You know what I love about the online communities? The mass about of collaboration. The ideas people come up with to support each other from follow trains to blogging awards and more. My heart melts at the sight of the competitive nature getting left in the last century and all that fear about what the technical age is bringing is getting turned into a mass amount of community support – that is extremely impressive. So at that I would like to Thank Anisha for my second Sunshine Award nomination – an aspiring young writer full of entertaining ideas and WideEyedWanderer for nominating me for my second Liebster Award! – She’s been one of my favorite people in my blogging circle. I’ve enjoyed many of her gripping short stories. Please check them out if you have the time. It’s taken me forever to get around to doing this post because I had some other projects on the go and then there’s life itself. But here it is… I’ve combined the 2 awards into one post as it’s far more practical for me than doing them separately.
THE THING THAT MAKES ME PASSIONATE ABOUT WRITING
The thing that makes me passionate about writing the stories I do, is to see ideas form into actual content. You’ll notice I don’t post too often and I’m not even pressuring myself to. This is because I don’t want to just write for the sake of writing, that’s for all my scribbles I don’t let people see. Even therapeutic writing I keep away from here. This is where I want every story to be something worth going back to re-read. Sometimes, when I do go back I might make little edits or such, because I feel I’m improving with time. What looks like a short story is usually at least a third longer in the first draft. Then I spend an evening or two chipping away at it, rephrasing things to cut the word count etc.. And when I feel its refined enough that people might enjoy it, I’ll post it. And eventually I might like to put all these little stories into a hardcover book. That would be the equivalent of a trophy for me.
The 10 facts about me…
- I’m allergic to way too many things.
- I love high heels but never get a chance to wear them.
- If I could, I’d start a leather jacket collection.
- Ideally I would love to have a spare room dedicated to my wardrobe and character figure collections.
- Opals are my favorite stone.
- I have more regrets than I can count
- One of my biggest regrets is trying too hard not to have regrets.
- I write songs but really should to learn to sing
- I embrace chaos because it prepares for new beginnings
- I wish I could be faster at reading
Now, onto questions from WideEyedWanderer: Liebster Award
Do you know your MBTI classification? Do you feel it’s accurate?
INFP – by nature, but it doesn’t mean I’m always like that.
If you could live in an alternate reality world (e.g. Middle Earth, Pern, Westeros) where would it be?
Probably a Disney animation. Yes, one of the princess ones. I mean, why not. The songs are pretty awesome.
In that world, what roll would you play?
Probably Jafar’s sidekick….. It could be fun. Now that I think of it that could make for some interesting fan fiction. Picture it – Jafar’s female sidekick also Jasmine’s best friend – it would be such a plot twister … Maybe I’ll consider actually writing it. Let me know if you steel the idea first.
Do you have a preferred genre for reading or writing? What is it?
Fantasy Fiction, the kind with elves and dragons, mages and mermaids. Though it’s not so much the genre that will grip me. It’s more certain characters that I start to feel attached to and if the story is sprinkled with some dark humor it makes it that much more enjoyable.
Are you more of a thinker or a feeler?
That is a very perplexing question. I have no sane answer for this.
Carnivore or vegetarian?
I find carnivores more fascinating. But I’m very thankful vegetarians exist.
Do you have a tattoo story?
I really wish I did… Oh Wait! I must have been about 10 years old, when there was this lady who joined our Sunday morning church service. She would sit pretty close to the front, we would sit more toward the back. She would often where tank tops or spaghetti straps, which would give everyone behind her this beautiful view of a black panther tattoo on her shoulder. You know, that classic style prowling panther? But that was the first time I saw one like it and as someone who was favorite subject was cats, it made me want to be like her when I grow up. So one day I brought some of those fun kiddie tattoos with me, for my best friend and I to put on. Well that day there was no Sunday school class for our age group so we had to sit and listen to the sermon in which the speaker talked about how tattoos are ungodly and quoted all verses he figured supported this .. Leviticus was probably among it. The sermon was so drug out, but as soon as it was finished my friend and I went to the girls washroom and stuck the little papers under the tap water transferring the pictures onto our skin. I got my ear rung out for this… this rebellion and blaspheme, specifically because we did it right after a sermon that should have made us understand how wrong it is. And how dare I lead my friend into sin! I can’t help it… when I set my mind on something very little can steer me off course… must be the demon in me…. Geez.
What is your go to “pick me up” (i.e., caffeine, music, earthing)?
Coffee or Chai Tea in a favorite mug. The mug is important as it sets the mood for the moment. It’s got to look and feel comfortable, be solid and large enough to hold lots so that it last a while. I can’t stand the ones that are frail and feel like they’ll break if they tip over – they can increase anxiety instead of diminishing it.
Music works too! But it’s usually overpowered by all the commotion and interruptions around me and thus have the opposite effect. Hot beverage in a mug is like the calm before, in and after a storm.
Sunshine Award questions by Anisha
Name one thing unique to your country that you’re proud of and why.
The vast amount of low populated land speckled with cities, both hot and cold, with such a variety of cultures and subcultures, Makes me feel like there’s an entire world within my own country that I can visit or move around without need of a passport.
Would you rather read a Sci-Fi or a medieval fantasy?
– I would gravitate toward medieval fantasy, but it’s really all about how much I like the characters.
What’s the best quote you’ve come up with so far?
– best is relative to the moment I’m experiencing, my favorites are always changing. But I am absolutely in love this part Half God Half Devil by In This Moment. I wish I wrote it.
My angels and my demons, they don’t know their place. Ready or not they’re gonna come out and play. I can be your heavenly or I can be your hell. I can say a prayer for you or I can cast a spell. I push you to the darkness just to pull you to the light, ’cause I can take away your breath or I can bring you back to life. Half God Half Devil. I won’t pretend that I resist temptation, I think it’s funny when you preach damnation. I’ve been to hell and back and now it’s just a part of me without the darkness there’d be no light in me.
Do you have any life mottos that you abide by? If yes, what are they?
– chaos is the ruling force of this realm – so don’t take any of it too seriously
– Life is hard so that we evolve
– By experiencing the things we don’t want we can more clearly decided what it is we do want.
If you could bring back one dead person to life, who would it be?
Pocahontas – I’d like to hear what she has to say about her side of the story.
Name a famous person you’d like to go on a date with.
– Norman Reedus.
If you could be omnipotent for a day, what would you do? (And no, you can’t wish to be omnipotent forever, all you Chandlers)
I would make every pedophile be castrated on national television. And every incestual pedophile beheaded on national television with footage posted to a government approved website. I wouldn’t fix everything though, otherwise there’d be no point in incarnating here. But I would make prison uniforms pink maybe with some lace. I would abolish legal theft (you know, those ridiculous fees that big companies charge for no real reason but you have lack of option to take your business elsewhere). I would give fertility an on/off switch for both genders, except those castrated. I would figure out the root cause of depression and address that issue worldwide and then give each individual the understanding of what it would take to improve their life, exception of those beheaded… of course.
List some things you want to do before you die.
– get some writing published. Start a fashion line. Shop without a budget.
Would you rather be able to read minds or to control time? Why?
– control time, because there are countless things I’d want to change. Besides, I can already pick up on others’ brainwaves and it drive me crazy enough.
Does blogging ever feel like a burden to you?
– Sometimes, but my style of blog allows me to discard that pressure. I do what I can do when I can do it.
What’s your favourite kind of weather?
– Sunshine and hot! ( x the humidity) Though I do love being cozy inside during the stormy and snowy days too.
I nominate these bloggers
I nominate these bloggers. They have supported and encouraged me over my last several stories and/or are bloggers I have found quite inspiring. Since I have combined the Liebster and sunshine award into one post, feel free to choose whichever is more suiting to you. Even the bloggers of a dark nature deserve a sunshine award because your cleverness and beauty warms my heart and makes me smile. So choose whichever feels better for you, or neither if you prefer. I will list the rules/guidelines separately below.
Calm Kate – A beautiful site with many wonderful and useful topics. The type of site that gives you a sense of peace as soon as you open it.
Tom Burton – An avid story teller of both light hearted and grunge tales, many of which take place in the heart of London. Check out his site for an array of compelling short and long stories.
Kamalini Govender – One of my favorite darkside blogs. She is so creative and inspiring.
Kim – Writers side of life – A book blogger in New Zealand who interviews authors and talks about the writing life.
Matthew Richardson – Some well written, gripping reads here. Enough to give you goosebumps and chills down your spine.
iScriblr – She writes from soul and creates posts that hit directly at the heart. She is also hosts some writing challenges if your looking for a place to network with writing prompts.
Pointless Overthinking – This blog is full of deep, well considered thought around life and our experience of it.
Lovenlosses – She writes some beautiful, easy to read poetry – much of which hits right at .. moments.
Karen – A really wonderful blog in which she shares her light in living through depression, PTSD and breast cancer.
Everyday Strange – Writings on all things strange. A very unique blogging perspective.
Questions for you
- If the equator caused a dystopia and the only way to survive was at the North or South pole which one would you rather be at?
- What type of jewelry do you wear the most often? Any particular reason?
- What do you get from listening to your favorite songs?
- What is your most enlivening environment?
- When you go for a walk what type of things do you notice the most?
- Which social media platform gives you the most positive vibes?
- If you could be given a $2000 gift card to any clothing chain which one would you choose?
- What two characters (from separate stories) do you think would be great if put in the same story? What would make it great?
- If the cat is out of the bag and the elephant is in the room…. (finish the phrase).
- Explain a style of character you tend to gravitate toward?
- Is there any faux pas that you would like to see normalized?
The rules/guidelines for the awards are posted separately below. Please don’t feel pressured to do this if you don’t have the time or don’t feel like it or it would disrupt the style of your blog.
The GUIDELINES for the Liebster Award are as follows:
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Display the award on your post (There are alternate pictures on google)
- Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blogging
- Provide 10 random facts about yourself
- Answer the questions given to you
- Nominate 5-11 other blogs for this award
- Ask them creative and unique questions of your own
- List the rules and inform your nominees of the award
Rules for the Sunshine Award
- Thank the person/persons that nominated you and make sure to link your response back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions your nominator gave you.
- Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
- List the rules and display the award.