Liebster Award Tag (3rd Time’s the Charm!)

Hello! Disclaimer from the future (July 5, 2020): I’m leaving this post up, because I think it has some interesting information throughout, but I also want to note that I do not in any way support or endorse JK Rowling anymore, due to her quite frankly dangerous racism and transphobia. (Also, I’ve updated the info in this post and throughout the blog about my sibling, who since I wrote this came out as a transgender woman.)

 

Aaand Kira has nominated me back for the Liebster Award! I’m assuming as revenge for how often I nominate her for these tags.

You can find Kira’s wondrous post (responding to my nomination) here.

Rules of the tag:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate other bloggers.
  4. Give those bloggers 11 questions to answer and let them know they’ve been nominated.

**Since I’ve done this tag twice now, the most recent being last week (oops), I’m skipping nominating other people. But if you’d like to complete the tag yourself using Kira’s questions, go for it!**

Kira’s Questions:
1) If your life was a book, what would it be titled? [from Janna]
At the moment: How Did I Eat So Much Pizza for Lunch and Why Do I Still Want More: The Julia Byers Story
2) Who was your first ever fictional crush? [from Janna]
As I said last time, it was probably James from the Animal Ark series, back in elementary school.
3) What’s your career goal and how many people know about it? Are you super secretive about it the way some writers are?
My career goal is to work in editing for a children’s/YA lit imprint of a publishing house. If I get to be an author too, that’ll be amazing, but really just being part of the publishing industry at all is The Dream. As for the second part of this question: No, I’m not secretive about it. However, I do think a lot of people assume my chief goal in life is to be a writer since I do spend so much time writing and talking about writing.
4) What’s your favorite musical instrument?
At the moment: violin. I can’t play it whatsoever, but I adore the sound. So desperate and beautiful.
5) Have you ever met a traditionally published author? Who and where and how?
I’ve been really lucky on the Meeting Authors front the past few years. I don’t think you want to sit through all the stories.
6) What is the last book you checked out from the library?
So this is sort of embarrassing but I kind of… don’t… use the library. Like, I spend time at the library. I go to events and study there. But I haven’t checked out a book since high school and the last one I remember checking out was one of the Harry Potters, from my high school’s library sophomore year. Probably Order of the Phoenix?
7) Tell us a bit about your family.
I come from a pretty traditional, middle class suburban background. Both my parents are engineers and work their butts off for what we have. My sister (who is transgender) is three years older than me and works in advertising. We have a dog named Sammy who I miss like crazy when I’m not home (which is 99% of the time, these days).
8) Do you have any experiences with mental illness you could share? (Re: you or people you love.)
I mean, I think we all know and love people who suffer from mental illness. But their stories are not mine to share.
9) What’s a favorite blog post you posted recently?
I’m actually going to grab a post I wrote for another blog, because it was my first time using GIFs and I had way too much fun with it: “Critique Partners = Superheroes” for Teens Can Write, Too!
10) We’re back on the desert island, and this time, you get to have three authors with you. Who do you choose?
Suzanne Collins, because she probably knows tons of survival stuff from The Hunger Games. Libba Bray, because she looked at Lord of the Flies and gave us Beauty Queens instead. And JK Rowling, because, I mean. Why give up an opportunity to get to hang out with JK Rowling.
11) Is there a particular dream (like, the sleepy time kind) that keeps recurring for you?
Not really. However, last night I did dream that a dog bit Hugh Jackman, then they both grew wings. So there’s that.
Aaand that about wraps it up for the Liebster Award tag. Thanks for nominating me, Kira! Again, if you’d like to complete the tag yourself, feel free to using Kira’s questions.
Hope you have a good weekend!
~Julia

Liebster Award Tag (Again!)

The lovely Janna Kaixer over at Writing Visually nominated me to complete the Liebster Award tag again! This is such a fun one, because each person who completes it creates their own set of questions for their nominees, so it’s new every time. Thanks, Janna!

Rules of the tag:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate other bloggers.
  4. Give those bloggers 11 questions to answer and let them know they’ve been nominated.

Janna’s Questions:

  1. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This book is just so fun and sweet and light. I’ve read it about a half a billion times now and it’s a fail-safe way of cheering me up.
  2. If your life was a book what would it be called?
    At the moment, probably I Want a Nap: The Julia Byers Story.
  3. Who was your first fictional crush?
    We’re going to have to go waaay back for this one, to James (the MC’s BFF) from the Animal Ark series. I don’t actually remember having a fictional crush on him back when I was reading Animal Ark in elementary school, but this is the first place my mind went.
  4. Traditional publishing vs self publishing – which would you choose if you had the choice? And why? Traditional publishing all the way. You get so much more built-in support (editor, copy editor, cover design, etc.) that way. It’s giving your book the best chance to succeed.
  5. Ebooks vs real books? Which wins?
    Real books! 🙂
  6. Do you read picture books or graphic novels? Why/why not? A little, but not really. Picture books I mainly read for, like, nostalgia purposes. Graphic novels I rarely, RARELY read, because while I understand why people like them, my brain’s just not wired to enjoy them.
  7. What are your thoughts on NA (new adult) fiction?
    I think it’s really awesome. I can’t wait to see how it develops, moving past this “romance only” thing we seem to have fallen into.
  8. What is a book you’ve read purely because of the cover?
    SO MANY BOOKS. I totally judge books by their covers; it’s horrible. Most recently I picked up Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah simply because of the cover. (SO PRETTY.)
  9. What must a book have in it for you to fall in love with it?
    Oh goodness. This really depends on the genre and what mood I’m in. But mostly I like books to be super twisty, so I never know how they’re going to end, and to have friends somehow involved in the plot, and characters that are so developed they feel like real people.
  10. Are there any movies/TV series out there that you think are better than the books from which they originated?
    Oh, obviously. The Percy Jackson movies blow the book series out of the water. (That’s a joke. If you didn’t get that.) In reality, I can think of very few films or TV series that are totally, 100% better than their book counterparts (really, I Am Number Four‘s the only one), but there are a lot of adaptations that are supes strong that I’d say live up to the books they’re based on and might even possibly portray some parts of the stories better, like Catching Fire and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  11. Where is your favourite place to read/write?
    I don’t know. I haven’t had a Writing Place in a while. I kind of just write whenever and wherever, most commonly at my desk or in bed. I definitely read the most in bed. I have kind of this little nook set up in the corner with a backrest pillow and some twinkly Christmas lights, and it’s cozy as can be.

My Nominees:

  1. Kira at https://kirabrighton.weebly.com
  2. Ariel at www.arielkalati.blogspot.com
  3. Hannah at www.tojourneytoward.wordpress.com
  4. Sarah at www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.com
  5. Hannah at www.hannahdotrose.wordpress.com
  6. You! If you want to complete this tag, consider yourself nominated. 🙂

My Questions:

  1. Favorite fictional food?
  2. Favorite ship? (As in, like, I-am-a-fan-of-this-bromance kind of ship. Not the Titanic.)
  3. What would your superhero name and power(s) be?
  4. You’re stranded on a deserted island with the book character of your choice. Who is it and why?
  5. If you had to defeat one fictional antagonist, who would you choose?
  6. What do you want to do when you grow up?/Do you know what you want to do?
  7. If you could travel anywhere, where would you choose?
  8. Would you rather find yourself in a cliche YA love triangle or have no romantic interest at all?
  9. Do you find you write about one season or region more than others? If yes, why?
  10. Do you like to write in public or when you’re alone?
  11. If you could live in any fantasy world (ie, Hogwarts, Narnia, Middle-Earth, etc.), which would you choose and why?

Good luck and have fun!

~Julia

Liebster Award Tag

Yesterday Sarah Faulkner of Inklined nominated me for the Liebster Award! (She also hosted an especially fun Teen Book Chat. Sarah rocks.)

You can read her own blog post here. Thanks for the nomination!

The rules for the Liebster Award

  • Thank and link back to the person who nominated you. (I’d just like to mention that this shouldn’t even need to be a rule.)
  • List 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 9 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers.
  • Ask them 11 questions.
  • Let them know about the nomination.

11 Facts About Me

  1. I have a thing for small, cozy spaces. My grandparents used to have a motor home with this little table against one wall with those big motor home chairs on either side and I slept under the table for YEARS growing up whenever we went camping because it was so small and cozy. It was like my own little cave.
  2. Looking straight up makes me full-on vertigo dizzy.
  3. I’m slowly realizing how much of a Type A personality I have. (Either that or it’s getting worse as I get older.) (Or both. Oh no.)
  4. If I don’t have to go anywhere, I am very likely to stay in my pajamas all day.
  5. I’m pretty sure I got a stress fracture in my left ring finger when I was in elementary school, but the doctor messed up the x-ray and refused to admit it to us (even though we heard him panicking about it with the nurse in the hall), so he said I was fine and we never found out for sure. (Let my possibly broken left ring finger be on that doctor’s conscience for always. A pox on his house.)
  6. I’m running out of facts to share and this is only #6. I find this is how most things go in life.
  7. I love cities.
  8. I just got distracted for a good twenty minutes reading @GoslingLitAgent‘s tweets. (“Hey Girl, keep at it. I know one day your breakout contemporary y.a. will be oddly compared to John Green.”)
  9. I use caps lock a lot in blog posts because I am too lazy to italicize.
  10. I’m really craving fro yo right now. Also Panera mac and cheese. (I don’t understand how this combination goes together, but roll with it.)
  11. When I write in third person, my accent in my head goes from ordinary Midwesterner to really posh/vaguely British.

My Answers to Sarah’s 11 Questions

1. Favorite drink? Favorite soft drink?
I love juice and smoothies and tea and can’t really choose among them for a fave drink. But I CAN tell you that I don’t have a favorite soft drink, because I honestly just really find pop nasty. (But if I have to choose one, root beer isn’t too bad.)

2. If you could resurrect one fictional character, (who died in the novel) who would it be?
SPOILER: *Queenie from Code Name Verity. Oh my gosh.*

3. Favorite ice cream flavor/concoction? (Cone, milkshake, ice cream cake, ect.)
A local ice cream shop makes pumpkin pie flurries every fall and they’re the food of the gods.
4. If you could instantly master one hobby besides blogging and writing, what would it be?
I don’t know. Acting? Singing? Guitar? Or actually, maybe running, because then I would suddenly be in shape without effort and how awesome would THAT be?
5. How do you like your eggs cooked?
Either over hard or scrambled. Or in an omelet. Also, when I’m home, I like to take this shredded Mexican cheese mix Kroger sells and scramble eggs with that and seasoning salt. So good.
6. What is one crazy thing you’d one day like to do?
Travel completely alone, without a map or plan, with nothing but what I can fit in a backpack. Stumble upon a place I don’t know at all and get to know it.
7. What fandoms are you a member of?
What fandoms am I NOT a member of?
8. What social media sites are you on?
9. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
The community. Everyone’s so friendly and funny and talented and supportive.
10. What do you find most challenging about it?
Finding new, interesting things to say so often.
11. What is one piece of advice you’d give to beginning bloggers?
Find ways to connect with other bloggers. Follow and comment on other blogs similar to yours, read widely, and make sure to really get to know people. Bloggers are a particular breed of excellent.
The 9 Bloggers I’m Nominating
  1. Mel/Katelyn of The Ultimately Useless Stories of an Average Teenager
  2. Kira Brighton of Kira Brighton: Author
  3. Hero of Heroic Endeavors
  4. Joan of The Spastic Writer
  5. Skyler Finn of Life of a Random
  6. Shelby Moore of Smoore’s Adventures
  7. Hannah Levine of Just Hannah dot Rose
  8. Tatiana Volkov of Words Into Darkness
  9. You! If you have fewer than 200 blog followers and want to do the tag, you are hereby nominated!

My Questions for You to Answer

  1. If you couldn’t write/read your favorite genre(s), what would you write/read?
  2. Who’s your favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend?
  3. What’s your favorite cookie?
  4. What’s your favorite kind of shoes?
  5. What’s your favorite junk food?
  6. If you could co-write a book with anyone, who would you choose?
  7. If your family, friends, and pets were already safe, what would you rescue in a fire?
  8. What’s the least awful type of apocalypse?
  9. If you could be famous for any one thing, what would you choose?
  10. Why did you start blogging?
  11. Who are your blogging inspirations?

I can’t wait to see your answers!

 

~Julia