Award 7: Liebster and other crustaceans

© Bruce Goodman 1 August 2015

I have been nominated for the Leibster Award, which I accept with delight and humble gratitude. The nominator was A Person a World. This is apparently someone fairly new to blogging and she/he is described as an Altruist, an Adventurer, a Tech Enthusiast, a Muser. It’s always a delight to support fresh-from-the-digs bloggers and I do so gladly!

Although a quick search reveals badges to go with the award, I notice that this particular nomination didn’t come with a badge as such, so I have made one up myself:


I must nominate further bloggers, and ask them 10 questions – which are the same as the ones below. I’m not going to nominate or ask. If a blogger I FOLLOW wants the award, genuinely research it and accept it. Awards can become annoying things, but they’re also a way of attracting bees (and wasps) to the flower.

I have been asked 10 questions:

1. If you could choose to be any other creature, what would it be and why?
I would be a dog, as I wish to be pampered, patted, and petted. I would not, however, wish to be de-knackered. And I won’t bark needlessly, I promise.

This is my dog, Rusty, when I lived in Quebec

2. Which natural phenomenon scares you the most?
New Zealand is known as “The Shakey Isles” and I hate earthquakes. The problem is you never know how long one will last, and if it is getting stronger or weaker. Is another one about to strike?


This is the view from the house of one of my brothers of a mountain range slipped into the sea over millions of years!

3. Which natural phenomenon do you love to witness the most?
I love thunderstorms, especially during the day time. The crash of thunder and the lightning! Especially do I love the quality of light that seems to transform the sky between flashes.


Ok – so it’s not lightning, but it’s my hen-house in an eerie light!

4. What has influenced you the most in your growing up years?
I had a mother and a father and have 2 sisters and 3 brothers. Family was the most formative thing – for better or worse. The fact too that we were reared on a farm is something perhaps to do with my retiring disposition.


Me in front on right – 1954

5. Which was the first poem you liked as a child?
“The Ballad of Dick Turpin” by Alfred Noyes is very long, and we were made to learn it off by heart and recite it when I was 6. I can still recite it from beginning to end!

The daylight moon looked quietly down
Through the gathering dusk on London town…

There was also “The Kingfisher” by William Henry Davies:

It was the rainbow gave thee birth…


From my back door when I lived in Palmerston North, New Zealand

6. Which author do you love to read?
I have a well-worn (extremely well-worn) copy of the Brothers Grimm. I prefer the Brothers Grimm greatly over Hans Christian Anderson. I’m addicted to all fairy stories, but the Brothers Grimm are aptly named.


I reckoned I once saw a fairy here

7. Where is your favourite place in your home?
I love the shower! I stand in it on one leg and think! I tuck the concave sole of my right foot into the convex side of my left knee cap, and think! I can stand there one-footed for a long time – picture those African hunters in the National Geographic of the 1950s. It’s where most of my daily stories get invented.


Not actually of me in the shower but the stance (and possibly physique) is not dissimilar

8. Have you had a hobby of making Pen friends /Epals?
WordPress is my sole tool for communicating with the ethereal (in-reality-non-existent) world. And even then I don’t know much about those I chat with – their families, jobs, their exact whereabouts… And, no, it is not a hobby, it is an obsession.


No emails, no comments, no likes, no friends. Humph.

9. Do you plan to write a book in future?
I never plan! If fewer people wrote books and more practiced writing, the world would be better off. Apparently, last November, over half a million novels were written. I’ve never heard of anything so stupid in my whole life.


Hopefully last November’s literary contribution to humankind

10. What made you want to write a blog?
I once offered to edit a friend’s business website. The site used WordPress. The best way to learn how to do something is to do it; that’s a bit like learning how to… how to… how to… do everything.


Snap! It’s a selfie!

38 thoughts on “Award 7: Liebster and other crustaceans

      1. wolfberryknits

        In all honesty, I did at some stage sign up for it when looking for a supportive, motivational online writer’s community (to save that pesky ‘human interaction’ I conscientiously avoid)….the mere act of signing up though spurred my innate rebelliousness and I determined to write a novel before it even started..which I did. And I eventually found that the QLD Writers Centre was a much more useful resource and support! 🙂

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          Yes – I agree – I should join some club or group or something. I used to belong to the Christchurch (NZ) Writers group of some sort. It was full of famous authors – such as Margaret Mahy, but they used to get me in to chair their meetings because none of them wanted to! I was not beyond being able to tell talkative-up-themselves-aspiring writers to sit down and shut up!

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  1. Susan D. Durham

    Congratulations, Bruce! Nice to learn more about you. #9 is my fave. Thunderstorms, not so much…big baby about boomers. Keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks, Susan. Regarding “boomers” – I always remember being in a passenger plane in the most horrendous storm. The plane was almost flying on its side. A “little old lady” near the front stood up and announced: “There’s nothing we can do about it, so we might as well enjoy it.”

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      1. Wendy

        Ha, you nailed it there! The “who’s bothering me today crowd has a lot to say”. How else can they congratulate each other except through trading books?

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  2. Oscar Alejandro Plascencia

    🎉👏 Congratulations on your Lobster Award! 👏🎉

    Ten new things about yourself we never would have learned otherwise! Thanks for sharing. You should enjoy the next thunderstorm outside: if you haven’t won the lottery yet, odds are you’re safe from being struck by lightning.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I’m getting more and more lost for words. To get a Maine Lobster Award while living 16 hours flight south of California (where lobsters don’t grow) shows you how effing small the world really is getting. So – when you come over – to use my car to travel around and sleep on my couch (alone or whoever you bring) – don’t bring a lobster, just bring yourself (or a friend) and we’ll eat crayfish – not lobster!

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      1. Oscar Alejandro Plascencia

        A very small world indeed. And an award well deserved. Although nobody mentioned how you managed to turn the Liebster (German for Dearest) award into the Hummer (German for Lobster) award. Sneaky. So I don’t believe you when you say that you are lost for words.
        Very Liebster (dear) of you to extend such an invitation. And clever to make it known that all is at my disposal except Lobster (Hummer).

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  3. Lehar

    Interesting answers Bruce, I should have researched a bit before nominating, should should have passed on the liebster badge that I had received, however I thought most folks would just know about the liebster badge and after all it was me who was new to the blogging community 😉

    I guess the Marine world is going to envy the ‘Lobster’ for eternity.

    Am glad that your followers got a chance to know some interesting facts about you, and the fact that yet again you didn’t miss out on amusing everybody who likes reading your blog. Lovely pictures.

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