Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Josh (I’m assuming that’s his name) over at “The Afters: A Post-Apocalyptic Library.”

I didn’t know what this award was, or if it was spam, so I used Google to look it up. After I looked it up, the link in the comment I was left didn’t work, so I was confused. But I finally have some clarity, and posted below (copied/pasted from the blogger who nominated me) are the rules.

1. You must answer 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you
2. You must list 11 random/fun facts about yourself
3. You must pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions.
4. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
5. You must let the person you’ve nominated know that they’ve been nominated.

These are said blogger’s questions and my answers:

1. Why not quit writing and get a real job?

This one is easy. I have a fantastic job. I’m a writer at a humanitarian organization, which allows me to travel around the world and talk to amazing people. I’ve met people who are making a difference in their communities in eastern Africa, I’ve gone snorkeling in the Philippines and Fiji, I’ve seen the beautiful (and dangerous) Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, I’ve caught typhus in Mozambique, I’ve sipped coca tea to cope with altitude sickness in the Altiplano, I’ve endured the extreme cold of Mongolia in winter, I’ve danced with Ugandans, and I’ve met people still suffering the effects of the communist rule of the Soviet Union. Anyone would be crazy to not be jealous of my job. I get to live amazing experiences and write about them. That’s my “real” job.

By night (or free time), when I’m not mentally exhausted from writing at work all day, I write creatively, which, admittedly, is more fun. I love putting my imagination to paper (or a computer screen). But I also love my “real” job. No matter what I’m doing, I’m writing and creating. It’s an awesome life.

2. Why does Stephen King hate Stanley Kubrick’s version of his story “The Shining”?

I’ve never actually read or seen “The Shining” (I know, I know), so I don’t think I’m qualified to answer this question.

3. What author led you to want to write? And Why?

From the time I was born, my parents read to me incessantly. I don’t remember a time in my life when someone wasn’t reading something to me. The first author I remember is Elsa Beskow. No one who ever reads this blog will know who she is because she was a Swedish writer in the late 1800s and early 1900s (but if you’re interested in giving your children or yourself the most fantastic reading experience ever, I’d check out that link). Elsa was an author AND an illustrator, and as a child, I was determined to be both too. After a few summers of art camp, I slowly realized I wasn’t an artist, and I dropped the idea of being an illustrator. But all this is slightly off-topic anyway.

Elsa was the first author to influence me, but she wasn’t the only one. L.M. Montgomery and Juliet Marillier were my two favorite authors once I could read chapter books. I suppose I have always been a bit odd.

4. Morning person or night person?

I have always been a night person, although my current job doesn’t allow for that much. I’m usually in bed by 11, and because my husband never knew me before this job, he thinks I hate the night. If that’s true, I guess I mostly hate everything because I’m certainly not a morning person. If my eyes shot out laser beams, everyone I saw in the morning would be dead because I’d prefer that over having to speak. It seems like this question got somewhat out of hand.

5. Write by hand or electronically?

I enjoy both. I love the click of keys as my hands fly swiftly over them, and I think it’s useful to be able to go back and insert parts or delete parts with no trouble. But there’s still something about the feeling of a nice pen against a pad of paper that I think true writers appreciate. The process of handwriting sends creativity flowing throughout me; it’s something I can never quite accomplish with a computer.

6. Does where you live effect what and how you write? (City vs. Country, House vs. Apartment)?

They (whoever “they” is) say that it’s best to write from one’s own experiences, and I take that to heart. I’ve never lived in a city, and while I like to imagine city life, I don’t think my writings would be accurate. The largest “city” I’ve ever lived in was Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and that’s not even a city at all. I grew up in farm country, went to college in a small, prestigious college town, and now I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I consistently draw inspirations from all of those places.

7. Has blogging helped your writing, or is it a hindrance?

From the first time I started a Myspace blog when I was in high school, I knew it would help my writing. If nothing else, it gave me an outlet. I posted everything on there. Once, for a short period after college, I thought my blog should fit into some sort of niche, so I tried to change it. It was a miserable fail, and I was unhappy with it. This time around, my blog will just be me, a place for my thoughts and my creativity.

8. Do you find the electronic world in general a help for writer’s or does the preponderance of information seem overwhelming at times (so many writers)?

I’ve got to be honest; I’m having a hard time getting over the use of an apostrophe in the word “writers.” But I’ll try to move past it …

In general, the Internet helps me with research, and since I grew up with it, I think I would struggle to do research for my writing without the help of search engines. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, mostly by reading expectations for blogs and authors. I feel like I can’t do it sometimes. That’s hard, but it would be harder without it.

9. Would elephants get the job done faster that the monkey’s (given typewriters sturdy enough and with big enough keys)?

Again with the apostrophes …

I’m going to have to go with monkeys here because, well, they have fingers. Thumbs, especially, are pretty crucial.

10. Have you ever dreamed of re-writing a Shakespeare play as a great modern story?

Well, no, I had never thought of that until I read this question. Think of all the modern movies made out of Shakespeare’s plays and how terrible most of them are. Of course, I could do a better job than most of those screenwriters ;).

11. Admit it. You admire Frank Herbert’s “Dune” even if you hate it. Right?

Again, I haven’t read it. I had to look it up, and maybe I’ll check it out. I surprised myself in college when I realized I’m actually a sci-fi fan. (It turns out I’m a fan of pretty much any type of pages bound between two covers. Even when books are poorly written, I love to read them to point out the flaws.)

Now for 11 fun (or weird) facts about me that are in no particular order and are entirely random:

    • I’ve never seen all of “Star Wars.” I know, I know. The horror. My husband and I have struck a deal that for every Harry Potter movie he watches, I’ll watch one Star Wars. So far I’ve watched one.


    • I was run over (yes, my whole body) by a janitor at my elementary school when I was in first grade.


    • Since adopting my cat, Storm, a year ago, I’ve become a cat person. Now people who hate cats annoy me.


    • I was in school at UNC when the basketball team won the 2009 national championship. And if you’ve never been part of a national championship celebration on a college campus, I’d strongly suggest you go, knowing that you will most likely end up with a broken bone, third degree burns, or clothes soaked by fire trucks.


    • I’m ambidextrous when I eat.


    • I would be totally fine with having a dozen children if time allowed and if I could afford it.


    • Speaking of children, I have a thing for blond ones, which is one of the reasons I married my husband. (Here’s to hoping my dark hair genes don’t block his blond ones.)


    • My dad mediates every day, usually in his underwear, and he probably won’t be ashamed if he sees this because I first ratted him out to my entire first grade class.


    • I lived with my college roommate all four years of college although we didn’t know each other before we moved in. We met through Roommate Finder, an eHarmony-type site for roommates that our college offered.


    • In third grade, I was sick and didn’t want to go to school, but my dad didn’t believe me. So I went to school and threw up all over my desk and my best friend’s desk. Thus I was called Chunki (at least I gave it a cool spelling) through eighth grade.


    • I have several manuscripts scattered across multiple hard drives that are lacking only a chapter or two. I have a problem with finishing things.

I had a hard time choosing bloggers to nominate, but I have finally come up with my list. It’s really hard to find bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers! (Honestly, some of these bloggers are my friends in real life, and I couldn’t find their follower numbers … I’m willing to bet at least a couple of them have more than 200 followers, but they’re awesome so I nominated them anyway.) I hope no one is annoyed by this. You guys can just ignore me if this doesn’t interest you, but either way, anyone who is reading it should check out the awesome things these people are writing.

And finally my 11 questions for my nominees …

    • Why did you first start your blog?


    • What is your all-time favorite book?


    • Who is your favorite author? (You can’t choose the person who wrote your favorite book even if it’s true. Come up with someone else!)


    • What’s your favorite smell? Why?


    • What makes you feel creative?


    • How many states/countries have you lived in? Which ones?


    • What’s your favorite blog?


    • Do you prefer reading online or the old-fashioned way?


    • What genres of music do you listen to while you write? Do you listen to anything at all?


    • Who is your favorite classic author?


    • What is your guilty pleasure?

I hope this is the longest blog post I ever write. I took way too long. Now I’ll get back to my creative, short posts.

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2 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. joshe2112 says:

    First off, I must apologize for the apostrophes. I would like to blame the medication from my recent back surgery, but that would be a red herring. I am a terrible self editor. The sad thing is I am the first online to criticize others mistakes. I am hanging my head in shame.

    Second, I am glad you found something worthwhile in the award and continued the “chain”, Interestingly, you inadvertently nominated me. (By the way the full name is Josh Erdahl, sorry, again, terrible editor) I was the editor of the Very, very, very short stories for its second year. I will be posting along the Liebster Award there soon.



  2. I will forgive you for the grammar mistakes … this time. We all make them occasionally.

    Congratulations on your second nomination. I guess I technically broke the rules by nominating the person who nominated me, but I didn’t know so I think I should get a pass.


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