Life is Good: a Blog Award

I’ve received blog awards in the past, but this is the first one for my bookblog. Needless to say, I’m pretty happy that the awesome Mieneke, of A Fantastical Librarian, passed this one my way. Thanks, Mieneke!

The process for this one’s pretty straightforward.

1.Thank and link back to the person that gave this award.
2.Answer the following 10 survey questions mentioned below.
3.Pass it on to another 15 Blogs that are fairly new and interesting to you.
4.Contact the bloggers so they know they’ve been chosen.

Seems pretty easy. Now, on to the questions!

1. If you blog anonymously are you happy doing it that way; if you are not anonymous do you wish you had started out anonymously so you could be anonymous now?
I had originally toyed with the idea of blogging anonymously, having myself be known as Tea rather than using my real name. As it is, with Blogspot being linked to my GMail account, my identity was thus established. I don’t regret it. It’s actually kind of nice to have people be calling me by my name instead of by a pseudonym.

2. Describe one incident that shows your inner stubborn side:
Who said I was stubborn? Well, actually, I can be stubborn, though I can’t think of many particular incidents that highlight it. Perhaps this blog’s continuing presence might be a sign, though, given that I’ve gone through events with naysayers who tell me that if this hobby isn’t good enough to make a lot of money, then it’s not worth doing. But I do it for the love of reading and the love of books, not the money. A few cents from AdSense is more than I expect most of the time; I don’t review books solely to get paid.

3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?
Someone who still needs to lose a lot of weight. I know, I know, female talking about how they need to lose weight. But really, it’s true. My weight causes some health problems that I want to be rid of, so there you have it. I also, at least, see someone who’s got a more pleasing face that she ever gave herself credit for when she was younger, so it’s not entirely a negative image.

4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?
Mmm, pink lemonade!

5.When you take time for yourself, what do you do?
It varies. Often I read, but it’s entirely not uncommon for me to be playing a video game or working on cembroidery or knitting. I’m a very crafty person, and I love working with all kinds of textiles. (Except crochet. I can’t crochet to save my life!)

6. Is there something you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?
I’m glad I don’t have to pick only one thing here, because that would be impossible. I want to go back to university, not for a degree but for the love of learning. I want to be able to make a living doing what I love to do. I want to have a novel published someday, preferably more than one. I want to become fluent in Japanese. I want to travel, and see the places that fascinate me in the world.

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever , the shy person, or always ditching?
Yes to the last three, no to the first. I was incredibly shy. I was told by a teacher once that I was too quiet in class. I was intelligent enough to do well in most subjects without trying, and so I stayed near the top of my class for most of my academic life. The depression kicked in during my teenage years and I started to question the point of everything, and started skipping classes because I just didn’t care about being there. My grades suffered accordingly, and to this day I’m ashamed that I didn’t do half as well as I know I could have.

8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment of your life what would you see?
I’m not sure I can answer this one. I can tell you emotional stories, I can tell you of places that I love with all my heart, but I can’t think of a particularly poignant moment of my life that really comes to mind…

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?
Yes and no. I censor. Everybody does. I don’t tell all the details of my life here, nor anywhere online, not even in my personal blog. Some events of my life I want to keep to myself, or to those who are relevent to the event itself. But at the same time, little bits and pieces always come shining through. I don’t create a false persona for myself and hide behind it, though I admit in some cases I might be more frank about my opinions because of the protection that the Internet gives.

10. If you had the choice to sit down and read or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?
Reading. In a heartbeat. Telephones are typically not my thing, especially given that I’ll sometimes get calls from people “just to chat.” I’d much prefer that if people call me, they do so with a purpose in mind. I’m not a very talkative person, which is one of many reasons that reading suits me so well.

Now, as for the part that involves me passing it on, I’m afraid I won’t be doing it to 15 other bloggers. For one thing, I’m not even sure I know 15 other bloggers! But I certainly will pass it along to Amanda at Floor-to-Ceiling Books, whose posts always make my day. She totally deserves it!

One comment on “Life is Good: a Blog Award

  1. Great answers Ria :) And yep you're right Amanda totally deserves the award, but I thought since she wasn't a new blogger (she's been around for over a year, right Amanda?) she didn't qualify, otherwise She'd have gotten it from me too!

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