Fellow fiction writer Emilyann Girdner(anythingimagined.blogspot.com) nominated me (this blog) for a Liebster Award–one given out to new and upcoming blogs with fewer than 200 followers. Thanks, Emilyann! “Liebster” is German for “favorite,” so this is considered a Favorite Blog Award.
So my blogpost today is my response to the 11 questions I had to answer as part of the Liebster rules. This post is less about writing than it is about me. I’m also “passing it forward” to eleven other blogs in hopes of creating a better network of great new blogs.
I’ve nominated 11 other blogs and included 11 questions for them to answer on their own blogs.
So, my answers to the 11 Questions I was given:
1. What is your favorite song?
“One Way” by The Levellers. No, you’ve probably never heard the song or the band, but you should listen to both. “There’s only one way of life—and that’s your own.” So true.
2. Cats or Dogs? Why?
Cats are fine, but dogs bring joy.
3. What is your favorite book from childhood?
I read comics, mostly. My favorite monthly was Uncanny X-Men, though I have to give props to The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. The first novel I read on my own was David Morrell’s The Brotherhood of the Rose (by then I’d been assigned And Then There Were None and To Kill a Mockingbird, both of which made me realize that reading prose could be worth my time). I didn’t start reading novels for fun until high school.
4. If you had to pick a different occupation, what would it be?
I’d like to be one of those guys who taste beer for a living. This is a real job, by the way. Budweiser has a few guys who sample each vat of beer to make sure it is exactly right. And I think the pay is pretty good!
5. Do you have a favorite flower?
I am not a flower guy. They look nice. That’s about the extent of how much I’ve thought about flowers.
6. Mac or PC?
I prefer a Mac simply because I’ve never had a single virus or computer issue. It just works.
7. Who would you pick if you had the opportunity to interview a historical figure?
I’d probably interview Dick Cheney. I want to know what or who was in the “man-sized” safe in his office. Actually, I have a lot of questions for him. That would be a fun interview . . . unless I ended up in the safe.
8. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Only for the blind. Just kidding. I’m suspect of love at first sight because Romeo and Juliet were such idiots. Now, I was certainly interested in my wife when I first saw her from across the room at the Galway Arms Irish Pub in Chicago, but the love thing grew as I got to know her (and I guess she grew to love me, too . . . or so I tell myself). I believe in infatuation at first sight and lust at first sight. True love seems like it takes more time than a glance.
9. What is your favorite genre of book and why?
I love science fiction/speculative fiction because these stories tend to be creative & imaginative, but more importantly, they tackle important issues in entertaining and thought provoking ways.
10. What are you most proud of in life?
I’m proud of my family and happy to be part of that wonderful group of people. I’m also proud of the novel I’ve written (unpublished). Whatever happens with it, I know it is good. It may not win any awards. That’s fine. But you have no idea how hard it is to write a good novel until you spend years trying and revising. I did it and I know it is a fairly entertaining read. Come what may, that’s something.
11. What obstacle has been the toughest for you to overcome in your life?
Compared to most people, I have lived a charmed life: no major tragedies, financial woes, etc. I am probably the happiest person I know. When I was growing up, we moved several times and that wasn’t easy. I didn’t have any control over what was happening and I certainly didn’t like saying “good-bye” to friends. My family stayed together and we were always okay, but moving to a new spot was depressing and frightening. Eventually I learned to make the best of it, go in and make new friends, etc. By the time I got to college, making new friends was easy and normal, but in elementary and high school, moving felt a lot more like an ending than a beginning. That being said, I wouldn’t change anything. Moving helped me discover who I was . . . and despite all my faults, I like who I am.
My New 11 Questions for the Blogs Nominated Below:
- What is something you regret? (no need to get too personal)
- What was the first thing you remember writing?
- Who was your favorite actor or actress when you were growing up?
- What is your favorite television show that was cancelled before its time/too soon?
- Can you think of a time when you were “pleasantly surprised”? What was it?
- What is your least favorite type/genre of music?
- Which disappointing revelation of a fallen star/celebrity had the biggest effect on you and why?
- If you were to recommend one vacation spot, what would it be and why?
- What goal are you most focused on right now?
- What is on your bucket list (things you want to do before you die)? *List just one or two.
- If you were to write a “Thank you” note to someone you’ve never actually met, who would that be and why?