Eleven Things!

16 Apr

So, better late than never, but I’m finally answering Yelena’s “The Liebster Award” post from last week!

Basically, I’ll be telling you 11 Fun Facts about ME, answering 11 Fun Questions about ME, and then…uh…tagging eleven writing friends to do the same.

Okay, real talk.  I haven’t been in this whole writer-y world that long.  Now, if I could tag eleven of my fashion blogging friends… I might have to cheat and do that.  But, thank you, Yelena, for including me in this!  I appreciate it, and hoping I get to build better friendships with all of you.

Eleven Fun Facts about Me

1.  My name is pronounced Tear-a-knee or Tear-knee (depending if we are in the South or not).   If I were using the original Gaelic spelling, I’d be signing things as “Tigernaugh”, which is about as cool as it gets.  Legend has it that my name was supposed to be “Lacey”, but at the last minute, my mom switched to “Tierney”.  Why?   Well, she’d been reading a novel about a Celtic Warrior who saved his tribe, and his name was Tierney.  BALLER STATUS, am I right?!  Also, makes sense that I turned out to be a writer.

2.  I’m a  style blogger over at The Preppy Leopard.  I started blogging after college because I was constantly finding great deals in stores and wanted an easy platform to share my shopping/style tips with my friends.  I also get sent some pretty sweet swag, but lately, it’s getting hard to keep up with that blog, this blog, and then writing in general.   I have gotten to do some pretty cool photo shoots though!

3.  I’m a born again Christian, and I’ve been attending the same church since I was born.  I get a lot of cool opportunities to volunteer and give back to my community.  I’ve been on four missions trips to Kenya, Africa, and then two trips to St. Kitts.   While there, I primarily work with young children (usually six and under).  I also teach Sunday School every week to a very rambunctious group of 3 & 4 year olds.  I write and perform children’s puppet skits every week, and usually whenever I travel overseas on trips, I bring my puppet in my backpack! (Makes for funny TSA encounters.)  Many times, the tribal kids are afraid of people with lighter skin (wazungu!), and having the puppets helps them come out of their shells and not be afraid.

4.  I wear costumes.  A lot.  Usually, it’s when I perform in different plays and skits, but I also have done birthday parties and outreach events where you stay in character and play with kids.   My best/favorite character is Snow White–I can do the voice and everything!

5.   I really love the South–specifically Charleston, SC.  Gone with the Wind (and the sequels!) are some of my favorite books, and I’m a giant Civil War history nerd.  If you show me oaks with Spanish moss, I’m the happiest girl in the world.

6.  I’m also really into retro glam–red lipstick, leopard print, cat-eyes…the works!  I wear red lipstick almost every day, and when I don’t, people usually ask if I’m feeling ill.

7.  I play a lot of video games.  I actually prefer to play games rather than watch TV or movies.  I have a hard time concentrating for long periods of time unless my mind is actively engaged, and video games are kind of like interactive movies for me.  I love anything with action and a great story, and my favorites are the Bioshock series, the Fallout series, the Uncharted series, and The Elder Scrolls.

8.  As much as I love writing, I have a really big love-hate relationship with it.  I don’t write very often, but when I do, I’ll write half a book in a day.  It’s kind of like all the words and characters build up inside of me until I have to sit down and get them all out.  Part of it is probably due to my terrible attention span–it’s just really hard to sit still that long.  But, when I’m on, I’m really really on.  (But still, it makes me feel kind of inferior when I see all these writers on Twitter talking about how many words they wrote that day.  “2k words this morning!” “#amwriting”  I want to be like… I did 45k in one night…two months ago….nm.)

9.  I once filmed a reality television pilot for a popular network.  It was really surreal, and I went through all these Skype interviews with producers to get the part.  They found me randomly on Youtube, and I actually ignored their emails for awhile because I thought it was a scam.  The show never went anywhere, but I basically got paid to talk to a camera about my life and go shopping.

10.  I have two big vices in my life — Diet Coke and tanning (outside).  People like to tell me how unhealthy they both are… but usually they are quieted down once I tell them that I don’t drink alcohol…or smoke…or do any drugs…or sleep around… and that I just want read in the sunshine while drinking a Diet Coke with lime AND IS THAT SO MUCH TO ASK FOR?!  Real talk, I do acknowledge the dangers of too much sun and aspartame, and I try to be careful.  I get yearly skin cancer screenings and drink a ton of water.  I just am so happy when I’m outside on a lounge chair with a good book and a cold drink!  Plus, I’m half Italian, and I feel really weird when I’m not tan.

11.  In college, I was really active in our Student Media department.  I’m very outgoing and I’m comfortable in front of the camera, so that meant I ended up getting to film a lot of cool segments!  My favorites were some of the celebrity interviews–I got to hang out with guys like T-Pain, the Plain White Tees, and The Cab.  My shining moment though (when I got all shaky and unable to breathe) was when I met Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes.  GCH was one of my favorite bands at that point, and I could barely talk to him without laughing nervously.  Luckily, he was incredibly nice and down-to-earth!


Okay, so now I have to answer 11 questions!
1. When did you start writing?

I’ve written since I was little–like first grade!  (My first book was about me and my best friend, the Indian Squanto.)
2. Who is the one author you’d like to sit down with and talk if you could?

I feel like this might be a little cliched, but I would love to hang out with Ernest Hemingway.  I wrote a thesis paper about Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the “Lost Generation” of the 1920’s, and I would love to talk to him about his life experiences and his writing.  Hemingway crafted some gorgeous, tragic characters, and from the recurring themes, you can tell he put himself in a lot of them.  I would just want him to tell me stories.
3. Who is your favorite fictional character?

Oh gosh, this is going to sound so fluffy, but I love Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl.  (Combine both the TV Blair and the Book Blair.)  I can see a lot of myself in Blair–the constant need to be perfect and the trust issues and obsession with competition.  She’s one of the first characters I really latched on to and rooted for no matter what she did.

I also really love any woman created by Joss Whedon–probably Buffy the most.
4. Beach house, country house or city apartment?

This is probably my hardest question!  Is it cheating to say all three?  I love sunshine and the beach life, but I would only want to be there when it’s warm.  I also love the simplicity of a country life–houses with giant wraparound porches and sweet tea and horseback riding.   But, I love the chaos of a city, and I feel so alive when tromping through busy streets and dodging traffic.
5. What is your favorite time of year?

SUMMER SUMMER SUMMER.  I hate snow, ice, cold weather, etc.
6. What is your favorite sport or fitness activity?

I play a fair amount of sports through our Young Adults group at church, and they’re normally really violent ones like Ultimate Ball/Frisbee/etc.  The majority of us played sports in high school, and as result, we’re more competitive than we need to be.  Right now, I have a huge bruises all over my body from last week’s of Handball Soccer, although I’m proud to say I scored a bunch of points for our team.

As far as official sports go, I play basketball, softball, and volleyball.  I also like riding horses, and if I’m at the gym, I love Les Mills classes (specifically Body Combat!)  My mom owns a Tae Kwon Do school, and I took that when I was younger, and Body Combat is a nice graduation from that.
7. What is one bad habit you have?

See above.  Diet Coke and Tanning!
8. Tea or coffee?

Diet Coke.
9. What is your favorite TV show?

I still think LOST is amazing, and I will still get upset when people misinterpret the ending.  (THEY WERE NOT DEAD THE WHOLE TIME, PEOPLE!)  I also love(d) Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl, The Walking Dead, Revenge, Firefly, and any show with serial killers.
10. If you could only own one book, what would it be?

Not to be cheesy, but I’d pick the Bible.  I read it every day!  🙂
11. What is your favorite fruit?

Pineapple!  Especially when you get it fresh!  When we were in Kenya one year, there was this overabundance of pineapple, and we had it every single meal.  We actually started to develop these sores on our mouths from eating too much citric acid!

Okay, so this is the part where I tag people, and like I said before, I don’t have a ton of writer friends yet so the “no tag-back” rules are kind of hard for me.   I always love reading people’s answers, so if you’ve already been tagged and want to answer some new questions, please do it!

I’m tagging both my writer friends and my fashion blogger friends:

Laura Mallory

Fran – Franish
Rachel Robinson
Lexi – Glitter & Pearls
Kate – Nautical by Nature

Here are your new questions to answer:

1.  Do you have a special story of how your parents picked out your name?

2.  What did you want to be when you grew up?

3.  What was your favorite memory from a child?

4.  If you had to wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?

5.  What fictional place would you most like to visit?

6.  Who is your fictional crush?

7.  What is the craziest/most brave thing you’ve ever done?

8.  What has been your most embarrassing moment to date?

9.  If you got to spend one day as a member of the opposite sex, what would you do?

10.  What fictional character do you think is the most like you?

11.  What’s the most likely reason you could end up in jail one day?

The Liebster Rules:
1. The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by bloggers.
2. Each blogger should post 11 facts about himself / herself.
3. Each blogger should answer the 11 questions that are asked by the nominating blogger.
4. Choose 11 new bloggers to nominate for the Award and link to them in the post.
5. Create 11 new questions for your nominees.
6. Go back to their pages and tell them they’ve been nominated.
7. No tag backs.

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