This week for the first time I’ve got four articles in the paper, which is great, but has left me no time to write my blog, something I’d been trying very hard to do regularly.
The work for the paper has been amazing, I really love writing every day on topics I’ve chosen, after the years at university writing about topics chosen for me.
In the past few weeks I’ve covered five art exhibitions, with another one scheduled for tomorrow, as well as three concerts, a graphic novel and a web-documentary. I’ve met some very interesting people and so far have enjoyed every stage of the process, from the preparation to the interviews to the writing.
Today I had two particularly enjoyable stories to work on, a review of American author Craig Thompson’s controversial graphic novel “Habibi,” and a story about two Norwegian guys who did a “Walk of Causes,” trekking across Lebanon from north to south in 18 days to raise awareness about 14 different local issues. Check out their fascinating series on their blog 2famous here. A particular favourite of mine is the moment in episode 6, when Matias thinks he has found gold and has a tantrum when it turns out to be a mouldy rock.
In the meantime all of this has meant that I have not responded to several people who very kindly gifted me with blog awards in the past week or so. My apologies and a huge thank you to jmmcdowell, Kourtney Heintz and Jacqueline from 6 Months to Live for nominating Bringing You Beirut for the awards below. All three of them are great writers with very entertaining blogs, so I strongly suggest you take a look!
I get to pass these on to some of my favorite blogs. I am also supposed to do some other stuff, everything short of dancing round a bonfire and sacrificing a goat to the goddess Bahuchara Mata (the goddess of the eunuchs known as hijras in India. Go on, look it up, I dare you). But as I have already written over 2000 words today at work I have no stomach for it in a real or imaginary sense, so without further ado I give you new, better, infinitely more appealing ways to procrastinate by clicking these links:
The Inspiring Blogger Award:
What place looks like from here – a wonderful blog about Lebanon the way I should be doing it
Me and Beirut – another local favourite
Ivy Says – an anonymous blogger with some great observations about Lebanese society
The Sunshine Award (which I’ve just noticed is for 2011 so maybe it has expired!):
Paltry Meanderings of a Taller than Average Woman – this blog has never yet failed tomake me laugh a bit too loudly.
I Know I Made You Smile – hand-drawn cartoons by Carl D’Agostino
Online Dating: The Nitty Gritty – this insight into the highs and lows of internet dating always makes me laugh
The Versatile Blogger Award:
The journal of everyday life – a great blog by a Romania fashionista
Where’s my toothbrush – a brilliant travel blog from India
Waterfalls and Caribous – a fascinating look at Korea
So honour is satisfied at last, everyone is a winner (quite literally) and I can get me some sleep before another full day of writing tomorrow. At this rate I’m going to run out of words. And no one who has ever met me has thought that that could ever happen. Ever.