I am honoured to accept the Liebster Award nominated by Irene Waters from her post The Liebster Award.
Irene is hard working quick thinking woman with dedication to finish tasks she have created for herself. It’s what writing is, isn’t it? Creative problem solving! Her photos are inspiring and well phrased stories give insight to a busy, but versatile lady with fondness of real life.
The Liebster Award originated in Germany with the earliest record of it being found in 2010. It is an internet award given by a blogger to a blogger. The meaning of liebster is dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, valued, pleasant, cute, welcome, sweetheart, endearing; all terms which I would be happy to have associated with me.
The nominee can either accept or not however the benefits to the blogger far outweigh the time taken to fulfil the requirements. I for one love awards and enjoy getting to know other bloggers that have not come across my path in the normal course of events. Already I have found a site that I really enjoy from Lita’s list of nominees.
The original rules stipulated that the award was to be passed on to bloggers with less than 3,000 followers but variation has been made over time to the rules and in 2014 I have managed to find instructions which have the number of followers to vary from 200 to 1000. The rules Lita sent me said 200 but as at the time she nominated me I had 246 followers I am going to alter the rules myself and change it to 300.
The really nice thing about the Liebster Award is that it is an award designed to find/recognize new bloggers and welcome them to the world of blogging. A little like taking your basket of scones and going across the street to welcome your new neighbor. It is a really nice thing to do. So thank you Lita for your welcome and welcome in return.
Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
(2) You must answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominee before you.
(3) Nominate 10 of your favorite blogs with fewer than 200 followers and notify them of their nomination.
(4) Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
The 10 Questions I was asked:
1) When did you start writing in general?
I dig my heels in when I was about 12. I was bored and given limitless access to lovely yellow paper. It was then I discovered my stories don’t need to be limited to one page only.
2) Why did you start this blog?
To get my stories out there. Getting published is hard work and we always have tons of stories that never reach the readers because they are turned down. I had quite a bit of them. I keep working on new ones to send to the publishers and hope for the best. But why leave the unnoticed ones dusting on the hard drive? So I decided to put them up myself. Over time it will show me how I’ve developed and every now and then they amuse someone.
3) What is one of your talents?
Never being out of ideas. Writing – that depends on many things, but ideas don’t.
4)What is a great memory from your past
Splashing through puddles with my 3-year-old niece in summer rain in the park while sister (her mother) was trying to explain us why we should keep our feet dry. It was so silly, but probably the most cracked up experience in a long time.
5) What is your favorite season of the year?
The one that hasn’t arrived yet? I mean each one of the seasons has the “it factor” that makes me giggle and desperately wait for it. The summer for the fresh greens and forests full of bounty and never having to go to sleep if you didn’t want to, because it wouldn’t get dark anyway. Autumn with nuts and acorns and mushroom hunting and game season, not to mention the feeling you get when you can see stars in the sky again and it is till warm enough to sit outside and just stare at them. Winter with the calmness of it and the white sparkling everywhere – the true winter wonderland that others can only enjoy on postcards and spring with all the blooms and fresh aromatic fields and bright birds can fill the heart with utmost happiness.
6) What makes you smile?
I am very easily amused :). Silly associations, lovely pictures, accomplishments and my family.
7) What do you think about the self-publishing vs. traditional publishing debate?
Considering where I am from and knowing how hard it is to publish my novels here, I am looking more into self-publishing as a way out. Traditional publishers are often professionals with eye to recognize that special one among many, which keeps a lot of rubbish in bay, forcing the writer to take that extra look over their work and learn to avoid style mistakes and clean up what doesn’t add up in their stories. With self-publishing that filter falls away. Although, traditional publishing does give you support system with your work, getting through to it with something different isn’t always that easy. They should work side by side without fearing each other, because I do feel there is playground for both of them – if I’m in need for groundbreaking good, I unwittingly turn to traditional publishers, but if I want to read something modern, different and entertaining I do find myself searching through self published writers.
8) What do you think the future of books is?
As of knowledge base they will survive. I am old fashioned in that way – books that are sources must be available even if the internet fails or suddenly you have nothing else left but candle light.
As entertainment – most likely they will end up in e-book form and that’s not a bad thing. The article is right about that writing is in changing stage and mammoth books are falling more and more in the past. As a reader, to be entertained, I too wish to read something I can finish in day or two or latest in a week. Yet if it is worth and thrilling, I still want it on paper to read it again and share it with others, considering that ebook formats you generally “borrow” and are not allowed to physically share.
So I believe they should support each other – ebook for quick, short story or series publishing and later publishing it on paper when it becomes clear that it has gathered enough material for being published or enough popularity /ingenuity to be used in studies.
9) If you have some spare time, what do you do?
I research. My time is often spent between work, sleep, writing and handwork and dogs. So when I come to a moment when I don’t do any of them and writing doesn’t seem to go at all, I research it or search for something completely different to find new angles.
10) Are you a planner or are you spontaneous?
There are things in my life that need to be stable in order to function normally and thus I make plans to keep them rolling the way I want. I like security. But when it comes to writing, it goes both ways. When I already have established idea, I tend to write out possible futures for the characters to get the idea, where it might lead. Yet sometimes I just write what ever comes and leave the cleaning up for later. It’s not math, more like biology – you stick the A, T, C and G in different orders and see what DNA you get. Sometimes it has dozen of eyes on the back, on another conservative with long hair and short temper. You never know :).
My Nominees (are all fairly new to the blogging world):
The questions I am asking my nominees:
1) What was the last book you read?
2) What time of day are you most productive?
3) How do you keep your motivation even in rough times?
4) What’s harder to write — chase scenes or love scenes?
For poets – on which topic would you rather create poems?
5) What was the topic you chose to write about last?
6) What topics are you dying to write about?
7) Which historical figure do you most identify with?
8) How do you relax?
9) Have you used real people as inspiration or written about? Why?
10) Do you use your own experiences?