Liebster Award II (!!!)

Thank you so much to Flooding August for nominating me for this award! Go check out her blog 🙂

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Here are the rules for accepting the Liebster Award:

  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions

Facts about me:

  1. My name is Lucinda, but some people call me Lucy. According to the drink mat on my desk, my name means ‘light-bringer’ . It also says that I am ‘confident, bright, talkative and inquisitive.’ This mat doesn’t know me very well…
  2. I have awful coordination. I managed to get a basketball in my face nearly every PE lesson last year.
  3. Oreos always make me happy. And cheesecake. Don’t forget chocolate, too.
  4. I’m around 5ft 8″
  5. I’ve been in the chorus of the school production three times now. When we did The Sound of Music, for the first half I played a man, and for the second I was a woman!
  6. I don’t care what anyone thinks, I love Taylor Swift and have done since I was around eleven. I like a lot of different genres. I can’t go a day without listening to music, though I can’t play or sing myself.
  7. I am the second oldest of my dad’s seven children (including my half sister and brothers)
  8. Travelling is something I have always wanted to do. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take a gap year after my A levels.
  9. I’m not really into TV. I prefer films. The last film I saw at the cinema was ‘Lucy’ (no, I didn’t just watch it for my namesake! But I wouldn’t mind being Scarlett Johansson, she’s pretty bad-ass.)
  10. I’m usually quite good at judging someone’s character. I knew as soon as I met the girl that ended up bullying my friend to steer clear. When my mum introduced me to her ex boyfriend last year I could tell there was going to be trouble. It took my mum too long to listen, and she learned what I had tried to tell her the hard way. Sometimes, I think I can be too judgmental or wary of people.
  11. The only thing I can cook moderately well is lasagna.

Here are Flooding August’s questions:

1. What got you into writing?

I enjoyed reading when I was younger. English has always been my favourite subject, and being shy meant that writing stories allowed me to express myself in a way I found rewarding and fun.

2. What is the most embarrassing thing that happened to you (that you don’t mind sharing)?

There are so many moments of my life that I look back on and just cringe. I’ll go with this one: when I was six and my class was in the middle of maths test I found it so hard that I just wet myself. I suppose it was an easy way out!

3. What is your biggest dream?

To become a successful writer and publish novels.

4. Worst nightmare?

I hate blood and gore (unless it’s in a film and I know it isn’t real) so that would probably be my worst nightmare.

5. If you could have coffee with one other blogger, who would it be?

Sorry to the coffee lovers, but I don’t drink it. This one is hard! I think it would be awesome to have all bloggers that I follow/that follow me and have a little real life meet up. it would be strange to see what everyone is truly like compared to their ‘internet self’.

6. What is your favorite book?

At the moment, its a tie between The Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Paper Towns by John Green, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and I have a feeling when I finish Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, it will be added to that list.

7. If you were a color, what color would you be?

The first colour that popped into my head was mint green. It’s not too bold, like me-it isn’t seeking attention. But you could say it is fresh, like my youth.

8. Looking back at when you made your blog, would you change the name?

I don’t think I would because it’s part of my image now and even though I don’t have loads and loads of followers, they are a bunch of amazing people. I wouldn’t want to change that.

9. Whats your favorite post you have ever written?

I enjoyed writing my last post because I’ve never written from that point of view before so it was new and interesting to try.

10. How do you take coffee (if you drink it)?

Sadly, I don’t. But I love a good cup of tea. I like it fairly strong with a little bit of milk and one teaspoon of sugar. And of course, it has to be Yorkshire tea.

11. What time do you wake up on a regular basis?

It’s more like hearing my alarm go off at half six and zombie-walking out of bed rather than waking up, but still. At the weekends, it varies but I’m a teenager so I like my sleep when I can get it.

Here are my questions:

  1. What was the last thing that made you smile?
  2. What or who inspires you to write?
  3. What would be your ideal place to write?
  4. Like King Lear’s poor judgment, if your life was a Shakespearean tragedy, which of your flaws do you think would be the fatal flaw?
  5. What song is in your head right now? (or if there isn’t one, which song was last stuck in your head)
  6. Who do you miss?
  7. What kind of goals have you achieved since you started your blog?
  8. What is your pet peeve?
  9. If you had the chance to become famous would you choose fame or stick to your current life?
  10. Who is your favourite fictional character from a book or film and why?
  11. Do you live by a motto or saying, and what is it if you do?

I would like to nominate…

http://rainbowcakesandrockyroad.wordpress.com/

http://teenageintrovert.wordpress.com/

http://wordytale.wordpress.com/

http://tryingsohardtobegood.wordpress.com/

http://organizedmishap.wordpress.com/

http://ateenagepoetslife.wordpress.com/

http://thesqueakywheelblog.com/

http://splendidsass.wordpress.com/

(okay, so I only picked 8 other blogs… shh)

Liebster Award

Thank you very much waywordness for the nomination!

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The rules: once you have received the award thank the nominator, answer their 11 questions and ask 11 questions to 11 other bloggers.

More detailed instructions here

Here I go!

How could you describe yourself in 5 words?

Thoughtful, shy, hardworking, creative and ambitious.
・What are you grateful for?

I am most grateful for my circumstances. I wouldn’t say that my family is rich, but in comparison to a significant amount of people I am very privileged to live in a nice home in a safe town, with a good education and a group of close friends. Getting caught up in my daily life often makes me forget how lucky I am.
・Have you made any recent acts of kindness?

I helped out at my grandparents’ charity event a few weeks ago. I washed about fifty sets of teacups, saucers and plates that day!

When I was walking down the stairs to get off a bus, I noticed that a woman had left her umbrella, so I picked it up and gave it to her. It was lovely to see how happy she was from such a small act of kindness.

・How did you discover your love of writing?

I always had a very active imagination when I was little. I also began to enjoy reading from a young age. Watching these writers develop their initial thoughts into plots inspired me to do the same. I wrote lots of (very, very awful )stories and even more half-finished stories until I learned more about planning a story.

Then, when we learned about poetry in primary school, I remember thinking I want to do that! So I taught myself how to rhyme, how to count syllables to fit them into a structure and from then on, I have always loved and written poetry.

・Your favorite number?

Probably two. I don’t know why. But here’s a strange fact about me; I don’t like it when the volume on the TV is an odd number except for multiples of five. I know I’m not crazy because I’m not the only one who does this!

I like seven because it’s like the underdog of numbers. Everyone forgets about seven. So, seven gets a pity vote.
・Book title best describing your life?

Right now… probably ‘The Perks of being a Wallflower’. There a lot of reasons it doesn’t really describe my life. 1) I’m not a boy and 2) I’m not American, 3) I haven’t got a gay best friend and 4) Unfortunately, I don’t get to drive down a motorway at 100 miles per hour and feel infinite. But I am a bit of a wallflower. And I like listening to Asleep by The Smiths. I understand Charlie, and the way he struggles to take part in life. I have been through things, though I am thankful enough to say they weren’t on the scale of what happened to Charlie, which made me feel the anger and pain Charlie felt. I don’t have a best friend like Sam, who I am in love with, which is the biggest difference. Though I have felt the hurt of unrequited love, plenty of times.
・What bad habits do you want to ditch?

Stop mumbling, stop hunching and smile more! (I think I may suffer from resting bitch face…)
・If you lost everything tomorrow, whose arms would you want to run into?

That’s a hard one. Do I go for family, friends or love? Probably my best friend Ellie, because I know that she and her family will help me no matter what.

・Is there another word for synonym?

Yes! Metonym! Kind of…
・Do you write every day?

To be honest, no, I don’t. I write almost every day, and I try my best to write each day, though. Some days I am so bogged down in work that my mind can’t seem to think past the facts or the vocabulary I had been memorizing. But it is a goal of mine to try to write every day.
・Who are your favorite authors?

John Green

E.M Forster

J. D Salinger

Veronica Roth

Charlotte Bronte

Stephen Chbosky

Suzanne Collins

David Levithan

Jane Austen

Thomas Hardy

Charles Dickens

They are all I can think of right now!

I nominate:

http://youngandtwenty.com/

http://lauraecpaul.wordpress.com/

http://milanimo.wordpress.com/

http://wendyvitols.com/

http://poetlyndabullerwell.wordpress.com/

http://goodgollymissmollie94.wordpress.com/

http://thecrackedcrone.wordpress.com/

http://grieflessons.wordpress.com/

http://aworriedstudent.wordpress.com/

My questions…

  1. What is your biggest inspiration to write/blog?
  2. What are your goals for the next year, or further into the future?
  3. What is your best quality?
  4. What is your worst habit or trait?
  5. How do you cope when you feel stressed or down?
  6. What kind of music do you like?
  7. How long have you been blogging and what have you achieved since then?
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Or would you stay where you are now?
  9. Who are your favourite writers?
  10. Do you speak any languages other than English? If not, which language would you like to learn?
  11. Who will always cheer you up when you’re down?