Liebster Award!


Liebster Award!I am hon­ored to announce that I was award­ed the Lieb­ster blog­ging award by fel­low author Matthew Williams. I didn’t expect to receive this but it came right on time, on my birth­day. Matt is the author of Whiskey Delta, a zom­bie tale, Data Min­ers, a cyber thriller, and a few oth­er sto­ries. As a mat­ter of fact Matt is like­ly the most pro­duc­tive author that I per­son­al­ly know as he pumps out post after post over at his site while spit­ting out one smart com­pelling tale after anoth­er.

Accord­ing to the rules of this award I am sup­posed to answer 11 details about myself, make 11 nom­i­na­tions, and answer 11 ques­tions posed to me by the per­son who nom­i­nat­ed me for the award.

  1. I am 43 years old, Mus­lim, mar­ried for 23 years and the moth­er of three chil­dren.
  2. I play video games and I read comics.
  3. I work as a breast oncol­o­gy nurse.
  4. I gar­den.
  5. I once took a per­son­al­i­ty test and on the ques­tions deal­ing specif­i­cal­ly with introversion/extroversion I answered intro­ver­sion on all except one. My Myers-Brig­gs per­son­al­i­ty is INTP.
  6. I am not a Trekkie, but I love Star Trek. TOS.
  7. Most peo­ple find my influ­ence calm­ing and believe me to be sage and patient. In real­i­ty I am a tight­ly wrapped bun­dle of anx­i­ety and I am very impa­tient.
  8. My favorite place is my bed.
  9. If I were in prison soli­tary con­fine­ment would be a reward.
  10. Writ­ing and cre­at­ing new worlds is a refuge for me. The worlds I cre­ate are the places I go to fig­ure out the things about this world that fright­en me.
  11. I don’t watch tele­vi­sion, not even the news, so if you ask me if I’ve seen the last episode of any show, I like­ly will not have heard of it. What­ev­er I watch, I will have done so online in my own time.

Liebster Award!

Here are the ques­tions and answers Matt made me answer.

  1. If you could trav­el any­where in the world, where would go and what would you do there?

There are two places I’d like to go. This is going to sound corny but I’d like to go to Seat­tle. I’ve nev­er been and I would like to go. I imag­ine it as being a place with a thriv­ing artis­tic com­mu­ni­ty and I’d love to see and be a part of that.

The sec­ond place I’d like to go is some­where I go fre­quent­ly any­way. Aju­tine and the hin­ter­lands are part of the “world” in my WIP. I am still devel­op­ing this world and I get lost in it each time I start writ­ing. It is a raw, rough, hun­gry, des­per­ate, beau­ti­ful world and I want to know more about it. I try to go there as often as I can.

  1. If you had a mil­lion dol­lars, what would you do?

I’d quit work­ing, pay off my house, pay off my children’s col­lege edu­ca­tion, hire a maid to come in and keep the place clean, do a lit­tle trav­el­ing, but most­ly stay home and write.

  1. If civ­i­liza­tion were to end tomor­row, what would be your first pri­or­i­ty? Secur­ing a source of food, water and ener­gy? Pro­cre­at­ing to ensure the con­tin­u­a­tion of the species? Or pre­serv­ing the knowl­edge of mankind?

I’d find a safe secure place to hold up with my fam­i­ly, where I can grow my own food and have clean water and shel­ter. More than any­thing, I fear peo­ple. I know if sounds pes­simistic but I don’t believe civ­i­liza­tion would be very civ­il under true pres­sure of break­down. We’d be in trou­ble and

  1. Would you rather have:

  • A pup­py
  • A kiss from your sweet­ie, or
  • A well for­mat­ted hard dri­ve
  1. Describe your per­fect rela­tion­ship part­ner

Spock. N’uf said.

  1. Who’s your favorite super­hero and why?

Don’t judge me but, I do not like super­heros. Not at all. Sor­ry.

  1. What was the best sci­ence fic­tion, hor­ror, fan­ta­sy movie or tele­vi­sion series you ever saw?

Sci­ence Fic­tion: The Alien Fran­chise. What’s bet­ter than a strong female lead who is smart, spunky, brave, mater­nal, vul­ner­a­ble, and very human?

Hor­ror: 28 Days Lat­er. This was the most bril­liant­ly done zom­bie movie I have ever seen. Noth­ing matched it before it was released and noth­ing has matched it since. I think it was the first time I saw an infect­ed as opposed to a zom­bie and I thought it made way more sense.

Fan­ta­sy: Lord of the Rings. Aside from the issues with lack of fair diver­si­ty (I’ll not elab­o­rate), I still loved the books and I thought the movies were love­ly and well done.

  1. If you had a chance to go to anoth­er plan­et, what would you take with you?

Okay. This will sound dorky. I would take a jour­nal, whether paper or elec­tron­ic to record the things that hap­pen to me and the things that I think and expe­ri­ence so that I can share it with those who come after me. Words are the great­est gift we can leave those who come after us.

  1. Favorite pet (cat, dog, bird, etc.) and why?

Sim­ba the cat, only I was his pet and not the oth­er way around. Sim­ba was one of three kit­tens liv­ing on my back patio when I first moved into my house. His sib­lings moved on but Sim­ba, sweet gold­en kit­ty that he was, stayed on. He even­tu­al­ly became Mr. Lion Man and left to patrol his ter­ri­to­ry. He still comes back to my gar­den from time to time and when he does, he announces his arrival with big meows. He sits on my kitchen win­dow sill and talks to me when I am cook­ing. He chills and eats some left­overs. Then, he moves on. I don’t own him, but I think he believes he owns me.

  1. What stands out as the sin­gle great­est expe­ri­ence of your life?

All me ungrate­ful, arro­gant, or for­get­ful but I haven’t had that expe­ri­ence yet.

  1. If you could do just one thing before you died, what would it be?

Before I die I want to per­fect my rela­tion­ship with Allah. This is a work in progress.

Before I die I want to write the nov­el that I am proud of and that I would myself want to read.

Liebster Award!

My nom­i­nees are (tada!):

  • Ale­sha Esco­bar — for her ener­gy and sup­port­ive spir­it
  • Phen­der­son Djeli Clark — for his unend­ing intel­li­gent look at lit­er­a­ture cul­ture and diverse per­spec­tives
  • prezzy — has her fin­ger on the pulse of SFF and is a fel­low female Mass Effect play­er
  • Diayll Sales — a moth­er, a gamer and a writer. We’re sis­ters in these things.
  • Joyce Chng — I feel a real kin­ship with this woman. She is a spec-fic author and some­one with lots of great ideas and ambi­tion.
  • Melanie Edmonds — she is a mssive­ly tal­ent­ed, brave, and pro­duc­tive blog­ger and ser­i­al writer. Dig it.
  • Sal­lie Lundy-From­mer — our lit tastes are dif­fer­ent but I admire her spunk and verve and her abil­i­ty to con­nect with oth­ers.

I would like my nom­i­nees to answer the fol­low­ing ques­tions:

  1. What is the one thing you regret most in life?
  2. What is your Myers-Brigg per­son­al­i­ty type? (Take the test…)
  3. Name some­thing about your­self that you dis­like.
  4. Name some­thing about your­self that you are proud of.
  5. What is your favorite book?
  6. What quirk or habit do you have that most peo­ple aren’t aware of?
  7. Name your favorite char­ac­ter and explain why.
  8. Name some­thing that most peo­ple dis­like but you secret­ly think is awe­some.
  9. What is the last lie you’ve told?
  10. What do you wish peo­ple knew about you?
  11. If you could be some­one else, who would it be and why?

Okay. I think my job is done.

Thanks again to Matt for the nom­i­na­tion. I am hum­bled and hon­ored.

  • odd­znns

    Con­grat­u­la­tions and Hap­py birth­day. Now I know why I drop in on you Khal­i­daah.. INT… gar­denen­er who loves Spock and her bed;)

  • house­ofwilliams

    Beau­ti­ful! And I got to admit, none of your answers sound­ed corny or arro­gant to me! But I guess that’s just because we’re on the same wave­length. And I think that secur­ing a sweet, cushy pub­lish­ing deal is in your future and will become the answer to ques­tion 10. Also, you’re answer to ques­tion 3 is inform­ing the next chap­ter in Oscar Mike, the one where the moun­tain com­mu­ni­ty is fea­tured again. This one dis­plays the com­mu­ni­ty coun­cil and they debate what to do with their cap­tive. I fig­ure Jami­lah has more to say and more to offer, so I’m going to fea­ture her promi­nent­ly in it.

    • khaal­i­dah

      Thank you yet again. The ques­tions were real­ly fun to answer. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for Jami­lah and her brood in the next chap­ter. You’ve got her char­ac­ter down pret­ty well, and she sounds very famil­iar to me.

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