Well ding dong diggity! I’m goshdarn excited, friends! My little blog has been nominated for the Liebster Award. I know the proper thing to say here is, “I don’t care if I win, I’m just so honored to have been nominated!”, but that’s a LIE. I WANT TO WIN! I WANT THAT TROPHY! I NEED IT! Valarie! Settle down! I wont. I can’t. You sound ridiculous, like some desperate, faded beauty queen who hasn’t yet figured out she’s no longer in the running. Why are you so mean to me? Besides, I’ve already had my hair done and my nails painted and my hand is resting, just so on my chest, fluttering with anticipation. Let’s be realistic. You’ve got zero shot at winning this thing. Yes I do so too have a shot! D. Wallace Peach at http://mythsofthemirror.com/ says so! You’re pitiful. Reasoning with you is exhausting. Yeah? Well, you’re mean and I think you should go buy me some ice cream for being such a weiniemeister. And then tell me I’m pretty.
Oh! This ice cream is GOOD! Know what else is good? The Liebster Award! Know what else? Following the rules for The Liebster Award! WOOT! Let’s do this thang!
Eleven random facts about me:
1. I feel much more sane if I’m surrounded by trees.
2. I’m a Renaissance Festival Junkie. I’m simply a happier person when I’m surrounded by freaks like me. Plus I’ve got this thing with tricorns. And frock coats.
3. I think in pictures.
4. My mind is often controlled by yarn skeins and crochet hooks. They haunt my dreams.
5. I’ve just finished college, 21 years after I finished high school.
6. I can’t stop reading, and if there is nothing else available to read, I will read cereal boxes and shampoo bottles.
7. I am absolutely addicted to the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. In a freakish way. Like I can recite long bits of dialogue. In character.
8. I love cooked tomatoes, but I can’t stand raw ones. I keep trying to like them, but I can’t handle the weird texture in my mouth. It makes me feel quite upset all over myself.
9. I find designing costumes to be a fun and relaxing way to unwind. It pleases my soul.
10. I’m a writer who doesn’t drink coffee. I know. I know! Terrible, isn’t it? My caffeine fix comes from Mountain Dew/Monster/Amps.
11. My favorite actress is Helena Bonham Carter.
Questions from D. Wallace:
1. What are you working on right now?
Currently, I’m working on a paranormal short story, “Slither.” I’m enjoying writing it and creeping myself out all at the same time.
2. Where do you write and why?
Mostly, I write in my living room, as it’s our only desktop. This is difficult, because I have a family of six, so I often write with earbuds in and some Hello Dave or Hugh Laurie cranked up to eardrum-blowing volume. In a pinch, I write on my Kindle.
3. What’s the first creative piece you remember writing?
I don’t recall a single piece in particular, but I’d say melodramatic poetry writing started around seventh grade. When I was, you know, very melodramatic. With all the typical junior high melodrama. And lots and lots of heavy black eyeliner. You know, the kind you had to singe a little bit with a lighter to make it spread right.
4. Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. Nature, a scene in a book, the emotions that play across the faces of people I know, or even those I don’t know but have had the privilege to be near. I find inspiration in life, in the way people handle joys and traumas, in the decisions made in the heat of a stressful moment.
5. Was there a moment in time when you decided to become a writer? What happened?
In high school, I wanted to be a writer, and wrote often, just for fun. Then I grew up, got married, had four children in quick succession, and spent the next ten, twelve years or so making sure they were surviving from daylight to dusk and then collapsing into bed once they were all tucked in. Writing took a back seat. More like I shoved it in the trunk and locked it away. I always planned to do it later. But about five years ago began a series of deaths of people I loved dearly, and it hit me: In ten years, I could look back and say, “I wish I had done it”, or in ten years I could say, “I’m so glad I did it”, or in ten years I could be dead. We can’t always count on later. Three years ago I started writing my novel, a little over a year ago I started this blog, and began sending out pieces to magazines, several of which were accepted for publication.
6. What book(s) has most influenced you as a person?
Horton Hears a Who.
7. What book(s) has most influenced your writing?
This is hard to narrow down! The first that comes to mind is the “Suncatchers” series by Jamie Langston Turner. Sometimes, I remember bits of those books and have to stop and think a minute to recall if what I’m remembering was a book or a movie scene….her characters are that vivid. I would love to have that said about my books one day.
8. Why did you choose your genre?
I truly cannot express how much I hate this question. I’ve been asked this same thing several times, and I never know how to answer. I really don’t have a solid genre. My first book is considered chicklit/romance/drama fiction. The story I’m writing now is paranormal. Most of the articles I write for this blog or for magazines are creative non-fiction. I can’t pick just one. This may have something to do with the untreated ADHD oh hey look a squirrel!
9. Is there a book you would love to see in film?
Her Fearful Symmetry, by Audrey Niffenegger.
10. What are you currently reading?
The Fabulous Cornwall Sisters, by Teri Cross Chetwood.
11. In 2-3 sentences, give us your elevator pitch on something of yours you’d like us to read!
My novel, Just Hold On, is available for purchase on Amazon:
Determined to live out his life alone and free of the burden of love, Jake’s world is turned upside down when the grief of a woman he hardly knows calls him to step out of his comfort zone. After losing her home in a fire and numbed by yet another heartbreaking tragedy, Marnie is unable to communicate or even function on her own. Can Jake and Marnie overcome the obstacles before them and find love despite the odds?
The 11 blogs I am nominating are:
And finally (Yes! Finally! I know you’ve been waiting, kiddies!), my eleven questions for my nominees:
1. What is your favorite genre to read?
2. Have you ever gotten so angry with a book you’ve read, you quit reading that author entirely? (I have.)
3. When is your favorite time to write?
4. Have you always wanted to write, or did you happen upon it accidentally?
5. Do you write more often when you are angry, or happy?
6. Give yourself a pirate name. What is it?
7. Does your family know about your blog? Why or why not?
8. Do you have a favorite author? Who is it?
9. Is there anything particular you consistently eat while reading or writing?
10. Have you ever dressed up as your favorite book character? Who was it?
11. Have you a horn to toot? Let us hear your song! Leave us your links!