The Liebster Award

liebster-awardLadies and gentlemen, the third award for this blog is in! This is my favorite so far; this weekend I’ll show you why.

For now, I’ll just say it’s a great way to celebrate up-and-coming bloggers—in line with the mission of this blog. If you’re interested in the history of the Liebster Award, click here.

Thank you Susan T. Sweeney for nominating me. I’m simply going to steal her description:

[It’s] like a chain letter. You nominate blogs with less than 200 followers, ask them 11 questions. Have them post 11 facts about themselves, and then you nominate 11 blogs (also providing them with your own questions). Then thank the person who nominated you. From what I can tell it’s a cool informal way to say ‘I think your blog is interesting and fun, good job.’

If you haven’t already, please check her blog for more interesting quotes and images like this:


I will keep this short, to give you a chance to discover my nominated blogs.


  1. I’ve only started writing consistently last year.
  2. I studied music up to pre-conservatory level.
  3. Piano.
  4. I have an M.Sc. in Finance.
  5. I hate Wall Street and banking, so forget about me pursuing a career there.
  6. My native language is Indonesian.
  7. I also speak English (obviously) since I was seven, vloeiend Dutch, and un petit peu French.
  8. Before I die, I want to learn Japanese, Mandarin, and Latin. In that order.
  9. I wish I could read faster.
  10. I get frustrated after reading the news; there’s so much injustice in this world.
  11. I love to run and to meditate.


  1. Most unexpected person you’ve had a dream about?

    I can’t remember. The most recent one was a friend from high school.

  2. What’s your biggest “what if”?

    What if I fail?

  3. Find the book nearest to you, turn to page 23. Find line 17, what does it say?

    From Stephen King’s On Writing: “At some point my ears became involved, and one day my mother called a taxi (she did not drive) and took me to a doctor too important to make house calls—an ear specialist.”

  4. Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?

    In front of it, I think. I suck at taking photos.

  5. Love or lust?


  6. East Coast or West Coast (if it applies), Beach or Mountains (if previous doesn’t).


  7. You have one month to live, would you tell anyone? What would you do with the time?

    I would post it on my blog and tell everybody, then go completely offline to travel with my wife and son.

  8. What horrible experience would you erase from your past?

    Too embarrassing to tell.

  9. If the whole world listened to you, what would you tell them?

    “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

  10. What is one of your internal conflicts?

    Do I sell my soul to corporations and throw all my ideals overboard because I need the money?

  11. What words upset you the most?

    Capitalism, greed, deforestation, pollution, corruption.


  1. If money were a nonissue, what would you do?
  2. If there were a giant DELETE button, what would you erase completely off the earth?
  3. Name anybody famous, living or dead, whom you would like to have dinner with.
  4. What would you talk about with (3)?
  5. Summarize why you write in one or two words.
  6. If you had one one-way ticket to live in outer space, would you go?
  7. If all books were to disappear from the universe but one, what would you want it to be?
  8. Describe your writing routine.
  9. How do you get inspiration?
  10. If you could be anybody other than yourself on Earth, who?
  11. What was the kindest thing you have ever done to a complete stranger?


  1. Julie Israel, the hardworking author of the upcoming sci-fi thriller, Shifters. She posts interesting and fun questions frequently.
  2. Jack Woe, whose blog is brand new but extremely well-written. Expect wisdom such as why stories and readers should come first.
  3. Katherine Cerulean, whose blog is full of useful writing tips, including how to make your character come to life.
  4. Melissa Janda, a kind writer whose character recently came to life. No, REALLY came to life.
  5. Roy McCarthy, who has published an interesting Jersey historical novel and, like me, works in Finance and loves to run.
  6. Xarglebook, reviews of the best of crime fiction.
  7. Laura Hogan, who has recently been published—sort of—and is planning a wedding.
  8. A. L. Walton, the sci-fi and fantasy writer who made me look up bene scribete; whose writing process is very interesting.
  9. Lazlo Van Caster, a freethinker whose posts will make you think critically, creatively, and philosophically. Also, a dear friend.
  10. Jack Spratt, a fellow fountain pen enthusiast.
  11. Marianne Haynes, a poetess who also makes beautiful handmade necklaces and bracelets.

10 thoughts on “The Liebster Award

  1. I saw a copy of Stephen King’s “On Writing” in a used bookstore today and almost bought it, but I had reached my spending limit. (I have to keep my mania in check).


    • Tsk. I know the feeling, Tony. I can’t stop buying books either. I used to buy from but even that turned out to be too expensive, so I switched to AbeBooks (used) and local used-books markets. But King’s “On Writing” is definitely a MUST HAVE.

      Thanks. 🙂

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