The Liebster Award

Much blog love goes out to The Legends of Windemere for nominating me for a Liebster Award. ‘Liebster’ translates from German to ‘dearest’ in English, and with that in mind, it’s pretty awesome that Charles Edward Yallowitz considered my work worth the read. Don’t miss his book Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero available now at Smashwords, and for the Kindle.

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The Liebster award is designed for bloggers with less than 200 followers, and at present I’ve got a grand total of 63 followers. The fact that people beyond my blood relations read my work is humbling. So, here goes:

The rules are:
* Share eleven facts about yourself with your fellow bloggers.
* Make sure to answer the awarder’s eleven questions.
* Ask eleven questions of your own.
* Nominate eleven bloggers for this award.

Eleven Facts About Yours Truly

  1. As it turns out, 11 is my favorite number.
  2. 11 PM is now very much past my bed time. (There’d better be a damned good reason you keep me up late.)
  3. At 11 years old, I was reading The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin with my Language Arts teacher, Ms. Sue Timmis. Now, at 32 years old, I’m reading The Westing Game with my 6th grade Literature class.
  4. In 2011, I came to teach at my old middle/elementary school. Some of my old teachers are still here. The fact that my two children roam the same halls my brothers, friends and I once did makes me feel incredibly old.
  5. Growing up, one of my favorite basketball players was Isiah Thomas, who played for the Detroit Pistons, and wore #11.
  6. As such, my high school varsity basketball jersey number was, you guessed it, #11.
  7. Once upon a time, I could drink 11 beers and be fine. I’m not entirely sure that is still true. Weekend experiment!
  8. An epic 11-on-11 Survivor Flip-Cup match would be the best 11-on-11 game in existence, but until that game happens, Football is the best. (Weekend experiment?)
  9. I know what my 11th favorite movie of all-time is. (“The Fifth Element” [1997])
  10. The 11th song of the playlist I am currently listening to is: “That’s Not Her Style” by Billy Joel, from his album “Stormfront”.
  11. 9 of my last 11 posts (not counting re-blogs) have been about Writing.

My Awarder’s Eleven Questions

My Awarder has come up with a devious array of queries that I will now endeavor to answer.

1. What is your favorite pizza topping? 

-If I had to choose one, it’d have to be the classic pepperoni. Throw some sausage and maybe some fresh basil on there too, and now we’re talking.

2. Do you have a nickname?  If so, what and why?

-I’ve had a number of nicknames throughout my life, but the only one that’s stuck with any sort of permanence is ‘Bebé’. I’m the first born of my generation so-to-speak, so grandparents and all my aunts and uncles referred to me a ‘Bebé’, which means “baby” in Spanish. To this day, most of my family, including some of my little cousins, call me ‘Bebé’. Once I started talk, though, I had my revenge. As the first born, I doled out a number of nicknames to those selfsame grandparents, aunts and uncles that have stuck to them.

3. Who is your hero?

-My answer is absolutely cliché, my parents and grandparents. As far as my grandparents go, they immigrated from Cuba in the 1960s and worked to establish a better life here in Miami. My parents were blessed with that same work-ethic and helped developed a loving, faithful and supportive family environment–one that pushed me to follow my dream of being a writer.

4. What was the last song you listened to?

-This question is unfair, and not indicative of my own musical predilections. The last song I listened to was one chosen by my five year-old daughter on our ride home. It’s was “I’ve Got a Dream” by Brad Garrett, Jeffery Tambor, Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and company from the “Tangled” soundtrack.

5. What is your biggest fear?

-Once upon a time, my biggest fear was death. Now, my biggest fear is the death of my wife and/or my children.

6. If you had a choice between riding an elephant or a camel, which would you choose? Why?

-I would ride an elephant, and henceforth refer to myself as a mahout. The benefits of such a title are evident.

7. Is there an animal that you identify with?  Why?

-I would love to claim an identification with the dolphin–you know, sleek, smart, and speedy. Alas, I’m more akin to a Basset Hound, lolling, loyal, and lovable!

8. What is your favorite season?  Why?

-My favorite season would be Winter, if we experienced it here in Miami, but we really only get Summer and More-Humid-Summer. So, my favorite season is Summer–not the least of which among my reasons is that I’m a teacher. I don’t think the Starks included Miami in their Winter Is Coming declaration.

9. Do you wish I was better at asking questions?

-Not at all. I mean, you might not be Barbara Walters or the Corpse of Larry King, but I’d certainly slot you ahead of Montell Williams and, gasp, Matt Lauer. (If you were Oprah, and I were Tom Cruise’s alien host, I’d jump on your couch.)

10. In a fight between King Kong, Dracula, and Kenny from South Park, who would win?

– Considering Kenny is immortal, and no matter how many times Dracula bit him or King Kong smacked a plane at him he’d be back for the next episode, I’d go with him. Battle of attrition.

11. Do you believe that everyone has the ability to be an artist?

-I believe everyone has the ability to create, but whether or not that becomes art I guess is up to them. What’s that saying. ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’? People make things all the time, and there’s a level of artistry in any number of professions. The short answer would have been, Yes.

My Questions

  1. Who are you and why are you here?
  2. What literary character would you like to be?
  3. If you could scourge the Earth of one man-made creation, what would it be? Why?
  4. Where do your literary tastes lie?
  5. Where do your musical tastes lie?
  6. What as-of-yet unmade novel/film adaptation would you make?
  7. If you could have dinner with one historical figure, who would it be? Where would you eat?
  8. Speaking of eating, what is your favorite blogging snack?
  9. If you could have a new day-job (assuming you currently have one), what would it be? Why? (You can’t choose writer!)
  10. Which of your non-writing related hobbies helps your writing the most?
  11. What is your blogging process?

My Nominees

I hereby nominate the following awesome bloggers (in no particular order):

  1. Mark Elman
  2. Laura B Williams
  3. Caitlin Stern Writes
  4. Corey M.P.
  5. 21st Century Renaissance Girl
  6. Marie Lamba
  7. Sidekick Reviews
  8. Robakers
  9. Lauren Marie Robb
  10. Myth Rider
  11. The Ranting Papizilla (He’s got 201 followers, but I’ll keep him on this list ‘cuz he’s way awesome.)

The Versatile Blogger Award

Much love goes to The Ranting Papzilla for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger award. It’s my first blogging award, and before getting Papzilla’s notification, I didn’t even know about this sort of thing. Check out his site–it’s consistently entertaining and you won’t leave disappointed.

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Versatile Blogger Rules (If you choose to obey them)

  • Display the Award Certificate on your website
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

This is my first dose of Blog Love, and I’m always a fan of sharing that love. I haven’t been on WordPress long–less than two months, but in my time so far I’ve come across some awesome blogs blogged by some awesome bloggers. Here are 15 of ’em:

  1. Making His Mark
  2. Edward Hotspur
  3. Bottledworder
  4. Amy M. Newman
  5. Knitting With Pencils
  6. Blogging the 500 Days to 50 Years
  7. Lauren Marie Robb
  8. Allen Fiction
  9. Legends of Windemere
  10. Laura Stanfill
  11. Trista DiGiuseppi
  12. The Better Man Project
  13. Become An Author
  14. Shareenayoub
  15. The Journal Files

There they are. Much Blog Love to them, as each and every author on that list deserves it.

Now back to your regularly scheduled program about Me! Here are 7 moderately interesting nuggets about Yours Truly:

  1. I love Star Wars, but just the original trilogy. Furthermore, I’ve read every single Star Wars novel set post-Return of the Jedi with the main characters from the original trilogy. Don’t give me prequel crap. Don’t give me Clone Wars crap. Just good ol’ Luke, Leia, Han and Co. (Aside: I would absolutely Force-choke Mickey Mouse if he effs-up the Franchise.)
  2. I did not drink coffee until I starting work for Starbucks in college. Now, I am not human in the morning unless I’ve had at least two cups of joe. (Aside: I would absolutely Force-choke those customers who had ordered their latte milk heated to a specific temperature.)
  3. If I wasn’t a Type-1 Diabetic, I would most probably be obese as a result of my snacking. I love snacks. (Aside: I would absolutely Force-choke my pancreas for quitting it’s insulin-producing job.)
  4. My wife keeps me sane during the week by driving our two children to school, despite the fact that I teach at that school. That morning commute sans the children is clutch. (Aside: I would absolutely Force-choke my students for asking stupid questions.)
  5. I want to be published in the traditional fashion. I want an agent to think my story is worthy. I want a publisher to think my story is worthy. I want readers to think my story is worthy. And I want to see my story on a store’s bookshelf. (Aside: I would absolutely NOT Force-choke any agent who agrees to represent my work.)
  6. I want to quit my day job. (Aside: I would absolutely Force-choke people I work with. Regularly.)
  7. My favorite band right now is Shinedown. My favorite movie is The Matrix. My favorite character from something I’ve read is Wolverine. (Aside: I would absolutely Force-choke people who think comic books can’t be legit literature.)

There you have it, folks. I’m a Star Wars lovin’, coffee drinkin’, diabetic snack eatin’, solo commutin’, publication wishin’, day-job quittin’, Shinedown listenin’, Matrix watchin’, Wolverine readin’ rootin’est tootin’est sumbitch with a blog you ever did read!

Check out those blogs. They won’t let you down. For the record, I won’t let you down either. Thanks for reading, and come back, now, ya hear?

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