Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I Won! I Won!!!

Hey everybody, I won an award! (Don't act so shocked, it's unbecoming.)

It's now June, and I told myself that I'd post my Liebster Award answers in May. I'm good, aren't I? I've got a million excuses as to why it didn't get done in May, but that's boring and this post is getting longer by the letter. See? Longer. (Get on with it! 10K imaginary bonus points to the first person to id that movie quote in the comments. Imaginary bonus points can be spent in my imaginary online store The Angry Villager.)

Anywho, I want to thank Marci Koski, whom I met during the insanely awesome and tiring AtoZ blogfest, (who is also insanely awesome and not tiring at all) for nominating me and only me (and several other people) for this prestigious award.

So here are The Rules (cue echoing effect)

  1. Link back and thank the blogger who nominated you in your post. (check)
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself.  (checkity check)
  3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you. (Boom with a check)
  4. Pick 5 – 10 new bloggers (must have less than 300 followers) to nominate. (half a check)
  5. Ask them 11 new questions. Do not re-nominate the blogger who nominated you. (gotcha, no tag backs)
  6. Go to each blogger’s site and inform them of their nomination. (I'm on it!)

11 Random Facts About Ava

  1. My ophthalmologist tried to shiv my eye and then charged me over $100 for the terrifying experience.
  2. Surprisingly, I'm not holding a grudge over random fact #1.
  3. Okay, random fact #2 is, in fact, a lie.
  4. I have an imaginary online store that caters to angry mobs.
  5. I Heart Crappy Books (But possibly not for the reason you think)
  6. I declared B.B. King to be a National Living Treasure.
  7. I've owned three motorcycles in my life.
  8. In college I worked in a Frederick's of Hollywood store as a sales clerk (and nothing else).
  9. In high school I worked in a Fotomat booth. (Yes, I looked at all the pictures. What else was there to do?)
  10. I have a Secret Talent.
  11. In one of my story outlines, my heroine is abducted by aliens while wearing a sock monkey hat.

11 Questions for Marci's Nominees:

  1. Why did you decide to start writing your blog? My hand was forced by author, Natalie J. Damshroder. I'd joined my local writers' group and had discussed the idea that a blog might be a good way to join in the social media revolution back in 2008. I set up the shell, and she immediately linked to it. The rest is history.
  2. In one sentence, describe what your blog is about.  There’s a twist, though: don’t use any personal or possessive pronouns! (Muah ha haaaa!) Tongue In Cheek is a blog about the crazy shenanigans and going ons of Ava Quinn and anyone unfortunate enough to be in the splash zone of said person.
  3. What is your earliest memory? I lived in a house full of antiques which were to be seen and not touched. When I was about three or four, I used to sneak into the dining room and twang the thin metal wick holder of a very rare candle making bench. The one pictured is missing the thin round metal rods that ran the length of each row of tubes where the wicks were tied. Probably because some kid wouldn't stop twanging them and broke them. I never broke ours, but it was a guilty pleasure from my childhood.
  4. Do you dream?  If so, do you dream in color or black and white? Extraordinarily rarely, but when I do it's in black and white. Except on even rarer occasions when there is a splash of red a la The Sixth Sense.
  5. If you could only make one journey during your lifetime, but it could be to anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Why? Man! Do I have to pick just one? A tour of Italy. Because of all the gorgeous Renaissance art and architecture. Not to mention the food.
  6. What is one of your guilty pleasures (and this had better be good…I want something really embarrassing!)? I LURVE cheesy dubbed over kung fu movies from the sixties and seventies. Whenever I come across one on tv, I immediately throw the remote away and settle in for a Saturday afternoon of bad acting, ridiculous fake blood and all the crazy kung fu moves I can stomach. (Which is a lot more than you'd expect.)
  7. Pick one:  the Harry Potter series or the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Follow-up to what you picked:  books or movies? If I choose books, it's Harry Potter. If I choose movies, it's LOTR all the way, baby.
  8. What is your favorite holiday, and if it’s NOT Halloween, why? Christmas. Because it's filled with wonder. Halloween is not my favorite because when I was a child I od'ed on candy corn and the holiday has left a bad taste in my mouth ever since. (Bwaa haa haa!!)
  9. List three words that describe your personality. Skewed, loyal, generous
  10. What is your favorite thing about how you earn a living? I get to teach, but I don't have to plan.
  11. If you could live in any time period (past, present or future), when and where would you be? The 1990s, 'cause I'm basically still living in them with my prepay flip phone, non flat screen tv, videos and audio cassette tapes. Oh, and my vinyl.
And now, here are my nominees-

Author Delynn Royer-who happens to be my critique partner and friend. She writes historical fiction for the light of heart and has an outstanding book out right now. It Had To Be You. A romantic mystery set in NYC during the Roaring Twenties.

Author Vicki Smith who is in my local writer's group. A fun gal who I'm trying to make a newly converted fan of roller derby.

The awesome, talented and funny Liz Blocker, who has a great blog, and is also an author. (Are you seeing a trend?)

The award is yours, ladies, if you choose to accept it. This message will self destruct in five seconds.

11 Questions For Said Nominees 

  1. What is the most unusual thing you've had a character in your stories do?
  2. What is the craziest thing you've ever done in your life?
  3. Using the ancient form of Haiku (17 syllables) describe your blog. (M.J. Fifield I put this one in just for you.)
  4. What type of a vacation would be absolute torture for you?
  5. Why did you start to write?
  6. What is one thing on your bucket list that you haven't crossed off yet?
  7. What is your favorite comfort food?
  8. What charity or non profit is closest to your heart?
  9. What movie had the best movie kiss ever?
  10. Star Wars or Star Trek? Old or new?
  11. Make up any question you want and answer it here.
So there's my Liebster Award post. Believe it or not it's been over a month in the making. I'd love to hear your answers to my questions in the comments. Don't forget to visit my imaginary store for all your angry mob needs!

Until next time, Citizens!


M.J. Fifield said...

I don't even know where to start. there's so much awesome happening in this post.

Except...Congrats on the award.

You totally nailed the HP/LOTR question, and question #3 for your nominees is sheer genius.

Lexa Cain said...

I loved all your interesting tidbits. And of course your heroine was abducted by aliens while wearing a sock monkey hat -- that's what the aliens came for!!

Marci Koski said...

I luurrve you, Ava! I'm so glad I nominated you for this award, because you clearly deserve it. Great post - loved your random facts, answers to my questions, and questions for your nominees. All the words! :D (clapping, not in the STD way)

Pat Hatt said...

lol remind me never to wear a sock monkey hat. Not sure #2 and #3 count haha

Sherry Ellis said...

The aliens must've really liked the sock monkey hat! I enjoyed reading your answers. Congratulations on the award!

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

lol nice. Od'ing on candy corn does not...sound good. I've still got one of these from May to post too. Oops!

Andrea said...

Frederick's and a Fotomat booth...luckily those two worlds didn't collide!!!!

Delynn Royer said...

Great post! Still chuckling. Hey, wait a minute... does this mean I've got work to do??

Melissa said...

Great answers!
This was fun. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats on the award and surviving those tough questions!! Choosing between HP & LotR is next to impossible but I love your answer :) Anyone would be honoured to be in your splash zone!

Liz Blocker said...

MAN, I love your blog. You inevitably make me giggle out loud, and say "HUH? WTF is that?" to myself at least twice per post. It's AWESOME.

Thank you so much for nominating me!! Am I allowed to accept the award if I've already been nominated AND accepted it? I don't know...that makes me feel a bit self-aggrandizing. You know, like, I'm so wonderful, I have a PLETHORA of Liebster awards.

Ok, I just wanted to use the word 'plethora.' But seriously, I'm honored and grateful, even if I can't accept it. Thank you!!

Carol Kilgore said...

Fun learning all these brilliant facts about you! Congrats on your award!

Stephanie Faris said...

I always wondered back in the old days if photo processing workers looked at our pictures. I probably would have unless there was a rule against it!

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

woohooo!!!! Congrats!
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

Misha Gericke said...

Oh yeah I'd totally hold the grudge too. :-D

Congrats on winning the award. You totally deserve one.

Ava Quinn said...

@M.J.- Ha! Thanks, M.J.! You inspired that genius thought!

@Lexa- Absolutely. Sock monkey hats are like crack to aliens. That's the only reason why I don't wear one.

@Marci- Haa! Snort! Not in the std way. I'm so honored you chose me and only me (and those others). STILL giddy I found your blog!

@Pat- I will, often! And yeah, can you tell I don't really like talking about myself? You caught me cheezing out. (Curse you!) lol.

@Sherry- lol! Thanks!!

@Anna- It wasn't. I left a mushy trail of them back to my house. And not on purpose!

@Andrea- So true. SOOOOOO true!! lol!

@Delynn- Thanks! Wait a minute...yes it does!

@Melissa- Thanks!! =D

@Jemi- Thank you!! :D

@Liz- Dang it! And I was so looking forward to your haiku! (Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?-another movie quote!)

@Carol- Thanks!! :)

@Stephanie- Yes we did. And yes there was. ;p

@Jenna- Thank you! :D

@Misha- lol! Thanks!!

Loni Townsend said...

A bit late, but...

Congrats! I love me some Kung Fu movies too. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LOTR movies over books - good choice.
Frederick's of Hollywood... sorry, I wandered there!
Congratulations on the award!

Ava Quinn said...

@Loni- Woohoo!! Aren't they the greatest?

@AleX (see I got it right here, lol!) Thank you! :D

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