The Liebster Award

Believe it or not, the Liebster Award is a thing. It even has this medallion pictured below. My blogging friend over at A Z Pascoe has nominated me and so I comply, though in true Literary Gangster style, short but not necessarily sweet 😉


According to my random internet search, the Liebster Award has a set of (ever changing) rules and the main operative is to share information about yourself and link with others in the online blog community.

I will go with the rules on Ana’s blog:

  1. Share 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate up to 11 bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.

Here we go!

11 facts about TLG

  1. I’m not really a gangster. Of any sort. I don’t even have a gangster hat. I’ve never made a hit on anyone. I’ve never placed someone’s fingers in a jar and sent it to their nanna. I like books and I like finding meaning in things. I’m not great at grammar and punctuation. However, I love writing and I love stories so I created my persona to encourage me to seek a war with the underdog version of myself, the one that says, ‘so you really think you can be happy? You really think you can successfully share quality stories with the world?’
  2. If I couldn’t be a writer and if I were blessed with any kind of musical talent I would have been a punk rock singer, or a jazz bass player, or a drummer in a rock band. I sometimes hijack the stage when my friend’s bands are playing just to have a laugh…
  3. I once helped a random man who fell to a heart attack on Chapel Street in Melbourne, along with some other random people. We revived him three times and then the ambulance came. The rains fell and washed the scene away so it was as though it never happened. I called the hospital to check if he survived but they couldn’t say to me. About a year later, the man passed me as we each walked over the tram tracks on Chapel St; he didn’t seem to recognise me, he was concentrating on using his walking frame.
  4. I have a German Shepherd. Her name is Jawa. She is the light of my life and teaches me how to love and be patient. She is eleven years old and her best friends have been a bantam chook and a lamb names Stevie. You can watch her YouTube video here.
  5. I am a high school Indonesian and History teacher and translate in my dreaming.
  6. I randomly became a travel agent for two years because I didn’t know what it was like to have a full time job.
  7. I once lived in Bali. I volunteered as a community educator for the Bali Animal Welfare Association. trace-bawa
  8. I just finished writing my first tween novel. I would give my left toes (put them in a jar and send them to someone’s nanna) to have it published now but alas, the editing is the most tedious part, and must be done carefully!
  9. I am honestly and most sincerely afraid of snakes. I don’t like how they move without legs and I’m scared they might rip open their tummy when they move.
  10. I didn’t know what a mic drop was until a couple of days ago. After delivering an amazing wedding speech for my best friend and her husband, I threw the microphone across the reception floor, then walked away all smug before running back to check it still worked. Stealth.
  11. When we were little, my sister and I used to sit at the coffee table with out parents listening to Supertramp, her with a tennis racquet for a guitar and me with chopsticks for drums. We were cool.

Okay, here are my answers from Ana’s blog post!

  1. What is the best thing you think you’ve ever written, and why? My tween novel could be the best thing I’ve written because I have made a whole new world, which previously only existed in my head, come alive for others to enjoy. Well, I hope.
  2. If you could spend an hour with anyone in the world, either alive or dead, to speak about life, the universe and everything, who would it be? Stephen King.
  3. What’s one genre/type of book/story you’ve always wanted to write, but been too scared to try? An autobiography….
  4. Alternatively, what would you hate to have to write? Rhyming children’s picture books and technical/instructional manuals. 
  5. Name one book, story or poem that inspires you to keep writing or, alternatively, contains some language that, for whatever reason, steals your breath. My friend made me read this and it changed me on the inside…The Invitation.
  6. When did you start writing, and why? I was eleven and I wrote a poem for my mum because she was being a bitch. I realised that was the best way to communicate with her when she was being a bitch…
  7. Is there a personality trait, quirk or other notable characteristic that you particularly gifting (or cursing!) your characters with? My characters think too much!
  8. What’s your favourite kind of cake? (This is a big deal, think carefully) Cheesecake…
  9. If there were no financial barriers, would you take up writing/blogging full time? And if you’re doing so currently, how’d you achieve that? No, I need to work. I feel that service to something is what drives my to gain experiences to write about. I’ve tried to live a life of leisure and writing and only lasted two months. I would like to have a choice over my work and work hours though, that would be great. Also, mundane physical work is when I write best in my mind…thinking time!
  10. If you had to recommend one book to me, what would it be? There’s so many! But read The Stand by Stephen King. And also anything by Herman Hesse. Recently I read Cate Kennedy’s book of short stories Dark Roots and loved it. 

Well, now the final section. Below are the people I nominate for the Liebster Award as well as my questions for them to answer.

Chris over at Aussie on the Road

Noel over at Harlequin Ink

Julie over at Julie in Bali


  1. Who is your favourite fictional character?
  2. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to tell someone.
  3. Tell me a travel story, one that will make me laugh or cringe.
  4. If you could only choose between keeping your sight or your hearing, which one would you choose and why?
  5. Tell me one of your favourite quotes.
  6. Why did the chicken cross the road?
  7. Why do you write?
  8. If you could be anywhere in any period of time, where and when would you be?
  9. What is something you wish you could just fix?
  10. Review you fave book for me in under 25 words.
  11. What makes you get up in the morning?

Thanks again Ana for nominating me for the Liebster.

Peace out gangsters.