So Many Awards I Can Start a Grammy Chessboard

August 5, 2015 books, fun, miscellaneous 8

Okay, it’s just two, so it would be a very small chessboard. Also, neither of them is a Grammy, which frankly surprises me, considering my immense musical talent. Yes, it’s going to be one of those posts.

Will Smith references aside, I really was nominated for the Liebster Award and the Creative Blogger Award a while ago. Mallory and Verena nominated me for the Liebster Award, Rachael nominated me for the Creative Blogger Award, and Alyssa kindly nominated me for both at once. All of these date back to April or May, and I actually had to Google to find the posts again. In my defense, I’m lazy.

A huge THANK YOU to all of you; I really appreciate that you apparently find something you like in between all this rambling. <3 Alright, let's do this!

The Creative Blogger Award

1.Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
2. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
3. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
4. Pass these rules on to them

Fact #1

I like travelling, and when I’ve been in one place for too long I start feeling restless, but I also LOVE coming home after a holiday.

Fact #2

I’m mostly an introvert, but I need to hang out with good friends regularly to feel happy in life.

Fact #3

I love to hear stories of other people’s weirdness, because it makes me feel more connected (also, they’re funny).

Fact #4

In the spirit of Fact #3, I totally talk to myself all the time. Well, not to myself, but to other people WHO I KNOW AREN’T THERE, BUT I HAVE AN ACTIVE IMAGINATION OKAY. Okay.

Fact #5

I would really like some chocolate cake right now. Alas.

The Liebster Award

1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the questions given by the nominator.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
5. Notify your nominees.

Alyssa’s Questions

1) What First World problem would you solve?

I love this question haha. As someone who regularly abuses the first world problems hashtag on twitter, I should be able to come up with something faster. Oh, I know! Public transportation. I’d really like to be able to afford a car and not have to wait for two hours for a bus just because it’s a Sunday, thanks.

2) You have the magical power to create any one drink you want. ANY. Which drink?

A drink that changes taste according to what you most feel like drinking. I read it in a fanfiction somewhere once, and it sounds really nifty.

3) Best life hack you’ve learned?

To knot my headphones, so they don’t tangle. Seriously, saves me so much time and anger.

4) Ice cream or cake?

Cake. Duh.

5) Chocolate or coffee?

If only all questions in life were that easy to answer: chocolate!

6) Which tribute in the 75th Hunger Games would you sponsor and why?

7) Weapon of choice?

My cutting wit. Or fireballs I can throw with my hands. You know, whichever comes in more handy at the time.

8) Describe your ideal pet dragon.

Flashy. I like to make an entrance.

Verena’s Questions

These were in German, so I did my best to translate. Damn you, making me work, Verena.

1) What talent that you don’t have (yet), would you like to have?

Singing, rapping, playing the guitar,… just anything musical really. Okay, not anything. I don’t think a lot of people would admire badass triangle skills (sorry to the 1,5 professional triangle players out there I just insulted). I’m just always amazed by people who can give me goosebumps simply by using their voice. I mean I can do that too, but they won’t be GOOD goosebumps, ya know?

2) What’s your favorite word?

Moist. KIDDING, I just love how it makes people shudder. I don’t have one favorite word, but I like powerful verbs. Like slammed, or shattered. Fierce is a good one too; I feel like it matches its meaning.

3) What music genre describes you best?

Nu Metal. I don’t really listen to it that much apart from Hybrid Theory, but I love when genres are mixed together and it just WORKS. I could tell you why it fits me best, but it would be a pseudo-profound BS answer that doesn’t actually mean anything, so I’ll spare you.

4) Do you keep a diary?

Yes. You’re reading it. I share way too much on this blog. (No, I don’t keep a diary.)

5) How do you express your creativity?

Again, you’re reading it. Yes, this is me being creative. Shut up. (Also recently YouTube, creative writing during which I never finish anything, and sometimes drawing by which I mostly mean doodling in the margins of my notes)

6) When have you ever been really surprised in your life?

The first thing that comes to mind is my birthday last year. I was staying at my cousin’s and then my grandma and my mum surprised me by showing up for a birthday breakfast, which I really wasn’t expecting.

7) What do you strive for in life?


8) What activity gets you in a good mood?

Creating stuff, reading, really good talks, working on something fun with friends.

9) What do you do that other people don’t?

I’m not sure there’s anything anyone does that someone else hasn’t done. At least I really can’t think of something I do that no one else would do.

10) What’s your favorite website

This one. IT’S MINE MUAHAHAHA. YouTube is also okay, I guess.

11) From where do you get your inspiration?

I steal it MUAHA- wait, I’ve already used my evil laughter. Seriously though, other people always inspire me, random things in life… basically everything.

Mallory’s Questions

1) What time of day do you prefer to read during?

EVERY TIME. I guess I read most often in the evening, but I really need to have time to get into a book, so I love just having free time and no pressure, and then I can read all day long if I have a good book.

2) What was the longest amount of time it took you to read a book, and which book was it?

It took me like a year or so to finish Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, because I kept reading a couple of chapters and then abandoning it for months. I did finish the last third in a couple of days, but all in all it really did take me ages for some reason.

3) How do you keep track of your thoughts on a particular book? (Annotations, post-its, notebook, Goodreads reading progress, your head?)

Well, I guess my head is the place-to-be in this scenario, but my memory does resemble a sieve more often than not, so I sometimes draft a new blog post and just write down really random things that will mean absolutely nothing to me later. I also often keep a running commentary on Goodreads, which has probably led everyone and their grandmother to hide my notifications in their feed.

4) What is the first book that comes to mind when you think of the word “haunting”?

Miss Peregrine’s but I haven’t even read it, so I can’t confirm whether it actually is haunting. I’m not really into horror! The approximately three Shades of Grey lines I read definitely still haunt me.

5) What is a book that you had to read for school that really surprised you? (Good or bad?)

Do I LOOK like I remember school? I didn’t read all the books we had to read, because for some reason, even though I always read constantly, books immediately became Public Enemy #1 as soon as I HAD to read them. I really liked Twelve Angry Men, and Kafka’s The Trial suddenly got a lot better when I read some interpretations of it that actually made the story make sense. I absolutely detested Kleist’s Kohlhaas. It explores an interesting concept, but the writing sucks so much that I never got past that one point, no matter how often I started reading it. We also went to see a modern adaption in theater, which was slightly better simply because it wasn’t the book, but didn’t make sense at all.

6) Do you have any reading must-haves, like a favorite beverage or snack, or specific music you play in the background?

My number one reading must-have is guilt-free time. Even when I technically do have the time to read, I often don’t do it when I know I should be doing something else instead. In retrospect a book might have been a better use of my time than 3 hours of switching between various social media, but I just can’t enjoy reading as much when I have a time limit.

7) What is a series you feel you’re one of the few people who hated it?

A book series? Throne of Glass, for sure. I wouldn’t say I HATED it, but I really didn’t like 90% of the first book and I never continued reading, but A LOT of you guys love it.

8) What book or series would you most want to see a film or TV adaptation of?

I’m reading Vicious by V.E. Schwab right now, and it’s very cinematic in my head, so I feel like it would probably make a good movie.

9) How many books did you read in 2014?

Can I just mention that I would never remember this without wrap-up posts and Goodreads? My End of the Year Survey 2014 says about 40.

10) If you could visit any fantasy realm, which would you pick?

GOOD QUESTION. I feel like a lot of them are super dangerous and lack the comforts I’m used to, so I’d go for urban fantasy. There are some cool powers in Richelle Mead’s Succubus series, and it’s set in the modern world, but they do come at the price of your soul. AH WELL SMALL SACRIFICES. Alternatively, the Shadowhunter world, because they have cool clothes.

11) What villain could you tolerate having dinner with?

I could TOLERATE having dinner with Loki. Unless he pulls that goblet full of snakes thing. Not cool, man. Also, Victor Vale from Vicious (alliteration much?). He seems okay as long as he’s on good behavior and not obssessing over his former crush best friend.

My Questions!

1) Ice Breaker: One of your worst failures
2) Nice Breaker (what?): One of your biggest successes
3) If you had to send one video to the entire population of the world, what would you say?
4) What’s something that immediately gets you to buy a book?
5) What’s the last tv show you watched?
6) Put whatever you use to listen to music on shuffle and write down the first five songs that are played
7) What’s your stance on swearing?
8) What’s your favorite newspaper section? (You don’t have to read a newspaper regularly to answer this, just choose what sounds best)
9) If you could choose any existing job, which one would you choose?
10) Why aren’t you doing the job you chose in Question 9? If you are, how did you get there?
11) Go say something kind to someone. It’s not a question, but 10 is an even number anyway, so who needs Question 11. If you feel comfortable sharing, you can tell us what you said.

Good good, I think the reason why I’ve avoided doing this for so long was because the number of people I have to nominate scared me. I just started nominating people, but it was taking ages, and it’s already midnight, so I’m just going to nominate EVERYONE instead. Yes, I’m cheating, but are you really surprised at this point? I think ALL your blogs are the bombdiggity, so whoever wants to do this: do it.

Feel free to answer the questions in the comments too! Also, if you’re not following my blog on bloglovin’ yet, now would be the perfect time to do so, because my first blogoversary is coming up, and I’m close to a hundred subscribers, so it would be really cool to reach that even number until then. :)

8 Responses to “So Many Awards I Can Start a Grammy Chessboard”

  1. Alyssa

    *cackles* I LOVE YOUR ANSWERS. And clearly, wanting chocolate cake is an intrinsic fact of life. Fanfiction is a very nice place to look for impossibly wonderful potions, and fireballs and wit ARE very difficult to choose between. But really, more importantly: you can knot your earphones so they don’t tangle?!? TEACH ME YOUR WAYS.

    OH AND OH. So excited for your blogoversary, and I can’t wait to see your lovely, lovely blog reach 100 subscribers! :D :D
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    • Vlora


      Who says change is the only constant? It’s clearly the desire for chocolate cake. You basically just double (or quadruple) them up and tie a knot and they’ll NEVER TANGLE AGAIN. Seriously, try it. Thanks so much for your kind words, I’m excited too!
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    • Vlora


      Dude, I KNOW. Took me ages haha. Moist seems to be a universally hated word; I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen someone say it’s their least favorite word. Moist Moist Moist. (Yes, I just said that out loud. I sound like I’m a seagull from Finding Nemo.)
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  2. Karolina @ Bookshelf Reflections

    I think I found my other half! You must be the only other person on this planet that doesn’t mind the word moist and rejoices in seeing others shudder! But it’s such a nice word! The ground in a Forrest can be moist, the sand at the beach, even a chocolate cake! If I ever publish anything I write I’ll make sure to include the word moist in at least 3 chapters. Or even better, the title!
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