I’ve only been blogging since February, but I just received my second blog award nomination! It feels like such an achievement! Thank you, T.M.E Walsh, for nominating me, and thank you all for keeping up with me for these past few months!
The Liebster Award is one that recognizes new blogs worth reading (and those with less than 300 followers). Upon acceptance of the award, a blogger must:
List 11 random facts about him/herself.
Answer the questions that were asked of him/her (by the blogger that nominated him/her).
Nominate 3 other blogs for the Liebster Blog Award and link to their blogs.
Notify the bloggers of their award.
Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer once they accept the award.
Random facts. Or, as I like to call them, just plain old facts.
1. When I was in fifth grade, I won a state-wide art competition for IAMS dog food.
2. I think my house might be haunted. I get that “being watched” feeling a lot.
3. I have a penchant for collecting vintage things, but I have nowhere to put it all so I’m sort of becoming a hoarder oops.
4. I’ve been in choir since the third grade. (Eleven years holy crows).
5. I like mud.
6. I despise staying in big cities for extended periods of time. The countryside is the place for me!
7. I cannot fall asleep on my back.
9. I like to sit in the forest and meditate about humanity/state of being/nature/the universe/etc.
10. Ain’t no babies comin’ outta this uterus.
11. Sometimes I forget how to do things.
1. Did you always want to be a writer?
Nope. At the very beginning I wanted to be a veterinarian. But then I realized I would have to deal with suffering. So I switched to being an artist. But I couldn’t make what was in my head happen on the canvas, which then led me to writing!
2. Do you plan to self-publish or go the ‘traditional’ route of agent/publisher?
I’m going to attempt traditional first, and if that doesn’t work, self-publishing!
3. Do you sleep on your front, back or side?
FRONT. FRONT ALL THE WAY.
4. Have you ever had any brushes with fame/met a famous person?
I met Jennifer Granholm once! And my parents are friends with Mark Schauer and his family…political figures count, right?
5. Who is your fave author?
Well this is a hard question. At this current moment, I would have to say Nicholas Monsarrat. I picked up The Cruel Sea last week from Salvation Army (fate!) and I was instantly in love. The title sounds ominous, but the opening lines were so humorous that I just had to have it. His writing style is quirky, funny, and detailed. Instant favorite!
6. What advice would you give anyone just starting out in the weird and wonderful world of being a writer?
Use everything. Every emotion you feel is valid experience and insight into your fellow human beings. Use it to create the most heart-wrenching, soul-searing piece of art that has ever graced the planet.
7. What is your fave film?
Hmmm either The Fall or The Princess Bride. The first because of just…everything. Everything about this movie is perfect. And The Princess Bride, because the writing, acting, and story is inconceivably marvelous.
8. Do you like to work in a quiet or noisy environment?
Quiet, definitely. I get distracted easily.
9. Do you have any writing rituals?
I usually write in bed once it gets dark. The window is usually open to let the sounds of nature in, and my first draft is always hand-written in black ink on a flip-up notebook. It just flows better for me. It’s my secret formula!
10. What is the title of your next book or poem?
Wordsmith is the working title of my latest book. I’m not so great with titles. (You have probably noticed this).
11. Give me a short ‘elevator-style’ pitch of your latest work.
After thirteen years abroad, Lady Eulalia of Somerset is returning home to Elysia for the selection. She is one of the nobles eligible for the crown prince’s hand in marriage. She is not happy about this. She’s guarding a secret that could kill her; she’s a Wordsmith, a being of enormous power, whose kind has been eradicated by the royal family of Elysia. If her secret is revealed, she and her entire family could be put to death. Eulalia must navigate the vicious world of the royal court and somehow find a way to stop the coming war between the Wordsmiths and the Elysians.
Questions for you beautiful people (and anyone who wants to answer, too!):
1. Why did you start writing?
2. What’s your favorite place in the entire universe?
3. What is your greatest dream?
4. What is your favorite book?
5. If you met God(dess), what would you tell Him/Her?
6. What is your favorite everyday ritual?
7. What do you take for granted?
8. Talk to someone you love about something important. This isn’t a question, but I think you should still do it. Here, I’ll throw in a question mark?
9. What is your favorite childhood memory?
10. What is the worst book/movie you have ever read/seen?
11. Do you love yourself? If not, look in the mirror and realize how beautiful/wonderful/spectacular you are.