102: Liebster Award

102: Liebster Award

Thank you @buffythewriter! Didn’t realise I’d be bestowed with a nomination, heh…

I think I’ve been blessed with the rare opportunity to be nominated for the Liebster Award, which I’ve been informed by various sources, is a kind of Q&A tag and promotes new bloggers, which I find quite beautiful and useful, because I’m always on the lookout for great poetry blogs.

I’m not the best at explaining what it is, but I suppose there are four ground rules.

(Pasted from https://buffythewriter.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/liebster-question-series/ )

The official post rules are:

  1. Thank your nominator and tag them in your post(s).
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with less than 1000 followers.
  4. Ask your nominees 11 questions and let them know on social media.

My questions are:

  1. Why do you write?
  2. Is there a poet who influences your work or inspires you?
  3. What’s the hardest thing about writing?
  4. What was your favorite childhood toy?
  5. What do you think your life will be like after you graduate from high school?
  6. What was the last poem you read?
  7. Think of your favorite novel, movie, or tv series that is filled with action and danger. Would you be able to survive if you were placed into that world?
  8. What song makes you cry?
  9. Do you hold any outlandish beliefs? (i.e Do you believe in aliens, talking animals, or mermaids?)
  10. If you had to live with the trait of any animal what would it be?
  11. What do you love about your generation?

I feel like if I had an individual post for each question, it would unfortunately be a waste (somehow?), but it will make this text post quite long, so I hope people reading this don’t mind or can leave at any time if they wish.

Okay, let’s start!

1. Why do you write?

I write for fun, for pleasure and for enjoyment. Those are probably the main reasons, but I think it’s because writing is a medium in which I can get lost in what I write rather  than someone else’s writing. While I love to get lost in other people’s words, I enjoy getting lost in mine because, well, they’re my words!

2. Is there a poet who influences your work or inspires you?

I have to be honest with you here. I used to hate reading and writing poetry before I watched Dead Poets’ Society. I’d failed to appreciate the beauty of poetry in my earlier years and had instead chosen to focus solely on drabble and novella length stories. That was a long time ago before I watched Dead Poets’ Society and I think anyone can see that Mr Robin Williams is an inspirational actor and character, even able to motivate me to be inspired by the art that is poetry and to write from the heart. I was tentative at first about starting to write poetry and follow poetry blogs since I had been so adverse to it in the beginning. If you were to read all 101 posts on my blog, you’d only be able to see just 17 poems (as of today) in the Poems You Might Like category, 3 of which aren’t even my own poems but other people’s who I’ve shared because I found them to be an enjoyable read and digest. I don’t think I started to write any kind of my own poetry until 81: His Eyes, which wasn’t my first poem ever in my life that I’d written, but the first poem I’d tried out here. I went with the haiku because that was what I was more familiar with, but with the help of a few strangers and eventually friends in the WordPress community, I began to delve into other kinds of poetry, free verse, rhyme, and so on. I fail to use any kind of metre in my poems, but I don’t think that particularly matters (no one’s marking my poems!).

I think I have to actually answer the question now. Up until now, there wasn’t any particular poet who had made any significant impact on me other than Robert Frost, and we’d read some of his poems in the ninth grade. I think it was only towards the end of last year that I studied William Blake and began to appreciate his collection of poems far more than I would have with any other poet. He was not a very rich man and didn’t inspire anything in many people while he was alive, but after he died, it was his writing which eventually reshaped the societal regulations of his time, which I deeply admire. If only my writing could do something like that!

3. What’s the hardest thing about writing?

I think when I was eight or nine, “writer’s block” used to be the hardest thing for me. Suddenly my characters had no purpose in the story or had no apparent follow-up twist or turn to have an adventure on. So perhaps that is why I have so many unfinished (and unpublished) works. And now closer to my current age, what I find hardest about writing is pouring my entire being into the words I use to express my feelings. They say the writer always leaves a piece of themselves in every part of their work, but for me, I am one of those writers who must devote their entire existence to the words. Sometimes I find it particularly difficult to describe a certain emotion or scene which demands my 100% even though I know no one else is going to read them. You might find it hard to believe but there are some text posts on this blog which I haven’t specified as true and have labelled it as drabble instead, but are actually real-ish happenings and occurrences in my short life.

4. What was your favorite childhood toy?

Perhaps not so much a toy, but gaming consoles, like my PS2 and Gameboy. I wasn’t interested in playing with Barbie dolls much, even though I had them. I lost interest in them quickly and found much more childhood joy in gaming away on my consoles. I still have them and I take them out every Christmas to have a thorough play-through to retain some pieces of my childhood, but I won’t be doing it for two Christmases because of my upcoming HSC.

5. What do you think your life will be like after you graduate from high school?

The first five or six weeks (if I’m not wrong) after graduation are going to be painful with a lot of tears and blood shed trying to cram for the exams and hoping I’ve done enough and not screw up. After the exams are over, I’ll be doing a few post-HSC bucket list to-dos with my best friend and relaxing a lot until the ATAR results come out. After that, I hope that I do well enough to get into dentistry, which has been my lifelong dream. I don’t know what will happen afterwards, however.

6. What was the last poem you read?

https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/40202583/1064

7. Think of your favorite novel, movie, or tv series that is filled with action and danger. Would you be able to survive if you were placed into that world?

Game of Thrones, ah. I love a good political warfare, but I would probably die very quickly. It smells terrible in King’s Landing for one, and the Free Cities ironically have a lot of slavery going on which isn’t that great. I’d probably die within a week, but it would be a bloody awesome week. 🙂

8. What song makes you cry?

Actually, there are a few songs that make me cry.

  • Let’s Not Fall in Love – Big Bang
  • Empty – Winner
  • Rose-coloured Glasses – Zico
  • Missing – Teen Top

There are probably a lot more, but these are the ones that come to mind first. There are probably some songs in English that make me cry, but it’s been so long since I heard an English song other than Ed Sheeran’s Don’t, which is the only English song I listen to consistently right now.

9. Do you hold any outlandish beliefs? (i.e Do you believe in aliens, talking animals, or mermaids?)

Does reincarnation and love count? I kind of do believe in reincarnation, because it means I get another chance at life even if I might not know it, and that makes me feel happy.

I do believe in love. But sometimes. Sometimes when I see it in couples who are madly in love, I get confused and angry, mostly because it hasn’t happened to me yet (and probably never will) but obviously that’s kind of unjustifiable, but I still get confused and angry anyway. However, I do believe it in the sense that I am loved by family and a few select friends, and that makes me happy, too.

10. If you had to live with the trait of any animal what would it be?

Probably eyes – the gift of sight is one of my most treasured senses. Although the base instinct for survival would probably lead me away from natural selection for a bit longer than just having good eyes…

11. What do you love about your generation?

There are very few things to love and many things to hate, although this question is directed at what I love about our generation. I think what I love most is that the majority of people in our generation support the LGBTQIA (is that right?) community (and so do I) because I honestly feel like being part of that community doesn’t mean you’re doing anyone else harm. Although a lot of people in the older generation probably don’t recognise that it’s okay because of their conservative values or some other reason, and I suppose it’s okay to agree to disagree, but calling out homophobes or dogging someone who is part of the LGBTQIA community isn’t going to do either side any favours. Just a thought, don’t take it personally please 🙂

Also there is a rare breed of writers in our generation who I absolutely adore because their writing is just so inspirational and high quality and those writers are actually skilled in what they do and they love it and I love that !!

And finally, I like how a lot of us are being influential agents of change (don’t kill me, girls…) where we’re petitioning for change in our global community, for example, climate change or homelessness on our streets. I like how we could actually be the generation to make a significant impact on the rest of the world.

And with that, it’s time for nominations!!

  1. http://darklandpoetry.com/

I have nominated this lovely blog as I connect with it on so many emotional levels, despite our age differences, but that’s sort of irrelevant. I enjoy eating dark language and this wonderful poet satisfies my daily hunger for that kind of poetry.

2. https://lifeoftheinbetween.wordpress.com/

I connect with this blog on a lot of emotional levels as well. The heartbreak, the loss, the unhappiness, you just understand. We probably have a significant age difference and different experiences, but the emotions are still the same.

3. http://karinapinella.com/

A recent follower and blog that I’ve seen and quickly made acquaintance with. I enjoy eating the poetry she writes. Well, not literally. 🙂

4. https://guidetoheartbreak.wordpress.com/

One of the few blogs I completely and utterly can relate to on even more emotional levels than is probably humanly possible. I enjoy reading the expression in each and every post, and I can feel your heartbreak as if it were my own.

5. https://nitepoetry.wordpress.com/

This blogger makes me extremely happy because the poems are so high quality ^_^

6. https://onblankpages.wordpress.com/

You have good poems and enjoyable-to-read text posts. People should get to know your blog a lot better because I feel like you have a lot of interesting things to say as well. 🙂

7. https://thefeelsmith.wordpress.com/

You have excellent poems which I can relate to very well and so I’m nominating you so that other people might share with me the joy of trawling through your blog and reading your amazing poems.

8. https://thewalkingpencil.wordpress.com/

You have an amazing blog. It’s a combination of my favourite things, aesthetic pictures and poetry. 🙂

9. https://aerivenbark.wordpress.com/

One of my first followers and beautiful poetry and drabble. I spent a few hours the first time I visited the blog to read all the amazing things there 🙂

10. https://iwritebetterthanispeak.wordpress.com/

This blog is perfect!! I enjoy reading the poetry she writes and have quoted on her on one occasion in my Quotes page because the words were so powerful.

11. https://frecklesforbreakfast.wordpress.com/

I saved the best for last!! I spent more than just a few mere hours reading most of the haikus here, but this is definitely my favourite blog in terms of aesthetics and poetry.

My questions for you are as follows:

  1. What do you feel when you are writing?
  2. What are your stimuli for writing the things you write?
  3. Do you think your writing makes a big impact on people and why/why not?
  4. If you have suffered heartbreak, what kind of writing did you produce in the aftermath of your heartbreak?
  5. Who are your favourite authors and poets?
  6. What inspired you to write poetry?
  7. Are you lucky enough to have friends who also write and share poetry with you?
  8. What are your favourite songs to listen to while writing, if you have any?
  9. Do you keep a notebook journal and if so, have you filled it completely?
  10. What would be your reaction if someone gave you your old work to read from when you were a child?
  11. And finally…what are your favourite things to write about?

Please have fun!! Thank you for nominating me once again, @buffythewriter! It was a pleasure answering your questions and I hope you have fun answering the rest of yours ^_^

 

~ Serendipitous

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