Liebster Award

Back on January 4th, Hana at Follow That Rabbit! nominated me for something called the Liebster award. From a Blank Page to Happily Ever after also poked me for the award yesterday, before I could finish hunting up the last of my ten nominees. She didn’t leave me questions, since she’s on the award a second time, so I’m just going to link back to her with a thank you!

Shamelessly copying from Hana’s post on the Liebster Award here, because when I looked this up, there were so many variations and different rules that I’m going to just go with the “strain” of the award that was passed to me and keep it simple.

So Hana wrote:  The Liebster Award, according to a previous nominee named Erin, “is essentially a token of appreciation passed around in the blogging community. It’s also only given out to up and coming blogs with less than 200 followers to encourage new bloggers. At least, that’s how I’m interpreting it.” The rules of the award include:

1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award with fewer than 200 followers.
4. You must come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

So, Ciara talking again here, these are the fun, thoughtful and provocative bloggers I’ve hunted down an poked as my nominees. I hope they enjoy it and realize that I really did spend time trying to find bloggers I felt were contributing and positive presences in blogging. If any of my nominees aren’t the kind of blogger who want to do this, I understand but still wanted to give you recognition as I’ve enjoyed your work.

In no particular order:

The Way Forward 


One Writer, Many Heads 

Beverly Ryles 

Cataloguing Shadows

7 Word Review


The Author, The Artist and Me 

365 days of Star Wars Novels 

Nobody’z Space 

Here are the questions posed to me by Hana (Japanese for flower):

1. Why did you start your blog?

I’ve been reading and enjoying genre fiction, especially Sci-Fi and Fantasy since I could listen to my mother read. This blog has grown out of my desire to become involved in the public discussion surrounding genre fiction, especially the two afore mentioned. Eventually, it will also become part of my platform to interact with readers when my own books are published. I’m here to learn and contribute and so excited to do so.

2. What is your favorite video game?

Minecraft. My husband just about did a jig when I offered to try to learn to play, “just on creative mode” and I did that for two weeks and then was convinced to try survival mode. Now it’s something we do together. He snuck up and took a picture of me the first time he caught me playing it by myself in my own little world.  It’s for his “personal collection”.  You have to understand where I started from. When I entered university, I didn’t know what a video game was.

3. What’s the first thing on your bucket list? Why?

Publish a book. Why? I’ve been working at writing stories to make other people experience escapism, love, excitement, danger, challenge and awe since I was five. I was one of those kids who knew what they wanted to do when they grew up before they could spell their own name. Got a little lost along the way but twenty years later, I’m back where my five year old self was. Would have saved so much time if I just stuck with what I knew was right!

4. Would you want to live forever (at the age you are now)? Why or why not?

I don’t want to live forever, but if I had to, this wouldn’t be a bad age at all. Just old enough not to be awkward and kid like and not yet wishing I could be younger.

5. Favorite quote. Or one that makes you think.

The gods help those who help themselves. – I don’t know who started this but they probably spoke Latin! 

6. Why do you like your favorite food?

Coffee. There’s enough calories if you mix in milk or cream to count as a food, right? Honestly, I loved pizza but then I developed gluten allergies, so goodbye pizza.

7. What’s the first book that you remember loving?

The Magician’s Nephew. I wrote about the Narnian series in this post. As fantasy I love these books, though I read them as fantasy and not allegory.

8. What instrument would you most like to play?

I play piano passably. I wish I could sing though. If you’re going for an instrument I wish I could play, implying that I don’t, it would be either drums or wood flute.

9. Favorite thing that happened in 2013.

I learned to tell other people what I wanted, even if I knew they wouldn’t be thrilled. It was less dramatic than I thought it was, well, mostly. There were moments. I’m healthier and happier now.

10. What are you most excited about in 2014?

Publishing for the first time and starting a new stage of my life. Crossing my fingers on avoiding epic storms.


So that me. Here’s the questions for my nominees:

1. At what moment did you think, I should blog about this? This being whatever your blog is about.

2. Wolverine or Captain America? Why?

3. You’re offered one day to go back in time, any time you want, but you have to stay for twenty-four hours. Where and when would you go? Why?

4. What’s the farthest you’ve traveled from where you were born?

5. Have you ever scene a monument, natural event or park that just left you in awesome? Where was it and why?

6. Which would you prefer, spaghetti, sushi or curry?

7. What’s one word you would like to see used less.

8. What’s one rarely used word that would enrich the common lexicon of the country you live in.

9. What would be your preferred sleeping furniture: a clean floor, Harry’s bed at Hogwarts, Captain America’s underwater pod, a train going somewhere with your coat rolled up under your head, or anywhere on the Millennium Falcon?

10. Favorite drink. Alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

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6 Responses to Liebster Award

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  2. Thanks Ciara, I appreciate it 😉 will get to this when I’m not being lazy lol. No really, will try to do it next week, and link back to you. But in the meantime, I will check out the other people’s blog that you nominated…by the way I like the questions you came up with.

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  4. captkope says:

    I have no idea how this stuff works, but I will give it a try.

    • Ciara Darren says:

      Thanks! I had no idea either, but it’s pretty simple. The hardest part was finding the 10 blogs to nominate that had under 200 followers. I learned to go to my reader and click on the names of the bloggers/blog. When they show up in the new window, then you can see next to their name how many followers they have. Once I figured that out, things went faster! Really, this is a friendly neighbor thing to introduce people to each other.

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