award winning.

liebster_award_redI received a Liebster Award!

This is my first blogger award, so I’m probably a little more excited than I should be… but I am stunned by and proud of the recognition. Thank you Wandering Soul (click and visit and follow!) for reading my blog and nominating me.

Honestly, when I started blogging, I wasn’t convinced anyone would ever read a word I wrote. I kind of thought my only reader might be… me.

Should I insert my Oscar speech here? Ha. Kidding… really.
[psst… this award is eerily similar to a chain letter… shhh]

The Rules:

  • Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  • Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post, too.
  • Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Lastly, COPY these rules into the post.

My Answers to Wandering Soul’s Questions:

If you had one superpower, what would it be?
I would want time travel. Definitely not flying – I’m acrophobic – flying might actually kill me. Invisibility might be cool… especially if I could also walk through walls. Ooh, and shapeshifting! I want that. God, I can’t pick just one!

What incident (or thought or experience) first prompted you to write?
Loneliness, I think. I have been writing since I was about 12 years old. Through times when I had tons of friends and times when I had only a couple, I always had this underlying feeling of loneliness. I don’t think it was about physical presence of other people. I think it has always been about my sense that no one fully understands me (including me).  

What is the one thing that you want and the one thing you do not want (from your writing)?
I have always dreamt of being a published author. Like, walk into Barnes & Noble and see my book sitting there on the shelf. But sometimes I wonder if some part of my brain never wants me to succeed with that because I can’t seem to take the steps to get there. (Stupid head demons.) And even if the only place anyone ever reads my writing is on this blog, I hope I make people laugh, feel inspired, feel less alone, and maybe even feel better after reading than before they visited. I do not want… to suck. 

Which is your favourite book and why (or how it influenced you)?
I feel like someone is going to laugh at me for this, but I don’t care. I love funny, romantic, real(ish)-people stories. I adore Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells series (first book is Size 12 Is Not Fat). I laughed… a lot. And I was so sad when I read the last in the series. I could have stayed with those characters forever. I hope someone, anyone, will someday find my characters and my stories as compelling and inviting and funny as I found this series.

Who is your favourite author and one book written by them that you would like to recommend?
I don’t think I have one favorite author. I love quite a few (see last question for one). I’m not going to list them all because I think you may hurt yourselves laughing at me. I just get sucked into books that could be turned into ‘chick flicks.’ And I hate that term! My husband likes so-called chick flicks. They’re not just for chicks. Plus, I’m human, not a bird. And I’m a romantic. I can’t help it. 

What is your criteria for an “ideal write-up/article”?
Do you mean for an ideal blog post? (Not totally sure what you mean!) For blog posts, I go in many different directions. I am happy if I spill out buckets of honesty about more serious matters. And I’m happy if I think what I’ve written may make someone laugh. And when I find courage to post bits of my fiction, I just hope people enjoy it and aren’t thinking, wow, this ‘chick’ sucks. 

What is the one thing that you have learnt from other bloggers and/or their blogs?
I used to have concern that without a one-topic blog, no one would want to read. But I have a common thread. Me. Whether it’s personal, fictional, informative, or just for fun, everything I write is me. And I’ve learned that’s all I need for my blog to have a niche – me… writing.

What article (or post) affected or influenced you most?
Actually, a comment posted to me in the Blogging 101 Commons did wonders for me. Be the Best You said, “Your story is beautiful. Your “niche” is writing, and your “audience” would be readers. It doesn’t have to be super specific. That (writing/readers) is specific enough. You have talent.” I was so touched by this response. Also, when Sass and Sauce posted a comment on my blog. She said she had been stalking my blog and she loved it and I made her laugh. Those are the things that affect me. And this award/recognition feels pretty good, too.

What is the one piece of advice you would like to give to fellow bloggers?
Even if you think you have nothing ‘new’ to say, it doesn’t matter. Do it anyway because you enjoy it. And because no matter how many people have said something before you, none of them were you. You’re voice will still be unique.

My Nominees are:

  1. Sass and Sauce
  2. Successfully Stressed
  3. Wanderlushed
  4. The Shameful Sheep (Blair)
  5. Be the Best You

(I hope these are all considered ‘new enough’ because they are awesome!) 

My Questions for my Nominees are: 

  • How many different places have you lived and which was your favorite?
  • Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
  • Who is your hero or idol?
  • Where is your favorite place on earth?
  • What is your most-loved childhood memory?
  • What annoys you most?
  • If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, health concerns aside, what would it be?
  • Where would you go on your perfect vacation?

Can’t wait to see everyone’s answers!


About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Hawaii where she could learn to surf. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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7 Responses to award winning.

  1. sassandsauce says:

    Wow Thanks a ton! This is my first award too and I’m super thrilled. It’s like I’ve chugged down a carton of industrial-strength red bulls! I’m also very happy to know that my comment on your blog the other day was so well appreciated 🙂 I’ll post forward the Liebster award nominees ASAP! 🙂 Thanks again!

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  2. Love your writing! Excited for you to have this award and to learn more about you.

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  3. David Robert says:

    Thanks again for the nod. I truly appreciate it. Below are my responses…

    How many different places have you lived and which was your favorite?
    I move around a lot. It helps me avoid law enforcement. And Ex’s. I’ve lived in western Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, CT, Florida and Dubai. Dubai was by far the most interesting.
    Describe yourself in 5 words or less. Husband. Explorer. Nervous Wreck. Lush.
    Who is your hero or idol? Erma Bombeck (Okay, just Google her. She was hysterical!)
    Where is your favorite place on earth? Anywhere I hear a wine bottled being decorked.
    What is your most-loved childhood memory? Waking up on Christmas morning. Well, more like 2 a.m. My poor parents.
    What annoys you most? People who have little concern for others.
    If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, health concerns aside, what would it be? Sushi. Yummy. We;;, maybe Kettle Corn. Hmmm. That’s a tough one.
    Where would you go on your perfect vacation? Cape Town, South Africa. You can be on the beach in the morning and then in the mountains in the afternoon.

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  4. Hey don’t sell yourself short because it’s like a chain letter! I felt the same when I got my first award a couple weeks ago, but it’s the fact that someone values your blog and your voice. You’re part of the community and you’re making your mark 🙂 congratulations!

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  5. Wandering Soul says:

    Enjoyed reading your answers 🙂 Shall certainly be visiting the blogs you nominated.

    Liked by 1 person

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