“You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.”
– Stephen King
So, I got a notification earlier this week that I had been nominated for the Liebster Award. Woohoo! The Liebster Award! Awesome!
Ok, um, the what? I have no idea what that is.
Having my German heritage that I do (ok, I just lived there for three years as a military brat. But still…), I recognized the word “liebster.” I always thought it meant ‘loved one’ or ‘beloved’ or something like that. So, I did a little research, and it turns out that I was right. The Liebster Award is given by fellow bloggers to up and coming blogs in order to call them out and recognize them for their merit. In other words, to show them that their blog is a ‘loved one.’ And get them a little recognition in the process.
How cool is that?
Dave Cenker is the awesome person who nominated me. (If you’d like to read the post where I was nominated and where he so eloquently describes the Liebster Award process, click here.) Dave, thank you so much for this. And I’ll be honest with you – when I first did the research and realized what was involved, I didn’t think I wanted to participate. Being in the ‘blah’ mood that I’ve been in lately, I didn’t feel like putting forth the effort involved in accepting this award. I know that sounds awful, but I just haven’t been myself lately. I didn’t feel ready to “pay it forward” because I wasn’t even sure that I deserved it myself. And besides all that, I wasn’t really ready to answer all those personal questions about myself. (As you will see, part of accepting the award involves answering the questions that the presenter poses to you.) So, at first, I had the idea to just silently thank Dave for the sweet gesture, but sweep it under the rug and hope it was soon forgotten about.
Well, that didn’t last long.
As my mood started to improve, so did my attitude. As I started thinking about the award (and realizing what a true honor it really is to be recognized by a fellow blogger – especially one whose work I so highly respect), I started thinking about who I would nominate as well. And in the process, I went and checked out their blogs again and realized how little I have appreciated the works of my fellow bloggers. I am honored and humbled to be among such talented writers in the blog world and am proud to pass their blogs along to my readers. Check them out when you get a chance. You won’t be disappointed. I hope they know how grateful I am to be considered a part of them.
So, without further adieu, the following is my list of nominees. (The “rules” vary on this award and I’ve seen differing figures regarding how many blogs to nominate. I’m going with five. Once you’ve been nominated, should you choose to accept the nomination, the requirements are to 1) Link back to the author who nominated you; 2) Answer the questions presented by the author who nominated you; 3) Nominate five other authors for the award (or whatever number you choose); and 4) Ask ten questions of those you nominate. Clear as mud?)
1. Rampant and Golden – This is a wonderful blog full of beautiful poetry that never fails to inspire me.
2. Victorious Val – My fellow “Chicken Soup for the Soul” contributor who blogs about her victory over breast cancer.
3. Jenna Reinvented – A wonderful blog that I stumbled across full of wit and humor that never ceases to amuse me.
4. Beth Runs in RI – One of my favorite running bloggers whose unique “sign offs” on each blog always give me a chuckle.
5. Perpetual Ramblings – I love her “confession Thursdays” and creative use of “lists” to convey her subject matter. Very intriguing.
(** And an honorable mention goes to Jill Haymaker. Jill just had her work published for the second time in Chicken Soup for the Soul. I’m always proud to find fellow Chicken Soup contributor blogs!)
And now for my answers to Dave’s ten questions.
1. If you could choose one mode of preferred transportation, what would it be? Easy. Boat. If I could get everywhere I had to go in a boat, I’d be a happy woman.
2. You have the opportunity to lead any corporation, organization, or charity. Which one would you choose and why? Oooh. That’s hard. I’m not sure I’m the “leader” type, but if I had to choose, I think I would like to be involved with the Muscular Dystrophy association. My children’s father has Becker Muscular Dystrophy and my daughter is a carrier of the disease. It would make my heart happy to see a cure found before it’s time for my daughter to start having children of her own.
3. You have a $20 bill in your pocket. What do you do with it? Hmmm. If I didn’t have to worry about anything ‘practical,’ I’d probably go buy some frozen yogurt and a book.
4. You may live your childhood during any era since the dawn of human civilization. Which one would you choose? I’m pretty happy with the era I was born in. Things are a little too crazy now, and I’m not crazy about the stereotypes that went along with the woman’s role in the home prior to my era. So, I’m fine right where I am.
5. What is the most played piece of music on your digital player of choice? Well, I listen to music when I’m running, so I’d say the most played song on my list is “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child. There’s just something about that song that gets me moving. When I’m not running, I always turn to the Matchbox 20 Pandora station.
6. You are able to ask one question about anything and know that you will get a truthful answer. What question do you ask? I would ask what people think of me. And in most cases, I’d probably be sorry I asked that. But I deeply believe in open honesty and would really like to know what I’m doing right and wrong. Some things maybe could not be changed, but some things could. And I’d like to know what they are.
7. If you could invoke any one law that society is required to follow, what would it be? No bullying. Period. Just be nice to one another and accept each other exactly the way we are. Differences are beautiful.
8. What is the one thing that you do each and every day that has the biggest impact on the quality of your life? I can’t say that I do this “each and every day,” but I would say writing has a huge impact on my life. I express myself in ways that I might not otherwise do, and that release is extremely important for someone with my personality. I can’t hold things in. Ever.
9. What book are you reading now, or are planning on reading next? I just finished Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (LOVED it!), and am currently reading Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson. Next up: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh at the suggestion of my dear book buddy, Connie. I always have at least one book going at any given time – sometimes two. Even three on occasion.
10. What inspirational quote best defines you? Wow, what a hard one! I ADORE quotes, as can be seen by my blogs. Hardly any of my writings are not centered around the words of a quote. But if I had to choose, I suppose I’d say it’s the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about success. It is what I strive for, even when I don’t consciously realize I’m doing it. It’s why we’re here.
“Success: to laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
My Questions to the Nominees
And here’s my ten questions for any of my nominees that choose to accept their award:
1. How old were you when you first realized that you were a writer?
2. If you had to choose one person in your life who was your biggest inspiration – good or bad – who would that person be?
3. What do you consider your biggest vice?
4. Your biggest virtue?
5. What do you consider your biggest passion (non-human passion, that is. If you’re a parent, the standard answer is your children, I get it. But I mean, what is your biggest passion)?
6. What’s your favorite quote? And why?
7. What’s your favorite book? And why?
8. What’s your fondest childhood memory?
9. Have you ever been published? Do you want to be?
10. How often do you write? Do you wish you had time to write more, or do you feel like you spend too much time writing as it is?
Thanks for ‘playing’! And thank you all for the inspiration you continue to provide through your words. Keep writing – never stop. It’s a gift that you were blessed with. Even when you feel like no one is listening, they are. I promise. And your words will resonate in ways you can hardly imagine.
“I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking, it is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.”
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh