the-liebster-blog-award-L-u9FyvhWell, it looks like we’ve been nominated for another award. The eminent young author (I’m assuming here… I generally assume everyone is younger than me… I’m usually wrong) Paul Davis has nominated us for the Liebster Award. I don’t know that we really deserve an award, but I’m certainly not going to turn it down. In all honesty, I really don’t know which I think matters more, being nominated for awards by peers, or being chosen arbitrarily (…ok… I might be a little jaded here, but have you looked at who wins the emmys, grammys, and… whatever the ones for TV are?) by some organization of supposed experts. I’m very happy (and a little bit proud) that our little blog has received this kind of attention. However, the Liebster comes with some rules:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!

So… 11 things about myself:

1) I grew up in New England

2) I’m very punctual. I generally get places 10-15 minutes early, unless it’s early morning, in which case I get there on time.

3) I just had my first every student ask me to simply give a passing grade, even though the student wasn’t willing to improve the quality of submitted work to an acceptable level. The students excuse was extreme poverty. I find myself both sympathetic and appalled… also somewhat angry.

international_awards4) I try to always do my best. I’m not going to say that I succeed in always doing my best, but I try.

5) I’m mildly obsessed with monkeys. It has to do with a roommate I had in college.

6) I’m very obsessed with Star Wars. It has nothing to do with any college roommates.

7) Honestly, while I see their purpose, I find these rules somewhat annoying at the moment :P.

8) I recently thoroughly enjoyed attending and presenting a paper at the regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.

9) I had Honey Mead for the first time yesterday.

10) Someday I hope to eat Lutefisk and Monkey Brains… not together. These are two separate goals.

11) I’m considering pursuing a second masters degree with a thesis focusing somewhere in the area of Christian Mysticism (it’s a huge area!)

And 11 questions from Mr. Davis:

1) If you could be a supernatural creature, which would you be?

I would probably be either a dragon or a djinn. If you’re going to be a supernatural creature, go for the power!

2) What weapon would you use if you were in a combat oriented novel? Guns, swords, maces, all are welcome.

Probably either a Katana or a Jo staff, with a garrot of somekind as a backup. I’m a crap shot with a gun, my hands shake too much.

This image was found here. I'm sure it belongs to someone, so if it's yours please let me know. I'd love to credit you for it.
This image was found here. I’m sure it belongs to someone, so if it’s yours please let me know. I’d love to credit you for it.

3) What is your favorite genre and why?

Speculative fiction: Because this is where the majority of philosophical, sociological, and political commentary still happens in fiction. Although I do love some of the classical authors, like Dostoyevsky.

4) What genre can you not stand and why?

YA Fiction: I don’t understand why this genre exists. I’ve discussed this in a post somewhere.

5) What do you put on a burger? We’re getting close to lunch….

Pickles, Onions, Mushrooms (grilled or raw), cheese, and bbq sauce (or A1).

6) If you had to pick wealth, fame, or love (from a lover, we’ll say you have a very loving family), which one and why?

Love: What’s the point of the other two without love?

7) Who is the most influential writer to you and why?

… … … …Currently? … … … …Probably Steven Erikson, to me personally. If you mean overall in history… probably Homer. If you mean in the 20th Century… maybe Isaac Asimov… possibly… he did create an entirely new genre. George Orwell and Frank Herbert are also possibilities. This is a very open ended question.

8) You get locked in a friend’s bathroom and have to wait for a locksmith to get you out. You have an hour. What do you do?

Probably find something to read. Possibly take a shower… if they’re a close friend.

9) What music do you listen to while writing? Why does that music inspire you?

I actually don’t generally listen to music when I write. When I do it’s usually classical… it get’s my brain moving.

10) Who is the most supportive person in your life for your writing pursuits?

Hmmm…. Probably my father. He’s very proud of my writing.

11) What is one word you write over and over again, and every time it sets off spell check?

Really? I have to pick just one?

Ok, and 11 blogs worth reading:

I’m going to be completely honest here, when I probably shouldn’t. I don’t have a lot of time to spend reading blogs, and so I don’t read a ton of them. Because of this, honestly I don’t have eleven blogs that I can promise are worth reading. So, the first three blogs listed are one’s that are professional blogs that are worth checking out. The fourth one is good, but hasn’t been updated in a while. The fifth is a company that I love, and the sixth and seventh are some frequent readers! I’m not going to nominate blogs that I’m not at least familiar with, and so I’m going to have to break the rule on this one.

1) Lantern Hollow Press – This is a great blog! Definitely worth reading. This blog is actually where I got my start blogging, and I’m still good friends with most of their writers.

2) SF Signal –  This is a great fanzine, and a great place to check up on new books.

3) Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America – There are so, so many useful resources on this site.

4) Fairies, Fantasy, and Faith – This is a very fun little site.

5) Blue Table Painting – While the blog isn’t that exciting, I love their services and business model! Also check out the youtube channel!

6) Yasmin Elnazer – This is a lady who writes some really interesting stuff. While her grammar is hard to read sometimes, her story ideas tend to be rather beautiful.

7) Stray Thoughts – Delft has done several of the challenges here, and I have to say that his 100 word fiction is very well-written. I always love reading his work.

This is a great piece of art done by someone who's name I'm not going to mention. However, his work can be found here.
This is a great piece of art done by someone who’s name I’m not going to mention. However, his work can be found here.

And… 11 Questions for others:

1) What is your favorite color?

2 ) What is your quest?

3) What is the flying speed of a coconut laden swallow?

4) Did I make you laugh?

5) Why do you write what you write?

6) How does you’re personal worldview and religious belief (or lack thereof) influence your writing?

7) What is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?

8) Do you have you’re towel? And do you know what I’m talking about?

9) Do you think that the advent of electronic media has been a good or bad thing for the world of literature? Why?

10) What is your favorite moment in writing?

11) What is more important: To be happy, or to be virtuous? Why?

7 thoughts on “The Liebster Award

  1. I love your burger! I’m trying it. It’s like 11pm and I so want to just run to a burger place and put one down. Depending on the snow, maybe five Guys tomorrow.

    Very cool to get to know you and really love the information your blog has. If you have thoughts on Asimov, I’d love them. I’m not too far into Foundation, but still trying to wrap my head around it.

    1. Heh, the burger is actually my regular burger at Five Guys. I don’t eat there very often, but when I do this is what I always get, with Cajun fries.
      I honestly don’t think the science fiction genre would exist without Asimov, or at least not in nearly the same way that it does today. Asimov, Herbert, and Heinlein rather serve as the foundation pillars of Science Fiction and I’ve never met a science fiction (or fantasy) author that wasn’t influenced by one or more of them. I like some of Asimov’s short stories, he’s very strong in the Hard Science department. However, the foundation trilogy… well, I believe it was Asimov himself who said that the Foundation Trilogy are three books in which nothing happens. He’s not exactly wrong about that. They’re worth reading just for the impact they had on the genre, but I made it through the first one and half of the second before giving up. The entire point of the series is that nothing ever really changes, and he makes it very well.

  2. OK, I’ve got to inject some history here and give credit where it’s due. John Cambell, editor of SiFi magazines, was the developer and mentor and editor of all of them and many more besides. It is, in fact, very few of the successful SF authors of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s that he did not sponsor and develop. Arthur C. Clark may be the only one of note who only had a tangential relationship with him.

    Oh, your facination with flying monkeys started at five or six when you first saw The Wizzard of Oz! It only developed after that. It’s been a lot of fun for a long time.

    1. True, Asimov wouldn’t have been the influence he was without John Campbell. However, the question itself was what author has been most influential. Campbell strongly influenced a variety of authors, and certainly Asimov and others wouldn’t have been the authors they were without Campbell’s influence, but Campbell an author, and from my experience, an editor can’t do much without authors to edit. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

  3. Am flattered that you nominated me,as for the punctuation thing,the problem is am so used to having an editor that I totally forget punctuation,yet,promise’d work on it really:).Do I’ve to write 11 things about myself,answer the interesting questions and nominate others or just tag them?

    1. Yassmin, to my understanding if you want to post that you actually took the award, you have to do each. However, I’ve read that you can always simply accept an honorary Liebster and avoid all of that. There’s no board, committee, or organization. It’s just a way for bloggers to show their respect for the work of other bloggers.

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