grow even more hair out of my ears.

I’ve already thanked Bill with a fulsomeness that is frankly overdone and almost deserved. The link to his blog is on the right of this posting. No. The other right.

Mmmm. Seven things...I can hardly think of one things

1. I used to do Highland dancing when I was a wee boy. I danced in town halls throughout Ayrshire and even on the back of a lorry that was going through Irvine. I think it was called a float and it was a festival of sorts...I wasn’t going cheap or anything.

2. I can’t stand intolerance of anything or anyone. Life presents enough challenges for us all without automatically despising someone because they hold a different view from mine. Love and peace to all, man.

3. I am a qualified Life Coach. Can’t you tell?

4. I raced at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh in 1973. Age 11. This was one of the best tracks in Scotland at the time. Spongy. I was running for the Ayrshire Boy Scouts. I was the fastest boy in the area and the stupid bastards entered me in the Egg n’ Spoon race. Which, to compound matters was run on the grass. The waste. This has haunted me every day of my life.

5. I spoke with a pharmacist today who thinks I have blepharatis. This is a chronic condition which involves dry eyes and a swelling of the eyelid. Basically, I look like shit and I will continue to look like shit for the rest of my life.

6. I am the eternal optimist. Aside from point 5, every upcoming event in my life I expect to go well. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. That’s life, innit. But the positive expectation certainly helps. See point 3.

7. I was born at seven minutes past the hour, seven minutes after my sister on the seventh day of the month. If there are any numerologists out there, can you tell me what this means?

So...the blogs I enjoy and would like to nominate... (I know I’m supposed to do the linking thing, where the reader can just click on and get taken through to the blog, but if I had a thing 8 to write about, it would say that I lack a certain technological expertise) no particular order

Marley Delarose is a cool lady and read more about her at

Sara Bain is another cool lady who frankly needs to blog a little more and I’m hoping this will encourage her -

Declan Hughes talks about Irish Crime novels at -

Estranjera is a Finn living in South Africa with a hilarious take on life and a wilful ability to procrastinate. Count the number of times she says fokk -

Rachelle Gardiner is an agent who talks a lot of sense at

Nicola Morgan is a crabbit old bat. Her words not mine. More good advice for writers at

Another excellent source of advice for writers at -

I’m now off to leave messages on the blogs of all these good people. Visit them yourself and see whatcha think.



  1. Michael, how interesting. A life coach. I couldn't agree more about intolerance and pessimism. It's like a fast growing, insidious cancer that only makes things worse.

    You have a total of 21 - just one seven means you are ruled by the planet Kethu!

    Maybe the Kethusians can help with the blepharatis.

    Thanks for nominating me! I'd have nominated Bill's blog, too. Cheers!

  2. Thank you so much!

    Although, I must admit I am woefully bad at this whole award thing and have possibly let it slip to a point where I can't really accept any awards, since I can't remember who gave me what. I know. there is that Moleskine I could easily have a list of awards in, but alas I'm just not that organized, and that Moleskine mainly has notes that say things like 'get milk and eggs' and 'what if there really is no greater purpose to life'.

    But thank you so much!

    (I know i sound spoiled. I do)