I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Pixiecraft!
It was beautifully timed, because I felt like I really needed to get a new post up, but didn’t have anything prepared! Thanks Pixie!
The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The word “Liebster” comes from German and can mean the sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, most beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
So, here are the Rules:
Thank the person who nominated you.
When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!) You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.
You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your own blog!
You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)
- I’ve been practicing witchcraft and Paganism since I was around 12 years old. My first book on the subject was Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf, and I cringe to think of the fluff that spewed from my mouth in those days. Luckily I was more or less in the broom-closet at the time, so I didn’t have much of an audience.
- My fiance and I have been together for 9 years now, and engaged for 5. We met online on a site for ravers! We spoke for about 4 months online before finally meeting at a rave, and neither of us was interested in the other for another 6 months. Then we both got sleepy at a rave, and used eachother as pillows, and that’s where it all started!
- I can cross my right eye without crossing my left. That talent is integral to what I call my “sexy face”. It gets me all the ladies.
- I started taking dance lessons considerably late in life, but was accepted to a school for the arts in the dance program. I danced for roughly 3 hours every day for 4 years and miss it with every part of my being.
- I was supposed to be born on December 24th, but tried to come out mid-October. They kept my mother in the hospital and pumped us full of steroids to help me finish developing, but I still was born November 26th. I found out when I was 18 that I was part of a study when I was a baby, because the steroids turned me into a baby-hulk. I learned to walk, and when things were in my way, I would assume a sumo-stance and shove cases of Coke out of my way!
- I want a wedding pie, not a wedding cake.
- I come from a very small town and my rather embarrassing obsession with fairies, monsters, demons, and vampires caught me a lot of flack back then. I even had a monster slaying kit I kept at school to show people. I had terrible hair and awful clothes, and I wouldn’t change a thing about me back then.
- My favourite artist is Bjork. I even like the things I don’t like by Bjork. Although, I am sorely disappointed with Biophilia. I felt it was long, droney, and gimmicky.
- My favourite colour is purple. When I was young it was yellow. In my teens I also went through phases for orange, then pink, fluorescent green, royal blue, and lots and lots of black. My raver Kandy was always coordinated in a monochromatic palette once I got over the beginner’s look of “OMG! ALL THE KRAZY KOLOURS!”
- I had a mohawk through most of highschool, and then on and off again through college and a few years after that. I’ve dyed my hair every single colour, and once had a brushcut that was pillar-box red (by Manic Panic) with bleached-in flames, which my mom helped me with. She also helped me bleach a bullseye into the side of my head in college.
- I sometimes get really uncomfortable when people refer to me as an adult.
1. What’s your favorite food?
I love pie, steak, cherries, ribs, cereal, soup, and sandwiches!
2. What do you do to cheer yourself up when you feel down?
Sing! I’m not terrible, but I’m not great either. But singing makes me feel like I’m literally getting something off my chest. Tea, dancing, and watching movies are all up there too.
3. Do you have any special talents?
Accents! I come from a really small town and never met anyone with an accent until well into my teens, but ever since I was little I could fake accents really well. They’e not perfect, but I’ve had lots of people from the countries that originate the accents tell me that I should pursue it as a profession as a voice actor.
4. What is one thing you wish you could do but can’t or have not yet learned to do?
I was really lucky in that my parents signed me up for pretty much any class I ever asked for. So, I took dance classes, soccer, art, scouts, all kinds of stuff. I sometimes wish that I’d learned to play a musical instrument (but mostly for the express purpose of impressing people at parties and learning to ‘jam’ with people), but I really wish that I could sing better. I feel like, unlike all the other arts where you can keep pushing and pushing and learning a technique to improve your performance or product, singing requires an inherent talent that no matter how technically skilled you are, you either have or you don’t. I don’t think I have it, though I’m not too far off.
5. What is your favourite way to be creative?
Dance is number one. Even though I haven’t taken a class in years, and it’s been a looong while since I’ve performed, I still consider myself a dancer. I also like to talk a lot, so acting or comedy are things I like (though my ‘comedy’ is never planned. I just like to make people laugh on the fly). Writing, drawing, and handicrafts are all things I do, as well.
6. Where is blogging on your list of priorities?
Hmm…I don’t ever consider myself as someone with an enumerated list of priorities. I’m not a list-type of person. I don’t consider blogging a priority on its own, but it is a hobby that I enjoy and that educates me, so I consider it a high priority in the sense of “do things that make you happy” and “do things that make you a better person”.
7. What is one piece of advice you would give to bloggers who are just starting?
Do it as long as it suits you. There is nothing more uncomfortable than a blog that puts out posts simply because they feel that they have to. Though, you should try to keep yourself at least marginally disciplined (I’m a terrible example of this) so that you continue to post things. It’s hard to talk yourself into taking 2-3 hours to research, write, edit, and format a post, so joining things like the Pagan Blog Project are excellent ways to keep motivated, and to post regularly. Finally, get involved with the community! Again, the Pagan Blog Project is fantastic for this because it removes the element of searching. You go to one place and have all sorts of ideas and people for you to explore. Comment! Comment back! Ask questions! It’s the only way you’ll build a following and that is the thing that will motivate you to keep posting quality stuff!
8. How long have you been “online”?
Considering that I had dial-up until I was 18, I’ve been “online” longer than some city-friends I know. My mother worked for the government and so we had internet through her work when I was very young, so probably since before/around 1995. I got into chat rooms (Remember Yahoo!Chat rooms?) when I was in grade 5, with parental supervision. That lead into chatroom RPing (Buffy, ReBoot, and someitmes Charmed, though almost always X-Men), which lead to forum RPing by the time I was in highschool. Around grade 6 I started exploring witchcraft and Paganism (neoWicca mostly)…after that, well, everything I ever needed was online!
9. What is your favourite band?
Bjork is my ultimate favourite, as I mentioned before. I almost always prefer female singer-songwriters, so Sara Bareilles is a favourite, as is Ingrid Michaelson, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Esthero, Feist, Marilyn Monroe, Eartha Kitt, Judy Garland, and Ella Fitzgerald. I also love Michael Buble, John Legend and more dancey stuff like Ke$ha, Kylie Minogue and Robyn.
10. What is your favorite book and what do you like about it? (Philosophy, the writing, etc.)
“A Dirty Job” by Christopher Moore is my favourite. He is a comedic author, and this was one of the first books I ever read, willingly, by myself. I laughed so hard while reading it that my fiance ran into the living room because he thought I was choking. Pretty much anything by him is gold.
I also really loved “I Am Not Myself These Days” by Josh Kilmer-Purcell because it is a weirdly sad book that makes you laugh and I can relate to a lot of it as a gay performer but also none of it because my life has never been that screwed up. “Eldest” from the Eragon series, because I hate Eragon as a character (he is empty and emotionally stunted and just…ugh), but I like his cousin Rorin. Also, I had a great soundtrack for the book, so it made it even more involving.
11. If you could meet one fictional character and spend a day in their world with them or bring them to this world: who would it be and what would you be doing?
If it’s only for one day, and we’re talking about fictional characters, I’m going to be completely selfish and shallow. Cuz there are plenty of people in the world I’d like to meet and get to know and have dinner with, but characters…well, not so much.
I think I’d want to go into the world of the X-Men! Firstly I’d want to know what powers I’d end up with. Secondly, I’d want to go on some kick ass mission and fight evil (or be evil) and be a hero (or not). I don’t know which exact character I’d want to shadow though; Magneto, maybe, because you know he’d lay down some inspirational shit. Billy and Teddy, cuz duh, they’re a young gay couple of cute boys who can do or be pretty much anything in the world. Movie!verse Toad, cuz he’s a fucking badass and I love him. I’unno. Great question though!
I don’t read blogs nearly as much as I did last year, especially her eon WordPress. Most of my blogging gets done on Tumblr these days, but I’ll do my best! It’ll have to be a mix of Tumblr and WordPress, cuz otherwise it’s all “big name” blogs. These will mostly linked through Tumblr, but some also have WordPress blogs.
- This Crooked Crown
- Gin and Jack
- The Savage Daughter
- Cannibal Coalition
- Tending The Hearth
- Temple Witch
- Wilde Frau
- What magical/mutant power would you like most to have, and why?
- If you are at all witchy, what is the one ingredient you include in almost all your spells.If not, what element or object do you include in almost all your rituals?
- Favourite time of the year?
- What show, artist, band, etc. do you consider your shameful little secret?
- Polkadots, or stripes?
- What is your least favourite word?
- What is your favourite thing to scream?
- When/where/with what do you feel most powerful (as a person, or as anything else…you pick.)
- What do you do when life gives you lemons?
- What are the top five listened to tracks on your iTunes/iPod right now?
- If you could be perfect at any skill or ability, what would it be and why?