It’s a Sunshine Day: Earning a Liebster Award

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The Liebster Award is thought to have originated around 2011* and “is a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community.”* After receiving a nomination, you earn the award by following a series of steps. (Don’t worry – they are not overly taxing!) They are as follows:

  1. Thank the nominator in your award post.
  2. Place the award logo somewhere on your blog.
  3. You must state 11 facts about yourself.
  4. Complete the 11 questions that your nominator provided.
  5. Nominate as many bloggers as you’d like (11 is the maximum).
  6. Ask your nominees a series of questions (11 is the maximum).

 


 

September has been a tough month for me to get the ball rolling after a long, trying summer with my kids. For the first time since I started participating in blogathons, I missed a few events and realised that I just could not do it all, whether or not I had the ambition to do so. Thus it came as a great surprise to me to be nominated for a Liebster Award by my fellow blogger, the lovely Sally Silverscreen from 18 Cinema Lane. Sally is a very upbeat blogger who has a huge passion for movies from a variety of eras and genres. She is also someone who sets a high, yet attainable, standard, so there is no doubt that you will enjoy visiting her blog. I feel deeply touched that she thought of me and was more than happy to accept her nomination.

Steps 1 & 2 are complete. Now comes Step 3.

11 Facts about Myself:

  1. My favourite colour is yellow.
  2. I enjoy watching some sports on television but am not very athletic myself. My one season playing youth softball was a disaster to say the least.
  3. In addition to loving film, I also adore scented candles. My preferred brands are Candleberry and Village Candle although I still do buy Yankee and Kringle candles from time to time.
  4. I got married a few months after my 23rd birthday to a man who proposed to me after being together for only 3 days. As of the date this article was published, we have been married for 17 years.
  5. It was my dream to become a meteorologist and when I was a teenager, I would watch The Weather Channel all day long. This was back in the day when they only discussed forecasts and had no other special programming. It drove my family pretty crazy.
  6. There are a few actors who really get on my nerves, including: Nicolas Cage, Richard Dreyfuss and Charles Grodin.
  7. Although I have lived in France for over 15 years and speak the language very well, I am not really interested in French cinema past or present.
  8. Autumn is my favourite season, followed by Spring.MW-GX173_23a935_ZH_20181030184413
  9. I sucked my thumb until I was 10 years old. It was a comfort thing. 🙂
  10. I am a firm believer in paranormal occurrences and have experienced a number of incidents firsthand. In fact, my parents’ home was built on a battleground with many unmarked graves surrounding it. The only one with a tombstone was that for a Civil War doctor whose ancestors regularly came to visit it.
  11. When it comes to writing for my blog, I still often write ideas and notes long-hand and then type everything up on the computer.

For Step 4, I answered the questions that Sally provided:

1. If you could go back in time, what movie mistake would you fix?

There are so many possibilities but the first thing that comes to mind would be to give Claude Rains an Academy Award for any one of his brilliant performances. How did he not win when nominated for Casablanca or Notorious?

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2. What is your idea of brightening someone’s day?

When I have the chance, I enjoy getting little unexpected treats and presents for my family and other people who are important in my life. Every year, I make sure to remember my children’s teachers and their class aides because they do such an important job everyday.

3. What was the last book you read?

It was The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s by Joseph Egan. The book is very informative and is a truly interesting read. I was not initially a great fan of Mary Astor, mostly knowing her from the wholesome motherly roles she played later in her career. Since watching some of her earlier performances, however, I have grown to be quite fond of her and her gutsy attitude.

4. Which sequel do you think is better than the predecessor?

This is probably going to sound cliché but I enjoy Terminator 2: Judgement Day much more than the original Terminator. Arnold was much at ease in his role and the primary cast was just incredibly talented. If only Linda’s voiceover were not so monotone in nature, though.

5. Is there any error in the world of blogging that you have commonly seen?

It is not really an error but I do notice that quite a few blogs become abandoned over time, which is perfectly understandable considering that most of us write for fun and without any sort of financial gain. Nonetheless, it is sad to see when that happens. I hope that I can continue blogging for as long as possible and, moreover, for as long as it remains fun and fitting to my lifestyle. My passion for film will never end.

6. Have you ever participated in a blogathon? If so, which one was your favourite?

Yes, I have participated in quite a few of them. I particularly remember really enjoying Maddy’s blogathon for James Mason, an actor who I appreciate the more I see him on-screen.

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7. Who was the first blogger to follow your blog?

I am almost certain that it was Maddy since it was largely thanks to her that I decided to keep writing on my Word Press blog. Before that, I was a contributor to a now defunct general film and pop culture site; very much of a wallflower in covering mostly Classic Film.

8. What is your least favourite post you’ve ever written?

I do not really have a least favourite post because I feel like I gain so much from everything that I write about, whether I personally enjoy the subject matter/film or not. Some posts are harder to write than others.

9. Are there any pleasant surprises that you encountered in 2019 so far? If so, what is it?

The most pleasant surprises for me at any given time are when other bloggers decide to follow me and when I get to interact with them. I am not someone who cares about statistics so gaining a multitude of followers is not a goal for me in any sense. What matters the most is a personal, heartfelt approach as well as quality exchanges.

10. What advice would give to make the blogging community better?

Simply supporting each other is a wonderful, fundamental step, whether it is promoting blogathon posts or commenting on a specific article. This is very much the spirit of the Classic Movie Blog Association (CMBA) community and the reception I have received is no less than incredible. The same goes for the Classic Film Community on Twitter which is very active.

I do not always get the chance to comment on other articles from a certain blogathon in which I am participating but I will happily spread the word about others’ articles any way that I can. The wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm that exists amongst this group of bloggers is awe-inspiring.

11. What is your blog related wish for 2020?

My goal is to continue regularly posting articles and participating in blogathons. In addition, I wish to complete a few personal projects on specific directors and actors/actresses that I have been thinking about for some time. The two key ingredients I need to make all that happen is time and motivation!

For Step 5, I am pleased to nominate a few of my fellow bloggers who are quite simply the cream of the crop:

Gabriela at Pale Writer

Paul at Silver Screen Classics

Rebecca at Taking Up Room

Thane at Moves ala Mark (via Mark My Words)

Kayla at Whimsically Classic

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If they so wish and are able to accept the nomination, here is my series of questions for them. (Step 6)

  1. What kind of toppings do you like putting on your pizza?
  2. Who was you first celebrity crush?
  3. Name one classic film star, one contemporary film star and one modern film star who you find to be overrated. Why?
  4. Have you ever flown first class?
  5. What is your favourite holiday to celebrate?
  6. Is there anyone in your close inner-circle who shares your passion of film?
  7. If you have Twitter, have you had any meaningful exchanges with celebrities and/or people who you admire?
  8. What is your most cherished box-set of films?
  9. What is your favourite kind of food to snack on while watching movies?
  10. Which celebrity death affected you the most?
  11. If you had the choice to travel in a time machine with a 50/50 chance of being able to come back to the present, would you decide to go?

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18 thoughts on “It’s a Sunshine Day: Earning a Liebster Award

    1. Thank you, Sally! 😊
      I really enjoyed answering your questions, some of which gave me a chance to reflect.
      Your article on ‘Return to Peyton Place’ is excellent. I still need to seen ‘Peyton Place’ though I’ve read a lot about it. Since they are quite soap opera-y, I think it would be right up my alley. Mary was certainly an interesting lady and it’s good to see that her career continued despite personal and public difficulties.

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    1. Thank you, my dear Veebs! 🤗
      I think that’s a great idea. It’s something I never thought I would write about but I am definitely ready to do so especially since the subject has come up again recently.

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    1. Aw, that’s so sweet of you to say! 🥰 People close to us were actually quite shocked for a long time when they found out but we were quick to remind them that a lot of successful wartime romances started out the very same way.
      As for #6, I’m so glad I’m not alone! 😂

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  1. 🤗♥ x I’m so glad you decided to join WordPress and the CMBA in the end, Erica. It’s made me very happy to see you gain followers and join/host blogathons. Hope all good with you and family.

    I too would love to read more about your paranormal encounters/knowledge. Maybe this could be a future post or blog series?

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    1. You are so kind, Maddy, and it’s thanks to you being such a backbone of the Classic Film Community that it has been such a grand experience for me. 🤗
      Things are tough with my youngest son at the moment but life with him is taken one day at a time. Thank you for enquiring. 😊

      I would be delighted — maybe a little spooked 😄 — to write about my experiences. I’ll probably write down my thoughts and see how I can compile them.

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  2. Hello!
    Thanks for this post. I did not know that there were so many steps involved! The 11 facts about yourself is such a great idea. It enhances the personal touch. I love scented candles too. As a matter of fact, I just bought a ‘ginger and sandalwood’ one yesterday!

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    1. Hi Celia! 😊 This was new to me as well and I quite enjoyed the experience! It is pretty cool to share some things about yourself that aren’t necessarily movie-related.
      Ooh, ginger and sandalwood sounds nice. Is it more of a sharp, spice ginger or a bakery one? Now that the weather is finally changing, I’m very much enjoying my pumpkin scents. 🥰🎃

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      1. In fact, the sandalwood scent is more pronounced and the ginger one is underlying but sharp. I must try the pumpkin ones! It will be perfect for Halloween.

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  3. Again, I cannot express how touched, honoured and valued I feel via your nomination! It means a great deal to me to be nominated, especially in such illustrious company. In the process of writing my entry now! It was such a lift to my spirits.

    Really enjoyed reading your answers and it’s nice to get know fellow classic film fans and bloggers. Your story of how you got married sounds like a classic film plot as well – and I mean that in the warmest way! Your support and genuine love for classic film and the people who write about it is very much needed in the current world of pessimism and negativity.

    Thank you again and can’t wait to read the other entries!

    Regards, Paul

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    1. Hello Paul! Thank you for such a lovely, heartfelt message. I’m sorry that I didn’t respond right away but I was taken in getting over a “hump” in my writing.

      I’m so glad that you have decided to accept the award and it will be my pleasure to read your post. You have always impressed me with your fantastic writing style and the high quality content of your articles. It is clear that a lot of heart and soul goes into the work that you do which is enhanced by the fact that you have a busy work/personal life, taking time out for something that you genuinely love. 😀

      Ah, yes, I often joke around that my husband and I courted as if ours was a wartime romance. In fact, when he asked me to marry him, I asked him if he was serious! Hopefully once our kids are grown and more independent, we can discover each other once again like it was in the beginning.

      I’m so glad that Classic Film is such a rewarding and comforting medium for so many of us. 🙂

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