My Writing Journey, Other Authors

Liebster Award

liebster award

What a crazy week it was! I received three Liebster awards in one week from three very wonderful blogger friends. I’m truly thankful for the awards!

Thank you Candice Coates!

Thank you Claire Banschbach!

Thank you Kima Prince!

It’s impressed upon me that my blogging does inspire people even though I doubt myself more often than not. I’m truly grateful and humbled to be included. The requirements for the Liebster Award are at the bottom. Now, I’ll be doing this in three installments, but I’ll only do one set of questions for another group of winners after I’ve finished! I don’t want to inundate you all with TMI all at once! 😉

Questions from Candice

1. What do you find most fulfilling about blogging and writing/creating visual art?

Blogging: definitely the people I meet and the friends I’ve had the privilege of making. Writing/creating visual art: making something, for anyone who would, to enjoy and appreciate.

2. What genre do you tend to read most and why. (What medium do you prefer to create art with and why?)

I tend to read historical fiction, classic literature (often my favorites), Christian (world-view) fiction of any sort, some suspense and action, some fantasy and sci-fi. Most of what I read any more is YA because I like to be up to date on what my kids are interested in reading. 🙂

3. As a writer, what genre are you most afraid to attempt writing or just the least interested in and why? (Artist, which style of art or medium?)

I’m most afraid to write contemporary fiction. It and dystopian futures seem to be the most popular to read, but I’ve got this lingering fear of not knowing enough about the world we live in today to write about it with clarity and realism.

4. What inspired you to become a blogger?

Being a writer. When I first signed up for MySpace (no longer there, though) I started to write notes on that account. It was something like nine years ago. I’d write down my thoughts on certain subjects, dreams I’d had, whatever struck my fancy. When I made the move to Facebook, I continued the process, but during the writing of my first book I wanted a central place to post about my thoughts and the journey of writing where anyone would be able to access it. So here we are.

5. Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?

Hidden talent? Oooohhh, probably not. I suppose I tend to use my talents wherever I can, even if they are mediocre at best. I sing a lot, but it’s not an amazing talent. I draw, but it’s also undeveloped . . . You wouldn’t know it looking at my house, but I’m great at organization. Uhh….Is it a talent that I can hold things between my upper lip and nose?

6. Do you have a routine you follow for writing/creating art? If so, what is it?

No, but I try to do it every day whenever I am able. My biggest problem is I’m highly focused once I start working, so it’s difficult for me to stop in the middle. Writing novels has been interesting in that regard because I cannot write 24/7 and it’s so very, very hard to get to a “good” stopping point. haha

7. If you could hold any profession, past, present, future or fictional, what would it be, and why?

I’d want to be a movie director/producer/writer. 🙂 I’ve always been enthralled with all the behind-the-scenes of making a movie. I love to direct and organize stuff. I love to share my thoughts and input while creating. Maybe someday I can do it. haha It’s probably too late for me. Thirty-four is getting up there!

8. Do you have a favorite author/artist? Who are they and what is it about them that draws you to them?

I’ve got too many favorites to name, really. I guess if I had to pick one it would be Jane Austen. I fell in love with her books when I was a teenager. I enjoyed the romance of her stories, but it was how she saw her world that drew me in. It was her wit and candor. I will always have a very special place reserved in my mind and heart for her and her writing. I find myself very sad that she died when she was about my age. I wonder what else she’d have created had she lived many, many more years.

9. When did you finally decide to give your writing/art  the time and attention you have decided to give it now?

About a year and a half ago is when the inevitable couldn’t be held off any longer. Now I ask myself why I let it go this long. At least, that’s the question until I think about my beautiful family. It would have been almost impossible to give them what they needed from me had I started this career any sooner. God knows what we need and provides it when we need it. I’m grateful for every part of my life and glad I’m writing now!

10. If you could live/vacation in any book or piece of art, which would it be?

*SIGH* This question is tooooo hard! Sorry, had to whine a little. It really is hard, though. haha I guess if I had to choose one I’d probably want to vacation in Shannon Hale’s land of Bayern. It’s not far removed from the real world and seems much like a historic land, but I’d love to check it out any way!

Ahhh! That was fun. I hope I’m not boring! Thanks, Candice! I’ll be answering Claire & Kima’s questions next week.

These are the few requirements to be met:

  • Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  • Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  • Nominate 7-10 (supposed to be 10 ) other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you
  • Make ten questions of your own for your nominees.
  • Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

20 thoughts on “Liebster Award”

  1. Congratulations on getting 3 award nominations in one week. 🙂 Quite an achievement. I’ve really enjoyed reading these posts, and learning more about you. I think we must have started writing properly at about the same time. It was about a year and a half ago (just over now) that I started to take mine seriously as well.

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      1. Doing NaNoWriMo. I saw it, and I was looking for a challenge (was having a bit of a bored-in-life spell), so I took part. I realised how much I loved it, and things kind of snowballed. Was there a specific trigger for you?

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          1. It sounds kind of awful, but I’m glad you lost yourself and started writing properly. 🙂 I sometimes think that the bad things have to happen for the good to come along.

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  2. Thank you for doing this 🙂 I really enjoyed your answers and getting to know you better. Your journey has really encouraged me in my own. And hey 34 isn’t up there, because if it is I am scatting up trouble with turning 33 very soon 😉

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  3. It’s so fun to discover how other authors first began writing/blogging and taking their work more seriously. I think it’s great that you waited until now to become an author as raising your kids comes first, and I’m sure they loved having all your attention. 🙂 This was fun to read–not boring!

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