Beautiful Blog AwardSo yeah, this does nothing for my personal branding. But it’s a very kind gesture nonetheless, and I’ll take it in the spirit it was intended. Maybe it can be beautiful in the way that arterial spray from a swiftly rent throat is beautiful.

These things are little more than glorified chain letters, morphed into a digital disguise, but I’ll put aside the cynicism and try to be all gracious and shit. The lovely Ganymeder awarded me with this, saying:

~Alan is a very talented horror writer with a very entertaining blog. The posts range from informational to ranting to hilarious social commentary.

I’m not entirely sure she’s been reading the right blog, but who am I to argue? I’m supposed to pass this on to 15 deserving people and divulge 7 interesting facts about myself. As if that’s not the base ingredients of a chain letter. So, I’ll go halfway – I’ll tell you 7 things about myself but I’ll break the chain and not pass this on. Oh yeah, I’m just a bastard like that.

I would, however, recommend that you visit Ganymeder’s site. She writes poetry, friday flash yarns and she speaks Esperanto. It was, in fact, The Esperanto Twitter storm post here back in August 2009 that introduced Ganymeder and I to each other. If you want a laugh, have a read of that post and the 118 comments it generated. Seriously, don’t trash-talk Esperantists – they’re a touchy bunch.

So, seven things about myself. To make this interesting, I’m going to give you seven facts, but only five of them are true. See if you can guess which are the false ones. First comment with a correct guess gets a free ebook copy of RealmShift, how’s that?

1. I’m a Kung Fu instructor and Personal Trainer as well as a writer.

2. I’ve been around the world several times, once taking almost two years to do it.

3. I live in a 100 year old house surrounded by dairy farms.

4. My first job was as an assistant in an aquarium retailer, selling tank setups and tropical fish and all that stuff. I was so insistent to get a job there that the owner would go and hide in the toilet whenever he saw me coming, so he didn’t have to put me off again, and have his assistant help me and tell him when I was gone. But he did eventually give me a job, so persistance pays off. I was 14 when he finally employed me as a weekender.

5. At the age of 12 I broke my leg falling out of the giant willow tree in our front garden.

6. I studied sociology and philosophy at uni, but didn’t finish my degree.

7. I can ride my motorcycle from my house to Kiama township in under four mintues. But don’t tell the police that.

There you go then. Two of those aren’t true – guesses in the comments and the first correct guess wins an ebook of RealmShift.