Liebster Award

WL Hawkin at Blue Haven Press ( was kind enough to nominate me for the Liebster Award. Thank you. This is my first time doing something like this. Should be fun.

The Rules.

Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

1. If you could live in any culture, in any time, in any place, where would it be?

I think I would want to visit either the feudal era or the ancient Roman/Greek culture, prior to the empire. There’s so much history. I’ve always been drawn to worlds where large portions of the map remain unfilled; where the forest is full of mystery.

2. What genre(s) do you read?

I read more fantasy than anything else. Science fiction would be second, particularly cyberpunk, though I’m thinking I should try steampunk to see what it’s like. A little supernatural horror, and a smattering of realistic fiction, but at the end of the day magic is where my heart lies.

3. Who inspires you?

While there are many sources of inspiration, I think Neil Gaiman is a great inspiration for me. Not only is he a skilled artist with a variety of mediums, there’s also a peaceful wisdom about him that I really admire.

4. Where is your favourite place to write?

I prefer out of the way places, rooms with only one door, refurbished basements, anywhere that doesn’t see a lot of through traffic. Sometimes I may sit under a tree or in a grassy field, but more often I find myself in front of a computer, typing away in a corner room.

5. Do you prefer paper or electronics for writing/reading?

I don’t know that I have a preference. I find that rough drafts are easier to write on paper, but both outlines and revisions flow more readily when I type away on the computer.
And typing up a rough draft doubles as a “first review”.

6. If you could invite four historical characters to a dinner party, who would they be?

Definitely Shakespeare. The others I would probably go more contemporary; Neil Gaiman, Sarah McLachlan, George Carlin.

7. What do you enjoy about blogging?

I enjoy the opportunity to converse with people on a variety of topics without concern for geographic or social barriers that might otherwise exist. I can easily do a search on any topic, read various posts, and strike up a conversation in the comments.
It’s a wonderful wealth of ideas and perspectives on any number of subjects.

8. Have you ever written a book or a story? What is it called?

I once started working on a young adult urban fantasy called Tamberlain’s Ring. It’s a story about kids who find a magical artifact, and their shenanigans. After writing about 9 chapters I decided to heed the advice of other authors and write a few short stories, see what I could learn from that before returning to feature length stories.

9. What cuisine do you crave for comfort?

Either spaghetti and meatballs or a good chicken marinade with mashed potatoes. I also like to snack on baby carrots.

10. Do you speak a language or languages other than English?

I know random phrases in half a dozen languages, but English is the only language I speak fluently.

11. What is it about blogging that brings you here?

There is always more to learn. I hope to learn from others, refine my own understanding, and perhaps help each other get closer to the dream.

Source: Liebster Award! (

My Nominations:

Questing Author (

Red String Paper Cuts (

MNBernard Books (

Allison D. Reid (

Writing Your First Novel (

Writing Geek (

Anatomy of Perceval (

Myths of the Mirror (

M.S. Weech (

Kristen Lamb (

My Questions:

1. What is your favorite book, or if you prefer, your favorite author?
2. Is there a country you have always wanted to visit, if so where?
3. What do you enjoy about blogging?
4. What’s your preferred writing space?
5. How do you find inspiration?
6. What do you like to do for fun when you need a break from writing?
7. What started you down the road of writing?
8. What’s one story you keep recommending to others?
9. How do you keep yourself motivated?
10. What superpower would you choose and why?
11. What four people would you invite to a dinner party; contemporary, historical, or fictional?

20 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. Ack, Adam, don’t know when I’ll get to this! Thanks for the nomination. Sometime this week, perhaps. It’s my last week at my job and life is crazy!

  2. Thank you Adam. I know this takes some time to create. I agree with you about Neil Gaiman, and love that you see his “peaceful wisdom”. I see that too. Do you follow him on Twitter? He’s quite active. I also love the past and forests and the quiet places. Keep writing your novel. I think that short stories are much more difficult to write than novels;)

    • I haven’t gotten into Twitter yet. I recognize the merits, but there is only so much time in the day, and I’m reluctant to plug into more online media outlets that may distract me. I follow him on Facebook.
      In the long term it is my goal to return to novel writing, but the advice I’ve received from successful authors has consistently included “master short stories, then move on to longer works.” I am continuing to develop my novel ideas, but right now my focus is on this blog. In the near future I’ll be reducing my output and re-engaging short story writing. I’m hopeful that these efforts will prove helpful in writing fiction.
      Thank you again. 🙂

  3. Aw! Thanks for the nomination! 😀 I’m so bad at actually doing these, though. Haha! But I am going to do this one because I’m honored! Thank you!

    Oo! Roman/Greek culture would be really cool! Nice choice! 🙂

  4. Wow, I’m so honored to be on this list! Congrats on your nomination–it is well drserved. And thank you for mine! I’ll get right on those questions. 🙂

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  6. I have gotten so accustomed to typing that I could never write on paper again. When I scribble on notes my handwriting is so terrible that I have no idea how I managed to get anything done during my school years.

    • Yeah. My handwriting is far from strong, but sometimes I think the “how” matters. It definitely feels different to write by hand, and sometimes, for whatever reason, a specific piece turns out better if the rough draft is written by hand.
      I think one of the more interesting stories I’ve heard is of someone who felt very intimidated by writing on actual paper, so they started writing on napkins, both for the size, and because they felt like there wasn’t the same call to make sure it was quality writing.
      Made me smile.
      But in the end it’s all about getting words down in whatever form feels right and works for you. 🙂

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