Friday, 2 May 2014

Groove is in the words... (a big thank you).


Every record had to count. Each and every single one. I used to plan sets with so much thought, so much precision, second guessing the night's audience, picturing their reactions, their well honed tastes, and my strategy usually worked. Bulls eye. But I had to allow for flexibility, the ability to switch flow at the sight of flagging hips or flailing arms, or even worse, the sight of naked dance floor. I had to move like water. Music weaves and circles and undulates; it isn't earth. Perhaps we could have flown through midnight stars into the electric heart of a supernova, or down into the purple depths where flesh pink jelly fish swim and moon white mermaids dance among beaded pearls in the four-four thump thump thump of the current. I was good. My selection, my timing, my connection to the dancing pulse. I thought it would last forever, that I'd always be a DJ, couldn't see anything else, certainly nothing beyond the grooves in the vinyl. I had no idea that this was only an apprenticeship, that I was learning to write, that every set I played had a beginning, a middle, and an end...

...The most creative insights aren't necessarily carved from smooth and easy surface, but from dark and grizzled crevasse, the jagged textures. Everything grows from shit. In transpersonal psychotherapy there is a saying; to breakdown to breakthrough. Who would have thought that postnatal illness would lead to possibly my life's work, aside from motherhood, writing. When I began blogging I never considered myself a writer, and here I am, several years on, with three blogs and a self-published anthology, Seasons of Motherhood. Maybe I am a writer after all (I've never harboured much confidence).

So I'm incredibly pleased to announce that I've been shortlisted as a semi finalist in the Writer Category of the BiBs, The Brilliance in Blogging Awards. I am chuffed to pieces about being selected; it actually means a lot to me. I want to thank you, my very loyal and wonderful readership, and anyone else who took the time to consider my blog and vote for Older Mum in a Muddle. There are readers, other bloggers, who have stuck with me since the very beginning, and some of you have become very real friends - this blogging malarky is an amazing thing.

And now I am in a muddle and feeling self conscious and embarrassed *urrgghh I don't like this* and have to ask for one last vote as I would dearly love to make the final six in my category, so er, please could you vote for me?

Every vote really counts. The Writer category this year is very tough, and I'm sadly competing against some of my very favourite bloggers..... so thank you, and thank you for reading me.


VOTE FOR ME BiB 2014 WRITER



68 comments:

  1. Big congratulations on being shortlisted - very well deserved. Fingers crossed for you to make it to the final six. x

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    1. Thank you very much.... I would love the make the finals but the competition is so fierce! X

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  2. I've only recently found your blog - Congratulations! I'm over in the social category. Good luck :) x

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    1. Nice to meet you too :o)... and thank you very much :o) X.

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  3. Good luck, lovely. Very well deserved x

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  4. You truly are an incredible writer, I really relish your writing. Now stop being humble and ask for votes, you really deserve them x

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    1. That's very kind off you Penny....oh go then, you may have twisted my arm, can't harm I suppose :o), thank you X.

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  5. it's so awkward. But you ABSOLUTELY DESERVE TO BE THERE. You write beautifully (and I don't comment enough) you are beacon in the blogosphere. Very few write as creatively and imaginatively.
    Well done and I hope you make it forward.

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    1. I know... *urgh*, and really touched by your comment, especially coming from the competition :o)... thank you very much Gemma... isn't it a very tough group? So many fab writers!.

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  6. It's awful asking for votes. But you deserve every one of them x

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    1. Tell me about it, and thank you very much fellow competitor :o). X.

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  7. Huge huge congratulation on being shortlisted. x

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  8. I am only now just starting to realise that life really does take you on strange twists and turns and that even the very lowest of lows are for a reason. I truly hope that this nomination helps you to really realise that you, yes YOU, are a brilliant and emotive writer and that your words mean so much to your readers x

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    1. At the time it's ruddy unpleasant but in hindsight and when you're in a very different place, you can see that it all had purpose, and thank you for your lovely comment - that meant a lot X.

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  9. You are so lovely. I have enjoyed our journey together from the very beginning and becoming real friends. You are a wonderful writer with an exciting future ahead of you and deserve your place in that final six! Lots of love to you and many congratulations! XX

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    1. Thank you, and me too my blogging buddy lovely lady friend. Fingers crossed eh - it's a toughen this group! Thank you. X

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  10. I had no idea where you were going with this post but as I began to read the first paragraph I was struck by the creative link between being a DJ and your (fabulous) writing. Maybe it's the dancer in me!
    And I just voted,.... of course I voted for you! The very best of luck :-) xx

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    1. I went somewhere in the end :o).... and it was only a couple of months ago that I made the connection between the DJ'ing and the writing. Thank you very much - am touched :o). X.

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  11. If there's one thing I've learned, it's that you don't get if you don't ask. Good luck honey. A very well deserved nomination x

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    1. And you are very right, so I asked this time :o). Thank you :o). X

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  12. You are a fantastic writer, well done on being short listed and best of luck in the finals.

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    1. Thank you very much... have my fingers crossed but the group is full of fab talent!

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  13. Thrilled you got this accolade ..I think you are a wonderful writer...life leads us down some funny paths

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    1. Thank you very much.... and you are very right, life does lead us down some strange places!

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  14. Mega congrats sweet cheeks, I used to get all upset and find it very hard to be up against bloggers who I am friends with but now I just skew it round into being happy that they are there too and that we can enjoy it together - which is actually ruddy hard if you are a naturally competitive person *whistle innocently*
    Well done you x

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    1. Thank you very much.... and absolutely, to be in a group with some of my very favourite bloggers is a great thing, but a little sad at the same time, and er, yes, this year I am feeling a little more competitive than usual as I'm in my favourite category *whistles*. Thank you. X.

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  15. Fantastic lady and writer! It was a tough one to vote for i know! So many good writers! You all deserve a prize as far as I am concerned!

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    1. Thank you very much.... a very tough one this year, and yes, we should all get a prize :o).

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  16. So thrilled for you, my lovely, you so deserve it. Your writing is a beautiful breath of fresh air. Just voted :) x

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    1. Thank you very much, and awwww, thank you for voting. Touched. X

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  17. Congratulations and I hope we make the final six together. Then we can have a full on scrap ;-)

    Well done, lovely xx

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    1. Thank you and me too! Fight! Fight! Fight! :o). Well done to you too! X

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  18. Well done on being shortlisted and good luck in the finals.

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    1. Thank you very much, and the best of luck to you too!

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  19. A wonderfully written post as always - you so need to be in those finals. You're a fabulous writer. It might be an awkward post to write but it's a great one. Best of luck lovely :)

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    1. Thank you very much - it would be lovely to be in the finals but there are so many great writers in there! Thank you! X

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  20. Congratulations...and done :)

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  21. Congrats on your shortlist - so exciting isn't it? Well deserved. I've just discovered your blog properly after admiring your header from a far on Helen's website. The writing is as good as the design x

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    1. Thank you very much! Yes, very exciting indeed. Helen did a great job on the header didn't she? And well done on your shortlisting too! X

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  22. Lovely to discover your blog, too! The very best of luck with your writing nomination, it certainly seems well-deserved! Laura x

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    1. Thank you very much! Lovely to meet you, I'll be coming over to your blog regularly from now on - it looks and reads gorgeously! X

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  23. Congratulations for making the short-list. Best of luck! Your blog is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you very much, and many congratulations on your shortlisting too!

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  24. Loved your book. Tried not to read it all at once, it was hard to pace myself .

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, and that it arrived safe and sound. Thank you for purchasing a copy.

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  25. Very very well deserved! Can't wait to see you in June! :) Xx

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    1. Thank you very much my dear! Very much looking forward to meeting you at long last in June too :o) X.

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  26. Yay and yippee - and lots of fingers crossed!!

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  27. Huge congratulations and best of luck. I love reading your posts.

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    1. Thank you very much, that's very kind of you.

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  28. Indeed there are some amazing blogs in your category but you so deserve to be there - you got my vote kid :) x

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    1. Thank you very much lovely... I'm touched :o). Needless to say, I won't on line on 23 May! X

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  29. What a wonderful post, loved reading it! Now that's the way to write a pitch! You absolutely deserve to go all the way. Xx

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    1. Thank you very much my dear :o).... the category is very tough though, glad I made it this far! X

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  30. Sigh. You even manage to made a plea for votes sound eloquent and lovely - how do you do it?!

    Very proud to be alongside you, my friend, and keeping everything - fingers, legs, eyes etc - crossed that you make it to the finals. You deserve it xxx

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    1. Thank you very much lovely lady.... and the same for you too; keeping everything crossed for you as well - you really deserve it! X

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  31. Totally well deserved. I'm so pleased for you. Loved reading your Motherhood poems they were awesome.

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    1. Thank you very very much! And I'm so glad you enjoyed my little book.

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  32. Super pleased for you, well deserved. Mich x

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  33. Totally deserved, fingers crossed! xx

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