“Share, Discover, and Enjoy!” That is the underlying mission of Shari Marshall’s blog, Writing is Communication. We discovered our mutual blogs through the 2018 AtoZ Blog Challenge. It has been a pleasure discovering her work: focusing on a fantasy world continuing story through a drabble (100-word complete flash fiction). It’s not easy to par down all you want to say in just 100 words, make the post complete, AND have it tell an engaging ongoing narrative…well, Shari accomplishes it, and does so very, very well. I’ve linked the title to her blog: go check it out. Now. Shoo. Do it. I’ll stick around for the nonce.
As to the Leibster Award: AtoZ and other blog challenges are two-fold. (1) The most obvious is that they are challenges for the blogger to meet the requirements in whatever they are tasked to do; not always the easiest thing to accomplish, but the reward is in making a go of it and hoping you can see it through to the end. (2) The most important element (to me, anyways) is to discover new blogs and their creators. I’ve come across some amazing sites, followed & continue to follow most, became online friends with a lot of them, and one more intense crossing of paths.
Nominating blogs you admire is tied into the blogging community. It shows appreciation for what you’ve produced beyond hitting a like button, or stars ratings; even beyond leaving a gushing comment or three. While there are many “rules” for the Leibster Award, here are the
RULES OF THE LIEBSTER AWARD 2018
The rules are:
1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award logo.
2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger sets for you.
3. Nominate blogs that you think are deserving of the award.
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let your nominees know about their nomination!
Hey Shari: I acknowledge you. Phew. That one was easy peasy.
I shall now endeavor to answer her eleven questions, sorta like a magical quest:
- Do you think that a writer has to be defined by one genre?
Absolutely not. I do my darndest not to. I believe a writer should move beyond what becomes their comfort zone. Write what moves you that day. I’ve attempted a lot of genres and styles. Some more successful than others. My blog is an open…blog. The list of the last 50 or so is to the right. Scroll down. Discover. I have favorites that went nowhere.
2. What is your favourite writing topic?
Paranormal stuff. Horror, lately, it seems.
3. Do you have a book that you recommend to other readers on a regular occasion? What and why?
Knots, by RD Laing. It blew my mind wide open at 17. I suggest that if you tackle it, you must read it in one sitting, late at night. If you do, I think you’ll also get a good insight of the mess that is my thinking process.
4. Book version or movie version?
Depends on the book and the movie. Each is its own animal. Caveat: If the movie is trying to be a “faithful adaptation” of the book, then you better damn well be faithful. Loose adaptations, where the director is adding her/his voice (which is the majority) I’ll try and take it as a separate entity. Please note: I wrote “try.” Just be good. Don’t suck.
5. If I gave you the word “vellichor” as a writing jump off point where might you jump?
The Last Used Bookstore In The Known Worlds
6. What would be your dream setting to write in?
THE comfy chair, headrest perfectly aligned (with massage system embedded and attuned to every ache). THE perfectly brewed Black Cherry Iced Tea. THE best snack at hand: sweet or savory, as needed. THE well-trained puppy and kitten, needing attention; being perfect momentary distractions. Last, but definitely not least, THE love of my life, for fuller distraction and attention, cuddles, kisses, massages (who need the comfy chair, then?), and other things only she can provide.
7. What is your favourite season?
Fall. Cool, breezy weather. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh
8. Who is your favourite villain? Why?
Catwoman. Meow. Does one really need to ask?
9. Who is your favourite hero? Why?
I’m Batman, Damnit.
10. What does writing mean to you?
Release. Distraction. Creativity. Justification. Acknowledgement. Appreciation. Love.
11. How would you respond to either of these quotes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, “If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there” or “No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.”
I’ll take “The Road Less Traveled” for $2000, Alex.
Phew. All done. Wait? That was only #2 on the Liebster rules????? OY…I’m dying!!! Ok, here are my TOP OF THE POPS:
Fiction Can Be Fun Yes, both of you!!!
I’m exhausted. But wait…there’s more.
OK. Here are MY elven…um…I mean eleven questions that the six nominees (well, 7) NEED to answer. There will be a quiz. BONUS POINTS: answer any of the questions with WHY you answered that way. Up to you. No pressure. ::::Unfolding Doll sharpening its knife::::
- If you could write in any writers voice besides your own, whose would it be?
- What literary genre holds NO interest for you?
- What song with a strong narrative still touches you?
- What fictional character do you wish you were?
- Savory or Sweet?
- What are “The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of?”
- You stumble upon a magic rock. Picking it up, you discover something underneath. What is it?
- Have you had an inexplicable experience? What was it?
- What fiction book would you recommend to me?
- What movie or TV show do you love but hate to admit it?
- What does writing mean to you? (yes, I’m stealing it from Shari. Deal).
Have fun kiddos.
I’m done. Lunch and nap.
Tomorrow: N is for…