I was nominated for a Liebster Award!

What is a Liebster, you ask? Sort of like a Pulitzer or a Nobel? Well, yes, it is quite similar to both of those awards … Wait … Actually, it’s not at all like either of those. Not even the teeniest bit. But it’s a fun feather in the cap for any blogger, normally proffered by another blogger who has recently been similarly feted by yet another blogger, ad infinitum, sorta like that telephone game everybody played in kindergarten or those chain letters bored pre-teens used to send each other in the ‘80s before the advent of Facebook and sexting.

liebster-award-logoWhat is a Liebster, you ask? Sort of like a Pulitzer or a Nobel? Well, yes, it is quite similar to both of those awards … Wait … Actually, it’s not at all like either of those. Not even the teeniest bit. But it’s a fun feather in the cap for any blogger, normally proffered by another blogger who has recently been similarly feted by yet another blogger, ad infinitum, sorta like that telephone game everybody played in kindergarten or those chain letters bored pre-teens used to send each other in the ‘80s before the advent of Facebook and sexting.

Thanks to new reader Deb Palmer, who blogs faithfully and hilariously on her own WordPress site, for the nod. As Deb notes, blogging is a long game that requires quite a bit of patience and dedication, and it can feel at times like babbling into some great, existential void. So … drumroll … I accept! And because I accept, I am asked to do the following.

Liebster Award Rules

  • Thank and link to the nominator on your page.
  • Answer the following 11 questions provided by the nominator.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 others for the award.
  • Post the Liebster Award rules in your acceptance post.

Here we go.

 11 Questions

  1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 29, and find line 4. What is the book and what does it say?

“Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” by David Sedaris: “Younger than me and physically challenged was even better. Give me a female opponent with a first-grade education and a leg brace, and I would churn that water like a speedboat.” PFFFFFF!

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Oh, man. I am a wanderer at heart, and I’ve already lived in 15 or so different cities in five different countries. Right now, Emiliano and I are dreaming of moving back to Barcelona for a year or two. We spent last summer there and really dug it.

  1. If you could change one thing about the world, what would you do?

People would work harder at minding their own beeswax. Live and let live is my motto; it doesn’t appear to be anyone else’s.

  1. Is the glass half empty or half full?

Fill it halfway up, and it’s half full. Fill it all the way up and drink half, and it’s half empty. I’ve never understood why this is considered such a paradox.

  1. When is the last time you ate a homegrown tomato?

I think our garden produced a grand total of about 12 cherry tomatoes last year. So then.

  1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer, entrepreneur, or astronaut. I’ve made good on two of those ambitions.

  1. What is your favorite time of the day?

I go on a reliable creative streak every day at 4 p.m., just when I start to get tired and my brain loosens up a bit. It’s magical.

  1. What inspires you?

Looking back at who I was 10 years ago and seeing how much I’ve grown as a person. And watching my friends and family grow and change over time, too. None of it has been easy, but I think we are doing a bang-up job at this life.

  1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

My mom was constantly exposing us to new ideas, foods, activities, people. She worked so hard to make childhood magical and threw us extravagant birthday parties each year. But we also did things like volunteer at local AIDS organizations in the ‘80s, back when everybody was terrified of AIDS patients and didn’t want to go near them. We hugged them and served them Thanksgiving dinner! She taught me to free my mind when confronted with life’s mysteries, wonders and tragedies.

  1. What three things in nature do you find most beautiful?

The smell of fresh Oregon air, everything about the Oregon coast, and the sweet sound of birds chirping in the morning.

  1. Who are your 11 nominees?

Intergalacticbattlegirl over at Misanthropy Misunderstood

Sabrina at Victim to Charm

Laissez Fair Life

Laura at In Others Words

Veronica at La Vie Est Belle

Fernan at Fernan Carriere

Emily at Unmapped Country Within Us

The Funny Peeps at Top of the Bottom Pile

Ankita at Trail-Stained Fingers

Karen at 2000 Detours to Zen

Bloggers, if you choose to accept, please follow the Liebster Rules listed above.

liebsteraward11 Random Facts About me.

Quick, in no particular order:

  1. My favorite color has always been green, because it’s ugly and people often discount it. (My overdeveloped empathy bone has been the source of occasional consternation.)
  2. I am a major insomniac and have been plagued by nightmares my entire life.
  3. I have traveled to 34 countries, many of them several times over.
  4. I have trouble finishing books and feel guilty about it.
  5. I am very hard on myself and often feel inadequate in the company of others.
  6. I suffer from a mild and occasionally embarrassing case of face blindness.
  7. I am a full-time writer/photographer, and I earn my living doing copy editing, content writing, and photography. You can see my professional work at ejbwritingstudio.com and erinjbernardphotography.com.
  8. I also keep a blog for writers that has lately gone viral, and my dream is to write books about writing for new and aspiring writers.
  9. My partner, Emiliano, and I secretly got married last month and didn’t tell anyone. We just made the announcement to our families a few days ago and I’m starting to tell friends. We did this because I am shy and was incredibly stressed out by the thought of taking my vows in front of a studio audience. Yesterday was our one-month anniversary. He is the most wonderful man I’ve ever known (And I’ve known a few, whoo boy!! I was an … active 20-something), and he makes me feel like a million bucks every day. When we first became a couple, I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep, and spent a month just staring at him while he slept instead. Even he doesn’t know that!
  10. I took up running four years ago and have completed two half-marathons, among a variety of other races. They are among my most hard-fought and proudest accomplishments. It’s never too late to start taking better care of your bodies, folks!
  11. I am so incredibly on-fire for anything and everything to do with words. I sometimes get so overwhelmed with all of the ideas I have for things I want to write that I can’t fall asleep, or I’ll get out of bed at 6 a.m. just to get going. This is what I was born for! It is my wish that everybody I know and love can find something they are similarly enchanted by.

Thanks again, Deb! Nominees, get to work!

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7 thoughts on “I was nominated for a Liebster Award!

  1. Nan Collie says:

    Oh Erin, you had us both in tears on the part about your mom. Kudos for the fabulous Liebster Award, and warm hugs for your kindness. You just made Valentine’s Day Mother’s Day over here!

    Love, Nan

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