the Liebster award

I got tagged for this award! (Twice!)

First, I stole it – with permission – from the amazing Evelyn, because I fall into three of the categories of people she tagged. Sadly, I’m not a character. Well, I’m a character in God’s Story, but I can’t post on His blog, can I?

And then I was tagged by the equally amazing R.M. Archer, so I thought I might as well combine both sets of question into one post.

Further up and further in! Here are the rules:

  • Acknowledge the blogger who gave it to you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
  • Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nominations.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions.

Evelyn’s questions:

What type of music do you enjoy? How has your music taste grown over the years? (And how many playlists do you have??)

I love folksy modern Christian music (Andrew Peterson, The Gray Havens, Audrey Assad, Skye Peterson, Namo, etc.), hymns (pick up any hymnal and just read those words. I promise it’s worth it), and Broadway (Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Hadestown, etc.). And I have… ten playlists on my phone right now. But I normally don’t listen to playlists, actually. I prefer choosing one album and listening straight through.

What is one of the weirdest/scariest dreams you’ve ever had?

Once I dreamed that my teeth were falling out. There was a polar bear. And ice. I don’t remember much else, except that it really wasn’t fun.

Where is your favorite place to do homework? What about reading or writing?

Homework: I do all my school either at my desk, at our table, or sprawled out on a bed.

Reading: I have yet to discover a comfortable position for reading. Right now my favorite is lying on the floor. (Yes, really.)

Writing: At a table. Any table. As long as the chair or bench isn’t too low or high relative to the tabletop.

How many draft posts do you currently have for your blog?

Three. This one, a story I started but forgot the ending of, and a post about allegory in fantasy. We’ll see if that one ever gets published.

What is the worst experience have had in your writing life?

The worst part of the writing life is when it’s hard to write but you have to keep writing anyway. I haven’t had any massive worst times beyond that.

Where is the weirdest place or situation you’ve found inspiration for a story?

I thought up the idea for my novel Remnant in my bedroom at age eleven. It was a truly amazing experience. The book is not the same at all anymore, but the transcending feeling of having an idea for a story that I just had to tell is still with me.

What was the last book/movie that made you cry? (Unless you’re one of those people who never cries…)

I do cry, and I almost (but not quite) cried at Avengers: Endgame. I was also recently deeply moved by Nadine Brandes’ Out of Time Series and Brandon Sanderson’s A Memory of Light. I’m not sure if I actually cried, though.

What is a recent piece of insight you found that you really appreciated?

I read this on Jo’s blog and really connected to what she’s trying to say:

I wish I could tell her. That I could tell everyone who doesn’t get it.

That the happiest people can also be the most hurting people….

Someone can be broken yet look whole.

Someone can look happy but be grieving inside.

And that someone can be anyone. That someone can be me. That someone can be you.

~ Jo @ Pananaw, “no one deserves to be forgotten”

What is something deeply satisfying that happened this week?

I finished my Latin final exam. No more quizzes until next fall!

What are you looking forward to this summer?

I’m doing a performing arts camp in a couple of weeks. I’m so excited!

If you had to pick one of your characters to haunt you the rest of your life, which would you pick?

Haunt me? What about just being my friend?

Well, if I must, I suppose Kalrona is pretty interesting. And he’d definitely be good at haunting.

Ariel’s questions:

Which of your characters is most likely to break through the fourth wall and find you?

Nigel. I’ve done some pretty terrible things to him, and he probably wants revenge.

What’s next on your reading list?

Grace Alone by Ruth Meyer, Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George, Sing! by Keith and Kristin Getty, and Empire of Bones by N.D. Wilson.

And that’s just the “read very soon” list.

What are you most creative with when it comes to writing?

Names, definitely. I have crazy names for my characters and places. Sometimes people can’t pronounce them! Examples: eoalore, ayna, Aionladon, Aerie, Nosaj, Rona’arl.

What’s your current favorite song? (Or album or artist, if song is too difficult. XD)

Song: I’ve been listening a lot to Hadestown, and I really like the songs “Flowers,” “If It’s True,” “How Long?,” and “I Raise My Cup to Him.” But my favorite artist is, and always will be, Andrew Peterson.

What do you think of plaid?

I’m not opposed to it, but I don’t love it either.

What style of music is your favorite?

Folk, Christian, hymns, and Broadway.

If you could snap your fingers and be instantly best friends with any three celebrities, who would you choose?

Some combination of Andrew Peterson, J.K. Rowling, Tom Hiddleston, Jordan Peterson, N.D. Wilson, Skye Peterson, Asher Peterson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and/or Daniel Gil. (Yes, I’m aware those people do not all count as celebrities.)

If you’re an author, what’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love creating stories that evoke emotion and surprise from readers.

Are you obsessed with anything right now?

Hadestown and Tengwar.

What would your first act as queen of the world be?

I think I’d make a terrible queen (and no, Aslan, that is not an invitation to crown me!). But if I were one, I suppose I’d make abortion illegal everywhere for starters. That or host a dinner inviting all my favorite celebrities (see above). It depends on if I were feeling noble or selfish at the time. (=

Would you rather be a pirate or a ninja?


11 random thoughts about me

  1. I do not like carbonated drinks.
  2. I have never read The Hunger Games.
  3. I would like to go to Rome and Athens.
  4. I can’t think of eleven things.
  5. One of my best friends loves Transformers. (Does that count as being about me?)
  6. Another one is obsessed with Hawkeye.
  7. I have a lot of self-chosen nicknames, but only one that anyone ever calls me.
  8. I was on the crew for a musical this spring.
  9. I have never been to any Disney resort.
  10. I don’t really want to go to any Disney resort.
  11. My favorite books of the Bible are Isaiah, John, Ephesians, and Romans.

nominate 11 bloggers

I nominate…

  1. Astrid @ Astrid Adams (I know I just tagged you on something else, so feel free to skip this one)
  2. Nolie @ Of Dreams and Swords
  3. Jessie @ Paper Strider
  4. Hope @ Endeavor
  5. Leannah @ The Story Girl
  6. Jaybird @ Already Home
  7. Merie @ Imperial Scribis
  8. Lilian @ green tea with books
  9. Mary Grace @ Hopes and Joys
  10. Charis @ Charis Rae
  11. Garrett @ Sovereign Swag

If any of you are busy or just don’t want to do tags, that’s totally fine. (Also, if you can’t think of eleven bloggers to tag, please just do it anyway!)

Also, to any bloggers who haven’t done this tag yet, go ahead and steal it. I really don’t mind.

my questions for you:

  1. †What does your name mean?
  2. Why do you write (or blog)?
  3. What is your favorite kind of cheese?
  4. What is the most important thing to you?
  5. Who is your favorite character (not one of yours) of all time?
  6. Which Ilvermorny (North American wizarding school) house are you? (Take the test here:; or read the quote below and pick the one you think you’d fit in.)
  7. How many books do you want to read in 2019?
  8. How many books have you read so far in 2019?
  9. What is your favorite word?
  10. Have you ever been to another country, and if so, which one(s)?
  11. What do you tell people when they ask you what you want to be?

It is sometimes said of the Ilvermorny houses that they represent the whole witch or wizard: the mind is represented by Horned Serpent; the body, Wampus; the heart, Pukwudgie and the soul, Thunderbird. Others say that Horned Serpent favours scholars, Wampus, warriors, Pukwudgie, healers and Thunderbird, adventurers.

J.K. Rowling


Have fun with this award! I hope you enjoyed my answers. I can’t wait to read yours.

Until we meet again,

5 thoughts on “the Liebster award

  1. Awwwww Maya! We have the same music tastes- I love the people you picked out for celebrities! (AND DANIEL GIL DON’T GET ME STARTED) (AND SKYE) (AND NAMO) (AHHHHH) (AND HAMILTON) (LIN MANUEL MIRANDA FOREVER)
    loved your answers, and I’m so glad my little messy post touched you a bit. 🙂

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