Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award, a blogging game of tag that helps those of us blogging newbies feel better about this whole thing.

An explanation I stole from another blog:
The Liebster Award is intended to recognize up-and-coming blogs, particularly those with fewer than 200 followers. The rules are as follows: Post 11 facts about yourself. Answer the questions posed by your nominator.
Here are the Liebster Blog Award Rules:

This is the explanation I stole from Paul Davis, writer of The Devotion of Kelst and Ayne, who nominated me along with Len, author of Kraken’s Wake.
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!

So I guess to start, it’s 11 things I get to tell about myself:
1. I hate blogging. Not to be ungrateful for the people who like what I say, but being this transparent is uncomfortable, especially when I actually get attention. I just attended LTUE (Life, the Universe, and Everything) in Provo. While there, I listened to Michaelbrent Collings speak on several panels. He’s funny, looks good in red, and said, “Authors are the weirdest mix of narcissism and low self-esteem. I tell people all day to buy my books because they are great, and then I crawl into bed at night telling myself, ‘I can’t believe they bought my book.'”

2. I have a black belt in a traditional form of Japanese karate, Shotokan. I love it. I moved and haven’t trained in six months, but I will go back. I take my training seriously because at 5’1″ I like knowing how to do some damage.

3. I want to be MILF. It’s the most accurate way to describe my workout goals.

4. I grew up poor–really poor. We lived on what we could grow or catch. I learned how to milk a goat, skin a rabbit, and dig an outhouse in early elementary school. When the zombies come, I think I have at least a 50% chance of surviving.

5. I love almost all kinds of fiction. My favorite book of all time is Illusions by Richard Bach. A friend gave it to me, and the book and the friend are both particularly special to me.

6. I drive a minivan. It is not my car of choice, but whoever designs them knows what they are doing. When my kids are out of the house, I want a pimped out Dodge Charger–Go Dukes of Hazzard! In the meantime, I’m going to rock that minivan.

7. Words with Friends is not my friend. I lose almost all of my games…to my dad, my mom, my kids. You’d think someone with a good vocabulary would be good at that game, but apparently not.

8. Getting to eleven is really hard. I’ve been polling my family for ideas since #4. Notice that each item is getting shorter.

9. I am addicted to home improvement. I watch HGTV and DIY all the time. My twelve-year-old son contributed this one.

10. When I was a kid, I really wanted to be a traveling photojournalist for the National Geographic. I fantasized about ‘going native’ while studying remote cultures. It could still happen.

11. You have no idea how glad I am to see that number. Well, I am a fire dragon in Chinese Astrology, and it pretty well fits.


1) If you could be a supernatural creature, which would you be?
I would totally be a shapeshifter, then I could do whatever I wanted when I wanted. Fly, run fast, hunt small animals…you know.

2) What weapon would you use if you were in a combat oriented novel? Guns, swords, maces, all are welcome.
I would use the chain/knife thing that Raizo uses in Ninja Assassin. It’s a lot like fire poi, which I do, so I think I’d be decent at swinging the thing around without stabbing it into my own neck. Swords would make a good backup.

3) What is your favorite genre and why?
I think my favorite genre is fantasy. I have a solid background in classic literature, and a lot of that is really fantasy. I’m working on writing my versions of some of the Grimm stories into novelettes, and they fall into that category. As a teacher, I believed in doing the assignments I gave my students, and then I got hooked on them.

4) What genre can you not stand and why?
I cannot stand romance novels. Sorry Paul, but for some reason I’m too cynical to enjoy happy endings.

5) What do you put on a burger? We’re getting close to lunch….
Lettuce, tomato, onion, and Utah’s classic fry sauce.

6) If you had to pick wealth, fame, or love (from a lover, we’ll say you have a very loving family), which one and why?
I would choose love, because that’s all I have anyway and it’s turning out all right.

7) Who is the most influential writer to you and why?
Dean Koontz. I read his books one after the other when I was in high school, and I’m getting back into him. He does a good job of keeping things thrilling and human. In some ways, he’s a good romance author :). I’m also in love with Terry Goodkind and Jacqueline Carey.

8) You get locked in a friend’s bathroom and have to wait for a locksmith to get you out. You have an hour. What do you do?
Seriously? Either take the pins out of the hinges or have your friend grab a screwdriver and take the knob off. Anybody who pays for a locksmith in this situation does not have the survival intelligence to be allowed to reproduce.

9) What music do you listen to while writing? Why does that music inspire you?
I like alternative. I make my playlists and listen to them over and over again so they become background noise to drown out the sound of my kids so I can focus on my writing at all.

10) Who is the most supportive person in your life for your writing pursuits?
My husband is golden. I feel responsible to make some money, but when I talk about working part time here or there, he always reminds me that of anything I could do, he believes the most in my writing. My kids have also been great and have helped a lot with my social media presence. My two sons were on Wattpad before I was.

11) What is one word you write over and over again, and every time it sets off spell check?
It’s not really one word, but I always get spell check when I make up words.

Now for the following great nominees:

1. Kimberly Hawks: She is a passionate teacher, helping to cultivate the next generation of readers and writer.

2. Fiona Ostler, author of Gold Rush. She is a real example of what it means to be a great writer and a great mom.

3. Shareena Youb. She’s probably already been nominated, but her blog belongs in The Mommy Wars.

4. Johnny Worthen. He’s just getting ready to publish several books.

5. Angela Hartley. She’s revising a great series with dynamic characters, suspense, and plot.

Yes, there are only five on here, but I actually know these people. What’s a rule, anyway, if nobody ever breaks it?

My Eleven Questions of Torture :). (Actually, answering some one else’s questions is a lot easier than coming up with eleven things about yourself.)
1. What was your favorite cartoon as a kid? You know, your reason for getting up on Saturday morning.
2. If you could choose a genetic mutation, what would it be?
3. When you were a kid, what name was it you wished your parents had given you instead of the name they actually gave you?
4. What’s your favorite word in conversation–the word you wait all date long to be able to use?
5. Mountains, or ocean?
6. What is the one decoration in your house that you absolutely hate but can’t get rid of because of some sentimental obligation?
7. Would you rather have a job naming paint colors, or naming cars?
8. Big screen or live theater?
9. What is it you’d love to do for a date that you don’t think anybody you ever took out would want to do?
10. What is the worst thing you’ve ever done as part of your job?
11. Who was your most influential teacher? What would you say to them now if you could?

Thanks for playing!

3 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. I nearly choked when I read that quote on writers. No one gets the dichotomy of desiring so badly to be read, and yet recoiling the moment we thrust our heads out. It’s like, “Yes, I want people to see my soul, but it’s terrifying.” Was nice getting to know you!

    1. Thank you. The neck-sticking-out part is hard. Just got feedback on my second draft of a story and it was supportive but I still read it as criticism. So messed up, but I’m more rational now. So dumb that we WANT people to read our stuff and then freak out when they actually become invested in our stuff.

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