A New Liebster

This week, Part Time Monster was nominated the Liebster Award, this time by Natacha Guyot. I think I found Natacha’s blog, Science Fiction, Transmedia, and Fandom, while I was puttering about the ‘net one afternoon. And I’m very glad that I did. It’s been nice to have Natacha’s voice in the comments section here, and I enjoy reading her work.

Liebster Award
Liebster Award

It’s funny…These rules change a little bit from time to time–as they make their way through the blogosphere. I remember a set of rules that used blogs with under 200 followers, which isn’t a requirement here, and the number of questions and noms seems to vary, as well. I’m going with the rules posted on Natacha’s blog.

The Rules:

  • You must link back to the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 questions.
  • You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
  • You must let the people you nominate know they have been nominated.

And the nominees are:

Views Splash!
The Half-Eaten Mind
Living with Shadows
The Crazy Bag Lady @Bulanlifestyle.com
Confessions of a Geek Queen
Mel Howard
Imaginary Potatoes
Futuristic Plans
Carving out a Space
Alva’s Almanac

Here are the 11 questions that I must answer:

  1. Do you prefer reading fiction or non fiction? This varies for me, honestly, and it’s partially because I am incredibly fascinated with the genre of memoirs. And my percentage of non-fiction books read is pretty high, as I do a lot of research…Overall, though, I tend to favor fiction.
  2. Do you have writing habits? They’re more like rituals. I need noise and a comfortable spot–I can’t concentrate in total silence, and I tend to work for hours at a time. If I’m writing academic things, I need plenty of room for spreading out source texts around me, and I arrange them in stacks; I like to use a whiteboard when I can to help me keep track of characters, timelines, and my overall plan. And I need plenty of coffee, academic writing or no.
  3. What story you read/were told as a child influenced you most? This is difficult, as we were a family that read aloud often and that valued stories quite a lot; I was also a child that gobbled up our family stories. One of the first long books that I remember reading by myself, though, is Little Women. I’ve read it over and over, and I get something different from it every time.
  4. Is there a specific writing project you are currently focusing on? Not really, aside from keeping Part Time Monster posting most every day. I’m working on comprehensive exams for my PhD, and I have about 130 texts to study, synthesize, and be able to speak to the relations between in the period of 1865-1965, using feminist methodology and a research area of children’s literature. I’m mostly doing reading projects.
  5. Which type or genre of writing would you like to be remembered for? Oh, I don’t know. I guess being remembered hasn’t ever really been much of a thought for me; I’m always been more worried about being relevant.
  6. In 2014, is there a book you are particularly looking forward to reading? There are lots of them, actually. I’ve got a whole list of books that I’m going to read when I get through with required reading for comps, and one of the thing I’m most ready to get to is Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
  7. In 2014, is there a movie you are particularly looking forward to watching? I’m really looking forward to part 1 of Mockingjay and to X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  8. Which country – that you didn’t visit yet – would you like to travel to? I’d really love to go to Italy. There are tons of others, and I’d like to return to some of the places I’ve been, but Italy is probably the first on my list right now.
  9. What would be your ideal writing room? Hmm…A big room with lots of bookshelves (full of books, of course); there would be a desk and chair, but also there would be a reading nook, large enough to lie down in, and there’d be large windows to let in plenty of natural light. I’d have a whiteboard and corkboard and at least two computers.
  10. Do you own some books in more than one edition? Yes, although there are few of them.
  11. Is there a certain food or drink that you particularly enjoy when writing? Coffee

And now, the questions for you lot:

  1. What is one thing that others have on their bucket list that you never want to do?
  2. If you could only watch one TV show for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?
  3. What historical event that you’ve lived through made the most impact on you?
  4. When you were a child, what did you think you would grow up to be?
  5. What book or books do you re-read most often? If there isn’t one, what film or music do you return to often?
  6. If you could choose 5 historical figures to have dinner with, who would they be, and where would the 6 of you have dinner?
  7. What is your favorite piece of art?
  8. What’s your favorite season, and why?
  9. Why did you start your blog, and why do you continue to blog?
  10. If you could be anywhere with anyone right now, where would you be and who would you be with?
  11. What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?


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    1. You’re welcome! I’ve enjoyed the support you’ve given PTM and Sourcerer, and I like reading HEM, so it’s well-deserved. 🙂


  1. Awards are fun. The best part is finding new and interesting blogs via nominations. Great way to network. Thanks for including Carving Out A Space!


    1. You’re welcome! And yes, I like the element of recommendation that comes with nominating folks and being nominated. It’s a good way to network and who some appreciation fro blogs I keep up with. 🙂


  2. It is funny to see how the rules indeed change a little from one time to the other. Research definitely has us read a lot of nonfiction! I like your description of your ideal writing room! It’s great to see you mention Little Women. It still is a book where I also find new things in, even after years since the first time I read it! And on that note, I’m going to get a cup of tea!


    1. Isn’t it a bit like a game of telephone/gossip?

      I love Little Women. I like most of Alcott’s work, though. A lot of it is just as interesting as little Women, if not more so. Some of her Civil War work is very, very good.


      1. I think the way they change over time makes them more fun. And I have to get on some awards nominations. I won’t list them all because that would seem like bragging, but I’m holding five or six. Maybe I should have an awards week.


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