Well how about that! Just when I thought no one was watching what I was doing out here on the interwebs, a couple of lovely folks nominate me for a Liebster award!
Priest. Philosopher. Policeman. Programmer. Pencil Pusher.
Follow the jump link for details on why I only choose professions that begin with the letter “P”!
What’s a Liebster Award?
Liebster Award Rules
- Post the award image on your blog. There are several varieties. Google them and find the one you like the most.
- List 11 random facts about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions asked by the person/people who nominated you.
- Make up 11 questions for those to be nominated.
- Nominate 11 people to receive the award. They should have fewer than 200 followers on their blog.
- If you’re nominated, your name and/or link will appear at the bottom of this post. Just follow the same format and voila! you’re a recipient.
11 Random Facts About Nat
- I spent several years studying to be a Roman Catholic priest at St. Meinrad Seminary in southern Indiana. I left the seminary before I was ordained, though. Theology and Philosophy…wonderful. Celibacy? Not so much.
- I’m married and have a 12-year old son. Both my wife and son are just as geeky as I am, which makes for a fun and wacky home life 🙂
- I was a police officer for a few years (after the seminary thing…you’d be surprised how similar the jobs of Police Officer and Priest are, though).
- When I was seven years old I won a disco contest. Yes…I know how to get down with my bad self 🙂 Although many would say I still look like a 7-year old at a disco contest when I dance.
- I worked on the set of the movie “The Getaway”, starring Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, in Prescott, Arizona, as a security guard. Alec and I became acquaintances, and it led to him writing me a letter of recommendation to the local police department. It didn’t result in a job with that department, but several months later I was hired by another local police department.
- I lived and worked in Germany for about 3 years, from 2003 – 2006 as a Department of Defense contractor. I did software development for the U.S. Army (5th Signal Command and VCorp G6).
- My Bachelor’s degree is in Philosophy (from Northern Arizona University. Go Lumberjacks!)
- I’ve hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon several times, and camped there as well.
- As a seminarian, on a trip to Rome, I met the (then) Archbishop of Australia in a cappuccino bar. He was in regular clothes so I didn’t even know he was clergy. It wasn’t until he found out I was there for midnight mass at the Vatican that he formally introduced himself. I was floored…and we had a wonderful conversation after that (not to mention some great cappuccino).
- Browncoats Unite!
- All through my teens I studied a Korean martial art called Tang Soo Do. I earned my 1st degree black belt (midnight blue in Tang Soo Do) at the age of 19. You may think you’ve never seen anyone perform Tang Soo Do before, but you have…Chuck Norris is a Tang Soo Do stylist. And like Chuck, under my beard is another fist. It’s a Tang Soo Do thing. Takes years of training…and a beard comb.
11 Questions from Melanie
If you could pick one character from any story ever (movie, book, fairy tale, etc), who would it be and why?
My first thought is “pick the character for what?” 🙂 I would have to say Richard Rahl, from Terry Goodkind’s “Sword of Truth” series. Then I could have a band of ferocious Mord Sith as personal body guards. He’s also one of the strongest fantasy heroes I’ve ever read.
If you were going to write about the end of the world, how would it end and would anyone survive?
It would be overrun by zombie hamsters, and only a handful would survive: Bob “Hamsterbane” Wazowski and his band of friends. Because hamsters are evil. I know…I owned one.
11 Questions from Elena
11 Questions for my Nominees
- If you could live in one of your story worlds, where would it be and why?
- Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
- After the first draft is complete, do you take a systematic approach to revision, or just do a read-through and fix what needs fixing? If systematic, describe your system.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, or Twix?
- Do you prefer to write happy endings or not-so-happy endings? Why?
- Dogs or cats? And yes, there is a correct answer! Explain why you have the correct answer 🙂
- Do you have a method for approaching plots? Do you outline in advance, or simply free write and see where the story takes you?
- Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind?
- Who was the headlining act at the last concert you attended? What do you like about them?
- If you could go back into the past and tell your younger self a single thing, what would it be and why?
- If you could step into the future and tell your future self a single thing, what would it be and why?
And Now, the Nominees.
Michael J. Holley
Joshua E. Bigger
Larry B. Killian
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About Nat Russo
Nat Russo is the Amazon #1 Bestselling Fantasy author of Necromancer Awakening and Necromancer Falling. Nat was born in New York, raised in Arizona, and has lived just about everywhere in-between. He’s gone from pizza maker, to radio DJ, to Catholic seminarian (in a Benedictine monastery, of all places), to police officer, to software engineer. His career has taken him from central Texas to central Germany, where he worked as a defense contractor for Northrop Grumman. He's spent most of his adult life developing software, playing video games, running a Cub Scout den, gaining/losing weight, and listening to every kind of music under the sun. Along the way he managed to earn a degree in Philosophy and a black belt in Tang Soo Do. He currently makes his home in central Texas with his wife, teenager, mischievous beagle, and goofy boxador.
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Hey, you nominated Jen! I’d love to hear her responses to those questions, haha 😀
You cracked me up, Nat! You are a funny writer–that’s so awesome 😀
I’m glad you had fun with this! And WOO to Firefly and Hitchhiker’s Guide. You, good sir, have excellent taste ;D
I KNEW you’d love the FireFly reference 🙂