The Liebster Lives On


C.p. Singleton of The Musings of C.p. Singleton’s Mind has nominated me for a Liebster Award.  Technically, nominations are reserved for blogs with 200 followers (or less) – which I’ve been blessed to exceed – but with gratitude for the nomination and to follow the spirit of the Liebster, I want to highlight some up-and-coming bloggers.  Here are the 4 terms of accepting a nomination (from C.p.’s nomination post) –

1. Thank the Liebster Blog presenter who nominated you and link back to their blog (above).
2. Post 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions you were asked and create 11 questions for your nominees (below)
3. Nominate 11 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen (bottom)
4. Display the Liebster Award logo (top).

11 Facts About Myself

1.  I’m wearing pajama bottoms right now with a vivid pattern of chickens and eggs displayed vertically.

2. I’m listening to “Artist Radio Based on Iris Dement” on Spotify.  A woman named Mary Gauthier is singing, “A Long Way to Fall”.

3.  Yesterday, I completed the second draft of “The Family Room” section of my spiritual memoir Delight in Disorder: Meditations from a Bipolar Mind.

4.  I’ve been watching (and greatly enjoying) episodes from Season 2 of the TV show, “Numb3rs”.

5.  I had Kentucky Fried Chicken for lunch.  In addition to chicken, I had cole slaw, mashed potatoes with gravy, and a dinner roll.

6.  I plan to go to an open mike night at Joey G’s in Madison, Indiana on May 8, to see my college roommate and hear his son perform.

7.  I once worked at the Kentucky Derby supervising college student ticket takers to make sure they didn’t accept bribes.

8.  My water jug says, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”  (John 7:37)

9.  My cousin Cam Baxter’s son Ian Jackson is having a graduation party tonight.

10.  I’m looking for a driver for a road trip from Columbus, Indiana to Austin, Texas to see Zoe Muth at The White Horse on May 19.   I will  pay for the gas and buy you 1 beer the night of the performance (as long as I can drive afterwards until you sober up).

11.  It’s now time to eat.  I’m having a chicken pasta salad.  Care to join me?

Answers to 11 Questions

1) Why do you blog?

I blog to have a creative outlet, to make new virtual friends, to gain readership, and (hopefully) give glory to God.

2) Are you paper published?

In a manner of speaking, I am.  I published some poems and short stories in my college literary journal Kennings.  I have published meditations in the devotional magazines These Days and Upper Room.  I published sermon reviews in Lectionary Homiletics and a book review in The Presbyterian Survey.

3) Why does the Easter Bunny deliver chocolate eggs and is the chocolate hen ok with that?

The Easter Bunny delivers plastic eggs with money in them at my Grandma’s house.  The next time I see a plastic hen, I’ll ask how she feels about it.

4) Are you comfortable working to a genre?

I’m wrestling to narrowly define my two works-in-progress within a genre.  I would like them to be “bridge-builders”.  I’d like people who have a mental illness to read Delight in Disorder to find faith there.  I’d like church folks to read it to better understand the mind of a person with Bipolar.  Also, with my short story trilogy – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, I would like to bring together orthodox Christians and secular atheists to discuss these stories that reveal value and consequences (hopefully in an engaging way).

5) Skirt or trousers?

Trousers, I suppose (though I call them “pants”)

(6) Favourite children’s book?

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

7) First record bought?

Hotel California by The Eagles.

8) Tony the Tiger or The Milky Bar Kid to win a Rap battle and why?

I’m old school.  Tony the Tiger rules.  He’s way cool.

9) Place where your soul is forever kept?

As an orthodox Christian, I do not believe in a disembodied soul.  My soul is who I am – body, mind, spirit.  It is tenaciously kept by the Holy Spirit until death (or Christ comes), at which time I will be blessed with a transformed identity, a “spiritual body” (hopefully, one with hair).

10) Ever seen a ghost?

Seen?  No.  Felt a strong otherworldly presence?  Yes.

11) which super power would you like?

I would like to be faster than a speeding bullet so I could run to Austin, Texas for Zoe Muth’s next performance and be back by bedtime.

11 Questions for Nominees

1.  Who would you most want to be compared to as a writer?

2.  If you could drive in a Nascar race or jockey in the Kentucky Derby, which would you choose, and why?

3.  Who/what do you count as your muse?

4.  If you could name a brand of coffee (or tea) you’d like to drink, what would it be?

5.  If you were part of a group starting a new church (or “ethical club”), what would you call it?

6.  Who (or what) motivated you to start blogging?

7.  Name 3 (or more) songs you would like in the soundtrack of your life story.

8.  What vocation/career did/do your parents want your parents want you to pursue?

9.  What is your favorite unhealthy meal?

10.  Have you ever gone on a blind date?  If so, how was it?

11.  Name a teacher or coach who most motivated you to learn in your life.

11 Nominees (in no particular order)

{The Book Musings}

One Imperfect Life

Counting. Steps. Forward.


wendyenberg’s Blog

all about me and my black dog

Bipolar on Fire


The Magic Black Book

empty lithium bottles in a giant jar

Faceless OCD

Long Live the Liebster

Todd Foley of Scribbled Revisions has nominated me for a Liebster Award.   This is my second Liebster, which means three things:

1)  I’m just that good.

2) I’m an award-hog, and –

3) I can now die in peace.

But before I do, I should fulfill the terms of acceptance which include –

1.  Post the award image on your blog (above).
2.  List 11 random facts about yourself (below)
3.  Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you (further below)
4.  Make up 11 questions for those to be nominated (even further below)
5.  Nominate 11 people to receive the award (at the very bottom).

11 Random Facts:

1.  I didn’t get out of bed until 11 a.m. this morning (I’m in a bit of a funk).

2.  I had polish sausage and sauerkraut for breakfast.

3.  I’m currently listening to Bob Dylan’s “Love Minus Zero”.

4.  I’ve been reading Wendell Berry’s poetry collection Leavings.

5.  I’ll be travelling with my Dad to see my Uncle Larry in Tierra Verde, Florida this weekend.

6.  When I was a teenager, I had a crush on Kristy McNichol.

7.  I once had hiccoughs for 7 solid hours (a side effect of some medication).

8.  I once played basketball with Mel Davis (a Harlem Globetrotter).

9.  I’m planning to join a fitness center for a month (for free) and then drop out before they charge me.

10.  I’ve been attending a Reformed Presbyterian church in town.

11.  I’m hoping to land an adjunct teaching gig at a community college this year.

11 Questions Asked (and my answers):

1. Do you prefer conclusive endings in a story, or ambiguous endings? Why?

         Depends on the genre.  Novels and biographies – conclusive endings.  Short stories (as well as short memoirs, plays and poems) – ambiguous.  Well, not ambiguous exactly, but open-ended.  My reason?  If I invest as much time as it takes to read a novel, I believe the author has a responsibility to wrap up the loose ends.  For shorter reads, I prefer my thoughts (and emotions) to be provoked.

2.  Best movie you last saw?

      I saw both Lincoln and Les Miserables and while I believe Lincoln was well done, Les Miserables was a far better film.

Best book you last read?

    I really enjoyed reading Molly Best Tinsley’s memoir Entering the Blue Stone (reviewed here).

Favorite way to unwind and relax?

    I can usually best unwind by reading and writing, but sometimes I need to get out and take a walk.

What inspires you to write?

    Well crafted songs inspire me.  John Prine is my personal muse.

What is your ideal writing space?

     Sitting in a recliner with my laptop and my headphones.

If you could live in any city in the world, where would it be?

    Of the cities I’ve visited (or lived in), I would say either Louisville, Kentucky or Rochester, New York.

Biggest accomplishment as a writer?

                Aside from this nomination (of course), I would say completing a novella as a college senior called Life (in obvious places).

Biggest aspiration as a writer?

     I would like to complete my short story trilogy “Life”, “Liberty” and “The Pursuit of Happiness” for publication and adapt them into a play.  From there, I would like to supplement my income with published works.

If you had an entire day to yourself, how would you spend it?

Praying, walking, reading, and writing.  (Oh, and eating as well).

Favorite snack?

Nutella and peanut butter in a graham cracker sandwich.

11 Questions for Nominees:

1.  What is your favorite kitchen utensil?

2.  What are you currently reading?

3.  What are you currently writing?

4.  Do you believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone?  If so, why?  If not, why not?

5.  Have you ever run a mile?  If so, what was your best time?

6.  What country would you most like to visit?

7.  If you could invite 3 persons (living or dead, historical or fictional)  to dinner who would they be?

8.  What posters were on your walls when you were growing up?

9.  What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

10.  Who are you rooting for in the upcoming papal election?

11.  Name one of your favorite college courses.

11 Nominees:

alive (to the tips of her fingers):  Alyssa Hollingsworth vs. Travel, Writing, Arthritis and College.

The Cusella Files are a work in progress.

Words Without Pages: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” – Ray Bradbury.

Kate Murray: A guide to being a dyslexic on a creative writing masters course.

thee sePARaTor: Dread mEssy streAming pounDing (erosion)

A Mind Divided: Artful, Conscious Living with Bipolar Disorder

onceup0natimeinabedofwildflowers:  The adventures of a country girl turned city mom…

Don’t Mind Me: It’s just the Lithium talking.

c. j. lee poetry: touching intimacy with honesty.

stray lower: “Graze on my lips; and if those hills be dry, stray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie.” -Shakespeare.

lazywednesdays: a quiet place to create an escape.

Depression Time: living with depression, panic, pills, sluggish response times, magnets, and big damn dreams