Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Liebster Award { 3 }

I was tagged by Rebekah @ Worldsmithing and Worldbuilding for the Liebster Award! 1) Thank you. 2) You are awesome. 3) *hands you virtual cake*

I'll try to find enough people to nominate to continue the awesomeness, but I might have to cut the number down since I... don't know a lot of bloggers, especially those with smaller amounts of followers. (I will admit I am very bad at finding new blogs to read-- if you have some favorites, let me know!).

11 Things About Moi:

1. I started driving recently, and the first time I saw another car on the opposite lane I flipped out and nearly drove into a ditch. (Not a proud moment).
2. I have a very high tolerance for cold temperatures, but I hate the heat.
3. I got back into drawing and have been trying a few new styles-- my favorite so far is realism.
4. My favorite color is lime green. Then red, then black.
5. My mom always gets frustrated with me when I get shoes, because they're always black.
6. I can't stand tea, but I love coffee.
7. I have only once cooked something other than ramen noodles, eggs, and bacon.
8. I have been in 17 of the fifty states.
9. I speak tid-bits of Chinese and Korean, although I've never been in either country.
10. However, I have been in Taiwan, and the two main languages there are Chinese and Taiwanese. Chinese is the easier of the two. Also, Fun Fact: Taiwanese people do not speak Chinese with harsh "h" "sh" and "r" sounds. And so I also speak Chinese without a strong "mainland" accent.
11. My favorite animals have always been horses, followed closely by dogs.

Rebekah's Questions:

1. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what? If not, why?

Yep. It feels weird if I write without it. Recently, I finished a second draft and I listened to the following album throughout the entire process.

It really depends on what kind of feeling I want. Music is all about emotion, so I think it's important to feel what your characters are feeling. I listened to a lot of sad songs (one of them being "Not About Angels" by Birdy) while writing a book about a ghost.

2. Do you have a certain type of character that you always love/root for? (I.e. the orphan hero, the bad boy/girl with a heart of gold, the loveable rogue). Why do you like them?

Hm. I guess I root for characters who use a lot of sarcasm and seem cold and aloof on the outside, but are actually just as emotional as anyone else and are constantly aware of other people's feelings. So... bad boy/girl with a heart of gold.

I'm not really sure why I like them. It's pretty corny to say that I feel like I relate to them, but on a certain level, I feel like I do, so...

3. Has your taste in books changed much in the past ten years? Do you find that you like a certain type of book now better than you did then?

I was five ten years ago.

Obviously, the answer is yes to both, but even if it was three years instead of ten, the answer would still be yes-- my taste in books has changed dramatically. I got into action, suspense, and dystopian books. Recently, I've been wanting to read more horror. Three years ago, I was allll about that contemporary.

4. What literary trope or cliche do you hate the most? Which one really doesn't bother you?

I don't know if this counts, but it's happened in so many YA books that I'm gonna role with it. The main character falls in love with a dude that's been

A) Stalking the MC.
B) Making many verbal jabs that are meant to hurt the MC.
C) Physically threatening the MC.

Reading about a relationship like this always ticks me off.

For one that doesn't bother me, I'd have to say... the character not listening to a person who tells them a specific location is haunted or something like that. I mean, you know the character is in a scary book. They don't. If someone told you a house was haunted, would you believe them?

5. Name one book that you love that no one else seems to have read. Include a picture and a link so the rest of us can check it out. 

Um... I don't know about love, but I like So. B It quite a lot and would definitely recommend it.

Click on the pic to go to the GR page!
6. Do you prefer contemporary novels or historical fiction? Why?

That's a hard one. I would have to say historical fiction. I've read a few contemporary books, and they all feel mediocre to me. Maybe I'm just not reading the right ones.

7. If you write (stories, novels, poetry, anything other than blog posts), do you write with the hope to publish, or just for fun?

I write with the hope to publish. I really want to get my ideas and novels out there. I have for as long as I can remember.

8. Why did you start your blog? What keeps you posting?

I started my blog when my sister did, and I thought it looked really cool. What keeps me posting... I don't really know. I guess I like having a place to write down my thoughts.

9. If the internet disappeared overnight, how would you feel? Do you think life would be better or worse, and why?


B) I think it would be worse. We live in a world that is so dependent on internet and being able to connect that everyone would flip out. Also, I go to an online school. Call me a giant nerd, but the idea of "cutting class" freaks me out.

10. If you could have tea (or coffee) and a chat with any author living or dead, who would you pick? What would you want to ask? 

First of all, it would be coffee.

Secondly, I'm not sure. Maybe Vivian Vande Velde? Maggie Steifvater? Neal Shusterman? I CANNOT PICK ONE.

11. What do you like best about your writing or your blog? Why?

I like my dialogue in my writing.

I've been told it's good. ;)

My Questions

1. Who is your favorite superhero and why?
2. Top three genres? Why do you love them?
3. Have you ever written or started a book? If yes, where do you get inspiration to write? If no, have you ever wanted to?
4. What is the first book you remember reading? Did you like it?
5. Check your Goodreads. What is the book farthest back on your TBR? Do you still want to read it?
6. If you had to pick one character out of all the books you have read to switch places with, who would you pick?
7. Do you try to read a book before the movie/tv show comes out, after it comes out, or is it no big deal if you never read it?
8. On that topic, what's your favorite book to movie/tv show?
9. What's your opinion on fairytale retellings? Do you love them, or do you feel like they ruin the magic of the original?
10. Have you ever wanted to get a tattoo? Do you have one?
11. Are there any countries that you want to travel to? If so, why that country?

I Nominate... 

Skylar @ Life of a Random
Sophia @ Ravens and Writing Desks
Aneta @ The Graffiti On the Wall

... and anyone else that wants to join in! Leave a link in the comments and I'll make sure to drop by and check out your post.


  1. This is a cool award! It looks like fun. I had to laugh at your first fact about yourself; I just started driving a few months ago and had almost the same experience. XD And I hate those creepy stalker/semi-abusive romantic interests, too! It's definitely enough to make me throw a book across the room.
    Thanks again for visiting my blog!

    1. Driving is terrifying. I regret making fun of my sister when she first started, but I'm better at parking than she was so... teehee.

      YES. Those relationships make me so angry. It's not a healthy relationship if the dude is constantly hurting the MC. It really frustrates me when authors play it off as being "protective."

      No problem! Your blog is awesome.

  2. Great answers! I really enjoyed reading this :) Also, you came up with some great questions as well. And bending the rules is perfectly fine (notice I didn't list 11 facts about myself, lol).
    I have never been to Taiwan, and I speak 0 Chinese, so I applaud you.
    You are correct: stalker guy that everyone likes counts as a trope, and it annoys me as well!
    This was so fun to read, and keep up the writing! I write to publish too, and it takes a lot of determination and plodding along.

    1. Thank you! I kind of struggled with the questions so I'm glad you like them. ^_^

      Taiwan is awesome! It's really confusing if you don't have someone to show you around though. Also, there's a lot of hot pan.


      Thanks again. :) Writing is definitely one of the most time-consuming I do. I really respect anyone who gets their book published-- and anyone who's trying.

  3. These questions are awesome and I will try to get to them! Thank you for tagging me! I've kind of been not accepting awards lately but I like your questions so much that I think I'll do it anyway haha :-)

    1. No problem! I didn't know that you weren't accepting awards, so my bad, but I'm really glad you liked my questions. :)