Thank you to Caroline Donahue who writes about “reading for what ails you” at the Book Dr. for nominating me for a Liebster award. The Liebster is a new award created to help bloggers turn their readers onto new and exciting voices online. I accept this award, and in this post I will follow the rules and nominate five of my favorite bloggers.
After you receive a nomination and accept taking on the award you then must;
- Reveal 11 interesting facts about yourself
- Answer the questions designated by the blogger who nominated you
- Nominate other new bloggers for the Liebster Award
- Give your nominees a list of questions they have to answer
Ok, so eleven facts about myself:
(1) I just got married at the age of 43 for the first time in a red dress. (2) I just got back from my honeymoon in Maui and I was deeply surprised that there are still relatively untouched spaces and beautiful clear blue water. (3) Coming back I am already overwhelmed and have 35 tabs open in my browser including this one. (4) I am very interested in society and culture and am surprised about how much society rewards you when you follow the script. (5) With this in mind I look forward to celebrating and enjoying a growing expanse of narratives and scripts especially for LGBT, eco-conscious, pro-humanity, artists and those not coloring within the accepted lines. (6) I think art is a religion. (7) I believe that my cat George is in his last incarnation and is a bodhisattva. (8) I want to be outdoorsy but I am very pale and not extremely athletic – I would like to be someone who can read the stars, knows the name of plants, and doesn’t need spf 100. (9) When I was a child I thought that God spoke through clouds. (1o) Like most people who are concerned about the state of the world, I wish I had a magic wand. (And yes, I realize how incredibly immature that is…) and (11) I just wrote a piece called “Advice to my 15 Year Old Self” about having grown up in the MTV generation and then attending the MTV VMA awards this year. Bottom line: “Your heart is your property and it is yours and yours only.”
Here are my questions for me from my nominator:
- What are you reading now? (I just had to) I just finished Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which is fantastic.
- Who is the author that has had the biggest impact on your life? Somewhere between Kurt Vonnegut and Virginia Woolf.
- Do you ever re-read books? What’s one that you loved just as much the second time? The Abortion by Richard Brautigan.
- What’s your favorite afternoon snack? Almonds.
- What is your favorite pen (or pencil)? Blackwing Palomino.
- If you could take any vacation in the next year, all expenses paid, where would you go and with whom? I’d take my husband to New York City. It freaks me out how much it has changed but I think I want him to really experience it.
- What has surprised or delighted you this year? Creating community through the institution of marriage.
- If someone wanted to give you a gift that was exactly what you needed right now, what would it be? Time.
- What’s the best movie/show/documentary you’ve seen lately? The most crushing documentary I have ever seen is Dear Zachary. You’ve been warned.
- What are you looking forward to this fall? Autumnal crispness and group meals.
- Lenny Letter by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. Sisters are doing it for themselves. I have so much respect for this endeavor, and I feel like these women have a maturity and understanding of the world far beyond their years. They are using their social equity to show the interweaving of women’s lives across generations and it is really badass.
- Jenna Leigh Evans. 7 Questions for the Working Writer is exactly that…and for honest answers about artists finances and the hard work of draft on draft I get the feeling that we are all muddy and toiling in the fields of the muse.
- Dots and Dashes by editor and writer Mia Lipman. Full disclosure is that Mia is one of those friends where you think to yourself, “how did I end up with such a cool friend? Could I possibly be cool too?” She reviews books for numerous publications including Kirkus and runs a writing series in Seattle called “Lit Fix.” Check her out.
- Jen Boulden’s JenB.tv. I have known Jen since back at my Hearst days. She went on to co-create The Ideal Bite, a light-green living newsletter that broke news about parabens in our cosmetics. Now she is an urban chicken farmer and green lifestyle expert who has a video series on ways to tread lightly.
- Lady Libertine by Lauren Windsor. She gets in people’s faces. And by people, I mean the Koch brothers.
- If you had a magic wand, and you could only use it 3x on other people what would be your three wishes?
- What was the last book you read where you thought, this needs to be in the hands of a friend, immediately?
- Who is your coolest friend, and why? Or maybe just the why?
- What do you think you can’t do? You don’t need to state why.
- What is a great idea you have, but do not believe you have the means to make a reality?
- Give me a recipe for something, it can be food or poetry.