Saying thanks, starting write now.

The best cure for the blues is to excercise. Exercise  = Exorcise

Another cure is recieving the Liebster badge!


Thanks to this lady I don’t have the blues today nor probably for the rest of the week. I enjoy the easy way she tells her tales. It seems effortless to read her posts and before I realise I’m reading at all…I’m at the end; A sure sign of a talented writer.

There are conditions to this badge. Before I wear it, I have to

(a) Thank the blogger who gives it.

(b) Answer the eleven questions she asks.

(c) Nominate eleven bloggers with less than 500 followers.

(d) Ask these eleven bloggers eleven questions.

(e) Let these bloggers know that I have nominated them.


Here are the questions I was asked, plus my answers.

1. Do I prefer real books or internet or audio books?

I prefer real books. Audio books are also a great alternative to a physical storyteller.

2. If money was no object what would I do all day?

I would tour all the historic and prehistoric sites around Ireland. Over and over and over!

3. Where do I most want to travel?


4. Up to now, what has been my biggest success?

Breaking every rule in the book and still believing that I will be forgiven.

5. University or Life experience, which prepares a person best?

Neither! Good parenting is key. Read to them stories from Aesop’s fables and/or Children’s Bible.

6. What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for me?

Forgiving me.

7. I have a Ten minute speech to give at a high school. What will it be about?

Explaining that anybody who preaches peace with a stockpile of weapons and souls at their disposal is as close to evil as it gets.  Let him/her do his own shooting.

8. Favourite Ice cream flavour?


9. Night person or Morning person?


10. What book have I attempted to read several times but couldn’t finish?

None! I think I have finished every book.

11. What book title best describes my life?

A traveler’s guide to Sacred Ireland. by Cary Meehan

Every page is a whole new experience.


My nominees are:


My questions for them are :

1. Tea or coffee?

2. Best piece of advice you have ever been given?

3. Which do you prefer Mountain or Beach?

4. Biggest lie you ever bought?

5. Your dream job?

6. Any phobia?

7. Favourite holiday memory, if any?

8. Can you swim?

9. Apart from swimming, what should we all try to learn?

10. Do you have a pet?

11. Can you recommend an Author?


ps…are you nosey like my wife?

Thank you for reading


A little song about swimming.



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28 thoughts on “Saying thanks, starting write now.

  1. Hi Frankie,

    Compliments on your award! Bravo!

    Your down-to-earth writing style is what drew me in when I stumbled upon your blog. Your ability to weave a story seems to come naturally and there’s never a dull moment in your work.

    It’s a pleasure to read about your adventures. You have a great gift and kindly sharing it with the world is an even greater gift.

    Thank you for the nomination (blushing) and the shout-out for my humble blog. It’s a wonderful surprise this fine Saturday morning and very much appreciated. 😀

    Being new to the world of blogging, I’m not sure how all this works, though. (?)

    Keep up the good work … you’re the Frankiest!

    Love the video.


    • Yes, I am pretty good.
      Kidding! A very big thanks, Cathy. My problem is I can’t make up my mind what kind of writer I want to be. Just a human one I suppose.
      You are a lovely writer. I think you nailed your personality just now, Humble. Even though you have lots to boast about.
      I was speaking with my wife today about you and your hubby. I am trying to convince her that we could start a business together. Your happy, mannerly attitude is inspiring.
      I like that wee song, nightswimming. Cheers Cathy. 🙂

      • Hi,

        OK, gotcha! Now I see how this works. Thanks for taking the time to explain.

        As to your thought about ‘what kind of writer I want to be’, let your writing run a natural course. It will take you where you should be.

        I’m trying to get back to my writing roots via my blog.

        I just want to write about what moves me on any given day be it humor, religion, travel, family, afterlife or something I saw on that news that angered or perhaps, inspired me. It’s all good! 😀

        You and your wife should consider a business partnership. Greatest thing we did because working together for “us” keeps a common goal and vision alive in the best way ever.

        Take care!


    • ps…I forgot to explain.
      This an award which is passed along to bloggers with less than 500 followers. I am sure you can handle it. No panic, some folks take weeks before they decide on their 11 nominees.
      If you do it similar to mine. Answer the questions from ” tea or coffee?” downwards. Then list your nominees and ask them eleven questions. And be sure to let them know by a little message.
      You can upload a pic of the liebster badge to your page also.
      I a trucker can handle it, a looker can handle it. 🙂
      Cheers Cathy.

  2. Congratulations! Thank you for nominating me! I’m not sure what to do, though. Do I reblog your post to answer the questions and thank you on my blog? I checked the support system, and I am still confused. Thanks again! 🙂

    • Hi Anna, You have to do a post similar to mine. In which you answer the 11 questions starting with “Tea or Coffee?” Just like I answered the questions posed by startingwritenow.
      Maybe include a link to this post.
      Then comes the hard part. Pick 11 blogs with less than 500 followers who don’t seem to have the award already. Don’t sweat this too much, don’t worry.
      List them.
      Make up 11 questions for them to answer.
      Publish your post.
      Then go and notify them like I did on your ‘about me’ page.
      Take your time, you will need it. It might take days or weeks before you get it together.
      And remember to upload a badge to your blog.
      If I can do it, anybody can. 🙂 Thanks Anna.

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  4. Not knowing how to fit this into my blog (in under 55 words), I’ll answer the questions here… sorry if that’s against the “rules”

    My questions for them are :

    1. Tea or coffee? Coffee, double macchiato is my cup

    2. Best piece of advice you have ever been given? Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

    3. Which do you prefer Mountain or Beach? Beach, you can’t swim in a mountain

    4. Biggest lie you ever bought? You cannot kill an imaginary friend

    5. Your dream job? A writer without deadlines and a steady income

    6. Any phobia? Failing as a father

    7. Favourite holiday memory, if any? I’ll always remember Dad pushing my brother and I onto what seemed near certain death wish like 3 foot waves on foam surfboards.

    8. Can you swim? I’m Australian, we can all swim!

    9. Apart from swimming, what should we all try to learn? Juggling, it’ll change your life. As will forgiveness

    10. Do you have a pet? No

    11. Can you recommend an Author? Sure, Roald Dahl – he’s not just for the kids!

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