Monday, June 24, 2013

Inspirational Liebster Blog Award!

But first, a bit of housekeeping.

This week's post was delayed due to stuff I had to do, namely: upgrade my free blog to a paid blog with its own domain name of www.minalobo.com. So if any of y'all have bookmarked my blog w/the older URL (yeah, right), please update your bookmark (or re-bookmark) so you come to this shiny new URL. I made the switch for business purposes. What specific purposes? Well, if I told ya, I'd have to kill ya. J/K, it's just another step in my self-publishing process, 'cause, like, a URL with just your name and no pesky "blogspot" in it looks more professional and whatnot.

(Y'all, this self-publishing thing's becoming more and more real and, I have to say, it's kinda freakin' me out, a little.)

Right, so; onward with the Inspirational Liebster Blog Award!



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Georgina Morales, blogger at Epitaphs and Headstones and author of Perpetual Night, has offered me the Inspirational Liebster Blog Award, which is mighty groovy of her. She's a super supportive gal and writes some scary-creepy stuff, y'all. Please share the love and check out le magique that she's got goin' on. Thanks, Georgina, for thinking of me!

As with many awards of this stripe, the nominees must complete a certain number of steps to claim it:
  1. Display logo in your blog to show you've been nominated.
  2. Thank and link back to your nominator.
  3. Answer the questions asked by your nominator.
  4. Share 7 things about yourself. 
  5. Nominate 7 other bloggers for the award. 
  6. Notify your nominees.
From Georgina's initial tag, I wasn't sure if I was meant to use the 11 questions she'd answered or what, so I decided to Frankenstein it and use some of those plus some that my sister, Star, and her love-slave came up with. Folks I've tagged, answer these questions, s'il vous plait:

1. What would you peg as an appropriate age of majority?

If we're talking about at what age folks should be permitted to drink, by law: well, kids can go and die in a war for their countries at 18, so they should be able to bloody well order beer at a bar before getting blown up. If we're talking about when I think most folks have completely shed their juvenile dumbassery, maybe 23 or 25. Maybe there should be a test, similar to the SATs or ACTs, in which stupidity levels and common sense are evaluated and those failing to meet the minimum required scores for either category can't get their "I'm an adult" cards. How's that?

2. What would win in a fight: math or science?

Er...science, 'cause numbers can go only forward or backward, whereas science can go wherever the hell it wants. (Probably?)

3. How do you feel about time travel as a narrative device?

I dig it but think it takes a tight mind to keep track of all the shifts and whatnot. Plus, what about that paradox of a character meeting up with her/his older/younger self? How's that even really possible, huh? OK, it's not, which, I guess, is the whole point.

4. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Lust Red, lovers. Lust. Red. (This is a totally legit color, y'all. In fact, all links on my blog that you've not yet clicked are in Lust Red.)

5. What's the last movie you saw in a theater?

Star Trek: Into Darkness. (Luuuuuuuuuurved it!)

6. The power goes out.  It will be out for several hours. What do you do with yourself?

Er...that seems a bit of a personal question, non?

7. Who's your favorite fictional private eye?

Edgar A. Poe's most excellent Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin.

8. What's your greatest struggle as a writer?

Disciplining myself to get 'er done.

9. What one book do you think everyone should read?

The one I intend to release this coming September, of course. ;-)

10. What song are you listening to right now?


11. Where in the world would you like to be right now, and why?

Scotland. 'Cause it's bloody cooler than bloody New York, that's bloody why.


Seven Things About Me
  1. Though I romanticize the Regency and Victorian eras in the UK, I'm grateful to live in a time in which air conditioning, asthma inhalers, sanitary napkins/baby diapers, Lindt chocolates, and flavored rums are readily accessible.
  2. I haven't been on a proper vacation in nine years.
  3. I flatter myself as being brilliant with words, however, I'm damned if I can make things pretty with my hands. (I'd make a teacher of Flower Arrangement weep, trust me.)
  4. My fave color combo of late is red, white, and black. Like, I think that my collapsible zebra-striped umbrella sticking out of my red totebag's side pocket is fetching-as-hell.
  5. My fave pizzas are: the Meat Lover's from Pizza Hut, the Four Cheese from Uno, and locally, a Pepperoni Pie from Pizza King (because, to paraphrase my Dad, "Kings don't eat shit.")
  6. My lips are asymmetrical, meaning they don't align when I smile, and that drives me mad.
  7. My bedroom's a hot mess right now. Hot, hot mess.
And My Nominees for the Inspirational Liebster Blog Award are:

My Dudes,
Rest and food are what I need.
And so we part, as I must feed.
To all, goodnight; as well, Godspeed.

39 comments:

  1. Aww... thanks for Leibstering me! ❤ I've already done the Leibster thing several times now, so I hope you'll forgive me, and not send me to the woodshed, if I just say, "thank you", and "you're totally awesome"! I loved reading your answers.

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    1. I'd Liebster you anytime, night or day, Emma. ;-) Plus, I'd never send you to the woodshed; there's something NASTY in it! :-D

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  2. Love the Leibster posts, you learn so much about the blogger. Love your answers, and Lust Red, couldn't be any other color! And love that umbrella!

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    1. Thanks, Yolanda. Just remembered I STILL owe you an e-mail! GAH! Hope to get back to you today. <3

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  3. You crack me up! Now get cleaning that bedroom! lol I always romanticize Victorian England and the Old West, but yeah, I am happy we have a/c, indoor plumbing, etc. I saw a few historically accurate episodes of "Deadwood" and was horrified at the filth on the cowboys and the prostitutes in town. Thanks but I'll take my sanitized Bonanza any day.

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    1. ROTFL! You're right, about how sanitized Bonanza was. I forgot one thing on that list, though: ADVIL! Thank God for it! :-)

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  4. Congratulation on your Liebster Award! And your new address!

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  5. Gotta give you some props for puttin' all that personal info out there. Congrats on the award and the new dot-com addy! :-)

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    1. Well, it ain't my social security number, or nuthin... ;-)

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  6. Awww, thanks for Liebstering me! I love all of this info about you!! I love pizza and meat lovers is the bomb! And you lip quirk... I LOVE little "imperfections" about people like that. It might drive you crazy but it's one of my favorite things about people. Like my sons completely freckled face or my daughters large almond-shaped eyes and large lips. Your perfect Mina!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much, Dani, that's super sweet of you to "say." :-) Well, and sure, our kids are perfect just as they are, absolutely!!!

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  7. Brilliant! You're so funny. I like you better now your lips don't align. These are things that make people uniquely swag.

    I'm more than happy to house swap my cold England for you boiling NYC.

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    1. Gurl, you don't know how quickly I'd jump on that offer, if I could afford the plane fare. Too, I did have to move back in with my parents, so dunno how keen you'd be to actually swap. :-D

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    2. And LOL to "uniquely swag." Hah! My kid's been saying swag for the past two years or so, didn't realize that bit of slang had made it across the pond. :-D

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  8. Thanks for thinking on me, Mina. Congratulations on the award! I also loved Star Trek into the darkness.And don't talk to me about pizzas because I start drooling immediately. So your book is coming in September? Will be looking forward to it.
    Your name looks pretty cool without the blogspot. :D

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    1. Pizza and a nice, crisp beer (or three). There, you drooling now? 'Cause I sure am. ;-)

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  9. Awww. *Blushes* Thank you for the award! It was fun reading these little tidbits about you.
    If we ever meet and have pizza, you'd order a meat lovers while I'd order the veggie lovers. :D

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    1. Oh, dear...would it gross you out, watching this carnivore chow down on all that meat???

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    2. Hehe... since my hubby and four sons LOVE meat lovers, it wouldn't bother me. :)
      I'm not a vegetarian or vegan, I just don't like meat on my pizza. But trust me when I say, I can chow down on a cheeseburger in a few seconds flat. :D

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  10. Lust red it's a nice subtle tone - kool answers of course Mina :) wow a paid for blog sounds like you mean business.

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    1. Sure...$12/year business! :-) I'm really just paying for the domain name...I think. :-D

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  11. And now, I want pizza!

    Congrats on the award. Your answers are spectacular. Star Trek 2 was intense and I can't wait to watch it again. Black, white and red reminds me of bad blender jokes. :) I didn't know you were in NYC! I'm not too far from you.

    Thanks for passing on the award! So very kind. I do think of Mr. Petty every time I pull my blog up!

    I am ready for anything you publish! Ready and waiting!

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    1. LOL on the blender thing. Yeah, I totally see what you mean. :-) And thanks!

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  12. Thanks for the award, Mina! I am normally not a Star Trek fan but I saw Into the Darkness in the theater as well--I went with my husband. I actually liked it better than Superman, even though I was much more excited to see Superman. My son loved that one, but I was kind of meh on it. I was expecting a lot more character development but it was still a cool movie. I'm sure I'll end up seeing it again on dvd.

    I didn't know you lived in NY. I have to admit, I'm a bit jealous!! I'm down in nowheresville, GA. haha. Very boring. Great answers here and thanks again for the award. :)

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    1. Well, I live in the suburbs of NY but yeah, I do dig that I'm a half-hour train ride away from Manhattan's magic.

      Too bad about Superman. As fetching as the fella is who portrays him, I just didn't get jazzed enough about him to see it. I thought the guy before him, Brandon, was pretty cute too, but didn't see his take on it either. ::shrugs::

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  13. Congratulations on the award. I liked Star Trek - especially Benedict Cumberbatch!

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  14. Yay self-publishing journey! How exciting! Congrats on your award!

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    1. Exciting, perplexing, and scary! But mostly exciting. Thanks!

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  15. Lust Red! Love it. And I just saw Star Trek too. I loved it too. Great minds and names, Mina! :)

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  16. I loved Star Trek. ^_^ Great answers, btw.

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  17. Huge hugs and thank you so much. This is just awesome. I find you to be very inspiring too, my sister friend. :)Sorry this is so late.

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    1. Now worries, Doll - I keep falling behind on my blog reading a lot...A to Z, man, and the month of April itself, really did a number on me.

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