Monday, June 1, 2015

The Liebster Award - Bloggers Making Connections

Today I was honored to find myself nominated for the Liebster Award. It’s sort of a blog hop party but in the form of a chain letter. Before that notion turns you off, think of this as a way to meet other bloggers. I look forward to it, having enjoyed the A to Z Blog challenge in April.

For my involvement I’d like to thank the delightful Strayer, an advocate for stray cats in need. Her blog, Cat Eyes --- A Cat Woman's Photos, includes some really great photos as well as stories, both about cats and life in general. Stopping by is certainly part of my daily routine. I hope you’ll visit her.

As for the Liebster Award, here are the steps needed to participate:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.

2. Give readers 11 random facts about yourself.

3. Answer 11 questions from the blog of the person who nominated you.

5. Nominate 5-11 bloggers for this award (those with fewer than 200 followers is recommended).

6. Come up with 11 questions for your nominees.

7. List these rules in the post, along with said nominees and the questions you wish them to answer.

8. Last but not least, notify your nominees.

9. And, of course, have fun!

Having achieved the first and seventh steps, I will now offer 11 random facts about me.

1.  I have had two-tone dyed hair since before the style became popular.

2.  My most complete music collection is Marilyn Manson.

3.  If I won the lottery, I’d open an animal shelter.

4.  I usually prefer the company of animals to people.

5.  Most of my life was spent in denial that I am a science fiction geek.

6.  Resistance training is my second favorite form of exercise behind swimming.

7.  I want to invent a force field that lowers gravity immediately around a person’s body for both safety and convenience.

8.  It just occurred to me that the aforementioned invention would also be a fantastic beauty tool (!) – no more sagging.

9.  The ocean is my favorite type of vacation spot.

10.  One goal is to learn something new every single day.

11.  I can go days without Internet access and not feel deprived.

With that last admission, I still must say that I enjoy connecting with fellow writers online. Anyway, here were the questions Strayer asked of me:

1.  Cats or dogs? Well, my partner prefers cats, so we have feline companions but I greatly appreciate most dogs.

2.  Your favorite book? Ooh, that’s tough. I suppose I’ll go with Stephen King’s “It” which I return to every few years, but Mr. King’s “The Stand” is a close second.

3.  Your favorite movie? That would have to be “Cousins” with Ted Danson and Isabella Rossellini.

4.  Mass transport commute or your own car? My own car, for sure. I don’t like crowds and really enjoy freedom of movement.

5.  Eat out or eat in? That depends upon my mood, though there have been a lot of restaurant bills racked up recently. ~grin~

6.  Noise or silence? Silence is golden. As much as I love music, it’s rarely played loudly.

7.  Crowds or Alone? I definitely prefer being alone. It doesn’t matter if I’m in a lake, on a mountain trail, or sitting at home. I’ve even attended movies and concerts by myself.

8.  Have you ever been to a county fair? Absolutely! They are fun even now that I’m grown up, though I hate that they always happen when temperatures are high.

9.  Jet ski or kayak? I would probably prefer a kayak, if only for that noise issue. Interesting question!

10.  TV or book? I much prefer to read, though I do adore movies.

11.  City or country? I’m definitely a country girl for the most part. However, I have enjoyed visits to St. Louis and Chicago.

Now I will list my nominees in alphabetical order. I hope they have the time and inclination.

And here are the questions which came to my mind. I’ll be interested to read how any takers of my nomination respond.

1.  Do you prefer rainy days or sunshine?

2.  Have you ever been to an opera?

3.  Would you prefer to say you climbed Mount Everest or took a deep sea dive?

4.  Are you afraid of spiders?

5.  What is your favorite morning beverage?

6.  Would you rather walk or ride?

7.  Do you own a motorcycle, or would you perhaps like to?

8.  What would be your dream job?

9.  Would you prefer attending a music concert or a comedy show?

10.  What is the last book you finished?

11.  Which would you choose, a romantic comedy or a horror flick?

Now, I’m going to devote myself to the first exercise in “The Ninety Day Novel” alongside some local writers. Should be a fun summer project.

Happy June first, all!



  1. Thank you for visiting my blog Darla. I appreciate the nomination, but I really don't like doing these kind of things. I hope you will stop by my blog again.


  2. Fair enough, my dear. I appreciate your honesty and wish you all the best.

  3. Hi Darla!
    Thanks for choosing me, but I'm competing in a pageant in a couple of weeks and all of my time is spent preparing. Thanks for visiting my blog! :-)

    1. Thank you for the update. I wish you all the best in the pageant!

  4. Marilyn Manson, really? Whoa! We used to listen to Marilyn Manson to be as rebellious as possible. Isn't he who sang "Dead Babies?" Two toned dyed hair----a trend setter! You are my only nominee who participated! Great job too!

    1. Ah, thanks. I'm sorry nobody else participated. I find that Brian Warner (aka Marilyn Manson) to be an extremely intelligent man (except when it comes to drug use, apparently). Reading his autobiography is what got me hooked on the music almost a decade ago. "Dead Babies" is actually by Alice Cooper, who actually inspired MM. ~grin~ Thank you for stopping by, as well as for the invitation. This was fun.

  5. I am so grateful for the award!!! I would love to accept it! Thanks so much for nominating.
    Barks from Riley and I at My Mutt Riley.

    1. I'm so thrilled! I can't wait to read your post. Best wishes, my dear.

  6. Hi Darla! I'm glad you participated in the question/answer part of the award. It does take up a bit of time. I've met very nice people all around the world. Write on! Joan (

    1. Thank you for the kind word. Happy writing to you, my dear!

  7. These kinds of 'memes' were all over the blogosphere a few years back- I did so many. Good to see a re-emergence! Interesting answers by the way - some surprised me, but then we've never actually met!
    Visit Keith's Ramblings!

    1. Thank you for the kind word. Perhaps I should have tagged you on this! I somehow thought you'd rather spend the time writing your wonderful stories. Best wishes, my dear.


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