Still combing through the blog tags and awards I was recently nominated for, and today it’s Liebster Award time. Thank you for the nomination, Phoenix Grey! 🙂
Here are the rules for this version of the Liebster Award:
- Once you are nominated, make a post that thanks the person who nominated you and links back to their article.
- Include the Liebster Award sticker in your post.
- Nominate 7 to 10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
- Answer the 10 questions asked to you by the person who nominated you.
- Make 10 questions of your own for your nominees.
- Lastly, copy these rules in the post.
- All of the nominees are free to accept or reject the nomination.
So, Rules #1, 2, and 6 are done already. (I hope it’s OK that I’m skipping around…?) Now let’s go on to Phoenix’s questions!
Phoenix Grey’s 10 Questions
1. If you are a writer, what is the first story you wrote? Are you proud or ashamed of it?
Depends on what you mean by that. I started writing stories when I was 7 years old(!); and though I can’t remember now what they were about, I remember little details like talking zebras, traveling to exotic places, and delicious food like pineapple pancakes. 🙂
As for the first novel I ever wrote… I started writing a contemporary vampire romance when I was 13 years old. (This was in 1997 – 8 years before Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight was published. *gasps*) I never finished it; and since I didn’t know much about the mechanics of novel-writing then, I doubt it was any good. But I’m still more proud than ashamed of that story. It taught me that I had the drive and creativity to, at the very least, start writing a novel. And when you’re a fledgling writer, the beginning is more intimidating than any other part of the novel – until you learn to push past it.
2. If a big publisher offered you a multi-book deal but you had to radically change what you’re writing, would you take it?
No. If a publisher asked me to do that, I’d take it as a sign that they’re not the right fit. I understand that editors will recommend changes to polish a manuscript. But radical changes? I’d rather turn down the deal and be patient for something more ideal to come along. I want my work to be published, but I’m not desperate enough to let it be compromised to that extreme.
3. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
As weighty as the question is, I thought of an answer right away: Make our world a more compassionate place. It’s kind of generic… But it hurts my heart when I hear or read about people mistreating one another, especially over differences in race, religion, and sexual orientation. I’m a straight, agnostic Caucasian woman who grew up believing that everyone should be treated with fairness and kindness, and I still hold firm to that belief. I hope that blogging for 1000 Voices for Compassion every couple months can be my way of adding a droplet of empathy into the ocean of humanity, and that others will be inspired to do the same. So, to make that change more specific, I’d make our world a more compassionate place for everyone, regardless of their differences.
4. What made you start blogging? Have you ever considered giving it up?
I started blogging back in 2009. (The site turned 6 years old in July.) To be honest, I had no idea what I was doing back then, so I’m glad I’ve (sort of) figured it out since then.
Would I give it up now? Not in a heartbeat. I’ve met so many other writers and book bloggers because of this little corner of the Internet, and I’ve learned a lot as well. You can’t trade either benefit for not embarking on this journey to begin with. 🙂
5. Do you enjoy listening to music? What genre/type?
OH YES. 😀 I’ve been a music lover all my life. My tastes have changed over time, but if you were to scroll through my iTunes library right now, you’d find the following genres / subgenres (along with some of the artists I listen to):
- Symphonic rock / metal (Within Temptation, Kamelot, Xandria, Evanescence, Epica, Stream of Passion)
- Progressive metal (Beyond The Bridge, anything by Arjen Lucassen)
- Progressive rock (Anathema, 3)
- Gothic / alternative rock or metal (Autumn, The Mariana Hollow, Lacuna Coil)
- Classical crossover (Josh Groban, Eklipse, Lindsey Stirling)
- Singer-songwriter pop/rock (Darren Hayes, Phillip Phillps, Adele)
- Popular rock bands (U2, Coldplay pre-Ghost Stories)
- Orchestral film soundtracks (Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit, a few Harry Potter films)
- New age / instrumental music (Deuter, David Arkenstone, Donna DeLory)
6. Are you an introvert, an extrovert, or somewhere in between?
Very much an introvert. I listen more than talk, am more sociable in small groups (especially one on one) than large crowds, and need quiet time alone at the end of the day. Most of my Friday and Saturday nights are spent in a chair with the book I’m reading in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. That’s perfectly fine with me!
7. Is there a book that you’ve read cover to cover more than once? What is it?
I’m not much of a re-reader, since I have sooooo many books on my shelves that I haven’t read yet. But I do go back and read favorite passages from certain books now and then. Some of the most recent “revisits” include Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study, Kristin Cashore’s Fire, Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, and Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
8. Do you have a toy from childhood that you still own and cherish?
Yes – two, actually. 🙂 I still have my Addy Walker doll, packed away in a box somewhere. I adored the American Girl franchise when I was young. At one point, I had all of the Felicity, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, and Molly books; and Addy was my favorite of the bunch, so I got her as a Christmas present one year. I’ve hung onto her so that if I ever have a daughter, she can play with Addy when she’s the right age.
Another cherished Christmas gift I still have is a dollhouse that my dad built from a kit. It’s pretty big; a three-floor house with stairs, front and side doors, and tiny roof shingles. I bought a family of dolls and accumulated furniture, clothes, accessories, and a pet or two for it over the years. Of course, I say I still have that dollhouse, but it’s actually in my parents’ basement. (*blushes*) I haven’t figured out a good place for it at my condo yet.
9. If you had a time machine, what would you do with it?
I’d go back in time! I’d love to be a fly on the wall in certain cultures during their peak periods, like ancient Egypt, India before the British invasion, or the Mayan / Incan / Aztec civilizations. (Except the human sacrifices. I wouldn’t mind missing those.) I’d also like to visit Native American tribes across America before the westward expansion in the 1800s. Those are the cultures and time periods that fascinated me most during history classes, and being able to see their clothes, architecture, religious practices, and everyday lives would only strengthen that appreciation. This might explain why the historical fiction novels that appeal most to me focus on these peoples or periods.
10. Finally, what’s the one thing you would tell your past self, if you could?
I’d tell my teenage past self, “You’re OK the way you are. ” I struggled with self-esteem throughout middle school and high school. Sometimes I was self-conscious about my looks; I was constantly teased about my eyeglasses and braces. Other times I felt like I didn’t fit in because of my interests, shyness, or conservative behavior. It took me years to turn those negative perspectives around and embrace me for me. So, if anything, I’d want my younger self to know that the most important thing to love yourself for who you are, and to worry less about what other people think.
My Nominees for the Liebster Award
I think I haven’t nominated these folks for awards / tags previously, or at least for a while. You don’t have to accept this award if you’d prefer not to. Just know that I believe you’re worthy of the recognition. 🙂
- Aberdeen @ A Glimpse of Starlight
- Ali Isaac
- Claire @ An Overactive Imagination
- Deborah @ The Road of a Writer
- Emily @ A Cup of English Tea
- Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff
- Sarah J. Higbee
- Sarah Zama @ The Old Shelter
- Sarena and Sasha Nanua @ The Writing Duo
- Yvonne @ It’s All About Books
Your questions, should you choose to accept this nomination, are:
- Pick one of your favorite writers. What do you admire most about their work?
- Do you have any weaknesses or guilty pleasures when it comes to food? If so, what?
- What was the most daring or adventurous thing you did as a child?
- If you could visit any city, country, or landmark in the world that you’ve haven’t been to yet, where would you go?
- What is your favorite type of setting? In other words, do you prefer beaches, lakes, mountains, cities, forests, etc.?
- What literary trope are you most tired of reading about?
- On the flipside, what is one thing you’d like to see more of in published novels?
- What birthday or holiday gift do you cherish most?
- If you could invent one thing (technology, household appliance, computer program or app, etc.) that currently doesn’t exist, what would it be?
- What’s your favorite kind of weather? Do you prefer rainy days over sun, snow over heat, etc.?
What about you? You don’t have to be a nominee to answer these questions, or the ones that Phoenix asked me. Feel free to share your answers below!