To my great surprise, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Ronel Jance Van Vuuren at


 Thank you so much, Ronel! I’m honored.

The rules are as follows:

–Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the award.
– Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you.
– Nominate people (comment on their blog to let them know).
– Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions

Here are Ronel’s 11 questions:

  1. Pantser or Planner: do you plan your projects or do you just go by ear?  I do a lot of mental planning and always know the ending before I begin. I’m usually a bit sketchy on the details in the middle, but I try to be certain they all add to the point of the story. So, I’m neither a true planner, nor am I in fact a pantser. Instead, I’m a hybrid of the two.
  2. Red or Green: in new situations do you jump in all fired up or do you watch and listen?  I am a watcher and listener.
  3. Short Stories or Novels: which do you write and why?  I have written both, but I have more confidence in my short stories. Thus, I’ve done little with the novels, of which there are three.
  4. To NaNoWriMo or not to NaNoWriMo: will you write a complete first draft this November or not? Explain. I’ve participated in the NaNoWriMo. I completed a novel. However, I don’t know if I need another doorstop littering my little house. Haha! I will eventually edit the completed manuscripts and ask for Beta Readers. Anyone interested in helping a writer? Until I polish the existing pieces, I don’t imagine I’ll write anything longer than shorts.
  5. Give away your writing for free: do you publish short stories about your novels on writing platforms like Wattpad to generate more readers? Whether you do or don’t, explain your reasoning. I have not used Wattpad. Perhaps I should look into it. You’re giving me so much to think about.
  6. Writing competitions: do you enter them or do you shun them? Why? I have entered some writing competitions, even earned honorable mentions on a couple, but I don’t pay to enter.
  7. Social Media: Google+ or Twitter? Which one do you prefer and why? Twitter is great fun and I’ve made some really fabulous contacts through it.
  8. Slow blogging (once or twice a week) or daily blogging: which one appeals to you most and why? I guess I slow blog, with the exception of the A-Z Challenge. The A-Z Challenge asks bloggers to pick a theme which can be represented by the alphabet and post daily, save Sundays. I’ve participated for three years. Otherwise, I enjoy answering Charli Mills’ weekly prompts at
  9. Fantasy (and other genres like it) or Realism: write it, read it and what appeals to you in it? I read almost everything. As a result, I write an eclectic mix of stories.
  10. If you could only eat one type of food for every meal forever, what would it be and why? I suppose it would have to be stir fry, because stir fry contains a lovely blend of the food groups. Although, if I could have a side of truly fresh fruit as a side, I’d be a happy person!
  11. Oliver Queen from Smallville (first guy in green below) or Oliver Queen from Arrow (second guy in green below): who would you rather have guarding your city? Why? green-arrow-vs-smallvilleAlthough he’s a bit more angsty, I think Stephen Amell’s portrayal of the character feels more “real.” He on the right has a compelling backstory and is a hero despite a lack of obvious “super powers.” However, the Smallville Oliver Queen has the advantage of a close friendship with Clark Kent and Lois Lane, so I guess I’d go with him.


I now have 11 nominees listed below, and I look forward to their answers to the 11 questions I’ve included in the end.

Staci Troilo at

Reena at

Joe at

Gillyflower at

Rainne at

J at

Reena at

Sarah at

Crow at


  1. How much time a day do you spend writing?
  2. What are your greatest influences?
  3. What is your favorite color and why?
  4. If you could travel anywhere, where would you visit? Live?
  5. Plan a dinner party with anyone, living or dead. Who highlights your guest list?
  6. What’s your favorite scent and why?
  7. What size is your family? Do you have many siblings?
  8. What is your preferred mode of transportation?
  9. Do you have a cause you’d fight and go to jail for?
  10. Ever think of running for political office?
  11. What is your favorite social media platform and why?