As I said in yesterday‘s post, I have been back and forth about awards. But I have been giving them some thought lately (probably more than they deserve), and it occurred to me that ignoring an award is almost like ignoring a friend who greets you in the store. The blogger(s) who have given me awards have taken their time to pass their award on to me and even link me in their awards. They are sending their trusted readers to my blog because they feel I am worthy to be shared. Sure, somewhere out in the blogosphere is the creator of the award who wants to see how far-reaching their ripples of influence are, but at the heart of these awards are fellow bloggers who like to acknowledge and share their experience. I appreciate that and, therefore, I will participate and wear the award badges on my blog with pride!
This is the second time I have received a Liebster award, but this one is a bit different, so I am going to give this one a go, as well. I was given this Liebster by Maddie Cochere last week and I have finally had a chance to get to it. I love Maddie’s work, both on WordPress and in print. She recently gave me two of her books (one I won in a drawing and the other was an early birthday present), and I fell in love with her writing within the first chapter. Her light-spirited dialogue and the silly shenanigans of her heroine (Susan Hunter) are a delight. I suggest you pick up a copy (or five) of her writing! Now, for the award: I am going to answer eleven questions and then pass the award forward to five (only five because I break rules like that) other bloggers.
My Eleven Questions
1. What is your favorite song?
Don’t have one. I like so many that choosing one is like choosing a favorite child. I do have one of those, though. Kidding.
2. What was the last thing you ate?
Toast with cinnamon sugar. Got a problem with that?
3. Do you prefer to read from an eReader or a paper copy?
I like both. But at least if I drop a paperback book in the tub I don’t feel monumentally guilty. However, it is maddening to keep touching the words on my paper books just to find that the definition doesn’t come up. Stupid paper books.
4. List your five favorite movies?
I am amending this to TV shows because I cannot dedicate two hours to a movie I have already seen. Real Housewives of Orange County, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (though it is losing some of it’s savor), Sons of Anarchy (I am dying for the next season; I almost cried at last season finale), Impractical Jokers, Idiot Abroad (season 3 just started, but if it is as funny as the first two, I am all in).
5. What writing project are you working on now?
Two novels and this blog, websites for a couple of companies (like a blind man at an orgy on this project), infinite business plans in various stages of completion.
6. Are you allergic to anything?
Dogs (which is weird because I grew up with them) and I think walnuts (they make my tongue hurt). Also, liars.
7. Do you have any real life stories that start with, “This one time at camp…”
My life is made up with those stories, like the time that I… Wait a minute! Do you mean if I have ever stuck anything… I am NOT going to answer that.
8. How do you handle telemarketers?
I don’t answer my phone if I don’t recognize the number.
9. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand and mailed it?
I write my siblings cards for their birthdays every year, even though I’ve only actually talked to one of them in the last 18 months.
10. Besides writing, do you have any other artsy talents?
I freakin’ wish. I am as un-creative as a person with opposable thumbs could be.
11. What is your favorite joke?
Me: Knock, knock.
My Kids: Who’s there?
My Kids: Dina who?
Me: Dina time, go wash your hands.
(There was also one about a priest and a bronze-medalist, but it is totally inappropriate… and one about a leper in a restaurant; again, inappropriate.)
My Five Nominees
All Things Boys– Arnel is so multi-talented on her blog. She is a writer, an advisor, a photographer, a mother…. I know she probably has a bazillion awards, but here is another for her quiver.
Wendy Reid– I know that Wendy is probably too busy for an award, and she probably has received sixty-billion-fifty-three of them. I’d love to see her responses, though.
Linda Vernon– I ‘met’ her through Trifecta and she is an award-winning author. Don’t believe me? Check out her “Who I Am” page. Totally a hoot to read.
Sarah Neeve– On a quest to do 365 consecutive posts, I offer you: a Liebster. At least you don’t have to come up with one post on your own. LOL
StuffITellMySister– What can I say? She likes to stroke my ego, and I accept that like a love-hungry kitty cat. (I hate cats, just to clarify.)
Now it’s your turn. Hop to it!