Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Liebster award!

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award by Athelas Hale at Red Lettering! Thanks, Athelas! And thanks also for saying that ‘liebster’ means ‘dearest’ in German. It’s nice to know what we’re talking about. :)

The rules:

~Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
~List 11 facts about yourself.
~Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
~Nominate 9 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers.
~Ask them 11 questions.
~Let them know about the nomination.

11 facts about me:

1. I’m one of those kids that have been Christians practically all their lives. I’ve been blessed to have two Christians as my parents and I received Christ when I was 6, I think. It makes for a not-that-interesting testimony, but I'm glad I know Him!

2. I love soccer. Why? Because it’s just the greatest game ever! I love running, stealing the ball, passing, scoring. The part I don’t like is the goal-keeping, so I don’t do that often. :)

3. I've recently found out that Plus One, who apparently dis-banded in 2004 are banding up again. They have this great song, My All, which you can get just for ‘liking’ their facebook page.

4. My favorite genre is contemporary. Most fiction that I read is in that genre and I write in it too.

5. And speaking of books, Nancy Rue and Krista McGee are my favorite authors. Krista’s last book in the trilogy Anomaly is releasing in July and I'm really looking forward to reading it. Nancy has written about a billion books (well, almost) and she’s amazing at telling stories.

6. We live near a national park, which consists of a pretty big forest (mostly pine trees). I tend to take it for granted, but it’s really pretty beautiful.

7. Last year I rode 1500 km on my bike.

8. I'm thinking about being a literary agent or editor when I grow up (as well as a writer). Emphasis on the ‘thinking’.

9. I'm going to be helping in a camp for 11-15-year-olds this July. I’m pretty excited, but kind of scared too.

10. A bee stung me on the nose the Tuesday before last. I looked awful!

11. We don’t have a TV in our house. And, yep, we survive.

My answers to Athelas’s 11 questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?
This sounds awful, I know, but I started blogging mostly to build a platform. You know, build a platform before you have anything to say? Getting my name recognizable? Sounds awful, but I'm hoping this blog will be so much more. Actually, I think it probably already is.

2. Who are your favorite three fictional characters?
Hmmmm…. I love Thalli from Krista McGee’s Anomaly trilogy. Kara in Krista McGee’s book Starring Me is pretty fun. And maybe Cassidy in Nancy Rue’s Tournaments, Cocoa and One Wrong Move. Is it obvious who my favorite authors are or what?

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
I really don’t know. The mountains are pretty cool, I guess.

4. If your home was going to burn to the ground and any people and animals were safe, what one thing would you grab?
Dad’s computer. It probably has a trillion things on it and I'm guessing we would need those trillion things.

5. Do you prefer the sun or the moon?
Sun? I don’t think I've ever thought about it.

6. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Maybe 2 Corinthians 4:1. (NIV)
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.

7. Do you speak any second languages?
Actually, English is my second language. I mean, I speak it well, I just speak Russian better. I also speak a bit of Tatar.

8. What makes you cry in fiction? (Do you cry at fiction?)
Probably when the teenager is confronting the parent and saying things like “you’ve never had time for me. Not in an angry the-world-revolves-around-me attitude, but out of true bitterness.

9. Who is your favorite historical figure?
Probably Abraham Lincoln.

10. (Just as a random question…) Describe your floor.
My floor? Well, in the room I share with my sisters, we have brown diamond-patterned linoleum.

11. What is the skill you’re the most proud of?
Writing? Or soccer. Or studying well. I don’t know.

9 bloggers I nominate: 

1. Jamie @ CTFdevourer

2. Linsey Z. @ Books for Christian Girls

3. Skyeler at Beautiful Mess

4. Elizabeth Sullivan @ Everlasting Hope

5. Abrielle Lindsay (aka TW Wright) @ Lay Me Down

6. Anastasia Cross @ Inkspot Writer

7. Noe’mie @ Seeking Jesus

8. Brittney at @ Daughter of the King

9. Naomi @ Naomiandbooks

11 questions for the bloggers:

1. What time of day do you look forward to most?

2. What’s your favorite genre in fiction?

3. What sport do you like most, if any?

4. What’s the funniest thing you heard (or did) today?

5. Do you/did you like being a teenager?

6. Who is your favorite author?

7. Do you play any musical instruments?

8. How many hours a week do you spend in front of the computer (approximately)?

9. Do you believe music relieves stress? Do books do a better job?

10. What’s your favorite color?

11. You’ve been given three work-free child-free chore-free study-free hours. What are you going to do?

Thanks again, Athelas! It was pretty fun. And now to  notify the nominees... :) 


  1. Thank you so much for nominating me! I'll have to get my answers up soon! :)
    Thank you again!
    Owner of BFCG

    1. You're welcome! I'm looking forward to your (and everybody else's) answers. :)

  2. Thanks for nominating me. I appreciate it. One of the reasons I wanted to start a blog was for platform too. :)

    1. You're welcome. I know it's not a really bad reason, it just doesn't sound that great when said out loud. :)

  3. Fact Five: I'm waiting for our library to get the second book in the Anomaly trilogy. Is it as good as the first one?

    Question One: That was actually part of the reason I started my writing blog, too. Nothing awful about it at all!

    Question Seven: Wow. Really? You're excellent at English--better than a lot of people with English as their first language. (And, as a side note, my dad is learning Russian! Well, I suppose it's kind of on hold right now, because he's very busy, but he adores the language.)

    (Since I should have been off the computer a few minutes ago, I'll leave it at that. This was an excellent post! :-D)

    1. Fact #5: I don't know which one I like mire. They are pretty different with one being in the State and the other above-ground. Again, Krista McGee made a lot of plot twists so that was really neat. :) Have you read her other books?

      Question 1: Thanks, guys! It just sounds selfish kind of. :)

      Question 7: Thanks! I think I'm decent at writing because I read a lot, but I need more practice speaking it. :) Wow, cool!

    2. Thank you for nominating me!! :) I shall write a blog post soon! Wow, did you really paddled 1500 km on your bike? That's awesome! Do you have a km calculator? I can't seem to find one around here... Have you ever been in a soccer team? Would you like to? It must be a lot of fun!!

      God bless!

      In all sisterly love,


    3. You're welcome!
      Yea, 1500 km is quite a lot, if I say so myself. My younger brother did even more. :) We have a speedometer, yep. It's convenient for it to count all the kms instead of me having to do it.:)
      I'm not on a team, though I'd like to be on one.
      God bless you too!

    4. Fact #5: *nod* I can see why they would be very different... I'm expecting plot twists. I was impressed by her writing in the first book. I haven't read any of her other books yet, but I plan on doing it within the next month, definitely.

      Question 7: If you're ever in the Central States, say so, and if you're anywhere near me, maybe we could meet up and you could teach me some Russian, and I can help you practice your speaking English.

    5. Fact #5: Tell me what you think once you read it. :) She has 3 other books that are contemporary, not sci-fic and since I'm more of a contemporary girl, I started with those. Her plot twists are amazing.

      Question 7: Yea, we could do probably. :) Thanks!

  4. Thank you for nominating me! I will have my post up before too long. (Once I find some people of my own to nominate, lol.)