I am so behind in posting this… I apologize! Life tends to get in the way sometimes!
A fantastic blogger who I have met during this years’ A-Z Challenge has nominated me for the Liebster Award! Much thanks to Anna over at Millennial Creativity for the consideration!! It means a lot that my writing has been recognized by fellow bloggers!
The Liebster Award is a way to help promote and discover new bloggers, is given to bloggers by bloggers, and has a similar concept to a chain letter (a fun and no-pressure chain letter of sorts), in which you receive, participate (if you choose to), and then pay it forward. Sure, I’ll take a stab at it! 🙂
Here’s how the Liebster Award works:
1. Link the person who nominated you to your blog post and let them know you answered their questions.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate other bloggers for the award (ideally new(er) bloggers to help beef up their following).
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
Questions I’ve been given by my nominator:
1. Who’s your role model?
Personally, my parents. I am in awe daily of both of them. My father gave up so much moving to this country to give his family the very best opportunities. My mother is someone who I aspire to be more like, and hope that when I become a mother I can pass on some of the lessons she has taught me over the years. They are the most devoted parents, and have stuck by one another for decades. Both as parents, spouses, and now as individuals I can call my friends, they are the best role models a daughter could ask for.
With regards to writing, I would have to say one of my favorite authors: Cheryl Strayed. If you haven’t read “Wild,” do! It is a phenomenal book about Cheryl’s 1,100 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail to rediscover herself and find meaning in her life after a series of traumatic events. I have read this book nearly 5 times and have met Cheryl twice. She emulates what it means to balance work and life. Early on in her writing career, she worked full-time, had her babies, and still managed to write on the side, eventually publishing 3 books which has now allowed her to be a successful, full-time writer. Certainly the lifestyle I want to establish at some point for myself and my family, she is hands-down one of my top role models.
2. What topics are most fun for you to blog about?
Hmm… I don’t write what I don’t want to write. As such, I enjoy any blog topic. However, I get the most pleasure from poetry and writing-themed topics. Poetry is a way for me to be in tune with the most raw, the most creative, and the most artistic side of myself, which is the type of cathartic release I badly need at times. I immensely enjoy the conversations that develop regarding writing-related subject matter. We are two weeks into this challenge and I’m overjoyed at how much feedback I’m getting from fellow writers on a variety of writing topics!
3. If you could visit any other country / region, where would you go, and why?
Germany, more specifically Bavaria. This is where my father and his family are historically from, and one of these days I’m going to visit this part of Europe. Unfortunately, we never got a chance to go as kids, so I would love to be able to go with my dad to listen to his stories along the way.
4. Do you have a creative space in which you work?
Our guest room serves a double purpose as my office/library. I have converted a corner of this space into my writing nook. My desk has a hutch towering above it, upon which I have stacks upon stacks of the books that most inspire me, twinkly lights, and pictures and clippings related to my novels. This time of year the dogwood outside the window is blooming, making for the most stunning pink view!
5. Complete this sentence: Most people would be surprised to find out that I…
Have a tattoo! 😉
6. What is one thing you hope to do to improve your blog over the next year?
I know you aren’t “supposed” to want more followers, but my next numbers-related goal is to get to 500 followers. Non-numbers related goal is to be more engaging. Some of the things that I have learned through this years’ challenge are different ways to engage my readers (my audience), mainly through posing questions at the end of my posts, prompting them to comment and strike up conversations. I absolutely love that and want to do more! Additionally, I want to start posting my short fiction/stories and prose. Scared to get feedback on that, but hey, isn’t that why we’re here?
7. How do you wind down and relax in the evenings before bed?
A glass of red wine and about 30-45 minutes of reading!
8. What’s your “Achilles’ heel” when it comes to blogging?
Getting back in the groove after a period away from blogging/writing. It usually takes me a good week of posting and writing (be that fiction, poetry, something non blog-related) to feel like I am truly back in the game. This phenomenal group of writers and bloggers certainly helps me get my mojo back, the motivation and encouragement proves to be the exact kick in the ass I need at times! 😉
9. Biggest pet peeve?
In general (not related to writing), disloyalty. Whether that be between myself and a friend, family members, coworkers, etc., being disloyal is a deal breaker for me. I pride myself in being a loyal friend and individual, and when I don’t get that in return, see ya!
10. If you could have any superpower, what would you be able to do?
This is a toss up between immortality and time travel. Immortality: I would love to be able to live multiple lives, to experience different careers, different cultures, and watch the world change and evolve. We only have so much time in one life!! Time travel: there are SO many eras and periods in history I want to experience! So many brains to pick and things to see (both for personal interest and literary research)!
11. My advice to other new bloggers:
Stick with it! When I started, I had under 10 followers, all of whom were family members and a few friends who I suckered into following me via email. Like any successful venture, whether that be running a half marathon, making a quilt, knitting a sweater, or tackling a difficult recipe, it takes practice, dedication, and consistency to finally get it right. It is a process and you have to work at it to get better. You have to engage in a routine that keeps you writing regularly.
I cannot tell you how happy I am that I have stuck with blogging. The rewards are immeasurable and truly invaluable! 🙂
I’ll be nominating the following bloggers:
My 11 questions to my nominees:
1. How did you get involved in writing/what was your first writing experience?
2. Who is your role model?
3. What is your dream job?
4. What is your top writing-related goal?
5. What is at the top of your bucket list?
6. What one person in history would you most like to meet?
7. What is your favorite book?
8. Who is your favorite author, and why?
9. What is your favorite post you have written? (Please provide a link!)
10. What is your favorite quote, and by whom?
11. Why did you start your blog?