31 October 2010 @ 05:25 am
Lj Idol - Week 0  
I remember being told once in one of my lit classes that the best way to get a feel for a character you wanted to write was to think of five things they would carry in their handbag or satchel. Now no-one here wants to see the inside of my handbag, trust me on that one. First of all because it hasn’t been cleaned, sorted or organised since 1991 and second of all it is a scary place where most hands dread to venture in case they don’t come out alive. But I liked the five things idea so instead I am going to talk about five things that mean a lot to me and hopefully they will give some insight into my crazy world :D

Wee Robert

This is my son and the light of my life. He came into the world on the 19th December 2005, four months earlier than he was supposed to arrive. He spent one hundred and twenty one days in the hospital and gave us plenty of scares along the trip. Since coming home he has gone from strength to strength and started school in August this year. He is a bright, original loving wee man who wants to grow up and be a Ninja Archaeologist. He makes me laugh, he makes me think and he generally lights up my whole world.


This is my homeland and one of the great loves of my life. I love holidays, love travelling and discovering new things and seeing amazing sights but no matter where I go, nothing beats coming home and smelling that crisp, clean air that is so uniquely home. It is green and wet and dreich, and although the language spoken is English, it is unique enough to sounds like something else entirely. It is filled with some of the best (and worst) people in the world, it has life, and architecture and history, but most of all, it is home.


I know I covered my son already but as he is only one piece of the amazingly wonderful family I have surrounding me I had to go into some more detail, from my wonderfully beautiful and brave mother who humbles me every day with her strength, to my amazing husband who keeps me going no matter what life throws at me, but then there is my extended family, a wealth of cousins and friends who have become family through trials and hardships, I have been truly blessed to be surrounded by some pretty amazing people in my life.


Books are a part of me. From my earliest memory of sitting with a picture book in my lap in the shade of a tree in my back garden in one of Glasgow’s rare sunny days, to reading bedtime stories to my little brother, I have had a lifelong love affair with books. On my most recent trip to hospital I spent the majority of my time complaining about not having anything to read even though I went through four books in five days. In regards to what I will read there is no method to the madness. I love the fairytale fantasy of Narnia and Middle Earth to the dark humour of Good Omens, the epic beauty of Paradise Lost to the simple fantasy of the Anne girl stories. I will read block busters, romance ‘thinky’ books, horror, young adult, comedy, fantasy, sci fi, you name it and if it has words, I’ll read it.


Fandoms are a huge love for me. I have a fairly addictive personality, when I love something be it a book, an idea or a tv show I LOVE it with every inch if my soul. I’m not satisfied with just watching it each week or reading it once. I read and reread, watch and rewatch, then I come online and devour fanfic, meta, communities, discussions. I think sharing my love with others allows me to see things I never saw on my first viewing or reading, fanfic allows me to explore places the story could have gone but didn’t and has introduced me to some amazing writers that blow me away. Fandom has also brought me some of the best and most wonderful people I have ever known.

So this is me, or at least a small part of me, I really hope you all stick around to learn more in the coming weeks.


If you like my entry please feel free to vote for me HERE
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[identity profile] gaea-rising.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
I really love the photos to actually show us your most beloved things. Great post. :)

Good luck!
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 2nd, 2010 10:26 am (UTC)
thank you very much :) and good luck to you too
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[identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
This is so nice and open... and I want to walk up that hillside.
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 2nd, 2010 10:27 am (UTC)
oh Glencoe is awesome and a wonderful place for walking you see so many things that take your breath away.

I'm glad you enjoyed the post :D
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[identity profile] fortitudehigh.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
Now I want to be a Ninja Archaeologist when I grow up as well!
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 2nd, 2010 10:28 am (UTC)
it would be the coolest job ever would it not????

That is what I love about kids there are NO limitations
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[identity profile] rejeneration.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
WOW darlin', great into! Very you. I've been gone so long that everything is covered with dust and rusty for me, but I just wanted to tell you that I'm so glad you're here!!! And, as always, I wish you the very best of luck. ♥
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 2nd, 2010 10:29 am (UTC)
thank you very much, just commenting on yours now and I loved it, so glad you are here this year :D

and don't worry I am VERY rusty too :D
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[identity profile] autumn-lilacs.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
A ninja archaeologist is the best career choice I have ever heard Rock on, wee Robert! \m/
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(Anonymous) on October 31st, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oh Ames you would have been so proud of him today, during the pass the parcel game an Avenged Sevenfold song came on (I didn't choose the music for the kids party) and he started rocking out stuck both hands in the air and shouted at the top of his voice


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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Em that above was me being ninja :P
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[identity profile] autumn-lilacs.livejournal.com on November 1st, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
HE WINS AT LIFE. No wonder he has an American accent like his Auntie Ames :P

Edited 2010-11-01 06:31 pm (UTC)
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 2nd, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
it was a proud moment :) I need to get him some rocker clothes and he now has an electric guitar and wants drums!!!! where did I find this kid???? and how do I get him into Celine and Westlife?????? :P
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[identity profile] autumn-lilacs.livejournal.com on November 2nd, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
How do you get him into who?
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[identity profile] gwenknight.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Loved this, mags! Your wee man is gorgeous (so is that bike!!) and is gonna set the world on fire one day! I want to visit your country so very much. I totally am with you on the books--I read at stop lights, in line at the post office, wherever and whenever and whatever. :)

I went back on the links and read the stuff from last year and our heads and hearts are very much alike, it seems! Only, I wouldn't throw Heathcliff off a mountain, I very much love him. :)

This was awesome!
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 2nd, 2010 10:32 am (UTC)
I knew we were in sync :D except for the strange Heathcliff thing (you realoly love him :P) I'm so glad you liked last years stuff :D and thank you my wee man IS awesome isnt he :)
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[identity profile] beautyofgrey.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
So happy to see you here this season, partner. :)
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[identity profile] pricelessone.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Wow, so beautiful! (Your family, Wee Robert, and Scotland.) I love Scotish accents. Look forward to getting to know you more this season!
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[identity profile] antianhedonia.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
Lovely intro and photos. Hello and good luck!
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[identity profile] meerkat007.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
If I didn't love you already, this would definitely do it. I love the passion that seeps through when you write about the things you love! Again, as I said in the e-mail, make sure to remind me to vote for you...I'm so bad at checking lj *kicks self*

LOVE YOU DARLING *smishes senseless*
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[identity profile] alphaloria.livejournal.com on November 1st, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I like this intro a lot. You are adorable, by the way!
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[identity profile] sketchybrunette.livejournal.com on November 1st, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Scotland is gorgeous... and I would say that I had the most difficult time understanding folks there than anywhere I went in the UK. Hehe.
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[identity profile] millysdaughter.livejournal.com on November 2nd, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Love the pictures!
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[identity profile] comedychick.livejournal.com on November 2nd, 2010 08:29 am (UTC)
That's a gorgeous photo of your son! Also, your handbag sounds like mine. I like the way you presented this.
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[identity profile] joeymichaels.livejournal.com on November 2nd, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
Total welcome back!
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[identity profile] faithbeckett.livejournal.com on November 2nd, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Oh baby, I love this! Sorry it took me so long to read it, but it's phenomenal! *smishes you*
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[identity profile] abangaku.livejournal.com on November 2nd, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
That photo of Wee Robert on the motorcycle is to die for. And the photo of Scotland... gorgeous. Can't stop looking at it. Did you take it?
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 3rd, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
Yes :) I took it on our summer camping trip in Glencoe up north, it is a beautiful place and the kids love it :)

This is probably my favourite picture of my little boy at the moment, he just look so happy, and so grown up :D
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[identity profile] edith-jones.livejournal.com on November 8th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
I'm just reading this now as you added me and I wanted to find out who you are and what you're about. I've added you back, btw. I agree with you totally about Scotland being the most beautiful country in the world. I particularly liked the Highlands and Skye, and I have a strong desire to go to those islands way north of Scotland [Shetlands??]. I hear they've ruined Skye by putting a bridge over to it, where's the sense in singing "over the sea to Skye" if you're in a car?? Highland cattle are also gorgeous, ridiculous creatures. And there's a museum just outside of Glasgow that won my heart - it was someone's private collections turned into a gallery; so grand! I could go on and on about Scotland and it looks like I already have!
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