Liebster Award Nomination

LiebsterAwardHi everyone!

Today my day was made ten times more spectacular when the very talented Miss Smoak of Secret Diary of an MD Student nominated me for the Liebster Award. Her blog is a haven of witty yet down-to-earth writings, and you should definitely swing on over and follow her. Thank you, Miss Smoak!

The Liebster Award was originally created to recognize and discover gifted new bloggers, and the word “liebster” even means “dearest” or “beloved” in German. I’m very humbled to have been nominated for it, and will go ahead with the steps because I think it’s a great way to bring new blogs into the limelight.

The rules are as follow:

The Liebster Award Rules

  1. Thank the nominator and post a link to his/her blog ✓
  2. Display the award on your blog ✓
  3. Answer the eleven questions provided by the nominator ✓
  4. Nominate 5-11 blogs which have less than 1,000 followers, and let them know they’ve been nominated ✓
  5. Make up and post eleven questions for your nominees to answer ✓
  6. Post these rules on your blog ✓

Here are the questions from Miss Smoak’s blog:

1) What’s your favourite live-by quote?

I have a notebook that I jot down all my ideas in, and when I first bought it I wrote a famous Victor Hugo quote on the first page:

Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.

This quote is really important to me because ideas are what shape the world, and I think that too many people keep theirs hidden.

2) What is something people would find surprising about you?

Hmm…that’s a hard one… Probably that I have a really sarcastic brain, but I keep to myself and am afraid to repel people so much that you’d never know just how snarky I am.

3) What’s your most precious childhood memory?

I have plenty, but the one that comes to mind is catching my first fish with my dad on Lake Winnipesauke in New Hampshire. Fishing was something my dad and I always bonded over, and my mom even claims that my first sentence was “Daddy caught a fish!”

4) What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is that I’ll offend people, which kind of goes hand in hand with question two.

5) Who is your all-time favorite character?

Seriously, that’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. I have favorite protagonists, favorite villains, favorite side characters, favorite original characters… But in the end I’m usually brought back to Luna Lovegood of the Harry Potter series. She’s quirky and otherworldly and funny and brilliant…and not afraid to be different. Which I know sounds really cliché, but it’s true.

6) What do you do when you need to cheer up?

I take my mind off the ‘bad’ stuff by writing, reading, painting, composing, crocheting, playing video games, etc. If that fails, then a steaming cup of tea and Doctor Who marathon usually does the trick.

7) A song you couldn’t live without?

My favorite song changes with my mood. At this very second, I can’t live without “True Strength” by John Dreamer. You can listen to it here.

8) Who is the person you trust most?

Don’t tell her I said this, but my sister. We’ve always been really close, and even though we bug the heck out of each other sometimes, I can’t think of anyone I trust more (besides my lovely parents, of course).

9) An event you’re looking forward to?

A lot of big events in my life have just passed, and things are pretty quiet for now. One thing I am looking forward to is the Doctor Who season 8 premiere on August 23rd. That might sound like I have no life, but…yeah, I have no life.

10) Which Jane Austen heroine are you most like?

I really had to think about this one! I’d have to say I’m a Lizzie Bennet/Elinor Dashwood hybrid. Like Lizzie, I have the ability to find amusement in absurd situations, and like Elinor, I am quiet and steadfast.

11) If you could start your life all over again, would you do it?

No, absolutely not. Considering that I’m young and still in school, there’s not much I can think of that I’d want to do over. I think I want to see what life has in store for me before I decide I want to start it again.

Ok, so here are five amazing blogs I think are more than deserving of the Liebster Award (and you should definitely check out):

  1. Real Girl; No Name
  2. word is bond
  3. mywordpool
  4. Through the Fog poetry
  5. Glass Half Fuller

And here are my eleven questions:

  1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
  2. What would you title the autobiography of your life?
  3. At what age did you become an adult? (if ever)
  4. What question do you hate to answer?
  5. Who is your hero and why?
  6. If you suddenly had the ability to time travel, but only for one trip, where and when would you go?
  7. What is your favorite thing to spend money on?
  8. What’s the most striking dream you can remember? Have you ever had a lucid dream?
  9. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
  10. If you could be an expert in any field, what field or subject would it be?
  11. Do you collect anything?

Once again, thank you to Miss Smoak for nominating me!

thanks dear


Very Inspiring Blogger Award Nomination

very-inspiring-blogger-award Hi everyone! What a lovely surprise this is…I’ve been nominated for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” by the incredible Sarah Garratt of The Lit Bear. She’s a very talented writer who posts everything from poetry to short fiction, and it’s always a joy to read her work. I suggest you go check her out if you haven’t already. Thank you, Sarah! Now, the rules are as follow:

  1. Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Ok, so here are seven facts about myself:

  1. I’ve been actively studying flute performance since I was in the fourth grade, and am currently playing in a few ensembles and an orchestra. Actually, that’s the main reason why I’ve been slower to post lately; I’m rehearsing from nine in the morning until five. I also play the piano (but not well). I pretty much can’t survive without music.
  2. I wrote my first “novel” (quotes because at the time, I thought it was the single greatest work of literature in existence) when I was eight. It was seventy-five handwritten pages and about a dog who snuck to school in his owner’s backpack. First rate stuff, right there.
  3. I have a 130 lb Bernese Mountain Dog named Luna, and three hermit crabs named Armando, Philomena, and Seamus. I used to have three turtles (Giovanna, Luigi, and Luciana) and two snakes, and to this day turtles remain my favorite animals.
  4. I’m about half Italian, and whenever my dad’s side of the family gets together, we make the most delicious strombolis and pizzas from scratch. My favorite dish would have to be baked zidi, though. I’ve recently fallen into a cooking and baking kick.
  5. I’m trying to learn French, because I think it would be so cool to be bilingual. I’ve been taking lessons for about two years.
  6. Though I have an infinite amount of respect for the independent publishing industry, it’s always been my dream to have a book published traditionally. You know; the agent, the editor, the whole shebang.
  7. I’m kind of sort of obsessed with Doctor Who, BBC’s Sherlock, and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (it’s an anime, in case you didn’t know…). I also pledge allegiance to Nerdfighteria (the awesome community created by John and Hank Green, the Vlogbrothers.)

So now you know more about me than I’ve ever posted on this blog. Here are the spectacular bloggers who I have nominated, and you should definitely visit:

  1. Penlateral
  2. Silver Pen Writers’ Society
  3. No Talent For Certainty
  4. Syntatic Static
  5. Conscious
  6. Jovisgoes on a Journey…
  7. Chasing Rabbits
  8. orange is a fruit
  9. Strangers and Poetry
  10. The Walking Blues
  11. Lilac
  12. The Line Between Lilac and Purple
  13. Silent Dugood
  14. mikkiaaron
  15. Frances Justine

To the nominated blogs: please don’t feel obligated to complete every step exactly; I just wanted to give you some recognition for being amazing. Thank you again to Sarah of The Lit Bear for nominating me, and thanks to all of the above blogs for being awesome!