New Questions

Buckets on a Barefoot Beach nominated me for an award. These are new questions, so I wanted to answer them. Plus, tag her because her blog is cool. I’m not following the rules, but I don’t mind. Do you? 🙂 LOL

  • What is your favorite time of day? Blogging time. 🙂
  • If you could trade cell phones with someone for a day, who would you choose? No one! I like my phone and its amount of calls. LOL Maybe I would trade with the Dalai Lama? LOL Or the pope. Or some Australian outback rancher?
  • Which musician would you sing karaoke with? Tom Waits? I’m assuming I could keep up and not sound horrible. Plus, he sings a song with my name in it–Martha. Plus, he’s not a bad actor.
  • Which fictional character would you have tea with? Mad Hatter? LOL How about Atticus Finch?
  • Which historic figure (someone who has been dead at least 20 years) would you like to have as a teacher? Jesus.
  • If you were going to spend the afternoon with some spokesperson from a commercial, who would you choose? Matthew McConaughey (Lincoln commercial) Alright, alright, alright!
  • If your life was a TV show, what genre would it be? Reality. LOL
  • Where would you NOT host a secret meeting? McDonald’s
  • If you were a TV weather forecaster, what would you call your show? Meteorology with Martha
  • Which historical figure would you play a board game with? Gandhi
  • If you had speech bubbles (like a superhero), what color would the text be? Black (I’m Batman.)

Meine Lieblingsschriftsteller, Jawohl!

I am honored to be nominated for the Liebster Award by 2B or Not 2Bsuper cool beautiful writer lady with chops and skills.

The rules of the Liebster Award are as follows:

1) Acknowledge the blog who nominated you for this award.
2) Answer 11 questions the blogger gave you.
3) Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4) Nominate 11 blogs.
5) Notify them.
6) Give them 11 questions to answer.

The following are questions 2B asked me in her nomination:

  • What made you start blogging? How long ago did you start? I couldn’t stop posting crazy-long status updates on Facebook, so I thought, “Better start a blog.” Plus, my friend did and I got jealous. LOL I started about 1 1/2 years ago-Jan. 2016?
  • If you could visit any country in the world, which would you visit and why? I would like to visit India, Africa and Australia/New Zealand. I would like to help anywhere in the world people are in need. Also, Australia/NZ just looks cool. I’d go anywhere.
  • What is your favorite animal? Norwich Terrier, dog, horse
  • Favorite candy? Steak LOL Kidding! Almond Joy (I know. Ew. I’m old. You’ll understand when you’re 40.)
  • Do you prefer digital or physical books? Paper.
  • What is the biggest problem you encounter while writing? Thinking up the words. LOL No. Spelling.
  • What color are your eyes? Gray.
  • Recount a brief childhood story. What happened? Abuse. Lots of stuff. 🙂 Seriously tho–I fell off my bike one day. My chain flew off my rickety old jalopy and I busted up my knees and shins. Blood poured down my legs. Road burn for days down my entire shin. One big scab. My mom hosed me off when I got home because there was that much blood. I lived. Barely.
  • What type of music do you like to listen to? Coldplay, 21 Pilots, Gorillaz
  • Do you collect anything? If so, what is it? Shells! Memories.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? Well-known writer?? 😀

I just nominated some people through another award, so. I apologize if it’s rude to not nominate others. Only a few people actually completed the tag. I completed because I think this is fun.

Here’s a few blogs that I read (when I have time) and like:
Pencil Princess
Heaven and Haleigh
Kacey Moe
Buckets On a Barefoot Beach
JJ Cuddles



This is another story my daughter wrote. She won an award for this one. PTA Reflections 2017 awarded her honorable mention at state level for Missouri, junior high division. Really proud.

“What is Your Story?” was the theme this year. Lilli’s story is a little sad, but truthful and daring. Her piece is a great perspective on writing and art creation, in general. A true reflection of how many artists feel about revealing their work. It’s risky to put your heart on the line. But brave to try!

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Here she is walking across the stage, accepting her award!

“Trapped Inside My Own Mind” by Lillian Maggio

Isn’t it strange? I love to compose music, and I love imagining the way it will sound. I take joy in writing the lyrics and listening to my accompaniment played with clunky digital sounds, but I absolutely detest my own voice. In addition, I can’t play any instrument, so I have hardly any idea how to write music for another person to play. I hate the concept of someone else singing for me, because I know in my heart that they wouldn’t do my song justice. I’m afraid to ask a musician for help because I don’t know if my songs can even be played. So I compose scores which I am proud of and rejoice in, yet no one really ever hears my music but me.

I love thinking up beautiful and magical characters with complex and wonderful designs and personalities, but I hate the style in which I draw, so their appearance remains a mystery. I’m so petrified that I’ll make a mistake or portray them wrong that I can never portray them at all. I long to use my art to bring light and wonder to the world, to tell a story that hasn’t been told before, but I’m so afraid that my story will be incomplete and riddled with flaws. So my characters are never brought to life, never see the light of day.

I love to write, and I would love even more to be recognized for my talent. I write based on my own experiences, sometimes even making up fantastical worlds all by myself. Still, I can never bring myself to actually try and publish any of my works. I tell myself that I don’t have a chance, that I’ll never become popular and that no one will ever read, let alone care about, what I have to say. Or, even worse, that someone will see my work and copy it, claiming my creation as their own while I can do nothing. So I hide everything I do, far from where anyone could see or hear it.

I’m trapped inside my own mind. My worst adversary is, in reality, myself; my own fear. I can’t show everyone all the amazing stories I’ve been dying to tell. And it’s because I’m holding myself back, preventing myself from sharing my thoughts and ideas with the world.

So I can’t tell my story. I’m far too afraid.