Tuesday, April 14, 2015

L is for . . .

Logarithm  Liebster Award.

I was going to do logarithms today as my Mad-Cool-Math Nugget, but then I got nominated for a Liebster Award from Harry Potter fan, Mithila Menezes, over at fabulous 1710. So I say, screw the math lesson, let's have a little fun. Besides, it would have been a nightmare to work with the notation for logs in Blogger anyway.

This award involves answering 11 questions and then nominating 11 people to answer your 11 questions, and so on, like a chain letter. Here are the questions Mithila posed to me:

1. Give me one word which describes you.


2. Which is your favorite blog post to date that you wrote.

Safe Sex: Penguin Style because of the snappy title. Snort! That one was also an award/question blog. I'd totally forgotten that! How bizarre, how bizarre.

3. What is the one thing that you have to do every day?

Read, exercise, and sleep are high on my list, but I also have two kids and two cats that expect to be fed and given buckets and buckets of attention. The husband? He’s learned to fend for himself.

4. Which is your favorite quote?

The one at the top of my blog. It describes my life perfectly and that is a shame.

5. What is the one thing that you would love to do before you die?

Find the key to immortality? Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Um, I won’t tell you that, but I would be quite jazzed to get a novel published.

6. Which do you prefer – Chocolate or cheese?

Come on! You are killing me here. If I were at The Melting Pot (a fondue restaurant), it would be cheese. If I were anywhere else: chocolate.

7. Give me one word in the dictionary that you would love to remove and the reason why.

A truly odd question. Why would a writer give away any words, no matter how foul? I suppose I’d chuck “very” because according to the rules of good writing, it’s not allowed anyway.

8. If you had a choice between love, riches, fame, or intelligence, which one would you select and why?

If I pick love, I will attract the adoration of a crazed assassin who will remove my heart with an ice pick. If I pick riches, I’ll turn into a miser. If I pick fame, I’ll be really irritated because, for me, camera flashes trigger migraines. Is intelligence safe? Not exactly. Then I'll be keenly aware of all I don’t have. THIS IS A TRICK QUESTION!

Okay, I’ll pick love.

9. If you had the opportunity to change your blog name, what would you change it to?

Steven King

10. Name your favorite blogger.

Tough one. Does the IWSG (Insecure Writer’s Support Group) count?

11. Which do you prefer: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn? Why?

I have a LinkedIn account, but rarely use it. I set up a Twitter account, but have long since forgotten the password. Look, I’m doing well just getting Blogger to load here. Give a Luddite a break!

Here are my 11 suckers nominees:

1. The Un-lost Wanderer

2. Patricia Lynne, Independent Author

3. After the Honeymoon

4. V. L. Jennings

5. Joanne Faries

6. Lynda Grace An Hour Away

7. Sharon Marie Himsl

8. Mamajenna says it

9. Cold-As-Heaven

10. Two Shoes In Texas

11. Doctor Faerie Godmother

If your blog is on that list, here is your mission, should you choose to accept it. (If you are interested but are too busy with the A to Z Challenge, don't feel you have to participate right away. There is no deadline.)

1. Link back to the person/blog who nominated you. (That would be me.)

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you. (Also me.)

3. Comment on this post with your link when you are done. (Seeing as we are in the middle of A to Z, you can comment on whatever post of mine is currently up if you'd rather, but I would like to see your answers when you're ready.)

4. Nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers, and give them 11 questions of your choice.

5. Remember to notify your nominees of their nomination and provide a link to your post.

6. Grab the Liebster badge and display if proudly on your blog. (Optional)

Here are the questions for my nominees:

1. What are you reading now?

2. Who is your favorite author?

3. What book would you like to see made into a movie?

4. Hate snow or love snow?

5. What television series, if any, are you addicted to?

6. Best vacation spot is . . .

7. Have you ever run into a celebrity? If so, dish. If not, who would you like to meet?

8. Which well-known authors have you met or would you like to meet?

9. If you could go back in time and change one thing, would you? What would it be?

10. Is blogging still relevant or will Twitter/Facebook/Other eventually replace it?

11. Complete this sentence: The best thing I've ever written . . .

Thank you Mithila, that was fun! Feel free to let loose with your answers to any of these questions in the comments below whether you were nominated or not.


This week I'm giving away a free download of my short story, The President and the Pea. This sci-fi piece was based on a nightmare I had about President Obama, broken eggs, and the "Soda Ban" that tried to limit soft drink cup size in NYC. What can I say? My subconscious is a strange place. I did replace Obama with a future, Spanish-speaking president so as not to excite Big Brother anyone at the NSA or Homeland Security. Not that I'm paranoid. Really.


  1. Congratulations on the award!!!! It's perfect for L. But now I want to know about logarithms. ;)

  2. Congratulations on your award! I am humbly honored to be recognized as one of your nominees. I will place it on my to-do list after the challenge. Thanks :)

  3. Congratulations! (I'm saying it again even though I was the one who nominated you!)
    Yup,' very' is a word that occurs too often in the speech of dumb people who don't know about other synonymous words.
    I specially liked the way you dissected the eighth question. I dissect it this way - I'm Intelligent, so I don’t need that. I am quite rich, rich enough to satisfy my crazy needs. I choose Fame, because then people would choose to ignore my imperfections and I would get Love free with it! No doubt it would be a very not-true-love, yet.. I select Fame!
    I don't know about IWSG! I'll check that out.. Seems like a group I should check out..
    Thanks for answering my questions! (I still don't know why I asked that cheese or chocolate question.. Maybe it was because I had solved a Buzzfeed quiz about it? Lol)
    It's great meeting you and I hope we bump into each other again in this #AtoZChallenge !

    Fellow #AtoZChallenge Blogger,
    Mithila @Fabulus1710

  4. Congrats on the award! That's awesome, and it's always so fun to read the answers :)

  5. Sounds cool and thanks for nominating me. I will get mine done here shortly.


  6. Not up to answering or creating 11 questions then finding 11 blogs- I admire your stamina. You answers to choosing between love riches intelligence made me smile. my 1st response was intelligence but actually I too choose love

    zannierose AZ

  7. It was great to know you better, which came as a relief because I'm terrible at the maths. :)

  8. Congrats on your award. I've not seen one of these where the questions changed as the meme progressed. I always wondered who came up with the questions, lol

    Sandy at Bridge and Beyond

  9. Aww! Thank you for the nomination!

  10. Tired pretty much describes me, too!

  11. Tired pretty much describes me, too!

  12. Congrats on your Liebster award! I think that's a fun way to get to know other bloggers.

    LOVE your theme. I do love math. It's just very stimulating. I did get rather stumped on logarithms way back when I took calculus in college, but it was one of those deals where I didn't have the foundation for the class I was taking.

    AT ANY RATE. Nice blog. I'm visiting from a to z.

    from clearingspace4joy.wordpress.com

  13. Also, thanks for the short story!

  14. Congrats! Really entertaining post.

  15. Congratulations with the award, and thank you for the nomination. I may need to wait till after April before I answer the questions, if that's OK?

    Logarithms a re cool and useful stuff, for instance when classifying earth quakes. Looking forward to read your log post som time in the future >:)

    Cold As Heaven

    1. Absolutely. You can respond at your convenience.

  16. Hey Tamara,

    You have a really cool sense of humor, so thanks for swapping out your L post and I totally had to laugh at your husband learning how to fend for himself... classic line :)

  17. I am surprised you have time to read, exercise, blog, and take care of kids and cats. You are a busy lady :)

  18. Congrats on the award, and thanks for the nomination! I love your questions, I'll have to find some time to make this happen. Thanks!

  19. Its great to know you a little better!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    M is for Movies

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