I'm a writer because I have stage fright.
A few days ago, the kind Brandon Scott of Coolerbs Reviews nominated me for the Liebster Award. It’s a very cool, community-building, “chain letter” award that allows bloggers to be recognized and to recognize others. I’m all for creating community, so I thank Brandon and am excited to feature other bloggers!
Unfamiliar with this award? So was I. Here are the official rules:
The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
So, let’s begin with the eleven questions from Brandon.
I am unsure if it is the first blog I “really got into,” but the first blog I read quite often was Chuck Wendig’s terribleminds. I was impressed with the amount of content he could generate while simultaneously focusing on his writing projects. Also, most of his posts are entertaining and/or hilarious. I am not a fan of cussing, but despite this I find his posts to be helpful a lot of times for motivational and informational purposes. I also really enjoy some of the flash fiction challenges he gives to readers.
Fiction, nonfiction, and occasionally poetry and songs. As far as fiction I write flash, short stories, and novel-length works. I have a much wider range when it comes to my nonfiction: memoirs, essays, feature articles, news articles, research articles, and opinion articles. I also write book reviews. When it comes to my poetry, I like stuff that rhymes. My songs are mostly mediocre.
You are about to experience the best year of your life thus far.
Dystopian, hands down. I like some sci-fi, some fantasy, but not all. I dabble in literary fiction and nonfiction if I like the writing style. I am a huge fan of magical realism and am trying to write some of that myself.
Yes, quite a few times.
Too hot! Beaches and sun all day.
“The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” —Romans 12:2
I write in an office, a recliner, a restaurant, in the passenger seat of a car, or anywhere I have a second to write. I may write blog articles or numerous other things.
If I were being honest, I’d have to say a blog post discussion about genre. You can read it here.
I feel as if the Oxford Comma is necessary, tidy, and a preventative of confusion.
Eleven random facts about myself:
Now for the nominations! There are many blogs that I follow and love. Here are just a few worth nominating:
Write, Love, Breathe
This is the writing blog of Stephanie Wooten Koreneff, my excellent and skilled friend. The current novel she is working on is exciting, subversive, and contains excellent social commentary. I’d highly recommend you follow her on her journey to publication.
The J. Paige
J. Paige Goodard/J. P. Wickwire is another excellent writer friend and literary genius. She always has something interesting to say. I often find myself lost in thought about something she’s written. I’d highly recommend you read her articles.
Matthew E Nordin
Another excellent writer friend, Matthew is a NaNoWriMo wizard and short story producing master. He also does improv with his friend and his lovely wife. He provides excellent advice and such high doses of enthusiasm that staying near him too long might change you into an optimist.
Emily Ramser, poet extraordinaire, has a lovely poetry blog. You should also check out her wonderful new publication, I Forgot How to Write When They Diagnosed Me, available from Weasel Press.
M. Reed McCall, Author
Along with being an excellent author, M. Reed McCall has a way of highlighting the good things in life. In addition to writerly updates and thoughts on good reads, McCall also posts great recipes and beautiful photographs of the natural landscape around her. She is a beautiful soul, so make sure to check out her work.
M.C. Tuggle, Writer
M.C. Tuggle is a writer and blogger that posts interesting links and articles all the time. I always enjoy the content I find on his blog. He also has lots of fiction to check out too!
Annotated Audrey Art
A beautiful mixed media artist, Audrey is always coming up with a new and fascinating creation. Her style is bold, beautiful, and elaborate. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!
This is a fantastic site for young writers and spoken word artists. It is a community that fosters the importance of self-expression through words in young adults. Word prompts, features, and filmed performances may all be found on this excellent blog.
Nominated bloggers, if you choose to accept the award, please find a list of questions for you to answer below: