Monday, June 22, 2015

Tag Week Pt. 1: Liebster Award

I've been tagged in two things recently, so, now that blog tour stuff is over, I'm posting them both this week.

A few weeks ago, Katie Grace was tagged in the Liebster Award. I saw hers, enjoyed reading it and commented as such, adding that I love tags, and she very graciously added me to her tags. So, thank you, Katie!

And post writing this up, J. Grace Pennington tagged me in her Liebster award, so I'm adding her questions to the mix. Thanks for thinking of me, Grace!

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award.
  4. Come up with 11 questions for your nominees!

Katie's Questions

- Why do you write? Because God gave me the ability to write, stories to tell, and a desire to share them, and share Him through them. Plus, I just love books and have all these people in my head demanding their stories be told.

- If any fictional character could be your best friend, who would it be? Do you know how hard of a question that is? Just one? My first instinct is to say the Doctor from Doctor Who. He could take me so many places in time and space and I could meet so many famous people. It's also dangerous, though, and I know it doesn't last forever. I think I'd be better off having Kyrin Altair from Ilyon Chronicles as a best friend. Still dangerous circumstances, but she'd do so much more to build my faith than the Doctor ever could.

- What's one really weird dream you've had? *racks brain to determine which of all weird dreams is the weirdest, but not too weird to share* Once I dreamed that I was in some sort of hotel thing and we were being attacked by cartoon sharks. At one point, we were folding laundry, this was in the lobby/sitting room of a hotel, mind you, and the sharks were sort of in a parade. And there was one float that had an oven and as it went past an announcer voice said something like "a shark in a mama's oven." Craziest part is that at the time, this was a nightmare and I woke up totally freaked out.

- If you found a portal that could transport you to any fictional world of your choice, where would you go? Hard choices. Probably Ilyon, because then I could meet Jace and Kyrin. :)

- Paperback or Kindle? Why? Paperback for books I love, kindle for books I'm too poor to get as a paperback. See, I use my kindle to get free and cheap books that aren't at the library, but if I like it, it immediately goes on the "buy from Goodwill, ask for at birthdays and Christmas" list. Because I really do like paperbacks better. They're just more solid, it's easier to find your favorite parts, and you don't have to make sure they're on and charged. Besides, they just look more impressive.

- What's one post you've written that you're most proud of? I like "Should Christians Be Involved in Politics" and "The Separation of Church and State" because I feel like they're important topics and they're close to my politically involved heart. (and yes, I know that's two posts, I'm a vile rule-breaker. ;) )

- What's an interesting quirk that you have? Do you really want to know my quirks? I'll try to think of one that's not too embarrassing to post online. I almost always wear socks. If I'm barefoot, my feet feel dry and it drives me insane.

- Can you share a picture of your bookshelf? (More commonly known as: a #shelfie.) I technically have two bookshelves and the shelves over my desk, but I'm not showing you the mixed up/shared-with-sister mess that is two of them, since I just moved and am staying in what will be my sister's room, as the basement, and thus my room, is yet unfinished. However, I did organize my favorites and to-reads over my desk, so I can share that. Favorites are on top, to-reads on bottom.

- What are three things on your bucketlist? Or do you even have a bucketlist? I don't technically have a bucketlist, but if I did, visiting some of my internet friends would be on it. Probably also visiting the UK, and being in a movie. :)

- How old were you when you started writing? Erm. When I could talk. I dictated my first story to my mom before I could write. I was probably about five or six when I wrote loads about "the Silly Monster," so that's when I started really writing. And I started writing my first good book when I was about fourteen.

- Share the last sentence of your WIP with us! Hopefully I'll be farther along when this post goes up, but at the moment of writing, it's this: "Ariana said it probably threatened Standardization." (This is my outer space dystopian known as The Cassie Story because it's actually nameless.)

Grace's Questions

1. What book are you reading right now? At the time of writing this, I'm actually reading The House at Pooh Corner. Yes, I'm reading Winnie the Pooh books. I picked the easy books off my shelf to read since I just moved and I'm behind on my reading goal. Not sure what I'll be reading when this actually goes up, but if you want to know, you can pop over to my Goodreads shelf and see.

2. What’s your favorite TV show? Doctor Who. Of course. Because it's the best show ever created.

3. What’s your favorite place to go on a day out? The library. The book section at Goodwill. A good play. A good movie. I'm not really much of a day out kind of person, and I hate shopping, but if it involves stories of some kind, I'm good.

4. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? I'm not entirely sure. I'm quite shy around strangers and I value my alone time, but I also value being around family and friends. I need time with people I care about just as much as I need time alone. And when I'm comfortable with a person I don't stop talking. So maybe some of both?

5. What does a typical lunch look like for you? A salad with whatever that could possibly go on a salad that I can find in the house on it (but always ranch dressing, must be ranch), an apple if that's the only fruit we have, but strawberries and blueberries if we have them, and potato chips, if we have some. I guess this is more my ideal lunch, but I do manage to have it most of the time.

6. Do you have any siblings? How many and what are their names and ages (if you’re comfortable sharing said information)? I have two sisters, Rebekah, age 16, and Addyson, age 14.

7. Do you work? If so, what is your job? I do more of odd jobs. I'm an author, which doesn't pay hardly at all, but takes up a lot of time. I babysat all the time before the family I babysat for moved away. I've taught a few music students short term and I've done quite a few sewing jobs. I just worked at a Classical Conversations Parent Practicum with the three to five year olds for the second year in a row. And then there's the matter of helping keep the house running. I'm honestly not very good at making money. I offer my goods and services ridiculously cheap or free far too often.

8. Are you in a romantic relationship? If so, how long have you been together? Nope. That hasn't happened to me yet.

9. Are you right- or left-handed? Right-handed.

10. Do you care about style and fashion at all? If so, how would you describe your style? Not really. I mean, I try to dress nice, but I'm not really a fashion person. I have to dress practically. If I can't wear it to scrub the bathtub or play on the floor with a toddler, it's not for me.

11. If you have a wall calendar for this year, what is its theme? I do. I wish it was Doctor Who, but it's the Great Outdoors.

I tag: Jaye L. Knight, Destiny, Ashley Elliott, Katelyn, Moriah, Brianna, Savannah, Kendra E. Ardnek, Maddy, Leah E. Good, Sarah Holman

Woot! I actually found 11 people to tag! I don't think any of you have posted this yet, but if you have, sorry. :P You don't have to participate if you don't want to, but it's fun. :)

And here are my questions for you:

- What's your favorite color?
- If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?
- What is your favorite place to buy books?
- If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you choose?
- Do you prefer cake or brownies?
- What's one thing you really want to learn to do?
- Do you like notebooks?
- What's your favorite TV show?
- Have you ever wanted a treehouse?
- Who was your favorite American Girl? Or do you even have one?
- Why did you start your blog?

Happy tagging!


  1. This was fun to read. :) I spot two Ilyon books on your picture! *grins* Ilyon is awesome.

    And I get you on the introvert/extrovert thing. I took a myers-brigg test and I am officially an extrovert, but I find myself needing a lot more alone time than normal extrovert would need, I think.

    1. Thanks! Yep, Ilyon is important to me. :) Most of my Narnia books are behind the pole in the middle, so you can't really see them, unfortunately. Because those are highly important as well. Those two series are my precious. :D (And I don't care if that's a misplaced reference.)

      I've never actually taken any tests to find out officially, but I have a feeling the results would be confused. I'm just me, not a stereotype. :)

    2. Lord of the Rings can be referenced at ANY time. ;)

      Yeah. *shrugs* It was pretty freaky how accurately they described me thought; it's neat. Oh! I found the term "ambivert," which means you are both an introvert and an extrovert. I think I can fit in that place. :p


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