I’m so, so, so excited to accept a Liebster award from the exceptional and positively “fab” Books and Mascara!
In order to accept this award, I have a little work to do. :) Here are her questions for me and my answers.
1) A book that you can read countless times for the rest of your life and still not get tired of?
Oh wow, there are a few…definitely Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, but also The Little Prince and most of JK Rowling’s. I tend to adore Jodi Picoult, too, but I eventually run out of tissues and need to move on.
2) Thoughts on book to movie adaptations?
Bad. Very bad, but understandably so. It must be incredibly difficult to put all the author’s magic on screen, where you can’t say what the character is thinking or develop relationships as subtly. I just watched Divergent and I still liked the movie, but it pales next to the book.
3) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Sometimes, I think I have to write to figure out why I feel a certain way or even how I’m feeling, so I absolutely value that insight. It’s my version of therapy, but much less expensive. I’m also a huge fan of the ability to communicate something important to a relatively large group of people and open up crucial conversations or gain other perspectives. I talk about my readers as part of this awesome community of acceptance trying to figure out life together, and I really believe that’s true.
4) How long have you been writing for?
In a way, I think I always have. (Sorry. I know that’s cliché.) When I was little, I’d lie in bed, creating beautiful worlds for my dreams to dwell in – worlds where I was always safe and brave and happy and usually my own heroine. I’d love to go back and stay in those stories for awhile! (But my blog is a baby. It started in February 2014.)
5) As far as writing goes, do you prefer superfluous, extravagant writing or more simpler, concise writing that gets the point across in the same way?
I think it depends on what you’re writing about. I’m in a bit of a relationship with figurative language and tend to use a lot of it, but I also like reading pieces that grab your attention roughly and hold it with the sheer force of truth.
6) Would you choose a mediocre life with one person who means the world to you, or a fame-filled life with admirers everywhere, but no love?
A mediocre life with love. I’d rather have the relationships that matter.
7) Some of your favorite songs/artists? (it’s tough choosing one, so go ahead and choose a few) Link a playlist if you have one?
Oh gosh; it depends on the day. Anything P!nk is a definite favorite, but I also like Tenth Avenue North and OneRepublic. Foxes’ Beauty Queen and this adorable video would make it onto my playlist as well. I’m also slowing becoming addicted to Missy Higgins thanks to Emily (one of my nominees!). When I’m dancing, Sham Rock’s “Tell Me Ma” is my go-to energy music.
8) Would you rather know everything but not be skilled, or be extremely great at one skill and suck at everything else?
Without a doubt, I’d rather be skilled at one thing, but only if that one thing can be love. I think once you’re good at that, you’re forgiving and patient and confident (self-love), and that sounds like a pretty great deal to me.
9) Name one thing people generally don’t like about you which you can justify from your point of view.
I don’t know what you’re talking about. People love everything about me. (*Sarcasm.*) Well, I have a wee bit of a temper and am a ‘hardcore’ feminist. (I’m not really “hardcore,” whatever that means.) Those two kind of go together. Honestly, I just value the sanctity of life (and the respect it deserves) exponentially and get extremely passionate about it. I should probably learn to keep my cool, but at least I know what I stand for and get crap done! I’m a fantastic person to have on your side.
10) Name one thing people love about you but you dislike.
I get called cute a lot. It kind of bugs me, because I’d much rather be bright or bold or talented or strong or courageous or just about anything else. Cute makes me feel weak and like some helpless little princess, and I am anything but that. (Or at least I hope I am.)
11) One sentence that describes your life, goals, aspirations, past experiences, anything really.
To describe my life: It goes on.
Alrightey, now I get to pick up to eleven bloggers with small tribes (under 200) to give them this award and ask them my eleven questions. (I’m sorry. These are cheesey questions, but I tried…)
On Hating People, Sarah Louise Thorn, Not an Adventurist, Bumbles Books , Lemon Peel , Filtered Light , Sarah Phoenix, Inksplashstories, Emily, thank you for sharing your brilliance with all of us! Here are your questions:
1) If you could live in any memory you have (or go back to visit for a few hours), what would it be?
2) Favorite quote/motto?
3) What’s your pet peeve?
4) If you could have any pet, what would it be?
5) Would you rather have your dream job or your dream house?
6) Where do you write best? (In quiet, surrounded by chaos, sitting in a tree, at the beach, etc.)
7) Who are your favorite authors now? Have they changed in the past five years?
8) What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
9) If you’ve read Divergent what faction would you be in? If you haven’t, you should, but what Hogwarts house would you be in? (If you don’t know either…explain why you’ve failed to read those amazing series. This explanation better be good.)
10) What TV character(s) would you want to be best friends with?
11) Do you plan your thoughts out before you write or just let the story take you where it may?
Your turn! Nominees, if you’d like to accept this award, please answer the questions above (or different ones…I probably won’t notice). Then, you can nominate some brilliant bloggers of your own! Make sure to let them know they’ve been nominated!
(Nominees are supposed to have under 200 followers and have been blogging for under 2 years, but I’m a rebel, so I didn’t check how old people’s blogs are.)
Once again, a huge thank you to Books and Mascara and all my charming readers!