I was touched and honored to receive the Liebster Award this week from fellow blogger, writer and kidlit enthusiast Darshana Khiani over at Flowering Minds, her excellent children's book review site. The origins of this award are unclear. There's no official Liebster Award site to visit. But here's the explanation that's been circulating around:
“Liebster is a German word, meaning dearest or beloved, but it can also mean favorite. The idea behind the Liebster Blog Award is that it is given to bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers in order to create new connections and bring attention to their blogs.”
One thing's for sure. It works. I'm discovering tons of helpful resources, great writers, and useful bloggers thanks to the growing web of Liebster winners. What a nice idea. As a recipient, I am required to thank the giver (Thank you, Darshana! Go follow her blog!), add the award to my blog (Done.), list five things about myself (See below.), and select five bloggers to whom I wish to bestow a Liebster Blog Award (Hmmm... this one's a little trickier.)
5 Things You May or May Not Know About Tim:
1. My full name (Timothy Scott McCanna) contains 4 Ts, 3 Cs, 2 Ms, 2 Ns, 2 Os and 2 As. My name also contains 19 letters, which might have significance to anyone who has read Stephen King's Dark Tower series.
2. I do most of my writing in a quaint little office cottage behind our house. The windows face a lush garden of ivy and fruit trees. Hummingbirds flit to and fro as black squirrels scamper around the five giant redwoods that keep the back yard constantly shaded. Oh, and by the way... we rent.
3. I have had recurring dreams about tornadoes since I was a child. I've never seen a real tornado with my own eyes, but I have lived near them in Missouri, Texas and Colorado.
4. My wife, Trudi, and I eloped in Bermuda 10 years ago this July. We took a beautiful sailboat ride around the island after the ceremony. Best memory ever.
5. On August 22, 2010, our family turned off our 52" Sony Bravia TV and never turned it back on. We cancelled our cable subscription and six months later I sold our TV on Craigslist. It was like the frickin' Wilderness Family. For a while, I was still streaming Daily Show and Simpsons on Hulu. Then, after the 2011 SCBWI conference in LA, I stopped watching TV programs entirely. "WHY?!?!" you may ask. Blame Stephen King. I was reading On Writing and two bits of advice really stuck with me. 1. Blow up your TV. And 2. If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. As a self-described TV addict, it was tough to do, but I'm glad I did it. (We also did it to shield our children from all those brain-melting commercials.) I write so much more now, and over the past year I've read more than twenty MG, YA and adult novels. You can do that when you're not watching reruns of reruns of reruns of Seinfeld every night.
This post is getting long, so I'm going to save my Liebster awardees for "Part 2". Coming soon...