Jane Wins a Liebster Award

“Writing is its own reward.” –Henry Miller

Part 1

Last Friday This Ugly Beautiful City nominated The Adventures of Jane Writer for the Liebster Award. (I Pinocchio you not. Check out the post.)

Hold-up, what is a Liebster?

Previously nominated bloggers present the online award to new bloggers producing promising content. This honor encourages readership in the blog community in a chain-letter fashion.

The Rules

If the nominee chooses to accept the award, they must complete these simple tasks:

  • Post the award to your blog
  • Answer the 11 questions posed by the person who nominated you
  • Thank the blogger for the nomination and link to their blog
  • Ask bloggers you have discovered recently or followed faithfully (with less than 200 followers) if they are interested in participating
  • Nominate the yeses for the Liebster 
  • Create a list of 11 questions for your nominees

This Ugly Beautiful City’s 11 Questions

Q: Why did you start blogging?
A: Since undergrad my professors stressed that all writers should have a blog. It only took me seven years.

Q: How did you come up with the name for your blog?
A: I had already written my first post but blanked on a name. I wanted something simple. I wanted something with Jane in it. Because I move a lot I didn’t want it tied to a place. Because I felt transient in that moment The Adventures of Jane Writer seemed perfect.

Q: Excluding the topic of your current blog, if you started another blog what would it be about?
A: Book reviews. If it had to be eggplants and pumpkins, completely unrelated to writing, travel.

Q: What is one blog or website you recommend in your subject area that you think everyone should read?
A: “Writers’ Other Jobs” featured on The Writers Bloc. It’s fascinating in a Humans-of-New-York way.

Q: What do you do to de-stress?
A: It depends on how stressed I am. I run outside. I visit my favorite lagoon, close my eyes, submerge myself then float. I sing songs loudly, badly, boldly, until all self-consciousness falls away and I am nothing but heart and voice. I breathe deeply and recite a mantra. Just today while driving home I said, “Let it all go. Let it all go. Let it all go.” In the past week, I have done all of these things. Some of them I’ve done multiple times. 

Q: What is the one thing you make sure you do everyday?
A: Laugh.

Q: What would be your theme song?
A: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars or “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. You get the idea: Bruno Mars, something infectiously dancy. 

Q: What has been your favorite travel destination so far?
A: Always Hawaii. I want to visit every corner, every beach, every cranny, every ma and pa shop.

Q: If someone was traveling to your city and only had 24 hours to spend there, what is the place or places you would tell them to visit?
A: Waimea Bay, The Bishop Museum, The Pig and the Lady, a beachside happy hour to listen to live music and sunset gaze, an ABC Store for Spam musubi.

Q: What is the one thing you always pack on a trip?
A: A book.


Mahalo to This Ugly Beautiful City, a curious and generous blogger living in a fantastic city, for the nomination. Make sure to peruse her blog and share it with any friends or family visiting or relocating to Los Angeles.

Please return for Part 2, “Jane Awards Some Liebsters.”


  1. thisuglybeautifulcity · October 17, 2015

    Thank you so much for answering my questions. Sorry it took me so long to respond. To destress I dance crazily around my house, glad there isn’t anyone watching me. Can’t wait to see what is next.


    • therealjanewriter · October 17, 2015

      No worries, and of course! Still working on the second half of the task. 🙂 Thank you again for the honor.


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