Ich Auch Liebe Dich

Thanks to Elizabeth Marie, I won the very sweet Liebster Award (which is fitting, since I'm primarily of German descent). And since I'm laid up on the couch all weekend, nursing a bad foot, I'm just going to bombard y'all with multiple posts!

What Is The Liebster Award?
"Liebster" is German for "dearest", from Liebe, the verb 'to love'. This award is given to bloggers who are up and coming and who have less than 200 followers. I gotta say that as soon as I hit 200, I'm hosting a MASSIVE giveaway with multiple winners, because you guys truly make my life happier. Until then, I'm flattered to receive blog awards like this one, and to pass them along to other amazing bloggers.

  1. Each person must post 11 facts about themselves.
  2. Answer 11 questions the tagger has given you and 11 questions for the people you tag.
  3. Tag 11 more bloggers.
  4. Tell them you've tagged them.
  5. No tag backs!

11 Facts About Me:
  1. I'm a Virgo Libra Cancer. This means I'm organized, logical, balanced, fair, and will bake you cookies and clean your house just to see you smile.
  2. I have had almost every single toe broken, once by a very fat man and twice by horses stepping on me.
  3. I also fractured my right arm, as a pre-teen, when I went to punch my brother in the nuts and he deflected. Lesson learned: don't punch guys in the crotch.
  4. I sew costumes, but only so that I can wear them. I actually am easily frustrated by sewing projects that aren't done within a few hours.
  5. I am dating an amazing man, down in San Diego. What? This is a fact! ;)
  6. I majored in English, write often, read often, and work as a web marketing copywriter (and Jill of All Trades), but what I really wanted to do my entire life was study orca whales.
  7. I love dark chocolate, the darker the better.
  8. I love red wine but hate merlot.
  9. I have never understood the whole 'vampires are sexy' trend. To me, a mosquito that could easily kill me is the furthest from sexy that you can get.
  10. I love teal, and turqouise, and mint green, and any combination of blue and green.
  11. I have a serious love for Art Nouveau (think Alphonse Mucha) - the flourishes, the art-as-frame style, the colors, the realistic body shapes and faces....I just absolutely adore it!

11 Bloggers I'm Tagging:

  1. Park Avenue Stacie
  2. Jessica from My Bag of Sunshine
  3. Kenzie at Crazy, Beautiful Mommyhood
  4. Jill from Jill's World
  5. Aubrey from High-Heeled Love (who may have too many followers to qualify, but since she's awesome and her GFC widget is borked, I'm giving it to her anyway)
  6. Mary from My Family...My World!
  7. Julie from White Lights on Wednesdays
  8. Jo at Will The Kids Turn Out OK?
  9. Sophie from My Happy Place
  10. Kate from Feathering the Crow Nest
  11. Shyaporn from Shyablog

Questions To Answer:
Why did you start blogging?
It seemed like a fun, egotistical adventure. And also, I had a lot of recipes and craft stuff to share.

What's your favorite element in a book?
Characters. If you can write unique characters with strong voices, I am hooked. You could have them sit in a room and read phone books, but as long as they're growing as characters I will keep reading.

How did you come up with your blog name?
My original handle, back in the days of BBS and AOL, was ArtemisHi. Artemis for the Greek goddess of the hunt, wild places, young women, and the moon. By the time I discovered Blogger, every permutation of Artemis was taken, but I realized that it went further than that....I really feel that inside every woman is a goddess. And so long as she honors the world around her and herself (in my opinion, through mindful living, creativity, and bettering her environment), she is in her full power. I'm still getting the handle of it, myself, but if my inner goddess can inspire you to pay more attention to YOUR inner goddess, the world is a better place. 

What are your hopes for your blog?
It's become less about sharing tips as it's grown, and more about sharing my personal silliness. I think that's actually a negative thing, so I'd like to focus it back on recipes, crafts, sewing projects, book reviews, and sustainable living tips.

What's your favorite book?
I lack the willpower to pick just one.

How many books are in your to-be-read pile?
I have two bookshelves in my house. As soon as I finish reading a book, I send it out as a RAK, or to a friend, or in a swap, or donate it to the library. So every book on my bookshelf is in my TBR pile (I'm guessing that's over 100 books at this point).

How many books do you read a year?
It varies, depending on how stressful my year is, but I'd say I average 17 books per year. I think the year I was unemployed I read close to 60, but I aim for 1-2 per month.

When did you start blogging?
I actually had to look this up! May 12, 2009 was my first post. I just missed celebrating my three year anniversary.

Do you review every book you read?
No, otherwise this blog would be entirely Book Reviews. I try to post reviews of books I found particularly interesting, or amazing, and indie books whenever possible. A lot of new YA get buzz on large-scale book review blogs, so it feels redundant for me to post my review of them. I'd prefer to shine a light on different and older reads. And I'm aiming for one book review per week, at this point.

How do you pick a book?
Usually, someone has a book on their RAK list that I have, so I read that one as a priority so I can send it out ASAP. And any author who asks me to review their book has first dibs on my time. Outside of that, it's random selection from my bookshelves.

What would you like to tell your followers? 
THANK YOU! And also....what do you want me to post more of? Or less of? I take requests! :)

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