The 2015 Liebster Award

liebster-award11Thanks to Cindy Scott for nominating me for this year’s Liebster Award. Here are my answers to her questions—and I’ve added my own and nominated a few people at the end of this post. Thanks, Cindy!

  1. Who is your mentor? And why?

I don’t know if I have a mentor. I do have a lot of writers whose work has inspired me—Ursula K. Le Guin, J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen, and Yasmine Galenorn, to name a few.

  1. If you could take only 3 books to the Eloi (The Time Machine by H.G. Wells) in the far future, what 3 books would you take?

Hmm. That’s a tough one. I guess I’d have to say “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling and “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. Le Guin.

  1. What is the one food you hate the most? Why?

Peaches. They’re fruit that’s fuzzy. Yes, I know it’s irrational, but there it is.

  1. If you could sit down with 1 famous person (alive or dead for lunch/coffee/tea), whom would it be? Why?

Jane Goodall. She seems like a very humble, down-to-earth person, she’s super compassionate, and she has done amazing things in the world.

  1. Favourite band/artist? Why?

Dar Williams. I love how clever and meaningful her lyrics are. (Don’t believe me? Listen to her song “Buzzer.”)

  1. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

I don’t know. It’s one of life’s great mysteries, I suppose. 🙂

  1. Biggest fear, what is it?

Being in a car accident

  1. If you could perform/act/sing with one person, whom would it be? Why?

Oh, that’s tough. Jim Parsons (Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory”) because he’s a king of visual comedy. Not sure I could keep a straight face, though.

  1. What is the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything?

I believe life is about the simple pleasures and the people (or creatures) we share them with. Drinking tea with an old friend, snuggling up to watch a movie with our significant other, a day spent hiking or reading poetry in the summer sunshine.

  1. Greatest desire?

To be a published author.

  1. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

One: Buy a house, preferably one with a nice yard where I can grow roses. Two: Take a trip to some place I’ve never been before—maybe California or Hawaii. Three: Donate to the local animal shelter.

New questions:

1.) What most inspires your writing?

2.) It’s a cold and stormy night. What book do you curl up with?

3.) What was your favorite book when you were growing up?

4.) Who is your greatest inspiration?

5.) What’s your favorite movie? What do you love about it?

6.) Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or no chocolate? What’s your preference?

7.) If you could travel to any place, real or imagined, where would it be?

8.) What do you do when you’re not writing?

9.) What’s your hidden talent?

10.) If you were a supernatural/paranormal creature/being, what would you be and why?

11.) Finish this sentence: The perfect day involves…

I nominate:

1.) Karen McFarland

2.) Jennette Marie Powell

3.) Gloria Weber

Lastly, a Sunday ROW80 check-in…

Writing goals

1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Wrote 1,999 words in “Stolen by Magic”—second draft is finished. Wrote 838 words in “The Phoenix Feather.” Did a read-through and took notes on the first draft of “Called by Magic.”

2.) Read four books on the craft/business of writing. 3/4. No progress to report.

3.) Do morning pages in journal Monday-Friday. 5/5. Goal met.

Social media goals

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Goal met!

2.) Blog twice a week. Goal met!

3.) Comment on three-five blog posts daily, Monday-Thursday. Goal met!


A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop! Click here to cheer on fellow participants.

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9 thoughts on “The 2015 Liebster Award

  1. Thank you, Denise! 🙂 I can’t wait to answer your questions. Though, I do have to wait. Can you believe another snow day? Tomorrow it will be the first blog post I write. Promise!

    You’re working so hard and getting a lot of writing done. Way to go! Keep up the awesome work. 😀

  2. Thank you, Denise! I love getting to know my fellow writers. Glad you had a bit of fun with the questions. 🙂

    ~w00~ for writing 1,999 words. Did that happen to end on the 1999th word or were you aiming for it?

  3. Thank you Denise! I really appreciate that you thought of me. Unfortunately, I am in the process of moving and am not in the position to participate right now. Such is life, right? Crazy! And that’s why my blogging is a little hit and miss. Can’t wait to get resettled. ((Hugs!))

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