Liebster Blog Award

It appears I have been nominated for my second award. YAY!!!! 🙂 In German, “liebuster” means dearest. The Liebster Blog Award is suppose to be given to smaller, well deserved blogs with 300 or less followers in hopes of sharing that blogger’s hard work with the rest of the world. Of course you are suppose to thank the person that nominated you as well as nominate 3 to 5 blogs yourself. Finally, you can answer some questions about yourself that your nominator either came up for you or used in their own acceptance blog. I will use my nominator’s questions http://mandyevebarnett.com/, which I thank for the recognition. Thank you Mandy! 🙂

One more lingering thought…

I’ve noticed some believe blog awards are a little bit like playing tag. Who could blame them? There’s too many floating around. Some of them are cool like the Sweetest Blog Award and some are strange like the Divorce Blog Award. It makes me wonder if I could come up with my own award and pass it around. Mine would be the Sexiest Nerd Blog Award or the Awesome Women Kicking Ass Blog Award. However, I really don’t view blogging as a game. For the last award, I took my time, looked at the different blogs and tried to pick some I thought were inspiring. I didn’t just pick my friends. Sure, if I think my friends earn this new recognition, then I’ll nominate them again, but that isn’t a must on my list. So just know if you do get nominated by me for any “award”, you really earned it, at least in this blogger’s eyes.

Okay, so here are the questions and answers.

What keeps you writing when you have writer’s block? Taking a walk, reading a book, watching a movie, sometimes when I can put my mind on something else and then come back to my writing, it helps.

Most writers have a literary counterpart—a character from their stories who reflects themselves. Tell us about yours. Her inner traits like the fact that she’s reserved in the beginning, but also she’s willing to stick up for injustices.

What are your passions? Writing would have to be number one. I also like music and drawing. Anything related to art. Teaching is a passion as well.

You’ve had a fight with your significant other and you want to fix things. I would accept any “wrongs” that I believe I did (like being rude for no reason) and then try to work on a compromise. Discovering the core problem always helps.

What’s one injustice you see in the world that you would fix in a story? Somehow we manage to keep the rich, rich, and the poor, poor. You go to schools in poor communities and they have nothing. But you go to the rich part of town and their school is filled with the latest and greatest.

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be? I would like to have the job as a writer/author, period.

What’s important to you at this point in time? Family, doing the best at my main job, and also publishing at least one book in my lifetime.

Who is your hero/heroine? I admire this woman named Sheri because she is has such a good heart and is always looks to find the good in others as well. She’s so easy to talk to and you get what you see with her. No fronts or hidden agendas. I wish I could be as positive as she is.

Do you make it a habit of telling others what you thought of their work, even if your experience wasn’t good? Truthfully, no. I’m not good at critiquing work, that’s my first problem. Then I also worry if I’m wanting to change their story based on how I want it to look or not. So when I critique someone’s work, I’ll tell them things they could fix, but I try not to bother with small stuff like the changing of a word. I don’t see that as my job. I’m not an editor after all. So I always try to critique the overall picture, but not every single mistake.

What is good will? To me, the act of doing what is right and what helps people.

Here are the 3 to 5 people I nominate:

http://thecynicalsurvivor.com/

http://blog.cplesley.com/

http://anovelsperspective.blogspot.com/

Please check these people out. I’ve looked at all of them and all three have great blogs that show a lot of work. 🙂

The Search for my Rhythm

Regrettably, what I thought would happen, did. For those that don’t know, I started a new job this year. I am now officially a media coordinator at the same elementary school that I worked at last year. This has been a great change for it was a promotion and a new position. However, because I had to develop my library legs (you know, like sea legs) I was thrown off of my normal school routine. My writing suffered because of it. In fact, it came to a complete halt. But there is still hope. For now, I have found my rhythm. Just like sports, writing has a rhythm to it. An internal beat that dives the story on inside of us from one day to the next. It allows us to pick up from where we last wrote, to continue to express the tale we see playing out in our heads. I believe that most things in this world have a certain rhythm and finding it in your daily life can increase your happiness. So now that I have found my “writing rhythm” again, I plan to continue on with the habit of using it. Will it be at the same pace as I had over the summer? No, but sitting down and writing something is better than nothing at all. Whether you are suffering from writer’s block or just an extremely busy life, know this, your writing has a rhythm to it. Find it. Once you do, you will have no problem spinning the rest of your tale.

Just Another Run of the Mill She-Ra

Having been a child in the 80’s, I remember playing with the collectable She-Ra dolls. The main girl was She-Ra who was the twin sister of He-Man. She-Ra was all powerful, smart, had special mind powers, and was stunningly beautiful. This made her the perfect heroine, right?

A common critique I hear from other women about a heroine is that she isn’t powerful enough. There is this certain belief which some think heroines need to be strong mentally and physically. I have gotten this critique about my girl characters before. I think the whole powerful, strong, female type is a way to go. It works, but it doesn’t have to be like that every time. More importantly, I believe it shouldn’t be the most important focus.

To me, the author should pay more attention to the growth of the character. Things like how strong she is physically and mentally are minor details that can be worked out in the writing process later. They are a step above hair and eye color. I actually like to see a female character be more timid and demure at first. Then as the book progresses and there’s character growth, she can emerge as a strong, independent woman. When a book unfolds this way, I feel it’s more of an accomplishment than the other way around. Maybe it’s a bigger jump to start from the bottom up or to start with nothing and end with something; however you can’t help but feel satisfied with the journey by the time it’s finished.

If a story starts off telling me how perfect the heroine is and how she “takes crap from no one” I tend to dislike her. Plus, I find it annoying. In order to pull this off, the author needs to make sure they show her softer side, that she isn’t as perfect as she thinks she is. In reality, who likes a bitchy girl who never really understands any other point of view but her own? And who has perfect hair, a flawless complexion, and always wins at everything? Not me, so if a heroine is like that, I can’t relate to her. You won’t find this writer making critiques about your character’s female roar power. I’m too interested in her growth, and how it fits into the story you have to tell.