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.
- I am 43 years old, Muslim, married for 23 years and the mother of three children.
- I play video games and I read comics.
- I work as a breast oncology nurse.
- I garden.
- 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.
- I am not a Trekkie, but I love Star Trek. TOS.
- 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.
- My favorite place is my bed.
- If I were in prison solitary confinement would be a reward.
- 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.
- 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.
Here are the questions and answers Matt made me answer.
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.
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.
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
Would you rather have:
- A puppy
- A kiss from your sweetie, or
- A well formatted hard drive
Describe your perfect relationship partner
Spock. N’uf said.
Who’s your favorite superhero and why?
Don’t judge me but, I do not like superheros. Not at all. Sorry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- What is the one thing you regret most in life?
- What is your Myers-Brigg personality type? (Take the test…)
- Name something about yourself that you dislike.
- Name something about yourself that you are proud of.
- What is your favorite book?
- What quirk or habit do you have that most people aren’t aware of?
- Name your favorite character and explain why.
- Name something that most people dislike but you secretly think is awesome.
- What is the last lie you’ve told?
- What do you wish people knew about you?
- 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.