It’s time for another award post! These are always so much fun because you get to answer questions and it’s a very laid-back type of post. But this one is special because of the meaning of the award. Nominators are encouraged to think of “the bloggers who truly touch your soul with their work, the ones that are the light for you.” So it is a privilege to be nominated because it means your work is inspiring to someone. And isn’t that the whole reason we creative types create? We want our work to help and inspire others, so this award says, “Yes you are doing what you set out to do!”
Who was kind enough to nominate me for the award? Nandini from Pages That Rustle. Not only is Nandini a great blogger (who happens to have similar tastes in music and share my love of LOTR GIFs and Myers Briggs Personalities), but she is also a great friend. So show her some love and check out her blog. You’ll be glad you did!
Now on to the award post! (Oh, and I have an announcement at the end so stick around. Or you could always skip to the bottom…. If you want to be a cheater 😛 )
1) If you describe or picture your inner soul, how would you describe it?
This is kind of a difficult question. I haven’t spent much time thinking about what my soul looks like. I guess I will do so now. Hmm… I picture my soul looking like Galadriel from Lord of the Rings. It emanates a glowing white light and desperately wants to serve a higher purpose for the good of others. But if you look really closely, you’ll realize my soul is actually just a little kid with a huge imagination playing dress up. 😛
2) What are you working on right now?
I working on the second draft of my story, The Hashna Stone, which is a YA fantasy novel. If you’ve been around my blog, you probably have heard something about it. Just maybe (it’s not like I’m excited about it or anything). For those of you who haven’t heard about it, I’ll sum it up like this. It’s about an orphan boy who finds a treasure that he thinks will change his life, and it does but not in the way he expects.
3) What is your creative dream project?
My dream project is the book I mentioned in the previous question. I’ve always loved reading, and I think in the back of my mind somewhere I’ve always wanted to write a book but it seemed like such an impossible thing to do so I didn’t admit it to myself for a long time. But here I am working on my dream project!
Nandini’s questions for me:
1. What is the one skill you wish you were good at?
Drawing. I think it’s so cool that some people are talented enough to write stores and draw, and it would be pretty awesome if I had that special super power that allowed me to create comic books. While I haven’t read a lot of Manga (besides that one phase in my teens were I read almost nothing but Manga), I’ve always liked the style of drawing. So yeah, I want the super power of drawing Japanese comic books. 😛
2. If you could get a pain-free tattoo of your choice, what would it say/look like?
I’ve never thought about getting a tattoo before, so I’ll admit I had to Google some images to get an idea. 😀 I’d get one like this though. It’s so dreamy and whimsical.
3. What seemingly unrealistic goal have you never give up on (if any)?
I know I keep going back to this, but writing a book is definitely a goal I’d never give up on. Actually writing the thing doesn’t seem quite so unrealistic now that I’ve finished the first draft, but getting it published or self publishing it (and having more than just a few friends and family members read it) still seems like a far-off dream. But it’s one I’ll never give up on. I’ll never stop writing, even if no one reads my stories. I won’t be the crazy cat lady, but the crazy writer lady with stacks of manuscripts to keep me company. 😉
Here are the rules for all of you I’m about to nominate.
1. Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
2. Answer Caroline’s three original questions as well as the three new questions your nominator has given to you.
3. Choose your 6 favorite bloggers and notify them of their nomination! In your nominees, think of “the light emanating from the stars,” the bloggers who truly touch your soul with their work, the ones that are the light for you – a true Starlight Blogger.
4. Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog. Also, never alter the logo, and never change the three original questions.
2. If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?
3. Has a book/movie ever moved you so deeply that you carry a piece of it with you? (You had an epiphany while reading/watching or the theme seemed to encapsulate your life.)
Now on to the announcement!
Since I’ve started working on my book, I haven’t given you guys many stories. I used to post a few short story/flash fiction every now and then, but after writing my 1,000 or 2,000 for the day the last thing I wanted to do was write another story even if it was just a short one. My brain wouldn’t think of anything but my WIP anyway, so when the few times I did try to write a flash fiction piece, my mind would wander to Dalan and the Hashna Stone.
Now that I’m not pounding the words out for the first draft, I should be able to write some other forms of fiction (that’s the theory anyway).
And to light the fire under my b…er uh…feet, I will be joining a 13 week flash fiction challenge hosted by Thain in Vain. They’ll be posting a prompt every week for the next 13 weeks and I’ll write a story in 500 words or less based on the prompt. I may not get all 13 weeks in, but I thought it would be a fun way to get back into short fiction.
The challenge is open to anyone, so you can join too. Don’t worry if you can’t do all the weeks. The purpose is to have fun and practice those writing skills. It’s also a great way to find other blogs. I’d love to see you there!
Hey Epic Dreamers! I’m taking a break from the blue bird posts to do an award post (unless he sneaks in). I haven’t done an award post in a while, but thanks to KetCage I’ve recieved the Blog-aholic Award. Thank you for nominating me!
What is this award all about?
The Blog-aholic Award is an award for bloggers addicted to blogging with creative, ingenious and inspiring posts. They mesmerize their followers with their posts, keep them captivated and riveted to their blog. The Blog-aholic Award is also for bloggers who ‘share and inspire others’” –The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy)
I guess I have creative, ingenious, inspiring posts. 😉
I won’t bore you with all the rules for that come with the award (you know how these things go), but two of them are to list three facts about me and to share a link to my best posts. So here it goes!
Three Facts about me:
1 My favorite dessert of all time is vanilla ice cream and brownies. Not brownies with peanut butter or brownies with nuts. Just plain ol’ chocolaty gooeyness. (It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it…quick on to the next thing before I start salivating!)
2 I wrote my first piece of fiction when I was about 11 or 12. It was only a few pages long and was basically a continuation of one of my favorite American Girl series, Kaya.
3 I just got back from a trip to the Bahamas and was greeted by cold, rainy weather when I got back. (I missed you too Alabama…thanks for the warm welcome.)
Top two post by likes
Most of my most-liked posts are poems and these two are no exception.
I wanted to write something with airships in it and Treasure is the result. I’m not sure why this one stands out to me other than, like the story listed above, the character thinks he knows what’s going on when he really doesn’t. Maybe I just like confusing my characters and laughing when their misconceptions come to light. Or maybe I just like stories with one-word titles that start with the letter T.
Pass the award on
Ok, so I’ve enjoyed my award and now it’s time to pass it on. I feel like I keep nominating the same people for these awards, so I’m not going to list anyone right now. I thought I could get some suggestions from you guys. Any good blogs you like to visit deserve an award? Let me know in the comments and I’ll nominate them.
Until next time! Keep dreaming Epic Dreamers!
Oh and here are the rules if anyone is interested. 😉
•Put the above logo/image on your blog
•List the rules
•Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog (it can be to the post in which they nominated you or any other post or you can even link to their ‘About’ page)
•Mention the creator of the award and please provide a link to The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy)
•Write a post to show your award
•Share a link to your best post(s)
•Share 3 interesting and different facts about yourself.
•Nominate 5-10 bloggers, or more of you wish
•Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
This has been a great Friday for me because, first, I was nominated for a fun little award, and second, I was asked to write a guest post for Top Ten Trends.
Ok, so both of these happened before Friday, but I’m just now getting around to telling you about them. Hey, gotta make those good things last as long as possible. 😉
First order of business: the award.
Here are the rules:
1. Post the award picture on your blog.
2. Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.
3. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
4. Pick ten nominees.
Thanks Jes2G for nominating me for the award! If you like Sims or stories (or both) check out her site. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂
Myself and My Blog
For those of you that don’t know, my name is Megan. Hi, nice to meet you. 🙂
I’ve always loved doing creative things but never had a place to share it until I started Invisible World. When I first started out, I had no idea how much this blog would become a part of my life. I wasn’t even sure if I could come up with enough content to keep it going for longer than a couple of months. Fast-forward to about a year and a half later, and I can’t imagine my life without it. Connecting with this community of bloggers has not only challenged me to come up with new ways to write, but has taught me how important it is to have a group of people who encourage you.
If it weren’t for all of you, I wouldn’t be writing right now. And if I weren’t writing, I would be missing a vital part of my life.
In fact it would be like missing a vital organ. Like a heart.
So what does my blog mean to me? Life!
The animal I’d pick is a horse. They are beautiful, strong, intelligent, and free spirited. I think it’s the contrasts that a horse represents that draws me to choose that particular animal. They are fierce, but gentle. They are free-spirited and wild, but once tamed are loyal, caring animals.
You guys should know me by now. I never actually do this part. 😛 I like to leave it open for anyone who wants to do it. Because I could be nominating all the people who don’t feel like doing the post, and leaving out all the people who think it’s a cool idea, so I’ll just let you all nominate yourselves.
And now for the guest post!
I wrote an article for Top Ten Trends! All you book nerds out there will love it. And that’s all I’m going to say. You’ll have to read it for yourself. 🙂 Ten Benefits of Fiction.
This little blue bird will take you to my Twitter page where it will continuously feed you random lines about writing, blogging, and the Hashna Stone.
When you’re first starting a blog, it can be a little overwhelming. You wish you could sit down and talk to someone who’s been at it for a while and get some advice. Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. So, you’re welcome all you newbies. 😉
Before I get started, I’d like to thank domainofshane23 for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. I’ve already done a post for this award, so I won’t do the whole thing, but since Shane was nice enough to nominate me, the least I could do was thank him and answer the questions. 🙂
My Blog’s origin
My blog didn’t come with a bang, an epiphany, an “ah ha” moment, or a light bulb zinging to life. It was more like a sneaky little incessant voice that kept creeping into my brain and whispering, “Start blogging. Start blogging. You want to do it. You were born to do it. It is your destiny.”
Once I finally gave in to the dark side…I mean decided to start my blog, I thought I’d only be posting short stories. But as the blog progressed, I ended up posting limericks, acrostics, inspirational posts, and even a choose your own adventure.
And that brings me to tip number one.
Tip Number One
Don’t be afraid to let your blog change. It may not turn out quite the way you envisioned it, and that isn’t a bad thing. Blogs aren’t stagnate. They change and grow as you do. They morph into things you didn’t expect. But that’s the fun of it. Your theme could go in a direction you didn’t expect. Maybe you thought you’d only be giving tips about organizing your house, but after a few months or year of blogging you find that you’ve posted a lot of DIY projects. Don’t weed them out and vow to never write another post about how to turn milk jugs into animal head taxidermy (Yes, that is a real DIY project). Embrace this new branch your blog has grown and add DIY projects to your blog’s definition.
Speaking of blog definition…
Tip Number Two
Before you start your blog, you have to define it. Before you publish a single post, sit down and figure out what your blog’s purpose is. Is it there to help people with a specific problem? To teach people a skill? To entertain? Once you determine this, you can keep your posts on topic. People continue reading blogs because they know what to expect. If you started your blog to help people with a specific problem–say weight loss–then you would keep your posts to things like nutrition and exercise. You wouldn’t want to one day put out a post on harmonica playing, because that isn’t going to interest your readers. They followed you because they were interested in weight loss, not playing the harmonica.
As your blog grows, you may add new way of presenting things, but you will still be achieving the same goal. For instance, my blog is here to entertain. When I first started out, I thought it would only be through short stories, but as I went, I discovered that I could add a few other ways, like poems and silly posts where I ramble on. 🙂 But the purpose of my blog hasn’t changed.
Happy Monday everyone! I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award a few weeks ago, but because of Camp NaNo, I’m just now getting to the post.
As usual with award posts, the first order of business is to thank the person who nominated you, which would be Nandini from Pages That Rustle. So, thank you Nandini! Without you, I wouldn’t be posting right now because I’d be using the excuse that Camp NaNo has taken all my words and I couldn’t possibly write a blog post. My readers thank you for forcing me not to forget about them. 🙂
Now for seven facts about me (which is part of the rules).
I live in the south, but I’m not really into football.
If you live in the south (U.S.) or have even visited the south, you know that not being absolutely obsessed with football is the worst crime anyone could commit. Other than rooting for the team opposite the one the person you are talking to is going for. Then you better be prepared to defend team and your honor, because that other person has spent a lifetime coming up with insults for your team and anyone that roots for them.
I’ve just never been interested in watching men run around a yard chasing after a ball (hmm…described like that, it sounds the same as watching your pet dog 😛 ).
I didn’t like writing until I was about 12 years old.
I didn’t exactly hate writing, I just didn’t realize what wring could mean. Writing was something I did because I had to. It was a school assignment. But when I was 12, I found writing could be so much more than a book report. It could be a story. It meant using my imagination, creating events, playing in a new world. I’d always made stories in my head, but never thought about writing them until then. My first bit of writing that I did for myself and not for school was more of a fan fiction piece. I took an American Girl character, an American Indian named Kaya, and wrote my own little piece about her. It was then I realize all that daydreaming I did could make something.
I forget everything exists when I’m writing.
When I get in the writing zone, I completely forget the world exists. I forget I exist. I won’t realize that I’m stiff from sitting in one position, or that my throat is dry because I haven’t filled the water glass sitting beside me. When I finally emerge from the writing zone, I look something like this….
And it’s the same way with reading…
I probably won’t forget to eat while reading, but I can get so immersed in a story that I’m oblivious to what’s going on in the room.
I’m both really talkative and quiet.
I’m generally pretty quiet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to ham it up every now and then. I don’t talk a lot around people that I don’t know well, or if I’m tired, or if I don’t care about the subject of the conversation. But don’t be fooled by my seemingly quiet demeanor. I can be the silliest, craziest, most off-the-wall person ever. 🙂
I get more excited than I should when I sit down to start a new book.
Seriously, you would think that book were a ticket to the Caribbean (or maybe it is). I get so happy when I get my hands on a new book, especially if it’s by an author I like.
I don’t want to grow up.
I want to stay a kid forever. Then I can daydream and play in my imaginary worlds forever! Can I just join Perter Pan in Neverland? Maybe I’ll form my own group: The Lost Girls. 😉
I’d like to nominate everyone reading this post right now. All of my readers have lovely blogs, right guys? 🙂 So leave a link in the comments to your post.
If you decide not to participate, no sweat. I won’t hold it against you. You can still leave a comment. 🙂
Oh, and here are the rules of the award.
Thank the person who nominated you.
List the rules and display the award.
List 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 others bloggers and notify them of their nomination. (Obviously I didn’t follow this one, so you can nominate people however you want to).
A huge thanks goes to Joy of Tales from Eneana for nominating me for this award! If you like fantasy, you should check out her site which has all kinds of fantasy stories which take place in Eneana. Besides having really great stories, Joy is a really sweet person and an excellent NaNoWriMo buddy. 🙂 So, go visit her blog.
Without further ado, here are Joy’s questions to me.
1. What are you trying to accomplish with your blog? Or put another way, what are you hoping others will get out of it, or that you will get out of it?
I started my blog so I would have a place to share the stories I wrote. Or the stories I was going to write, since I didn’t have any at the time. I guess I was also hoping it would be my motivation to write, which it was. At least once a week, I had to write something. So it kept writing at the front of my mind and didn’t let me shrug it off and put it on that list of “things I’ll do someday.”
I was originally going to post only fiction, but realized that it was so much more fun to have different things going on, so I branched out and started Operation Inspiration and Just Chatting. These post gave readers a chance to see the person behind the stories, and it gave me a chance to share some things that inspire me to write and hear from readers.
What I’m I hoping others will get out of it? I want others to feel what I feel when I’m reading a good book–that thrill I get when I’m in a the midst of a good story. I love escaping to new worlds and exciting adventures, and I want to provide that for others.
2. How do you deal with the inevitable frustrations of blogging, like posting something you worked really hard on and getting little response? (It’s okay to admit if crying is involved; we’d understand.)
I try not to dwell on how many likes or comments a post gets, but lets be honest. It’s hard to do! After spending hours looking for the right topic, the right words, the perfect meme–no one comes around to appreciate my genius.
When I finally finish all that hard work, I sit back, and I’m like…
And then my soul is crushed by the lack of likes and comments on my glorious post, and I decide I will never write again. (Take that all you soul-crushing people of the internet!)
Of course, this is a very immature response, and I try very hard to be mature, so I keep on writing and remind myself that just because a post didn’t get a lot of attention doesn’t mean that it was bad. It could have just been posted at the wrong time of day, or on the wrong day, or maybe the tags could have been better chosen. Or maybe the little trolls that live in internet land took my post, crumpled it up, and threw it to a dead internet space like Myspace so no one would find it.
Just because a post doesn’t get swarmed with love doesn’t mean I’m an awful writer and should stop torturing people with my horrifically written words. The internet is weird. Some posts take off and some don’t.
Even if no one sees them, my posts are still glorious.
3. What is one way that someone has been especially supportive about your blog and/or your writing more generally?
After all the drama of my last answer, it will come as no surprise to you that likes and comments are extremely supportive. I mean, I know my posts are a genius’s brilliant burst of gloriousness (try saying that five times, fast) but it never hurts to be reminded.
All kidding aside, comments are probably the number one thing that keeps me going. I love knowing what people thought of my post or short story and how it affected them. Knowing I’ve got someone thinking, or inspired them to keep blogging, or even if I’ve just made them laugh, is the best feeling there is. 🙂
4. What is one thing you wish you had known when you first started your blog?
Blogs should come with a warning that pops up on your screen the moment you start to sign up.
Warning: your life will never be the same after this. From now on, after every piece of writing you do, your first thought will be, “Would this make a good blog post?” and if it doesn’t your next thought will be, “How can I make this into a blog post?” You’ll never be able to enjoy a weekend again because all you can think about is the post you should be working on. And if you’ve already posted? You still can’t enjoy you’re weekend because you will spend it all hitting the refresh button to see how many views said post has received. Sites like Facebook and Twitter will become a distant memory as you will spend all of your time online reading and commenting on other blogs, so when your friends are all talking about the latest cat video you will have no idea what they are talking about and feel completely socially isolated. Which only leads you to read more blogs, because you are quite popular in the blogging world. In short, blogging will overtake you life leaving you addicted to its satisfying little subject tags, its wonderful commenters, and that amazing feeling you get when you click the publish button. If you want to avoid this fate, turn back now.
Yep, that’s all I have to say about that.
5. How do you find or make or schedule time to write for your blog? How well is that working for you?
Didn’t you just hear me? I’m addicted to blogging! Addicts don’t have to schedule time for their addiction.
Ok, so while blogging can be addicting, there are times when I don’t feel like writing a post. If I don’t feel like writing a post, I don’t.
I know, I know. This goes against everything you’ve ever read about being a successful blogger or writer, but this works for me. Blogging is something I do for fun. I want to enjoy what I’m writing so that enthusiasm can bleed into my post and out to the people that read it. This doesn’t mean that I won’t make myself write sometimes. My only rule for myself is to post at least once a week. It’s just enough stability to keep me from forgetting about blogging without making me feel overwhelmed or stressed to put out posts. I’ve noticed I work better with lenient rules. I feel freer that way, and I’ll actually do more than what I’ve set for myself. Most of the time, I post twice a week because I like doing more than what’s expected. It’s like getting bonus points on a test. 🙂
6. Everyone procrastinates at least once in a while. What’s a guilty pleasure that you indulge in when you’re supposed to be working?
Reading. I can’t get enough books! Or maybe eating brownies and ice cream. Can’t get enough of that either.
. What do you like to do when you’re not working or writing? Do any of your hobbies, or your occupation, feed back into your writing?
I read a lot of fiction, which feeds back into my writing. I also read a lot of online articles about writing or watch YouTube videos on writing.
I work in an herb shop, so my job has nothing to do with writing. Though, all this knowledge of herbs I’m gaining would be really useful in making an interesting fantasy character.
See, writers make everything point back to writing. 😉
8. Which holiday or celebration (annual or otherwise) in the country where you live do you enjoy the most?
Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. I love seeing all the decorations in people’s yards and the lights on their houses. I love decorating the Christmas tree. I love the food. Love the presents. I just love Christmas!
9. Since I love food, I have to include it here: Tell us a story about one of your favorite foods, like a special time that you made it, or when you first had it, or just describe what you love about it.
I can’t think of a story that has to do with my favorite foods, so I’ll just list some of my favorites. I love burgers and fries, Mexican, Chinese, and stake.
10. Tell us a story about someone who told you (or implied) that you couldn’t do something because you were a girl/woman, and how you responded.
I’m coming up blank for this one. There must have been some time that someone implied that I couldn’t do something because I was a girl, but I can’t think of one. Maybe I was so damaged be the insult that I blocked it out of my memory. 🙂
Since the rules say I can nominate any number of people, I’m nominating all of you. 🙂 Any girl or woman reading this who would like to join in on the fun can. Just be sure to leave a link to your post so I can read your answers.
Here’s your lovely award!
Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
Answer the 10 questions given to you.
Pass the award on to ‘N’ (as many as you want) other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
Give your nominees 10 of your own questions to answer.
Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog.
1. What inspired you to start blogging?
2. What do you like to do when you’re not working or writing? Do any of your hobbies, or your occupation, feed back into your writing?
3. Where is your favorite place in the world you’ve been, and what’s so special about it?
4. What do you enjoy most in other people’s blogs or social media feeds (and what advice would you offer on how to make a blog more successful)?
5. Any favorite travel or inspirational quotes?
6. Who will play you in a movie about your life?
7. Where are three places you want to visit?
8. What do you want to be in an alternate universe?
9. If you could only watch one children’s program for the rest of your life what would it be?
10. What motivates you to write routinely on your blog?
It’s award time again! I have a few of them, so I’m going to do them all in one post.
First I’d like to thank rosemawrites for nominating me for The Creative Blogger Award and the Infinity Dreams Award (there were actually more than that, but I’m just going to do the two that I don’t have). I’d also like to thank clcouch123 for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂
Now the price for accepting the awards: I have to let you in on five secrets about me.
1. I’m Spiderman…or uh Spiderwoman.Ok, so I’m not. But my friends at school used to call me Rapunzel because I have blonde hair that goes to my lower back. That’s sort of similar….
2. I once flew an airplane.
I didn’t just ride in an airplane. I flew that thing! I was part of Civil Air Patrol as a young teen and they let you fly the plane on your own for about a minute. The pilot could take control at any time though. Still, that’s one scary minute for the people in the back seat.
3. I can’t blow up balloons.
I don’t know why. I just can’t.
4. I didn’t like reading when I was a kid.
Yep, that’s right. Megan, the girl addicted to reading, didn’t like to read as a kid. Until I was about seven or eight, I liked when the story was read to me but I guess reading it myself was too much work.
(Actual video footage of me learning to read. I was a cute kid.)
5. I went through a phase where I read Manga/Anime.
I did 7 instead of 6 because I couldn’t bring myself to take anyone off the list. Every one of you has been such an encouragement to me. Your sweet and uplifting comments keep me going and make me smile so wide my cheeks hurt. 🙂 I’m so thankful you stick around for my ramblings, crazy stories, and cheesy poetry. You guys are the best! 😀
1. Display the award on your blog
2. Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who awarded you
3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded
5. Write seven interesting things about you.
I haven’t done any Christmassy posts yet, so Monday I’m going to share a funny little Christmas story about a ten-year-old detective who’s always getting herself into trouble.
I can’t let the Holidays go by without at least one festive post right? 🙂