Nominated for the 2015 Liebster Award

Thanks to Skill Up Skillet for nominating me… it took me much too long to respond, but better late than never, I suppose. She blogs about cooking, videogames, nerd culture, and the intersection between the worlds. What could be better than that? Nothing, that’s what. I’m not yet up to attempting her more difficult projects like the Minecraft TNT cake, however she also does recipes for cooking novices. Go check her out!

The Liebster Award is an award for small or new blogs that have potential for greatness.  Once received, it’s passed on to other blogs that the recipient thinks are worthy of attention… It’s a chain letter. Does it mean anything? No. It’s flattering, nevertheless.  Each recipient asks the other nominees to answer a set of questions, allowing their readers to become acquainted with the person on the other side of the screen. Unless it’s not a person, in which case it should prove even more interesting.

liebsterRules of the Award

  1. Thank the nominator.
  2. Display the award.
  3. Nominate 10 more bloggers with 10 new questions.
  4. Answer the questions.


  1. Why blogging? Why not knitting or building the Taj Mahal out of matchsticks? I started blogging in order to continue writing and to create a personal brand. It actually started as a project for my Writing for the Web class my senior year of college. I’ve always wanted to be a successful blogger, and I hope to use this site as a spring board to other writing endeavors. I’d love to end up writing for a magazine or at least being able to say I’ve enjoyed some success with my hobby.
  2. You are given one test trip in a prototype time machine. Ignoring the wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff that would be used to exploit this indefinitely, where do you travel to in time and why? I’m not sure if I’d go back in time or forward. Since I don’t know what the future will be like, I’d probably to go Paris in the 1920’s. I love the artistic culture that came about in that period, and I think being a flapper would be a lot of fun. The culture was shifting after WWI and the young people rebelled from the values of their parents. I wouldn’t stay forever, I like modern medicine and not dying too much.
  3. What is the best thing you’ve ever bought for yourself? It’s hard to say. I have a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Damsel wedges that I love, but they’re kind of passe now. Also, I’m afraid I’ll die when I wear them. Trip and explode, or something like that. I also got myself some Prada Baroque shades a while back, but I sold them on eBay a year ago. I guess my most recent treat were the Melody Ehsani x Reebok sneakers. They’re like pastel-health-goth.
  4. Who let the dogs out?  Pop music circa 2000. It was a simpler time. tumblr_lp09leT8wQ1r0t1dvo1_500
  5. What is your favorite word? Why? Persnickety. The way it sounds is evocative of what it describes, picky, stuck up. The harsh consonant sounds give a sneezy-feeling. I first learned of the word reading my beloved Series of Unfortunate books and I spent days looking it up over and over, trying to sear it into my memory. Obviously, it worked.
  6. What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting a blog? Look at your favorite websites and deconstruct why their navigation and format works. Content is important, but if it’s hard to read or navigate your blog, no one will even give your writing a chance.
  7. What do you plan to achieve by blogging? An online presence that gives me some sort of legitimacy. I never want to stagnate (i.e. be content with my current level of success), and I hope a blog will stave that off. I need to be doing something artistic, or at the very least interesting to maintain my sense of self.
  8. Who is your biggest role model? Cop-out time: I don’t believe in having one role model or putting too much stock in them. Different people are given different circumstances from birth and it’s hard to judge one person by the achievements of another. Luck plays a big role, too. That being said, I wouldn’t mind trading places with Anna Wintour, Joan Didion, Kathryn Bigelow, or Elizabeth Warren. I’m sure if I spent some time thinking about it, I could come up with more.
  9. Reach for the stars! What’s your favorite book, movie, TV series, or game with the word “Star” in the title? What’s the opposite of the Fault in Our Stars? I am having a hard time coming up with many things with star in the title. I like Star Talk, the podcast with Neil Degrasse Tyson, and of course the original Star Trek.reverse-1269602956_dr-mccoy-and-captain-kirk-approve
  10. Convince your reader to read your 10th-most-recent post in 10 words or less. Click if you’re ever bored at the gym or work.
My Questions:
  1. If you had a superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
  2. You have 24 hours and unlimited money to do whatever you want. How do you spend your time?
  3. Write a haiku dedicated to your favorite tree. (this isn’t really a question)
  4. Do you prefer coffee or tea, and why?
  5. What philosopher/ philosophy do you most identify with and why?
  6. What book, movie, or television show impacted you most as a child?
  7. If you were guaranteed publication, about what would you write your first novel (or nonfiction book)?
  8. What was the last song you had stuck in your head, and was it one you liked or disliked?
  9. Describe yourself using only verbs. (again, not a question)
  10. What kind of comedy do you like? Do you consider yourself funny?
My nominations:

Thistlehammertransmutational, Life of a Pigeon, A Moment of Genius, Scatterbrained Somethings, Secret Nerd Princess, Cindy with Books, Maggie writes a Beauty Blog, and that’s it because the rest of the people I follow are already established bloggers…



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