And what, you might ask, is a Liebster Award? Initial Google inquiries seem to suggest that it shares characteristics with an urban myth; nobody seems to be entirely sure where or how it started, and the rules of the award appear to have evolved over time. I’m going to enter into the apparent spirit of the awards by modifying them just a little bit to suit me, but if you want to see Paul’s rules, go visit his blog (he’s a very hospitable host).
These are the rules I’m going with –
– Paste the award picture on the blog.
– provide 11 random facts about me and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated me (obviously notifying said person about this post).
– Nominate some more people to answer the same questions.
11 Random Facts About Me
1. I’m left-handed. Anecdotal evidence suggests that a disproportionately high number of writers are left-handed.
3. I am a direct descendent of Chief Kamariera Te Hau Takiri Wharepapa.
4. My second child is named after St. Alia of the Knife from the novel “Dune”.
5. When I was pregnant with my first child, I worked for a community of Catholic friars, running their retreat centre. Some visitors mistook me for a Sister in mufti – until I stood up from behind my desk…
6. I am the oldest of seven assorted full and half siblings.
7. I have a theory that one of the secret ingredients in KFC is catnip.
8. My IQ according to the free online test I did just now is 125. My greatest strength was (not surprisingly) Verbal. Tomorrow, with another test…it’s anybody’s guess.
9. My story in “Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies” was inspired by my aunt who died of cancer.
10. The first story I ever sold for publication, “Metal Mouth”, was inspired by her sons.
11. The smell of fresh earthworks makes me nostalgic.
And the answer to Paul’s 11 questions are –
1) Before now, had you ever heard of the Liebster Award?
2) Before now, had you ever heard of me?
3) How long have you been blogging?
Since September 2010.
4) What is the primary purpose of your blog?
I’d been told – many, many times – that writers Must Have A Blog for promotional purposes. And oh, because the fans demand it, daaahling! The shameless self-promotion angle is still there, but I’ve found that I get more satisfaction out of using my blog to promote other people.
5) Where do your blogging ideas come from?
Random stuff that happens in my life, mostly.
6) Do you blog according to a schedule or is it more random?
I aim for two posts a week. Some weeks I win, some weeks I lose.
7) If you have a day job, what is it? If not, just say something interesting.
I work part time as a teacher aide. I discovered this calling (and it does feel like a calling) by accident; I was volunteering so much at my kids’ school that they finally gave in and decided to pay me. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that a disproportionately high number of writers also work, or have worked, in education. Anyone want to propose a theory why that is?
8) Which search engine is set as default on your browser?
What – you mean I have a choice besides Google?
9) Did you have to check your browser before answering #8?
10) What is the title of the last book you read?
Fractured Spirits: Hauntings in the Peoria State Hospital. Quite timely, as I’m off on a horror writers’ weekend retreat in an abandoned mental hospital in a couple of weeks’ time.
11) Have you ever met a famous person?
Define famous…some of the cast and crew of the 1993 movie “The Piano” stayed at the hotel at which I worked when they were filming, so I got to wait on Sam Neill and Holly Hunter.
My chosen recipients of the Liebster Award have been selected kinda sorta at random from the list of blogs I follow. Some are old friends, some are new-ish discoveries. And they are –
Noor A Jahangir a.k.a. The Troll King