I’m An Inspiration, Baby!

I was given two awards this week. Three, if you count both of the Inspirational Blogger awards the marvellous Jo Robinson of africolonialstories. Since I’ve already boasted posted about having been given that award before, I’ll just thank Jo effusively, post the new badge here, and go on to the next one.very-inspiring-blogger-award-2

This next one, the Liebster Award, was given by Jen Christopher, aka Warrior Crone (coolest. name. ever.) on her JC Publishing blog.

Liebster, in case you don’t have pickled cabbage juice in your veins, is German for sweetheart, darling, honeybaby…. You get the picture.

Okay, so, these are the rules:

1. List eleven random facts about me.
2. Nominate eleven bloggers for the Liebster Blog Award.
3. Notify the bloggers.
4. Ask eleven questions the bloggers must answer upon receiving the nomination.
5. Answer the eleven questions you were asked when you were nominated.
6. Link back to the person who nominated you.

Eleven random facts about me:

  1. I was only ever in one fight, with a girl half my size, and I lost. No, I never got in one punch. She started it. She finished it, too. Her name was Peewee.
  2. The word pro-active makes me want to bite a chunk out of a redwood.
  3. I’m allergic to chamomile tea.
  4. My SCA name is Maude McEwen.
  5. I love “My Neighbor Totoro”.
  6. My favorite movie ever is “Fight Club”, with “Ishtar” a close second.
  7. Yes, “Ishtar”.
  8. Although I’m practically a vegetarian, my mother tells me that my first word was MEAT.
  9. I still like meat.
  10. But I also love vegetarian food.
  11. I think W. C. Fields’ line, “Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump” is endlessly funny even though I don’t subscribe to the philosophy, myself.

Here are the bloggers I’m sending the award on to:

  1. Joanna Foreman, who paints the past with words
  2. Meeka, who knows what kitties like
  3. Perry Block, still cute, in spite of what he says
  4. Cairn Rodrigues of the Askew Questions
  5. Mr. Nikita, The Opinionated Pussycat
  6. Jo Robinson – ha, ha, got you back, dear lady!
  7. My sister, Marion Driessen
  8. Erin Eymard of The Bookworm’s Fancy
  9. Virginia Jennings, Where Writers and Authors Meet
  10. Stacy J. Garrett aka Etta Jean
  11. Adrianna Joleigh of the Nadia serial

Questions I Was Asked and My Answers:

1. Do you want to be rich and famous?
2. If yes why and if no why?
I’m already rich in everything that matters, and I live in a small town, so I already know what it’s like for everybody to know who you are and what you’re doing.
3. What is the most important day of the week for you?
Today. Always today.
4. What is your favorite dessert?
5. How long did it take you to feel good about writing?
I always felt good about writing. I didn’t always feel good about other people’s opinions of my writing.
6. What is your favorite time of day?
Bedtime. No, breakfast. No, when I go visit Mom. Or maybe….
7. Who do you depend upon?
My husband, my mother, my kids, my friends, myself, not always in that order.
8. Has anyone ever let you down?
Oh, dear lord, yes. Too many times to recount. Makes me appreciate the people I can depend on all the more.
9. Where on Earth do you think is closest to heaven?
The heart of a loving person.
10. What was the most valuable advice anyone ever gave you?
Writing advice: Dick Stodghill said, “Don’t take yourself too seriously, but always take your work seriously, and make sure everybody around you does, too. Writing isn’t some joke; it’s your work. It’s what you do.”
Personal advice: My mom said, “Other people are people, too.”
11. What is the most indulgent gift you ever received or given?
My friend Jane gave me an electronic tablet so I can read eBooks. Daughter #1 gave me a four-pack of Godiva chocolates. Many people give me their trust and friendship, the best gifts of all.

My Questions For My Chosen Bloggers:

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. Why did you choose the topic(s) for your blog?
  3. How do people find your blog?
  4. Do you feel comfortable promoting/advertising your own stuff?
  5. What’s your happiest earliest childhood memory?
  6. If you could have any critter, real or imaginary, as a pet, what would it be?
  7. What would you name it?
  8. Why would a woodchuck chuck wood?
  9. Vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore?
  10. What are you reading (not these questions, silly! what book?)?
  11. What is your superpower?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Have one of your characters answer the questions I just asked and/or the questions that were asked of me.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “I’m An Inspiration, Baby!

  1. Perry Block

    July 5, 2013 at 9:39am

    Wow, there’s a lot to do here, I wonder if I could request an extension?

    I’ll be back with my thank you speech sometime after the celebratory bottle of Scotch I drank this morning wears off. (FYI, my web address has changed and is now http://www.perryblock.com, although when I clicked into the old address you listed here I thought it was way funnier than the stuff I actually wrote.)

    Thanks, Marian!

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      Marian Allen

      July 5, 2013 at 9:43am

      That’ll teach you to neglect commenting: I got the link off the last comment you left here. ha!

      And don’t wait too long. If you wait until the Scotch wears off, you might not don that beautiful white sequinned gown you mentioned.

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  2. Jane

    July 5, 2013 at 10:17am

    Girl, I told you: You NEEDED that tablet!

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  3. Elvira Mistress of Felinity

    July 5, 2013 at 1:01pm

    Oh wow! Thank you!

    As co-blogger on The Opinionated Pussycat I accept this award on behalf of myself, my mentor Mr. Nikita and our Daddy Kiril.

    Considering he was feeling well enough to write new song, yesterday morning, it’s odd that Daddy had to take him back to the vet this morning, but when he comes home I will tell him about this to cheer him up and we will figure out how to proceed from there in following the rules and passing the award on.

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      Marian Allen

      July 5, 2013 at 1:40pm

      Excellent, Miss Elvira! I’m so sorry to hear your mentor is back under the weather. I know that must be worrisome for you and your daddy. Pats from me and purrs from Katya!

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      Marian Allen

      July 6, 2013 at 7:37am

      Hooray, Meeks! The day after Independence Day is the perfect time to take liberties! πŸ˜€

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  4. Jo Robinson

    July 7, 2013 at 3:20am

    Brilliant! Thank you Marian! I love awards! So… I want to thank my… um … Congratulations to you my friend!

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