I'd Like to Thank the Academy...No? Then I'll Thank the Bloggers...

12:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 43 Comments

Rena at Doctor Faerie Godmother offered me this award and I'm happy to accept it. Thanks Rena! 

Here are my answers to Rena's Questions:


a.        What naive misconception did you have about writing books when you started? I honestly thought if my first draft wasn't magic, then I must suck. I imagined writers sat down and spun tales as easily as the Harlem Gobe Trotters spin basketballs.  Reality is, both take practice. 

b.      What is your favorite part of writing? The actual writing. I always thought the book signings and such would be the best part, and I do love it....but it's the pulling the chair up to the computer desk and getting to work that keeps my blood flowing. 

c.       What is the one thing you would change about publishing and why? I think right now is a marvelous time to be a writer. There are so many more options open that didn't exist a few years ago. As of right now, I'd change nothing. 

d.      Do you have an inspiration list? Not really. I read my Bible and pray before I write. God created the world with words; they are powerful little things. I always want to use them wisely!

e.       If you were a super villain, what would be your fatal flaw? Insecurity. All someone would have to say is, "You look fat in those jeans!" and I'd have to stop, whine about it, and then seek reassurances from friends. During that time my evil empire would be infiltrated!

f.       If you were a super hero, what would be your super power? I'd be an empath. I was a quiet child, so I listened more than I talked. I think that helped me be better in tune with what people are feeling than if I was a loud, active sort of kid. 

g.      If you could go on a trip to a tropical island but you didn’t get to pack anything before you left, would you go? Yes. If I can take my Visa. It's everywhere I want to be. 


And Linda King of Excuse Me While I Note That Down offered me this award. Of course I love it!!! Thank you Linda!

Now both awards require I add 7-11 random things about myself. I split the difference, used my amazing math skills and will add 9 things About Me!

1. I was not a cheerleader in high school.
2. Everyone always thinks I was a cheerleader in high school.
3. I have nothing against high school cheerleaders.
4. I am as awkward as the whitest white girl on the dance floor.
5. I have zero coordination and often trip going up steps.
6. Although I have the perkiness, above mentioned flaws stopped me from ever considering being a cheerleader in high school. 
7. My best friend in high school was a cheerleader. She wasn't really perky, but could do a back hand spring.
8. I can't even do a summersault. 
9. I really don't give a damn that I can't tumble or cheer. If I want to live the life of a high school cheerleader, I'll write about it.  

Thanks ladies!! I appreciate the awards, and the fact that you thought of me. :)

Now, I've seen these awards around, so I am going to only pass them on to a single blogger. She's new, she's fresh, and she's always in my inbox...Ms. Celeste Holloway of Words Done Write!

43 comments:

  1. Congrats on your awards! Loving the writing has got to be the best bit hasn't it?

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    1. Yep! You have to love it to stick with it.

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  2. Congratulations on the awards. I love your cheerleading facts... I'm a bit surprised you weren't a cheerleader ;-)

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    1. Hehe. The only part of the gig I could pull off is the high pony tail!

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  3. LOL, I also used to think if a first draft was rubbish, I was obviously doing something wrong!

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    1. Weren't we naive? I do so many, I quit counting!

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  4. Hey,

    Cute answers and I think it would be funny to hear your cheerleading stories - even if you have none :)

    You could call it "Cheerleaders Chat" :)

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    1. That would be fun! And I've never been above make believe when reality leaves me dry!

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  5. You deserve this award, Elizabeth!!
    Still giggling at the cheereleader facts he he he
    xx

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    1. Thanks Suzy! I thought I'd reveal the shocking stuff before the tabloids do it for me. ;)

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  6. Congratulations on both awards. I have the same naive misconception you had about writing. Probably all of us had it. Then comes the truth, hahaha. Good for you!

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    1. It is a very important lesson. What separates the good from the not-so-good is usually time and effort...not talent.

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  7. Ha! Yeah, if you want to be a cheerleader, matador, or dragon slayer, all ya gotta do is write about it! You'll have many more awards to come! Thanks for passing them over to me. I'd make a speech, but already, the tears are flowing, and I'm low on tissue. :P

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    1. That's when you unroll the TP, sweet pea! Bwa ha ha.
      (Thought your brain could use the distraction too!)

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  8. Congratulations on the award-- well deserved. And curses to insecurity. That one is my nemesis.

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  9. Congrats on the awards Liz.

    If you could go on a trip to a tropical island but you didn’t get to pack anything before you left, would you go?

    Absolutely not! That sounds like human trafficking. Plus I already live on a tropical island (Jamaica) where I can have all my stuff with me thank you very much. (Sorry but that question weirds me out).

    Have a great day Liz!!

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    1. Sheena-kay! I love ya lady!!! That made me choke on my sandwich!
      (I'm sitting here in chilly, gray WV feeling eager for some sun and sand...but not eager enough to go with traffickers!)

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  10. I totally agree that the best part about writing is the writing part. All this marketing stuff is SO time consuming. I just want to write! :) haha

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    1. Me too Kelley!!!! If only I had the talent of Anne Tyler. Oh, I dream!!

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  11. I always want to market when I'm writing and write when I'm marketing, lol. I'm difficult to please apparently.

    And Miss Insecurity, I'd do the same thing! We'll go wallow in Ben and Jerry's while the good guys win the battle. ;)

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    1. So, I can add you to my "commiseration club" speed dial?

      *I am a marketing fail. I usually just watch people like Becca Anne and to copy what she does ;)

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  12. Congrats on the award! And your evil villain weakness makes me giggle-- I think mine would be similar!

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    1. Shallee...we are forming a club; you want in? The heck with ruling the world. We will have chocolate and ice cream.

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  13. Ah, I totally eat it on the stairs to. Too bad for me, it's usually going down (d'oh!).

    I also had a friend in high school who was a cheerleader, but she couldn't do a back hand spring.

    (and yeah, I'd be a terrible villain if people called me out on my muffin top!!)

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    1. Muffin top? oh man, make fun of mine and it'd be fetal position for weeks!

      I took my first tumble down steps two weeks ago. Don't want to make a habit out of that!

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  14. Congrats on the award! And I love your answers--especially to the villain question :)
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  15. Congrats on your awards! I pray before I write too. Helps me lots. :)

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  16. Congratulations! I like your answer for D. And don't worry. My wife is rather clumsy and awkward as well. It's cute.

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    1. My husband is an odd cookie like you too. He says the same thing...how tripping over my own feet is cute, I'll never know...but I'll take whatever works!

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  18. Congrats on the awards. Good answers! I especially like the whole running bit about cheerleading. Hmmm, your description sounds suspiciously like me. (When I went onstage to get my diploma, my gal pals warned me not to trip...)

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    1. Oh man! I was so nervous at graduation! During my wedding ceremony, I knocked over the unity candle and was so nervous my husband had to out it out.

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  19. Congrats on the AWARDS! How exciting for you. I LOVED getting awards, but since I have been blogging for almost three years, I have most of them. LOL.

    So fun to get to know you better Elizabeth.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog so regularly and leaving such sweet comments. I have the final adventure of Ninja Captain Alex, and Cadet Michael if you have a chance to drop by....

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    1. You deserve to be well awarded!!

      I'll be by today to catch up on my adventure reading!!

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  20. Congrats on the awards. I know all about A. I'm glad I know better after all these years. It was great learning more about you.

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    1. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought it should be a cake walk!

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  21. Congratulations, Elizabeth! You won a copy of one of Alex's books. Let me know which one and the email address. Isis@isisrushdan.com

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    1. How very cool is that!? What a nice surprise. Thank you Isis!!

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