I Won An Award!

It’s more like a fun blogging game, but I’m very thankful to Leslie over at The Upstream Writer for thinking of me, and linking to me! Thanks, Leslie!!

Feel free to grab this and use it on your Liebster post, nominated bloggers!

Liebster: German for sweetheart, beloved, dearest or darling. Used in greeting.
The rules are fairly simple:
1) Thank and link back to the person who nominated you. (That would be me!)
2) List 11 Random Facts About Yourself
3) Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
4) Nominate 9 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers (and you can’t nominate the blogger who nominated you, so I can’t be one of those nine) (and I’ll probably cheat and go “less than 1000 followers”… because I’m a rebel like that)
5) Ask them 11 questions – do not answer the same questions I answered! You’ll find your questions down below.
6) Let your nominees know about the nomination. (And this is important! Don’t make your fellow blogging friends find their nominations by chance!)
This is so perfect because I’ve followed a LOT of blogs over the last year, but haven’t interacted much, (sorry!) and so this is the PERFECT way for me to give a little back to them! So for those of you whom I’ve nominated, know that I’ve been lurking, reading and appreciating your voice and contributions!

Ready? Here we go!

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I started playing the flute when I was 9 years old. The band director for my elementary school brought instruments into our fourth grade classroom to show us what was available to play. I picked up the flute and very immediately and naturally made a sound out of it. The band director called my mother and told her I had a natural aptitude for the flute. We went out that very next weekend and picked up my student model Gemeinhardt. I ended up moving to the advanced band half-way through the fourth grade.

2. I’m terrified of falling backwards. It’s not a fear of heights. I can fly an airplane, stand on top of a building or even rock climb. But if I feel like I’m going to fall backwards, I’ll freeze up.

3. I finished writing my first novel in December. It’s been a goal of mine since I was six years old.

4. I got my private pilot license my senior year of high school, but still have less than 100 flying hours. Stupid money. That said… while I once wanted nothing more than to be one of those insane bush pilots flying supplies into the remotest parts of Alaska, I have no real desire to fly a plane ever again.

5. I’m 42 years old, working in the software industry, but still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. Which is why I want to be a full-time writer. As a writer, you can really be anything you want to be.

6. My favorite book is Illusions by Richard Bach. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read it. I’ve worn out and/or given away at least a dozen copies in the last 30 years. I’ve always thought of it as my guidebook of life.

7. I can’t roll my tongue… therefore, I suck at the ethnic pronunciation of many words. I gave up trying, because people don’t like being spat upon during my feeble and lame attempts.

8. My favorite “commandment” from any religious doctrine is the Wiccan rede. “Harm none, and do as you will.” I think it sums up anything and everything religion tries to teach in one simple, unambiguous phrase. Over-complication is humanity’s Achilles heel.

9. I studied Filipino and Indonesian martial arts for five years, and would do so again in a heartbeat… If I could ever find an instructor as awesome as Jose over at Aegis in Huber Heights, Ohio.

10. My family was accused of witchcraft by a bunch of crazies when I was ten years old (long before I even knew the Wiccan Rede was a thing). I made up a game called “The Power of Gray Cat” (I loved He-man, and my family had a gray cat…) It amounted to chasing the cat through the woods with the other neighborhood kids. Our whack-job neighbors hear the words “power” and “cat”, put their two-and-two together, and decided we were a family of witches. Their kids would – and I’m not exaggerating – hiss at me, making hex signs, and jump behind bushes when I’d walk by. Their parents would call us every night right around dinner time, spouting bible verse over the phone. They finally stopped when my mother threatened to turn them into toads. (Honestly, you can’t make this shit up.)

11. I cook by smell. I will literally smell everything before it goes into the pot. I combine the scents in an olfactory sense before combining anything. Really, I tend to smell-test everything. I’m fairly certain I was a dog in a former life.

11 Questions Posed by Leslie

1. If you could be a character in any one of the worlds you’ve created for your books–like take over an existing character, or be your own kind of character–which world would it be and what character would you be?
I would most definitely be Kessa St. James from The Adept Cycle. I wanted to be an FBI agent, and even went through the testing process (and passed). I ended up self-washing… I was lured by the tech industry as the dotcom bubble grew. I sometimes wish I wasn’t too old to go back and try the FBI path again… but like I said earlier, that’s why I write. When you write, you live the lives of your characters. Kessa is magically adept, too… which would just be awesome.

2. What’s one item on your Bucket List?
Just one, Leslie? Really? Mine is five miles long! Cave tubing in Belize is way up there. It’s what comes to mind first, so I’ll just go with that.

3. What is your favorite genre to read?
Anything that involves urban fantasy or magical realism. I love magic set in a modern world.

4. What is one of the stories you have started/written? (just the title and one paragraph description)
Finding Anna is a magical realism piece of women’s literature where a middle-aged, late-start mother wishes she could have a second try at life – and is granted that wish. She travels back in time and is given the chance to start over… but she doesn’t realize what she’s left behind – her daughter Anna – until it’s too late.

5. What is your most prized possession?
A spell of three wishes given to me by my now-husband when we were kids. I was 19, and he was 21 and in the Navy. He brought it home to me from a little shop in the Orient. We were best friends in high school, and it was the token of our friendship that I cherished over the years that we’d lost contact. It now sits on our fireplace mantel as a reminder that we’ve always been thinking of each other, regardless of time or distance.

6. What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere new 🙂

7. How would you describe your blog?
Mostly about writing, but I’m finding I have a lot to say about life in general, too.

8. If you could give one piece of advice, using only six words, what would it be?
Do not doubt your gut instinct.

9. What is the craziest/nerdiest/geekiest thing you’ve ever done? (pick one superlative)
Living my life? LOL I’m a geek by nature. Everything I do runs the line of geekness. I guess the superlative would be full acceptance of my nature, and ceasing to care what anyone else thinks about it.

10. If you had a week (but only a week) to travel anywhere in the world and do whatever you liked, where would you go and what would you do?
I’d do a bicycle tour of castles in Ireland or Scotland.

11. If you could meet anybody, past or present, for coffee or drinks, who would it be?
Right now, I’d have to say Neil Gaiman. His mind fascinates me. He is the type of writer I aspire to be. And based on his speeches, interviews, etc., I think that he and I approach life in a very similar manner… he’s just a lot better at it than I am. (He’d probably disagree)

My Nominees
I’m nominating these bloggers because they have awesome things to say. So, dear readers… go read them!

1. Jen over at Jen’s Pen Den
2. Michi at Michi’s Adventures in Blogging
3. Caroline at Ice Cream for Zombies
4. Ty at… Ty
5. David at David Snape and Friends
6. Jane at Jane Risdon
7. Michelle at Bigger Than Smaller
8. Pam at Catching My Drift
9. John at Get Off My Lawn
10. Bonus: Courtney at Courtney Herz Writes

And… The Questions for My Nominees

These are very, very serious questions 😉 My nominees range all over the spectrum, from writers to musicians to… neither. Okay, that’s not really a very broad spectrum. But, you know… these are “writer” related, unless you make them such. And yes, I stole a couple of these questions from Leslie, because I’m a cheater like that. Don’t forget to link back to this blog post when you play along, and then come comment on this post with your link! I want to read your posts!!

1. What do you want to be when you grow up?
2. Write a haiku about the closest item to your left.
3. What is your favorite blog post that you wrote from the last year? (don’t forget to link it!) Why do you love it so very, very much?
4. What is your favorite blog post that you read in the last month, and why? (again, links people!)
5. What was the last book you read? Like it, love it or meh?
6. If you could be a fictional character for a week, who would you be and why?
7. What is your most prized possession?
8. If you could meet anyone (real person) past or present for drinks or coffee, who would it be?
9. What is at the tip-top of your bucket list? Do you have a plan to achieve that goal?
10. If you could try something new (money/time not being a deciding factor), what would it be?
11. What has surprised you the most about your life or life in general?

7 thoughts on “I Won An Award!

  1. Love your blogs – Didn’t know about the Three Wishes.  Will have to look at next time down there.  You and Ken were meant to be.  Love you too.

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  2. aw, love it! And thanks for tagging me – I will respond when I’m not – you know- dayjobbing. re magickal realism — have you read Charles DeLint? I have only just now discovered that beauty.

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  3. Congrats, Shanan! And thanks for the nomination. It’s always nice (and a relief) to know others like my blog 🙂 I enjoyed reading more about you. I love your advice about trusting your instincts. Totally agree!


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