Liebster Award!

The lovely Lexi has nominated me for the Liebster Award —

Here are the rules:

  1. Share 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate up to 11 bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.

Now I’ve got to make up a bunch of stuff to make me sound interesting.

Kidding! Kidding. Actually, these things are fun for reminding you that you are interesting — you just forget, because you’re so used to being in your own skull.

So! Facts About Me:

  1. I’m building a house made of straw. Seriously, it’s made of straw bales. Don’t believe me? Okay, fine, pictures:
  1. This is not the first time I’ve built a house of straw. Yeah, so, most of my teenage years were devoted to building a much bigger house. Also made of straw. Here, some more pictures:
  1. I raise dairy goats. You probably knew that already if you follow me at all on Twitter and Instagram. But here are some more pictures:
  1. I got my first computer at 12. Incidentally, this is when I started writing for hours on end. This is probably why I primarily type over hand writing. Once I had the ability to write as fast as I thought, it was settled for me. (Drat, I don’t have any pictures of it.)
  2. I’ve written four books. Two are the sequels in two separate series. One series is on the back-burner. The other is currently out in the world trying to be published.
  3. I punched a boy in the *cough* once over a bumblebee. He was trying to squish it with his shoe. I was in my indignant save-the-animals-save-the-world stage. I didn’t really purposely aim. I was just trying to get him to stop and I was dropping to my knees to protect the poor striped fellow and… yeah. (I don’t have pictures of that either)
  4. I wore a cloak for most of my pre-adolescence. My mom made it for me. When that one got to small, my mom made me another one. Hey, actually, a now and then picture:


  1. I’m really bad at endings. As in, bringing a story to it’s conclusion. I’ve written endings to books — but then the book is part of a series, and continues on and…
  2. I changed lightbulbs all throughout college. It was a student employee position. And paid ridiculously well for what it was.
  3. I wrote a 90 page thesis in college on ancient philosophy applied to current democratic trends in the United States. Pretty much, the United States isn’t a Democracy. It’s an Oligarchy. (Seriously, look it up).
  4. I’m blanking on a good 11th one… I… am the shortest person in my family. Seriously, my parents and sister might as well be giants, and I’m 5’3″.


Now, the questions from Lexi!

1. What is the scariest scene you’ve ever written (without spoilers)?

Errrrrrrr. My main characters running through an abandoned train tunnel to face a creature that can reanimate dead flesh is probably what fits best here. It’s friggin’ creepy as heck. I have other kinds of scary scenes I’ve written… in the more my-future-is-sacrificed scary… but I can’t go into those because spoilers. 😉

2. What kind of music do you listen to? Favourite band/artist?

I listen to a lot of genres, actually. Pop, Rock, Heavy Metal, dub-step, even country sometimes. I probably favor pop and alternative. My favorite band currently — because they’re awesome and always inspirational for my writing — is Two Steps From Hell.

3. If your friends and/or family were to compare you to one literary character, who would it be?

Oh boy. I have no idea. I think my sister compared me to Hermione once.

4. If you could change ONE historical moment to make the world better, which would it be? Note: You’d still have the friends and family you have now.

Of course you’d have to ask that. See, but I can’t choose one, because certain events lead to the next event, and the farther you go back, the more you understand about current politics and world events, and how could I possibly pick the right one to change? Or go back far enough to get the one that will really [resolve conflict in the Middle East, etc]? I mean, there’s always preventing Hitler from being born. But that seems like the easy way out.

5. If you were to be stuck wearing one colour/shade for the rest of your life, which would it be? Why?

Yikes. Probably blue. Because I love it and it looks pretty decent on me. Or black. Because it’s black.

6. Who/what has given you the most inspiration for your writing, thus far?

Ooo, that’s a hard one. I can point to a lot of people who have all given me a piece of lasting inspiration/encouragement for my writing. Family members, for sure.

7. Do you have any tattoos and/or piercings (other than your earlobes and navel)? What are the tats and/or where did you get yourself pierced?

Nope. I’m boring like that. I want a tattoo though (says everyone on the planet). If I was brave I’d get giant dragon wings down my back. Or a blue dragon resting across my shoulders and down my arms.

8. Are you one of those people who still have real conversations over the phone?

Pfff of course not who do you think I —
Okay fine. Yeah. I do. I used to all the time (to BF and BFF, etc), though it’s fewer and farther in between now.

9. If you could live in the world of ONE television show, which would it be? Why?

Oh Christ. Fringe! No — Doctor Who! Wait — do I get to choose who I play in this TV show? I mean, like, not actually be one of the main characters already being played. I’d just hate to be one of the people who always die in these shows.

10. If you could resurrect anyone without ramifications, who would it be? Why?

My dad. Because he left me way before I’d asked him all the questions I need to about life, writing, and… I don’t know, being human.

11. This is the most difficult question of the bunch: Cheesecake, cheesecake, cheesecake, cheesecake, or CHEESECAKE?

CHEEESSSEEECAAAAKKKKEEEEE!!!!!!! Preferably chocolate.


Now to the nominating part! Ah jeez do I know 11 people who won’t be annoyed that I nominated them for this?

Nicole from ThoughtsStainedWithInk – because yeah obviously. You wanna write about yourself, right?


Harlec with TheUnadulteratedThinkings – because how can you not want a random post about yourself?

Derek Murphy with UrbanEpics – Hey, I bugged you at the Willamette Writer’s Conference in 2015, I’ll bug you here now! (Everyone else – Derek writes a lot of good stuff and has great advice, I nudge you to go check him out)

DMG Byrnes – I definitely feel like you want to do this.

Julie Lonewolf – (Julie where is your blog. I need it ;). )

Jessica C with SparkToWrite – Is your life really that awkward? Share, share, share. >:)

Rebecca Frohling with CaffeinatedChipmunk – I feel like hilarity might ensure with you and this.

BlondeWriteMore – because you always have fun stuff to say.

K.J. Chapman with WriterlyBookishStuff – I see your book promotion you posted!

Jenna Brownson – you want a giant, random blog post to write about yourself, right?



And my 11 questions:

  1. What’s your biggest regret? (We’re starting off deep here, apparently)
  2. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
  3. What’s your dream writing space?
  4. What author are you currently learning from/being inspired by?
  5. What’s your biggest writer goal you’re working on right now?
  6. What’s your biggest life goal you’re working on right now?
  7. If you could change your eye color, what would you want it to be? Strange colors totally allowed.
  8. Who’s your current/favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend?
  9. If you could get one material item right now without having to pay for it, what would it be?
  10. Outside of writing, what’s your dream job?
  11. Finally, any exciting book release/promotion stuff going on? And if you’re still wandering in unpublished land like me: what’s a recent writing/life epiphany you’ve had?

About R. K. Brainerd

I've been writing since my pre-teens, mostly in the realm of fantasy and sci-fi. Taking interesting concepts and dropping complex characters into fantastical worlds is my jam. I also raise dairy goats and herd cats, the evidence of which can be found on my Instagram. Welcome to the adventure. View all posts by R. K. Brainerd

8 responses to “Liebster Award!

  • Nicole Evans

    A. I love you. B. We’re kindred souls. C. I love that cloak. FREAKIN’ LOVE IT. You’re such a BAMF. D. I freaked out in your last comment on my blog about not knowing you had written four books and here I could have found out just reading this post. Seriously, though. So wicked. E. I loved this post and your interesting facts were seriously bloody interesting (I still can’t get over the straw houses *mindblown*).

    *cracks knuckles as she prepares her own blog post*

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  • azpascoe

    Oh my god, I am so glad I followed Nicole’s link to you because just after reading the first two points on your ‘this is who I am’ list, I’m pretty sure that I’m in love with you. Straw bale house? Goats?! AND YOU USED TO WEAR A CLOAK ALL THE TIME?

    Jesus H, I haven’t even read the whole thing yet (and should probably write up my own response and also do some study for upcoming exams – but I will read it in full soon!) and I’m wondering if I can adopt you.

    Too soon? Sorry, Nicole got me excited, cause her judgement is rock solid, then I saw this… Anyway, it’s at least 9.9 tenths her fault 😀 I’m excited to follow your blog! 🙂

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    • R. K. Brainerd

      HAHAHAHA — my first thought was OMG ANOTHER WRITER FRIEND YASSS!

      Nicole is the best, isn’t she? ^.^ I’m pretty sure I can’t live without her now.

      (Oh my goodness I’m just scanning over your blog posts right now and I’m already like WHOA look at all of this I need to read… FYI if it seems like I’m ignoring your posts I promise I’m not. WordPress is a butthead and I can’t see all the blogs I follow in my Reader so I have to do it manually -.- )

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      • azpascoe

        Haha wooooooo I’m so excited! Also really amused by how similar we all are in that respect :p She’s so amazing. Like… WTF world, where has she been all my life? Haha don’t worry!! I’ll need some time to get through to reading yours because I’m *meant* to be studying manically for upcoming exams 😀

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      • R. K. Brainerd

        Thank god for the internet, connecting us all in little communities ^.^

        GO STUDY. 😉

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