Some Sunshine!

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I was nominated by two wonderful bloggers for the the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Thank you to Lana at Lana’s Life in Words and Lyrics and  Ink Owl for thinking of me! I’ve been following these two wonderful bloggers for a while now.  Lana has tons of great, honest book reviews on her colourful blog. Ink Owl has beautiful creative writing with lot of guest posts.  If you haven’t already, you really should check these guys out!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

These are questions from Lana:

Is there something you can tell readers about yourself and your blog?

Okay, when I was young and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say, and artistic author. I wanted to be an artist and a writer. And, mostly kids my age would say, there’s no such thing.  You’re either one or the other.

Well, I still want to do both!  So, I write, and I blog and I paint.  There!

What satisfaction do you get from blogging?

I love sharing what is going on in my little corner of the world. Even moreso, it’s pretty cool meeting other people, near and far, hearing their stories and what’s going on in their world!

How do you bring traffic to your blog?

Traffic? I live by ‘if you build it, they will come.’

But seriously, I find interacting and commenting on other bloggers posts is the best way to build relationships, and with those relationships, your blogs grows.

What’s something that you’d like to improve on this year?

I’d like to improve my writing skills and get more organized with blogging.  Right now I take a willy nilly approach when the mood moves me lol.

How do you get motivated to blog?

This is actually Lana’s answer, but I’m stealing it because she said it perfectly!

It’s not the motivation, it’s time I’m lacking at the moment. I have so much tags I’m behind on, it’s getting awkward.

Do you have any favorite books this year?

Oooh, yes! Both of these books were amazing:

 

Are there any songs you’re into right now, or music artists?

I honestly don’t listen to a lot of music, which is weird because I grew up loving music. I know they lyrics to most 80s songs lol.  But now, I find music distracting and I prefer quiet. I hope its just a phase!

What do you like to do with your spare time?

Read, paint, write, camping, taking photos with my iPhone.  I have a good camera but I’m too scared I’ll drop it or something.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’ll have a couple of novels on the New York Times Bestseller list.  Oh, and I’ll be rich. And travel a lot.  Why not aim high?

If you could choose ONLY 5 subjects to read on other blogs, what would they be? (Books, music, film, health, etc.)

Books, Art, Movies, Health, Travel

Do you make money from your blog? If not, do you have plans to try in the future?

Um, no.

Okay, these are the questions from Ink Owl:

What is your favorite season of the year?

Autumn!  Love that fresh, crisp air and the colours of the leaves.

What do you do when you’re stuck in traffic?

Listen to the radio, usually CNN. Or Forensic Files, that’s always good.

How do you prepare your space to write?

I sit down and open my laptop!  But first, I have to check email and Facebook.

Name one of your obsessions.

Chocolate. But I’m doing Atkins right now, so no chocolate yet.  Another obsession is King Arthur.

What music can you not live without?

I haven’t been listening to a lot of music lately, but I do love Abba and Fleetwood Mac.  I also like Brand New.

What time of day is the most conducive for writing?

Morning or late at night. For some reason, everyone here is going to bed and I’m just getting rolling!

How do you push yourself to finish a story?

Sometimes, it will hang there for a while, and I just get it in my head…finish the darn thing!  That doesn’t happen too often, though, especially if I’ve been away from writing for a little while. It’s hard to get back in the mode.

What is an irrational fear you have?

Heights.

What’s your favorite character you’ve written so far?

Merlin.  He’s a bit of an asshole, but he’s pretty cool, too.

Do you have a perfect happenstance in time you remember? What happened?

I think meeting my husband on a Sunday afternoon.  We’d been friends for years, but the timing was never right. Until that day. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I was feeling sorry for myself and dwelling on being alone.  He was going to Dairy Queen for a Blizzard, but he changed his mind about that and the two of us went for a nice long walk in the park.  The rest is history!

What is your favorite part of summer?

Ahhh…having breakfast out on the deck with a fresh cup of coffee.

Okay! Here are the 11 questions for my nominees ( I stole some of these from the questions above! Shhhhh!):

  1. Is there something you can tell readers about yourself and your blog?
  2.  What’s something that you’d like to improve on this year?
  3. Name one of your obsessions.
  4. What is one of your favourite blog posts to write?
  5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  6. What are your favourite books this year?
  7. It’s the perfect evening.  What are you doing to relax?
  8. Do you have any pets?
  9. If you could choose any career, what would it be?
  10. What’s the first think you check when you go on your computer/tablet?
  11. What author would you like to have lunch with?

My Nominees:

  1. Invisible No More
  2. Lois Reads Books
  3. Two Gals and a Book
  4. Susan Loves Books
  5. Sherina Speaks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Thank you so much to Roda at Growing Self   and Jay at This is My Truth Now for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

These are two wonderful and fun bloggers that I follow and communicate regularly with.

Roda’s beautiful blog is a very peaceful place that always makes me smile.  She has beautiful photos and stories about her amazing garden, goats, chickens and family and farm life.  She has delicious, healthy recipes, too.

Jay is a kind-hearted, funny, self exploring and thought provoking book-worm as well as being an amazing writer! 

If you haven’t had a look at these two blogs, I highly recommend you do so!

 

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

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How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  •  Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  •  Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Jay’s Questions:

  • What hour are you most alert during the day or night? Late morning, around 11:00ish and again, late at night. After 10:00pm, I’m just getting going! 
  • Who was the last famous person you stalked? I stalked? LOL  I guess the closest that would fit into that category was President Obama.  We were looking through the fence at the White House and the guards all shooed the crowd away.  So I snapped a bunch of pictures before we left.  When we zoomed in, we could just barely make out the Obamas on the terrace. 
  • What courses were your worst and best in school?  Best: Chemistry, Biology and Art. Worst: English!
  • If you could let someone else takeover your blog for 1 day, who would it be? (can be a celebrity or even someone who doesn’t blog currently) Roda at Growing Self.  She has gorgeous pictures.  I love pictures!  She writes such lovely posts, too.
  • What country has the happiest people? I’ve heard  Norway and Denmark 
  • What lesson took you the most to learn? Being okay with myself.
  • Where do you go for peace and quiet? Walking in the woods.  Or on my back deck.  It’s not quiet all the time but no one can see me!
  • What person who died before 1900 would you try to bring back to live today? King Arthur
  • Where do you see yourself retiring?  Glastonbury, England
  • What cartoon character are you most like? Velma on Scooby Doo.  “My glasses…I can’t see without my glasses!”
  • What personality trait are you currently trying to change or improve?  I am a procrastinator and an avoider.  I have timers going off on my phone constantly.  Time to start dinner.  Time to get ready for bed.  Time to go to bed.  

 

Roda’s Questions:

  1. Use one word to describe yourself.  Easygoing.
  2. What is your favorite season? Why? Autumn.  There’s a sense of quiet peacefulness to Autumn.  Especially in the woods.  The sun is low in the sky, and the leaves are golds and reds.  Lovely.
  3. Are you a city mouse or a country mouse?  I live in the city, but I’m a country mouse at heart!
  4. What is your superpower? Making lists.  To-do lists, grocery lists, menus.
  5. Why do you write? I’ve always had a ‘what-if’ scenario going around in my head.  I’m a daydreamer, and I love books and reading, so I thought…why not harness this?!  Create something!
  6. What is your favorite book? Oh, gosh! How to narrow that down!  Anything by Diana Gabaldon, George RR Martin, Harry Potter series.  Is that cheating if I name more than one?
  7. What brings you JOY? My family!  My two boys, my husband, my dog and my cat <3
  8. What is your favorite fruit? Honeycrisp apples are so yummy and sweet!
  9. Who is your role model? Why? JK Rowling.  I admire her writing of course, but also the way she worked so hard to overcome adversity and become the person she is today.
  10. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? I’d go back to Glastonbury, England.  Or maybe a beach in southern France, especially if its wintertime.
  11. What do you love most about YOU? I’m growing as a person.  I’m honest and  kind to others. 

Okay, here’s my questions for my nominees!

  1. What is your ideal vacation?
  2. What do you love about yourself?
  3. What do wish you could change about yourself?
  4. What book are you reading now?
  5. What keeps you blogging?
  6. You are having a relaxing evening.  What are you doing?
  7. Do you have pets?  
  8. Favourite pizza toppings?
  9. Coffee, tea or wine or other?
  10. What is your favourite season?
  11. What is your favourite book genre?

 

 

My Nominations:

*I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following 11 blogs, I am able to show thanks and appreciation for the joy these individuals have brought to my life. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, no worries! Just keep writing…♥

  1. Sherbert Lemon Reviews
  2. Seelie Pages
  3. Foxy Writer Chick
  4. The Bookish Libra
  5. Diary of a Bookfiend
  6. From the Pen of Mae Clair
  7. Stephanie’s Novel Fiction
  8. Penny Lane’s Thoughts
  9. Howling Libraries
  10. La La in the Library
  11. Musings of a Bookish Kitty