Liebster Award!

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I’ve seen the Liebster Award on a couple of blogs but I didn’t really know what it was until the lovely AJ of ilikebookstoomuch nominated me.

What’s the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is a way for newbie bloggers (blogs with under 200 followers) to promote their blog.  The rules are pretty simple.  Once you’ve been nominated, you:

–          Provide 11 facts about yourself

–          Answer the 11 questions set by the blogger who nominated you (don’t forget to link back to their blog!)

–          Select 11 more blogs to nominate (if you don’t follow 11 blogs with under 200 followers, that’s okay – just nominate a few)

–          Choose 11 questions to ask your nominees

–          Let them know they’ve been nominated so they can keep spreading the love

So let’s get started!

11 facts about me

1. I currently have two jobs and usually work six days a week. I work part-time as an audio transcriber for a company that specialises in court proceedings. For my other job I work as a casual in a small shoe store.  I also help out my mum, who owns several rental properties.

2. On Boxing Day of 2011 (it’s kind of like Black Friday with all the sales, only it’s the day after Christmas), I was pushed over by a customer while I was working. I was holding a stack of shoe boxes and couldn’t catch myself in time so I landed weirdly on my wrist. It took them a year, a lot of different attempts, and finally some exploratory surgery to find the microscopic tear in my wrist and fix it. I was cleared ten months after the surgery but I still get the occasional twinge in my wrist (like right now, since I’ve been typing all day).

3. While I was recovering from surgery and couldn’t use my right hand, I bought some handwriting books for primary school kids and started teaching myself how to write left-handed. It’s messy but legible and I still practise every so often. I also bought myself some a Disney princess colouring book but got really annoyed when I couldn’t stay between the lines.

4. I’m doing the Walk to Mordor challenge. I finished the regular walk and now I’m doing it from all the characters’ points of view. Originally I was doing the challenge as a way to get hyped up for the release of The Hobbit movies but now I really like having checkpoints to get to; it motivates me to do a bit of extra walking every day.

5. I’ll be moving closer to my typing job some time in the next few months and I’m really excited about the idea of buying a bike and cycling to work each day.

6. I am terrified of cane toads, which is not a good thing since I live in Queensland and that’s their stomping ground. I’m not exaggerating either; this is a full-blown phobia. I thought for a little while that I had calmed down and then a cane toad snuck into my house and tried to attack me and everyone in my family realised that, no, the phobia hadn’t eased with time.

7. I haven’t been out of Australia in 13 years.  My last passport photo is me as a grinning toddler. It looks like I’ll be doing some travelling at the end of this year, though; my sister is about to leave for a contract on a cruise ship based in America and my family plans to go and visit her when her contract’s up. I’m mostly excited because she’s based in FLORIDA and that means I’ll get to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

8. I’m addicted to Candy Crush. It started when I was recovering from surgery and couldn’t use a computer. I could, however, swipe clumsily at my mum’s iPad screen to play Candy Crush. I keep running out of levels and waiting for them to update.

9. I get woken almost every day by my cat, Shadow, who jumps on my bed and tries to kick me off my own pillow. In winter he won’t stop meowing until I let him under the blanket. Then he tries to kick me out of the entire bed.

10. I took pole dancing classes for a year before my wrist injury. I’m still building up my strength so I can go back to classes someday.

11. When I was younger, I wanted to be an ‘artest’ so I wouldn’t have to learn how to spell. Then I grew up and got my BFA in Creative and Professional Writing and my MA in Writing, Editing, and Publishing. Turned out I wasn’t that good at drawing.

 

11 questions set by AJ 

1. Being that all of you post about books, what is your favourite book and why?

I can never figure out an answer to this question because it’s always changing. I find something to like or learn from every book that I read. If we’re going to talk about the books that I’ve read the most times then that would go to the Harry Potter series.

2. How did you get into reading?

When I was a kid, my family moved around with my dad’s job. We lived in Papua New Guinea, then Fiji, then the Solomon Islands. There wasn’t a lot to do so I learned how to entertain myself. In 2000 a coup started in the Solomon Islands and the ex-pat women and children were evacuated by the HMAS Tobruk but all the men (including my dad) had to wait for another boat. We were on the Tobruk for five days with nothing to do except draw on unused sick bags and read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone over and over again because it was the one book my sister had grabbed as we were heading out the door. It was a pretty scary time, especially knowing that my dad was still stuck in a country that was at war. But when I lost myself in reading I wasn’t so scared anymore. That’s also when I decided I wanted to write. I wanted to make a world that someone could get lost in; somewhere they could go to escape the real world just for a little while.

3. You’re stranded on an island. All your basic needs will be met (food, water, shelter, etc). What three items do you bring with you?

I burn in under 10 minutes so I’d need sunscreen. Assuming that the goal is to get off the island, my other items would be a satellite phone and a book on how to build a raft. Assuming that the island is a pretty decent place, I’d use the sat phone to call my family/anyone to hear another human voice. I’d also sub the how to build a raft book for some kind of e-reader with an ever-lasting battery and every book in the world loaded onto it – that counts as one thing, right? If it doesn’t, then a massive notebook so I could get some writing done. I’d figure out a writing utensil from the stuff on the island.

4. What is your favourite place in the entire world and why?

Any place I’m with my family and friends and feeling happy. Or curled up in my bed with a good book. Despite living overseas for most of my childhood and travelling a lot, my memory is woeful and the most striking memories revolve around the people I was with, not where they took place.

5. How do you define love?

Caring about someone enough to support them but also be completely honest with them. To me, love doesn’t mean cushioning the blows so no one ever feels pain; it means standing by them when they’re in pain and being strong when they can’t be strong for themselves.

6. You won the lottery! What are you going to do with your winnings?

Pay off my HECS debt (student loan), pay off any of my family’s debt, pay off my parents’ mortgage, put a bunch of money in a high-interest savings account, donate money to charity, and then go on a round the world trip and visit  a bunch of amazing places that feature in books or films that I love.

7. How do you describe yourself?

I’m a practical person but I have an active imagination. I’m a list maker and if I want something I’ll figure out how to get it. I like to challenge myself by setting small goals and slowly increasing the scope until I’ve achieved something big.

8. If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?

I would like the ability to fly. If I had a superpower based on something I already have, it’d probably be something to do with my hair. I have excellent hair

9. Pepsi or Coke?

I actually gave up drinking soft drink for my New Year’s resolution two years ago and haven’t drunk any since but I used to prefer Coke.

10. When you read, what type of environment do you like to be in?

Somewhere quiet – or somewhere with background noise I can easily ignore like a bus or a library. I can hardly ever concentrate if there’s a screaming baby around me, though. That sound pierces through my soul.

11. What is your all-time favourite memory or thing you’ve ever done?

I have a lot of good memories but the one night I can always look back on and laugh at is the night before an Anzac Day service when a small choir group slept over at school and ran rampant. I don’t even understand what happened or why we went crazy but it may have been because of the coffee and hot chocolate machine we found in the staff room.

 

Nominated blogs

I’m pretty sure all the newbie blogs I follow have done this already so I’m just going to nominate one blog with a few different authors.

Our Paracosm is the group blog I share with some girls from uni. So I nominate Sharnai, Lucy, and Tammy for the Liebster Award.

 

Questions for my nominated blogs

1. So far you’ve posted mostly about TV shows but I know you all love reading as well so tell me about your favourite book or series. Why do you like it?

2. What book or TV show have you expected to like and ended up hating?

3. If you could go back in time and edit (structural or otherwise) one book or series before it was published, which would you choose and why?

4. Tell me about a character that’s taken you by surprise for a good or bad reason.

5. You get to create the next Disney princess movie. It can be derived from an existing fairy tale or it be something all your own. What would it be?

6. If your home or place of work was suddenly attacked by zombies, what would your escape/survival plan be?

7. What did you want to be when you were younger? What (if anything) changed?

8. If you could easily master any skill, what would it be and why?

9. Can you play a musical instrument? If so, what can you play?

10. Do you have any superstitions?

11. What do you want to achieve by the end of 2014?

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