Blogger Recognition Award

I am highly honored to be nominated!  I was nominated by Joan from her post here .  I have never been nominated for this one so I am really excited!

The rules for accepting this award: 1. Tell how your blog got started. 2. Give some advice to new bloggers 3. Choose blogs that you would like to pass the award on to.

Here goes nothing! 🙂

How did I get started blogging?

I had started blogging about two years ago.  I dibble and dabbled a little bit before I really sat down and decided that blogging was something I really wanted to do! My dream is to become a published author.  To achieve this, so many places have stated that having a platform will increase the chances of being published.  So I thought that creating a blog would be very helpful and it gives me a chance to showcase my writing skills.  How am I doing?

What advice would I give a new blogger?

Stick it it.  It is not an overnight thing at all.  It take time, lots of writing and patience. You have to work at it every day and be willing to take risks. I enjoy writing and I have no problem sitting down and just writing!  Not everyone else can do that.  So find a skill or a talent of high enjoyment – that you can write about – and pursue it!  If you love it, they well love.  If you don’t love it, they will know!

Okay, so I have chosen a few talented bloggers to share this blogging award with.  It was quite hard for several reasons, one, I have so many blogs to pick from and two, it’s really hard to just pick a few!  So in no special order, enjoy!  Check these people out!  🙂  Thank you!

I could have gone on and on but I think I will keep this short!  Give these people some love!

Until next time..

Liebster award part Two

I was  nominated for two more Liebster award Blogger Recognition Award, so you guys will be seeing a lot of different posts about myself and you will be seeing lots of great blogs to check out!  So I am hoping you guys check all the fellow bloggers out! 🙂

For this set of questions, I was nominated by Ashlee B  (great page by the way, you really should check her out!) from her post here.  Show her some love, okay?

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  • What inspired you to begin blogging?

Overall, I started blogging to share my writing with the world. Second of all, my dream is to become a published author so I aimed to create a platform for my writing but to share others with the masses. On top of that, i really would love to create a place for all writers to connect and share writings!

  • What book, newspaper or magazine are you currently reading?

I am currently reading the Writer Digest Magazine and I am wanting for the The Writer to come in the mail for me too read!

  • If you had one phrase to describe your life, what would it be?

download (3)  This sums it up pretty well!  Plus I have post about different quotes here and here

  • If you had to get rid of all social media, which one would you keep?

I would keep Google +.  I don’t really ave a reason other than it’s Google.  And I often feel like there is a lot of drama on Facebook and twitter…  Sometimes!

  • What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced with blogging?

The biggest challenge I have faced with my blog is time to write the posts I want to write.  I know that sounds odd, but hear me out.   I want only the best of my writing on here, that sometimes might be hard if I am in a time crunch or something like that.  I am a full time stay at home mom and I don’t always get all the time in the world to write everything I would like to write. But I am getting better.

  • Who is your favorite blog/blogger?

I don’t think I can just pick one.  I love all kind of bloggers.  I love to read motherhood blogs, or fandom blogs (like Star Trek) or other writing blogs.

  • What is your favorite type of blog to read?

Like I said before, I like to read a lot of blogs.  I like well written and funny blogs the best!  🙂

  • What is your short-term goals for your blog?

Short term? To stay alive!  Nah, I really would love to get to 100 followers before November and I would love to get a guess hosting series up and going!  🙂

  • What are your long-term goals for your blog?

Long term?  To stay alive!  Nah, to be honest, I would love to be able to create this blog as a place to go to for  fellow up and coming writers!  🙂

  • How do you spend the majority of your day?

A majority of my day is spend chasing my daughter around! The other half of my day is spend debating on if I should take a nap…  There is a small part of my day I get some writing done!  🙂

  • What is your favorite thing to do over the summer?

I love to read.  If I didn’t have as many responsibilities, I would just spend all day long reading (like I used to as a child!)  It was favorite thing to do, getting last in an amazing book.  Man, to be young again…  🙂

Okay, so now my eleven questions ….

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your dream career?
  3. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  4. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
  5. Where would you like to be in 5 years time?
  6. What do you enjoy most about blogging/writing?
  7. What do you like most about where you live right now?
  8. What do you do in order to overcome writer’s block?
  9. Who inspires you?
  10. If you could do anything to make this world a bit better, what would it be?
  11. Are you team dog or team cat?

Bonus question…  Who’s your favorite red head?  It’s okay, I’ll let you think for a moment…

And I nominate these amazing people!  🙂

  1. MY LITTLE BIT OF SERENITY
  2. Protest the Chaos with Splashes of beauty
  3. http://fromfny.wordpress.com/
  4. ZIGMA
  5. Elan Mudrow
  6. Author’s Workshop
  7. Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha
  8. SIDEREAL CATALYST
  9. Cristian Mihai
  10. FLICKTRON
  11. RIDDLES AND PENS

So go forth and write up a blog post with these questions!  These people are great, check them out!

Until next time…

Liebster award part one

Hello all!  I am finally getting around to this! It’s been such a crazy week!  🙂 I am slowly trying to get back in the rhythm of ‘normal’ life so here I am!

I was  nominated for two more Liebster award Blogger Recognition Award, so you guys will be seeing a lot of different posts about myself and you will be seeing lots of great blogs to check out!  So I am hoping you guys check all the fellow bloggers out! 🙂

For this set of questions, I was nominated by Cheyanne from her post here.  Show her some love, okay?

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  1. What’s been your favorite Halloween costume?
    Man, I just can’t pick one.  My favorite thing about Halloween is seeing all the people flex their creative muscle and create a wonderful costume. But if I really had to pick just one, I would pick any baby costumer ever.   Those kids are just so cute!
  2. What are some of your favorite movies?
    I have several, but I would pick Nightmare Before Christmas hands down.  I have watched that movie enough I can still say every line and sing every song without a second thought!  🙂
  3. How do you like your coffee/tea?
    I like my coffee in the trash.  Same with my tea…   I have never been much of a coffee or tea drinker.  Sorry to say.  But I am a huge fan of juice, can we agree on that one?  🙂
  4. Which celebrity are you just SICK of hearing about?  Feel free to describe in vague but descriptive terms so you don’t have to say the actual name and contribute to this person’s mentions.  😉
    I’m kinda at the point that I am just tired about hearing about almost all and any kind of celebrity.  Well, all but James Franco….  That’s baby daddy number two…  Haha!  I already have spoken to my husband and I get the eye roll.  Come on, who watched Freaks and Geeks?
  5. What’s the most embarrassing fashion phase you went through?  Grunge?  Jelly platforms?  Big hair?
    Umm, I really don’t follow fashion ….  So I would guess maybe my whole life?  I dunno, I just wear whatever is comfortable! 🙂
  6. Would you rather strangers call you “miss” or “ma’am” (or something else entirely)?  Why?
    I would rather just be called by my name.  But I will live if someone calls me miss or ma’am.  I just HATE  being called girl of anything like that!  GRR!
  7. What’ve you been binge watching on Netflix (or other site) these days?
    To be honest, I haven’t watched much TV recently.  I just don’t have the time for it.  I have some many other things going on!
  8. What do you love most about yourself?
    I really love my red hair…  If you haven’t guessed it, I am a redhead and I am very proud of it! 🙂
  9. Are you good at resolutions?  How do you stay motivated to get them done?
    I’m not the best.  I can help others with there goals but I sometimes fall flat or I have to push it back!  I am trying my hardest to not do that but life likes to throw in some curve balls once in a while!
  10. Where would you love to travel?
    I would love to travel to Canada, England, Russia and so many other places.  I’m just an odd duck! 😀
  11. Do you play an instrument?  If not, is there one you’ve always wanted to learn how to play?
    I play the flute.  While I would love to say I still do, I just haven’t in so long that all I can say is that I just to play the flute!

Okay, now for my eleven questions!

  1. What is you blog all about is five words or less?
  2. What kind of music do you listen to while you write/ blog? Or do you listen to anything at all?
  3. What is your drink of choice?  (Adult or soft)
  4. What books are you reading right now?
  5. If you could publish a book, what would it be about?  Would it be about you or a story you wrote
  6. What kind of magazines do you read?
  7. What is one thing (or goal) in your five year plan?
  8. Are you a sharer or a keeper when it comes to goal sharing? (Like do you share your goals with other or do you keep hidden for others?
  9. Do you have an non-real character crushes? (Come on fess up!)
  10. Are you part of a fandom? (fandom – n. the state or condition of being a fan of someone or something.)
  11. What is one thing you want to tell your future children or grandchildren about?  (It could be about anything)

Now for my nominations!  Enjoy!  Share the love! 🙂

  1. Sacrificial Chain Breaker
  2. crazy grad mama
  3. Kris Moore KM Novels
  4. Casual Procrastinator
  5. Annette Rochelle Aben
  6. Marlton Trainer
  7. 1-800 Books
  8. All Things Autumn
  9. Philip Dodson
  10. My Difference
  11. Love. Laugh. Sparkle.

Well I guess that is all for this post! I will have part two up soon-ish and then my Blogger Recognition Award post up as well!

Until next time…

Liebster blog award Part two

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Hello!  So this is two days late!  My husband had a rare day off and we decided to do a lot of house cleaning! Oh, the joys of adulthood!

Okay, so like I said is my last post, I told you that I was nominated twice in the same day!  This is the second nomination.  I was nominated by Daisy in the Willows from this post of hers! 🙂

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So without more words, here are her questions  for me!

  • What is your guilty food pleasure?  Chocolate…  Pretty much an form of it will work…  But It can’t have strawberries!  (I’m highly allergic to them!)
  • what was your favourite child hood game (doesn’t have to be a board game) My favorite game was Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • If you could rename yourself what would you call yourself and why? I don’t think I would change me name.  I’ve grown to like my name.  I will admit, sometimes I thought about changing my name to Samantha, people seem to think that is my name already!
  • What was the last lie you told?  “No, it wasn’t me that ate all the chocolate.”  I told my husband this last night.  Then we both laughed.
  • What is the best compliment you have ever received?  ‘Your writing has encouraged me to work on my own writing.
  • What historic event would you like to have been present at?   Oh, man; as a history buff there are so many events I would love to been at, overall, I think I would want to be at Stonehenge while it was being built!  I could answer so many questions for people! 🙂
  • How would you start a conversation with a stranger?  To be honest, nope.  I am not a small talk kind of person.  I don’t often start the conversation with people and if I do, it tends to a conversation about something they don’t understand and then they slowly walk away…
  • What is the strangest thing you have eaten?  Chocolate covered grasshoppers…  So, I’ll eat anything that has chocolate!
  • what quality/qualities make a friend a keeper?  For the most part, the most important quality for a friend for me is compassion.  I can’t stand someone who lacks this basic quality.  I might be apathetic about somethings but when it comes to starving children and how easy we could give them food, I struggle when someone tells me that their parents should just get a job.  Like, they are humans, show some love!
  • Is there a word that you love using all the time or/and a word you hate hearing or using?  I don’t know.  I am a lover of more words and I really don’t have a word that I hate hearing.  I don’t like hearing people being called names or being abused.  That is about it, I think.
  • If money was no option what would you do for your next birthday ?  For me?  My birthday?  I would love to pay off my in-laws debts.  They have done so much for my husband and me and I would love to pay them back somehow.

Now, my question to the people tagged:

  1. What is your favorite color?
  2. What is one room in your dream house you would love to have right now?
  3. What are you currently reading?
  4. Where do you get the ideas for your blog posts?
  5. What is the best advice you can give your fellow bloggers about how to get new subscribers?
  6. Do you belong to any writers’ or bloggers’ associations and, if so, which ones?
  7. Who is your favorite musician?
  8. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
  9. Who is your dream dinner party guest?
  10.  Where do you see yourself in 50 years?
  11. What does a normal day in your life look like?

Okay now for the eleven people to do these questions!  🙂

  1. Ra’Nesha Wilson
  2. Clarie
  3. Tiffany
  4. Karuna
  5. Ann Marie Lipari
  6. Ashlee Barclay
  7. Tracey
  8. Alice
  9. Rashmi
  10. Hope
  11. YOU!  Yes, the one reading this!  Please answer the questions and then share your post below!  🙂

Okay, that seems to be it for the moment!  Enjoy!

Until next time…

Liebster Blog Award part one

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I was nominated twice today with in hours of each other…  I must be so popular!  😛

The first time I was nominated by Francesca from this post.  So go check it out!  🙂

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Okay, so I will get started with the questions!

What inspires you as a blogger? 

I love to write, so for me, my writing inspires me as a blogger.  🙂

Who do you blog for?

I blog for myself first and foremost.  I write the way I like to read.  I also blog for all the people trying to balance out life and the call of writing.  I feel that there is an opening in the blogging wold for people in this boat.  🙂

Who or what is your favourite book/ tv/ film character?

Oh man, you are asking to pick one?  Or one of each?
Book – Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Tv – Star Trek: The Next Generation and Firefly
Film Character : Jack the Pumpkin King.

If you could choose to have a super power, what would it be and why?

I would choose the ability to live off of an hour of sleep.  I can get like 100% more done a day.  And I could get more writing done as well!

What was the last book you read?

Well, this going to be complicated.  Since high school, I can’t just read one book at a time.  But the most finished book was 30 Minute Social Media Marketing by Susan Gunelius.  (If you look over to the side, you can see what I am currently reading form Goodreads. 😀

What was the last film you watched?

Does the baby channel count?  lol  Actually it was Nightmare Before Christmas. 

What was your childhood fear? Has it changed?

My childhood fear?  Well, I had a few my biggest was being unloved or forgotten.  Sadly it’s still a fear of mine but I know that I am loved.  Even if I don’t always believe it.

Recommend a song to me

Gah, I have so many I could suggest for you! But right off hand, https://open.spotify.com/track/38bvPJSOyo5fQ1ARnLp8II
My Imagination by John Legend

Tell me an inspirational quote.  

Right here.  It’s one of my favorites! 🙂 Words to live by!

How much does this nomination mean to you? 

It’s a very nice gesture!  I appreciate that people read my blog and like what I am saying!  Thank you!  🙂

What would you do if you won £1,000,000?

Well, for me, that would translate to about $1,550,375.  First and foremost, I would buy a house for my husband and I and pay for like five years worth of taxes!  Then I will pay off all of our bills and then all his parent’s bills!  After that, and depending on what is left, I will use that money to live off of and continue to work on my writing!  🙂  And I might take a trip!

Okay so now it’s my turn to make up some questions…  Boy, I’m gonna run out of questions soon!

  1. Who are you in five words or less! (Can you think of just five words to describe yourself?)
  2. What makes you smile?
  3. If you have some spare time, what do you do?
  4. Who is a hero in your life?
  5. Are you a planner? Or are you spontaneous?
  6. What is your favorite season of the year?
  7. What is your most prized possession?
  8. What single quality do you most appreciate in people?
  9. Who is your favorite fictional character?
  10. What is your favorite quote and by whom?
  11. Any advice you would like to share with others?

Okay, so I think that’s about it for this post…  Oh and I have to tag people!  Okay, let me get that done!  🙂

  1. http://keithgarrettpoetry.com/
  2. http://dailyinspiration.me/
  3. https://charsgirl.wordpress.com/
  4. https://janebasilblog.wordpress.com/
  5. http://ariadnathread.com/
  6. https://readmewatchme.wordpress.com/
  7. https://optimisticsuperheroes.wordpress.com/
  8. http://robertokaji.com/
  9. https://ginablueblog.wordpress.com/
  10. https://mrtookles.wordpress.com/
  11. https://dreamingofbigger.wordpress.com/

Alright.  When I get a little more time, I will fix up the URL’s but for the time being I think you know the rule!  So enjoy!  🙂

Until next time…

SUNSHINE BLOGGING AWARD CHALLENGE

SUNSHINE BLOGGING AWARD CHALLENGE

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I was nominated by Tracey to answer these ten questions! How did she know I love top ten questions?
After these ten questions, i have to make my own ten question and then nominate other bloggers! So be on the look out world!
Now without further ado…
1.  What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure? No be honest, I really don’t have one that is horrible. I just like to eat chocolate… so if you leave it out, i will eat it… so watch out!  Other than that, there isn’t really anything i do that makes me feel guilty…  Well… there is some music….  I’ll take about that later. 😀
2.   When you go to the movies, do you go for action, comedy, drama… and why?
To be honest, I really don’t go to the movies very often.  Between the money spent and the fact other people are there, I really just don’t enjoy it.  I am a person who likes to take the whole movie in.  I like to rewind and re-watch what just happened so I can understand what happened and try to guess what might happen next!  An on top of that, I HATE wasting money on a horrible movie.  But if I do go, nine times out of ten it’s a comedy, that’s the movie my husband and I go see. It’s a safer bet.  🙂
3.  If you are an author… What would you like to say about your upcoming novel?  Well, since I am still on my first draft, I will tell you this: it’s a sci-fi with a redhead as a lead.  Why?  Because we need more redheads as leads and not the villains (but not all villains are bad!)  On top of that, we need more female leads (in all genres) that aren’t waiting for a man to save her…  Wait, I was talking about my book, okay, sorry.  It’s a sci-fi space opera.  There’s a conspiracy but it’s space, what do you do when you are all alone?  Who do you trust? Leading officers, best friends, people you grew up with?  Hmmm…  You will just have to wait to see!  I did post a very rough sample of what I was writing here.
3a. If you are an avid reader … What book has you bouncing from foot to foot, as you wait for its release?
GAH!  There are quite a bit to be excited…  but there is just too many to list!   But there is one…
4.  What type of accent do you have, what type do you love to hear, and what type would you like to have if you could change your own???
Since I was born and raised in New England, I often forget to pronounce my ‘r’s but most of the time, I really don’t have an accent.  I love the English accent and I love just listening to them speak but over all I really like them all. I don’t think I would change my own.
5.  Where is your favorite past vacation spot, and where would you like to go before you die?
To be honest, I even really have been ‘on vacation.’  We either can’t afford it or just don’t have the time.  But I love the beach and I miss it so much right now.  (I’m in the middle of Nebraska at the moment.)
6.  No matter if you are an author or not, what advice would you give to your favorite author?
DON’T GIVE UP!  KEEP WRITING! 😀
7.  If you could make everyone in the world answer one question, no holds bar and unfailingly honestly…. what would it be?
I really don’t know.  Maybe if they wanted to be beta readers or if they even liked what I wrote.  EEEKKKK!  I don’t know if I want the know the answer to that last question!  :O
8.  What is your spirit animal?
I have no clue.  But this might help…  squirrel
9. Do you do anything similar (and guys, we will call it a man-purse, or just always available in your truck 😛 ) And do you have a favorite pen?  Nine times out of ten, yes, I always have pens and paper with me.  You never know when an idea will hit you upside the back of the head and beat you down until you jot it down.  I also try to keep my cell phone handy to take down the idea too.  But with a young child at home, I try not to be glued to my phone.  🙂 Here is what is often in my bag…
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10.  And last but not least, describe your craziest life experience.
Oh man, there are so many..  My whole life is a crazy experience.  I grew up with crazy.  I think hands down, there was one that just was crazier than the rest.  My mother has hated me my whole life (I spent most of my time with my grandparents [which is another can of worms].)  There was one time I had come home from school and the door was locked.  It wasn’t terribly abnormal, but I could hear my mother was home so I shouted for her open up and let me in.  She then faked an accent and said that no one was house and I had the wrong house. I just shook my head and pulled out my house key.  I unlocked the door and walked in.  My mother looks at me dead in the face and said “Aww fuck, I hope you had died or something.”  Any normal eight might have cried but for me it was kinda nice for my mother to wish me a quick death.  I know, I’m odd, I come from an odd family and you will just have to deal with it!
Okay, so now that I have answered those ten questions, now I need to make up my own ten questions!  So here they are!
  1. What is you favorite thing in the world?  That one thing you can not live without?
  2. Do you like books you can hold or ebooks?
  3. Do you have a library card?  If so, why not?
  4. Do you participate in NaNoWriMo?  If so, do you want to be friends?  If not, WHY NOT?
  5. What is your favorite color pair?
  6. Do you sing in the shower?
  7. What do you look for in blogs? What is your favorite blog?  Do you care to share it?
  8. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  9. DO you like to join an online writing group?  Are you already part of one?  Share it with me! 😀
  10. What Inspires You?
Now… I will be sending these questions out to…
  1. Tracey!
  2. B.P. Crouse
  3. Jean’s Writing
  4. Carol (Writeful Mind)
  5. Peggy (A Kind Of Single Lady)
  6. Dana (Nerdy Girl On A Mission)
  7. L.M. Nelson (LMNELSONSCORNER)
  8. miss ky
  9. Emily (Adventures in Writing)
  10. YOU!  The one that is reading this!  Answer these questions and then let me know about it!  🙂

Okay, so that seems to be it for this blog post.  I have a lot going on! I had signed up for Writing 101 and Blogging 101.  So you might see a blog post daily (or even more than one a day!  [kinda like today!].)

Until next time…