Liebster Award Nomination

Liebster Award

I’ve seen the Liebster Award floating around, but I never really understood what it was. I still don’t fully understand what it is, save that writers are usually nominated.

Hence the reason why I was more than flabbergasted (and honored!) to see that Airella (The Aribtrary Fairy) nominated me. She has a grand description of the Liebster Award on her post, which I recommend you read. When I began this blog almost five years ago (the blogiversary is coming up, so keep an eye out for a post celebrating it), I never imagined Madi’s Musings would go in this direction.

But here we are. And I’m quite excited about it.

Alright. The introduction is over. Let us move on.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, include a link to their blog, and add the Liebster Award badge to your blog and/or post.
  • Answer the eleven questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Give eleven random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 fellow bloggers with less than 200 followers.
  • Notify your nominees that you nominated them for the Liebster Award.
  • Ask your nominees eleven questions.

Thanks so much, Ariella, for nominating me! It was quite unexpected!

And as soon as I figure out how, I’ll add the Liebster Award badge to my sidebar.


Favorite book that you read as a child?

I don’t know if I had a favorite book, but I definitely had a favorite story. I’ve loved the story of David and Goliath since I was an elfling young. Mom could recited the story in her sleep she read it so often to me.

What is an “unusual” pet that you have or would like to have one day?

A miniature dragon! I fell in love with them when reading Donita K. Paul’s The Dragon Keeper Chronicles, and have wanted one ever since. They’re so cute and so tiny and I could send Scalevester to take care of the neighbor’s annoying chickens and I hate bugs so Scalevester (yes, that’s likely what I’d name the little fellow) could easily eliminate them.

What is a good nonfiction book you would recommend to everyone?

Aside from the Bible, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. A poignant and chilling look at how easily we allow ourselves influenced by evil.

Favorite day of the week, and why?

Friday, probably. That’s when we have Family Night.

Do you associate colors with words or people?

For some of them, I do. When I see deep blue-dark gray cumulonimbus clouds gathering in the West or North, Danger and Beware come to mind. Those colors promise at least a thunderstorm. Potentially hail. And one of my series is associated with colors, so when I see a particular color like silvery-blue, purple, amber, or dark blue, I think of the corresponding characters.

What is the weirdest dream you can remember?

It was simultaneously the weirdest and coolest. I won’t go into too much detail, but the dream is what sparked an idea for an allegorical trilogy. A life-or-death situation, a deadly chase, a hatchet, slamming doors, a wanted man, and a blue cloak. Three months later, the first draft of Book One was written.

Musicals—yea or nay?

Nay! I’ve never liked them.

What country or region would you like to visit one day?

I’d like to visit the War of Independence and Civil War sites. I also wouldn’t mind seeing WWI and WWII sites, along with Scotland’s and Ireland’s castles.

Dream job?

It’s a combination. A stay-at-home mom/author. I’m already a writer, so I’m well on the way to the latter part.

Favorite GIF or meme?

This is one of my favorite LOTR moments. I feel for Gimli. The pain of running. Of pulling stubborn oxygen atoms into your suffering lungs. The agonizing burn in your legs as you try to keep up with speedier runners. Like dwarves, I am a natural sprinter – quite dangerous over short distances.

Short meaning from one end of the living room to the other.

With nothing in my way for me to trip over.

Yes. Quite dangerous.

Describe your perfect day.

I think my perfect day would involve spending time with my family, exercise, reading the Bible, and logging in a decent word count. The temperature would preferably be 60 degrees and cloudy with no breeze, and the cigarette smoke-filled circus we call neighbors would be quiet for once.


  1. I arrived later than most to the writing scene.
  2. According to Myers Briggs, I am an ISTJ, which mean’s I’m supposed to be better at math and science. I’m not.
  3. People assume residents of my state still use outhouses, don’t have electricity, and know nothing about freeways, highways, and vehicles, much less electronics. I am not jesting. My family was on vacation once and an elderly Southern fellow asked us these things and thought Dad was a sheriff.
  4. I hated The Hobbit the first time I read it in fourth or fifth grade. Even then I was critical about what I read.
  5. For the world’s safety, I’ve worn glasses for thirteen years.
  6. I am an intern editor at Answers in Genesis. A few months ago, the head editor asked if I would be interested in writing a character article for the upcoming VBS. It was fun to do, and I learned a lot about flapjack octopi in the process.
  7. My favorite group is Ashes Remain.
  8. My favorite Bible verses are John 14:27 and Isaiah 12:2.
  9. An honest-to-goodness nickname of mine is “Elf Ears”, courtesy of my younger sister. The inside of my ears have an elfish-point. A shame it couldn’t be on the outside so I really could say I am an elf.
  10. Much as I love LOTR, I like the appendices in the back of Return of the King better.
  11. I have written four completed manuscripts and am working on a rewrite, which I hope to send to a publisher in June.


I know some of you have already been nominated, but I’m going nominate you anyway. Because you deserve it.

Joy @ Joy Caroline

Jen @ Living Outside the Lines

Sarah @ Homespun Tabby

The ladies at Teen Writers Nook


  1. What author has influenced your writing?
  2. What first sparked the desire to write?
  3. Which literary villain/antagonist is your favorite?
  4. Which literary hero/heroine is your least favorite?
  5. If provided a choice, which fictional world would you live in?
  6. Who is your favorite Bible character, and how have they impacted your faith/life?
  7. What is your favorite classic? Alternatively, who is your favorite classic author?
  8. Where is your favorite spot to read?
  9. What is a popular series/movie/other everyone but you likes?
  10. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  11. If you could visit one period in history, which would it be?

Welp, there it is. How would you answer? What is your favorite LOTR moment? Favorite non-fiction book? Or what is an unusual pet you’d like to own or have for a companion? Let me know!

3 thoughts on “Liebster Award Nomination

  1. Wonderful post!! I love the Dragonkeeper Chronicles and enjoyed The Screwtape Letters as well!

    That scene from LOTR is one of my favorites, too! xD Another is this one: “Shall I describe it to you, or would you like me to find you a box?”

    Answers in Genesis is amazing! I really loved visiting the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum last year.

    It’s so cool that you have “elf ears” and good job on writing so much! Best of luck with publishing. 🙂


    1. Goodness me, WordPress JUST NOW informed me of your comment. *rolls eyes and mutters about inconsistent technology*

      Hahaha! Yes! That scene from LOTR is also one of my favorites. It reminds me so much of me and my sister, as that’s something I’d say to her (and, really, she’d need a box. Hobbit that she is).

      Thanks! You too – writing is much easier when we can encourage each other. 🙂


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