"SEVEN QUESTIONS FOR THE WORKING WRITER" GARNERS LIEBSTER AWARD, PERSONAL REVELATIONS NECESSARILY ENSUE / by Jenna Leigh Evans

Thank you to Erin Jourdan who writes MemoirClass.com for nominating me for a Liebster Award!  The Liebster was recently created to help bloggers turn their readers on to "new and exciting voices".

Accepting this award means one must:

Reveal 11 interesting facts about yourself (yeah I know, that's a lot).
Answer the questions posed by the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate other new bloggers for the Liebster Award.
Give your nominees a list of questions they have to answer.

SO, THEN...ELEVEN INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MYSELF 

1) "Psychic reader" is a job title I held for a time.  2) I was raised by actors, who bred “the show must go on” mentality into me; so not only would I be capable of telling an anecdote while bleeding profusely from a head wound, I'd be obscurely convinced it was required of me. 3)  I’m typical of my astrological sign in most ways: believing in conspiracy theories, having to be dissuaded from the wearing of novelty hats. 4) I would sooner sleep with somebody who had a dungeon in their basement than a someone who owned a selfie stick. 5) I write all my raw material while baked. 6) One of my friends calls me “Math Hamster.” 7) I’ve been a practicing Nicherin Buddhist for 32 years. 8) I’m highly susceptible to earworms, especially when it comes to soft-rock hits of the 1970s.  9) I fundamentally mistrust those who use the phrase “lol.” 10) I fantasize about having one of those Temple Grandin squeezy machines in my living room. 11) No self-control in the presence of cake.

ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS MY NOMINATOR POSED:

If you had a magic wand, and you could only use it three times on other people, what would be your three wishes?

Well, a witch once warned me against using magic for love, so I guess I’d wave my wand at Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha to impel them to appear before the human race and make a formal announcement that capitalism is not an especially good look on us.

What was the last book you read that made you think, "this needs to be in the hands of a friend, immediately?"

Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel

Who is your coolest friend, and why? Or maybe just the why?

Each of my friends is deeply cool, but if I have to single one out, my friend Sarabelle is a healing prodigy – even as a child, she never wavered from her calling, for which she has both an astonishing natural gift and an impressive education. As salty and punk rock as she is, compassion is her driving force, which is the height of cool.

What do you think you can’t do? You don’t need to state why.

Get over my irrational fear of online dating.

What is a great idea you have, but do not believe you have the means to make a reality?

I spent a year creating the world’s best roommate-matching service, but I couldn’t afford a programmer, dammit.

Give me a recipe for something, it can be food or poetry.

Natalie Eve Garrett has a recipe for cookies that are life-changing. They happen to be vegan and gluten-free, which comes in handy if you have to attend a lesbian potluck, but apart from that, they’re just phenomenal. The recipe was first published here on The Hairpin and I’m sure it’s also in her upcoming Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook

MY NOMINATIONS FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF LIEBSTER AWARDS:

Summer Pierre’s PAPER PENCIL LIFE. Pierre's work occupies that fervent, heady, intoxicating space where technical skill is perfectly matched with artistic integrity. Fearless in her vulnerability, thrillingly proliferate, her work grants everything that exists -- from candy wrappers to first love -- its unique existential weight.

The Anne Friedman Weekly. Friedman's newsletter is a perfectly-curated mix of culture, politics and feminism that amuses me, engages me, and keeps me in the loop. It takes a lot of work to produce quality at this level, this consistently, so Friedman has my deepest respect.

Astroberry. Unsparing, emotionally intelligent, and nuanced no-frills weekly horoscopes by Barry Perlman. Super-accurate, no New Age flotsam.

Cake Wrecks. I owe Jen and her crew a debt of gratitude, because no matter how dark the day, a Cake Wrecks post has never failed to make me bark with horrified laughter. Again, the work that must be going on behind the scenes to maintain the quality of this blog is laudable.

MY QUESTIONS, THEN, FOR THE ABOVE NOMINEES, WHO MAY OR MAY NOT ACCEPT THEIR NOMINATION; WE CAN ONLY HOPE:

If you could easily hire someone else to do all your self-promotion, would you, or do would you rather be at the wheel?

Do you feel that your social media presence has an intrinsic affect on your creative process?

What's the approximate gap, if any, between the number of hours you work and the number of hours you get paid for?

Everyone has an apocalypse fantasy. What's yours? (For example, are you sustenance farming? Foraging in the wilderness? Heading a religious cult? Gathering herbs on a gentle commune? Shooting everything in sight?)

Name one song you can never listen to all the way through without singing along at the top of your lungs. Bonus points for quoting the lyrics you sing with special vehemence.