May 04 2014

Liebster Award and Sunday Seven- Influential Books

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A big thank you to the wonderful Alison Strachan for giving me and this blog a third Liebster Award!


“Alison is a fantasy writer who believes in the power of story-telling. She is passionate about the environment and speaking up against abuse of animals. Her novel in progress explores these themes and those of identity and belonging in a world where men and women live separately. She invites you to read the prequel to her novel and excerpts on her blog.”




Answer the 11 questions left for you

Nominate 11 more bloggers (not the person who nominated you, or the people that person nominated)

Leave them 11 questions for your nominees to answer

Thank and link back to the person who nominated you


The 11 Questions Alison asked me:


1- What books have shaped who you are and how you write?


  1. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
  2. Robert Frost’s Poems (especially The Road Not Taken) Robert Frost
  3. April Fools by Richie Tankersley Cusick
  4. Remember Me by Christopher Pike
  5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  6. Around the Writer’s Block by Rosanne Bane
  7. Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron



2- What are you working on right now?

I am working on a fantasy short story in a creative writing course, and another story in another writing class. I am also working on a high fantasy novel. The Fractions of Existence rewrite went well. Work on the next book is scheduled to resume this autumn.

3- Do you consider yourself to be fairly creative?

Yes, I consider myself to be creative.

4- If you haven’t already (or even if you have) would you choose self publishing or traditional publishing?

That’s a tough question! I have all the love and respect in the world for indie authors, and have put serious consideration into becoming one of them. From a marketing perspective, traditional publishing does seem to have some serious advantages. It is to my understanding that it is better or easier for a traditional author to publish an indie book than it is for an indie author to be given an opportunity to enter the traditional publishing world. Considering that, it is likely that I will aim for traditional publishing first.

5- Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks?

Hardcover. LOL! It depends on the book. I love reference in an ebook. Curling up in bed with the Kindle is annoying after about an hour. When I go on vacation though, I’m taking two paperbacks and my Kindle (which has a few thousand books).

6- Do you love or hate social media?

This is another question where I’m inclined to answer “both.” Mostly I love it. I love the community, that there is always someone around to answer a question, and that it is so easy to meet people while in pajamas having the day’s first cup of coffee. I hate that I get distracted by it, that I nearly always feel I’m behind on it, and that I feel like I’ll never be a master of it because social media is an ever changing beast.

7- Are you an introvert or extravert, and has it helped or hindered you?


  • extravert – (psychology) a person concerned more with practical realities than with inner thoughts and feelings
  • extrovert – (Psychology) a person concerned more with external reality than inner feelings
  • introvert – (Psychology) a shy person; a person concerned primarily with inner thoughts and feelings rather than with the physical or social environment.

My friends and family will tell you that I’m the extrovert in the group. I’m certainly not shy, but I’m perfectly content being on my own. Without a doubt, I would rather focus on practical reality than with inner thoughts or feelings. (However, writing requires the exploration of thoughts and feelings, so I am focused on them when it comes to my characters.) I’d say it helped me, because it is easier to survive when focused on the reality of the situation instead of the debilitating feelings of the moment.

8- What piece of clothing could you not live without (apart from bra/underwear)?

Pajama pants. (Even without the qualifier.)

9- What is more important to you – standing up for what you believe in/maintaining the truce?

I need more information. What is at stake? I might believe in something, but if it means that two billion people would die if I stood up for it, I’d probably keep the truce. What is the truce, exactly? Did I already agree to the truce? If I helped create the truce, and standing up for my word is what I believe in, than breaking the truce would violate what I believe in.

10- What blunder have you made that you desperately wish didn’t happen?

Any blunder you learn from is worth it. I don’t have regrets. What would I go back and tell my young self? Put some oil (olive, canola, etc) into a pot of water to keep it from boiling over. That’s the only tip I could go back and tell my younger self that I know younger me would actually use. It would prevent several blunders.

11- If you could go anywhere in the world and make a difference, where would it be?

My own backyard. Not literally, of course, but I mean my own local area. There’s always plenty to do everywhere to make a difference. The biggest ones I have made were right here, by volunteering in my community. Not satisfied by that answer? Okay, I’ll skip to the arctic and help the polar bears. How? I’ll find the film makers who watch an endangered animal die rather than doing more, and then… (This next part gets a bit dicey, but the bear gets fed and lives another day. Umm, I give the bear the sandwiches from the picnic basket, kids.)

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11 Questions for the 11 people I am nominating:


  1. What are your seven favorite books?
  2. Who are your seven favorite twitter followers?
  3. What was the weirdest fortune cookie fortune you have seen?
  4. What made you want to start blogging?
  5. Which comment on your blog did you enjoy the most? (And who left it, and on what post?)
  6. When did you know what you wanted to do with your life in regard to how you wish to be remembered?
  7. Are there any movies you are looking forward to seeing which premiere in 2014? (What are they and why are you looking forward to them?)
  8. Do you now, or have you, had a living animal as a pet? (Tamagotchi doesn’t count.)
  9. If you had to perform in a little talent show next week, what would your talent be?
  10. What would your response be if a new friend proved to you that you aren’t human?
  11. What is your favorite mythical creature without human attributes?


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11 people I am nominating:



1- Linzé Brandon of

2- Ella of

3- Michelle Green of

4- Vicki of

5- Bob R Miline of

6- flip McFliperson of

7- Abbye Kovacevic of

8- Celine Jeanjean  of

9- M.C.V. Egan of

10- Ciara Ballintyne of

11- Robyn LaRue at



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A list of seven of something- brought to you on Sunday. What can you add?


Seven books that have shaped who I am and how I write.

(See answer above.)


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    • Ella on May 4, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    I love all your answers! Congrats on winning such a wonderful award~ Thank you for adding me to the list-I am in awe and thankful~ I wish to return to Alaska with you and help the bears. I would wear my thermal pj’s.
    I have lived in Alaska-so much to save in this part of the world! As in many corners of our wondrous blue n’ green marble. Wow, wow, wow….I have no idea how I am going to answer, but I love how honorary you delivered your picks~ Again Congrats and cheers to you!

    Thank you!
    I love Robert Frost, too.
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    1. Which part of Alaska did you live in?

  1. Thanks for the nomination! 🙂

    I work in social media, and I love your answer about love/hate. I can definitely appreciate the love – it’s been really helpful in getting new followers to my blog! (Mostly Twitter) But there are so many platforms now, that one could never be a master of all of them! You can never keep up, you’ll have always missed something…I do love though that it is constantly changing and improving. It can be a truly valuable tool.

    That “are you creative” question really gets me! Everyone is and can be creative…so it’s only asking if you realize it or not! And I’m glad you realize that you’re creative 🙂

    Michelle @ In Media Res

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post so much. I knew when I nominated you that your answers would be great.

  2. Thanks so much…sorry it took me so long to reply 🙂
    Abbye Kovacevic has this post to share My Very First #Interview is up @NyxxsNookMy Profile
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    1. 🙂

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