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