Posted by: brookenado | March 18, 2014

Liebster Award!

Dear readers,

I’ve been nominated by the very awesome Joie Fatale of Confessions of a Book Pimp for a Liebster Award!  Wonderful! …But, uh, what the heck is a Liebster Award?

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“Well, it is only an AWESOME award given to up and coming bloggers. Given by other up and coming bloggers. It’s a cool way to find other blogs and feel like you are getting into the blogging stratosphere. It is simple, you get nominated by someone else, mention their page and a link to their blog in your Liebster Award Post, answer the 11 questions they give you, then tag 11 other nominees and give them a new set of 11 questions to answer.”

1. Why did you start blogging?  What have you learned so far?

I started blogging when I studied abroad in England as a sort of travel journal for myself, as well as to keep anyone interested back home in the loop.  As I haven’t had the opportunity to travel much since then, it’s morphed into what it is now (a shrine to geekdom with a British pop culture emphasis?).  As for what I’ve learned – a lot!  I fell in love with writing – I’d always enjoyed it but never did much writing just to write, and setting aside time to blog has solidified my drive to explore what I love.  I continue to learn more about myself, discover new interests, and I love learning from and sharing with other bloggers as well!

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I especially love being a part of the Female Geek Blogger Google Plus Community!

2. If you could have one person narrate your life, who would it be, and why?

My mind naturally drifts to Benedict Cumberbatch (have you heard the guy talk?), but I’m going to take it in a different direction.  I feel it might be more natural to have a female life-narrator, so instead I’m going to say Emma Thompson.  She’s brilliant, if you’ve seen Stranger Than Fiction you know she can narrate someone’s life like a pro, and my life would instantly become sprinkled with more snark.

Emma Thompson Golden Globe gif of snarky awesomeness

3. You get to have lunch with three people: one historical, one fictional book character, and one fictional film/television character.  Who are they and how do you think it would go?

I am loving this question, but shaking my fist at the same time because I really wouldn’t say no to meeting so many people/characters!  Oh well, here we go: Walt Disney, Sherlock Holmes, and it’s really a toss up between The Doctor or Fred & George Weasley (because they totally come packaged together so it counts – loopholes and all that).  I can only imagine that it would be fairly interesting, that I would probably smile way too much to the point where it gets weird, and wouldn’t be surprised if some magical (literally or figuratively, I’m not sure – probably both) idea were hatched.

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Yeah, that would be me the whole time.

4. What book best describes your adolescence?

Good question…I can’t say I’ve read a book that would literally describe my teenage years (though there must be a sort of quiet girl, soccer playing, guarded and geeky high schooler type story that exists), so instead I’m going to be unoriginal and go with the series that my generation has grown up with – Harry Potter of course.  While I didn’t go to Hogwarts or wasn’t fated to face-off with a megalomaniac wizard with no nose, J.K. Rowling did such a great job of describing the transition from adolescence to adulthood and Harry’s story has been with me in defining parts of my life.  And that will stay with me forever.  Always.

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5. You have 4 albums: one each to describe childhood; adolescence; current “adulthood” and the last to describe what you see your future as. GO!

Alright, let’s see – probably anything Disney for childhood, or maybe something Owl City as his songs have that sort of childhood nostalgia feel that remind me of summer and the ocean.  Adolescence is probably something more akin to Day & Age by The Killers.  Listening to it transports me to the openness of the desert, staring down a road that stretches on for miles – a feeling I associate with my latter years of high school and into college where I felt a growing independence, and possibilities abounded ahead.

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As for current “adulthood” (totally appreciate the quotations), the feel of Vampire Weekend’s recent Modern Vampires of the City seems to fit the bill for now.  The underlying melancholy tone hits home with someone who’s recently finished school (at least for now, because who knows?) and questioning the path ahead while feeling a bit stuck.  And for the future, I’ll say Enya’s Paint the Sky with Stars because listening to Enya never fails to make me feel happy, or dream of the stars, which have always been a source of hope to me.  (Really interesting question – I’ve never thought of my life that way before!)

6. What is your favorite quote from your favorite 80’s Movie?

Confession time.  There are still a few classics I need to see – but one of my favorites has got to be Ferris Bueller’s, ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’

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7. What is your least favorite exercise?

Out of exercises I’ll actually do, probably just running or anything on a stationary machine.  Having grown up playing sports, I prefer running when it’s within a game (soccer!), and I’ve found that generally (there are exceptions), I’m way more motivated to exercise outside.

BBC Sherlock Mycroft Treadmill gif

So yes, but no.  But Mycroft.  So Maybe?

8. Who is your favorite comic book character and why?

Ok, I may not be super qualified to answer this one as I haven’t delved much into comic books themselves yet, but based off of t.v. versions, The Flash is one of my very favorites.  I’ve always liked him because he deals with the bad by being a goofball.  Though he’s not seen as very serious by his peers, I like that he doesn’t want to let all of the horrible things in the world get to him.  At the end of the day he never gives in or gives up, and is willing to sacrifice himself for others.

And basically stuff like that!

9. Remember the Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last” (the library one where he breaks his glasses & is blind without them)? What would your version Mr. Bemis’ nightmare be?

Another tough one.  Hmmm.  I’m not quite sure exactly what it would be but probably something where the world we live in becomes a completely idyllic society where we basically live without the obligation of money (you know, everyone could do what they loved, try the things we’ve always wanted to try, travel the world – experience life with a less constraining sense of time day in and day out!).  And just as this ideal world came to be, the nightmare would be my facing some sort of abandonment.  After all, what would be the point of this wonderful world when I would feel alone and couldn’t share it – or had no one who wanted share it with me?

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10. What is on your bucket list, that you’re hoping to cross off this year?

I don’t know if these really count as ‘bucket list’, but a few things I’d love to do – that I think are feasible – this year are:

  • Write more (specifically, write a spec script but more in general) and be more confident in pursuing a fulfilling career
  • Finish Sherlock Holmes canon/start making my way through more adaptations
  • Get more into the ‘con scene‘ (and all of the fun crafty creativity that goes with it!)
  • And probably most importantly, be better at reaching out and connecting with people (near & far, old & new friends) – so glad I’ve recently met some wonderful ladies to nerd out with here, and I hope I continue to get to know them!

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Err, I guess those were more like goals – sorry!

11. Are you Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, or Hufflepuff? If you were sorted by Pottermore, do you agree with what you were sorted as?

While I think most people have traits that draw from each house, I was sorted by Pottermore into Gryffindor – and yes, I like to think that being a Gryffindor would suit me well.  I certainly hope I would live up to being chivalrous and brave in any given situation!

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And my nominees are (all wonderful blogs):

The Lu Life


Crafty Little Monster

Girl Hero


A Bit of Geek

Fancastic Podcast & Blog

Under the Cape Honeysuckle

Your questions, should you choose to accept them:

  1. What have you most enjoyed about blogging?
  2. If you were to voice a character in a Disney film, would you want to be the hero, the villain, or the sassy sidekick/mentor (for hero or villain)?
  3. If you could go anywhere (reality withstanding as much or as little as you’d like), where would you most like to visit?
  4. What was your favorite cartoon to watch when you were a kid?
  5. What would your boggart turn into when you faced it?
  6. You get to have lunch with three people: one historical, one fictional book character, and one fictional film/television character. Who are they, and how do you think it would go?  (Stole Joie’s question, too good to pass up!)
  7. What was your favorite dessert as a kid, your favorite dessert now, and a dessert you’ve never had but want to try?
  8. Sherlock Holmes has ‘Elementary‘, The Doctor has ‘Geronimo‘ and ‘Allons-y‘ among others, and Vizzini’s got a monopoly on ‘Inconceivable‘. So if you were a character in a book/movie/show, what would your catchphrase or signature word be?
  9. What’s something that you’ve always wanted to learn how to do?
  10. Name your top 3 film score (or television, or video game if you so desire) soundtracks and why you like them.
  11. Are you Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, or Hufflepuff? If you were sorted by Pottermore, do you agree with what you were sorted as?  (Also stealing #11!)

A huge thank you goes out to Joie for nominating me, and please go check out her blog – it is fun, creative, and basically just fantastic!  If I’ve missed a great blog (and I know I have), it’s only because I haven’t made it around the internet to it yet, but to anyone interested, feel free to have a go at any of the questions answered or posted and share below or on your blog.  Joie’s certainly had me deep in thought, and it was so much fun to take a break from the usual routine to ponder them!

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to take a peek at the awesome nominated blogs above, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed



  1. #4 Didn’t discover Potter as a child, but it was still a growing experience discovering him in my early teenage years.

    • That’s around when I started in on HP, too! There are so many beautiful moments about growing up & the human experience as a whole in the series, that it connects to people on many different levels. I think you get something meaningful out of it no matter what age you are. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. YAY! Thank you for answering the questions!

    • Thank you for nominating my blog, your questions were awesome so much fun to answer! 😀

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