Brett and I were nominated by our new friend and fellow WordPresser Michelle Joelle for The Liebster Award. (Thanks, Michelle!)

Google informed me that liebster is the German word for “beloved”. Aww, shucks. Someone thinks our blog is beloved-worthy. This award is apparently a way to show some lesser-known blogs some recognition for being awesome, which we clearly are, while also providing a fun way to connect with other bloggers. Mission accomplished!

Part of the nomination requires us to answer ten questions and then nominate five of our own favorite blogs with fewer than 200 followers. Since Brett and I are a collaborative team, we decided to both answer the questions in full. These isn’t a particularly revealing Q&A but it will definitely give readers a slight look into how we’re wired, for better or worse.

It’s possible that we’ll loose a few subscribers here. (Kidding.)

1. If you had one wish to gain any talent what would it be and why?

Brett: A PhD-level understanding of mathematics. It’s a subject that I find endlessly fascinating and only exposes more depth the further you go into it. You never reach “the bottom”. It’s technical while requiring no technology. I’d also like to be a yoga teacher. A total non-sequitur, but such is my personality.

Billy: I wish I were more musically inclined and able to sing with the same virtuosic artistry and cherubic rapture as Freddie Mercury. I’ve always been drawn to music but I can’t sing worth a hoot. That doesn’t stop me from singing my heart out in my car on the way to work though. Within the quiet comfort of my beloved Durango, I am an undiscovered vocal phenom.

2. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?

Brett: I approach that the same way I approach the God question; I’m meta-agnostic on the subject.

Billy: I’ve always been fascinated by the paranormal. There’s a big part of me that really wishes this stuff were real, but I’m too much of a skeptic to hold any belief. I’ve crawled through abandoned, supposedly haunted houses and dabbled in “spirit communication” hoping to have an experience, some type of personal evidence, but nothing has ever happened so I remain a non-believer.

3. What have you learned blogging?

Brett: That the fear of running out of things and ideas to write about is solved by writing itself.

Billy: What Brett said. Also, I’ve learned to write for me and not for what I hope others will like. Oddly enough, people seem to like what I write for the most part, so that’s a bonus.

4. If you could live in any fictional world what would it be? Why?

Brett: Star Trek. Because it predicts, unlike a lot of sci-fi, a non-dystopian future. Humanity survives, and for the most part gets past a lot of our backwards petty bullshit. We figure out faster-than-light travel, something that NASA actually has a few people working on now to see if there’s any avenue of research that might pan out, and in the Star Trek world they (or someone) succeeded. Mysticism is respected but public policy isn’t based on it. That alone would be a bigger accomplishment than transporters.

Billy: I’d go with Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the back of a giant turtle, Great A’Tuin. This is a place of inconsistent reality, ironic nonsense and real magic, where oddballs become heroes and the gods are mischievous buffoons. This is my kind of fiction. I love fantasy and humor (especially the self-deprecating variety) and I’m sure I’d fit right in on Discworld.

5. If you could say anything to one Ex what would it be?

Brett: Maybe there are some things that I could say if I thought about it, but there’s nothing I have an urge to say. Closure isn’t a need I have.

Billy: Um, thanks, I guess, for dumping me and stuff. Otherwise I may not have married my awesome, way-hotter-than-you-were wife. Hope you’re just as happy as I am. Seriously.

6. If you could have one mythical creature as a pet what would it be and why?

Brett: I think I wanted my own R2-D2 when I was a kid. He was a resourceful, versatile, loyal little companion. C3PO whined too damn much.

Billy: Definitely a Mogwai because they’re so freaking adorable. And unlike that other Billy, I’d follow the damn rules of ownership. Is it really that hard to follow three simple rules, Billy? No sunlight, no water, no food after midnight. Easy. If only my kids were that easy to take care of, but they’re basically gremlins already.

7. What is your favorite book? Why?

Brett: If only one- Eon by Greg Bear. The most mind-expanding, imagination-grabbing novel I had ever read. I was in my twenties when I read it and he far surpassed in one book the concepts and ideas that my previous favorites (Clarke and Asimov) had shown me. Another non-dystopian look at the future, with humanity becoming true masters of space and time into the far future. While definitely being in the hard sci-fi category, it asked some very deep questions about what it means to be human, the nature of the mind, the soul, and faith.

Billy: I’ve always hated this question. I’m not big on narrowing anything down to a single favorite. I have lots of favorite books. I guess if I really had to pick one, just one, I’d go with Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. I’ve read it more than any other book and still feel like I can escape deeper into the story than of any other I’ve read. Interesting fact about the book that I’ve always loved: the words “shit”, “fuck” and “cocksucker” were removed from the original manuscript by the publisher and replaced by dashes. Hemingway went through and wrote the original potty words back in by hand in at least two copies and gave them away as gifts. I would really, really love to own one of those copies.

8. What would your last meal be?

Brett: Creamy, natural peanut butter and apple jelly on thick multigrain bread, and a cup of dark French Roast coffee. Since this is so accessible and something even I can make, there is always the potential that I’ve had my last meal recently and can die happy at any time.

Billy: I’d go with peanut butter, too, but make mine a stack of homemade cinnamon waffles topped with lots of crunchy peanut butter, maple syrup (the real stuff), and thick-sliced bananas, all smothered with chunky home-style cinnamon applesauce. Chase that down with a French press of fresh ground Aged Sumatran coffee and you can go right ahead and kill me. I’d be ready. What’s that? Stay of execution granted? Can I get another round of waffles and coffee please?

9. Did you make a New Years resolution? What is it?

Brett: I think I planned to get more reading and writing done. Billy and I resolved to finally get this site off the ground!

Billy: My only resolution was to finally get this project rolling with Brett and then to commit to writing something for it at least once a week. I gave up on the losing weight resolution a few years ago.

10. Are you sticking to the resolution?

Brett: So far 🙂

Billy: Suprisingly.

And now our nominations. These are some of our favorite blogs with under 200 subscribers:


Check em out and show some love. And thank you for your support!