Last year I was nominated by Tony of A Way With Words for the “Inspiring Blogger Award.” But when I read the specifics of the award, it was too much like a chain letter. In order to accept the award and post the cute widget on my page, I had to nominate 15 more bloggers. It seemed to me like eventually everyone and their mom would have the award (and a lot of people’s moms aren’t even bloggers). So I did nothing.
Recently, I was nominated by Adventures of LaMari for the Leibster Award, which is quite similar. Maybe it’s my German heritage (“leibster” means “dearest” auf Deutsch), or maybe it’s because I’ve come to realize that this type of award is really just a nice way to build community and get people reading new blogs, but I’ve decided to accept.
I want to thank LaMari for reading my blog and nominating me. Her blog is a series of intimate, upbeat letters about her travels hither and yon, and definitely worth a look for those with wanderlust.
Now that I have accepted this award, I am supposed to…
1. List 11 random facts about myself
2. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated me.
3. Nominate 11 more blogs and let them know they’ve been nominated.
4. Post 11 new questions for those bloggers.
Technically, you are supposed to nominate blogs with less than 200 followers, but LaMari fudged on that with me, so I will probably fudge on it, too. The point, I think, is to nominate blogs that aren’t mainstream. (No nominating McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, for example, even though I read it regularly.)
Personally, I think this is all too much to read in one post, so I’m going to skip the 11 random facts about me. If you want to know about me, there are currently 290 posts for you to choose from, all chock full of random facts. Have fun.
I will move on to answering the questions from LaMari.
Why did you start your blog?
Originally as a way of holding myself to some writing goals by posting my progress online for all to see. Also to “build platform,” which is what writers are often told they need to do. I think it’s working, but it’s taken nearly two years of regular blogging to get a decent following.
What is your favorite destination and why?
Maybe a place I haven’t been to yet? I’d love to visit Greece and Savannah, Georgia.
Who is your favorite author and why?
I love Roald Dahl for his clever, unique voice and Janet Fitch for her lyrical language. When I’m in the mood for meta, Paul Auster always astonishes me.
What is your most prized possession?
My collection of diaries and journals dating back to third grade.
What is your favorite quote and by whom?
You will often hear me quoting the following:
“Sah-dah-tay,” which I think means something like, “oh well, that’s life, let’s just smile.” (from the movie Pootie Tang)
“People raise cattle. Children just happen.” (from the movie The House of Yes)
“All right, all right, all right.” (from the movie Dazed and Confused)
What is your favorite post? (please provide link!)
People seem to be fond of my posts about when I was a bar trivia host, such as this one.
My boyfriend likes when I write about my hair dramas, like this post.
I am proud of my blog posts about drawing, such as this one.
Who is your inspiration and why?
Jennifer Stewart of Burlesque Press because she manages to read every book there is, know everything there is to know about writing, run her own amazing business, and still manage to look fabulous, travel the world, and have a ton of fun.
Also, I’m inspired by women writers everywhere, especially my mentor, Lisa O’Donnell, author of The Death of Bees, and my thesis adviser, Amanda Boyden,author of Pretty Little Dirty and Babylon Rolling.
Classical Music or Rock ‘n Roll?
I know it’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll but I like it.
What do you choose to do as ‘play?’
Taking walks, reading, having a cocktail with friends, dancing, going to shows, plays, performances, festivals, and cultural events.
What is your biggest challenge in blogging?
Not revealing too much and not pissing off friends and family members (which I have done on multiple occasions).
What would you do today if you knew you could not fail?
Is it lame to say I’d play the lottery or go to a casino? Maybe I’d say that I’d query my dream agent with my manuscript, but I want my future agent to love my work because he/she loves my work, and not because I’m having a magical lucky streak day.
Done. Moving on.
11 Questions for the bloggers I nominated:
1. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
2. What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year?
3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
4. What do you do when you’re having writers’ block?
5. What’s the weirdest/funniest comment you’ve ever received on your blog?
6. What’s the best writers conference you’ve ever been to? (And if you’ve never been to one, what conference have you heard good things about?)
7. What’s your Meyer’s Briggs Personality Type? (Mine is
8. Fill in the blank: “writing is like _____________.”
9. Who is your dream literary agent?
10. Why should people read and follow your blog?
11. If you died tomorrow, what would you miss most about your life?
AND MY NOMINEES ARE….
Burlesque Press — As mentioned, Jeni Stewart is my inspiration, and BP is her brainchild. The Burlesque Press Variety Show is an online literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, and randomness about four times a week. Every Friday there is a writing prompt.
The Incompetent Writer — Clever Brit Daniel Wallace recently received his PhD in English and Creative Writing. His brief essays take a look at literature and writing from the academic/intellectual point of view.
Story Water by Jen Violi — YA novelist, editor, and “story coach” Jen Violi offers heart-felt, funny, feel-good, magical-mystical writing advice, tips, and lots of cheery encouragement.
Laekan Zea Kemp is a new adult author who blogs openly about her writing process and gushes about authors she loves.
The HeSo Project is a blog started because author Tracy said she had ignored her “heart and soul” for too long. She interviews people and reviews books she finds inspiring. She blogs about creativity, writing, travel, and about her experiences trying to follow her heart and soul.
Danny Goodman Writer and editor Danny has a slick-looking blog that offers quick quotes, pictures, links, tips, and general pick-me-ups for the hip author on the go.
Does That Come with Cheese? I don’t know if you’re allowed to nominate tumblr blogs, but I’m going to because this one makes me laugh out loud on a near-daily basis. Take ten seconds out of your day to check it out now. Mostly about being a thirty-something single gal in DC, Allyson is like a cheese-loving combination of Carrie Bradshaw, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jess from The New Girl.
Lonely Boy 1977 Dubbed “the trials and tribulations of a wannabe fantasy/science fiction writer,” Lonely Boy gives some excellent advice and commentary on a variety of writing topics. His blog is a great resource.
Yoga Makes Me Horny I love yoga, and this random blog makes me laugh, especially the “celebrity yoga of the week” feature. Also some good book suggestions, pictures, fashion, and more.
Doorway Between Worlds — Dubbed “Communication tips with a sci-fi/fantasy twist,” this blog is so creative and awesome I find it hard to describe. Sue Archer explains grammar, relationships, and writing tips in the context of sci-fi and fantasy. Check it out!
Congratulations to my nominees, and to everyone who navigates this (at times overwhelming) world of blogs. You are all very dear to me.