Liebster Award

So, a couple of people nominated me for another award. I’m constantly impressed that people think so highly of my little blog-thingy. So, without further ado, I’d like to thank Bridget Shepard (@bridgetashep ), Bobby Salomons ( @D2Dbooks ), and JLuis Licea (@JLLicea ) for nominating me!

So, how does this work?  Beats me.  Let’s find out!

According to my three nominators, it goes something like this:

You got the Award, now what?

– I list 11 random facts about myself.
– I will answer the 11 questions asked of me by the person who nominated me.
– I will then nominate my 11 picks for the award along with my 11 questions for them to answer when they post a response.
– If you’re nominated, your name/link will appear at the bottom of this post along with your questions. Follow the same format; paste the award badge to your blog, give us 11 random facts about yourself, answer my 11 questions, and choose your nominees…but you cannot nominate the blog who nominated you.

So, wow, that means I need to list 11 random facts about myself AND answer a total of 33 questions posted by my three nominators!  Damn!  Well, here goes!

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. My parents got divorced when I was 10, and it was a wonderful moment for me.  I’ll never forget the day they told me they were getting divorced, because I thought, “Thank God, this means there won’t be any more fighting.”

2. Due to various breaks for personal and financial reasons, I’ve been working to complete college for the past 14 years.

3. I’ve spent 10 years of my life working pizza delivery.

4. I have a wooden statue of Buddha by my computer. He is my anti-virus God.

5. I have lots of pictures of fairies and princesses hanging in my house, and I don’t care if you judge me for that.

6. When I was 16, I threw a WIP book in the garbage because it wasn’t as good as Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” series. (It was probably for the best, it was a horrible, horrible manuscript.)

7. I was an outcast in grade school, and while the other kids played together on the playground I sat off to the side with a book.

8. I once had a calculator stolen in my high school cafeteria, and the teachers just said, “Oh well. You should have kept a better eye on it…”

9. When I get a sandwich at the deli, I order the cheese on the side.

10. I suffer from crippling self-esteem issues.

11. I never go anywhere without writing utensils close at hand.

Whew! Okay, now to dive into the 33 questions from my nominators:

From JLuis Licea: “11 Questions For you, My Amazing:”

1. What do you think about when you hear the word ‘Book’?
An object made of paper, bound together along a spine, and filled with symbols used to represent language, arranged in a specific order to tell a story.

2. In one word, describe a book you love.

3. What animal do you fear the most?

4. Favorite time of the day to read?
Always. Is that a time?

5. Coffee person? If yes, do you drink it with milk, cream, or just plain? If not, what do you drink instead?
No. I can’t stand the taste of coffee.  When I need energy, I drink Monster energy drinks.

6. Have you published a book? If yes, share the name and a link! Brag! If not, are you working on one that’s on its way to the sea of sharks?
Not yet. I’m working on my hopefully first to be published novel now. Keep your fingers crossed.

7. Favorite candy and why?
Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. Do I really need to explain why?

8. Tells us, what inspired you to become a writer/blogger in one or two sentences?
My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Aloi. She was the first person in my life to ever encourage me and tell me I could do well.

9. Every beginning has an end. Do you prefer a happy ending or one that just satisfies?
I prefer an ending that provokes a strong emotion.  Happiness can be one, but in most stories, the happy ending lacks any real punch.

10. If I pay for you to go anywhere in the world with someone, where would you go and who would you go with?
Hawaii, and preferably with a girl that cares about me (Let me know if you find one, okay?)

11. What is a dream you have and always keep alive?
To write and become published.

EXTRA CREDIT QUESTION: What do you dry first after you come out of the shower?
My hair.  I start at the top and work my way down, because if I dried my feet first, they get wet again as I’m standing there, dripping.

From Bridget Shepard: “My questions for my nominees (shamelessly ripped off from Cait and Kat mostly)”

  1. What category/genre do you write, and why?
    Pre-apocalyptic modern fantasy with a touch of Steampunk.  Because everyone writes post-apocalyptic and we never get to SEE the apocalypse.
  2. What music are you listening to the most right now?
    Abney Park and Professor Elemental, as per my growing obsession with Steampunk.
  3. Plotter or pantster or what?
    Plotter with a touch of pansting.  I have a rough outline of about 3-4 books for my current story, and a semi-detailed outline for the second book in particular (since I’m working on it right now).  But I tend to go where the story takes me, and the first book was very different from my outlines.
  4. Big 5, Indie, or Self? And why?
    I think Self.  Mostly because I want to retain ownership of my own intellectual property, I want to have complete creative freedom without interference, and I want to be able to write side-stories outside of my main series without worrying about whether the publisher thinks they’ll sell.
  5. What’s your weirdest/most interesting talent?
    Hmm… Intriguing.  I’d have to say my etymological studies.  Remind me to post a rant on the origin of the phrase “The Whole Nine Yards.”
  6. Dog or Cat?
    Cat.  Dogs are smelly, obnoxious beasts that need to learn to behave, whereas cats are our feline overlords destined to rule the world.
  7. What inspires you to write?
    That’s a trick question, right?
  8. What is your favorite character you’ve written?
    I’m torn between Tock and Gabby, my two current MCs.  During the last few years, I wrote a good dozen or so characters on collaborative writing and roleplaying sites.  These two were always the strongest with the best stories to tell.  To an extent, I like Tock better because of her quirky personality, but at the same time, Gabby has far more depth and in the long run will be going on a more epic journey.
  9. What is your favorite character you didn’t write?
  10. Which book do you wish you’d written?
    The bible.  So I could teach people to understand the difference between metaphors and literal tellings of events.
  11. Name three things you will do this year.
    Graduate college, enroll in grad school for my master’s degree, and publish a novel.

And from Bobby: “And, last but not least, 11 questions for my nominees!”

1. Have you ever read one of your old stories and felt disappointed or embarrassed of what you wrote? If so, what was it about and what was it that made you feel that way?
Every. Single. Thing. I’ve ever written more than three months ago.  My writing back then was horrible crap and I want to kill it with fire.

2. You get an offer for your book to become a major movie, but they demand that your main character changes race and/or gender. Do you give in?
No.  My main characters are both strong female protagonists.  I’d find it offensive to have someone insist they be made male.

3. You wake up and stand before the character in one of your works that you’ve made suffer the most. The character demands an explanation for their suffering. What do you tell him/her?
Oh God.  That would be Gabby.  What I tell everyone else is “Making her suffer makes for a better plot.  She is destined to be a tragic character because it makes it that much more rewarding when she finds strength at the end.”  But I don’t think I could tell her that.  So, I’d cop out and tell her I didn’t choose the plot, the plot chose me.  Then I’d go drink heavily to drown out the memory of her tears.

4. Self-publish or contract a publisher?
As I said in the previous question set, I’m leaning to self-publishing.

5. Critically acclaimed by your writing peers or best-selling author loved by audience but hated by critics and authors alike?
I’d rather write something good than something that sells a lot.  Anyone can write mainstream crap that sells a lot of copies.  That’s the fast food of the writing industry.

6. A cover that is entirely what you have in mind and final say in or that will be highly popular and attract large but cheap audiences?
Considering I have like, NO idea right now what kind of cover to use, I’d go with highly popular.  If I had a vision for the cover, I’d refuse to sell out on it, but lacking a preference, I’ll go big and broad.

7. Pen, typewriter or computer?
I used a typewriter when I was like 9.  There isn’t a single thing about it I see being better than a computer.  I occasionally write by pen, but only when I want to get a more personal, journal-like feel to the story and voice.

8. What is the most embarrassing thing that could happen to you as a writer?
Being told my work is unoriginal and derivative.

9. If you could pick any song that symbolizes you as a writer, the world you create and that which you aspire as an author, what would it be? (e.g.: Imagine being a guest on Ellen and they play a minute long clip of you and your work, pick the background song!)
Hmm.  Well, I’ve been fairly obsessed with Abney Park lately (as mentioned above), but I don’t know if it “symbolizes” my writing.  That leaves me fairly uncertain what else I could pick.  I’ve got plenty of “favorite bands,” but I’m not sure any represent me, as a writer.

10. What kind of book would you never want to write? Why?
Bland crap with no story development and flat characters.

11. Name one author you “personally know” (internet counts too) you would want to co-author with?
Well, I have yet to read any of the books of the authors I’ve met on Twitter (mostly because my to-read pile of books has over 100 books in it).  And I’ve never met any of the authors I already read.  I have, however, beta-read for a few authors that don’t yet have their manuscripts published.  Of those, I’d definitely go with Kai Kiriyama (@thekiriyamaheir ).  Her book I’m reading now has clockwork cybernetics and a style that I think could compliment my own very well.

EDIT: Wait, what’s this? I apparently have four of these to do.  I got so mixed up I didn’t realize I’d missed one.  The fabulous Melanie Sokol also nominated me.  Here’s hers:

11 Questions I’m making up:

  1. If you could pick one character from any story ever (movie, book, fairy tale, etc), who would it be and why?
    Agatha Heterodyne from Girl Genius. Because Steampunk.
  2. If you were going to write about the end of the world, how would it end and would anyone survive?
    I am, actually, going to write about the end of the world.  I can’t tell how it happens because SPOILERS!
  3. If any animal in the world could be domesticated, what would you pick as a pet?
    A platypus.  They have poison claws.
  4. If you could be a supernatural being of any kind, what would you be and why?
    Probably some sort of telekinetic.  I could do a million different things with that.
  5. If you could relive any year of your life, which would it be and WHY?
    Any of the four years I was with my Ex, by NOT living with her this time around.
  6. If I were a broken record, would you let me play or stop me? Why?
    Play you until it got annoying, then stop you.  Too much of anything is a bad thing.
  7. If you could only read one book over and over again for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?
    A blank one.  My imagination could fill in the pages.
  8. If you were a mutant, what powers do you think you’d end up with? What powers would you prefer?
    Can I say telekinetic again?
  9. If you could change the genre of your world, what genre would you pick and why?
    The only other thing that might work is medieval fantasy, though I am preferring modern.
  10. What, other than writing, would be a dream career for you?
    Working for a publishing company in some other capacity.
  11. If you lived in the Disney universe, would you be a vegan? Why or why not?
    No.  Why can’t Disney characters eat meat?  Sure, some animals talk and have personalities, but there’s some that are just ordinary animals.  If it doesn’t talk, you can eat it.

OKAY!  That’s 44 things about me all together.  Damn, that took awhile.  Wait, what?  Now I need to pick 11 questions for other people!?  Oy…

It’s gonna be hard to pick people to nominate, since my 3 nominators already also picked half the people I might have considered.  So, I doubt I can get a full 11 people.  But here’s who I think is pretty awesome and should have an award:

Ksenia Anske
Kai Kiriyama
Trisha “Red” Schmidt
Danica Rice
Elise Valente
Casey Roach

Go check their blogs out! They’re all cool people!

Oh, and I almost forgot to ask 11 questions #Fail.
Here goes:

1. Paper or plastic?

2. Train A leaves New York traveling east at 50 mph.  Two hours later, Train B leaves Chicago traveling west at 60 mph.  If both trains follow at a steady speed the entire time, does this question annoy you?

3. Of all the books you’ve read, which do you wish would have a sequel, or that you’d write the sequel yourself if you could?

4. Playstation, Xbox, or Nintendo?

5. If a video game could be made about your book, describe what the game would be like?

6. Mac or PC?

7. Do you ever cheat and read the last page of a book first?

8. Are you a robot? Please type in the following: XtQrte76az

9. What happened to Amelia Earhart?

10. Are the aliens going to bring back Elvis?

11. What?


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