Joan Reginaldo nominated me for a Liester Award. Thanks lady, you’re a doll! Hurray! What’s that you ask? This is a way for bloggers who have less than 200 followers to give and get a little love. Plus it’s a fun! Sorry it took me so long to complete. I took a hiatus from all things blog and blog-related for a few days. I’m b-a-a-a-a-ack.
Here’s the rules:
- Post the award image on your blog. There are several varieties. Google them and find the one you like the most.
- List 11 random facts about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions asked by the person/people who nominated you.
- Make up 11 questions for those to be nominated.
- Nominate 11 people to receive the award. They should have fewer than 200 followers on their blog.
- If you’re nominated, your name and/or link will appear at the bottom of this post. Just follow the same format and voila! You’re a recipient.
Let’s do this.
Eleven Random things about me:
1. I’ve never watched ET, LOST or Jurassic Park. Never will. (Though Mathemagician is trying to make me get in on Jurassic Park. Ain’t nobody got time for that.)
2. I’m living on an island where folks wear flip-flops (or slippahs as they’re called here) 24/7. I HATE THOSE THINGS. I do not like having something in-between my toes. Blech.
3. I’m terrible at Math. Turr-i-ble.
4. When I was a tween, I used to do my nails all the time. I was OCD with it. If I started doing my nails and one got smudged, I had to start all over even with the non-messy ones. If my 12 year- old-self could see these nails now, she would be so angry.
5. Finding random hairs in stuff makes me gag. If I’m washing dishes and a hair is gets wrapped around my finger–:X If I’m eating chili and I find a hair sticking out of the top, dinner is ruined for me.
6. Ginger ale is my favorite drink . Canada Dry preferably.
7. I fear speaking in front of crowds (Good one deciding to be a spoken word poet, self.)
8. I’m a text hoarder and I only delete them when my mailbox is full.
9. If I’m bummed out, driving up the coast, smelling the air, and watching the water centers me. Reminds me that all of this is ultimately so small.
10. Mint is awesome. Chocolate is awesome. Mint + Chocolate = fail. (Dammit, I just did tasty math!)
11. I sometimes sing while I’m driving to calm down anxiety and/or road rage. This does not always work.
Eleven Question from Joan
1. What makes you cry?
Watching other people cry. My empathy is at ridiculous proportions. If you cry, I cry. Jayme from high school can attest to this. Also in the running: Sad commercials. “Why” by Annie Lennox, “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper (and other songs).
2. What is your deepest fear – a fear you haven’t told anyone because you don’t want to appear foolish? Hmm…a fear I haven’t told anyone? I’m kind of an open book. This is one is hard. Sometimes when I’m walking beside a body of water, I’m afraid I’m going to somehow fall in. Like if I’m walking on a bridge above water, I think a car is going to hit me and we’ll both go in. Or when I’m walking down the Ala Wai canal here, I’m afraid that I’m just going to stumble into it, hit my head and drown.
3. Han or Luke?
I’m riding Solo.
Mathemagician: Are you REALLY riding Han Solo? Me: I’m sure he’d be very nice to have a spot of tea with. Mathemagian: (harrumph))
4. How do you deal with criticism? It depends on what it’s about, and who it’s by. If I feel like the criticism is coming from a positive place, then I can feel good about it. If Jerky Mcjerkface is telling me my blog sucks, I won’t be pleased.
5. What’s the best suggestion you have for new writers? Keep writing. Regardless of how hard it can be, how little time you have and how much you think what you’re creating sucks, keep writing. That’s the only way you’ll improve.
6. Plotter or Pantser? I’m a Plotser? With short stories, it’s totally pantser. With novels, I make an outline trying to just have major scenes that I want to incorporate so I can know where I’m going and how it’s all going to end. Generally speaking, the story does what it’s going to do, and I just go along for the ride. That outline if need-be will be scrapped.
7. What short story has influenced your life (not necessarily writing life) the most? The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. When I was in the 6th grade, I loved that story. For this annual writing contest, I wrote a piece that was kind of a tribute to that, where this woman tied her husband to a bed, dismembered him and buried it under the soft floor of the basement, because he was a philanderer. My English teacher, Mr. Satterfield told my Mom, “She’s sick and twisted, but I like that.” It was the coolest thing anyone has ever said about my writing.
8. What current world event has made you disappointed in humanity? There’s been an onslaught of rapes world-wide that sickens me. Every time I see the things that man will do against woman, it makes me die a little inside. The sexual assault in Stuebenville, OH where the guys got this 16 year old wasted, took her to these different houses where she was sexually assaulted, urinated on, had things stuck in her orifices while passed out no less, has shaken me to my core. What’s worse, are the people who are saying that this girl deserved what she got. Because she was drinking. And around guys. So, if I get wasted and pass out ,this gives whoever is around me the right to assrape me, take photos/video, post them on the internet and then pee on me? The blaming the victim game. Ok, I’ve gotta stop talking about this now. I’m getting really angry.
9. What current world event has made your proud of humanity? There’s two things that I’ve seen while on the internets that have made me happy. One was the guy from Ace of Cakes who has offered to make a cake for the same-sex couple who were refused by that cake company. They have since accepted. That was pretty sweet. Oh, and this video: http://youtu.be/l-gQLqv9f4o Thanks for following up with a happier moment. This video makes me smile every time.
10. Which of your bad writing habits do you wish you could break? I think I’m on the cusp of adult ADD, so sometimes I’m my own worse enemy. My brain will go in a dozen different directions, and I’m trying to complete everything at once. No bueno.
11. What do you like best about your current project?
Questions for the next folks:
1. If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
2. Which food did you love as a kid, but now hate (or a food that you hated but now love)?
3. Do you feel that ebooks are a positive or negative for the publishing industry?
4. What was the last really good book that you read?
5. How do you keep your writing fresh and interesting?
6. Would you ever create a vlog? (video blogs)
7. Do you put the toilet paper roll over or under?
8. Are you usually early, late or on-time for appointments?
9. What’s the most important that you’ve learned about yourself through your writing?
10. Why do you blog?
11. What is a song that everyone loves, but really irritates you (or a song that you love, which everyone else abhors)?
Eleven(ish) folks to give this a whirl. This was a hard decision. You guys are all awesome. Sorry if you’ve already been inundated with this award.
2. Stacy Harris
6. Andrea Ward
7. Jim Woods