I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Amanda over on her blog, for which I am super grateful. I know I don’t get a lot of traffic, but it’s nice to know someone’s out there thinking of me.
What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
Well, it is of course an award for bloggers from other bloggers. It is a beautiful way to share all the amazing things other bloggers do and write about. To recognize their efforts in inspiring others to do what they love.
- Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 bloggers and add their links.
- Notify the bloggers you included.
- Keep the rules in your post.
Now, onto the eleven questions asked of me!
Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A: The easier question is probably what didn’t I want to be when I was small. The smaller I was, the more I wanted to be; nothing ever quite really fit. The thing that did stick was I wanted to be a mom. I knew that from the earliest I can remember. One of my other longest-running things was to be a doctor. I haven’t mastered either of those yet.
I was always creating stories, according to my mother. But I didn’t know doing that for a living, writing for a living, was even an option until I was nearly grown. I suppose that doesn’t count.
Q: If you could spend a day in any novel, what would it be?
A: Oh boy. That’s a tick, isn’t it? There are a lot of novel worlds I’d love to see with my own eyes, but unfortunately due to my reading list, lots of people die in those worlds. Any of the young adult series’ by Rick Riordan would be a good place to go, except lots of people die because most of those books revolve around war and epic quests, both of which.. people die often in. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini is also a good realm to invest, except, again: War. Anything by James Rollins is great and I’d love to die into it.. but.. well. There’s significantly less war, but still a lot of death and mayhem. I wouldn’t last long.
..is ‘none’ an option I can pick?
Q: If you were forced to listen to one song for the rest of your life, which song would you choose?
A: Do you realize you just kind of swing in asking the absolute hardest questions? Is this deliberate?
..if I had to pick just one.. I think I’d have to pick Wipe Out by the Ventures. You can say it’s old, and okay, yeah, it is. But it’s also a classic, and there is nothing in the world more energizing and uplifting to me than this song. The drums and general tempo of this song keep your heart pumping and you motivated to move too, and the best part is that this song is literally written to be repeated forever.
My mom used to date a rockin’ drummer who could pull this thing off quite a while, and she could virtually outlast him during dancing. Certainly she could outlast everybody else.
Q: If you could choose any of the novels that you’ve written/any story you’ve written/anything you have plotted to be your debut published piece, what would it be?
A: It’s already plotted. Unfortunately I wont tell you about it, because the manuscript isn’t done and if I get to talking about the story I will literally spill you ten hours of information including all the spoilers, but suffice to say I’m in the lull before the storm. I gotta slough through this unfortunate sticky spot I’m in, but it wont be long now.
Q: What are you afraid of?
A: Falling, flying, dying, drowning, drowning in salt water, being afraid, failure, lack of money…
Q: Who do you look up to in your life?
A: My mother, a handful of miscellaneous people I know in real life who heavily inspire me, dozens of artists and athletes, soldiers of all walks of life and cultures.. lots and lots of dead people from history.
A lot of people inspire me, and you don’t have to have been a good person, or be a good person, to inspire someone. You can be a truly wretched human being and still inspire people. What an individual chooses to do with the inspiration you have birthed in them is just as important than what you did with the inspiration you yourself were handed, but the inspiration is less important than the actions it inspires.
Q: Why did you first come onto wordpress? What inspired you to start doing this whole blogging thing?
A: Okay so. I joined NaNoWriMo years ago, and I eventually joined the group on Facebook too, and at some point there was a blogger who posted ritually. Unfortunately I don’t know where her blog is or who she was, though I might have a link on ol’ Tortor that I’ll have to hunt down for Blue.
Now, this author who by chance happened to be a blogger posted ritually. Every day. She wrote her work and then she blogged, too. And she posted resources, she posted how she crafted characters, timelines, how she broke things down. How she figured out her maps, why she did maps, her research. It was amazing. It had the added bonus of having one place where she could find all her resources when she needed them, all the information she had teased the world with.
I wanted that for myself, mostly. Being somewhat more social happened… after the fact. I didn’t use the blog for a long time after I made it, though, but I did start teaching myself eventually that I needed to come on here and write. It helps. It’s productive to get things off my chest and onto paper, it’s productive to know there are people out there sympathetic to my plight as a writer, as a reader, as a human being.
Q: What is your favorite book (or, if you don’t read, television series) and why?
A: Amazonia by James Rollins.
I wont lie, every letter of James Rollins’ books are a work of art, and I love them all to death. But Amazonia is my favorite in part because it’s the first ‘adult’ book I read. It doesn’t gloss over danger, it doesn’t gloss over human interaction or instinct, it makes the characters real and three dimensional while still permitting an element of fantasy backed by theoretical science. I like fantasy books, I like scifi books; Amazonia was the first one to mesh the two neatly in a ‘current world’ setting, keeping me engaged and hanging on for the next portion.
There are certain elements of horror to it, of wonder and thrill, and there’s always that nook of danger. Half the people introduced die within their first twenty-four hours of the book. Some of the people you think will die, don’t. Some of the people you hold out desperate hope wont die, do.
And the villains get their just deserts.
Q: What are the most important qualities to you in friendship?
A: I can talk to you about anything. I can trust you with anything. You keep my words in confidence, or to a select few people if you need advice on how to help me. If I ever need help or an emotionally stabling influence, I can call you.
I’m always going to worry I’m not a good friend. I’m always going to worry I bother you, that I need you too much, that you don’t like me or that I’m clinging. That’s always going to happen, and no one will convince me otherwise.
But if you stick with me, I will love you forever.
Q: Do you drink coffee or tea?
A: Yes! Both, at varying degrees for varying reasons. Granted I drink coffee because it’s good for me, but..
Q: If you could change any event throughout history, what would it be? A: The burning of the Library of Alexandria. That was an absolute tragedy for the world and written history collectively, and human beings as a whole should be ashamed collectively for it’s destruction and that nowhere else in the world has any homages to it have sprung up to do the same thing. The closest things we have are seed vaults and pigment galleries, but nowhere is there a library that collects books and translates them into every known language, one place in the world that everyone knows if they go there, they can have in their fingers anything. Everything.
I mean, honestly. For some reason textbooks that are a hundred years old get burnt instead of preserved, when having hundred year old textbooks lets us look into the minds and cultures of people a hundred years ago. What is wrong with us?
I don’t know how to nominate eleven people. I’m not sure I know eleven people. But I know I have at least eleven blogs following my own, so any of you out there that want to give it a whirl, come and give it a whirl. The dark side has cookies!
Let me know if you do though, so I can come read your wonderful answers and also put you in this nomination section.
1: What inspires you to do what you do? A person, a place, a thing?
2: What one place in the world do you want to go, and why?
3: Favorite color? And they all count.
4: What’s something you absolutely love to see in things you read/watch/listen?
5: Last year, did you think you’d be where you are today?
6: Did/do you play games? If so, what’s your favorite?
7: How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
8: Quick, word association! What comes to mind when I say campfire?
9: There are trillions on trillions of stars in the sky; have you ever made a wish on one?
10: Who’s your favorite superhero/superherione?
11: Where is Carmen Sandiego?
Have fun! See you on the flip side!
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