Surprised by a blogging award, namely, Liebster!

Thanks to my friend erroneous choices, we are having some fun with the Liebster Award, ie, she nominated me. Thank you dear friend ❤

She feels as I do, and that is, I have never really understood blogging awards, and haven’t really got involved with them, (apart from one over a year ago) no offense to anyone, but I so enjoyed reading the questions posed to her and her answers. Actually, she combined the questions from two different awards so I am going to keep on with the fun and just pick and choose…

1. What drew you towards the art of writing?
This is a good question…I have felt so shy and awkward for most of my life, I guess, as for a lot of people, it was a way to express myself, and hopefully make some sense of my thoughts in the process. I sometimes wonder that when I was little I subconsciously did it as a memory tool, because my memory is not that great. I remember I always liked to write everything out, even in the air, words, numbers, math problems…I liked to visualise it, and I loved the way certain words looked. Yikes, am I rambling? Sorry…

2. What is the one thing you like about yourself and why?
Um, I have never really liked this question.
But, if you insisted, I would say I do laugh easily. Especially at myself. I can have a good time, even when things are not going so well.
But it has helped to diffuse a number of tricky situations…humour, laughter is powerful – Captain Obvious 🙂

3. What is that one change you want to see in the world?
That people would stop yelling. Literally, figuratively, all kinds of ly-s. (Unless it is for humourous purposes).

4. Who is your favourite author and why?
I don’t have one. I have read a number of things I adore, and currently, I am still overwhelmed by the gorgeous and thought provoking things I read on WP.

5. How do you define a “good piece of writing”?
I agree with erroneous choices’ answer: anything I enjoy reading.

6. “Writers are hungry for readers” whats your take on it?
Are they? I think this would be an individual thing. Answering for myself I would say no. I certainly didn’t start blogging because I was hungry for readers. I did it as a creative outlet and if I met and connected with anyone on the way, I was over the moon. I still am. Obviously it would depend on why you are writing. But I guess I am hoping you are not writing because you are hungry for readers, that you are being authentic and genuine in your expression, and the right people will be attracted to it.

7. How do you deal with writers’ block?
I don’t force anything. Sometimes I know there are things just brewing up there and taking their time for some reason, and it comes together eventually. Sometimes I am just not inspired. I guess it depends what it is for…

8. Do you think good writers are born or made, and why?
I think both. I think there are definitely people who are born with a natural propensity for that kind of expression, but even they need practise and experience and feedback etc.

9. Do you think the pen is mightier than the sword?
This is a really good question. Altruistically it is lovely to think it is the pen, unless you are stabbing someone with it…ugh sorry.
I need to think on this more.

10. How would you describe either your blog or your articles/pieces in a few words?

11. The natural event e.g natural cataclysm that suits to describe your personality, explain briefly why?
If you could call being in a state of general bewilderment as some kind of natural cataclysm, then that would be it. Maybe that deer in headlights look after the event…

12. Any particular goal/dream related to writing or blogging?
I would agree again with erroneous, I have enjoyed the interaction with really interesting/talented people.

13. Weirdest thing you have ever done – details, please!
oh gosh, I wish I could remember…define “weird” 🙂

14. A hobby you like and the thing you fear most?
trying different coffees at different places. Being away from Australian coffees. although I hear there are a few Australian style cafes in the US now, thank GOD! (How did Starbucks get popular? I’ll tell you why, because there were no Australian cafes. There can be no other possible explanation.)

15. City or village, why?
A village by a city. I love everything cities have to offer, but after spending the last decade in regional Australia, I realise I prefer actually living in a small town. But I wish the city were closer 🙂

16.Would you rather be the villain or a hero?
I agree with my friend: “neither, probably the mediator”

17. Zodiac and your sign. Tell us if you believe in common belief of zodiac signs?
Pisces. And no.

18 Share a music you would recommend to me.
I really love ‘Going Home’ by Asgeir, I have used it on my blog. This particular performance is divine imho. This is a hard question, there are so many 🙂

19. What is your favourite eye colour?
I don’t have one, it very much depends on the owner of the eye and what I think of them

20. Try to pick 3 words that describe me, based on my blog.
I’m assuming you meant yourself erroneous…in which case, wise beyond (your) years.



And I am going to nominate the lovely Diana at the Wandering Armadillo
(perfectly fine if you don’t do awards Diana ❤)


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    i love reading more about you Vanessa and I was holding my coffee mug which i had to put down when I read Pisces! yay to a fellow fish! i knew there was a reason we clicked so well! you have a very discerning soul, it reflects in the way you chose to tackle your answers. I love your vivacity for life.

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    Congratulations Vanessa!
    Wonderful! I loved reading both the questions and answers.
    p.s. what is Austrailian coffee? besides being Australian heeh. Over here in Canada, we have these Tim Hortons everywhere, I personally do not understand the attraction at all. I am more of an expresso girl.

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      Hi!! And thank you!
      Australian coffee is all about technique…the right temperature to get the best crema on the coffee, and then the way the milk is blended. Real milk, that is.
      I often found that American coffee was way too hot, and it burns the coffee, makes it a lot more bitter than it has to be, then to compensate, lost of super sweet flavourings are used.
      Having said that, when we were in Houston last, to visit in-laws, there was an independent coffee house there with great coffee. Wish I could remember what it was called. There is hope haha 😉

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    Aw, I love that you did this Vanessa. Not because of me but because it a wk derful thing to get to know people I adore better. ❤️ maybe the awarding knows what it’s doing 😛
    I mIshtar just do that sunshine award thing 🤔

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      haha I had the same thought…maybe the award does know what it is doing 🙂
      (you’re so sweet)
      the sunshine one seems so short now LOL…I was just going to pick and choose the questions on this and then I ended up answering all the same ones without really thinking 🙂
      I feel I should come up with a couple more questions if you do the sunshine one…no obligation dear friend, but I do agree, it is so fun to read the answers.

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          I don’t think you are, but then I wonder if we are travelling in the same lane sometimes hahaha but that is what friends are for, or something…I don’t know what I am saying, I haven’t had my decaf yet lol.

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          I keep forgetting about it too…but I guess the comments that include suspicious looking links, get sent there LOL!!!
          I just happened to check it when I was on my dashboard for something else.
          Potted meat is all you know. That sounds like another poem. That made me laugh.

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    Congrats, enjoyed this, and it makes sense. “Of course. Pisces* never believe in astrology.” *Insert any star sign here. 😸 I have a comment about 6, writers and readers, that is marginally serious. I think there are great pleasures from writing, but why go the extra mile and send work to publishers or post it? Being “hungry for readers” sounds selfish, and as you say, interaction is so rewarding.

    For me, I realized that I had pretty much no idea if anyone was getting anything beneficial from my published stories, and I would like someone to get something (whatever, a laugh, entertainment…) from my work, and with the internet you get feedback. I’ve been told by some of my lovely friends that this is arrogant, but it’s a big internet and I don’t think wanting to give to people is a bad thing. And I don’t think I’m the only one… You may have an opinion. You know, you might. 😸 PS I have a great eye collection.

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      I started replying to this and got distracted, sorry Steve.
      And thank you!
      I ponder too, about the publishing thing…and “hungry for readers” did rub the wrong way. I have often thought of writers from different times who didn’t get the instantaneous feedback we are used to now. And I agree about wanting to give, and sharing art…that’s tricky isn’t it…I did a post once on the price of art. It’s not something to be simplified, but the downside is it can be so taken for granted as well. It is a big topic.

      haha your eye collection comment made me laugh out loud…and, of course, wonder if you could make a story from that…

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        Nothing to apologise about, Vanessa. Luckily I never get distracted or miss comments or make mistakes. And I have x-ray vision and if I flap my arms quickly I can fly.

        Yes, it is tricky in the detail, all the pros and cons. I like to oversimplify, set up my own rules and follow them without further thought. (A bit of incisive self-analysis.😄)

        Eye collection–you made think (or similar). It’s a short story in the “Dying Earth” collection by Jack Vance *roams around his bookshelves* called “Liane the Wayfarer.”

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    Sweet VV Vavoom!! Loved reading your answers … that is truly my favourite aspect of such awards!
    How delightful to be nominated by you, sweet lady you are. But I am in a bind… I have put off 2-3 awards from lovely folk … saying … thanks soon! Yikes! Gimme a year or so 😌💜😘

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        I wish I had less going on V so I could write less than the two times a week poem. You rock by the way (yours was the hardest nomination to defer 😌) ❤️
        I’ll make it up to you ….

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