A couple of months back, I was nominated for the Liebster Award, but I have been nominated for it twice since then. Once by moodsaplenty Steven, and the other by Kayla at Concerning Writing. Now, I said to Steven (who nominated me first) that since I’ve already done a Liebster Award post, I would just answer his questions instead and make a post out of that. And then Kayla nominated me, so I thought I’d combine the two. It would only make sense. I would actually nominate people again… apart from everyone I follow has more followers than the rules dictate, and those followers I have who don’t, I nominated last time. So. Here’s a boring post of me merely answering a load of Liebster questions! 😉
I would just like to say a big thank you to Steven and Kayla for nominating me in the first place. It’s always so lovely to know someone’s thought about you/your blog, even if it is all virtual. It is indeed the thought that counts 🙂
Q1: So, when and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging at the very end of January 2013 because I was getting a book published later on in the year. I had been working on this book since 2011, and I had virtually told no one about it, so I thought… ‘I should really probably tell people about this now.’ And when I say no one, I really mean that: my parents knew… and I think it was one friend, possibly two. Needless to say, when I suddenly started announcing to people that I was getting a book published – you know, as you do – there was a bit of a shocked/confused reaction, as you can probably imagine. I was questioned endlessly as to how I stayed so unbelievably quiet about it all, but to be honest, it’s not that surprising at all because I don’t talk about anything. I was going to use this blog as a promotion site for this book of mine… That hasn’t really panned out too well, as I cannot self-promote to save my life… (:
Q2: What is your wildest dream?
Okay, this is going to sound so incredibly depressing, but I’ve never really had a… dream – especially ‘wild’ ones. I’m a bit of a wanderer… Always have been. I dream for a better world, I suppose – one that is kind and compassionate to everyone and everything. That can seem quite wild in this day and age (note my acerbity).
I have what I like to refer to as a mini-dream, purely because it’s not very adventurous, it’s just something I would love to do. I dream of decorating my house whereby each room represents a different aspect of nature. For example, the bathroom would be underwater, and the living room would be autumnal, and my bedroom would be a forest, and my study would be like a holly berry amid a winter wood… ^^
Q3: When you were growing up, what did you always want to be? Did it pan out…?
As mentioned in my post where I ramble endlessly about my love for Darwin, I wanted to be a doctor as a child. But things cocked up and that dream (the only ‘dream’ I’ve ever had) went out the window.
Also, when I was a child, one day I was walking down the road with my mother, holding her hand, and I suddenly blurted this out: “I want to be a millionaire when I grow up, because then I could give all my money away to people who need it.” Hand on my heart, that is a true story. Ask my mother if you don’t believe me. But again, this has not panned out. Yet. 😉 Ha.
Q4: What makes up your ideal ‘me’ time/day off?
A day when I have awoken early – ‘cause I’m an early birdy – and I can go out for a long walk and come back and be creatively productive.
Q5: You can have anybody, living or dead, over for dinner. Who would that lucky someone be?
I have two people I love and respect greatly, more than anyone else. Can I break the rules here and invite two? Firstly, Charles Darwin. Secondly, Tolkien. Whenever my mother is asked this question, she always says Jesus and/or Buddha. I should probably say Jesus myself, but I never do with this kind of question because I can’t really see the Son of God sat at a formal dinner table with a napkin on his lap… I just feel that is inherently wrong, somehow. Do you not think?
Q6: Are you a city-dweller, or are you a rural, country soul?
A rural, country soul, without question. Oh, how I dislike cities.
Q7: Do you prefer a dark, cosy winter’s night, or long, hot summer evening?
Always a dark, cosy winter’s night. Always. Winter’s my season! I abhor summer, quite frankly. I truly do appreciate it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
Q8: What is your favourite word?
Only one? I can’t pick only one, I’m afraid.
Twilight. Evergreen. Horizon. Celestial. Shore. Noticing a trend?
I have a few favourite Kurpian words… One of which is datekarayn, purely because of its meaning. There is no equivalent word for its meaning in English, but it is the word for a lost heart yearning something it does not understand, or does not know. An empty longing. A lost soul. A wanderer. (Fun fact: It is one of the very few Kurpian words which can be used as a noun, a verb and an adjective ;)) I also love the Kurpian words littueniina [‘evergreen’], uelaniiteda [‘celestial/divine’] and eluen [‘peace’] because they are so beautiful to say.
(If you are sat thinking, ‘What on Earth is Kurpian?’, it is simply the language of the Ilimoskus which I created)
Q9: Cats, or dogs?
Ahhhhh, this is a tough one! I love both, for different reasons I’d always want both a cat and a dog… Cats are hilarious, but you certainly get a lot more from a dog… I’d probably have to go with dogs, though.
Q10: What is the best joke you know?
Seriously though, I don’t actually know any jokes… At all. Or at least I’ve forgotten them all at this precise moment. I’m not a joke person though, soo…
Q1) What was the last movie you watched?
X-Men: Days of Future Past. Disregarding the few rather large plot holes, it was a blumin’ brilliant film in itself. I have never in my life seen such a hopeless film as this one, as in the protagonists losing pretty much all the way through. It was a great change!
Q2) What was the strangest thing you ever found left in a library book?
Shamefully, I only take books out the library once in a blue moon… But even when I took books out a fair bit at college and such, I don’t remember seeing anything strange. Probably just some crude pencil drawing on someone’s face, no doubt.
Q3) What is your favourite fiction genre to write in?
It’s gotta be fantasy, for it is the King (or Queen, whichever) of freedom and imagination! I am also very inclined to write in dark fantasy sub-genres. Dark indeed… Like, to the extent where someone might question whether I actually wrote it, given all my other creative work I’ve shared with the world. I have written a reasonable amount of grim things which are not in the light of day… Yet…
Q4) Do you prefer reading books or listening to them?
Gaaaahhhh. I have never in my life listened to an audiobook, but I always debate whether I should! I am such an auditory person, you see, so I can imagine I would do very well with one. The only reason I haven’t as of yet is because nothing beats actually holding a book…
Q5) What is your least favourite food?
Ugh, CUCUMBER. Bloody cucumber *shudders*. Evil plotters against the world, they are. Right, Alex? 😉
Q6) When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I never decided, it just kind of… happened. I truly did stumble into it. I will say, though, that I properly realised my true love for writing when I was fifteen, despite the fact I had been writing since childhood.
Q7) What prompted you to start your blog?
It is here I refer you to Question 1 of Steven’s *points up* ^
Q8) Are you a night person or a morning person?
Although I love the night-time so much more than the day, I am actually a morning person. Early birdy!
Q9) What toppings do you like on your pizza?
Ha. Firstly, I’m a vegetarian, which narrows my options a sizeable amount; secondly – and more importantly – I am intolerant to soft cheeses. Both these factors prove to be quite the issue when pizza-eating. I usually just go for margarita and then peel all the cheese off, which basically means it’s pointless me eating pizza, so, unsurprisingly, I don’t really eat pizza. Besides that, I go for vegetable topped ones ‘cause they often have a lot less cheese…
Q10) If you could rewrite any book, which book would it be and why?
Probably Pride and Prejudice, because I could make it far more interesting by writing our dear Elizabeth Bennet being trampled by Mr. Darcy’s wayward horse or something. Y’know, spice it up a bit.
Q11) What colour are your bedroom walls? What colour would you like them to be?
Ugh, good grief. Don’t even get me started on my bedroom. The walls are currently WHITE! *hisses and recoils*. I. Loathe. White. Walls. And the carpet is CREAM! *wails and melts into a puddle like the Wicked Witch of the West*. Every time I’m my bedroom, I think, “Ugh, look at those vile walls. They are literally the worst walls in the history of walldom. And this carpet is the ugliest thing I have ever seen in my life.” It is a slight issue. I mentioned in Steven’s questions that I want to decorate my bedroom as a forest, and although, sadly, I cannot do that properly in this house, I am planning on doing a token-gesture forest, and my walls will, at some point, have dark brown, woody wallpaper on the bottom and then a shade of green at the top. That is the plan.
Kayla’s Liebster Award had slightly different rules to usual, whereby you had to answer 11 questions and not 10, and you were also supposed to give 11 facts about yourself. But I’m not going to bother with that. I can’t be boring people now, can I – I’ve gone on enough already! 😉