“Princely” or “And the Patiently Waiting Nominees Are…”

Previously on Ever On Word, my blog and I received the Liebster Award, for which the rules of acceptance are as follows:

* Answer the 11 questions provided.
* Create 11 questions for the next nominees to answer.
* Link back to the one who nominated you.
* Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
* Go to their page and tell them.
* No tag backs!

I’ve taken care of items one and three; now to finish the job by announcing my 11 nominees and questioning them like the good cop/bad cop interrogator I am.

Because I like to work with themes, I’ve chosen to relate each of my 11 questions to my novella, “The Swan Prince (Book One of the Wilderhark Tales)”, (coming in 3 weeks, whoo-hoo!). It was a challenge (there are only so many general questions you can ask about swans!), but I think I managed to come up with a “like or befitting a prince; magnificent” mix. Take a look.

1. If you were cursed to take on an animal form every night, which do you think the spell-caster would choose for you, and why?

2. Which song reminiscent of moonlight on water do you enjoy more: Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata, or Debussy’s “Clair de Lune?

3. Name the fairytale nearest to the story of your life.

4. You feel sick. ): Would you rather see a doctor about it, or tough it out alone?

5. Who is your favorite “Swan(n)” – Emma Swan (“Once Upon a Time”), Bella Swan (“Twilight”), Elizabeth Swann (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), or [other]?

Must’ve been a real pain in heroine school, having all those other Swans in your class…
Must’ve been a real pain in heroine school, having all those other Swans in your class…

6. Who is your favorite prince? (Real, fictional, the “Purple Rain” artist who partied like it was 1999… whatever.)

7. Who is your favorite “the”? Just kidding. X) If you had to go on a two-week walking trip with someone – any someone – who would you want it to be, and why?

8. Are you the cool, rational type, or emotional and instinctual?

9. How far would you go to make a person fall in love with you?

10. Describe your early childhood home.

11. What does “happily ever after” mean to you?

As for my nominees, I feel like I’ve already tagged most of the bloggers I follow. So I figure, hey, how about I show some love to the bloggers who follow me? (Just in case you weren’t of the opinion that a subscription to my words is reward enough in itself…)

A warm round of applause to our dozen-minus-one arbitrarily selected nominees:

Shannon A. Thompson

Ionia Martin

ofglassandbooks

Carrie-Anne Brownian

The Parasite Guy*

Ellen J. Miller

Rick Mallery

Ursa Bowers

Kate Conway

Fel Wetzig

Bird

Congratulations, one and all! And to anyone who didn’t get nominated and is sitting there thinking, “Aw… but I wanted to answer those questions…”, I do have a comments section, guys. If you’ve got answers you’d like to put there, I would be glad as all get-out to read them. (:

* Speaking of The Parasite Guy, would you believe it? He’s nominated me for yet another award – the Sunshine Award! – the rules for which are:

Sunshine Award

  1. Post the sunshine award logo
  2. Accept the nomination and link back to the nominator
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Nominate ten other blogs(or sites) and inform them of the award

1, done. 2, done. 3… well, I’ve answered these particular questions once before, and my opinions on these matters have not much changed. So I’ve decided to delegate and let one of my characters answer in my stead. And what better character to interview during this princely post than the swan prince himself? Sigmund, come on down!

Favorite color: “I’ve not thought about it, much,” he says, clearing his throat awkwardly at having been summoned and thrust into the spotlight with so little notice. “I suppose I prefer dusky reds, like burgundy.”

Favorite animal: “The trumpeter swan.”

Favorite number: His narrow, sidelong glance at me has “This is a silly question” written all through it, but he answers, “How about… seven.”

Favorite non-alcoholic beverage: “Water.”

Favorite alcoholic beverage: “They don’t serve alcoholic beverages at the children’s asylum. The nuns promote temperance. Perhaps if I spent my evenings carousing in the village with the other youths, I would acquire a taste for it anyway; but I do not.”

Facebook or Twitter: “Wilderhark has neither.”

Passions: “I have yet to develop any. I have more important things to concern myself with. Never you mind what.”

Giving or receiving gifts: One shoulder lifts and lowers in an elegant shrug. “If the gift is worth receiving, I would prefer that. If not, you’re welcome to it. Enjoy.”

Favorite city: “Cersegg. Though I don’t expect most of your readers will know where that is.”

Ooh, hey, this question wasn’t on the list, last time I answered. I choose San Francisco! (…pending my someday visit to London.)

Favorite TV shows: “Wilderhark doesn’t have television, either.”

Well, we do. And I don’t watch it much, but when I do, it’s probably because “Once Upon a Time” is on.

Thank you for your indulgence, Sigmund! As for my ten nominees… well, gee, the list I’d compiled for the Liebster would have been perfect – eleven minus The Parasite Guy, since he nominated me – except P.G. nominated Shannon A. Thompson as another of his ten, and I don’t want to burn her with too heavy a dose of awarded sunshine. So I’ve got one additional nominee:

Gwen Stephens

Congrats, award winners! And mega-thanks to all my followers, for bringing your sunshine to Ever On Word. Y’all make me smile.

“Interesting” or “I Don’t Always Blog About This Stuff. But When I Do…”

Ever On Wordians, rejoice, for I have been nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by author/blogger/British person J.A. Belfield! You all know what that means. …Or, in case you don’t, here are the rules of acceptance:

* Answer the 11 questions provided.
* Create 11 questions for the next nominees to answer.
* Link back to the one who nominated you.
* Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
* Go to their page and tell them.
* No tag backs!

Now you all know what it means – a Q&A session of the most “arousing or holding the attention; absorbing” sort. ^-^

1. What is your favourite genre to read?

Are Robin Hood retellings a genre? Can we make it a genre? ‘Cause I could happily come up with more variations than my “Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale” trilogy! Or we could just throw everything I love into a single genre: Humorous YA murder mystery fantasy, with thieves. (Shoot, I should’ve thrown a murder mystery into the “Ballad” books; then they would have had it all!)

2. You’ve just won a competition and the prize is any pair of shoes in the world of your choice. Describe them.

Shoes, eh? Well, this is coming from the girl who’s worn the same sneakers almost every day for a year or more. But if we’re talking dream footwear… They’d be tall leather boots (brown or black) that could be slipped on and off without too much hassle (but not so easily that they’ll fly off when I don’t want them to!), provide excellent sole-cushioning and arch support, breathe well yet be reasonably waterproof, and which any pirate / ranger / outlaw / minstrel / knight would not be ashamed to wear as part of their epic ensemble. Oh, and they’d better be period for Elizabethan times, so I can wear them on the job at the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

3. Which fictional character would you most like to meet and why?

Only one?? But I would trade in half the real people I know for fictional ones! (What? No, none of you readers are in the “give away” half, don’t be silly.)

What’s called for, here, is a fictional character who gives me access to all the others (I’m such a user…-_-). A character who can somehow smuggle people across reality lines, and who’d be willing to do so for me without any deal-breaking strings attached. That rules out Rumplestiltskin from “Once Upon a Time”; sure, he’s my favorite of the series, but all of his magic comes with a price. (Besides, he’s a creeper.) And Aladdin’s genie goofs around too much (particularly since his release from the lamp downgraded him to only semi-phenomenal, nearly-cosmic power). Hmm… Aha! Maybe I should try Ms. Frizzle! Her magic school bus has done the impossible before! Alright, Friz, I’m taking my chances with you; get messy if you must, just don’t prove my choice a mistake.

4. The zombie apocalypse is upon us. Undead beings are beating at your door, slobbering over your freshly-cleaned patio windows, and you’re barricaded into your living room. Sticking to truth, what’s the most useful item you have to help you swing your way out of this somewhat precarious situation?

Do my kinemortophobic sobs do nothing to change their hearts? …Yeah, I thought not. Looks like my only weapon at this point is prayer. Lord, strike them down, or kill me before they can get me. Amen.

5. I’ll never understand why mashed potato is considered a signature dish for a certain chicken restaurant in the US, so if you couldn’t have both, but had to choose, which way would you swing? Chicken or mash?

I love potatoes, but if they’re mashed, I kinda need meat to go with ‘em. Come to that, I don’t like eating chicken without a side or two, either. Doggone it all! I’d probably just put off thinking about it until my family ate all the food, leaving me to pour a bowl of cold cereal. (This kind of thing happens all the time.)

6. What is your most favourite accent in the world *cough* British *cough*?

Heck yeah, British!

7. If you could visit any fictional land (created world/situation/etc) from any book of your choosing, which world/situation would choose to play witness to and why?

Hmm… I think I’d like to follow my tailor around during Book Three of “The Wilderhark Tales” (which, too bad for impatient me, won’t be out for months and months; but hey, Book One’s coming on May 31st!). Yeah, he’ll be kind of stressed out for most of it, but we’ll get to meet up with a lot of interesting people, and… okay, I’ll be honest, I would happily stalk him through pretty much any book, never mind what else is going on, because I love him more than is sensible.

8. Slippers or socks? No, they’re NOT the same!

Socks. Socks in my aforementioned sneakers, depending on where I’m expected to walk.

9. Favourite James Bond actor? Why, what’s so special about him, then?

I can name two, and I don’t care about either of them. Never got into Bond. Try casting the Most Interesting Man in the World, and maybe I’ll sit up and pay attention to the preview.

I don’t always watch James Bond movies. But when I do...
I don’t always watch James Bond movies.
But when I do…

10. Best (in your opinion) special effects for a werewolf film to date? (to the US folk out there, film = movie.  )

I only let you mock me because you’re a Brit, J.A. X)

I’ve seen two films with werewolves in them (we’ll count the whole “Twilight” franchise as one movie), and the werewolves in “Van Helsing”…weren’t the best part. So I’ve gotta give this one to the Quileute pack.

11. And last but not least: Head into your mobile (mobile = cell phone *snicker*) scroll through your ‘favourites’ list of numbers, find the number that you dial the most … Who is it? Can I have their number? ‘Cause they must be pretty cool if you ring them all the while, right?

What d’you mean I can’t have it?

Hmmm, okay then, how about: What topic are you’re planning to write (or blog) about next?

I’ve read British YA humour! I know what a mobile is! I’m not like the rest of these Yanks! You can tell, ‘cause I barely use my cell phone.

I don’t always use my mobile. But when I do...
I don’t always use my mobile. But when I do…

In any event, my next post will be a stop on somebody’s blog tour for their book. Who’s the somebody and what’s the book? Sorry, not telling! *singsongs* You’ll just have to wait and see-e-e. (:

I can tell you about a post coming up after that, though: The one where I list my 11 nominees for the Liebster Award, and give them some interesting questions for which I hope they’ll come up with interesting answers! Stay tuned, gentle reader – one of those nominees might just be you…

“Surprise!”

Why, yes, I have already posted a blog piece today; an inspirational little number about why one ought to love to read. Particularly observant readers may have noticed that I’ve thus far allowed a two-day space between my blog posts, and this double-post day will doubtless “cause [them] to feel wonder, astonishment, or amazement, as at something unanticipated”. Well, it’s a cause of wonder etc. on me, too, and all due to yet another surprise of the super wonderful variety:

            I have been given an award!



            Yes, ‘tis true! I learned of it not a quarter-hour ago (later, by the time this post is up)! Fellow blogger Andrea S. Michaels has conferred upon me a Liebster Award, which a blog piece of her own explains as follows:

            “[The Liebster Award] was created to draw attention to small blogs with less than 200 followers. Here are the rules:

  • Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  • Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the Internet.”

            Check, check, and check for items one, three, and four. Now it’s time to spread the big, goofy grins that result when one finds out that one has won a Liebster! I wish I could throw awards at everyone whose blogs I have enjoyed, but there can only be five. Therefore, my top picks go to (drumroll, please…):

  • Tirzah Duncan the Ink Caster, because I respected her as a writer even before we became stranger-than-true sisters.
  • Jenna Mathews, who demonstrates that age has naught to do with getting your start in wordsmithery.
  • The Ink-Compentent Writer, who likes to make his point with a dash of entertaining schizophrenia.
  • Undiscovered author Stephen A. Watkins, whose thoughtful posts spark some great discussions via blog comments.
  • Rebecca Monaco, because I love her trademark exit line.

            Enjoy your “unexpected encounter, event, or gift that surprises”, fortunate five, and keep the big, goofy grins going! (And thanks again for mine, Andrea, the Academy, the little people, God, Mom and Dad, my minstrels and tailor…)