Sunday 31 March 2013

My Liebster Award

As you all know (I've been banging on about it for the past ages) I'm taking part in the A-Z blogging challenge throughout April.  I've been visiting people to say 'hello' and offer support for the upcoming month. While I've been wandering through blog-land, I noticed that a lot of people had been blogging about 'The Liebster Award', and was a teeny bit jealous that no-one had nominated me for the award.  You can only participate if someone else nominates you.  And guess what?!  I've been nominated *yay* by someone I visited for the A-Z challenge, and they visited me back.

The kind person who nominated me is Jak Cryton over at The Cryton Chronicles.  Thank you very much, kind sir.

As with all other blog-hops, this is a way of introducing bloggers to other blogs that they may not have seen before. 

So, the rules are:

  • Post the award to your blog (see above)
  • Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog (see above)
  • Post 11 random facts about yourself (see below)
  • Answer 11 questions that have been set by the person who nominated you (see below)
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with fewer than 200 followers to accept this award (see below)
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions (see below)

11 Random Facts About Me
  1. I always wanted to be a ballerina, but that dream was quashed when my toes grew to all odd lengths, rendering it quite dangerous for me to dance in pointe shoes.
  2. I have recently given up eating bread.  It's been quite difficult, because one of my favourite foods is toast, but I'm surviving! 
  3. The one place I want to visit before I die (mainly because it's pretty impossible to visit places after you die!) is Easter Island.
  4. When I was little, I was scared of balloons.  Birthday parties were never as fun as they should have been!
  5. My hair hasn't been its natural colour in at least 15 years.
  6. I love watching horror films even though the scare the life out of me.  I tend to watch them during the day so that I'm not scared before I go to bed.
  7. I've never smoked a cigarette and I never plan to.
  8. I played a Munchkin in my primary school production of The Wizard of Oz.  I was the tallest child in the school.
  9. I don't like eating food that has eyes or bones in it.
  10. I love rainbows and have arranged my books in spine colour order.
  11. I have dreadful handwriting.

11 Questions From Jak Cryton

1. What is your favourite colour?
Purple, although red does come a close second.
2. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  Why?
Invisibility.  I'd just like to know what people really thought of me.  Maybe it would cure my paranoia, or maybe it would make it worse, but I'd still like to know.
3. If you were resurrected as an animal, what would you want to be?  Why?
I would love to be a dog in a great family, where I can sleep, eat, play, run around, and not have to worry about a thing!
4. What is the last book you read and/or currently reading?
I'm currently reading The Crimson Rooms by Katharine McMahon for my book group.  I've only read about 5 chapters but it's pretty gripping.
5. Who is your favourite author?
Roald Dahl.
6. Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo or the A to Z Challenge before?  If so, what were your experiences like?
I did NaNoWriMo for the first time last year.  It was something I'd wanted to do for a while but never thought I'd be able to do it.  If I'm honest, I didn't enjoy it.  I felt like I was under too much pressure and that I'd be a failure if I didn't finish it.  I never set myself targets when I write, and I manage to get more words down each day that I did throughout November!  This year is my first attempt at the A to Z Challenge, and I'm quite excited about it.
7. What is (or was) your most anticipated movie to be released in 2013?
I'm not really a big film buff.  I do like films, but I never know what's coming out until it's already been released.  I have no idea what's due for release this year, but I'm sure I'll watch all the 2013 films when they come out on Netflix!
8. Who was your first movie crush?
David Bowie in 'Labyrinth' and Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie Howser M.D.
9. What would your dream job entail?
I would love to be a full time writer, living in a secluded house where I would write uninterrupted.  However, there's always a chance that would end up like Misery, so I'd have to make sure that I never have any driving accidents in the snow!
10. Who has been the most influential person in your life?
I would have to say my parents.  They've always been supportive of everything I've done, and have helped me out whenever they could.
11. Do you believe in the supernatural?  If so, any experiences?
I know that things like ghosts and aliens don't exist, but I still can't bring myself to watch Supernatural Activity or any of the Alien films.  And you couldn't pay me enough to get me to watch The X Files!

11 Nominated Bloggers
  1. Where in the world are you right now?
  2. What has been your best gift?
  3. Can you play a musical instrument?
  4. If you could time-travel to any period in the past, where would you go?
  5. What's your favourite dessert?
  6. Who was your favourite teacher at school?
  7. Do you have any pets?
  8. Where did you go on your last holiday/vacation?
  9. What languages can you speak?
  10. What's your favourite word?
  11. If you could exchange lives with anyone, who would you choose?

If I've nominated you, please spread the love and share this award.  If I've not nominated you, hold on in there; you'll be able to participate in this in no time.


  1. Oh my gosh!!! Thank you Rebeccah! This is so absurdly cool my brain is about to explode!!!

    Whew, ok, sorry about that. Had to get it out of my system. I'm ok now.

    I've seen many blogs with his award but never really understood how exactly it works or how you get it. It's no surprise that by connecting to awesome bloggers like you I ended up being able to share in the love.

    So thank you, so much, for this honor. I promise not to squander it but to share it, as you have with me.
    Thank you!!!

    1. Hahaha, that's ok, please let it all out!

      I'd seen it around and wanted to be a part of it, but never knew how. And it's all thanks to the A-Z challenge, as I was nominated by someone I visited from the A-Z sign up list! It's all about supporting each other and getting to know our fellow bloggers :)

  2. Thank you so much for nominating me! I, too, had dreams of being a ballerina when I was little, but they were quashed by my somewhat conflicting refusal to wear a tutu, or anything resembling a skirt.

    1. Hahaha, you could have just worn one of those (un)flattering leotards!

  3. Thank you for the nod, Rebeccah! Honestly I had seen the Liebster mentioned, but had not paid much attention - now I understand! Looking forward to combing thru my "follow" list, and the ones to come from A-to-Z, to find my nominees!

    1. You're welcome. I hope you manage to share the love and visit some new blogs :)

  4. Thanks Rebecca!

  5. Yay! Much deserved, and am glad to see your nominees — some of which I have since stumbled across :)

    Keep up the awesome work! A minute to Midnight (okay... now past by the time I got to posting this heh) and already people have posts up! It has begun! Have a blast! ACK, make me stop using exclamation marks >.<

    Make sure to add the badge to your site (I put mine on the right side column). I'll be back :)

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

    1. Thank you :D I'm a bit computer stupid, erm, so how do I put the badge on my side bar thingumy?

  6. Hello! Thank you very much for commenting on my blog and following me and giving me this award! I feel very spoiled to get all three at once. (And I would follow you back but for some reason the thing which allows me to follow isn't working. However, I will book mark your blog and return often. Therefore, I am following it, it just doesn't show up on your sidebar.)

    I had fun reading your answers and facts. Giving up bread is hard. Toast is one of the best breakfast foods in the world. I cannot eat much bread as I have trouble digesting things, so I know what it is like to not eat toast as often as one would like.

    Visiting the Easter Islands would be a lot of fun, they are one of the places I would like to visit someday as well. Though I have a lot of places I would like to go to.

    Being invisible sometimes would be nice. I think I would like to be for the same reason you would like to. Though it might only make things worse in the end...

    Thank you again for the award! I had fun doing it, and I am looking forward to reading your posts for the challenge.