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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Versatile!

Thank you so much to Caterpillars 2 Butterflies for nominating me for this award!  She has an incredibly inspirational blog, if you have’t already had a look at her blog, please do so now. She’s a beautiful soul and will change the way to look at life.

RULES OF THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD:

1.) Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links.
2.) Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
3.) Also inform them about their nomination.
4.) Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

Well, here’s 7 things about me:

1. I love to write.  I do enough rewrites that I think I am actually getting better at it.

2. I’ve been working on the same novel for about 5 years. I have 2 other novels I have written as well, all in the first draft phase with multiple rewrites.

3.  I painted with watercolour for years and several years ago switched to acrylic for a change. It is very different and challenging for me!

Here’s a watercolour I did years ago.

4. I am obsessed with the legend of King Arthur.

5. My favourite colour is teal/turquoise but its been changing to purple lately.

 

6. I  struggle with anxiety and depression.

7. I’m doing the Atkins diet right now. It’s going well, but I swear, it won’t be long before I will never want to see another egg for breakfast again.

 

My Nominations:

  1. The Geeky Book Lady
  2. FrogDiva Thoughts
  3. DoniW
  4. Robbie’s Inspiration
  5. Unfolding from the Fog
  6. Being Lydia
  7. Plants and Beyond

 

Are you Feeling the Blogging Love? <3

My first ever blogging award!  Yay!  Thank you Susan from SusanLovesBooks for nominating me!

I love Susan’s blog.  If you don’t follow her already, go there now and have a look for yourself.  She always has fun, colourful posts and she’s super nice 🙂

Liebster, by the way, is German for dearest, darling, liked or loved above all others.

So, this is how it works…

THE RULES:

  • Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
  • Nominate 11 people
  • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

1. What one person dead or alive, would you like to have lunch with?

JK Rowling.  She is truly inspirational.  Not only is she an amazing writer, she was able to overcome hardship, become amazingly successful.  I love that she’s not afraid to stand up for what she believes in.

2. Who is your all time favorite author?

That’s a tough one…does it have to be just one favourite?  Yikes!  JK Rowling, would be up there, of course.  When I’m in a murder mystery mood, it’s Henning Menkell or Harlan Coben.  And then there’s Diana Gabaldon…

3. What do you usually drink when reading?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

4. Where do you normally read?

In my living room chair, feet up on the coffee table.

5. Do you own bookcases? Can I see them?

Oh yes…they’re a little messy right now! lol  Maybe a picture later!

6. What is your favorite TV show?

I don’t watch a whole lot of TV, but every once in a while I get into a show.  I loved the Office when it was on.

7. If you were going to have your last meal, what would it be?

Oh, that would have to be cabbage rolls and perogies!

8. Which do you prefer, e-book or real book?

There’s nothing like the feel of a real book! 🙂

9. Who was the last person/band you saw in concert?

Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I was at a concert!  It was either Celtic Thunder or the Stampeders.

10. What book are you reading right now? Do you like it?

Deadly Cargo (Jake Mudd Adventures #1)  And yes!  Liking it very much.  It’s a sci-fi adventure.

11. How long have you been blogging?

About two weeks!  I used to have an art blog, but that was years ago!  If you want to check that old relic out, here ya go http://jdmstudios.blogspot.com

 

Okay, so now I get to ask 11 questions for my nominees:

  1. What is your favourite book genre?
  2. What are you reading right now?  What do you like about it?
  3. Why did you start your blog?
  4. What movie are you most looking forward to?
  5. Do you have any pets?
  6. What do you like to do to relax (besides read!)
  7. Name an item on your bucket list.
  8. What is your favourite season?
  9. How do you find inspiration?
  10. What superpower would you like to have?
  11. What started you on the road to writing?

I now nominate the following blogs for the Liebster Award:

http://thisismytruthnow.com

https://princessofpaperback.wordpress.com

http://travellingthroughwords.com

http://www.bookbabblesandblues.com

http://natysbookshelf.wordpress.com

https://theorangutanlibrarian.wordpress.com

https://nzfnmblog.wordpress.com

https://moohnshinescorner.blog

https://travellingthroughwords.wordpress.com