10 Statements – Annika Perry


I am an avid fan of ’10 Statements’ at Karen Oberlaender’s blog mytrainofthoughtson.com and eagerly look forward to learning more about every featured writer.

What spurs them on in the morning? Who is their inspiration in life?

Wistfully I imagined what my own responses would be…

How could I sum ‘me’ up in ten short statements? What was my personal motto? What was the best advice I’ve ever been given?

My idle daydreams became reality recently when Karen kindly invited me to take part in her series and I accepted immediately. What an honour!

However, I soon started to overthink the answers, scribbling down various possible replies, in my diligence I started to dither, falling into a turmoil of confusion with every new thought.

Finally one morning I put my writings aside and opened a clean sheet of paper in my notebook, took my favourite pen in my hand and whilst scanning the statements, I wrote from my heart, letting my controlling brain drift to the wayside.

I hope you’ll pop over to see my final answers on ’10 Statements’ and also read the excerpt of one of my short stories (which might be familiar to regular readers – apologies!). Enjoy!

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53 thoughts on “10 Statements – Annika Perry

  1. Annika! I enjoyed your feature over on Karen’s blog 🙂 I also lose track of time when reading and writing – so easy to do! And don’t you find that this can happen on social media too? I’m looking forward to your upcoming book too ❤

    1. Christy, I feel time has speeded up this past year…the hours in the day fly by…if I’m writing, editing etc I don’t mind otherwise I just want to call a halt for a while! Oh yes, it’s so easy to become carried away by social media…but often I’m learning and sharing so a great source of joy! Many thanks for reading and so glad you enjoyed the 10 Statements post! Happy Sunday! 😀❤️

  2. Annika, I enjoyed reading your 10 statements so much! And many congratulations that you´ve been invited by Karen to do them! And I think you did perfectly with the way you finally found your answers, sometimes it´s best to simply let go and to let those words simply flow out without editing them. 🙂

    1. Sarah, thank you so much for your kind and positive words – so glad you enjoyed the 10 statements and felt I got it just right! 😃❤️ It’s not often I overthink my writing to such an extent and get so befuddled – letting the answers flow unedited and without too much thought was just the right approach. Oh, it was a real honour to appear on Karen’s blog for this series.

      1. I kind of have feeling that many more such like interview are in the future for you, Annika 😉 And I shall look forward to read each and every one of them!
        Have a very lovely week ahead! 🙂 ❤

        1. Ahh…I’m not sure about other interviews like this, who knows but it means a lot that you’d look forward to reading them! 😀 Wishing you a great week ahead too…weekends seem to just fly by!

  3. In our busyness of life, we forget to set aside a time of reflection, which regenerates our souls so that we can engage in and participate a deeper, more profound way. I love your posts!

    1. Thank you so much!! ! 😀😀 It’s strange you mention the busyness of life taking our time to reflect and connect with life on a deeper level – I’ve recently felt swamped by blogging, editing etc (all self-inflicted) and nearly as if I was losing ‘me’. Until two days ago when our wifi went down (and still is, sending a few messages on 4g). After the initial panic, stress of trying to sort it, endless phone calls, I just stepped back. Headed out to plant the bulbs I bought weeks ago, to sort cupboards, visit friends! I feel so rejuvenated…it is about balance and I’d lost mine a bit I feel.

      1. Your message could not come at a better time. I opened my e-mails this morning and had to stop just to consider the relevance these “urgent” messages. It is so easy to get caught up with drama and forget to prioritize the “important.” Thank you for your encouragement to seek balance. Have a wonderful day!

        1. Wow! Rebecca, thank you for letting me know … sometimes words fall at just the right time. Hope you’re still in a calm balanced place! ❤️ Still no wifi here and I’m swinging between the hassle and stress of trying to sort this out for the family, luxuriating in being off the grid and feeling guilty about missing everyone’s posts etc! Off to the garden methinks! 😀🌻

  4. I loved reading your 10 statements, Annika. I know how difficult it is sometimes to answer a seemingly simple question! Best of luck with the short story collection – I look forward to reading it.

    1. I know, I expected it to be a breeze then realised there was so much I wanted to say…a great way to focus the thoughts and writing. Clare, I’m so happy you look forward to reading the collection – that’s brilliant, thank you so much! 😀❤️

  5. Great mini-interview, Annika! You and I share traits #8 and #9 😀 The short story gave me chills, I really enjoyed it. Perhaps that is how it is when an accident claims a life. Congrats on your new short story collection! I’ve been taking mine and putting them up individually on Amazon. Maybe that will work someday if my books ever make it, ha ha. Happy writing, my friend!

    1. Snap!! 😀😀 We’re pretty alike in quite a few ways I feel! 😀 So glad you enjoyed the 10 statements and also the short story extract…I’m smiling at how it gave you chills – just the reaction I was hoping for! This is my favourite story of them all and I feel for Carl, his grief and can well understand the darkness within him and how he barely functions.

      Lana, I had no idea you were putting your short stories onto Amazon by themselves. What a good idea! How are they doing? I see ‘Leaving Witt’ is there and remember it very well. You must have enough for a collection yourself? Good luck with all your books and wishing you Happy Writing too! (Or more editing in my case…grrr…)😀🌸

      1. Oh yes, we are alike in many, many ways, no doubt. I just starting placing stories on Amazon trying to attract attention for my new book that will be coming out shortly. I do have several short stories as I have written over the years, although many of them need to be “revamped” because they are boring, ha ha. I might end up combining some of them for a collection, heaven knows I have enough poetry for collections, lol. I do sympathize with you on the editing. I had editors, but still, end up spending a lot of time with it. Hang in there!

  6. A beautiful, haunting story Annika, I didn’t know you were bringing out a collection – I’ll look forward to reading it! You statements were warm, great fun and I do see some of myself in there, like the tiny (!) perfectionist streak!

    1. Haha! 😀 Just a tiny perfectionist streak?! Yes, I can well imagine we are similar in quite a few ways! 😀😀 Andrea, I’m so happy you enjoyed the story extract and found it haunting…lovely to know and gives me a real boost! ❤️

    1. Brigid, thank you so much for your kind comment…that means a lot to me and gives me a real boost! ❤️😀 I’m so glad you enjoyed the 10 statements – it is a brilliant concept and gives the reader a real sense of a person without being laborious or over wordy (tricky one for me!!). Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. 🌺🌻

  7. Thanks for joining my ’10 Statements’ community, Annika. It really shows that you took the time to think about what you wanted to tell our readers. As I stated earlier – your contribution was perfect. Har det bra! 🙂

    1. Tusen tack, Karen! 😀❤️ It was a privelege to be asked but as you can tell I went into hyper-mode to start with – it forces you to focus on your life and what is important in your life. Many thanks again and a joy to be part of your 10 Statements! 😀🌺

  8. Khaya Ronkainen

    Lovely! I enjoyed reading your answers on ’10 Statements’. Great to also hear you at the final editing stage of your debut novel. Waiting patiently for the release, no pressure.😀

    1. Haha!! 😀😀 Khaya, I’m smiling at your final words…no pressure…I think the most pressure is from myself!! Hopefully it won’t be too long until the short story collection is out – exciting times! I’m afraid you might have to be a little bit more patient for the main novel. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and I’m glad you enjoyed the 10 Statements – it’s not as easy as I thought summing myself up in just a few lines! Great fun though! Hope you’re having a super Sunday. 😀😀

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