I’ve been nominated for a Liebster award by Chrissy, of the blog Kicky Resin. This is officially the first blog award I’ve been given, so, Thanks!
- Thank the person who presented you the award and link back to their blog.
- Post the award image on your blog.
- Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter.
- Nominate 5-11 blogs with less than 200 followers.
- Create 11 questions for the nominees to answer.
- List these rules in your post.
- Inform the people you chose of their nomination by leaving a comment on their blog and link them your post.
Chrissy divided her questions for me up into two segments – general questions and doll specific questions. I’ll answer the general questions first:
1)What drives you to write/create?
I think part of it has been the influence of my parents. My mother had always wanted to be an author and she used to write this really wonderful poetry. I started writing stories when I was a small child and would always have her read them. My father was the artist. I remember, when I was very young, he would sit at the table almost every evening working on this elaborate pencil drawing of a semi-naked butterfly woman sitting atop a chunk of space rock. I came by my creativity and over-active imagination naturally. If I’m not creating something (art, craft, writing, etc) I get very bored.
2)How do you “prepare” for a writing session? (Do you have snacks, a favorite drink, certain time, place, etc?)
I need to be alone to write most of the time. I like for it to be quiet so I can focus. I also need to sit upright and be comfortable.
3)If you could time travel, would you travel to the past or the future?
That depends. Is it a one-way trip? How am I traveling – can I go by way of Tardis? If I go back in time, am I allowed to interact with people without fear of disrupting a timeline? I’d like to either go back and interact with my late grandfather or go forward to learn what my personal future looks like on my current trajectory so I can make decisions accordingly.
4)What is your spirit animal and why do you identify with that animal? ~Or~ What is your favorite animal and why?
I’ve always been very fond of foxes. Red foxes in particular. I’ve always been drawn to their wit and cunning.
5)Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I honestly have no idea. It depends on what direction my life takes. In one vision I have for myself, I’d like to be married with a house and have adopted a kid. In another I have no tethers and am living as an ex-patriot somewhere in Turkey or India. Right now I’m waiting to see whether I get accepted into grad school. If I do, I’m much more likely to follow the first path. If I don’t, then I have higher odds of following the second. Both scenarios are pretty equally appealing to me.
6)Would you rather go to Hogwarts or go on an adventure with Gandalf?
Neither? I don’t really follow either fandom. I’d much rather join Starfleet.
7)Do you prefer to own books or go to the library?
Both, haha. There is no way I could own all the books that I want. Though, I do like having an impressive book collection. Libraries are nice, though, because I don’t have to spend any money.
8)Would you like to be famous? If so, what for? If not, why not?
I think I would. That was always a goal when I was a kid – to be a star. I’d just rather be famous for something positive.
9)Have you ever made a dream of yours come true?
Kind of. When I was 5 I wanted to be an archaeologist. When I was in college I majored in anthropology and did get the chance to spend time on a dig in Belize. Also, I’d always had a thing for teachers when I was in school – almost always had a crush on at least one teacher from the time I was 12. I’ve been dating a teacher for almost 5 years now – he teaches 7th grade history.
10)What are three things that you can’t live without?
Air, Water, Food
11)What message do you want to impart to your readers?
I’m not sure what my message is, but please note that the message will self-destruct.
Now the doll questions:
1)How did you get into the hobby?
Lammily. As I have stated in this blog multiple times before, Lammily is my gateway drug. I am partial to her and will continue to champion her.
2)How many dolls do you have or plan to have?
I currently have 30 dolls that are in-tact. I have a couple at various stages of being re-worked and a box of heads and bodies that I keep meaning to re-sell on eBay for OOAK projects.
3)What is your dream/grail doll?
A doll that has the realistic proportions the way Lammily does but has the range of motion these new Made-to-Move Barbies have.
4)Is there a feature of a doll that will always win you over?
Something different. I like diversity and progressiveness in my dolls. Lammily and Mixis are my favorite companies. I’d also like to have the whole collection of Hearts for Hearts dolls and the Angelica doll.
5)Do your dolls have their own personalities, stories, or universe?
Of Course! This is one of my favorite things about the dolls! I enjoy creating personalities and back stories for them. I’m actually in the process of working out the particulars of the Doll-verse and the relationship between the Doll-verse (where dolls of all types reside, everything is in various doll scales, and there are no humans) and our own universe (where dolls are toys and are much smaller compared to humans).
6)Do you prefer to buy things or make things for your dolls?
Both. I’d rather make things myself, but I don’t always have the time. And sometimes I’m lazy. Or I see some really fantastic handmade work by others on Etsy.
7)Do you have a favorite brand or company for dolls, clothes, wigs, shoes, etc?
I think I already mentioned Lammily and Mixis. After that, I prefer handmade goods for my dolls when I can get them from Etsy. Although, there are some Hot Toys clothes and dolls I covet but can’t justify paying for.
8)What is your favorite size of doll?
1/6 scale. I also prefer the dolls with average proportioned heads as opposed to the giant cartoonish doll heads. I like my dolls to be like miniature people :)
9)Do you have a favorite doll in your collection?
I have two that are really tied for favorite – my Lammily doll, Morrigan, and my Mixis doll, Mitsuko (named Emerald by the company).
10)What is more important, aesthetics or pose-ability? Or something else?
If the dolly can’t move around, I have almost no use for the dolly. The better the articulation and range of motion, the happier I am.
11)Where do you keep your dolls?
Currently, the boyfriend and I have a second bedroom that is being used as a craft room/ comic book storage room. Most of my dolls stay in there. But, there are always a few scattered about the apartment and usually one or two in my backpack that I carry with me in case of photo opportunities or to show to people.
- Gina from Gina’s Blog
- April from The Honest Root
- Rosewillow’s Unfinished Business
- Elizabeth from ElizabethStoryArt
- Jen from Wayward Banana
- Phyllis from A Day in the Life of My Dolls
Please note that you do not have to do this if you don’t want to!
Be sure to let me know that you answered my questions by leaving a comment and a link!
I think Chrissy’s round of questions were pretty good. So, I think I’m going to keep most of those and change just a few of them.
- What drives you to write/create?
- Describe your writing process.
- What got you into your hobby (art, dolls, writing, etc)?
- If you could time travel, would you travel to the past or the future?
- Who inspires you and why?
- Where do you see yourself in ten years?
- Have you formally studied writing in any capacity – journalism, creative writing, etc?
- Do you prefer to own books or go to the library?
- Would you like to be famous? If so, what for? If not, why not?
- Have you ever made a dream of yours come true?
- Do you feel it is important to read works from people with different perspectives from your own? Why or Why Not?
- What message do you want to impart to your readers?