Meet the ABBA Committee! #BloggersBash

On June 10th, 2017, there will be a gathering of kindred spirits in London, at an event called the Annual Bloggers Bash. (And unless you haven’t been reading my posts, you know there are the Awards too!) Now, organising and hosting such an event is no mean feat, as I am sure you can all imagine!

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Two years ago, an idea was born in the crazy mind of our beloved host, Sacha Black, and a small meeting was set up, with a handful of awards given out over a meal.

It went so well that the second Bash was organised for last June. I had been unable to attend the first one but the second one, well, I was there with bells on! It was a true ball, and meeting bloggers, and my blogily, was one of the best days ever, seriously!

This year the bash is coming back, bigger and better than ever! There are more awards, more guest speakers, and there will be MORE BLOGGERS!!

But, as I said earlier, it isn’t easy to organise this kind of thing and Sacha enlisted a group of fellow bloggers, passionate about the Bash, to become her henchmen, slaves, Committee!

I thought it would be a great thing to introduce you all to them, with a set of three little questions that I asked them!

First off, we have our host, Sacha Black. Also described as Boss and Chief organiser! Sacha is a bit of a hard task master when it comes to getting things organised, but she is just as hard on herself, setting deadlines for her upcoming book release and forthcoming work! Post-its are her greatest friend! She hosts a great weekly fiction challenge, #Writespiration, in which she sets a prompt, but even crueller, she has set a 52-word limit on for the whole of this year’s pieces!

1) If you could be any book character… who would it be?
One character is HARD. I like Regina The Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time but that’s a TV show. I also luuuuuurve Deadpool’s sense of humour, but his face is mangled and I’m a bit too vain for that. I’m guessing saying Eden East, my own protagonist is cheating?! So…… ummmmm…. I might have to be a cliche and say Hermione Granger ! (No worries, Sacha, I do love a cliche!!)
2) If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life… what would it be?

If I could eat one thing and not get fat it would be chocolate. But if I’d get fat then I’d have to say raw veg salad. NOM. (So funny how both my ladies felt the food question needed to be answered first lol!)
3) What is blogging to you?
Blogging is freedom, support, creativity and rebellion. I started blogging under a pen name so I could say whatever the chuff I wanted. I was fed up of being muzzled by corporate life and I needed an outlet. It wasn’t till I had that freedom that I really realised what it meant to me and how much I NEEDED it. Over the years, I’ve come to realise that ‘Sacha’ and the blog is more representative of the real me than anything else in my life. What is blogging? It’s the lifeline that’s given me myself back again and because of that, I’ve made some of the closest friends I’ve ever had. Blogging is EVERYTHING. (Amazing answer! I totally get that feeling!!!!)

Next, comes Geoff Le Pard, affectionately known to me as His Geoffleship! Chief scout, venue finder and legal representative if anyone ends up arrested. What can I say other than I just love His Geoffleship! His humour is brilliant, his books are great to read, and his posts are an eclectic mix of creativity travel and memories. So wonderful!

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1) If you could be any book character… who would it be?
This is tricky; part of me says Tintin but he’s a bit too good to be true and I like the odd flaw; another part says Rebus, the Scottish detective as he’s full of flaws but he’s really far too brave for me; and on the basis it should be someone who is rather hapless, always bounces back and manages to survive and smile Adrian Mole would appear to be appropriate. But, nah, let’s go with my real hero. Paddington. (Strangely, or not, I can see you as pretty much all of those characters, His Geoffleship!!)
2) If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life… what would it be?
Tricky, damned tricky this; given my fav meal is baked potato cheese and beans I’d say that if we were allowed a meal but since it is one thing only and I’m taking eat to mean drink as well, then a good cup of tea. (Spoken like a true Brit! And I have to agree because is Indians are the same with our tea… Though I may miss chocolate too much too!)
3) What is blogging to you?
Storytelling; humour; friendship; beauty in all its forms; unreasoning optimism and the inevitability that one day, via blogging the world will see me as a fabulously talented author (actually that falls into the unreasoning optimism category). (Another great answer! And His Geoffleship, why not be optimistic! You know for one, I think you are a great writer!)

Then we have the lovely Ali Isaac, described as the general genius and creative consultant. I also believe she restores a whole lotta calm on the proceedings when ‘organisation’ is happening! Writing about Irish mythology and an author, and in the midst of a degree too! Super Woman!

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1) If you could be any book character… who would it be?
Probably Frodo Baggins, or maybe Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games! 😁
2) If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life… what would it be?
Chocolate (I like this answer! A woman after my own heart… Malteasers, anyone?)
3) What is blogging to you?
Connections! I’ve met so many lovely people through blogging, some who are bloggers, and writers, and others who are not, but share the same interests. Blogging has really opened my eyes and made me see the world differently. 😊 (Oh I totally agree, Ali!)

And last… but by no means least… Hugh Roberts, who I call Huggable Hugh! Chief Entertainer, and official Bash Hugger!!! Hug found his niche after starting blogging and suffering from dyslexia. All I know is there is no hint of dyslexia in his posts and writing, just a whole lot of strange fiction, plenty of music and some great hints and tips for bloggers too! Hugh also published a fantastic volume of short stories last year… Glimpses, highly recommended!!!

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1) If you could be any book character… who would it be?
I’d be the Time Traveller in H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. It was the movie rather than the book that I saw first. From the moment I saw what was happening, I became fascinated by the thought about travelling through time. (There are many times I’d love to travel to… great choice!)
2) If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life… what would it be?
2. Pasta – Can’t live without the stuff. I’d have to have a sauce to go with it, my favourite being a tomato and basil sauce(Pasta… Mmmmm! Chocolate, tea, pasta…?I don’t think I cold choose just one…)
3) What is blogging to you?
For me, blogging is all about the community. If you don’t have a blogging community or belong to any, then it’s going to be a very lonely journey. As in life, in blogging, you need people, not just to read your posts but to comment and interact with. (Such a true thought Hugh!)

And there we have it, our committee for what will be an awesome bash!!!!!

See you on Saturday!!!

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. eloisedesousa
    Jun 08, 2017 @ 07:10:57

    Reblogged this on Thoughts by Mello-Elo and commented:

    Meet the dream team that have made the Bloggers Bash a huge success!

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  2. Sacha Black
    May 29, 2017 @ 07:19:23

    What a ledge for compiling this post I love it. I agree with Geoff I wish you’d taught me at primary school too! I love that me and Ali said chocolate 😂. It’s so close now I can’t believe it. Right I must go panic some more about all the stuff I haven’t done yet 😂

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    • Ritu
      May 29, 2017 @ 07:51:55

      Lol! It was a total pleasure to write, and ask you those few questions! Hmmm… What would it be like to have had a class of potential bloggers…? At least the imagination and creativity would be there!
      And don’t panic Captain Mannering! Everything will fall into place!!! 12 sleeps! Eek!

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  3. Judy E Martin
    May 27, 2017 @ 16:33:00

    What a wonderful post, Sis. It is lovely to have the spotlight turned to the committee as they work so hard to make everything possible, and add fun, hugs, cake and lots of smiles too! 🙂

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  4. Hugh's Views and News
    May 27, 2017 @ 10:30:34

    Aww, thanks so much for putting this together, Ritu. Great questions which just go to show how different we all are (well, apart from the food question for Ali & Sacha). 🍫 Looking forward to seeing you in just two weeks time. My goodness, time has flown again and the Bloggers Bash is almost upon us. Heart pounding stuff. 💓
    xx

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    • Ritu
      May 27, 2017 @ 10:47:12

      I know Hugh! Thank you for answering the questions!!! I am so excited it’s unbelievable.. . Or maybe it is lol! You know me! 2 weeks and counting!!!! See you soon!!! 😙

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  5. Ali Isaac
    May 26, 2017 @ 22:02:49

    Haha! Sacha and I both said chocolate… I knew we had more in common than just blogging! Geoffle… Rebus… really? No, that man can’t laugh let alone tell a joke. And I think I owe Hugh quite a lot of hugs by now! Thanks for a great post, Ritu, it was really fun, and I look forward to seeing you in London soon. #BloggersBash 3, here we come… eatch out London! 🤣😂😆

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  6. syl65
    May 26, 2017 @ 13:32:49

    Nice to meet the fantastic four!!! 😀

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  7. willowdot21
    May 26, 2017 @ 08:56:49

    Great post Sis, fun questions 💖

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  8. Geoff Le Pard
    May 26, 2017 @ 08:41:24

    You are a wondrous energy ball of support. Wish you’d taught me at primary school! Thank you for doing this.

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  9. Miriam
    May 26, 2017 @ 08:24:11

    Great post Ritu. Wish I could whisk myself off to London and meet all of you!

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  11. Erika Kind
    May 26, 2017 @ 07:13:28

    Wow, sis! That’s a wonderful idea and sooooo lovely to make this effort. You are a wonderful friend 💖 Only two weeks to go!!

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