The Liebster Award


Well surprise, surprise. While scrolling through the various blogs I follow, I spied one from Jay-Lin, who has a unique take on the world in addition to writing wonderful poetry, and noticed that she nominated me for something called the Liebster Award.

I’ve often thought of this type of recognition as part compliment and part chain letter, but I appreciate the compliment and the timeliness of her nomination. You see, the well has running dry on blog topics lately, so I will keep this line moving.  And thank you, Jay-Lin.

Here are the six rules that are part of the drill:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you (done).
  2. Share eleven facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the eleven questions the blogger gave you
  4. Nominate eleven bloggers who deserve the award
  5. Create eleven original questions for the nominees to answer
  6. Let them know they have been nominated

So here are eleven facts about me:

Was diagnosed with MS in 2008. It was completely unexpected, came out of nowhere, and was part of the motivation to start my blog.

Cultivating a following to help sell prospective publishers to take on my novel was the other motivation.

I am an avid sports fan of most Boston teams, with the exception of football (go Packers!) and UConn Husky basketball.

I am socially liberal but fiscally conservative

I don’t make friends easily, but the ones I have tend to be friends for life.

I am extremely loyal and protective towards family and those I care for

I’m considered a good guy, don’t have a mean bone in my body, and it takes a lot to get me mad. However, there is a line in the sand for most things, and sometimes I don’t know what they are until a person crosses it. Once that line is crossed, well, let’s just say there is no going back.

I believe marijuana should be legalized.

I believe there should some form of universal healthcare in this country, not the watered down political football we have now.

I am the second best writer in the family.

I love to travel, but travel doesn’t love me anymore.


Here are the questions I’ve been asked to answer (questions bolded):

If you could step into any book, which book would it be? I love Stephen King but would not want to be in any of his books. Same for the crime/murder mystery type books. But I do enjoy the idea of space travel and exploration, so in that spirit I would say Thomas Wolfe’s classic, The Right Stuff

How do you like to wake up in the morning? Alive and pain free.

Besides writing, what would be your ideal job? Being the radio voice of the Boston Red Sox.

What is your sense of humor like? Quick, sharp, self-depreciating and naughty.

Would you prefer to live in the woods or by the ocean?  The ocean by a landslide.

Sunshine or thunderstorms? It depends on my mood.

If you could use one mode of transportation to get everywhere, what would that be? It does not exist yet – I’d love to get from Point A to Point B using the Star Trek Transporter.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? All of them, but I had to pick one it would probably be boring vanilla.

Tent or Mansion? Seeing I have a hard time getting up from the ground or any other place for that matter, definitely mansion. The truth is I’ve never been fond of roughing it. As my wife is fond of saying, my idea of roughing it is a hotel without room service.

If you were the monster that lived under the bed, what type of monster would you be? The kind that would eat anyone who wanted to hurt you.

What was the name of your first stuffed animal? Stinky, but I don’t know if that was actually what it was first called. It is, however, the name it was given after I threw up all over it in a bout of car-sickness when I was very young.

Here are my eleven questions:

Do you prefer boxers, briefs or going commando? And for the ladies, what is your preference for the men in your life?

If you could sit down to talk with one non-religious person, dead or alive, who would that be and why?

What is your biggest fear?

What is the most important quality you need in a friend?

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?

Who is your favorite author?

Small Town or Big City?

Salt or sugar?

What is your favorite thing to do when you have some alone time?

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

What is the one thing you would like to see happen before you die?


Now for the lucky eleven who get to answer these questions. Let me start by saying there are a handful of bloggers who weren’t eligible because they were previously nominated.

Secondly, if you see your name, you are under no obligation to keep the chain going. Consider it my way of saying I like your stuff and want as many people as possible to see why.

I Tripped Over a Stone

KC’s Place

Tom Being Tom

Superman Can’t Find a Phone

MS Grace Fullnot

Walt’s Page

Stories From The Edge of Blindness

Blogging with Bojana

The Lonely Author


Invisibly Me






Author: Steve Markesich

I am loving husband, a doting father, a Red Sox fanatic, an aspiring novelist and MS advocate. Feel free to check out my web site.

21 thoughts on “The Liebster Award”

  1. Steve, you are Lovely! Thank you for including me! I love learning more about who you are! I don’t really do the award thing on my blog, but I so appreciate your support of my blog and my writing. Thank you for everything!

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  2. Thank you so much for the nomination Steve! Unfortunately, I stopped doing award several months ago because it was taking time away from my writing. I hope you understand. Please know that I am honored by your nomination and appreciate it!

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  3. Thanks for thinking of me, Steve! I dug all your answers and learned quite a bit more about you. I especially loved your Star Trek answer, your room service preference (hear! hear!) and your Stinky story. 😂

    Also, the socially liberal stuff (legalization/UHC) was great to know. We need more thinking along those lines.

    I will answer your eleven questions, in some manner. I appreciate it, bud!

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      1. Hahaha! That sounds like an excellent idea!

        On that note, my wife finally caught up on my blog last weekend (she treats it like Netflix; puts it off until there’s 6-10 backed up, then binges in one session 😉 ).

        She got to my combined Liebster (a few sessions back) and had to call me, at work, to tell me she was PISSED OFF about my 11 questions, because it made her want to leave work and go answer and write her own.

        That’s a good kind of pissed off. 🙂

        Hey, who knows, maybe the Mrs C Blog is coming. Stranger things have happened!

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  4. Thanks Steve, very sweet of you. Since mine is an award-free blog, I’ll write my answers here, if you don’t mind. I like both sets of questions, so I answered all of them. Knock yourself out.

    -Promise not to laugh: the sound and the fury
    -Smiling (it ain’t gonna happen)
    -Writing by the sea
    -Very dry (like my martinis)
    -The ocean near the woods
    -Both (I love rain. I’d say thunderstorms are closer to my personality)
    -A bike
    -Mansion, all inclusive
    -I AM the monster. No need to hide.
    -Panda (that’s what it was)

    Now, your questions:
    -I love them naked.
    -My grandpa/uncle.
    -Death of loved ones.
    -Devotion, truthfulness, straightforwardness, availability.
    -I’d like to be able to disappear sometimes. (If not, then travel more)
    -Faulkner (one of…)
    -Big city.
    -Why choose?
    -Reading, writing, music, listening to birds at my balcony, breathing…
    -The Rolling Stones
    -That there is no more, no more, no more war….(I know, I know…)

    P.S. I like your stuff too.
    And yes, marijuana should be legalized.
    Fiscally conservative, lol. Don’t ever befriend a Serb since we never go Dutch. Ever.

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  5. Thank you so much. I am glad you answered the questions as now I know a little more about you. I love reading your posts. And thank you for your nice words about me. I too would love to be able to travel via Transporter. Than I could visit all my US friends without ever having to cross the border. Tee hee hee 🙂

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  6. You are absolutely correct about the reasons for giving and receiving the liebster award. Since you know I don’t play by the rules I will answer your questions here and create a new question/challenge on my blog ( hopefully next week)….

    Do you prefer boxers, briefs or going commando? And for the ladies, what is your preference for the men in your life?
    I prefer boxers both for the men, and since I like to “wear the pants” for myself as well
    If you could sit down to talk with one non-religious person, dead or alive, who would that be and why?
    I would talk with my not yet to be conceived grandchild. Why? I would tell them that the world is a tough place, but as long as they are true to themselves they will do just fine
    What is your biggest fear?
    I honestly don’t know that I have any. Not that I am fearless, more than whatever is gonna happen is going to happen, so why worry?
    What is the most important quality you need in a friend?
    If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
    I would have bigger boobs
    Who is your favorite author?
    Johann Lindsey
    Small Town or Big City?
    Country….. far far away
    Salt or sugar?
    What is your favorite thing to do when you have some alone time?
    listen to music
    The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
    to do what with?

    What is the one thing you would like to see happen before you die?
    Humanity as a whole to take responsibility for their own actions and decisions instead of blaming everyone else

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  7. Congratulations Steven on your complimentary chain-letter!!
    Thank you for the recognition. You have so many wonderful (real) writers in your nominations that I feel like a weed in a flower garden. I’m not sure about responding yet but I really appreciate your support and friendship.

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