Friday, July 25, 2014

Liebster Award (Once Again)

As you can probably tell, I've been nominated by the Liebster Award once again, this time by Rayne Speryll of Writing in Rivendell. Thanks, Rayne! I almost didn't do this one, since answering these so many times makes me feel kind of like I'm bragging. Or self-centered. Or something like that. (I'm not trying to come off that way, I promise.) Buuuuut . . . I love answering the award questions. And Rayne's questions are really fun. So, yep, I'm answering.

Recap of how the Liebster Award works:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. List 11 facts about yourself
  3. Answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you
  4. Write 11 questions for the next person
  5. Tag people.
The facts come first, so we'll start there.
  1. I'm assistant photographer for my church's VBS this week. 
  2. The "assistant" part of that title is mostly there because I didn't actually sign up to be photographer and am tagging along with my dad, who is one of three official VBS photographers.
  3. I recently discovered that I really, really, really like alternate universe fanfictions. 
  4. I'm listening to Owl City.
  5. I like sarcastic characters. 
  6. I raised my Camp NaNoWriMo goal twice (once to 45K, then to 50K) because I kept beating it. I would've raised it again today, but I can't because winning started.
  7. I do not play any instruments, though I have been recently told that I should learn to play something. Whether or not I will take this advice remains to be seen.
  8. I'm currently reading The Hero of Ages. It's my celebration for finishing my Heartless fanfiction, which I've been working on all week.
  9. No matter how much I sometimes like to pretend otherwise, I cannot draw. Or paint. Or do much of anything artsy that does not involve a camera and/or Photoshop.
  10. Speaking of Photoshop, I'm behind on editing photos, because I have about two hundred pictures from the beginning of the month which I need to go through and pick ones to edit. Photo editing does not happen during NaNo events, if you can't guess.
  11. I cannot speak with an accent, no matter how much I'd like to.
Now for the part I'm looking forward to: the questions!
1.  Why do you blog?  How did you start blogging?
Why do I blog? Because it's fun, and I like sharing my life, thoughts, and creative stuff with other people. How did I start blogging? Well, I noticed that a lot of Underground members had blogs (this was before I joined the UG, by the way), and it looked like fun. So I asked my dad about it, mentioned it would be a good way to share my writing with other people, and a while later, he helped me set up Dreams and Dragons.

2.  What is your favorite type of singing voice?  Male?  Female?  Alto, Soprano, Tenor, Base?  (Mine is tenor)
I don't think I have a favorite.

3.  How character crushes have you had, and on whom?  (If you're too shy to answer this, I understand.  Instead, explain to us how you feel about elephants in pajamas.)
I'll take the crush question; I don't mind. How many crushes? A lot. Too many to count. (Keep in mind, I'm a hopeless romantic, at least with characters.) I have no idea who the earliest was on, but some of my more recent ones have been:
Several characters from The Lord of the Rings (Legolas, by the way, is not among them.) 
Two characters from Tales of Goldstone Wood. One is Bard Eanrin. The other I will leave you to guess at. (Though I'm fairly certain you won't get his identity right.)
Howl from Howl's Moving Castle
Wolf and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles

4.  Which type of animation do you prefer?  Traditional hand-drawn, CGI, or Clamation?
The type of animation used in Tangled, which is apparently a combination of traditional hand-drawn and CGI, is my favorite. 

5.  If you and the entire student body of your school (or homeschool group if you're homeschooled) suddenly found themselves transported into a fantasy realm, who would become the leader?  
My homeschool group consists of myself and my sister, with my mom as the teacher. So, I'm going to go with my youth group instead. I think that one of the guys, probably Connor (who seems like he'd be good at keeping his head in a crisis), would end up as the leader. Of course, there's also a chance that I'd end up the leader, by virtue of having the most knowledge of fantasy realms out of anyone in our group. And if I'm in a situation where I think I know the answers, I tend to get a bit bossy.

6.  What role would you take, and why?
As I said above, I might end up as the leader myself. If I didn't, however (which is fairly likely and also probably a fairly good idea), I'd be . . . hmm. Maybe a sort of adviser-guide, since (as I said), I know a lot about fantasy worlds. Or I could be the strategist/planner, since I'm pretty good at that sort of thing. (I think it comes from writing.)

7.  Which of these teenagers seems most likely to be a superhero to you?
Actually, almost all of them have superpowers, and those that don't make for it in other ways (like Hawkeye does). But the only one who's a certified superhero at the moment is the guy fourth from the right (who's the boyfriend of the girl on his left and the brother of the girl on his right).

8.  What superpower would they have?
Telekinesis. Or possibly gravity manipulation. Both have somewhat similar effects.

9.  What would their code name be?
Well, he wanted it to be Jedi or Starwalker (he's also a Star Wars fan), but the people in charge of certifying superheros nixed both those ideas (along with a few others that would also be copyright infringement). They finally allowed Knight Force (which still gives him a Star Wars reference, but is misunderstood by most people as "Night Force").

10.  Which one seems most likely to be a super villain, and the hero's arch-nemesis?
That would be the third person from the left, the girl. No one knows she's a super-villain yet, of course; they just think she's the girl who seems to have a extremely intense rivalry with Knight Force. But oh, are they wrong.

11.  What's the villain's power and code name?
Her power is illusions, and her code name is The Shadow.

See what I meant about fun questions? Hopefully I'll be able to make mine almost as fun, though I'm not sure how well I'll succeed.

1. Do you like walking in the rain?
2. Have you ever been to a country other than the one you are born in?
3. Would you rather go to Narnia during the reign of the White Witch or go with Frodo and Sam on the journey to Mordor?
4. You've been offered a full meal of whatever fantasy-esque foods you like! What do you choose?
5. Guess what! You just found out that you've won a two-week trip to wherever you want to go! Where are you headed?
6. You get to the place and have been there for a few days when you accidentally fall into a portal and end up in the headquarters of your favorite book or movie villain. Where are you, and who's the villain?
7. Most importantly, how do you escape, and what do you do once you've gotten out?
8. What's your favorite movie soundtrack? 
9. Would you rather go to Rivendell or Erebor? (Erebor is the Lonely Mountain, for anyone unsure.)
10. What would you do first in whichever place you chose for #9?
11. If you had to rename yourself, what name would you choose?

And finally to tag people. AKA the hardest part of answering tags. I shall tag:
Sarah Faulkner
Jag Swiftstorm

I hope you enjoyed reading this! I have another tag, this one a story tag like the Best. Tag. Ever. coming soon, and I'm really excited to do it, so keep an eye out for that.
Thanks for reading!
 -Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)


  1. If my youth group was transported to a fantasy realm, I feel like I would become the leader purely because I'd be one of the few ones with any fantasy realm knowledge.
    Thank you so much for nominating me! Unfortunately, I just did this tag in June, so I think I'll wait a while to do it.
    Thanks for commenting on Inklined,
    Sarah Faulkner

    1. Apparently both our youth groups are sadly lacking in other fantasy-lovers.
      You're welcome! And that's fine. :)
      You're welcome!

  2. Love your answers! :D Thanks for doing the tag. And don't worry, you don't come across as arrogant by answering so many. ;)
    Your answers regarding the superhero teens were really interesting. It sounds like you've got their universe pretty well worked out! If you ever decided to turn it into a story, I'd read it. :)

    1. Thank you, and you're welcome! Like I said, I really enjoy them. :)
      Thank you again! Making it up was really fun; maybe I will write it up sometime. I've been wanting to do something with superheros other than just roleplays. :) The hardest part was figuring out Knight Force's name.


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