You guys! Thank you for your such wonderful, heartfelt comments on my book publishing news. You guys are simply the best! Of course, I am very thrilled, and as you can imagine, my mind is quite preoccupied these days. I left the "book thoughts" only for a little while to enjoy the Father's Day weekend with Justin, the World Greatest Dad ("and Husband", added Anya), and we had such a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Other than that and Anya starting a month long theater camp (read: I started a month long driving there and back, twice a day camp), I am focused on my writing. I tend to be extremely focused when I work on something that matters to me a lot, so no wonder, blogging takes a back seat for a while. I don't know how frequently I will be able to comment, please do not take it personally - and know that I treasure you VERY MUCH. :)
It would be premature-ish to tell you all the details about the book, but a couple of things I will share. First of all, you don't even know how happy I am to have your support. You guys actually want to read my book? Pre-order it?! Yay!!! But I have to tell you, it's not really "a commission", nobody showed up with a big fat check in front of my door, not yet at least, but! I was offered an opportunity to have my writing published and get a little compensation from book sales. If that doesn't work out, I am quite content with self-publishing (print on demand). Justin and I have been considering this option for a while now, and long before this offer came along, I decided that 2015 would be the year when I publish my first book. As you know, I write in two languages, and I've been working on a bilingual project with my brother. But when this teasing and unexpected publishing opportunity came along, I started thinking about publishing a few things that I have written in Russian. So, I'm talking about two different projects here (at least) - one bilingual, in collaboration with my talented artist brother, and another one, either stories written in Russian-only, or with some stories written in English. I haven't decided on that yet - I will keep you posted. Either way, it's good stuff. I feel like my life is just about to begin (again!).
In other news, stunning Elsie of the exotic and yummy blog The Cooking Wardrobe nominated me a Liebster Award, which is such an honor. As Elsie states in her post, the Liebster Award is given to "new bloggers to help them grow their following by introducing them to other bloggers and followers. "Liebster" is a German word which means "beloved, sweetheart or darling". The nominee is required to answer the questions asked by the person who nominated them, and then nominate eleven other up and coming bloggers." So let's have some fun with the questions!
Joni of the blog Artful Closet gave me this beautiful and unusual fabric necklace as a gift when we had a very heartfelt meet-up about a month ago (post here). Joni said she bought it on Etsy.
1. Are you a morning person?
Not even a bit!
I'm a night owl, since early childhood.
My father says I never wanted to stop playing to go to bed. I still don't!
2. What's your best form of exercise?
Walking and swimming.
3. What's your favorite food?
That's an impossible question to answer.
I'm a foodie! I love it all! Well, almost all... OK, I'll pick seafood.
I just wanted to make sure you see the beautiful texture-like print - isn't it gorgeous?
The jasper ring echoes the texture...
4. Are you a dog or cat person?
I am a cat person through and through.
5. What is an item you cannot live without?
My computer, decidedly.
6. What is the best advice you've been given?
I don't know the name of these fantastic flowers, but they seem to be everywhere around here - along the Ruston Way in Tacoma, and in our little neighborhood too...
7. What is your dream vacation?
I'll take any vacation - it's all a dream, it's like picking my favorite food... San Francisco, England, Prague, Hawaii, Australia - I'll go almost anywhere, any day.
8. Do you plan to fight aging or age gracefully?
I'm kind of already aging, without a plan, if you know what I mean. :)
9. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging for the very first time in 2002 - pretty much by an accident, and I just loved it - it is definitely my genre. I have blogged on and off ever since then. This particular blog started as my way of re-introducing style into my life, embracing my love of writing, but with a twist - in a new to me language (I did not write in English much before this blog). I think ultimately, it's a deep desire to connect, to feel heard, understood and appreciated.
10. Introvert or Extrovert?
A mix of both, pretty much 50/50.
11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Living, loving, writing, publishing books, traveling.
I guess now I have to address my questions to 11 "new-ish" bloggers. It's hard to pick, and not everyone wants to play, and I am not aware who is "new" especially, so I will just name a few bloggers, but please, if you like my questions (at the end of this post) and want to play - consider yourself awarded and just grab these questions and play!
Joni of Artful Closet
Shawna of The Director of Awesome
Beate of Bahnwaerterhaeuschen
Jill of Grownup Glamour
I still don't know your name, lovely friend of Happy After Blog
Jayne of Northern Mum Down South
Tina of Tina's Pink Friday
Sandra of Peaches McGinty
Olga of Local Fashion
Jazzy Jack of Natural Medley (only when and if you feel inspired!)
Sam of A New Frame of Reference
And here are my questions to you:
1. Favorite color of the rainbow.
2. Favorite time of day.
3. Three favorite things to do when you don't have to do anything.
4. Three favorite TV shows.
5. What was your biggest childhood dream?
6. What's more inspiring - being in the mountains or by the sea?
7. In a difficult situation, who is your hero? (Do you ever think "What would ... do?")
8. If you only had to choose one book to bring with you to a desert isle, what would it be?
9. First thing you do in the morning is ... (OK, of non-embarrassing things :) )
10. Are you a ritual person or a spontaneous person?
11. If you had to describe the meaning of life in just one word, it would be ...
Have fun with the questions!
Necklace - gift from Joni
Shoes - Ecco
pretty much everything else is from Chico's, different years
You might have seen the dress in my earlier post Matryoshka (March 2015)