Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Creative Writer Award

Milo James Fowler has just passed on Lesa's Bald Faced Liar "Creative Writer" Blogger Award to me. Thanks, Milo!

It's not all glamour, though. Accepting this award requires me to:
  1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link to them.
  2. Add the award to your blog.
  3. Tell six outrageous lies about yourself and one truth. (Another variant: Tell six truths and one outrageous lie. YOU get to guess which variant I chose – and which statements are true, as well as which are lies.)
  4. Nominate six creative liars/writers and post links to them.
  5. Let your nominees know that they have been nominated.
Here is a list of either six outrageous lies about me and one truth, or six truths and one outrageous lie. I prefer to think of the "lies" as "creative writing", by the way.
  1. Last year I saved my company $2.4M in just three months by spending less than $100 to change the type of "O"-ring used to connect all high-pressure hydraulic hoses.
  2. I learned to fly a plane before I learned to drive a car.
  3. I've turned down multiple offers for senior management roles within Rio Tinto because those roles would have given me a lot less time to write.
  4. I lost 30kg (66lbs) over 18 months using the Weight Watchers program.
  5. I have never had a speeding ticket.
  6. I was the only person in my high school to study two foreign languages.
  7. I have memorised the first three chapters of the Gospel of Luke in the King James Version, and I'm working on chapter four.
Use the comments section to guess which you think are true, and which you think are creative.

Passing on this award is tricky, because it seems that some people don't "do" awards. I guess there's no harm in nominating them anyway. Anyway, my nominations go to Angel Zapata, Erin Cole, Greg "Gladbloke" Bray, Quin Browne and Linda.

Apologies in advance if I've caused offence nominating, or not nominating anyone.

Happy guessing between the truths and creativities!


Erin Cole said...

Those aren't easy guesses...while I was stealing my mother's cigarettes at 16, my husband was flying solo to and from the Portland / Salem airports, so I'd believe that one.
Thanks for the nomination, Bernard - coming from you is a cool thing. I don't know how well I could fool people!

Angel Zapata said... guess for lying statement is:
"I've turned down multiple offers for senior management roles within Rio Tinto because those roles would have given me a lot less time to write."

I appreciate the nomination, Bernard. Now, I have to come up with more lies...I mean, truths.

Bernard S. Jansen said...

Erin: you're most welcome. There are a lot of people that learn to fly before they learn to drive. Am I one of them? You write fiction, so fooling people is in your blood.

Angel: I'm not sure what you're trying to say. Am I not senior manager material, or would I not turn it down for the love of writing? :-)

I'll provide all the answers in about a week.

Milo James Fowler said...

Hmmm. I'll guess that 1,2,4, and 6 are true?

Bernard S. Jansen said...

OK, I can't hold out any longer. Only number six is TRUE: "I was the only person in my high school to study two foreign languages."

The others are just very creative.


Erin: Sorry.
Angel: Well done.
Milo: Wrong, wrong, wrong and right.

I did enjoy that.

Anonymous said...

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- Norman

Anonymous said...

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- Thomas

Toyin O. said...

Nice post; congratulations on your award.

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Matt Rosinski said...

Ok you've given the answer away weeks ago but before I read the comments I picked you were mostly lying - sorry "being creative". I guessed you may have never had a speeding ticket but am pleasantly surprised by the truth. Thanks.