Enola Holmes Book Tag

Something a little different from me today. I was previously quite an avid reader (cheers academia for ruining that one for me) and still have a bookcase FULL of books I would love to read but lack the motivation to do so. So I am thankful for the opportunity to think about and discuss books in a non-academic way again. Which is why I am extremely thankful to Hannah from Hannah’s Bookshelf for tagging me to participate in the Enola Holmes Book Tag  and to  Bellerose Reads for creating the tag in the first place. Firstly, I’ll outline the rules of the tag, then I’ll answer the prompts, then I’ll nominate 5 other bookish bloggers to join in and answer the prompts themselves.

Oh just a little heads up, that little “previously avid reader” part means I don’t really read that much anymore (although this tag has me picking the habit back up). I’m probably not going to be discussing that many books here so if you’re looking for a wide variety of literature this isn’t the post for you.

Rules

  • List the rules and the prompts of the tag in your post.
  • Thank the person who tagged you and ping back to their post.
  • Give credits to the creator of the tag Bellerose Reads, and ping back to her post.
  • Tag at least 5 people.

The Prompts and My Answers

Enola Holmes: name an independent and smart female protagonist.

That would have to be Eve Rosser from the Morganville Vampires Series (which I’ve not finished yet so no spoilers in the comments please!). She’s just so badass and confident and  takes no messing about from anyone. I think that’s particularly key considering she lives with two fairly macho, confident boys in the series. Plus I just want to be that confident.

Sherlock Holmes: name your favourite mystery/thriller book.

This would DEFINITELY be The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. I just randomly picked this up from a market stall on a whim once, and now I could read it 1000 times and not get bored. The twists still get me every time.

Eudoria Holmes: name a character that defies the rules of their society.

Can I pick the same character for two prompts? Ah hell I’m doing it anyway. This would have to be Eve from the Morganville series again. Dressing goth style with skulls and literal wooden stakes must be the ultimate in defying society when you live in vampire land right? Plus I just LOVE Eve’s style. I want her clothes, I want her car, I swear I want to BE her.

Mycroft Holmes: name the most annoying character you know.

Harry Hole from the Harry Hole Series by Jo Nesbo. I think it’s the psychologist in me, but watching him go from clean and sober, back to addiction and then fighting to get clean again (assuming I’m reading the series in the right order? I’m never too sure given that the English versions are translations) has me screaming “ PLEASE GO TO THERAPY AND GET SOME ACTUAL HELP”. But I guess that’s because I’d kinda add him to the next prompt, because I want to protect him too.

Lord Tewkesbury: name a character that you want to protect at all costs.

100% Shane Collins from the Morganville series (can you tell I love this series, is it obvious?!) It’s not often I’ll laugh out loud at a book or find myself grinning as I’m reading but Shane’s characters always has me laughing or smiling at the book. Would it make sense if I said he’s written in a way that makes it feel as if you’re being hugged through a book? Do my fellow bookworms get what I mean? The warmth of his character is just really nice, particularly in these times when I have very limited social interaction with real human beings.

Inspector Lestrade: name a loyal side character.

Rakel from the Harry Hole Series. In the ones from the series that  I have read (yes I’ve not finished this series either, my lack of recent reading is REALLY showing) she’s always there for Harry through everything. When I read a part where Harry’s struggling I’m always thinking “It’s ok because Rakel will re-enter at some point and help him sort everything out”. Whether being loyal to a man with as many issues and faults as Harry Hole is a good or a bad choice is another thing entirely.

Miss Harrison: name a book that aged like milk.

The Twilight Series (which awkwardly enough still sits on my bookshelf). The Edward and Bella dynamic is VERY obviously just weird and creepy now. Sneaking in her bedroom to watch her sleep?! *sounds giant “he’s a creep” warning signal*. Honestly why was #TeamEdward ever a thing? It’s just all very creepy to me now.

Linthorn: name a book or character you hated from the very beginning

Katrine Bratt from the Harry Hole Series. I remember from the moment she was introduced I felt very uneasy. I was constantly thinking “Why are you here? What do you want? Whose life do you want to ruin?” The entire time I knew she was bad news so I was just waiting for my suspicions to be proved correct.

Edith: name your favourite book with Black rep.

Is it bad that I can’t think of any books for this prompt? At least none that I’d want to recommend as actual good Black representation. And I know that’s my fault as much as it might be an issue regarding the kind of literature that’s being published. I definitely need to diversify my reading and would appreciate your recommendations of books with good Black representation, and I’ll keep an eye out for recommendations in other posts on this tag.

My Nominations

Jess at Stuck In The Book

Jackie/Robyn at Never Imitate

Lin at The Reading Den

Linz at Sunsets, Books & Wine

Dani at dmci reads

I hope everyone enjoyed reading about the bookworm side of me! Thankyou again to Hannah for the tag and for helping to remind me how much I love and missed reading!

Christmas Tag of 2020

The lovely Ellie from Ticking the List has tagged me to do the Christmas Tag of 2020 so here we go! (Spoiler: I’m about to reveal myself as a big old Grinch).

Firstly, I’ll outline the rules of the tag. Then I’ll answer the 10 original questions before answering the extra questions has asked me, asking my own extra questions  and nominating some more bloggers.

Rules

  1. Put on your favourite Christmas playlist to listen while answering.
  2. Have a Christmas drink and/or snack while writing.
  3. Thank the blogger who tagged you and leave a link to their site.
  4. Answer the 10 original questions.
  5. Answer the questions set by whoever tagged you.
  6. Ask 2 questions of your own.
  7. Tag 6 bloggers to take part.

10 Original Questions

  1. When do your decorations go up?

As this is my first year in my own house, this is probably the first year I’ve been able to talk about my own Christmas traditions and decorations. And this is where I’m probably about to make the internet explode… I haven’t put any decorations up and I don’t see that changing in future years. It just seems like a whole lot of effort when there’s only me in this flat and I’m not really that bothered by decorations.

2. Who is the scrooge in your family or friendship group?

If that first answer hasn’t made it obvious, it’s probably me! I generally don’t have any Christmas spirit until about Christmas Eve and any limited Christmas spirit has usually disappeared by about the 27th.

3. If money was no object, how and where would you spend Christmas?

Most likely travelling, specifically to Prague. My dad went there around Christmas time once and came back talking about how wonderful it was so I’d want to experience that for myself.

4. What Christmas film/movie do you have to watch every festive season?

It’s not a movie, but I have to watch the original Gavin and Stacey Christmas special. I’m known for saying it’s not Christmas until Smithy (one of the main characters) yells “it’s Christmaaaaaasssssssss”.

5. Who do you find the hardest to buy presents for?

Probably my younger brother, just because I never know what he’s into or what’s considered “cool”. The perils of gift buying for a teenage boy!

6. Would you rather buy lots of little presents for a hamper or buy one big/main present?

Lots of little presents I think. I think it’s just better to have more things to open on the day. Plus I think they’re more likely to be smaller more personal things.

7. What did you leave out for Santa as a child?

I’m not entirely sure I remember? I’m assuming if it was anything it would have been a mince pie for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer. That’s kind of the standard offering isn’t it?

8. Where did you spend last Christmas?

Back at my family home with my mum, stepdad and younger brother the way I usually do. Then we travelled up to Yorkshire between Boxing Day and the New Year to visit family.

9. Which Christmas song makes you cringe?

 Is it rude to say all of them? Christmas music really isn’t my thing. Particularly Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You though. I’ve just heard it too many times. All I want for Christmas is to not have to hear that song.

10. If you could be a character in a holiday movie, who would you be and why?

I think I’d pick Buddy from Elf. I’d just want to be as excited about Christmas as he is for once in my life haha!

Ellie’s Extra Questions

What is one of your favourite Christmas memories?

It’s not one specific memory, but something that always sticks in my mind from around this time is watching the Darts World Championships with my dad between Christmas and New Year. That was always the way I knew it was definitely Christmas and the start of a new year (almost). That is something I particularly treasure now he’s no longer with us.

Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? You must back up your answer with reasoning!

I’ll have to say yes. I’m not sure I’ve seen it in its entirety, but it’s set around the festive season and features a Christmas tree and that kind of thing right? If it’s vaguely festive or set around then then I’m pretty sure we can call it a Christmas film.

My Extra Questions

1. What is your favourite Christmas song?

2. When do you consider it Christmas time? Is there something specific that has to happen or you have to do first?

Nominations

Jo Jo from JoJo’s Cup of Mocha

Alex from The VI Critic

Jess from Stuck In The Book

Claire from Our Favourite Jar

Helen from Dotted Pages

Ashley from Blabbing Ash

Once again, thanks to Ellie for nominating me and I love forward to seeing everyone’s Christmassy answers

Stay Invincible!

Em (Invincible Woman On Wheels)

Blogger Recognition Award

I’ve been nominated for another blogger award! This time, Sara from Vivid n Stylish has nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Thankyou Sara for this nomination. And an additional thanks to Eve Estelle from the Edge of the Night blog for creating the award initially.

For those who don’t know, the Blogger Recognition Award is a way of recognising all the hard work and effort that goes into blogging and celebrating those who put in the hard work. It isn’t as easy as everyone thinks!

Firstly, I’ll outline the rules of the tag. Then I’ll explain two reasons why I start blogging and two pieces of advice I have for other bloggers. Then I’ll answer the questions Sara has asked me, before asking my own questions and nominating some more bloggers to answer them.

Rules

  • Display the logo of the blogger recognition award.
  • Thank the blogger nominator.
  • Write something about bloggers’ recognition award.
  • Write two reasons why you started blogging.
  • Give two pieces of advice to your fellow bloggers.
  • Nominate 15 more bloggers for the blogger recognition award.
  • Notify each of your nominees that you have chosen them.

Two reasons why I started blogging

Well the first reason was because it was recommended to me. I wrote about the start of the blog in my first ever blog post . Long story short, the girls I was travelling with said they’d learned a lot about the issues I face as a disabled person over the course of the trip and encouraged me to start sharing my experiences in a blog. So I came home and that’s exactly what I did, sharing my first post in the October after the trip that summer. Secondly, it seemed like a good way to vent my frustrations with the ableist way society is set up and the barriers that are in my way as a disabled person.

Two pieces of advice for other bloggers

I actually previously discussed my advice for other bloggers. However, if I was to pick two key pieces of advice, the first would be to find your “cornerstone”. By this I mean the one value or thing about your writing that you would never give up. The thing that makes it recognisable as your writing. For me that’s my honesty, if a post doesn’t brutally honest and raw and as those my friends can hear me saying it in their head, then I shouldn’t be putting my name to it. My second piece of advice would be don’t force content. You’ve probably read somewhere that you need to release x blog posts a week that are x number of words long for good SEO and “the algorithm” or something. But if you’re forcing out content you’re not interested in purely to meet these arbitrary numbers, your audience will be able to tell and they’ll likely stop reading. Focus on building a supportive readership that waits on every word you write, no matter when you release.

Questions I have to answer

  • How are you feeling about the achievements made by your blog?

It’s honestly mind-blowing, I really never expected it to reach the readership that it has or to give me the opportunities it has. However, the success it HAS achieved has shown me I still have so much I want to achieve when it comes to blogging and disability activism.

  • How much quantitative time do you put into the blog daily, writing, site maintaining, and social media visiting?

I honestly have no idea and I have no intention to start counting. I’ve never set specific time periods that I need to spend each week on creating content, and I think that’s to do with not forcing content, as I said in my advice. I only write or create content when I feel there is content I want to create.

  • What do you miss and/or cherish after the Pandemic?

I miss travelling and being busy. Whether that was visiting family or friends or heading to events and meetings. An “on the go” lifestyle was my standard and probably best for me. I can start to overthink if I have too much time to think.

  • What do you do to keep yourself calm, while things are not going your way?

I usually play very loud music and sing along. That or watching Mixed Martial Arts videos, those are usually videos which bring up good memories of going to events with friends and remind me there are better days ahead

Nominations

Jo Jo from JoJo’s Cup of Mocha

Alex from The VI Critic

Jess from Stuck In The Book

Claire from Our Favourite Jar

Helen from Dotted Pages

Ashley from Blabbing Ash

Thomas from TheDoubtingThomas

Artie Carden

Hope from The Hope Chronicles

Keith from On My Mind Today

Weird & Liberated

Shona from ShonaLouise.com

Carrie Ann Lightley

Emmagayle from Emmagayle Blogs

Ellie M from Ticking The List

Questions

  1. Who is one blogger that you think deserves more recognition? Shout them out here!
  2. What is one way I could easily recognise you? Maybe a piece of clothing or something you are known for saying?
  3. What is one underrated creative thing you think I should check out? whether that’s a Youtuber, a musician/band or a particular tv show, or maybe you have suggestions for all of them!

Once again, thanks to Sara for nominating me and I love forward to seeing how everyone answers my questions!

Stay Invincible!

Em (Invincible Woman On Wheels)

Sunshine Bloggers Award

I’ve been nominated for another blogger award! This time, Ellie – M from Ticking The List has nominated me for the Sunshine Bloggers Award. Thankyou Ellie for this nomination.

For those who don’t know, the Sunshine Bloggers Award is a way of bringing together the diverse and varied blogging community to support each other and get to know each other.

Firstly, I’ll outline the rules of the tag. Then I’ll answer the questions I’ve been asked, before nominating more bloggers and asking them some questions myself.

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award image in your post.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 people and ask them 11 questions.
  • Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their posts.

Questions I have to answer

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?

That would be my girls’ holiday to Sicily. I actually wrote about it in my first ever blog post, but that’s basically where the girls I was travelling with said they’d learned a lot about the issues I face as a disabled person over the course of the trip and encouraged me to start sharing my experiences in a blog. So I came home and that’s exactly what I did, sharing my first post in the October after the trip that summer.

2. What kind of traveller are you?Adventure/relaxation/budget/luxury/don’t like to travel?

I prefer travelling to explore new places, like I did in that Sicily trip. I’d prefer to do more spontaneous trips where I just turn up and go wherever I fancy at the trop of a hat, but that’s more difficult to do when you have a disability.

3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Milan for sure. I’m a sucker for Italian food and a glass of wine. And I really liked what I got to see of the culture and the city on the one-day layover I had there en route to Sicily.

4. If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

Firstly, I would wish to have my dad back with us on Earth for just one day so I could say all the things I regret not saying. Secondly, I would wish for full accessibility for all disabled people (even if it may make my blog a bit redundant). I would also wish for security for those I love, financial security or whatever they need. The situation we’re currently in has made me realise how important those we love are.

5. What’s the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Definitely Piazza Del Duomo in Milan. I’m not ashamed to say I almost cried when we stepped out of the metro station and I saw it for the first time.

6. If you could uninvent one thing, what would it be?

Steps/stairs! and I would put ramps everywhere, it would certainly make my life easier as a wheelchair user.

7. What is the most useful app you have on your phone?

Probably Google Maps as my sense of direction sucks. Failing that it’s the Trainline app. In the times when we can freely travel on trains it makes the process of train travel so much easier for me.

8. Who is your hero?

definitely my Mum. She’s the original invincible woman and the person I get all of my best traits from as far as I’m concerned.

9. What’s your favourite holiday?

By holiday here I’m assuming you mean like celebration? I’m going to answer it that way anyway. I would say Halloween because it’s close to my birthday so there are multiple reasons to celebrate.

10. What’s your karaoke song?

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen because it reminds me of a specific hilarious memory I have with my university friends.

11. If you were stranded on a desert island and could have 3 things with you, what would you choose?

One, my electric wheelchair so I could freely move around. 2. My Dermot Kennedy cd so I could keep calm during the isolation (the entire album is just chilled vibes) and of course my CD player so I could actually play the CD.

Nominations

Jo Jo from JoJo’s Cup of Mocha

Alex from The VI Critic

Jess from Stuck In The Book

Claire from Our Favourite Jar

Helen from Dotted Pages

Ashley from Blabbing Ash

Thomas from TheDoubtingThomas

Artie Carden

Hope from The Hope Chronicles

Keith from On My Mind Today

Weird & Liberated

Questions

  1. What do you consider your biggest blogging achievement?
  2. Who is one music artist you recommend I listen to?
  3. Who’s another blogger you think I should check out?
  4. Where’s one place you want to visit?
  5. Where’s one place in your country that you recommend I visit?
  6. What’s the one thing that’s top of your bucket list?
  7. What was your first blog post? (on your first blog if you’ve had multiple)
  8. Who would be your top dinner party guest?
  9. What is your biggest fear?
  10. What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone?
  11. What is your favourite quote?

*UPDATE

Sooooooooo this post needs an update because I’ve just received ANOTHER nomination for this award from the lovely Jessica Lasa

My Answers to Jessica’s Questions

What is your favourite book?

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. I’m not usually one for rereading books too much  but I’d reread this a thousand times. The twists and turns get me every time!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

At the moment, to the caravan site where my Grandma lives. I could do with a trip to the seaside, and the COVID restrictions mean I’ve not seen her in a VERY long time.

Favourite place you have visited and why.

Cardiff. I’ve visited it several times to attend a number of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) events and just always loved the vibe. At one point I was even looking into the idea of moving there.

What is your favourite animal and why?

Ring Tailed Lemurs. I can’t fully explain why, I just think they’re really cute and cool.

What is something you are proud of yourself for?

Getting my undergraduate degree. There was lots going on in terms of  personal circumstances both leading into and throughout my final year of that degree. It could have led to me not finishing my degree, but I managed to work through it and still get it done.

Tell me one of your favourite scents (i.e. apple pie, Eternity cologne, fresh cut grass).

Chlorine. It just gives me good memories of holidays, and my hydrotherapy sessions that I always enjoyed.

What was your first job ever?

Research Assistant at a recruitment consultant company. It was only a university placement, but it was paid so I’d consider that my first job

Favourite holiday and why

Sicily and Milan. It was my first holiday without my parents which was really exciting. It was also a road trip which meant we got to explore a fair bit of Sicily, It was also the reason behind me starting this blog, as I discussed in my first blog post.

What is the first song that pops up on your usual playlist?

I’m not that much of a playlist kind of gal. But I do have a playlist of songs recommended to me by my friend Aoife. When I put that on shuffle the first song to come up was All The Others by a band called The Coronas (I still think that’s got to be quite an awkward band name to have in the current times).

Do you have any pets?

No, but I do often refer to my parents dog as my dog.

Do you know how to drive a manual transmission?

No because I’m not medically allowed to drive due to an eyesight issue. But even  if I could drive, I’d have hand controls anyway due to my cerebral palsy, and it would probably be easier to have an automatic car.

My Nominations II

Sara at Vivid n Stylish

Hannah at Hannah’s Bookshelf

Mind Beauty Simplicity

Lin at Beware The Bookwyrm

Smelly Socks & Garden Peas

Brendan at Blind Injustice

Aleks at AJ’s Notes

Georgia at Brit Voyage

Jessie at Wanderer + Traveler

Rebekah Charles

Molly at Transatlantic Notes

My Questions II

I’m sneaking my way out of thinking up new questions again buuuuuuuuuttttttt just like I did with my Awesome Blogger Award update, since I’ve gained a lot of new #BloggingCommunity friends since first time I was nominated for this award, my new nominees can just answer the questions I asked when I was originally nominated (see the “My Questions” section above  for those questions).

Once again, thanks to Ellie and Jessica for nominating me and I look forward to seeing how everyone answers my questions!

Stay Invincible!

Em (Invincible Woman On Wheels)

Hallotober Blog Tag

Image Credit: Jordanne @ Life of a Glasgow Girl

ANOTHER blog tag, time to tell you more about me then I guess ! This time I was tagged to do the Hallotober tag  by Claire from Our Favourite Jar. This tag was originally created by Jordanne from The Life of a Glasgow Girl , so of course credit must go to the original creator for creating this tag in the first place. Now, onto my post ! Firstly I’ll outline the rules of the award, then I’ll answer the 13 questions Claire asked me, nominate 13 more bloggers to continue the tag and ask them the same questions I was asked (with one question being different).

Rules  

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post 
  • Put the rules at the beginning or after introduction
  • Answer the 13 questions 
  • Tag 13 people to do the tag 
  • Delete Question 13, add a new number one question of your own
  • You are free to use the tag image somewhere in the post 

My Answers 

1. What’s your favourite thing about October? 

Definitely my birthday! Everyone loves their birthday right? Mine’s actually only a couple of days before Halloween (the 29th).

2. Are you a big celebrator of Halloween?

I don’t specifically make a big deal of celebrating Halloween, but all Halloween parties basically become my birthday party. So I end up celebrating Halloween as a default.

3. What’s your favourite horror movie?

I don’t really have one. Horror movies tend to involve jump scares (from the ones I’ve seen) and Cerebral Palsy startle reflex (which I’ve talked more about here) & jump scares don’t really mix, so I tend to avoid horrors as a genre.

4. Would you rather a cosy night in watching horrors or a big night out in a costume?

A big night out, but not in costume. You’re more likely to nice “gothy/rock n roll” dresses (like the one in the outfit below)  heading out for my birthday celebrations


5. Which has been your most favourite costume to date?

I don’t think I’ve ever actually worn a costume for Halloween. As I’ve said in the question above, my “Halloween” outfit is much more likely to look like the picture below.

Image Credit: Lizzie Iles


6. Bobbing for apples or pin the hat on the witch? 

Bobbing for apples I think, mostly because that’s the game I’d be more successful at! My hand eye coordination issues mean that trying to pin anything on anything is guaranteed to be an absolute flop.


7. How do you celebrate Halloween? 

With a birthday night out at a Halloween rock night hosted at one of the rock bars near wherever I’m living that particular year (university means I move pretty regularly). I’m not sure what I’ll be doing this year as the bars will be heavily restricted.

8. What’s your least favourite horror? 

I vaguely remember watching bits of The Hills Have Eyes remake (I think it was that? I’ve watched so few horror films that I don’t even remember what they’re called) and it gave me nightmares for days. So I’d have to say that purely because I remember finding it REALLY creepy.

 
9. Do you have a favourite trick or treating memory? 

I don’t think so? This is that awkward moment where I admit I don’t actually ever remember going  trick or treating. The area I mostly grew up in was not really the sort of area that I remember as being good to go trick or treating in, and then by the time we’d moved out of there I kind of felt too old for trick or treating.


10. What’s your favourite thing about Halloween?

The fact that my birthday is so close to Halloween. It means that all the Halloween parties are basically readymade birthday parties for me without me having to organise anything.

11. Scary costume or Silly costume?

Silly costume definitely,  I’m that jumpy I’d probably scare MYSELF in a scary costume.

12. What’s your favourite Halloween candy?

Jellies, specifically Haribo’s, can I specifically say Haribo’s? the variety of all the different kinds of sweets just makes me feel like I’ve had more sweets than I actually have ha-ha!


13. Would you visit a haunted house at night?

No, definitely not. The jump scares involved in haunted houses means my startle reflex would have an absolute field day.

Since I was also tagged for this by Smelly Socks & Garden Peas, I’ll just add a quick extra point here answering the new question that they added to the tag.

 14. Do you believe in ghosts?

I guess? I have a really specific thing about what I do and don’t believe in when it comes to the paranormal. I do believe that the spirits of those we’ve loved and lost can come back to visit us, moving things around rooms or leaving signs and stuff like that, but I’m really quite sceptical these days about “ghost hunting shows” like Most Haunted that try to prove the existence of ghosts.

My Questions 

  1. What’s your favourite thing about October?
  2.  Are you a big celebrator of Halloween?
  3. What’s your favourite horror movie?
  4. Would you rather a cosy night in watching horrors or a big night out in a costume?
  5. Which has been your most favourite costume to date? 
  6. Bobbing for apples or pin the hat on the witch? 
  7. How do you celebrate Halloween? 
  8. What’s your least favourite horror? 
  9. Do you have a favourite trick or treating memory? 
  10. What’s your favourite thing about Halloween?
  11. Scary costume or Silly costume? 
  12. What’s your favourite Halloween candy?
  13. Horror movie recommendation those who want to avoid jump scares (I.e. me)?

Nominations 

Glen Parmenter

Jess from Stuck in the Book

Madison & Rebecca from Foster Fam Travels

Weird n Liberated

Ellie – Mae from Ticking the List

Joey from Concealed Voices

Shona Louise Cobb

Keith from On My Mind Today

Brendan from Blind Injustice

Alex from The VI Critic

Jo Jo from Jo Jo’s Cup of Mocha

Hope Chilinda

Ash from Blabbing Ash

I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me and my thoughts around all things Halloween and October.

Stay Invincible!

Em (Invincible Woman On Wheels)

Golden Bloggerz Award

I’ve been nominated for ANOTHER award! This time I was nominated for the Golden Bloggerz Award by Keith from On My Mind Today and I am very grateful for the nomination. This award was originally created by Chris Kosto from Golden Bloggerz, so of course credit must go to the original creator for creating this award in the first place. Now, onto my nomination! Firstly I’ll outline the rules of the award, then I’ll tell you 3 things about myself, answer the 5 questions Keith asked me and then ask 5 questions of my own and nominate 10 more bloggers who I believe deserve this award. 

Rules  

  1. Place the award logo on your blog.
  2. Mention the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and place a link to their website.
  4. Mention the award’s creator & provide a link too.
  5. Tell your audience 3 things about you.
  6. Nominate 10 – 20 people who deserve this award.
  7. Let your nominees know by messaging/commenting on their Social Media or their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions you want.
  9. Share 2-3 links to your best posts

3 Things About Me

1. I was originally born and (partly) raised in West Yorkshire

You wouldn’t know it from the sound of my accent anymore, or the fact that even those who’ve been with me this entire time only know me writing blogs from London or Birmingham. But I’m a Yorkshire gal and proud and will not hear ANY slander against Yorkshire.

2. Manchester United FC fan

I’m also a fan of Manchester United Football Club since childhood. Admittedly I’m not as much of a fan anymore because I just don’t watch football that much now. However, if you were to ask me who my team was, I’d probably say them.

3. It’s my dream to live abroad 

If I could have a job which allowed me to live anywhere but the UK I’d jump at the chance. I’d particularly love to live in Italy, but anywhere not in the UK is fine

My Answers 

1. How would you describe yourself?

I’m a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy. I’m also an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and rock music fan. I’m honest, to the point where it’s probably gotten me in trouble a bit, and I would do anything from my friends.

2. What is the most important life lesson you ever learned?

I think it’s a lesson about myself, the fact that I’m stronger than I believe, I’m invincible & I’ve been through enough now that I can get through anything .

3. How do you handle stressful situations?

I watch MMA, it connects me to the friends I’ve made through travelling to MMA shows and watching the sport so often. it’s also quite cathartic to watch other people punch each other in the face when you’re stressed!

4. Are you motivated by the same things now that you were ten years ago?

I don’t really know, 10 years ago I was only 14 so I don’t know if I was  thinking about specific motivations too much back then. But I do know I still want a PhD like I did back then.

5. What is your greatest unrealized goal?

Linked to my answer to the previous question, one goal I haven’t yet achieved is to get a PhD, I want to be Dr Dobson! (and I will be using my full title ALLLLLLLLLLL the time). 

My Questions 

1. Why did you start blogging?

2. What would you consider your ‘golden’ best moment in blogging?

3. What do you consider your ‘gold medal’ top goal with blogging?

4. What’s 1 tv series you would recommend?

5. What’s 1 band/artist you would recommend?

Nominations 

Glen Parmenter

Eleanor from Not So Modern Girl

Jess from Stuck in the Book

Madison & Rebecca from Foster Fam Travels

Weird n Liberated

Ellie – M from Ticking the List

Smelly Socks & Garden Peas

Joey from Concealed Voices

Shona Louise Cobb

Claire from Our Favourite Jar

My 3 Best Posts

  1. Disability & Language
  2. How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
  3. Why I am Proud to be Disabled

Once again, I am very grateful for this nomination and hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me.

Stay Invincible!

Em (Invincible Woman On Wheels)

Original Outstanding Blogger Award

Another blogger award! This time I’m nominated for the Original Outstanding Blogger Award by Laura from Voyage of the Mind. The award was originally created by Colton Beckwith. First I’ll set out the rules, then I’ll answer the questions I’ve been asked, nominate 10 more bloggers for this award and give them 7 questions of my own to answer.

Rules

Provide the link to the creator’s original award post.

Answer the questions provided.

Create 7 unique questions.

Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.

At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

 My Answers to the Questions

If you could have a conversation with any historical figure, who would you choose and why? 

I’m assuming this means any person from history? As a psychology nerd and psychology graduate, I’d have to say Sigmund Freud. I’d just want to understand more about his theories and where they came from, because does Freudian psychology really make sense to anyone?

What’s your favourite book of all time and why is it your favourite?  

The third Harry Potter book,  Prisoner Of Azkaban. I just love the Marauders and this is the book where they’re properly discussed. I really love that group dynamic of “friends through thick and thin” and hope I can develop a  friendship group like that.

What’s the next perfect number after 6? 

If you’re asking for the actual mathematical answer (since a perfect number is one of those “maths things”) a quick search tells me the answer is 28. If we’re talking about perfect numbers in terms of my favourite, that would be 7. It was the number worn by most of my favourite football players growing up so I always associate it with happy times watching the football.

What’s your Myers-Briggs personality type? 

As a psychology student who’s actually studied the Myers Briggs test, I should probably know my type off by heart, but I don’t. A quick go on one of the many online versions of the test tells me I am an INTJ-T, which makes sense to me based on how I think I am as a person.

What’s your all-time favourite blog post of your own? Link it

That would have to be my How To Lose Friends and Alienate People post! It’s my top 5 things people do, and 5 things they say, that annoy me as a disabled person. I feel like it’s written in a way that’s both informative and engaging and I’d class it as my most “teachable” or reusable post, the kind of post I could throw into a Twitter debate in a “read this if you want to educate yourself” sort of way.

What’s the strangest dream you’ve ever had? (And if you don’t dream, make up a dream you could have had or relate a strange one someone else told you about!)

I once dreamed that I was in a game of Tetris. As in I was literally one of the Tetris pieces, and my family members were the other pieces, all in one giant ongoing game of Tetris. Yeaaaaaaaahhhhh, I don’t understand it either.

Do you have any pets?

I don’t have any pets of my own, no but I do refer to my parents’ dog as my dog most of the time. I should probably stop doing that now I don’t live with them anymore!

Nominations

Madison & Rebecca from Foster Family Travels

Joey from Concealed Voices

Artie from Artie Carden

Hope from The Hope Chronicles

Emma from Little Harto

Claire from Short Girl Walking

Emily from Love, Em

Eleanor from Not So Modern Girl

Ciara from Learning to Love What’s On The Inside

Alyvia from Life With Lyv

My 7 Questions

Since this is the Original Outstanding Blogger Award, what’s the original reason you started your blog?

What’s your favourite song?

What is one music artist that you’d recommend for me to listen to?

What was your favourite subject in school?

What is one piece of advice you would give to new bloggers?

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever gotten?

What’s your next big goal with your blog and how can we as the blogging community help you achieve it?

I hope everyone enjoys learning a little more about me and my nominees enjoy answering the questions

Stay Invincible!

Em (Invincible Woman On Wheels)

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Another blogger award! This time I’m nominated for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award by Smelly Socks and Garden Peas. First I’ll set out the rules, then I’ll answer the questions I’ve been asked, nominate some more bloggers for this award and give them 5 questions of my own to answer.

Rules

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

Answer your nominator’s questions.

Nominate up to 9 other bloggers.

Notify your nominees.

Ask 5 questions.

List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award ” logo.

My Answers to the Questions

What one thing would you stop your significant other from doing if you could just switch it off with no argument or consequences?

I’m afraid I can’t really properly answer this as I don’t currently have a significant other and it’s probably unfair to discuss my ex and would probably take me a while.

What’s your favourite sport to watch or participate in?

I only watch sport and haven’t really participated in any for a while. My favourite sport to watch, both live and on the tv, would definitely be Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). I even have a full section on my MMA Travels on my blog, alongside a section for my favourite MMA promotion, Cage Warriors.

What’s your favourite movie of the 1990s?

As I was born in 1996 (yeah I realise I’ve probably made some people feel quite old there) I didn’t really have many films to choose from that I already knew were DEFINITELY 90’s films. But after a bit of research, I’ll have to go with the original Lion King. Probably quite a standard answer I know, but It’s just great. If you don’t dramatically sing along to “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” every single time, I’m going to need to understand why not (did I play that song whilst writing this? Yup).

Whose blog would you love to do a guest post for?

I would have to say Shona from Shona Louise, she’s one of my inspirations and I always find her posts eye-opening, even to me as a fellow wheelchair user who also experiences some of the issues she discusses sometime. I’ve already contributed to her post on being an ambulatory wheelchair user, and I would consider doing a full guest post on Shona’s blog an honour if the opportunity ever arose.

If you could be any Pokémon, which would it be?

I would have to say Pikachu, he’s my favourite (I’m not ashamed to admit I bought a mini Pikachu teddy at a convention literally a couple of years ago). I also feel like being an electric type Pokémon would be quite apt, what with me being an electric wheelchair user.

Nominations

Carrie Ann from CarrieAnnLightley.com – This post references inspirations in blogging and Carrie Ann is one of mine, particularly with her accessible travel content giving me lots of ideas for where and how I can travel as a wheelchair user.

Shona from Shona Louise– Again, this post references inspirations and I’ve already told you, in the guest post question, how Shona is one of mine. So of course, she’s in the nominations here.

Madison & Rebecca from Foster Family Travels – These two are quite likely my best friends and some of my biggest supporters from the blogging community

Brendan from Blind Injustice – one of my earliest supporters with my blog, but someone I feel I’ve not had a lot of contact with recently, maybe this tag will get us back in touch

Keith from On My Mind Today – another, albeit more recent, supporter of my blog and someone with whom I feel like I have, and could have,  a lot of interesting conversations

 

My 5 Questions

  1. Where would you be right now if you could be anywhere?
  2. What is the best concert you’ve ever been to, or if you’ve not been to a concert, which is the concert you’d most like to go to?
  3. What would your perfect day consist of if you could do anything?
  4. What would be your dream 3 course meal?
  5. Let’s spread a little more blog love, who are 5 bloggers you would recommend for me to check out?

I hope everyone enjoys learning a little more about me and my nominees enjoy answering the questions

Stay Invincible!

Em (Invincible Woman On Wheels)

The Awesome Blogger Award

Another blogging award! This time I’d like to thank Emmagayle from Empowered for the nomination. First, I’ll outline the rules, then answer the questions I was asked before nominating 5 other bloggers for the award and asking 10 of my own questions!

Rules

Thank the person who nominated you

Tag the post with #AwesomeBloggerAward

Answer the questions you were asked

Nominate at least 5 bloggers and inform them of their nomination

Give them 10 new questions to answer

My Answers

What is your favourite post on your blog and why?

My favourite post would be my How to Lose Friends and Alienate People: Disability Edition post on the 5 things people say, and 5 they do, that get on my nerves as a disabled person. I feel like it put across my frustrations with those sayings/behaviours well enough without seeming like I was shaming people, and hopefully had an impact on how people interact with disabled people from now on.

What is your writing process and do you have any rituals for getting ready to write?

I have no rituals as such but I do have a writing process. Firstly, I’ll plan out the blog post by hand in the specific notebook I use. Then I’ll transfer that plan into a word document on one of the templates I’ve made  (either the general template, the access review template or the train travel template, depending on the blog post) then I’ll just fill in the words around my planning notes until I have a blog post.

What is one of your musical guilty pleasures?

That would probably be Taylor Swift. I have no explanation for why I listen to her music but she’s definitely the kind of artist I usually listen to, which I’m pretty certain means I can call her songs a guilty pleasure.

Who was your first celebrity crush?

Ah, that was either Justin Timberlake or Simon Webbe from the UK boyband Blue. I had a crush on both at around the same time I think.

What animal do you prefer – cats or dogs?

Dogs 100%, they’ve been part of my life my entire life as they were always our family pets.

Where do you like to write your blog posts?

In terms of blog planning, I prefer to plan out blog posts in coffee shops with my notebook and a coffee or two, although obviously not at the moment with the lockdown and pandemic situation. For actual writing, I prefer to write in my  bedroom at my desk, whether that’s in my university room or my bedroom at home

What is your favourite social media for blogging?

Definitely Twitter, I like the amount of interaction I can have with my audience and feel like I can show them more of me and my hobbies beyond blogging.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I don’t think so. I can do that thing where you roll your tongue up into a full circle from the sides if that counts?

When and where was your first holiday?

If we’re talking holiday abroad, the first one I remember was to Alcudia in Spain. I think I was 6 or 7 but I may have been older, I can’t really remember exactly. There may also have been an earlier holiday that I don’t remember.

What is your favourite hobby?

Those of you who have read my blog for a while or follow me on Twitter (particularly on Saturday nights) will probably know the answer to this. I love to watch Mixed Martial Arts, either on tv or live  in person at venues. I prefer watching in person as the live atmosphere is almost always incredible, but when I’ll get to experience that again, with the impact of the pandemic, I don’t know.

Nominations

Glen from glenparmenter.com

Alyvia from LifewithLyv

Madison & Rebecca from FosterFamTravels

Thomas from The Doubting Thomas Blog

Joey from Concealed Voices

My Questions

What is the explanation behind your blog name?

What is your main goal with blogging?

What skill would you like to learn?

What is your favourite film?

What city/country is top of your list to travel?

Who is/are your inspiration(s) when it comes to blogging?

What would you do if you could have your perfect day off?

Do you have a favourite sport? If yes, which one?

What is one inspirational quote or thing someone’s said to you that’s stuck with you?

If you could invite 5 celebrities or inspirational people to dinner, who would you pick?

*UPDATE

Sooooooooo this post needs an update because I’ve just received ANOTHER nomination for this award from the lovely Aleks at AJ’s Notes

My Answers to AJ’s Questions

What is your favourite song/album at the moment?

The album in my CD player at the moment is Without Fear by Dermot Kennedy, so I guess that’s my favourite album at the moment. But I also go through cycles of listening to a band’s entire discography on loop on Spotify for days, and at the moment those bands are Papa Roach & Simple Plan.

What is your favourite social media site/s? Why?

My favourite platform would have to be Twitter. I enjoy the interactions and the feeling of community, as well as the fact I can be part of a variety of communities from #WritingCommunity to #MMATwitter

Do you use your own photos in your blogs? Why or why not?,

Yes and no. I use my own photos for accessibility reviews and my other posts when I remember to take relevant photos, but I do forget a lot.

What are your favourite quotes? It could be inspirational or a line from a book/tv show/film.

That would be “The ones who love us never really leave us”, a line spoken by  Sirius Black in the  third Harry Potter film, The Prisoner of Azkaban. I’ve wanted it as part of a memorial tattoo for my grandad since I was like 15.

Do you believe in aliens?

No. I cannot fathom anything beyond our world that we currently inhabit, other than that we already know about.

Choose one: Conspiracy theories or True Crime stories?

True Crime Stories. Conspiracy theories always seem too far-fetched to be interesting to me.

If you were to choose one book/film genre to read for the rest of your life what would it be?

I would pick Mystery or Thriller, books where there is something to figure out throughout.

Have you ever been nominated in other blogging awards before? Which ones?

Yes, I’ve been nominated for many other awards.  Other than my previous nomination for this award, I’ve also been nominated for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award, the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award, the Original Outstanding Blogger Award, the Golden Bloggerz Award, the Sunshine Bloggers Award, and the Blogger Recognition Award.

How do you stay on task?

I use to do lists because I get so much gratification from ticking off the things I’ve done, particularly when I have days where I don’t think I’ve done much. I also listen to music constantly to fill the “noise void” which has particularly key now that I am in lockdown alone.

When do you think the pandemic will end?

Hopefully soon, but I don’t foresee a return to life with no restrictions until AT LEAST 2022.

My Nominations II

Jess at Stuck In The Book

Sara at Vivid n Stylish

Hannah at Hannah’s Bookshelf

Ellie at Ticking The List

Alex at The VI Critic

My Questions II

This maaaay be a sneaky way out of thinking up new questions buuuuuuuuuttttttt, since I’ve gained a lot of new #BloggingCommunity friends since first time I was nominated for this award, my new nominees can just answer the questions I asked when I was originally nominated (see the “My Questions” section above  for those questions).

Thanks to Emmagayle and Aleks for nominating me, I hope this gives a little more insight into the Invincible Woman behind the blog and that those I’ve nominated enjoy answering my questions.

Stay Invincible!

Em (Invincible Woman On Wheels)