“Liebster” is a German word for favorite, and the Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers deserving wider recognition, and who have less than 200 followers. The purpose of the Liebster Blog Award is to spread the word about these folks and their fine work.
Thanks to Peter Adler (who writes as A. R. Silverberry) for nominating me. I hereby take up the gauntlet and pass it on to eleven more bloggers.
Here are the rules for participation on the Liebster Blog Award:
- Tell 11 things about yourself.
- Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
- Post 11 questions for those who will be nominated by you.
- Get in contact with those 11 bloggers in order to inform them that you nominated them.
Here are 11 things about myself:
- I don’t like TV or movies.
- I love just about everything to do with food, from growing it to meal planning to cooking, and especially eating it.
- I don’t exercise enough.
- Despite #s 2 and 3, I’m not as overweight as you might expect.
- My husband and I have owned 23 dogs (not all at the same time). However, now I’m delighted to live in a certified dog-free home.
- I have three cowlicks.
- Back in the day, I was a pretty fine French horn player.
- I love veggie gardening. Flowers, not so much, because you can’t eat them. (Yes, I know, there are edible flowers, but you don’t get much food from a flowerbed.)
- I love snow and cold weather.
- I learned to read music before written words.
- I have never been bowling.
Here are the 11 questions. These have been passed on for a couple of Liebster generations, and I hereby bequeath to the 11 bloggers named at the bottom of this post:
1. Why did you start blogging?
Before I was published, I knew if I wanted to be taken seriously as a writer, I’d need an online presence. Blogging was an opportunity to establish one, as well as to showcase my writing, connect with people, and help build a fan base.
2. What is your favorite genre to read?
I read a variety of genres and don’t have a favorite (see #11 below). I like depth and subtle nuance and excellent writing but am not concerned about genre. About the only thing I try to avoid is romance. A little romance within a story is fine, but I don’t like that to be main purpose of the book. I also don’t like ugliness. I’ve been known to quit reading a book because I don’t care to rub shoulders with the slimy characters or live in their dark, hopeless world.
3. What fictional character do you most wish were real?
I consider all well-drawn characters to be real. In fact, better than real, because a fictional character isn’t going to call me on the phone. (See #9 below.)
4. Describe your dream office for writing.
The laptop is a marvelous invention because you can take it just about anywhere. I like my home office, but sometimes when the weather’s warm enough, I prefer the front porch. Wherever I sit, the most important thing is lack of distraction. White noise doesn’t bother me, but voices do (like when the TV is on in the background, which is why I’m sometimes driven outside). Music distracts me too, because I listen to it too actively.
5. Name one thing you couldn’t live without.
6. If you could only keep one book, what would it be?
7. If you could magically transport yourself into any book, which one would you choose, and what character would you be?
Which book? One of my own, I guess! I’ve often wished I could physically go to Gannah and see some of these things I describe. But I think I’d prefer to be a minor character. Maybe Sylvia Dmitry. The main characters are always going through too much trauma.
8. Do you have any phobias?
I wouldn’t say so. I don’t like heights, but I’m not phobic about it.
9. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Oh, wow, I could come up with quite a list. Hmmm… the biggest? Well, I guess I’d have to say things dealing with the telephone. I loathe automated answering systems; trying to communicate with customer service people in other countries makes me want to throw something; unsolicited sales calls take me to the brink, and those calls you get before an election push me over it. But the fact is, I don’t like calls at all. I cringe when the phone rings, and if I need to call someone, I put it off as long as possible and cut it off as soon as I can, because I just don’t like talking on the phone.
10. Describe yourself in five words.
Not comfortable with describing myself. (That was 5 words – but if you prefer, here are 5 more: Let someone else answer this.)
11. Who is your favorite well-known author and your favorite rising star author?
I don’t have a favorite anything – not a color, food, movie, book, author, or whatever. Not sure if this is a problem with decision-making — or if it’s because my favorite anything depends on my current mood, situation, or need — or if there are too many factors to take into consideration and I make the choice more complicated than it needs to be — or if I’m just so wonderfully warm and embracing that I want to include everyone and everything. (I doubt very much that last is the case, because I can think of plenty of things I don’t like.) That said, some of the books I’ve most enjoyed were written by Sir Walter Scott, C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, Graham Greene, Anne Lamott, Ursula LeGuin, Rawi Hage, Khaled Hosseini, Michael Crichton, Dianne Setterfield, Suzanne Collins, and Athol Dickson.
And now, I hereby nominate the following awesome writer friends and bloggers for this coveted award: