Liebster Nomination

Fellow writer and blogger, Jessica M from ellDimensional nominated me for a Liebster Award and I’m inclined to participate since she was kind enough to let me know about it (thank you, Jessica!)


So, I’ve heard about Liebster before on the sidelines, but I’ve never had an opportunity to participate. It reminds me of questionnaire surveys that happen on other artistic-oriented media sites such as deviantart where community is especially important to build networks of like-minded artists. So, I understand there’s both triviality to the exercise (does anyone remember myspace questionnaire chains?), but at the same time, it does offer a glimpse into certain information that might not have been shared otherwise due to the questions being chosen by someone outside of myself.

I’ll follow Jessica’s awesome example and present 11 random facts about myself, then answer her chosen 11 questions. I won’t be nominating anyone specifically, but instead offering an open invitation for anyone that has less than 200 followers and follows me! Finally, there’ll be a list of questions that anyone can take the time to answer if they’d like.

For further information about the Liebster, read here.

11 Random Facts About Dominika

  1. According to Myers-Briggs, my personality is INTJ.
  2. My favorite ‘other INTJs’ are Isaac Asimov, Elon Musk, Friedrich Nietzsche and Heraclitus.
  3. I started college early and thus, graduated with two Associate degrees in addition to my high school diploma. Then went on to earn my Bachelor’s at the age of 21.
  4. Back when I was 18, I wanted to become a visual artist or fine art critic and spent a lot of my time developing my illustration techniques and knowledge of art theory.
  5. I still study art to this day, but have shifted the primary focus to the medium of literature instead.
  6. On average, I type at 90+WPM pace and used to work in data entry.
  7. I wrote my first completed novel when I was 12. There was only one copy and I bound it by hand with sewn string and softened construction paper. I won an award in a state writing competition for it and was sent to a writer’s workshop for a week as the prize. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what the competition was actually called because I took this for granted at the time and didn’t expect to become an author as a career (at that age, I was focused on ‘lawyer’, ‘actress’, and ‘film producer’ due to those career tests we had to take).
  8. I am classically trained on the piano, as well as choral singing, and have experience with song composition. I am teaching myself how to play guitar right now.
  9. None of my known family members are creative types, with the singular exception of my grandmother who designed dresses and painted when she was younger.
  10. I’m also trained in dance, including ballet, various forms of jazz, and modern. Creative movement with my body is as important to me as expression through the other senses.
  11. I once wrote an entire Harry Potter book after the fifth in the series had come out, but before the sixth was published. I was a Harry Potter reader through and through and made sure I got the books the night that they came out and read it within the next 12 hours – and yes, I dressed up.

The 11 Questions

  1. How old were you when you began writing?
    1. I’ve been writing since I could literally write/read. Fictional stories, especially with fantasy-based worlds, have always been an intuitive outlet for me since I can remember.
  2. If you could move anywhere, where would you go?
    1. I’ve lived in Portland, Seattle, and various communities in California and Minnesota, but I have not yet found a place I want to settle for a home or writer’s abode. My sights are set on exploring Europe in the next ten years, however. If I could move anywhere tomorrow with no restraints or bureaucracy, I’d go to Spain.
  3. Do you have a familiar- I mean, a pet?
    1. Yes, I have familiars. He is a fluffy orange ball of joy kitty. She is a sleek black and white cat. My cats are my Sun and my Moon.
  4. What is your favorite book, and why?
    1. This is a tough one. I’m never very good when it comes to favorites, either books, movies, music, colors, anything… I don’t tend to think in My Favorite-terms. But, I can consider a few that I really really enjoy and that would be the Harry Potter series, the Sherlocke Holmes series, and Good Omens.
    2. Oh, ha, after reading The Kat’s Mews, I realized I could pick a non-fiction book! For some reason, I was only thinking of fiction. A favorite non-fiction book of mine is, well, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield was very good even though I read it fairly recently. Another though is Thought Probes, a manual that discusses the philosophical undertones of science fiction themes in literature.
  5. What are your other hobbies?
    1. Studying occult manuscripts. Keeping up with solar/space weather and progress being made in regards to interplanetary travel. Also, watching and critiquing films, listening to/composing music, and playing computer/roleplay games. I paint and draw, mostly digital-based now because it’s so much more financially viable, but I prefer acrylics, charcoal, and graphite when working traditionally.
  6. If you become any age you wanted, what age would that be, and why?
    1. Immortal and timeless. If I had to pick a human-perceived age, it would depend on whether I retain the knowledge I have now or if I chose a lesser age, I would regress in my thoughts. If there was no regression, I would choose 12 years old so that I could apply the knowledge I have now about health and nutrition and give my body a better chance at developing a stronger immune system. Also, so I could apply current knowledge about self-esteem instead of letting it ruin the youthful years of my life and direct my interests in school differently. If I would not be able to keep the knowledge I have now, or if there would be a form of emotional regression, then… I would choose the age I am right now! The time is now! xD
  7. If you could travel to any time or place, where would you go?
    1. The future. I’d say about… 125 years into the future, so 2131-ish, on Earth.
  8. What is your strength?
    1. I’m a mage class so not very, maybe like an 11? Oh, wait, you mean that way, uhh… I have lots of strengths, but also lots of weaknesses. If I had to focus on one, I’d say my strength is in my ability to consider alternative ideas, concepts, approaches and actually try to comprehend the application of thoughts; so open-mindedness paired with discerning awareness, but also influenced by the ability to think abstractly.
  9. Do you have any tattoos?
    1. No. Not that I haven’t thought about it. I’m glad I didn’t get the tattoos that I’ve considered, though and I’m fine with spending that extra bit of money on something else like an outfit instead.
  10. What is your favorite food/dish?
    1. It varies depending on my mood. I used to be all about the mac-n-cheese, but not so much anymore. I’d say that right now my favorite dishes are the ones that I make and share with my partner, no matter what the food actually is.
  11. What is the most recent book you’ve read?
    1. Ha… *hurries to read a different book so it’s most recent* But I’ve been reading a lot of erotica to study for my other penname. Some of them are very ridiculous! But the most recent (non-erotica) book I’ve read has been The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory and oh my gosh, I’m absolutely in love with it so far! I’ve only read the first 100 pages or so (there’s over 600), and I had my reservations since I don’t tend to have a lot of patience for historical/court dramas, but the actual craft of her writing inspires me.


I nominate: Any of my Followers or In-Practice Writers who have less than 200 Followers and want to participate!

11 Questions I have for my nominees;

  1. What inspires and influences your writing?
  2. What is the first book you ever bought with your own money?
  3. Do you prefer to read traditionally with a book or digitally on a tablet/reader?
  4. What hour of the day is your most productive time to write?
  5. Do you dream often or vividly?
  6. What is your favorite drink?
  7. Which animal is your spirit animal?
  8. What’s your favorite religious pantheon?
  9. Do you prefer being awake during the day or the night?
  10. What was the final line of the last fiction writing you did?
  11. Do you prefer serial shorts (less than 22 pages) or longer (400+ pages) novels?

If you don’t want to make a blog post about the Liebster, but still want to answer these questions, consider posting your answers in the comments below!

– Dominika

8 thoughts on “Liebster Nomination

  1. I was nominated in the same post you were, but I’m game to answer these questions. :)

    1. What inspires and influences your writing?
    I like to tell myself stories. I grew up watching shows and trying to make up the next episode in my head while I waited for the next time it would be on tv — it wasn’t like with books, where you can just keep reading until 4am even if you know that’s a terrible idea. So what’s always driving those stories is a need to find out what happens next. I think that’s why I write, as well… I can imagine the characters being real people, having real lives, the momentum of certain experiences pushing them to interact with each other in certain ways like billiard balls in play, and I want to know what happens next and how.

    2. What is the first book you ever bought with your own money?
    I have a terrible memory, and I’ve been skating by on gift-giving occasions and what’s available at the library that I genuinely can’t remember. But the first book that I bought with my own money that I had earned at a paying job, rather than from an allowance, was probably an audiobook copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

    3. Do you prefer to read traditionally with a book or digitally on a tablet/reader?
    Between those two options, I’d take a printed book. (Huge fan of audiobooks via iPod though. I can read and walk the dog at the same time.)

    4. What hour of the day is your most productive time to write?
    Usually anywhere from afternoon to 2am. I don’t make good writing choices after 2am.

    5. Do you dream often or vividly?
    Both, yes. Sometimes I wake up knowing I just had a crazy, convoluted, interesting dream but can’t remember any of it, other times I remember pretty well.

    6. What is your favorite drink?
    Tea, for hot drinks. Lemonade, and any berry or fruit variations, for cold drinks. White Russian for alcoholic beverages.

    7. Which animal is your spirit animal?
    A deer in the headlights.

    8. What’s your favorite religious pantheon?
    I’m not sure I know enough about any to be able to decide for certain, but I suppose Greek.

    9. Do you prefer being awake during the day or the night?
    Some of both is preferable, but I am a night owl.

    10. What was the final line of the last fiction writing you did?
    “She spoke the spell word and the world blinked out around them.”

    11. Do you prefer serial shorts (less than 22 pages) or longer (400+ pages) novels?
    Novels! I love a good long book that I know is going to keep me occupied for a while. One of my favorite big long books is Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.

    1. Thanks for answering! Your answers are great. I didn’t even think about TV, but you’re right in that it’s such a great way to contemplate tension in plot and how to identify cliffhangers/hooks! Treating or Imagining characters and their world like real people can really add to the dynamic of interactions in scenes.

      I dream vividly/often too, there can be a lot of information in them and so even when I do remember them, there’s often too much to even write down unless I spent the day doing so! Lately, I’ve found that I prefer not to remember them because of that xD

      Lol! Great Spirit Animal!

      Again, thanks for sharing and awesome answers!

  2. Awesome answers! You’re very talented. I, too, was an artist (well, I suppose we still are) but my creativity has shifted into the literary sort a number of years ago. I switched over to digital as well because of the ease… and the fact that the paint never dries.

    That is so cool that you wrote an HP fanfic after book #5 — was it your version of book 6? If so, how close was it to Rowling’s story? And have no shame in your penname genre, I’ve also attempted the same thing, but it’s too difficult for me at this time to handle another “persona.” But if you can, definitely go for it.

    I love your new questions! Your blog is always food for thought but I’m interested in answering them myself! I don’t think that’s against the Liebster rules…I think?

    1. Thanks!

      Yes, the HP was my version of book 6! It was closer to book 7 than the actual 6, but I involved a lot more of the creature races in the world instead of the humans in like… an actual LoTR styled battle. I spent a whole chapter or two on the Giants being brought onto Potter’s side and then a small House Elf army, things like that. I, also, brought back Sirius Black and had Pettigrew betray Voldemort. Add in a Ghostly James through a spell and you’ve got the Marauders back to fight. I don’t even know if I have a copy of the manuscript anymore, I don’t think so.

      It sure is a trick handling a second persona/pennames, but I’m figuring out what I’m comfortable with and what I’m not, so that’s nice.

      Feel free to answer the questions yourself! You can post them in comments here if you don’t want to make an entire blog post; but if you do… go for it! ^_^

      1. Your version sounds so interesting! I’m sorry you don’t have that mss anymore, what a bummer. You didn’t post it up on fanfiction or anywhere like that?

        What inspires and influences your writing?
        A lot of my story ideas have been plots or concepts that have been brewing in my mind for a long while. If I’m in something of a writer’s block, my instant cure is to read Dostoevsky or Anne Rice, and their writing style nearly always awakens the urge to write!
        What is the first book you ever bought with your own money?
        Such a hard question! I’m not 100% positive on this, but it was probably Weis and Hickman’s Dragonlance Chronicles. Or RA Salvatore. I can’t remember!
        Do you prefer to read traditionally with a book or digitally on a tablet/reader?
        I definitely prefer a tangible book in my hands. I’m at the library very often!
        What hour of the day is your most productive time to write?
        From experience, it’s definitely in the morning. However, those moments are rare and I typically end up writing at night.
        Do you dream often or vividly?
        Not often, but often vivid. And silly!
        What is your favorite drink?
        Vodka mixed with anything. Depends on the mood. Oh, wait, you mean during the daytime? Genmai tea. The tea flavor depends on what kind of mood I’m in!
        Which animal is your spirit animal?
        I had to take one of those online quizzes, so I’m not really sure how accurate this is (although their characteristics match!). Supposedly, I am a deer.
        What’s your favorite religious pantheon?
        I can’t really say I have a lot of knowledge in this area, but during my teen years, I studied the Greek pantheon in the name of story research. It was very fun!
        Do you prefer being awake during the day or the night?
        The older I get, the more I prefer the daytime and sunlight.
        What was the final line of the last fiction writing you did?
        “I’d be sitting inside Marlene if I knew it wouldn’t look suspicious.”
        Do you prefer serial shorts (less than 22 pages) or longer (400+ pages) novels?
        Longer novels, hands down. I like to immerse myself in a good story for at least 1-2 weeks.

        1. It was on fanfiction, but it was before they revamped and got deleted off at some point. Forget if I did that or they did, but yah, the mss isn’t around anymore.

          Great answers! Ann Rice or Dostoevsky are awesome influences to help with a writer’s block. I use Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett in a similar way if I find myself stuck on actually writing. Thanks for sharing your answers! ^_^

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