I love getting the Liebster Award—it’s an excellence in blogging award passed from blogger to blogger, and it’s one of my favorites! The nominee answers ten questions of the nominator’s choice, then passes the award along.
See my answers to Suze’s questions below, then keep reading for my nominees and their questions.
1. Assume reincarnation exists. What animal would you most wish to become?
I went into word-nerd mode here and looked some stuff up, because I had always thought that “reincarnation” had to do with being reborn as a human and “transmigration” had to do with being reborn into something other than human. Turns out? I was wrong. I do so love learning new stuff.
A jaguar. I’ve always been fascinated by big cats, so really, any big cat would do. But I love jaguars the best.
2. What was the last poem you read?
“Unending Love” by Rabindranath Tagore. It’s one of my all-time favorites. (Also discusses reincarnation, oddly enough . . .)
3. How far away from your hometown have you traveled? Where were you?
Ever? Halfway around the world. I went to Thailand about fifteen years ago on an amazing trip with friends.
Most recently, though, I went to Greece last November. I love, love, love to travel.
4. What is your greatest regret?
That I didn’t start working to publish my fiction earlier!
5. What is your darkest secret?
No way in hell would I put a “darkest secret” on my blog. Nope. No way. You can’t make me.
6. Beatles or Stones? Why?
Depends on my mood! I love the Beatles’ earlier music for upbeat moments, but I don’t know that there’s any song out there that’s any better than “Sympathy for the Devil,” so hooray for the Stones, too.
7. If you were a literary character, who would you choose to be? Why?
That’s a tough one, because the best literary characters have the worst lives! (I have been working on this question for half an hour. I keep adding in characters, then thinking about the horrible things that happen to them and erasing the answers!) Oh. I know! I’d like to be one of the time-traveling historians in Connie Willis’s novels. That would be fun!
8. If you were a historical figure, who would you choose to be? Why?
My gut response to this was “but they’re all dead!” I guess Queen Elizabeth I, because unless you’re going to be a queen, why bother? Also, she was an amazingly shrewd woman, and she gave damn good speeches.
9. What is your earliest childhood memory?
My first birthday. I remember riding in a wagon through the toy department at a store, picking out my birthday present. In my memory, the shelves tower above me, holding a tangle of stuffed animals, but one stands out—a huge, brown dog. I still have that toy; it’s in my daughter’s room now.
10. What is your wildest dream?
Space travel. I would love to go to outer space.
If you accept the award, answer the ten questions below, then pass it on!
1. What was the last poem you read?
2. Which book have you read that you most wish you’d written?
3. Have you ever had a recurring dream? What was it about?
4. Which fictional character would you most fancy having a fling with and why?
5. You’ve been shipwrecked on a desert island; what book can’t you be without?
6. What is something you wish you had more time for?
7. Who was your first celebrity crush?
8. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten?
9. Which country would you like to visit most and why?
10. What is something you’ve learned recently?