The Liebster Award
I’m proud to report that a writer I admire has honored me with the Liebster Award. I’m copying and pasting the details about Liebster here, as she did, and I don’t feel bad about borrowing that much from her. After all, she started it.
What is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.
1. If you are tagged/nominated, you have to post 11 facts about yourself.
2. Then you answer the 11 questions the tagger has given you & make 11 questions for the people you are going to tag.
3. Tag 11 more Bloggers.
4. Tell the people you tagged that you did.
5. No tagging back.
6. The person you tag must have less than 200 followers.
Away we go…
11 facts about Mademoiselle Gardner.
1. Listens mostly to original scores when I write, as well as “soundscapes” or “ambient” music. For me it is one variety of mood music, and Favorites are Marconi Union, Thomas Newton (American Beauty), Cliff Martinez (Traffic, Solaris)
2. People often take me the wrong way, think I’m mad when I’m really just tired or hurting, or they don’t get my sorry attempts at humor or whatever, and it bothers me. A lot.
3. I want to at some point start an awareness campaign about hereditary hemochromatosis.
4. I love doing research. I mean I really love it. Seriously. Like give me something to research and I’ll be on it, pronto
5. Playing detective turns me on, and this is a role I could go either way with: movies about grifters, con artists, guys planning complicated heists draw me in just as much as those about CIA or other highly intelligent people. (See movie list below.) Planning. Detail. Focus. Intelligence. Challenge. I freakin’ love it.
6. Cheese? Avocado? Yes, indeed, there is a God.
7. There are periods of time when I don’t call or email friends like I should, and it has absolutely nothing to do with them. I don’t want to complain or sound down when chronic pain, fatigue, or depression has got the better of me, but don’t want to lie about it. So I often try to wait it out and call when it’s a little better.
8. Those same culprits also leave me behind in work any number of things; generally I feel guilty and horrible about getting behind, but I am making progress with putting my health first.
9. When I was maybe nine or ten I played the flute briefly.
10. Music is essential. And I’d really like to learn to play the guitar someday.
11. I admire or appreciate several people but can’t seem to tell them that. Even friends I love. I’m often fraid the friendship means more to me than to them.
My answers to Amy’s questions:
- Do you have regrets, or is regret for suckers?
Sure – but just a few. Not about college, career, etc. though. Regret can be an impetus for growth. I regret not telling my best friend how much he meant to me before he died and not saying goodbye the last time I saw him. I don’t want to let that happen with P, whose friendship means just as much to me. Regret can also be a garbage bag to lug around when one wants to dive head first into a pity party. I regret the hurt I’ve caused others, and things I have or have not said. I do not, however, regret my horrendous mistakes, my dark years.
- What’s your favorite song right now, at this moment?
I’m mostly a classic rock kinda girl and listen to (God help me) what is now considered “older” music, but I often crave a particular song for awhile and play it over and over for a month. Right now that is “Like a Stone” by Audioslave. (Two words: Smokin’ hot. x4. You can watch the video here.)
- What sounds do you hear right now?
Crickets, and the incessant hum of my laptop fan.
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
On a trip across continents. The first few on the bucket list: Greece, India, Australia, Fiji, Iceland, Bora Bora, back to Italy and, of course, back to the place I love – la France.
- What story have you been sitting on and too afraid to tell? Will you ever tell?
It’s about losing the ability to trust oneself. I will. I have to.
- Have you or would you date someone ten years younger or older than you?
Yes, I have. And if Robert DeNiro came to me today I’d do it in a hot second.
- What do you love about being you?
The same thing that makes me so vulnerable: my intensity. I love, live and work with passion. It is worth every bit of the vulnerability.
8. Is monogamy possible, or does everyone cheat?
It is absolutely possible. It is also absolutely possible that people who believe in it go against their own belief. (See question #1) I do think some people say that it isn’t possible so they can justify their own actions or alleviate their guilt. It is also possible that people who believe it is normal to cheat or that everyone does find themselves unable or unwilling to do so.
9. Paper or plastic?
Neither. BYOBag. But plastic does come in handy; I have a dog, you know.
10. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Grow up? Who said anything about growing up?
11. What five movies do you love?
My questions for nominees:
1. What motivates you?
2. What are you proud of?
3. What is your current WIP about?
4. Do you have anything in particular that you do, music that you listen to, incense burning, or any other thing that is part of your writing mode?
5. What writer has had the most influence on your own work?
6. What do you like most about yourself?
7. Is there anything you’d like to learn at some point, like a hobby?
8. How old were you when you started writing?
9. Are you happy with where you are in life right now?
10. If your house was on fire and you only had a second to grab a couple things, what would they be?
11. Is there a story you have been hesitant to tell, and will you ever tell it?
I only have two blogs to nominate right now, but will post others if I come up with them. However, these are awesome blogs, and you should check them out now.