I was really grateful to get this award, and I’d like to pass on the happiness to others!
Liebster is basically an award by bloggers for other bloggers in a sort of chain. You can only nominate blogs with under 1,000 followers, so this is also a great way to give exposure to blogs you enjoy.
Here are the rules:
The Official Liebster Award Rules:
- Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Display the award somewhere on your blog.
- List 11 facts about yourself.
- Answer 11 questions chosen by the blogger who nominated you.
- Come up with 11 new questions to ask your nominees.
- Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you think deserve the award and who have less than 1,000 followers. (You many nominate blogs that have already received the award, but you cannot renominate the blog that nominated you.)
- Go to their blog and inform them that they’ve been nominated.
Thanks to An Inkling for nominating me! Sorry this took so long for me to finish.
So here are 11 facts about myself:
1) I can be so shallow about myself. For example, it took me years to show my boyfriend (now husband) a photo of me during what I call my “ugly duckling years.” In hindsight, that was so lame of me.
2) I used to think “baba black sheep” meant “father black sheep” (baba being Arabic slang for father). I found out it was actually “baa baa” (the sound a sheep makes) when I was 21. It broke my heart, and I wrote about that in a memoir piece.
3) I have taken all the meanings of my first name from different languages and constructed them into a title for myself. I am “the wide-eyed king of the frogs of the lilypatch.” (If anyone knows any other meanings in any language for “Rana,” I’d be totally down to hear them!)
4) I am a fanatic… about babies! I LOVE them! I am pretty sure I’m just going to smother my children with love and kisses and hugs and my constant unwavering attention. I literally could spend hours just cuddling with a baby.
5) I’ve always wanted to go to a comic con. I was going to go to the Rose City Comic Con this year but work interfered. I also want to cosplay, but am very intimidated by the awesomeness I see online. I can’t make my own costume!!!
6) Since brinkling is from Wisconsin I thought I’d just mention I married into a family of Packers fans, so… GO PACK GO!
7) I have two people pulling inside me: the complete workaholic and the housewife. On the one hand I could be very content working night and day with no social life (and often I do that). On the other hand, I could be content by embracing my inner total housewife and work night and day on the cleaning, cooking, children, etc. (People don’t usually see me as the latter.) I oscillate between them, but know if I ever picked one side I wouldn’t be as happy.
8) I get easily annoyed by loud, stupid people. Empty cans rattle the most.
9) I am very interested in being a part of the resurgence of animated movies and shows. There is so much crap out there, and the quality goes down every year. I mean seriously TV executives: don’t you remember what it was like to be a kid and have everyone talk down to you? We were all there, and we all hated it. So cut this sh*t out!
10) The older I get, the more of a conspiracy theorist I become. I am convinced there is a world wide conspiracy to keep people angry and stupid.
11) I can be very angry and stupid.
Questions from An Inkling!
Why do you write?
I think it’s more compulsion than anything else. I like to reiterate what I said at age 6, “All I can do is suck my thumb and write.”
How was your day today?
Lovely then frustrating. I was in the downtown library all day, which is great. It’s a beautiful fall day, the temperature isn’t supposed to go up past 70. My Arab skin is in a turtleneck and I am content in the poetry section near the large windows that open up to the strange landscape of Portland.
The frustrating part: my constant battle with prejudice and bigotry. Every day I feel alright, someone or something has to shoot me down. I think a lot of people understand that. I think not as many people understand what it’s like when the people who are trying to shoot you down are responding to your “other-ness” whether it is your skin, belief, culture, gender identity, or sexual orientation. If those experiences were really in the majority and that majority had power, you’d think it’d stop happening by now.
I am just meditating on the fact that I saw a person help a woman he didn’t know get her baby stroller off the metro. Gotta hold on to the good wherever I can find it, or I swear I’ll go mad.
What is your favorite myth or folk tale and why?
My favorite? Well I’m not sure I have a favorite, but one that has stayed with me is the myth of Loki and the otter. Basically Otr in the form of an otter eating a salmon on the riverbank. Loki comes up from behind Otr, throws a rock at and kills him. Then, I think, eats him. I’m not sure why but at the time my older sister and I thought it was hilarious. We were 6 and 7 respectively, or younger.
If you could have any Pokemon wander around with you like Pikachu does with Ash, which one would it be? (there aren’t supposed to be right or wrong answers, but…just so you know, if your answer is anything other than charmander, you’re wrong).
Dude, of course it’s either charmander or squirtle! I mean charmander is basically a mini-dinosaur. Who wouldn’t want one of those?
Is there a book you think everyone should read at least once in their lifetime?
I think there are tons of books people should read in their lifetime. Some will make you into readers, others will make you a better person, others make a better world. Right now I’ll just give one of each. To become a reader: “Northern Lights”/”Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman. To be a better person: “The Age of American Unreason” by Susan Jacoby. A book that makes a better world: “Alight” by Fady Joudah.
Woah, I just realized I recommended a fiction book, a nonfiction one, and poetry. Yay!
(Also, if you ever want to read a book of translated Arabic poetry I suggest getting a book that was translated by Fady Joudah… Seriously that guy is a bamf.)
Do you have a personal motto?
I had one. It was “life sucks, and so do you.” But that was a long time ago. Now it’s probably, “go to sleep you loon.” Or “I really hate people.” Or “aw, people can be so nice.”
Which of your posts are you most proud of?
I’m not really at that point where I can say I’m really proud. My most popular one is on the #CancelColbert issue, which makes me sad since I’d rather talk about writing.
What’s your biggest fear in life?
That I won’t actually finish the novels I’m working on. That I have too many dreams and wont accomplish any of them. That I wont get to be the voice in the world I’d like to be for human rights, the arts, and cultural exchanges. That no matter what I do accomplish in my life, I will always be marginalized or maligned due to my religion, race, or gender. That I will never have control over my own life.
What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Favorite is such a strong word… I guess I like that I’m not too serious all of the time. The thing is, I know I can be. I’d probably go insane after a while, though.
What city would you love to settle down in?
I made the move over the summer to Portland, OR with my now husband. We’re probably going to settle down here, because it is wonderful! Right now I’m at the library downtown, enjoying being out and about instead of working from home.
What fictional character would you want to be best friends with?
There are so many characters I’d want to be best friends with. I think right now I’d like to chill with Captain Blood. He seems like a cool guy, and he definitely needs some advice on women.
And the nominees are…
Fate Jacket X
The Accidental Blog
Pete Warden’s blog
Days Like Crazy Paving
1) What is your connection to place?
2) Who was one of your role models growing up?
3) If you could talk to a past version of yourself, what would you tell him/her?
4) Are you political or a-political? Why?
5) Aside from writing/reading, is there a particular art form you enjoy?
6) What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
7) What color are your eyes? (Just curious.)
8) What are you most afraid of?
9) What is something you inherited from your family that has greatly effected how you see the world? (Can be anything including a story, family history, item, language etc.)
10) If you could talk to one person right now, who would it be and why?
11) Dog, cat, or both?
Thanks again to An Inkling for her nomination!