Mystery Blogger Award

Elizabeth of the Pink Roses Blog has nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award, which was created by Okoto Enigma. My sincere thanks to Elizabeth.


  1. Display the award logo on your blog
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  3. Mention Okoto Enigma, creator of the award
  4. Tell your readers three things about yourself
  5. Answer five questions from the blogger who nominated you
  6. Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers
  7. Notify your nominees by leaving a message on their comments
  8. Ask your nominees five questions of your choice, including a funny or a weird one
  9. Share the link to your best post


  • One of my favourite pieces of music is Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 5, “The Emperor.”
  • My favourite sin food is potato chips, salt and black pepper flavour in particular.
  • I have been lucky enough to visit three of the lighthouses on the British Columbia coast.


  1. What is the first book you really loved and read over and over?
    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
  2. What fictional character would you like to live with?
    Right now it would be France Leighton, the main character of my novel She Who Comes Forth, because I’ve just started writing the sequel to it, and I could ask her for plot suggestions.
  3. Which writer would you like to have dinner with?
    Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, Maia, and The Girl in a Swing.
  4. Which fictional character do you really detest?
    Steerpike, the villain in Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast and Titus Groan.
  5. Would you rather dance or read?
    Read, no question. I prefer to dance internally.

I’ve been blogging for more than a decade, so I have a lot of choices, but I decided on a post from August 2018 called Our Golden Age? It’s about the phenomenon of indie publishing many of us are part of.

Now, those of you who have read my posts know me as a rule-quibbler, so I’m sure you’re not surprised that I am breaking Rules 6, 7, and 8. I am not going to nominate any other blogs, but I did sort of enjoy putting this post together.


  1. Audrey. Congratulations on your much-deserved award. You have a great website and I really enjoy your blogs. I admire your consistency and persistence over the past ten years (Has it really been that long?). keep up the great work!

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  2. Richard Adams is a really good choice. I mean, how’d he invent a whole rabbit language and incorporate it so the readers understood without a translator? Great answers, Audrey. It was fun getting to know more about you!

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    1. Thanks, Priscilla. It would be interesting to ask Adams how he came to write such wildly different books as Watership Down and Maia, which has a lot of sexual content that would be considered problematic today. And The Girl in a Swing is one of those books I reread occasionally to try and figure out the ambiguous plot.


  3. Audrey, congratulations and I love your responses to Elizabeth’s questions. I adored The Wind in the Willows and Richard Adams. His Girl in the Swing I recall as incredibly haunting … as you remind me of it I feel like rereading it! I still have my copy from childhood it’s just the print is sooo small! Here’s to dancing internally and reading away with glee! X btw. Did you have a chance to go up the lighthouses?

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    1. My husband worked as a lightkeeper for a time in the 1990s, so I was able to visit two of the stations for several days, and dropped in at another one briefly. It wasn’t possible to go into the light towers themselves but I did experience the routines of checking and reporting weather data. Some of the stations have been destaffed, but many still have lightkeepers even now. Thanks for your interest, Annika!

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  4. Hi Audrey. Thanks for taking part. I also love Watership Down and The Wind in the Willows. I tried to interest my grandson in these books but he prefers action and danger with loud noises and bangs and explosions!

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    1. You’re welcome, Elizabeth. Boys and young men do tend to prefer action and noise, don’t they? For some it’s only a phase, however, and there are a lot of books geared to those tastes, in any case.

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