I don’t often do awards on this blog, because
Dennis gets them all reasons, but recently my friend Sharkbytes of My Quality Day gave Dennis me a Liebster award. Also known as Joan D. Young, She is the author of the Dead Mule Swamp series of small-town mysteries, and her late vizsla, Maggie, was Dennis’s longtime blog friend. Naturally Dennis snagged the award and proceeded to put on a Sunday Awards and Meme Show in his inimitable style, and while I can’t compete with his showmanship, I thought I would go ahead and post the award and answer the questions.
Here is the description of the Liebster award, copied and pasted from My Quality Day:
“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved or dearest. It is an online recognition in form of virtual award which started in 2011 passed on by bloggers to fellow bloggers for enjoying and valuing their work. The idea is to recognize the effort and give credit.
The Liebster Award is received by writing an acceptance post. The rules for accepting the award are straightforward:
Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
Nominate 11 people and ask them 11 questions.
Notify each of the nominees on their blog.
And here are the questions that were asked of Sharkbytes, and which she passed along to her nominees:
1. What prompted you to begin blogging?
I’ve maintained an author web site since 1997(!), at first hosting it with our dial-up Internet provider in upstate New York, later shifting it to a forum-hosting platform called Forumer. In the mid-2000s, while looking into web hosts for a customer of the company where I work, I was taking a look at content management systems such as Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress. I liked WordPress the best, and recommended it to the customer. They ended up deciding to pay a designer for a bespoke site, but I liked WordPress enough to move to it from Forumer, and I’ve been at WordPress ever since.
BTW, for those who are interested, here is a glimpse at the first-ever snapshot of my site, from 1997, in the Wayback Machine. Warning: So retro. Oh so very retro.
2. Which language would you like to learn?
Here in southern California, Spanish would come in very handy. I took three years of it. Can I speak or understand a word of it? Si. Can I communicate in it? No.
3. What was your favorite experience in the past six months?
Adopting the Hipster Kitties has been pretty good for everyone, including Dennis the Vizsla.
4. What one location in the world you would like to visit? Why?
Does it have to be this world? No? In that case, Rivendell would be nice …
5. Do you have pets? If yes, please introduce them.
The aforementioned Dennis the Vizsla and the Hipster Kitties. And a bunch of fish. And at this point I suppose we might as well adopt all the freaking ants in the house.
6. What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
Hmm … I can’t think of anything I would characterize as “strange”, but folks back east seem to think my love of sushi is a little bit crazy. Also I made peanut butter and banana waffles not long ago. That was kind of weird, but I had overripe bananas and nothing else to do with them.
7. What is your biggest struggle while writing?
Knowing when it’s time to stop editing. (It’s never time to stop editing.)
8. Who would you like to receive a week of training/mentorship from?
I have any number of favorites who write better than I do (China Mieville, Neil Gaiman, and Neal Stephenson all leap to mind), but I’m not sure I am mentorable at this point.
9. What is the first thing you drink in the morning?
Coffee, extra strong, extra cream and sugar. Mmm, caffeine.
10. How many books do you read per month?
Goodreads tells me I read 52 books in 2016, and I don’t have any reason to think that’s changed. So call it four books per month, with a leap-book every quarter.
11. What was your favorite time of year when you were growing up?
Autumn, of course. Central New York has four seasons: Snow, Mud, Bugs, and Autumn. Other than the fact that it’s followed by winter, what’s not to like about autumn? It’s got crisp air, cool weather, colorful leaves (well, for part of the time), apples, cider, pumpkins, Halloween … Really, you can’t go wrong with a season that has October in it.
Now at this point I’m technically supposed to pass the award along to 11 others, but this is the part that even Dennis is bad at, and he’s an old pro at awards. I doubt I have 11 readers to give it to, and if I did, I would hate to leave anyone out. So to anyone reading, if you do awards and would like to take this one and answer the eleven questions, please consider yourself awarded!