Awards, Blog Tags

The Sunshine Blogger Award ~ In Which I Answer More Questions About Myself

Guess what guys! I got tagged for another award! This is my *checks papers* third award?!! Wow! I never expected to be tagged for three awards so early on in blogging!

The wonderful Ananya tagged me for this award and I can’t wait to answer her questions! So, without further ado, let’s get started!!

The Rules Boring Stuffs

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog. ✔

2. Answer all the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you. ✔

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. ✔

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your blog post. ✔

Now, on to the questions!!

Questions:

1. What’s Your Pet Peeve?

OH DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED

I have so many pet peeves over so many random things.

I really hate when people spell words wrong. That just….really gets on my nerves for some reason. I can also be pretty OCD about things. Like, take a Christmas tree. If the ornaments aren’t spread equally over the tree, I just….*inhales deeply*…..I have to leave the room for a bit XD

2. Name Your Favorite Music Artists (Any Genre).

Oh, now you’re asking for it!

TobyMac, Hollyn, Jamie Grace, Group 1 Crew, Britt Nicole, Jordan Feliz, Newsboys, Francesca Battistelli, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Owl City, Imagine Dragons, for KING & COUNTRY, Superchic(k), The Script, elybeatmaker (I am not sorry), Casting Crowns, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Capital Kings, and a sprinkle of others that I’ve only heard one or two songs from.

There’s probably others that I can’t think of right now.

I’ll post more about songs and songwriters next week, so yeah, stay tuned for that if you want to hear me ramble about my favorite subject EVER.

3. Describe Yourself in Three Words.

Just three? Why not twelve paragraphs plus footnotes?

Just kidding!

Optimisticcrazywriterperson, Kindofgetsdepressedsometimes, Togetherslapperofwords

There. Three words.

*bows*

4. What’s Your Favorite Book?

GOOD GRIEF, ANANYA JUST SEEMS DETERMINED TO ASK THE HARDEST QUESTIONS EVER

Percy Jackson.

No specific book, just PERCY JACKSON

5. Tea or Coffee?

NEITHER!!

6. Who’s Your Role Model?

For what field of life? Because I have several.

Writing: Rick Riordan and Andrew Peterson

I look up to Rick Riordan because of his incredible writing voice. The way he describes things is amazing! I’ve been kind of studying his descriptions so I can improve. This is how I learn things. I study on my own time 😅

I look up to Andrew Peterson because of the story development he did before he started writing The Wingfeather Saga. He wrote the history of his fantasy land, Aerwiar, before he started writing the actual books so that he could understand how to write about it. That’s dedication right there, and I can appreciate dedication like that.

Songwriting: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, TobyMac, and Francesca Battistelli

I look up to Benj Pasek and Justin Paul because OH MY GOODNESS THEIR MUSIC IS AMAZING!!!! But, they are also so incredibly talented at writing inspirational songs. Music has incredible power when used right, and having an understanding of that power is what makes a talented songwriter.

I look up to TobyMac because he is one of the oldest artists I can remember listening to on a regular basis. My dad has listened to his music as far back as I can remember, and there’s just something about Toby’s music. Some of the genres he sings in I wouldn’t listen to but because they’re TobyMac songs that just makes them…..better, I guess. Considering what he’s been through in the past couple of years, the fact that he is still singing songs that are Biblically correct is impressive, especially when several artists are now turning away from the doctrine that they’ve been preaching for years.

I look up to Francesca Battistelli because of the way her songs are written. They’re so pretty and they have such great lyrics! Not to mention, her voice is beautiful!!

I also look up to several other artists, but this might get kind of long if I keep going. 😅

Acting: Phillipa Soo and Tom Hiddleston

I look up to Phillipa Soo because, ever since I started listening to Hamilton, she’s always been one of my favorite actresses. They way she conveys emotion is amazing. Putting full passion into sadness can be hard sometimes, but she does it so beautifully and gracefully.

I look up to Tom Hiddleston for some of the same reasons I look up to Phillipa Soo. I’ve only seen one Thor movie, but I could see the depth behind Loki’s character that Tom Hiddleston portrayed so delicately. It only took all that feeling to turn Loki into my favorite Marvel character. No, I’m not a Loki fangirl, what are you talking about?

And then, of course, I look up to the wonderful friends and family that I’ve been blessed with. I take influence from waaaay too many places to list here, but this is just a choice few.

7. What’s Your Favorite Quote?

It’s on the home page of my blog:

Be yourself, because everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde

I don’t know what it is about this quote, but it is so beautiful.

I also like this one:

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.

Bil Keane

And yes, before you start typing, I already know that this quote is also from Kung Fu Panda. Let’s just ignore that, please.

8. Who’s Your Favorite Blogger?(You Can’t Name YOURSELF Like I Did Last Time)

Ha, even if I could name myself, I wouldn’t, even though I do enjoy my posts XD

No, my favorite blogger is Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life. Her photography is incredible and I love reading her posts!

9. What Are Those Things Which Will Never Change in Your Lifetime?

What do you mean by this question? Do you mean things about me or things about the world around me?

*waits for answer*

Oh right, she can’t hear me.

I’ll just list things about myself.

I know that my silliness and love of singing will never change. I will always love my family, no matter what happens. I will always have crazy, random ideas popping into my head. And of course, most importantly, I will always love and trust in the Lord, because I know He will always take care of me.

10. Choose One: Hollywood or Bollywood

NEITHER!!

11. What’s the Color of Your Soul?

Uh…..what?

Is this a personality quiz thing?

*searches Google* Ooh, it is! I love personality quizzes!

*takes quiz*

Chartreuse

Your soul is both serene and radiant. Its lovely green and golden hues make it the perfect shade of chartreuse. When you are with your friends, they can feel your inner warmth encompassing them, and they always feel more enlightened when they leave. You are a true gem in the soul department, and you should flaunt your soul’s color every chance you get.

That’s what I got. Yeah, sure, that’s definitely me. 😂 I took another test and it gave me Indigo, but that definitely didn’t suit me.

Eh, personality quizzes rarely ever label me correctly. I think the only personality quizzes to label me correctly was the Official Godly Parent Quiz on the Percy Jackson website, and the MBTI quiz.

That was fun though!

Nominees:

Maya @ Maya Joelle

Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life

Diamond @ I Have 12% of a Plan

Bea @ The Beahive

Emily @ Emily Bianchini

Aaaand….yeah, that’s it 😅 I really don’t feel like tagging eleven bloggers. So, five it is!

My Questions:

1. If you had to talk for fifteen minutes about something, what would it be?

2. Are you more of a girly-girl or a tomboy?

3. What are your favorite girl or boy names?

4. Do you have any hidden talents?

5. What are your thoughts on social media?

6. Do you prefer real books, e-books, or audiobooks?

7. What is one unpopular opinion you have?

8. What is your love language?

9. Do you put water on your toothbrush before or after the toothpaste?

10. Do you imagine shapes, numbers, days of the week to have colors or personalities?

11. What is the view out the nearest window?

Hope you guys enjoyed this award!

Thanks for reading!!

Awards, Blog Tags

The Outstanding Original Blogger Award ~ In Which I am Apparently Outstanding

I don’t know why, but the size and shape of that banner thingy is really annoying me

Not too long ago, I was scrolling through a post on one of the blogs I follow, when I saw my name. Intrigued, I scrolled back up, and realized that I was tagged. Now that I was a little more invested in the post, I went back through and read the whole thing. That was when I realized that not only had I been tagged for a blog tag, it was an award!

So, thank you, Bea, for tagging me for this award! Let’s get started!!

Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post (Here it is)
  2. Answer the questions provided
  3. Create 7 unique questions
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2021, every blog that pingbacks the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2021 Outstanding Blogger award.

Alright, now that all that boring stuff is out of the way, let’s move on to the fun stuff: the questions!!

1. What Is Your Favorite Hobby?

Oh boy.

If anyone knows me, they know that this is a loaded question XD The amount of hobbies I have is ridiculous.

I love scrapbooking, because putting pictures and journaling on a page to preserve memories is so much fun. My family has been scrapbooking for almost my whole life, and I love looking at all the pictures.

I also enjoy writing songs, because there’s nothing quite like putting melodies and harmonies and stories and accompaniments together to make something that might touch someone’s life.

And I love to write and sing and act and a bunch of other stuff.

I guess I really don’t have a “favorite” hobby. I love them all!

2. Have You Ever Dyed Your Hair?

No, I haven’t, but I would like to one day. Maybe highlights or tips?

If I were to dye it, I’m not sure what color I would get. Literally everyone says purple (including the personality quizzes I took!) but I would also love to have blue.

3. What Is an Abnormal Fear You Have?

I used to be paranoid of bugs crawling into my ears. Still am, to be honest, although not quite as much. I was a strange child.

4. Do You Like Asparagus?

Yeah, I love asparagus!! Archibald, Junior, and them. They’re great!

*director rushes in*

*whispers*

Oh yeah, okay.

*whispers again*

WHAT?!!!

*director nods, rushes off again*

No, I hate asparagus. It tastes nasty. And the texture….*shivers*

5. Scrunchies, Yay or Nay?

Yay!

I used to have a scrunchie that I wore on my wrist for no reason whatsoever.

Then the rubber band snapped, and I was very sadz.

6. What, In Your Opinion, Is the Point of Life?

*exhales* Um….okay.

I think the purpose of life is to love and serve God. No one knows the real reason He put us on this earth, but our existence is not pointless, and never will be. It’s up to God to decide what we are here for. He loves all of his children and wants them to love Him back.

*wipes brow*

That was an unexpected question. Is the next one more lighthearted?

7. Do You Use Text Abbreviations While Actually Texting?

Yeah, this is definitely a lot more lighthearted.

I don’t text, mainly because I don’t have a phone, but if I did text, there would be little to no abbreviations. I prefer proper grammar 98% of the time.

So yeah.

My Questions:

  1. If You Had an Unlimited Amount of Candy For a Day, How Much Would You Eat?
  2. Does Anyone in Your Family Scrapbook?
  3. Do You Like to Sing?
  4. Do You Know Your Vocal Range?
  5. Are You Homeschooled, or Have You Been? What Did You Take From it?
  6. What is Your Dream Job?
  7. What Was Your Favorite TV Show When You Were Younger?

My Nominees:

Liesl @ Quote, Unquote

Maya @ Maya Joelle

Chloe @ Chloe Mali

Essie @ Esther Josephine Writes

Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life

Diamond @ I Have 12% of a Plan

Mary @ Wild Writing Dreams

Sarah @ The Sarcastic Elf

Meredith @ Artsy Arrow

Danny @ The Right Kind of Writer

I hope you guys enjoyed reading my answers to Bea’s questions!

Thanks for reading!!

Awards, Blog Tags

The Liebster Award ~ In Which I Won an Award!!

I definitely wasn’t expecting to get tagged for an award so early on in my blogging career. I say career. It really isn’t XD

But, Hannah @ Precarious Book Stacks was kind enough to nominate me, and then Maya @ Maya Joelle nominated me as well! Who am I to ignore that?

Let’s get started, shall we?

Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, include a link to their blog, and add the Liebster Award badge to your blog and/or post. ✔

2. Answer the eleven questions from the person who nominated you. ✔

3. Give eleven random facts about yourself. ✔

4. Nominate 5-11 fellow bloggers. ✔

5. Notify your nominees that you nominated them for the Liebster Award. ✔

6. Ask your nominees eleven questions. ✔

Hannah’s Questions:

1. What Was the First Story You Wrote About? 

I was five when I wrote my first story, so it was a little rough.

Actually, before I tell you what the story was about, some context.

My cousin, who has always been one of my very best friends, was over at my house (which didn’t doesn’t happen often) and we were watching Blue’s Clues, because that was my brother’s thing, and we were pretty bored. In the episode, Blue and Magenta were writing secret letters to each other, and I really liked that for some reason. After the episode finished, I dragged my cousin to my room, grabbed a stack of paper, and started writing a secret letter. She did the same. It was a story about her and Blue. She worked at a dog “fram” (farm) and Blue was one of the dogs there. She really liked Blue, and hid her whenever people came to get a dog. And then, at the end of the book, “she got Blue, her favorite dog”.

Unfortunately, she had to leave before I finished, but I finished it anyway and kept it. I still have it to this day, although it’s in pretty sad shape. After that, I don’t really remember how the rest of the stories I wrote came about, but I remember that one vividly.

*shrugs* My memory is strange.

2. What Is the Weirdest Thing You’ve Had To Research For a Book? 

I’m not sure. I’ve researched a lot of things. Let me go browse my search history.

So, my search history won’t let me scroll any further than a week ago, so I’ll just go off the top of my head.

I had to research pregnancy symptoms and stomach size and other random pregnancy stuff for a segment in my NaNo novel, which was about Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Google staff must have thought I was pregnant 😅 (I’m not XP)

3. Do You Enjoy Math?

*chokes*

Next question.

4. Do You Like Grammar?

I am a grammar Nazi that doesn’t pay that much attention to grammar, if that makes any sense at all.

So yeah, I like grammar, but it depends on what kind of mood I’m in. More often than not, my friends have corrected my grammar, to which I respond, “I’m Southern. Grammar don’t matter down here.”

I mean, it kind of does. But who talks properly anymore?

5. If You Had To Stop Writing, What Would You Do Instead?

Well, actually, I figured that out about a year and a half ago. I’m going to do musical theatre!!

*glances at your stunned faces*

What, you couldn’t already figure that out?

I do love writing, but it’s not my passion. I’ve been acting almost as long as I’ve been writing. (I started acting nine months after I wrote my first story) I love acting, singing, playing instruments etc. so I decided that this is what I want to do. With God’s allowance, of course!

But, writing is definitely something I want to do as well. After all, I have several great ideas that just need to be fleshed out a little! The publishing world will eat them up!

Heaven help us all

6. What Is the Most Random Thing You Have Witnessed In This Crazy World of Ours?

Now why on earth would you go and ask this question?!! I have a hard time remembering this kind of thing. I know there’s some kind of bizarre thing that has happened, but now I can’t think of anything.

I got chased by a flock of chickens once.

Oh! Wait! Our cats like to sit in the cat bowls. Just chill in their bowls. They’re so weird.

Yeah, those aren’t that great.

My memory doesn’t want to listen to me right now.

7. Would You Rather Write With a Cup of Tea And Cozy Blankets or Outside With a Light Breeze And Sunshine?

I’m an inside kind of person, so…..cozy blanket, although I don’t do tea. Maybe……Kool-Aid? Sure, Kool-Aid sounds good. Then, the Kool-Aid man would bust through my wall and we’d do a little dance, then I’d have to spend thousands of dollars getting my wall fixed.

It’s worth it for the little dance, though, right?

Right?

8. Give Us One Random Blog Post or Story Idea You’ve Had For a While, But It Probably Won’t Turn Into Anything.

Ooh! I like this question!

For awhile, I’ve been wanting to write a short story series about wolves, and I started it several months ago, but from the beginning, it seemed a lot like the Warriors series, so I gave up pretty quickly. I might revisit it, I don’t know.

9. What Is a Random Quirk Your Sibling/Family Has?

Oh boy.

I have three sisters and four brothers and they all have random quirks.

*chooses random sibling*

My sister is horse OBSESSED. She pretends almost everything is a horse. The arm of the couch, her bed, her camping chair, nothingness…..literally EVERYTHING. Thank goodness she’s taking riding lessons. Otherwise, the CEILING FAN would be a horse, I’m sure.

Also, when we’re sleep-deprived, we laugh about almost everything.

No joke.

Sometimes we get in trouble for laughing XD

10. If You Could Learn Any Musical Instrument Right Now, What Instrument Would You Choose?

Just….right now? No endless practicing, no injured fingers, no bursted lungs, none of that? I just know it without the painful stuff that comes with learning it?

Well, I play piano, ukulele, and flute, but not very well. I would like to be able to play ukulele a lot better, since I can only play, like, eight chords. And for flute, I need a lot more lung power. I’m pretty good at piano, but I’m not exceptional.

If I have to choose a completely new instrument, I’d like to know how to play cello. It’s so pretty! The sax is cool, though. Clarinet is pretty special to me, even though I can’t play it one bit.

Wait, how could I forget guitar? That’s something I’ve wanted to learn for awhile, but it hurtssssss and it’s so hardddddd.

So yeah.

11. What Is One Hobby You Want to Try?

Well, I like bullet journaling but I just can’t get into the habit of doing it every day. But, I’ve already done it before, so I guess that doesn’t count.

Cross-stitch looks like fun, and I’ve done a tiny bit. I really want to do it more, but my mom doesn’t have to time to teach me. Still, the feeling of pulling a needle through the fabric is pretty cool.

Maya’s Questions:

1. What Is Your Favorite Summertime Drink?

A nice cold cup of water. No ice, though. Ice makes it too cold.

2. Have You Ever Met Someone Whose First Language Was Not English (Or Was Your First Language Not English)? What Was That Like?

Okay, I really like this question.

My sister’s friend, Rebecca, is half-Mexican. Her dad is the pastor for Spanish church, and I’m pretty sure his first language is Spanish. He’s preached at our church a couple of times, and if he gets too excited, he starts preaching in Spanish! Most of the people in his family don’t speak any English, so he has to translate for them, which is pretty cool! Spanish is such a pretty language!

3. Do You Fluently Speak Any Language Other Than Your First? Which One? How’d You Learn It?

I do indeed. It is the language of sarcasm, that I picked up from various places. *nods*

LOL, I’m just kidding, although I’m great at being sarcastic. I can more or less speak (or…not?) American Sign Language. I’m learning it for school, and it’s so much fun! Sign language has always been one of my favorite languages.

This talk of speaking ASL is confusing me. Let’s move on.

4. Have You Ever Made Up a Language, Or Do You Want To?

Let me tell you, the ability to speak in a language that literally no one else knows would be amazing. I actually started making a language for one of my books, and it kind of died. *is now inspired to pick it back up*

5. Is It Snowy Where You Live?

Heck no.

6. What Song Did You Last Listen To? Did You Like It?

Well, Supernatural by DC Talk just went off. And now I’m listening to an ad. Fun stuff.

I’d say I liked it. It has a thumbs-up, so….most likely? XD

7. Would You Rather Be Lizzy Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) Or Peter Parker (Spider-Man)? (Ignore Whether You’re the Same Gender For This Question And Just Think About the Situation/Personality.)

Is this question a sign that I need to finish my school assignment of reading Pride and Prejudice? 😉 Just kidding!

Spider-Man definitely. I’ve always loved him, and having his abilities would be SICK, YO!!

8. Have You Ever Been to Michigan? If So, What Did You Think of It?

*sobs* I have not been to Michigan, but several of my friends live there, so I’m going up there one day! For sure!

9. Favorite Non-Official Holiday? (For Example, Mine Is Maple Sugar Fest.)

National Donut Day, which is sometime in November, I think. I didn’t hear about it until last year, and I love donuts, so this should have been in my life sooner.

10. Does Your Church Follow the Liturgical Calendar?

The….the what? Hold on.

Ah, the calendar for all the feasts and stuff.

No. No we do not.

11. Do You Like Being Asked About Your Future Plans? Why or Why Not?

Are people supposed to be asking me about my future plans? I don’t think anyone’s asked me about my plans for awhile, besides my mom, who just wanted to know if I was still interested in musical theatre.

Huh.

Eleven Random Facts About Myself

  1. I own a newspaper
  2. I’ve been writing songs since 2018 and have almost 70 finished and unfinished
  3. I’m pretty quiet if you meet me IRL, but if you catch me online, I’ll talk your ear off
  4. I have around five different art styles
  5. When I was around six or seven, I plagiarized a book a really liked called Ballet Swan, and turned it into a pretty cool series that has eleven books so far
  6. I can French-braid my own hair
  7. On the topic of braids, I taught myself how to braid, French-braid, and fishtail braid on dolls
  8. I have way more art supplies than I should
  9. Mechanical pencils rock
  10. I participated in the adult choir at my old church when I was twelve
  11. I have memorized almost every single Greek myth I’ve heard

Randomness. That is me.

Nominees:

Liesl @ Quote, Unquote

Mary @ Wild Writing Dreams

Chloe @ Chloe Mali

Noah @ Life in Kyoto

Laurel @ Laurel Jean

Maya @ Maya Joelle (Right back atcha, girl!)

Sorry if you guys have already been tagged!

And now the questions:

  1. What Food Do You Want to Like, But Just Can’t?
  2. If You Could Go Anywhere In the World, Where Would You Go?
  3. Excluding Any Instruments That You Might Play, What Is Your Favorite Instrument?
  4. What Is the Funniest Thing That Has Ever Happened to You?
  5. What Is Your Favorite Day of the Week?
  6. What Is Something Random That You Like to Do?
  7. Early Bird or Night Owl?
  8. On a Scale of One To Ten, How Excited Were You For This Nomination?
  9. You Have the Opportunity to Go on an All-Expenses-Paid Trip to See Your Favorite Singer Perform, But It Happens At the Same Time As Something Else You’ve Always Wanted to Do. What is The Other Thing, And Which Would You Choose?
  10. When Did You Decide You Wanted to Start a Blog?
  11. And the Question For the Win, How Many Other Blogs Are You Following?

Thanks for reading!