N. over at https://therebemonstershere.com/ has kindly given me the nod for this award. Please check them out for superb stories of an eerie, eloquent, and absorbing nature. Although I don’t go in for this sort of thing, I feel I must show my appreciation by accepting their gracious gesture and by making a reasonable effort to carry on with the ins and outs of it.
The Liebster Award is an opportunity for bloggers to recognize and support other bloggers for their achievements. It’s available between January 1 – December 31, 2018. All nominations are voluntary and geared towards blogs with 1000 readers or less. The Rules are below if the nominees choose to accept.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT, WRITE A BLOG ABOUT THE LIEBSTER AWARD, IN WHICH YOU:
*Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
*Display the award on your blog, by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or “gadget.” (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your computer, and then upload it to your blog post.)
*Answer 11 questions about yourself which will be provided by the person who nominated you. Provide eleven random facts about yourself.
*Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you feel deserve the award, and who have less than 1000 followers. (NOTE: you can always ask the blogger how many followers he or she has, as not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information).
*Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
*List these rules in your post (you can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published the blog, you have to:
*Inform the people/blogs that you have nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post, so that they may learn about it.
Here are the questions posed to me:
1 – What was your favourite scary story as a child?
That horrific film The Wizard of Oz. I mean tornadoes, flying monkeys, not to mention the Wicked Witch?
2 – Who is your favourite book character of all time?
Levin, from Anna Karenina. Don’t ask me why.
3 – When did you first begin writing?
I have some musty old copies of poetry written in my late teens. Geesh. Pretty bad stuff.
4 – Who of your friends have you used as characters in the things you have written?
My wife, my brother, myself…..I know, not really friends.
5 – Were you a ghost, where and who would you haunt?
I would haunt the woman who tore my brother away from all ties with family, so that he remained estranged from all of us for the last thirty years. Vengeance is mine!
6 – If you were given the opportunity to live in any era, what and where would it be?
Ancient Egypt…..always wanted to know how they built the pyramids.
7 – What noises can you hear right now?
The ringing in my ears, the tapping of keys, the stuttering of my hard drive, and the
air conditioning fan.
8 – If you could make one blog related statement, what would it be?
Please don’t apologize for skipping a few days in your blog, or for having nothing to write about. Come back when you feel you want to. We will still be there.
Some random facts about yours Truly:
1. I began writing a bit of poetry at the age of 17, I think. I still have some of these original hand scribblings, which I found in a file box the other day some 50 years later.
2. I knew my wife for 3 months before we got married 41 years ago. No, it wasn’t a quickie or a shotgun.
3. I have been knocked unconscious three times in my life that I can remember. In a game of minor hockey, diving into a shallow stream too eagerly, and falling down a slope into a ravine.
4. I’ve had three “careers” that lasted more than 10 years each.
5. I fell head over heels in love with reading when I first picked up a paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings in 1967.
6. As for the 60’s, I was there, I was of age, I did the things, there’s a lot I can’t remember, but the music of the Beatles will always be there.
7. I’m in a band with some like-minded older guys. We’ve been together for close to 10 years.
8. I have two adult children who are on their own. Good thing one of them is pretty rich, because she’s gonna be spending lots of money taking care of us in our old age.
9. I began this blog about a year and a half ago, as an outlet for stored-up creative impulses.
10. I’ve been nominated for a Liebster once before, and for the Versatile Blogger Award and the Mystery Blogger Award.
11. Have recently been published (for money!) in a town newspaper.
The most eminent bloggers I wish to nominate here are:
HERE ARE YOUR QUESTIONS, FOLKS:
1. Have you ever run across a blogger who, based on their writings, seemed to be at risk of self harm? If so, how did you approach it?
2. What are the things that would deter you from reading someone’s blog?
3. If you ever have self doubt about your work, or writer’s block, how do you deal with it?
4. Have you ever taken down a post after having second thoughts?
5. What are the things that have made you do multiple edits before or after publishing a post?
6. Are you smart enough to appreciate some of the puzzling poetry out there, or am I just dull? (Humorous response, please)
7. Do you, or do you not, post stories of a personal nature?
8. Do you, or would you, give your website’s address to a friend or family member?
9. Do you post your work on social media?