Liebster #2!

Liebster 2

There’s been a rash of Liebster awards floating around my WP feed. I’m so happy for all my blogger friends. And I’ve been awarded again! From the lovely Suzanne over at tattooedmissionary. So, thanks Suzanne! A fellow Michigander! That makes it even better!

This time around, the rules are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
  • Answer the 11 questions they ask you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 500 followers.
  • Ask those 11 bloggers 11 questions.
  • Let those bloggers know they’ve been nominated so they can continue the chain!

I will gladly answer the questions posed to me! For nominations, I don’t think I’d nominate anybody else since the last award, so head on over to my first Liebster Award and check out those lovelies!

The questions from Suzanne for me:

1. What three words would you NOT use to describe yourself?

Shallow. Extraverted. Arrogant.

2. What would thirteen-year-old you find surprising about your life right now?

That I’m not married with a bazillion kids surrounding me. At the tender age of 11, when I started babysitting other people’s kids, I knew for CERTAIN I’d be married no later than age 22, and be a stay-at-home mom. Um… yeah. Although I’d still love to get married and have kids someday, I’m in no rush and I’m grateful for where I’ve been taken in my life, and I don’t think I’d be as happy if that had happened that early.

3. If you could go back to school (for free!!), would you? What would you study?

YES!! YES, YES, YES!!! I love to learn. I can’t help it. If I could be a professional student my whole life, I’d do it. And I wouldn’t be able to narrow it down. My top picks would be Creative Writing, German, Interior Design, Neuroscience, and Marine Biology. Wow. That’s quite an eclectic grouping. Huh.

4. In a movie of your life, who would portray you?

Hmm… that’s a hard question. I know who I’d LIKE to portray me, but I don’t know if there’s anybody that’s either weird enough or introverted enough to play me. Talent-wise, it’d be a toss up between Liv Tyler and Michelle Dockery.

5. If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it include?

I have a love/hate relationship with food. As in, I hate that I love it. And I go in spurts of loving and hating different foods. But the thing I could probably stomach every day and not get too sick of it would be fresh fruit smoothies. Yum!

6. If you had to play Never Have I Ever (a game where each player says something they’ve never done and everyone else who has done that thing loses a point) with three celebrities, who would they be?

Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Stone, and Sir Ian McKellen

7. What are your three favorite things about yourself?

I’m weird. Yes, I do actually like that I’m quite a bit odd. People give me weird looks all the time, but I’m not ashamed of my weirdness.

I’m tall. When I was young, I hated being tall, but now I love it and can’t imagine my life any other way.

I’m creative. I’m so blessed to have a wonderful imagination and I’m thankful for it every single day.

8. What is your movie version of comfort food?

Lord of the Rings. The whole trilogy. I never get sick of it, and I can put it on during any mood and I’ll still get sucked into it’s epic grandeur. (It helps, of course, that I grew up reading and loving the books).

9. What’s the last thing you did that really scared you?

Accidentally hurt somebody’s feelings, or told them off when I really didn’t mean to. I abhor hurting other people. It makes my heart race and I feel my blood pressure rise just thinking about the things I’ve said.

10. What’s the next thing you’ll do that really scares you?

I’m sure it’ll be the same as #9. Because I don’t always know what I’ve said or done until later, then the fright and dread set in.

11. What’s your dream job?

Being a full time author from home. I’ve dreamt of that for a long time.

 

Well… there we have it! More info about me that people may or may not care to read. But that’s okay!

Thanks, again, Suzanne, for nominating me! Go check out her blog. She’s done something I greatly admire: moved far from home to serve people less fortunate. I love that! If I had the nerve to do it, I’d move halfway around the world and do the same. You’re me hero, Suzanne!

 

Happy writing, everyone!

 

“Keep going even when the going is slow and uncertain.
Make your dream your prayer and your service.
Don’t wait for recognition. Let it find you working.
Romanticize authenticity instead of perfection.”
― G.G. Renee Hill

“You have to give yourself credit, not too much because that would be bragging.”
― Frank McCourtTeacher Man

Liebster Blog Award! Who’d have thunk it?

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Wow. It’s amazing! I’ve been nominated for my second blogging award after beginning less than two months ago. 

This one is the Liebster Award, and I think it’s awesome!

First of all, I want to sincerely thank my fellow blogger and writing friend, John Guillen over at Write me a book, John. Go check out his posts. I comment on MANY of them. He always has something interesting to say.

According to the Rules of Ye Olde Liebster Award, I’m to do the following:

1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.

2. Answer the 11 questions the awarding blogger has posted for you.

3. Nominate 11 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) for the award and link them in your post.

4. Let the bloggers you have nominated know they’re nominated.

5. No tag backs.

So here goes nothing. Despite my reticence to reveal too much personal information about myself, I will divulge randomness about myself that will in no way be a full picture of who I am.

11 Random Facts

1. I’m the youngest of four, but I often act like the oldest. 

2. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology, as well as a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. (I’m such a nerd).

3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to travel, but can’t afford it. (Can you say student loan debt? Yeesh!)

4. I’m training for a triathlon in August, which I hope to be the first of many.

5. I’m a cradle Catholic. My college years were a time of questioning, but when grad school started, something (or Someone?) brought me back into my faith in a big way. I’m very spiritual/religious/devout/etc. Deal with it.

6. I want to adopt a bunch of kids. I’ve wanted to since I was a kid, myself.

7. I love experimenting in the kitchen. I rarely use a recipe book, and just throw a bunch of stuff together and hope that it turns out tasty. (Mostly it does, though I’ve had some doozies!)

8. I’m a mega-introvert. 

9. I’ve never been to a concert before (aside from high school bands and the choir I’m in). See #8.

10. I’m calm as a summer breeze, yet I’m surrounded by friends who are as turbulent as a hurricane.

11. Umm… man… coming up with 11 random facts is hard. I guess this last one will be… My favorite movies of all time are the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Really, I consider them one REALLY long movie. And yes, I cry when I watch it. Every time.

 

Whew! Okay. So, on to the questions. John saddled me with some doozies (thanks a lot, John). 🙂

 

1. What kind of music do you like to listen to while writing, if any at all?

I rarely listen to music when I write. It’s too distracting. If it has any lyrics in it at all, I find myself singing along. I’ve been in choirs since I was seven, so I just can’t help myself. If I’m in the need of musical inspiration, I turn to the classical composers, specifically Franz Schubert. He doesn’t get enough credit for his work.

2. What is it about writing that keeps you going, even when you’re not sure you want to continue?

I’ll explode if I don’t get them out of me. My imagination is uber vivid (as most writers’ are), and it would drive me to distraction if I couldn’t get the story ideas that pop into my head down on paper. Even if they never get published, I still like to read them. Because, let’s face it, I’m awesome. 😛

3. Who is your favourite author?

Yeesh! That’s a hard one. I have several. I will answer this question not by stating who my favorite writer is, but who has impacted me and my writing the most. For that, I direct you to my post from yesterday, right here.

4. What genre do you read, but swear you’ll never write?

I don’t think there is one. The genres I have no interest in writing are usually the ones I don’t read. I have the beginnings of or are working on books in the following genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Christian, Romance, Murder Mystery, Satire. And that spans the ages of the very young to the very old. My current project is a middle grade fantasy series, but the other two things I’m working on at the moment are a Romantic Comedy (a clean one) that is, essentially, Chick Lit, as well as a grim dystopian futuristic harbinger of doom. So there you have it. I guess I’d like to write a non-fiction book (on who knows what), but I think my fiction writing abilities are far stronger. And I enjoy it more.

5. What do you do when you tell yourself something along the lines of ‘I’ll only procrastinate a little bit longer’?

First of all, I never say that to myself. Mostly because I don’t want to admit that I’m procrastinating. Usually I tell myself, ‘Oh, you have so many other things you need to be doing right now.’ But it’s all malarkey. When in doubt, I’ve got a book in my hand, snuggled in my bed. 

6. What brings you right into a writing mood, and how do you keep it that way?

If I’m struggling with writer’s block, I re-read my own work, because sometimes that gets the creative juices flowing, or I stare at a bunch of pretty pictures of people, landscapes, architecture, etc. There’s always something to be found in the beauty of art. Since I work multiple jobs, I don’t have the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike. As Jack London says, “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” You’ll find me most days with club in hand.

7. Favourite series, and favourite stand alone?

Favorites series is Anne of Green Gables. Stand alone is too hard to pick. Recently, I’d have to say Dear Mr. Knightley or Persuasion. (Can you tell I like Jane Austen?)

8. Have you ever seriously screwed up your sleeping schedule because of a book? Was it worth it, and what were you reading?

Yes, Yes, and I can’t remember. It’s happened far too many times. After all, books are way more important than being mentally present during the work day, right? Right? RIGHT?

9. What do you do to remember those ideas you come up with when you’re not able to write?

I dictate them into my iPhone, or I repeat them to myself over and over and over until I’ve got it fixed in my brain. And if I do forget it, usually once I get back into the writing, it comes back to me.

10. Are there any books or series that you thought were great, and then the ending just ruined everything for you?

Yes, but only because the author died before finishing the story. It was Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. There literally is no published ending to it, but the author had left notes on how it would end. Blech. I like the ending I came up with on my own much better. But who am I to tamper with greatness? A gutsy woman, that’s who.

11. Why do you write?

Because I can’t help it. It’s a part of who I am. 

 

All right, jeez! That’s quite enough about me, don’t you think? On to the nominations!

1. David J. Delaney

2. theferganator

3. Christopher Peter

4. Christine Plouvier

5. melsj

I only included 5 (sorry to be breaking the rules), because I think they’re the most worthy of those that meet the requirements. I don’t want to go willy-nilly giving out awards just because. 

And I’m going to go along with John and have the nominees answer the same questions that I did. Primarily because I want to read their answers!

Thanks for playing along, and congrats to the nominees!