Leibster Award



I was nominated for the Leibster Award by Kerry at “Aspernauts”. I am honored to accept this nomination, especially from Kerry because I love her blog. Her lyrical approach to blogging is interesting to read and the visual aspects of it are inspiring. In short, her blog is beautiful and you should check it out!

As far as I understand it, the point of the Liebster Award is to generate new blog traffic in the direction of new bloggers and/or new blogs by throwing links and pingbacks around here, there and everywhere. Nominations are made and received simply in the spirit of community and it’s not the end of the world for anyone if you choose to just ignore it.

If you are inclined to link into the chain then there are a few game rules to follow:

1) Thank the person/s who nominated you and link back to their blog/s.

2) Answer the 10 questions they gave you.

3) Nominate 10 blogs, each of which currently has under 200 followers (to the best of your knowledge) and notify those bloggers.

4) Come up with 10 questions of your own to keep the whole shebang moving forward.

Here are the questions that Kerry asked of me:

1. What brought you to blogging?

I started my blog as a general way to “get the words out”. I was in a writing slump and I thought daily blogging would be a great way to get the juices flowing again. Blogging lead me to Nanowrimo which got me writing novels, again and a budding career as an independent author was born. My blog now pays homage to that journey, although it still acts as an outlet for my occasional rant. I just started an Indie Spotlight feature, which I love because it reminds me that I’m not alone. There is a whole wide community of independent authors out there and I think that each and every one of us deserves a little spotlight!

2. What is your all time favourite kids’ TV programme?

Tree Fu Tom. You may not be familiar with it. It comes on the Sprout channel. I love it because the characters are anthropomorphized arthropods and they use magic to overcome the obstacles in their world. The magic is created by using movements, similar to Tai Chi, and the kids are encouraged to move along with the characters to “make the magic happen”. It’s a really cute show and promotes movement among the kids watching it. My kids love it and I’m glad they do.

3. Which book have you reread more than any other?

The Catcher in The Rye by JD Salinger…it was my favorite book for a long time.

4. What is your favourite song lyric or quote from either film or literature?

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.” —Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

5. How would you spend a perfect Sunday?

Very, very lazily. I would pack a picnic and spend the day in the park, with the kids. We would each pack a book and find a tree for shade. Then, we would lay under the tree, on the bare ground, and read our books. We might even take a nap under the tree (in my perfect Sunday, we wouldn’t have to worry about murders and kidnappers). Then, I would come home, post a blog about how perfect the day was, put the kids to bed and work on my novel until my eyes were too heavy to stay open. The kids would not wake up in the middle of the night and I would get a full night’s sleep.

6. Fantasy dinner party: you are the host and can invite any number of famous/inspirational individuals, living or deceased. Who’s on your list?

1. Silvia Plath

2. Leonardo DiVinci (for my son)

3. Auguste Comte

4. Nelson Mandella

5. Neil Gaiman

6. Patrick Rothfuss

7. Jon Stewart

8. Anthony Bourdain

9. Gordon Ramsey

I’m sure I could come up with more but this is the top of my list…

7. What are you serving at your fantasy dinner party?

As long as I’m not cooking, I would probably go for anything. What I would probably do is fly in a sushi chef and do a very large sushi buffet.

8. If you had a time machine, where and when in history (including into the future) would you go?

So many places…I wouldn’t really want to go to the future…I would be too afraid of what I would see. I would go back to the roaring ’20’s, to get a taste of prohibited alcohol…The Great Depression era with a truckload of bread and meat…The Renaissance…and finally, The British Isles around 1700 B.C. to meet the Tuatha De Dannan…

9. What question do you wish I had asked you?

If I could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

10. And how would you answer that question?

I would love to have a superpower like in Inkheart…literary manipulation. Specifically, Omnilegence…the ability to instantly know all things which are written. Think of how much easier it would be to do research for a novel…or keep up on the latest trends in book promotion…or to instantly know my book reviews as their posted…Oh yeah, and there’s that whole infinite knowledge thing, too, which would be pretty awesome!

My nominations for this award are: (Honestly, I don’t know how to tell how many followers a blog has so I tried my best to stay within the rules of the award). These are all really great blogs…Many of them are literary driven but there is some variation between them…you should check them all out!











The questions I would like to ask them are:

1. Where would you like to explore (anywhere in the world and beyond)?

2. What is your favorite genre of books? Or your favorite genre of movies?

3. What can you learn from little kids?

4. If you could create something, with an unlimited budget and resources, what would you create?

5. What animal would you like to experience being for one day?

6. When are you the happiest?

7.What inspires (drives) your blog?

8. Where would you stop on a cross country road trip?

9. If you lived in a black and white world, what is one thing you would make colorful?

10. What are your thoughts right now?

Again, I would like to give a shout out to Kerry, for nominating me for this award. You can find her blog here: http://aspernauts.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/liebster-award/

Blog of the Year Award!


Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg

SassyMikee from Pray.Love.Live.Laugh has nominated me for the 2013 Blog of the Year Award! It is an honor for my little blog and this is my first nomination. 

2013 was a great year for my blog, as well as my personal life! It is an honor to be considered one of the best blogs of last year and I accept it with pride. 

I present this award to:

1. http://fictionfanaticandromance.wordpress.com/

2. http://aopinionatedman.com/

3. http://jodiellewellyn.wordpress.com/

4. http://hocuspocus13.wordpress.com/page/2/

Rules for Nominees

1-      Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog of The Year 2013 Award.

 2-      Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

 3-      Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them. (Please, don’t alter the instructions or the badges!).

 4-      Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link:http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

 5-      You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page Click the link here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

 6-      And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award – and proudly display the award on your blog – and start collecting stars!



So you now have one from me, if you have one or two, three, four, whatever, already, Google for the image with the stars for the Awards you have.

Yes-That’s right-There are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once-this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award- and every time you are given the award by another blog- you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs- and even if they have already been given the award by someone else- you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum of 6 stars! You can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award- or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award 6 times!

You can find all the badges and banners and information you need via this link: ‘Blog of The Year 2013′ Award Badges.

Congratulations to everyone who received this award.