I started blogging in December of 2015. I remember feeling like I was diving into a world of unknowns with no friends. I was quick to learn that the blogging community is just that a community and it is not a place where I was alone. I have had the honour of participating in a number of great blog hops and challenges. It has been a great place to grow and learn as a writer.
I was surprised when during the 2018 A to Z Challenge I was nominated for The Liebster Award by Kat Seaholm. I was introduced to Kat’s blog during the 2018 A to Z challenge and I instantly enjoyed following her posts.
I couldn’t find an active link to The Global Aussie (if anyone knows the active link could you please list it in the comments section?) where the rules for The Liebster Award are listed. Anyway, the rules as listed by Kat are as follows:
RULES OF THE LIEBSTER AWARD 2018
The rules are:
1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award logo.
2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger sets for you.
3. Nominate blogs that you think are deserving of the award.
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let your nominees know about their nomination!
Many thanks to Kat Seaholm Dreamer, Author, Gatekeeper.
Kat’s questions and my answers:
- What drew you to writing/blogging?
For as long as I can remember I have loved writing and reading. I spent a lot of time as a teenager using writing to express things through my writing. Interestingly, I kept a lot of that writing in a book similar to a journal, and I stumbled across it. It had been packed away. I came across it at a point in my life where I was being told to journal as an outlet to help me with my thoughts and feeling, but journaling wasn’t coming easily and I wasn’t enjoying it. Finding those old pieces of writing made me realise that I was looking at the idea of journaling from to narrow of a perspective and I started to write again instead. It felt good, and I wanted to share it. Writing is Communication was born, and I emerged as Writing Sparkle.
- All-time favorite color and why?
My initial response would be blue and orange, but if I had to narrow that to one colour then I would say blue. I have always found it to be a calming colour. It makes me think of summer skies, gentle waters, clarity, and serenity after a storm.
- What are the most words that you’ve typed in one session?
I think when I participated in NaNoWriMo in 2016 I did chunks of writing in 2000-2500 word sessions. However, I typically don’t monitor word count so I may have done more at some point or another.
- How many pets do you have and what kind?
I have one boxer puppy, she’s almost 1 year old. We also got a beta fish at Easter and we named him Egg.
- What is your favorite genre to read?
This is a hard question because I tend to go back and forth, but fiction and speculative fiction are the genres I gravitate to most frequently.
- Share a book that impacted you in a meaningful way, either positive or negative.
There are so many books I have read that have made an impact in one way or another so I will answer this in a bit of a different way. I started reading for fun in grade 8 so many moons ago when some of my friends were reading V.C. Andrews The Dawn Series. I thought I would try reading it too, and I spent that school year and that summer with my nose in various V.C. Andrews book. I did eventually tire of the V.C. series, but still being so new to reading for fun I wasn’t sure what to read so I slowed down in my book consumption. Later in high school I was introduced to Margaret Atwood and my appetite to read grew again. I read fiction only. When I was introduced to Tolkien my reading diet grew to include speculative fiction which in turn encouraged me to try other genres as well and to not be so narrow on authors I was including in my reading diet.
- Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? What did it look like?
I don’t recall having an imaginary friend as a child, but I do remember having this tiny plastic mouse. It wasn’t like a typical mouse, it stood on 2 feet and wore a t-shirt (it kind of looked like Toopy from Toopy and Binoo). He was solid grey. Anyway, I built a house for him out of a Kleenex box, it was more mansion like and I took him almost everywhere with me. Until one day when I wasn’t home but I had left him in his home, he just disappeared…
- What was the weirdest food combination that you’ve ever eaten?
Weird food combinations? I think that weird food combinations might depend on one’s definition of weird. I eat bread with peanut butter and smashed banana on it and I know that some people think that is a weird food combination. I’ve eaten toast with avocado and sauerkraut on it, but not often and not in a while.
- What genre/blog subject do you absolutely refuse to write?
I don’t think there is a genre I would absolutely refuse to write. Sometimes when I am thinking about short stories or longer stories that I want to write I find myself wondering if I have to be defined by just one genre.
- Where would your dream vacation be?
I love vacation, just the word makes me start to smile. I think my dream vacation would be a guided tour through Scotland, Ireland, and England.
- What’s the big goal you want to hit in the next three months?
Hmm, a big goal. Well, I am already achieved my half marathon goal by running it in 2 hours and 5 minutes. That was my biggest personal goal, and I haven’t really set another one yet although I am toying with the idea of trying to run a full marathon. So, I think a good goal to list here would be to make a committed effort to editing my memoirs and picking back up the research I started for a novel idea that I was working on.
- Tale Spinning by Stuart Nager
- Reflections and Nightmares by Irene A Waters
- True North Bricks
- Dorky Mom Doodles
Eleven questions for my nominees:
- Do you think that a writer has to be defined by one genre?
- What is your favourite writing topic?
- Do you have a book that you recommend to other readers on a regular occasion? What and why?
- Book version or movie version?
- If I gave you the word “vellichor” as a writing jump off point where might you jump?
- What would be your dream setting to write in?
- What is your favourite season?
- Who is your favourite villain? Why?
- Who is your favourite hero? Why?
- What does writing mean to you?
- How would you respond to either of these quotes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, “If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there” or “No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.”
By Shari Marshall – April 22, 2018