I’ve been nominated for my first blog award by travel blogger Ricky who writes at East of the Sun. It was a surprise to be nominated and thanks to Ricky for thinking me a deserving recipient. The Liebster Award was created to help emerging newbie bloggers get some exposure and share a little more about themselves with readers by following a few rules.
The rules have evolved over time with each person but generally the nominee must 1) Acknowledge and thank who nominated them for the award and link to their blog. 2) Answer 11 questions that the the person who nominated them posted on their own blog. 3) Nominate 11 blogs with less than 200 followers who you think deserve the award. 4) Post 11 new questions for your nominees and 5) notify your nominees in a comment on their blog.
1. If you could be famous for doing anything, what would you want it to be?
Writing something that exposes a bad guy/corporation/institution and saves a community from disenfranchisement.
2. What is the most beautiful language?
For a long time I thought French. But after working with an Iranian colleague I’m convinced Farsi is the most beautiful language. Any time he spoke it my mind would just kind of relax and for a few moments things wouldn’t get done.
3. What is your favorite movie? And why?
The Shawshank Redemption. All this terrible stuff happens to Andy and all the while he’s got a plan. It’s not this constant battle where the villain knows his victim has it in for him. Warden Norton is completely blindsided by Andy’s triumph. That’s the best revenge and it’s completely gratifying for me every time I watch it. And Red. Sometimes I watch it just for Red.
4. What is the TV show you are obsessed with at the moment? Why are you obsessed?
A couple times a year I go all nutty for Mad Men. Those people really went all out to stay true to the era down to the last detail. I have a secret love of fashion and sometimes when I watch it’s just to see what outfit they’re going to put Joan in next. No other show makes me feel that way. I also really appreciate the way they use music. It makes every other show feel like a soap to me.
5. In what way are you superstitious?
Hmmm. I can’t say that I’m that superstitious except that I pay attention to my dreams. I’ve learned to listen when my head is trying to tell me something, especially if it’s about something I’ve been avoiding. Also, I tell the people I love that I love them very often because I travel a lot and I have a very real fear of dying in a plane crash.
6. Who is your favorite member of the Avengers?
Thor, because hair and muscles and hair.
7. What was the last book you read? Was it good?
I read Cane, by Jean Toomer which was my reading list book for March. One of my favorite authors, Alice Walker said that she “could not possibly exist without it.” So I was disappointed when I couldn’t stand the writing. Toomer is very lyrical and I normally like that but it felt like reading blocky paragraphs of abstract poetry. I wanted to be able to devour it but I was constantly stumbling and squinting my eyebrows.
8. What is your favorite book? Why?
Haha. One book? Yeah…
1) Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid which one of my favorite teachers gave my class to read in high school at a time when I felt extremely awkward and began experiencing my first bouts of depression. Through Annie, Kincaid was able to articulate what my insecurities felt like and describe one of the most complex afflictions that exists before I even knew that I had it.
2) The Color Purple by Alice Walker. The issues Walker touches on were so universal that I feel like there are pieces of that story that any one of my ancestors could have lived through herself.
3) The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. I’m reading it now and gobbling it down. It’s 850-something pages long. I’m not usually a mystery reader but I’m loving this book right now.
9. Would you rather have one year off at your current rate of pay to travel or work your current job for another year at double your current rate of pay?
I’m actually dealing with this conundrum right now. I’m finally getting some form of pay for writing which is nice but unfortunately its not quite enough to travel on so I’m taking a part time muggle job to save up for my next set of adventures. Hopefully by then (within the next 6-12 months) the writing will be more solid and I’ll be ready to take off.
10. If you were to write a novel what would it be about?
I want to explore what society would look like if every other year or five years we decided to stop innovating and creating new technologies. What would life look like if companies couldn’t compete for a whole year or five years? What would happen socially if we collectively weren’t focussed on having the next newest biggest thing? If we let things remain as they are for a prescribed time period in all sectors? What would happen if progress stood still?
11. What subject do you wish you’d paid more attention in at school.
Biology. One of my dream jobs is to become a nature documentarian and travel around the world in a super RV like the Wild Thornberrys.
Land of the Morning Clam, a funny comic blog about life in South Korea
Viaja El Mundo, the Spanish travel blog of a friend I met while road tripping through the South.
Lifting Beast, the epic tumblr blog of my friend Melissa whose determination and physical strength boggles my mind.
Christine Musakanya, the blog of a friend I met during my time with EPIK
and a here are some of my favorites of other MatadorU travel journalism students/alumini