The Liebster’s not so much an official award as a nice way to give a shout out to other fellow bloggers who are still new to the blogosphere – which is why it’s for bloggers with 200 followers or less, i.e. the new kidz on da block.
The word “Liebster” by the way is German, and it means lovely or dearest. The principle is that the receiver of the award nominates another 5 to 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers, and answers some questions from the nominating blogger.
The thing is, some of the blogs I want to nominate have *just* squeezed past the 200 mark. So, I shall be judge, jury and executioner and declare that blogs that have recently broken the 200 barrier are acceptable.
Also, I’ve taken a bit too long to get my act together and some of the bloggers I wanted to nominate have already been nominated by others (or have nominated me!). But since this is all about giving a shout out to fellow bloggers I will also deem this acceptable. Yes, I’m aware that I’m practically creating a new set of rules here.
And lastly, since I was nominated by 3 bloggers, it would be a looong and boring post if I was to answer 33 questions about myself. I’m as self involved as the next gal, but even this is too much for me (let alone for you). So with yet another rule bending flourish, I have cherry picked those questions that I found to be the most fun.
So now that the official stuff is taken care of, on with the show!
First off, the nominated bloggers, in no particular order:
Michelle over at Writer in Transit : I met Michelle as I met virtually all bloggers I know, through A to Z. She had the most awesome interactive theme where she had one type of book per letter, and we all had to write comments on what we thought those books would say if they could speak. It was lots of fun, and Michelle had some truly awesome types of books on there that I had never heard of. Like a book that comes in a jar (called a Jar Book. It does what it says on the jar)
Debbie O’neil over at Writing Against the Wind : Also an A to Z meeting, Debbie came up with awesome writing prompts, writing out examples of how they could be applied over a variety of genres to provide inspiration for all the writers out there. Debbie also did her posts on the cuff, as I did and she put me to shame, hat off to her for all that hard work! It was really interesting thinking of single word prompts like that, it made me realise that a single word (the right word) can generate a whole host of impressions about a person or setting.
Kelli at Forty and Fantastique: This awesome lady is American but blogs in both French and English. She is gearing up for an epic trip around France, and her A to Z theme was centered around all the things that she is planning on discovering and experiencing. I had a great time living vicariously through her posts, especially on the food related ones, and I’ll be looking forward to following her trip through France!
Celina at Littlecely: Well firstly we have almost the same name, so to be immature about it – Celina is by default awesome. Like me, she’s a bit of a random blogger, blogging about all sorts of things. But, the thing I really recommend you check out are her drawings. They’re amazing, and I can’t wait to see her first full portrait. If you click on the drawing tab (link here for convenience, because I’m nice to you like that) you can see a sample of what she does.
Sammy D at Bemuzin: Another general blogger and one that is a whole lot of awesome. Her blog is funny and interesting, and full of personality. And she now has joined the Princess Bride fan club which to me immediately says that she’s an awesome person, because all Princess Bride connoisseurs are.
Thomas at North of Andover: Thomas is a fellow Fantasy and Science Fiction writer, as well as an editor and proofreader. He writes an interesting blog about fantasy and science fiction and about the writing of both. Thomas is lucky enough to have a clone with which to work on his stories. Now if only we could all clone ourselves, that would be far more efficient. Personally I’d send my clone off to write whilst I re-watched all the Game of Thrones and made another go at reading the books.
Tammy at Tammy J Rizzo: Write extraordinaire and fellow cat lover (hurrah for cats!) I just love the fact that she refers to herself as a future bestselling author – that’s my kind of thinking! Not only is her blog fun, she also does a fantastic writerly holding of the pen and peering over the glasses in an interested yet intellectual way. This is something I ought to spend more time perfecting (although I hate wearing my glasses).
Right! Now for the questions:
1.Can you fake any accents?
No. All the accents I try to fake come out as Indian for some reason (or sometimes Jamaican). And when I try to do an Indian accent it just sounds weird.
I can however do a great Jamaican accent, thanks to one super neat trick. Bacon in Jamaican = Beer Can in normal English (say it out loud and it makes sense).
2. Do you remember your dreams? If yes, are they in color or black and white?
I dream in HD technicolour – my dreams are incredibly vivid. In the latest I was being chased through a library by men wearing multi-neon-coloured balaclavas and punk-type gear. One of them caught me, turns out it was Ewan Mcgregor (I was quite pleased at that), but then he took a bite out of my neck – and I don’t mean in a sexy vampire way which would have been fine. No, I mean in a “I’m going to take a bit out of that sandwich” way, which was most unpleasant. And then I woke up.
Another dream was that the husband and I were on holiday when a T-Rex burst out of the jungle, destroying the hotel, whilst a giant prehistoric fish the size of a swimming pool jumped out of the swimming pool and began devouring the sunbathers. And in the midst of the chaos, I was searching for my trainers, because the logic was that I’d run away from the T-Rex faster if I was wearing trainers.
Oh, and I dream in French and in English (very rarely in both languages at the same time, though it has happened)
3. If you could meet anybody living or dead, who would it be?
Sigmund Freud – so he could explain the meaning of my dreams to me. I’d love to hear the Freudian interpretation of a T-Rex trashing a hotel.
4. Have you ever milked a cow?
No, I have yet to experience the bucolic delights of udder contact. To be fair, I don’t really like milk – I like my milk skimmed to within an inch of its life so that it more resembles water than milk – and even then I only pour enough to dampen my cereal. So milking a cow has limited appeal, other than for the novelty factor.
5. Do you believe in Bigfoot?
*Looks down at own big feet*. Well, obviously. And thank god Bigfoot exists! Knowing that he’s out there, lumbering about on his enormous feet makes the hardships of the big footed easier to bear – such as having to face the scattering of ugly, canoe sized shoes left in the sale rack, and glancing with envy at the dinky and far prettier shoes in the smaller sizes.
Now that I live in Asia, a continent populated EXCLUSIVELY by people with tiny feet, I find myself seeking solace in the comforting fact that no matter how big my feet are, there is one glorious being out there with larger paddles than mine. When the sales assistant laughs at my shoe size (yes, it happened) or when I get told to go shop in the men’s section (also happened), I simply close my eyes, and mutter a quick prayer to the King of all oversized leg appendages.
That said, before any of you delightful small footed people out there get too smug, know this. Us big footed individuals are extremely well balanced. Try to shove us out of the way and our two oversized tootsies will grip the floor with all the power of an octopus’s sucker so that we will sway back and forth but not give up so much as an inch of our pedestrian territory.
(by the way, the thesaurus is remarkably empty when it comes to feet. Who knew?)
6. What is your favourite sport/activity/hobby besides blogging or writing?
I’d love to have come up with something suitable for the Serious Writer that I am, but unfortunately my brain immediately screamed “EATING!” as I read this question, and you should always go with your first response for these types of questions. And it’s true – inside me is a fat kid bursting to come out at any given opportunity. Few things give me more joy than a good meal.
A close second though, is hiking and photography (sometimes both at the same time! How’s that for multi tasking?)
7. What would your response be if a new friend proved to you that you aren’t human?
I’d probably have a moment of clarity, one of those “ohhhh that explains so much”. I’d probably then want to discover what my powers were (because what’s the point of being non human if not to have awesome powers) – although with my luck I’d probably be one of those useless non humans that can’t do anything cool.
Then I’d probably write an incredibly successful book about it, which would be turned into a best selling film, for which I would finally be able to give the oscar acceptance speech I have wasted enough hours day dreaming of (it would be awesome by the way, none of this boring thanking everyone from agent to goldfish. It would be funny, it would be youtube gold, and not just because I’d flex my freaky non human powers. It will, alas, most likely never come to be).
8. What is your favorite mythical creature without human attributes?
The Yale, because it has the tail of an elephant. Whoever created that creature was clearly stuck for inspiration, wanted to find a cool tail for his beast but realised all the good ones were already taken. So, never one to go down the path of banality, our plucky creator stuck an elephant tail to the Yale’s posterior.
I think the Yale should be the mascot for all creatives out there: no matter how stuck you are, no matter how bad it gets, you can always plonk an elephant tail on it to make it better.
9. Any guilty pleasures?
Food or non food? Let’s go with non food related or we’ll be here all day.
Recently I’ve been watching the Lindsay Lohan documentary – all 8 episodes of it. It’s terrible, really, and before I started I scoffed saying “a Serious Writer like me is above such drivel.” And then I started, and I got totally hooked, and I watched the whole thing like the little glutton that I am.
Also Game of Thrones. But there is nothing guilty there, it’s pure, unadulterated pleasure because it’s awesome.
10. Are there any movies you are looking forward to seeing which premiere in 2014?
Yes! Maleficent with Angelina Jolie. Do you remember Sleeping Beauty, the Disney version? The music especially as Aurora goes up the stairs to the spindle still gives me goosebumps. I’m so excited they’ve made a film on Maleficent is such an interesting character.
Also super excited that the new Xmen opens in Hong Kong in a few days. Because, you know, Xmen. But also because it will be a glutton fest of awesome actors and actresses, any film featuring James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence gets my vote!
11. What is your favourite book and why?
Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand. It was my favourite as a teenager and it remains at the top of the list to this day. You all know the story probably, the ugly Cyrano with the huge nose but with the sharpest wit and most beautiful poetry joins forces with the handsome but vapid Christian so that together they may woo the one woman they both love.
The writing is superb, the wit is razor sharp, it is funny, clever, poignant, touching, and sad. I’ve read it so many times, I know huge chunks of it by heart. I have a beautiful 1901 edition that my grandfather bought for me which I cherish more than anything. I re-read it recently and still got goosebumps, laughed and shed a little tear.
There is an excellent film with Gerard Depardieu. Now, I don’t like the man, he is a caricature of vulgarity, and a bit of an embarrassment to France since he seems to be the one French actor that everyone knows. But he is divine as Cyrano de Bergerac. There are English translations of the book and the film comes with subtitles, but I don’t know how much of the beauty of the original text is preserved. Still, if you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth a look.
Nominees, questions for you:
I actually would love to see others answer the same questions so we can compare notes. Looking forward to reading your answers!
PS: should you have made it this far in the post (well done you!) you will be glad to know that as always I did not write this alone. Blue Cat was vigilant as ever, sometimes even taking control of the mouse during the process. Although that might just be because it’s called a mouse – sometimes he’s not the brightest.