The Leibster Award…Nominated Again!

Posted: April 17, 2014 in Living and Life, Reflections, Writing
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I love these award memes. I should definitely try to revive the one I created a while back. But first, I have to thank Arran Bhansal for nominating me for this award. I really appreciate it. Now onto the rules:

1. Write 11 random facts about myself.

2. Answer 11 questions Arran came up for me.

3. Nominate 11 bloggers (if I can think of that many).

4. Come up with 11 questions for my nominees.

Okay, 11 random facts about myself. Let’s see:

1. I take precautions to keep spirits from getting into my room. Does that surprise anyone? Mainly salt, because it acts as a purifying presence against evil. Works incredibly well. I sleep much more easily these days.
2. I am terrible with names and faces. Sometimes I even forget my own.
3. I once heckled a comedian. I regretted it afterwards and have been occasionally beating myself up over it ever since. Still not sure why I did it. Bad case of judgment, I guess.
4. My most recent date was back in February or early March. It’s someone I’m friends with, but I think I’d like to just stay friends with them on reflection. Still, it was a lovely date and I think we became closer.
5. Today I remembered some animated movies I used to love but haven’t seen in years. Does anyone else remember The Black Cauldron or The Princess and the Goblin?
6. When my sister and I were little, people used to ask my parents which one of us was adopted because we both looked so different. My dad would joke that one of us was actually the mailman’s kid, and he was black. Nobody was sure if he was being funny or serious.
7. I’m a terrible singer. It’s never stopped me from trying though.
8. My favorite animal is a tiger. They’re so big, majestic and yet so dangerous and vicious. What’s not to love?
9. My study abroad group and I want to see a play at the Globe when we’re in England. I hope it ends up happening! It’d be so cool to go there and see an actual play in a recreation of the place where Shakespeare had his plays performed.
10. I once considered getting my hair dyed black. I’m glad I kept my hair naturally blonde, though. It looks better that way.
11. If I were to get a tattoo, it’d be of The Great Red Dragon as depicted in the William Blake painting on my back. Yes, that is a reference to one of the Hannibal Lecter books. Still really scary and awesome, though. Am I right?

And now for the 11 questions.

1. Who has been the greatest inspiration for your writing? Probably Stephen King and Anne Rice. They were the ones who made me realize my love of horror and spurred me on to write deep, powerful stories with ideas of love, fear, growth and reflections of what it means to be human. Of course, JK Rowling and the HP books got me into writing in the first place, so I guess you could say she has had the biggest influence of all.

2. Do you have a specific writing routine? I wish. My life doesn’t allow for it at the moment. It’s mostly when I can find the time to write. That’s when I do it.

3. How do you unwind when you’re not writing? I read, watch TV or surf the net. These days I tend to do less of that though. There’s just only so much you can find on the Internet before it just seems like the same old trash in new forms.

4. How much of you is in your main characters? Depends on the character. Some characters are based directly on me. Others have had my life experiences wrapped into their origin stories or their interests are similar to mine. And others are so far removed from me they’re separate people altogether. But I don’t mind that. After all, it’d be boring if they were all based on me, weren’t they?

5. What are your views on the traditional vs. self-publishing debate? Well, I’m a self-published author and I write for a website that tries to help other authors self-publish, so I guess that kind of tells you my views. If you look at the publishing industry, there’s never really been a point when the industry has been “stable”, because it’s always in flux. If you ask me though, I think it’s great that people still want to go with traditional publishing houses. Good for them. I just feel that those houses are pickier than ever about what books they publish, so they’re sending more people to self-publish and that leads to the publishers facilitating their own deaths. Weird, but it’s true.

6. What are you currently working on? I’m trying to get through Laura Horn, a thriller novel I’ve been trying to write since last year. Because of my life, it’s been an on-and-off project I hope to finish it this summer though, if I can.

7. Is there anyone you can talk to about your work, or do you find that you can’t relate to others? I’ve been fortunate to meet plenty of people online and off who help me every day with my writing, so it’s wonderful that I’ve got this great support network. I hope someday to repay all of them for the help. Just not sure how.

8. What was the last book that truly moved you? I guess that’d be Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s an awesome story. You can read my review of it here.

9. Do you listen to music when you write? Yes, usually classical music and opera. I find I write better with the pure, organic sounds of the greats in my ears. I’ve got a whole playlist on my iPod devoted to them. I call it my Writing Music.

10. If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be? Your worst nightmare.

11. Finally, very random.  If you could be a farmyard animal, what would you be, and why? That is random. I guess a tomcat. So much freedom to just run around and catch mice and curl up in the sun. Of course, I wouldn’t mind being a nice big dog either. Plenty of room to run around and watch sheep and lick faces. Woof!

Okay, let’s see if I can nominate 11 bloggers:

1. Angela Misri.

2. Stories by Williams

3. Writing in a Dead World

4. Quoth the Wordsmith

5. Life and Other Disasters

6. Timothy Pike, freelance copy editor.

7. Therin Knite

8. Osharlequin

9. Lesley Carter

10. Jodie Llewellyn

11. 2bcreativeblog.

As for the questions, here we go:

1. What is your favorite genre of fiction?
2. What scares you the most?
3. When you were growing up, what did you want to be when you were an adult?
4. If you could hang out with one superhero for a day, who would you pick and why?
5. What is your pet peeve?
6. What is something you never thought you’d end up doing but you found yourself doing it?
7. What do you look for in a potential romantic partner?
8. What is something you wish you could change about yourself?
9. What is something you’d like to do before you’re 80?
10. What is your fondest childhood memory?
11. If you found a large brown spider crawling up your leg right now, how would you most likely react?

Okay, that’s all for now. I’ve got a bunch of people to tell that they’ve won an award. Good night everybody!

  1. karmicangel says:

    Thanks Rami, I loved your answers and I appreciate the nomination!

  2. bfostrickson says:

    Thanks for the nomination, I am very flattered. 🙂 I’m awards free for now, because I just don’t have the time, but know that it’s appreciated all the same!

  3. Thank you so much for nominating me! Unfortunately, I have to write a thesis paper and don’t have a lot of time to post, but I definitely want to answer your questions and I hope you don’t mind that I’m doing it in your comments section.

    1. What is your favorite genre of fiction?
    That’s really a tough one. I guess, I really like all sorts of fantasy, sci-fi and/or dystopian stuff. But every now and then I love to read some pretty ordinary contemporary stuff as well.
    2. What scares you the most?
    My fears aren’t that extraordinary. I’m really scared of heigths and for some reason a large amount of the insect population.
    3. When you were growing up, what did you want to be when you were an adult?
    A waitress or journalist, I remember that quite clearly, because I always dressed up as those for costume parties. That changed quickly though, when I actually had a job waiting tables.
    4. If you could hang out with one superhero for a day, who would you pick and why?
    Can I pick a villain instead? Nah, just kidding. Another tough one … I think I mentioned Hawk Eye when somebody else asked me, but I have no idea why. Maybe someone from the X-Men would be interesting as well. I’m sorry, but I am way too undecisive to give a definite answer to this.
    5. What is your pet peeve?
    I hate it when people mistreat their books. My friends get so annoyed with me sometimes, but I just love that almost all my books look like they are still new.
    6. What is something you never thought you’d end up doing but you found yourself doing it?
    I never thought I would be good at speaking in front of large crowds, but it turns out I’m not that bad at it. Still don’t like it though.
    7. What do you look for in a potential romantic partner?
    Humour and stability.
    8. What is something you wish you could change about yourself?
    I sure wouldn’t mind losing some weight.
    9. What is something you’d like to do before you’re 80?
    I so want to meet Stanley Tucci. I adore that guy!
    10. What is your fondest childhood memory?
    When I was little I always spent my summer holidays with my grandma, going to museums, amusement parks and that sort of stuff – I’d say that’s one of my favourite memories.
    11. If you found a large brown spider crawling up your leg right now, how would you most likely react?
    Freeze in place and after composing myself again I’d then very slowly try to snip it off my leg. After that I’d try to catch it and throw it out on the balcony, if that’s not an option it might just have to die.

    • Great answers. I kind of expected you to answer the Doctor for number 4. And good luck on your thesis. I’ll be doing one of those next year. I hope it turns out well. What’s yours about?

      • How is it possible that I could forget about the Doctor!? Maybe, it’s because I don’t categorise him as a typical superhero, but he definitely is … I’m on Who-withdrawal. This draught has been going on for too long, it is time that new episodes are shown!

        Thank you! I am terrible at writing papers like that. Mine is about the difference between analog and digital film making with a special regard on the costs. It is all terribly boring. Unfortunately, I still have to write about 10 pages.

        Do you have any idea what you’ll be writing about?

      • Well, there will be new episodes in the fall. For now we’ll just have to content ourselves with casting news and the latest tidbits from the set.

        I’ll be doing a novel as my thesis. It’ll be about a woman who is raised from the dead using nature-based magic and forced to live with the person who resurrected her. It’s going to be an interesting write (and hopefully an interesting read).

      • Well, your thesis already sounds so much better than mine! I wish you all the best and hope you have a better time writing it than I have.

      • Thank you. Good luck with yours as well.

  4. segmation says:

    Isn’t it too hard to come up with such a small list of bloggers. It would be for me! Love your style!

  5. Thank you so much! 🙂 I enjoyed your answers. I will be working on mine. 🙂

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