The Liebster Award


I was so pleased to find a message from Angela Jardine in my comments telling me that I had won The Liebster Award the other day.  As I have mentioned before, I think that blog awards are a great way to show support for bloggers!

Here are my answers to Angela’s questions:

1. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? And why?

I would live on Rarotonga, a small island in the Cook Islands.  Why? Because it is quiet, has a great lagoon and also the coconut scones there are sort of addictive.

2.If you could be any historical figure who would you be? And why?

I think it would be pretty awesome to be Jane Austen, because she wrote some pretty awesome books.

3.What is your greatest regret?

That’s a tough one! I think we all have regrets in some way or another, but I’m not sure I have any great regrets.  Every time I start to think “Aw, jeez I shouldn’t have done that…” I discover that my choice has led me to a place that ends up being pretty great after all.  Then again, maybe I’m just an incurable optimist.

4.If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

My tendency to be somewhat, completely, unabashedly neurotic.  i.e. the time in university that I was totally convinced I had Meningitis because I had a stiff neck.  (note: I had been hunching over my computer for a few hours… *ahem* I guess stiff necks aren’t always a death knoll…)

5.Which six people famous people (dead or living) would you invite to a dinner party and why you have chosen them?

Did you know that the second result in the google page for Roger Ebert is “alive or dead?” Huh.  Anyway, I’d invite him for sure, because he had a sharp wit.  Then I’d invite Shakespeare, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Stephen Spielberg and Einstein and watch where the conversation went.  There would be a good story in there somewhere, I’m sure.

6.What do you worry about most of all?

It really depends on what sort of content I have been exposed to that week.  WebMD is always the source of some new fear…in 2009 I was sure I was going to die of the Swine flu…and when I haven’t been writing enough I have terrible zombie apocalypse dreams.

7.Tell me about your favourite book.

I’ve read all the “big” blockbuster books and the Harry Potter series is probably one of the best series of books ever written.  However, I have to admit that my heart belongs to another book which (alas) is not in a series, but it will make you fall head-over-heels in love with it: “Dust City” by Robert Weston. “Dust City” is set in a modern fairy tale world and the protagonist is the Big Bad Wolf’s son.  If you aren’t completely in love with the quirky characters (but you will be), Weston’s prose is smooth and precise.

8.Do you believe in a particular cause? Care to elaborate?

I don’t really have a cause at the moment, but I’m always interested in making a difference.

9.Why do you write?

Have you ever played “Zombies, Run”? If you haven’t, imagine the sound of hoards of zombies moaning behind you as you run through the wilderness.  That’s what my brain is like when I don’t write; it’s all fast-paced with no direction except for the neuroses.  Writing is like the antidote: it’s calming and (usually) there are no zombies/neuroses.

10. If you could be any animal what would it be and why?

On hot days, I fantasize about being a hippo in a lagoon.  On warm summer evenings I like to imagine that I would be a bat.  Mostly, I think it has to do with temperature.

11. Do you ever think you might have lived before?

If I have, I have yet to receive the stories.  Let’s hope I was someone interesting in a past life…like  a secret agent…or a geisha with a strong will…

In the spirit of sharing the love, here are some bloggers that I think deserve nomination for The Liebster Award:


A Haiku A Day Keeps the Doctor Away


The Shine On Award


Writing can be a solitary affair, for the most part.  Unless you count the myriad of characters who tramp through my imagination as if it were Union Station, I don’t really talk to that many people.  Blogging is my way of not hiding in my office and having prolonged conversations with my apathetic cat, Salem (oh, and my husband too).

Today, I saw a note in my inbox from Gabriel Lucatero over at Shape Your Life

( that I had won The Shine On Award! What a great way to show people that you appreciate them! Part of the terms of accepting the award was to share seven facts about myself, so here goes:

1. I am always reading at least three books.

2. When yoga doesn’t work, I make pie to calm my mind.

3. Despite the fact that they are often portrayed as villains in cartoons, I think bats are cute.

4. I will only go camping under extreme circumstances (i.e. in the Australian outback, when my choices were a) camping or b) sleeping at the side of the road with the crocs and that python I ran over).

5. I’m kind of obsessed with Disney.

6. Sometimes, I am still convinced that there is a monster living under my bed.

7. Occasionally when I am walking or jogging, I imagine myself into a broadway musical number, because it makes everything way more fun.

I think blog awards are a fun way to connect with people and show that you support them, so I decided to reciprocate the kindness with a few blogs that I enjoy myself:

Julie Israel

Angela Jardine

Emily January

Allison Forsythe

L. Palmer

Oliver Tidy


The Mind’s Cabin


Cathy Writes Fantasy

Thanks for reading!

The Liebster Award


The other day, I was pleased to have a message from Allison Forsythe of The Wannabe Writer Life telling me that I had been nominated for the Liebster Award!  It’s always awesome to be acknowledged for good, hard work, so thank you to Allison for recognizing me! I think that part of building a writing community–online or not–has to include positive feedback and support and this is a fun way to show it.

Here are the rules of The Liebster Award :

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.
2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself, and create 11 questions for your nominees.
3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to up to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. No tag backs.
4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog

My answers to Allison’s questions were:

1. Who is your favourite character (book, play, movie, or TV) of all time? Why?

 What is it that makes a character likeable?  For me, it is a feeling of honesty in the writing of the character; that feeling that you have when you and a friend are close enough to know each other’s flaws and still like each other.  This character for me is Dane from Tamora Pierce’s “Wild Magic” series, because she is stubborn, brave and pragmatic about her decisions.  (Also, she is a strong female character who isn’t afraid to kick butt when needed). The world of YA books always needs more badass heroines!

2. If you had a time machine and could travel anywhere in the world at any point in time, where/when would you go?

My curiosity would likely guide me to rural England (just outside London) to Stonehenge so that I could see what it was really all about.  I wonder what it might have looked like? Maybe I would go back even earlier and see who built it.  (And if we’re following along the lines of this scheme, I’d detour to Egypt and see who built the pyramids too).

3. Why do you blog?

I blog because it’s another reason to write.  If you are a writer, then I think that you have to make all the excuses you can to write as much as possible.  (I also enjoy reading other blogs and meeting other people who like to write).

4. What was your favourite thing to get for Hallowe’en when you were a kid?

Remember Tootsie Rolls? Not those.  I liked the rainbow coloured cousins of the Tootsie Rolls that tasted (sort of) fruity.  What were they called? (Now you might call them diabetes in rainbow form, but once upon a time they were just chewy, lip-staining delights).

5. If you could learn to speak another language fluently (quickly and easily), what would it be?

Lately I’ve been thinking about travelling to China, so learning the language would make that trip a whole lot easier! Whenever I travel, I like to meet local people. Who knows what kinds of stories I would learn from the locals?

6. What concert would you most like to see?

I was thinking about it and although I like The ShinsFleet Foxes and Weezer, it is the unobtainable that I am drawn to.  Since we’re imagining here…I kind of wish it was possible to see The Beatles perform with a resurrected John Lennon (make-up does wonders now, so I’m sure they would be able to fix up his unfortunate zombie exterior enough to make him pretty again for the show).

7. What was the last song that got stuck in your head for days?

Quite often, I have I’ll Fly Away by Allison Krauss & Gillian Welch on the O, Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.  It’s a simple melody that seems to hang in the air and follow me around, but it’s not obnoxious so I tolerate it gladly.

8. What actor/actress would play you in the movie about your life?

Jennifer Lawrence! I like to think that I would be portrayed by someone who can hold her own, but also has a feminine side too.

9. What scent is linked to a happy memory for you (if any)? (It could be perfume, food, campfires, etc…)

The warm smell of German crepes sizzling in a cast iron pan brings back memories of sitting in the kitchen with my mom on mornings when it was cold outside.

10. If you could pick a superpower for yourself, what would it be?

I’d want to be able to walk through walls.  Seriously.  I’m always losing my keys! If I could walk through walls I wouldn’t need to worry about keys anymore!

11. What’s your favourite kind of pie?

There is no competition with pumpkin pie. I eat it year round, even though it’s really a Thanksgiving thing, justifying it with the reasoning that “it’s sort of healthy…it’s a vegetable!”

Eleven Random Facts:

1. There is a shade of paint between beige and peach that makes me nauseous.

2. I sometimes pretend that I am accepting an award while in the shower.

3. I am exceptionally creeped out by yellow walls.  (I blame it on Charlotte Perkins Gillman, who wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper”).

4. I love polka dots.

5. I always paint the walls in my bedroom Bonaparte Red. I don’t know why.

6. I have a degree of fear for spiders that most people reserve for axe-wielding psychopaths.

7. The next pair of shoes is always the last pair I’ll buy.

8. I love the smell of rain. (Consequently, the name for this scent is petrichor.  It refers to the scent of oils given off by vegetation).

9.  I am obsessed with weird words.

10. I feel that eating a cold breakfast is a form of punishment.

11. I have re-read some books–my favourite ones–twenty times at least, because it feels like retreating to a safe place.

Questions for my nominees:

1. What is your favourite scene/moment in a book? Why?

2. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

3. What is the worst part of writing dialogue? What is the best part?

4. What do you like to read?

5. Where do you find your inspiration?

6. How do you know when you have made a good friend?

7. If you could interview anyone–dead or alive–who would it be?

8. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

9. What made you want to start blogging?

10. Short stories or the novel: which do you like better?

11. If you could have a final showdown with a literary villain, which one do you think you could defeat and why?

My nominees are…

The Mind’s Cabin

The L. Palmer Chronicles

What a fun way to connect and show support!