The Flash-Liebster Award

Flash Liebster canted

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award.  YEA ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What, you may ask, is a Liebster?  It’s an electronic badge to put on your blog, and comes with a small list of things to do – which are then passed on…and on…and on.    Brandon over at CoolerBS Reviews flashed me the ‘official’ nomination.  Thanks Buddy!!!

I look at this as a fun exercise.  I get another blog posting on my site, something to write about, and, because I have this curious itch to NOT follow instructions to the letter – imma change this thing out a bit.  Give it a left-ward spin, so to speak. 😀

First and foremost – the badge.  I took a quick stroll down Google Images, and found a bunch of different styles for the Liebster.  So….being the ‘shop addict I am, a new badge of my creation has emerged.

Next, let’s take a look at these rules…

**cue warning sirens!**

I’ll do my bit, and follow some of ’em for king and country and all that jazz – but I’m really mixing up the challenge portion of the Liebster.  For those of you who I’m passing this on to – if you want to pass my version on – knock yer socks off.  If you want to go tratitional – knock ’em off again.  If it’s too much work – keep the socks on.  I’m not forcing anyone to contribute.  This is supposed to be fun, right?

The ‘Traditional’ Official Rules of the Liebster Award:

If you have been nominated for the Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  • Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information.)
  • Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  • List these rules in your post. You can copy and paste from here.
  • Once you have written and published the rules, inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have even heard of it.)

Now – because I’m kinda blending things up here – I’m going to answer Brandon’s questions as posited on his blog:

  • If you can remember, what was the first blog that you really got into?
    • Well, seeing though I’ve gotten to the point in my life where it’s an accomplishment to remember what I had for breakfast this morning – I couldn’t really tell you what blog first caught my eye.  I do remember the first one I CREATED – it was filled with rather hostile criticisms about those ‘stick in the mud Puritans’ who have invaded Public Health, and how they fight for anything but.  I learned a valuable lesson writing that vitriol – it does help to get it off your chest in a public forum, but it’s not sustainable unless you’re willing to get sucked into the anger.  I’m too much of a pacifist at heart to do the continous angry-sucking thing :O – so I didn’t blog for years after burnout.
  • If anything, what do you write besides blog articles?
    • Oh…the usual – grocery lists, business emails, snarky comments on Facebook.  Yaknow – stuff….
  • If you could tell yourself one year ago a single sentence, what would it be?
    • This one is tricky – because knowledge of future events can have far-reaching and unforeseen repercussions.  What If I tell myself not to eat that cheese sandwich on the 21st of March, opting instead for the corned beef, which is bad, and I get a stomach flu and die?  Or to invest heavily in some well-researched stock, make enough money to successfully launch a bid to become the first woman in the Oval Office?                                           END OF THE WORLD!!!!                                                                         But…if I must pick but a single, solitary sentence…I’d go for “You gotta fight – for your right – to Cooooooooooooon-do!”
  • What is your favorite genre to read/watch?
    • Whew – this is an easy one.  I’m horribly addicted to science fiction and fantasy.  Don’t make me choose between the two, because that’s like asking me to choose which kid I love more!
  • Have you ever been paid for anything you’ve written?
    • Nope.  Never a single red cent for a word – unless you count re-writing company policy manuals or Standardized Operating Procedures. (NOT recommended reading, BTW…)
  • Which weather would you prefer, too hot, or too cold?
    • I’d rather be too cold than too hot.  It’s gotta be the amount of all natural insulation I carry on my person at all times 😉
  • What is your favorite poem?
    • I’m not a poetry buff – my eyes tend to glaze over when I see lines of verse.  Although, on the flip side – when I start writing poetry -really BAD poetry, BTW- you can tell I’m going through an insanely bad period in my life.
  • If you were only remembered for one quote, what would you want it to be?
    • Free Willy! – damn…that one’s taken!  The quote I’m GONNA be remembered by, though, is probably “What are you, fucking NUTZ?!?!?!”
  • Where do you write your blog articles? Do you write in an office? A recliner? At a coffee shop? Somewhere else?
    • Sometimes, I’ll have a fantastic article idea at work – which I then quickly jot down to work on that night, so that’s part of it.  Most of my stuff is written at home, on my computer, which is set up around my recliner.  Ah…my recliner – bed, seating, office all in one big, brown, squishy article of furniture.
  • What is your favorite blog article you’ve written?
    • Again, with picking the favorites…I can point out pieces of flash that I’m mighty proud to have constructed, random thoughts that I’ve put on electronic media that felt right at the time, short stories I’ve carried around for decades, paintings and drawings and photographs where I froze exactly the right moment in time – but they’re all part of me and my creative process, and “favorites” really never had much bearing in my contemplation of them.  Next, shall I pick a single hair from my body (it could be from ANYWHERE!!!) which I can announce as a favorite?
  • How do you feel about the Oxford Comma?
    • I feel with my fingers – specifically, the nerve endings just below the skin.  Never been to Oxford, but I hear its lovely this time of year.

Forward!  Onward!  To my mysterious, unique list of items that make me…me.

The things we do for fame!

  1. I was once a blonde and a redhead at the same time.
  2. Pizza – white sauce, lots of veggies, hand-tossed crust.
  3. One of my favorite shirts has dalmatian spots all over it.  I’m wearing it right now.
  4. Add bacon, chicken, and lots of cheese.
  5. I once ran an avatar series on an E-Cig forum that were all shots of my boobs.
  6. BACON!
  7. Two words:  Cat Person
  8. Did I mention BACON!?
  9. I once fused RHPS & LOTR in a dream:  Transvestite Hobbits did the Time Warp!
  10. When taking the Pepsi Challenge – I chose bacon.
  11. I’ve never flown commercial, nor have I seen the ocean – any ocean.
  12. You can never say BACON! enough.

Now for some real fun –

The NEW AND IMPROVED! ‘Official’ rules of the Flash-Liebster Award

  • Give a super-special shout-out to the person who nominated you for the Flash-Liebster, and post a link to their blog in your blog.
  • Display the Flash-Liebster badge proudly in your blog – either on the side for all eternity, or within your post accepting and passing the award forward.  Or…if you’re really adventurous – do BOTH!
  • Post your original work of fiction, based on the prompt given you, and following any word limits, time lines, or special challenges included.
  • Copy and paste these rules into your post.  Heavy editing is encouraged…
  • Giggle maniacally as you select a list of vict…….er……. nominees to pass the Flash-Liebster forward to.
  • Continue to giggle as you find the most obscure photograph you have ever taken to offer up as your own challenge.  Hand-wringing while cackling like an evil supervillan is optional at this point (as is taking and posting video of you doing so), but really, really FUN.
  • Make sure to detail out any differing word limits or special challenges you wish to pass forward.
  • Hit that ‘publish’ button.

After all that work on rules and regs and stuff –  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create an original work of fiction, 250 word limit (+/- 10 words) based on the below photo prompt:


Tracks behind my old apartment

As for nominees?  Naaaah…that’s too close to picking favorites…

I follow a lot of different blogs, and you’re all unique and special and fantastic in your own, unique, special and fantastic ways.  As far as I’m concerned – each and every one of you is worthy of a blogging award!  I lurvs ya all!

Sooooo –  anyone who follows the Tempest & the Teapot is eligible to put my special Flash-Liebster award badge on your blog and pass the distinction on.  Post your original work based on my photograph on your blog with a ping-back to the T&T.  Contrary to the usual flash contests running on the web – no time line.  Take what time you need to craft a damn good short story.

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