Stepping into the forest of my mind

Stepping into the forest of my mind
Just as every journey begins with a first step, every story begins with the first word.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Adventures in Writing wins the Liebster Award!

Thank you so much for the Liebster Blogging Award, Raimey. You really made my day. I am truly honored! Blogging can sometimes feel like a lonely gig. However, Raimey Gallant’s brilliant Author Toolbox Blog Hop helps writers of all stripes connect and support one another. Thank you for this too, Raimey!
http://victoriamarielees.blogspot.com


Readers and nominees, here are the rules for being nominated as a Liebster:

Liebster Award Rules and Nominees:
Rule 1: Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
Rule 2: Answer the 11 questions the person asked you.
Rule 3: Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
Rule 4: Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions (My questions are at the bottom of this post.)

Here are my answers to Raimey’s questions. I must admit. Some of them were tough.

1. Who is your favourite author that you haven’t listed as a password backup for a financial institution.  
Mary Higgins Clark

2. Invent a hashtag that you would like to see gain traction.
#ContemporaryYAAventurestory

3. The wackiest writing prompt you can think of on the fly.
A parrot led a boy into a cave to find a treasure chest. When the boy broke the lock and opened the chest, he discovered…

4. What genre(s) do you write in, and what subgenre(s) do you spice in?
Adventure and Mystery,    Subgenre- throw in romance

5. What does your plotting/pantsing technique involve? Please describe using morse code. Kidding. You can use letters. 
I always need to know where I’m going in story. Scene cards are very helpful with this. In other words – I only wear pants, not write by them.

6. Using only three-word sentences, tell us about your childhood (i.e. I hated hockey. Mom re-married dad. Toaster broke window.)
School was tough. Helped at home. Watched little sister. I prepared dinner. Was not popular. I loved mysteries. I wrote stories. I loved music. Acted in plays. I loved hiking. Sea shore adventures. Work, no college.

7. Write the eulogy for one of your characters in less than 100 words.
Yikes! I don’t want to kill my characters. [OK, so that’s one of my problems!]
He was famous for his wood carvings, at least the family thought so. And when he tapped danced in the living room, all the children’s card houses collapsed. He made his world laugh. He held them with his voice. He was a protector. No one cared more for his family.

8. Tell us something quirky about you.
Each summer, I journey and explore the United States and parts of Canada, from coast to coast, in a small conversion van with 5 noisy kids, camping in a tiny pop-up trailer that sleeps 7 in three beds. …And having the time of my life. I think the children are too!

9. I’m gonna need you to dig deep for this one. If chances are slim, how can something be fat about it (fat chance)?
Wow! Good point. A literal person, I’m going to ignore the sarcasm in this question and assume it’s psychological. Humans are usually positive creatures. I know I try to be. It’s hard when writing, though. We are always looking for the big—or fat—chances in life. At least we should try, for how can we better ourselves if we never attempt difficult endeavors?

10. If you could change one thing about a social media site, what would it be?
New comments, posts, or pop-ups continually surfacing when I’m trying to read or comment. My husband says I take too much time to think about what I want to say. True! But I want to say something pithy—or at least not embarrass myself.

11. How many plots do you have in your head on any given day?
A full plot? Only 2 or 3. Possible various threads or themes to plots? Oh…maybe about 50 or 60.

Here are 11 more wonderful bloggers who deserve the Liebster Blogging Award and what they write about. Congratulations, everyone!

http://gilbertcuriosities.blogspot.com Marie Gilbert writes about life, family, and her sci-fi series.
http://www.obligatorytraveler.com/ Sarah is a world traveler and recounts her adventures here with gorgeous photos.
www.miriamdiazgilbert.com Miriam writes about the running life. She offers tips and experiences.  
https://lorettasisco.com/ Loretta writes about pets and animals and life.
http://dawnbyrne.blogspot.com/ Dawn writes about the writing life and family.
http://positiveletters.blogspot.com/ Hilary Melton Butcher writes fascinating posts on English culture, food, and history.
https://ematimar.com/posts/ Erika writes about social media, writing, and technology.
http://jenniferrhubbard.blogspot.com/ Jennifer writes YA literary fiction and ponders the writing life on her blog.
http://taratylertalks.blogspot.com/ Tara blogs about the writer’s life and her fantasy and sci-fi books.
http://christianediting.co.nz/blog/ Iola writes about technology and social media and Christian topics.
https://onceuponatimeinhaz.blogspot.com/ Morgan talks about her camping fun with the family.

Okay everyone; here are my 11 questions for you to answer. Don’t get lost in details. Just have fun!

1.     You are thrown into a favorite story. [Not your own.] Which story and who would you be?
2.     What is the hardest part of writing for you? Why?
3.     When and where do you write? How did you discover that was best for you?
4.     If you could be anybody or anything, who or what would you be and why?
5.     How do you push forward when the inner critic won’t shut up?
6.     Do you need to write inside a bubble or library [like me] or do like to listen to music or other inspiring background sounds or “white” noise to write?  
7.     How do you keep the wolves…ahem…I mean convince your children or other people to leave you alone to write? Does it work? Provide tips—please!
8.     Who was your favorite author as a child? Who is your favorite author now?
9.     If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Why that?
10.  How do you find inspiration?
11.  What book or movie or writing workshop or blog post has affected your work the most? Why?

Once again, thank you, Raimey, for nominating my Adventures in Writing blog for the

Liebster Blogging Award. It is appreciated more than you realize. Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

12 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. My pleasure, Jennifer. Your blog and your books have been very helpful to me as a writer learning new things all the time. And as always, I appreciate all your comments here at Adventures in Writing. Enjoy your weekend!

      Delete
    2. Thanks--and I have finally posted a blog entry in response!

      Delete
    3. Thank you, Jennifer. I'll stop by and see it. Thanks again for all your pithy comments on Adventures in Writing. They are greatly appreciated. Enjoy your day!

      Delete
  2. Hi Victoria - thanks so much for including me in your list .. a few of your recommendations I know - others are new - so I'll need to check in.

    I'm terrible - I just don't do awards as such ... so apologies - but I really appreciate you including me.

    I only blog - but was totally amazed and gratified that I was able to post about subjects that readers were interested in - I never knew I could write ... shows you what effect school had over the decades. For inspiration ... I try and find unique content and craft a post with a few other linked topics - so that it can appeal to a wide variety of friends who visit ...

    Cheers and thank you so much for the shout-out - all the best with your writing ... Hilary

    ReplyDelete
  3. No worries, Hilary. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate reading your "unique content." Your blog is interesting and has beautiful photos and facts for your followers. Again, great job.

    Thank you for your kind words here at Adventures in Writing. Enjoy your weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I liked reading your answers Victoria! Thanks for sharing about yourself!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you so much, Nas. Some of the questions really made me think. It's always a pleasure seeing you here at Adventures in Writing. Enjoy your week!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Replies
    1. Thank you, Raimey. And thank you for nominating Adventures in Writing for the Liebster Award. All best to you.

      Delete
  7. Great questions and answers. Question #9 is very interesting. I never thought about it like that.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thank you for your kind words, Michelle. Yes, question 9, fat chance. We need to take all the chances in life that may be beneficial to us.

    It's always a pleasure seeing you here at Adventures in Writing. Enjoy your day.

    ReplyDelete