I have been generously nominated for the Liebster Award again, this time by fellow writer and blogger Hannah Heath. (Thanks, Hannah!)
Just a refresher:
The Liebster Award originated in Germany. The German word Liebster means kind, loving, cherish, sweet, endearing, beloved, and welcome—or so wordreference.com tells me. The award is designed to give up-and-coming bloggers with promising content and little followers the chance to be recognized for their talent and to “welcome” them to the blogosphere.
The nomination is also a challenge where you pass along the nomination to more bloggers.
The rules are:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog
2. Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you
3. Nominate other bloggers (ideally those who are just starting and would benefit most from this exposure, but of course nominate whoever you wish!)
4. Give these bloggers 11 questions to answer and let them know they have been nominated.
The nature of this challenge requires a new set of questions to be asked each time which creates a unique spin to each nomination post. Not only are Hannah’s questions widely different from Liza’s, (Liza’s focus more on my love for books and reading, while Hannah’s are about getting to know the nominees on a personal level) but it seems that the version of the challenge Hannah was given includes an extra rule:
5. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
Like I said in my previous post, these kinds of challenges are fun because they encourage you to build a community of bloggers and writers. Writing, blogging, and reading can be lonely careers/hobbies. By doing the challenge, you can connect with people who love what you love, make new friends, and get your name out there in the blogosphere which is always a good thing. For these reasons, I am happy to accept the nomination and do the challenge again because in truth, it won’t be the same challenge. Now onto the new rule:
11 Random Facts About Myself
1. I speak fluent Spanish and French.
2. I could live off of bread, chocolate and wine.
3. I’m really good at memorizing lines from movies and TV shows.
4. I will randomly burst into song without warning, and it will be off key.
5. My favorite color is yellow.
6. My name has been mispronounced and misspelled too many times to count. I’m sure this will continue until the end of my days. For future reference, it’s PA-O-LA. Think, Pa-Hola (Spanish word for hello).
7. The book I’ve re-read the most times to date is Queens Own Fool by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris
8. I pronounced nonchalant as “non-kalant” for the longest time because I had only ever read it in books and never heard it spoken before.
9. I can’t whistle and it makes me sad.
10. Selling my Nintendo 64 is one of my greatest regrets.
11. “You have to learn how to write in cursive because when you’re an adult you won’t ever be able to write in print again,” was one of the biggest lies told to me by my primary school teachers. As it happens, I write in a bastardized version of cursive and print that only I seem to understand.
1. Have you ever been to California?
I’ve only been once: to San Francisco in 2013 for a journalism conference with my fellow editors of The Minaret newspaper. I loved the city and the feeling of being on the west coast– a markedly different feeling than being on the east coast, I can assure you! I would love to go back to visit other cities across California. It’s a pretty cool state.
2. If you could get any famous writer/blogger to start following and commenting on your blog, who would it be?
I would have to say Ksenia Anske. I follow her on twitter and she is hilarious! She’s always pushing writers to keep writing and never give up– things I try to do for others and for myself. I think she’d be a great catalyst for my blog.
3. What kind of music do you listen to while writing?
I talked about this in a previous post, actually!
4. What are your top three goals in life?
1. Have my writing (or anything I do) make a positive impact on at least one person’s life.
2. Be happy and live life to the fullest.
3. Travel and experience new cultures as much as I can.
(All cheesy and vague, I know. :P But there you have it.)
5. What do you hope to gain through your blog?
My blog is my outlet to write about all things writing, books and the literary world. I hope it can be a place where others feel happy and safe to share their writing experiences, advice, or simply their love of literature.
6. Ebook, audiobook, or just a plain book?
Booook! BOOOOKK! I need to physically hold the book in my hand and smell its pages and feel its weight in my bag. Anything else is just not the same.
7. Is there a particular movie that you’re looking forward to seeing this year?
Star Wars!! I have to wait all year though :/
8. What is a pet hobby of yours (one that you don’t blog about)?
I wouldn’t call it a hobby, but I love listening to music and discovering new bands.
9. If you had to dress up as any book character, who would it be?
Legolas from Lord of the Rings, Katniss from The Hunger Games, basically any badass fighter with a bow and arrow.
10. What’s your favorite social media to use?
Twitter has been a fun way to connect with people and meet new writers.
11. How many more followers will you need to gain in order to feel justified in throwing a huge party?
I don’t have any number in mind really. Besides, I prefer small parties to big ones. :)
As for my 11 bloggers and questions, I’m afraid I already nominated everyone I could think of in my last post. Thank you Hannah for nominating me! :)