The Liebster Award, or Who is This Again? Part II
Mistress of the Hearth generously nominated me for the Liebster award, which is kind of like a “get to know you while simultaneously getting you more followers” award. I believe in knowing who you’re reading, so I think this is a pretty cool idea. We’re all just people behind computer screens and keyboards, and I’d like to get to know you (and vice versa).
Today’s agenda is to share 11 facts about me, answer the 11 questions I was given, pick 11 blogs who have less than 200 followers to share with everybody, and ask them 11 new questions. Sooo…11 things about me, in very random order:
1) I helped a local farm with their chicken slaughter a few years ago. It was a really interesting experience. While I didn’t eat chicken for a month or two afterward, it definitely didn’t turn me into a vegetarian. What it did do was give me even more perspective about the importance of buying ethically slaughtered meats, which is what I try to do all the time now. (Before I just did it when I remembered. Now it’s either ethically slaughtered, preferably local, meat or I go without.)
2) Cooking and baking were both skills I taught myself. My mom was an excellent cook when I was growing up, so I was always pretty intimidated by the kitchen. Then a few years ago I decided I should just learn how. I started with baking; it’s easier for me because it’s so precise. I’m still improving on both, but I love to experiment.
3) Reading cookbooks calms me down. When I have a nightmare, I’ll get out of bed and browse my cookbook shelf. Ditto if I’ve had a bad day.
4) I’ve written poetry since I was 12. Ironically, it was a gym teacher who encouraged me to write more poems.
5) Going to weddings makes me so happy. Everybody else seems to hate them, but they bring me such joy.
6) In March 2013, I submitted a proposal to one of my favorite publishers for a contest to win a book contract. I didn’t win, but it really solidified the idea that I want to publish a memoir before I die. So I have a book proposal floating around on my computer if any publishers are interested. 😉
7) I shaved my head in 2007 and haven’t had hair longer than a few inches since then.
8) When I was a teenager, I wanted to create a charity that rescued abused or neglected horses, then paired them with abused kids in the foster system and/or people with eating disorders. The idea was that by caring for the horses, they would learn self-confidence, responsibility, and that tenderness between living beings can be a reality. I hope that someday I’ll still be able to do this.
9) I learned how to ride a bicycle when I was 24 years old.
10) I’m a bit of a technophile and I’ve had a kindle since 2008. I bought the first generation because I recognized the promise of being able to have hundreds of books in one compact package. My kindle is by far my favorite purchase in the last decade. (I do miss having tons of bookshelves sometimes, but not enough to want to switch back to physical books. Plus moving is way easier!)
11) In first or second grade the librarian reprimanded me for “checking out too many chapter books”. She was sure I wasn’t reading them (I was – I was a ridiculously advanced reader early on), told me to leave the chapter books for the older kids, and steered me towards the picture books. I burst into tears when I told my mom about it later. She started volunteering at the library soon after so she could smuggle chapter books for me.
Hopefully some of those were interesting to you, or at least made you laugh. Without further ado, the questions Mistress of the Hearth put forth:
What’s your favorite thing about blogging? I need to create, preferably every day. When I don’t write, my fingers get sad. Blogging is one way that I remind myself to write, and I get to interact with some very cool people while doing so (in a way that I don’t get to with other types of writing). Win-win!
Do you have plans and goals for what to blog about in the future, or do you just write whatever you’re inspired to at the moment? Truth? I almost always have a plan. New topics are always knocking around in my brain. I actually have a pretty massive list for the Pagan Blog Project tucked away, so any time I’m at a loss for what to do with a letter, I click over to said list.
What interests do you have that rarely or never appear on your blog? I actually think that most of my interests end up on here at one point or another. I like to knit, and sometimes I knit things for spellwork. I adore cooking, so things like my Eostre quiche show up here (I plan to put up more recipes in the future too!).
Do you believe the world is ultimately getting better, getting worse, or is about the same as it’s ever been and only seems to be changing because our lifespans are so short? This is a toughie. I’d really like to think it’s getting better. But, on the other hand, there are lots of shitty things in the world. I think it’s impossible to gauge whether it’s getting worse though. I think it’s more that because of the internet there’s a lot more shitty things that are more widely publicized. So because we hear about more, it’s easy to think the world is getting worse even if it might not be.
What’s your favorite holiday? Why? Samhain? Beltaine? Imbolc? Honestly I don’t know that I have a favorite. I’m rather fond of them all. Holidays mean joy, so how can you not like them all?
What are your top three favorite movies ever? Since it changes sometimes, or varies based on my mood, keep in mind that these are my top three for right now. In no particular order:
A) Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
B) Blue Crush (no laughing, I’m serious)
C) Mistress of Spices
These are movies that make me smile, that make me feel magical, and that I could watch over and over again. And yes, there are many of those (like Amélie or Love and Other Disasters), but I think these three really do rank particularly high on my “OMG I loved that movie!” list.
What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year? Out of the 24 books I’ve gotten through so far this year, my favorites have been Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent and The Red Tree by Caitlín R. Kiernan. The latter was creepy as all hell but I couldn’t put it down. In general, I don’t read scary books, and I’ll probably never be able to read it again because I slept with the lights on for a few weeks, but it really was an incredible book. The former was fantastic as well, and it was the inspiration for starting down my current path.
Are you a cat person, a dog person, or a no-pets person? None of the above. I’m an All The Animals person! I’ve had snakes and cats, but I also have a pretty big soft spot for lizards, rats, and dogs.
What issues do you get tired of hearing about (even if you actually agree with them)? I’m usually sick of hearing about presidential elections by the time they actually roll around, but that’s more because I get irritated with all the muckraking.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about where you live? I love the area I live in. It’s beautiful, it’s superbly gay-friendly, and the weather agrees with me most of the time. My apartment is beautiful, with lots of light, old-house quirks, and wood floors. It has “character”, which is what I usually look for in places I live. I appreciate the oddities of old houses that have been converted into apartments. Like, for example, the time the hall closet got locked from the inside because there was a deadbolt on the inside. Or how my bedroom is actually a converted dining room, evidenced by the built-in china cabinets. I sometimes wish I lived in a bigger city, but honestly this place suits me fine 98% of the time.
If you could have your absolute perfect meal, what would be on the menu? Like the movie question, it really depends. It would be very different if I wanted an adventurous meal, full of things I’ve never tried before, versus if I wanted comfort food. I’ll go with the comfort food for brevity’s sake since there’s a ton of things I want to try. Right now I’m craving slow-cooker almost-potato soup with bacon on top, which is sort of like really thin, very rich mashed potatoes; endive salad with spinach and pears; and fudgey cookies and cream cake for dessert (all things I’ve made that were particularly excellent). Aaaaand now I’m drooling a bit.
In terms of my nominations, here you all are, in all your fabulous linked glory:
- Australis Incognita: Old Craft in Australia
- Book of Eucalypt: One Pagan’s Spiritual Journey
- The Deer Priestess: Tales from the Wildwood
- Hedged Paths: Adventures of a Midwest Witch
- The Jackal, Stag, and Crescent: From the Necropolis to the Moonlit Grove
- Knot Magick
- Moon and Shadow: Learning Paganism, Both Light and Shadow
- Setjataset: Confessions of a Magickal Practitioner in Oz
- Spinning Webbs: The Art & Craft of a Magickal Life
- Stumbling Through Faith: Confessions of a Lesbian Pagan in the South
- The World According to ChinaCat
All of the above blogs are excellent, and all are related to paganism in one way or another. And of course I follow many more wonderful folks, but I could only pick 11!.<3
Next up: my questions for you! Some are deliberately vague, to be left open to interpretation, so interpret them however you like.
- What is one thing about you that people can’t tell just by looking at you?
- What’s your favorite dessert?
- How do you wake up in the morning?
- Who do you think has the most potential to fix the world: politicians, activists, or regular folks (or none of the above)?
- Which book has most changed your life and how?
- Whom do you admire? Why?
- What fictional character are you most like?
- Tell me about your tattoos. If you don’t have any, what tattoo(s) would you like to get?
- What do you find beautiful?
- What is your signature dish? (Something you actually can and do make.)
- How do you channel your creativity?
Folks listed above, your tasks are as follows: link back to this blog, list 11 facts about you, answer my questions, choose 11 other blogs with 200 followers or less, and ask them 11 new questions. That’s it. Yay building a blog community! Yay getting to know people on the interwebs!