Liebster Award

Well, here it is. The first tag/award nomination of 2022!


Rules

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Thank you, Vanessa!

Answer the 11 questions given to you.

Nominate 11 other bloggers.

Ask your nominees 11 questions.

Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pasta. Definitely pasta.

Favorite Bible verse?

One of my favorites is Habakkuk 3:18: ” Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”

Favorite musical instrument? Why?

Does this mean to play or listen to? If to play, then piano (since that’s the only instrument I know how to play). If to listen to, I like the guitar the best.

Last five-star read?

DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul. Faith, dragons, wizards, humor, and an epic fight of good versus evil. I received the book for Christmas and read it in almost one sitting.

Favorite type of animal you would never have as a pet?

Having a wolf for a pet would be quite disastrous, although my characters do well with having pet wolves. I wonder what their secret is…

Favorite subject in school (or when you were in school)? Why?

History.

I know, I know. As a writer, English/Literature should have been my favorite. They weren’t. While they were my second favorite subjects (tied), they definitely weren’t the subjects I could do all day, like history was.

History was my favorite because I love learning about the past. About what made civilizations great and what eventually led to their downfall. History is so important because there are so many lessons to be learned from it. We’re seeing the evidence of that as history has been watered down and altered to fit the societal narrative by those who can’t handle the hard truth. History isn’t there to make you feel warm and fuzzy. It’s there to teach a lesson. True history is unknown to most these days, and we’re reaping the devastating consequences of that.

I also love learning about the martyrs of Faith. Their bravery, their courage in the face of danger, and their unwillingness to be cowards and turn their back on their faith even when it meant they’d meet death has always fascinated and encouraged me. Several are my heroes.

Also, I enjoy reading about the wars, the War for Independence, the Civil War, and the World Wars especially. So much can be learned from those who fought.

Tea or coffee?

Tea, although I dislike it. But anything is better than coffee. (I know for most writers coffee is as important as oxygen, but it is possible, and healthier, to live without it. Did you know drinking coffee stunts your growth?)

If you could live anywhere (in the existing world), where would that be?

Where I live right now. I’m particularly unimpressed with the world at this time, and I can list off more places I never want to live instead of where I wouldn’t mind living. I regret my state doesn’t have castles, but we do have the most majestic mountains you’ve ever seen. I couldn’t live somewhere without mountains.

Favorite sport to participate in?

Volleyball!

I tried my hand (and foot) at several different sports throughout the years. Basketball? Pointless. Soccer? Too clumsy and no eye-foot coordination. Dodge ball? Really fun, but try having to wear glasses. Glasses are magnets for sports balls. Kickball and baseball? I’m too slow. Tennis? Also quite fun, but rarely do I get a chance to play since all the super serious tennis players take over the courts. Badminton? I love playing with my sister (although with our rules, the only badminton-y thing about it is the racket and birdie), but we can only do that in the summer, despite her claims that “we can definitely play in the winter). No. No we can’t. I rear-planted twice last time and almost face planted. It is a good quad workout, though, to be trying to run through deep drifts of snow while chasing the birdie.

That leaves volleyball. Thanks to Mom, who’s an expert at the sport, I’ve had my hands on the ball since I was a toddler. Couple that with being allowed to play on the Y teams earlier than most and a natural competitive streak, and it’s by far my favorite. When you have a good team, it’s a great workout and quite fun.

Favorite song/piece of music? (Currently.)

*Hyperventilates*

I have a few set favorite songs no matter what, but a current favorite? That usually depends on my WIP. Skillet’s latest album, Dominion, dropped at midnight today, and with it came one of my new favorite songs. Valley of Death will forever be on my list of absolute favorites.

Not only does this song hit heart and home and so applicable to what I’ve been feeling, it is the character song for Loren, one of the male main characters in my current WIP, Shattered Reflection. I heard this song and was able to get past a slump writing his POV. It’s a heavy song. (Let’s face it. Every song on the album is great.)

Snow or rain?

Snow! I love the sound and smell of rain, but watching snow fall is so peaceful. Plus, the color the sky and clouds get before a snowstorm is so unique and incredible. The only downside with snow is the damage it can bring, but rain can cause problems too.


Nominations

Kristina Hall @Kristina Hall, Author

Alyssa @Seeking the Timeless Anchor

Joy @Discipleship with Joy

Sisters Three @sistersthree.com

And five (or more) of you who want to.


QUESTIONS

  1. What is one lesson, writing or otherwise, you learned into 2021?
  2. What is one fictional main character others like but you don’t?
  3. What is one of the lessons your character(s) will learn in your current WIP?
  4. Mountain or beach?
  5. Which historical period is your favorite?
  6. What was your last five-star read?
  7. What is one food or drink everyone else likes but you despise?
  8. What is your favorite trope in books?
  9. Which would you rather face: bear or shark?
  10. Winter or summer?
  11. What is something you couldn’t be paid a million dollars to do?

I’m terrible at asking questions.

How has your 2022 been going so far? What new or upcoming releases–books or music–are you excited about/for? (I can tell you three of mine. The editor is finishing DECEIVED, I’m working on an epic and somewhat-emotionally brutal fairy tale retelling called Shattered Reflection (hopefully released October or December 2022), and am also writing a fun little fairy tale retelling novella featuring a minstrel with an obsession for music and blowing things up (hopefully released February 2022). Both are about a quarter of the way written. Yes, I am going insane from all my writing projects and stubborn characters.)

Stay steady. Stay steadfast. Stay strong.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

17 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. “an epic and somewhat-emotionally brutal fairy tale retelling”

    Um … I’m worried. I’m very worried.

    “a minstrel with an obsession for music and blowing things up.”

    I must read. Now.

    Okay, now that we’re past those two statements, lovely post. πŸ˜‰ And what you said about history? So incredibly true. I also love history, and it’s so sad how it’s been twisted (not a new thing, I guess) and almost hated at this point.

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    1. Yes, you should be. πŸ˜‰ When things became intense in the first chapter, I knew this was going to be a doozy.

      Hopefully soon! I have a little over a month to get 80K or so on Shattered, then I’ll hit Mr. Minstrel and his affinity for destruction hard. He’s a card (although not the main character).

      Haha! Thanks. Yes, I love history, and it’s both upsetting and maddening to see how convoluted and ignored it’s become.

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  2. Mmm I love pasta too!! Ohh and yes, history is so fascinating! I’d undoubtedly call it my favorite subject if it wasn’t for the fact that I have to remember all the… facts for tests, etc. But there is so so so much to be learned from the past. It’s sometimes mind-blowing to realize that the things we read about actually happened… like, I don’t know if it’s just me that’s amazed by it, but, anyway, that alone is enough for me to be fascinated by the subject of history. πŸ™‚

    Haha I wouldn’t say you’re terrible at asking questions; yours were quite interesting! That was a fun post to read!! πŸ™‚ (And wow, Shattered Reflection sounds intriguing. πŸ˜‰ )

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    1. And there are so many ways to prepare pasta!

      History is wonderful. The tests can be brutal, but they’re better than science and math! My mom writes historical romance and she’d put me on researching topics and settings for her. Quite interesting. It is an amazing topic, indeed.

      Thank you. πŸ™‚ It’s much more difficult than asking my characters questions, for some reason, even though my characters are quite recalcitrant when it comes to answering. *eyeroll*. Thank you! I hope it will emerge a good story.

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  3. You did it again, Madi. I laughed at your post. Naughty naughty.

    Hot pasta is wonderful! The cold stuff though is a disgrace to the label ‘food’.

    I’m glad you love history! *Mutters* someone has to.

    Wading through snowdrifts to chase down a birdie sounds epic! I bet you looked better than a woolly mammoth!

    And still excited about As the Silence Echoes!

    You’re doing a great job! Keep it up! (And I won’t send my bruisers after your poor minstrel)

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    1. I’m terrible, aren’t I?

      Why, yes, I love history. Someone doesn’t realize how it can help one come up with story ideas. Why, at church we were going through the history surrounding Romans, and relearning about Nero and Caligula, I had the most fantastic idea. Yes, you should worry for the characters.

      Nah, I look worse than one. Although it works in my favor that I don’t bother with snowpants, so that makes me look half as bulky.

      Thank you!

      Don’t. You. Dare. Send them after LΓ©on. He’s a pain in my neck, and definitely a pain in Bardon’s, but he’s necessary for the plot.

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  4. Utterly heartless when it comes to blog posts.

    I realize it, I just don’t appreciate wading through the oceans and oceans of it to find the ONE thing I might use. Oh dear. Oh, by the way, I listened to the Valley of Death and after seething over what you might be doing to poor Loren, I thought about it, then acquired this totally goofy grin. -Totally not the writer in me.-

    Sooo, just a galumphing woolly bison? Good to know. I’ll keep my sights on OTHER things.

    Fine fine. Since you asked SO politely, I won’t. But no guarantees about any of your other tortured beings.

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    1. Totally cruel.

      Kids these days. You just don’t appreciate history. Splendid! Isn’t it just an awesome song? The writers in us are quite evil-hearted, aren’t they?

      Other things? Like not killing Tegan?

      They’re already tortured enough, don’t you think, without adding in those galoots of bruisers? Just keep your nasty meanies away from my poor characters, and all will be fine.

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  5. I appreciate it, i just don’t appreciate WADING through it. Yup. Its heartwrenching too. Leave it to you to find the heartwrenching ones. They are. They totally are.

    No. Whatever Tegan gets, he has it coming. No spoilers please. *raised eyebrow* Can I ever trust you to be a beta? Probably not. Although…if you did spill Tegan’s unfortunate ending, I could just, you know…a little slip of the tongue. *winks and skips away happily.*

    Yes, but bruisers make things so much more…fascinating. I should say the same about you. Revenge on Tegan will not help.

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