I’m feeling good right about now, now that I’ve finished my two-books-a-month quota for this month. I was a little worried there, but I made it. I’m still debating what to begin next, it’s a cross between Iain Bank’s Consider Phlebus or L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Or something altogether different, as I feel I’m in no mood to make a decision yet.

However, I’m feeling even better, due to another fact.

I’d like to extend a most gracious thank you to the beautiful soul from A Writer’s Heart blog, who’s recently nominated me for a Liebster Award!

liebsterdThe Liebster Award’s a way of getting to know our fellow bloggers, so what better way than through a questionnaire? So without further ado, I’ll present 11 facts about myself, then answer my nominator’s personal 11 questions, and then I shall proceed to nominate a few folks (who are under no obligation to respond!) and give them 11 questions of my own. And so we pass it on! If you want to learn more, you can always peruse this explanation.

11 Facts About Me

  1. I am half-Japanese and half-Swedish/French/English,
  2. Which means that I am 59″ tall. A little less than 160cm.
  3. I’ve been married for 10 years this May, and my family of four is the love of my life.
  4. I was born in San Francisco, but grew up in New Jersey. And despite the cost of living here, this is where my heart is.
  5. For the longest time until my mid-20s, I was an artist first, and a writer second.

    Consider this an open advertisement for my favorite sour cream.

  6. I wrote my first “book” at the age of 9. A piece of construction paper folded in half and stapled together with the pages inside, and voila, the Irish Setter Lavos was born, with all his adventures with his owner. Inspired by Lassie and Lad.
  7. I love stationary.
  8. I will analyze your handwriting…secretly.
  9. I love cooking. And sour cream.
  10. I am an Ox,
  11. and I am also an ISFJ.

The 11 Questions

  1. What made you start writing?
    1. My love for books. I didn’t grow up with computers until my mid-teens, so the only entertainment we had was the outdoors and books. No TV, no Sega Genesis, no nothing. And I also competed with my brother (whose eye prescription is worse than mine) over who could read the most the fastest.
  2. What is your biggest pet peeve for your significant other, or your dream date? Why?
    1. I’m sure it’s a common peeve: never putting water in the dirty dish when it goes in the sink. I loathe crusty dishes.
  3. What would be your dream vacation?
    1. A month-long tour of all the breathtaking cathedrals in Europe. Specifically the Gothic, Baroque, and Romanesque styles. Vienna, Prague, Koln, Chartre…
  4. What band would you love to see in concert?
    1. Well this was a hard question, since all the bands I like aren’t around anymore. I suppose I’d like to go back in time to see Deep Purple. And then move up a bit to the 80s for a bit of Venom. And Manowar.
  5. What is your favorite quote of all time?
    1. It’s not a deep one, but it’s always been my favorite: “Bad artists always admire each other’s work.” –Oscar Wilde
  6. What is your favorite book?
    1. Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. I could write an entire essay on the depth of how that book impacted me. It is one of, if not the greatest, masterpiece of Dostoevsky and his reflection on materialism, faith, and family. Les Miserables is very close behind it.
  7. Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?
    1. In the writing department: Dostoevsky and Ann Rice. Strange combination, I know, but they are two writers I admire and aspire. Dostoevsky for his beautiful reflections of the human soul, and Rice for her captivating prose that has always instantly inspired me.
  8. Who was the first Author you read?
    1. I can’t recall the very first book, but I know that as a child, I fell in love with The Baby Unicorn and must have borrowed it from the library about a thousand times. Ma, why didn’t you just buy me the book?
  9. What makes you laugh more than anything else?
    1. My husband. In a good way, of course. No one and nothing’s ever made me laugh into uncontrollable tears and hyperventilation like he has.
  10. Do you ever want more than what you have for you life right now? Why? What would it be?
    1. I really don’t. Life has its ups and downs, but I’m not in any need of anything. Except maybe a few extra dollars for the bills. Or an extra hour or two a day on my days off.
  11. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
    1. My patience. And my eternal hoping. That’s all I have to say about that.


I nominate:

And your 11 questions are:

  1. How old were you when you began writing?
  2. If you could move anywhere, where would you go?
  3. Do you have a familiar–I mean, a pet?
  4. What is your favorite book, and why?
  5. What are your other hobbies?
  6. If you become any age you wanted, what age would that be, and why?
  7. If you could travel to any time or place, where would you go?
  8. What is your strength?
  9. Do you have any tattoos?
  10. What is your favorite food/dish?
  11. What is the most recent book you’ve read?

As mentioned before, nominees are under no obligation to respond! Thank you for reading!


16 responses to “Liebstered!

  1. Thank-you for the nomination, I am honored that you would think of me! I have done one, and will ponder this one, though they do make me feel sort of self-indulgent….(then again, my blog is all about me, right?).
    Do you still have this first book of yours? How adorable. I loved your response about your favorite thing about yourself, I would have to agree. I am have a very silly husband, aren’t they the best? How did you learn to analyze handwriting? This has always been rather fascinating to me.
    Have a lovely day!

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    • My mom has that book somewhere, not sure where though. She’s something of a hoarder, which has its perks. And many non-perks! And yes, husbands can be the best, and the worst! But we love’m anyway. I’m sure they feel the same (:

      I picked up a book on handwriting analysis (graphology) a long time back. It’s very insightful, and it’s become a part of my routine observations when interacting with people. It gave me a lot of insight as to where my head was at (my writing used to be millimeter sized during high school), as well as get a tiny peek into someone else’s personality. You can find a lot of resources on it online if you’re interested!

      I felt a little self-indulgent, too, as I’d like my blog to stay on the more helpful side, but I think a little personal things here and there is a good thing because we are all individuals, after all (: I didn’t realize you had an award already! But of course you do (: If you plan on doing it again, I’d look forward to your responses!

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    • And a hello to you as well! It’s great being a half, though I used to dislike it in my adolescent years. I suppose we all dislike ourselves to some degree when we’re adolescents. I read your bio and I have to say that I’m quite jealous that you can speak and read Japanese fluently! Japanese was my first language, but I haven’t spoken it in so long that while I can understand about 40% of Japanese, I’m no good with speaking it unless I’m reminded of the word. Same with kanji. Hiragana and katana is all ): I’ve been meaning to learn it once and for all, I even have all the course material here in my library but… priorities have a way with things.

      But it’s a pleasure to meet you, Eve!

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  4. This was so well written. I’m sorry for not reading much of your work lately. But I will definitely share the stories of late with you shortly. Much love and hugs.


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