I’m honored and humbled to announce I was nominated for the 2018 Sunshine Blogger Award! Nominations are given from other bloggers who deem a work inspiring—filled with a bit of sunshine. Thank you, Padma, for the nomination! I’m truly blushing.
This nomination came at an ideal time. I’ve been considering expanding my blog into a full-blown website to empower people to take brave steps to live the life they’ve always dreamed of. A few weeks ago I took the plunge and started building ActsofBravery.com to help me realize this dream. Of course, fear, self-doubt, and nagging thoughts like “who do you think you are” crept in. Thank you, Padma! This nomination encouraged me at exactly the right time!
How the Sunshine Blogger Award works:
- Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked 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 in your post and/or on your blog.
1. Do you have a favourite memorabilia/heirloom? What is it?
- I don’t possess a physical heirloom, but I come from a long line of deeply spiritual people. From them, I inherited qualities that have been ingrained into my DNA. Integrity, peace, and sensitivity the spiritual world are just a few I cherish.
I think about a physical heirloom to pass down to my children from time to time. I just haven’t found it yet, hopefully one day.
2. If you could go back in your own timeline, what would the ‘present you’ tell the ‘2008 you?’
Hmmmmm…great question! Let’s see, 2008 was ten years ago, which means I was thirty. Oh my goodness! October of 2007 I fell and shattered both of my wrists. I couldn’t use my hands for months. By March, I’d had my second surgery and had committed to writing the novel of my heart no matter what it took. Ten years later I’d tell that fledgling writer to keep going, keep learning the craft, keep believing, keep writing what she loves.
3. Which book character would you like to run away with?
This is another tough one. My instinct is to say Mr. Darcy. Who doesn’t like the rich, handsome, brooding type? But I think I’d brood too much for the both of us. In real life my husband is the charming, playful type like Mr. Bingley. But, if I had to pick someone from my YA fantasy books? It would be Rhys from Sarah J. Mass’s Court of Thorns and Roses series.
4. Do you like your job? What’s your dream job?
I’m lucky enough to get to write everyday, which is my dream job. One day soon I’ll throw travel into the mix and be in heaven.
5. Which country would you like to travel to?
Well, to India to meet Padma of course! After that visit, I’d pick Italy. Since I can remember, I’ve wanted to experience the ruins, the wine, the countryside, not to mention all that history! More recently, I’ve wanted to see Scotland. The third book in my series, The Guardians of Orendria, is set there so I really MUST go!
6. What do you look forward to when you wake up each day?
Coffee. Lol! I am not a morning person. I know this is probably supposed to be a more existential question. But the number one thing on my mind when I drag my eyelids open to squint against those early morning rays is that heady smell of freshly ground beans.
7. If you can meet The Creator, what would you tell him?
I don’t know if I’d tell him something, rather I’d have a bunch of questions. Starting with, what’s the meaning of it all? And going from there. I think I’d just want to listen to his heart for us as an entire people, and then his heart for me as an individual, as well as the people I love.
8. What was your favourite show as a kid? (Why did Cartoon Network have to change…)
Now remember, I’m twenty years older than Padma. There was no such thing as Cartoon Network back in my day (gasp!). You know, back in the caveman days when we had to get up to change the channel and adjust the aluminum foil-enhanced rabbit-eared antennas.
Saturday morning: Smurfs
After school: ThunderCats and Gobots
Thursday night with family: The Cosby Show
Jr. High and High School: Saved by the Bell and 21 Jump Street
9. What is the big announcement about your life that you’d like to give right now?
I mentioned it a bit above, but to get into a little more detail, I’m creating a new website called Acts of Bravery. When it’s done in a few weeks, I’ll move my blog to that site in order to designate my old site for fiction and my new site for non-fiction. I’m hoping to grow Acts of Bravery into a business. I’m terrified. Ironic, huh?
10. Given the choice, which villain would you like to be?
I’ve never wanted to be a villain. But if I had to choose…I’d definitely be misunderstood, with witchy powers, and end up playing for the good guys in the end. Would it be cheating to say Maleficent in the newer Disney movie?
11. How was your day?
Today has been great! I spent the morning working on Acts of Bravery. Then had coffee with a friend in the afternoon. Tonight, my husband and I are meeting our best friends for a birthday celebration.
My Nominees for The Sunshine Blogger Award:
I’m going to cheat a little here. I’ve only been seriously blogging for a few months. I don’t follow many bloggers yet. My list is short of eleven. So, instead of asking eleven question, I’m going to list a few blogs I think should get some recognition. Please click on each site and you’ll experience their amazingness for yourself.
Deb Blizzard Lee: She’s my writing twinsie and blogs about the ups and down of being a surrogate at Wombmate. Super inspiring. Love her.
Derek Hastings: He’s a long time friend that hashes out his spirituality in his blog, Truth & Passion. If you want some thought-provoking material head over.
Dennis Ricci: Another writing buddy and encourager. He recently changed his blog format to talk about his spiritual insights, but his previous blogs are topics he addressed in his political thriller, Perilous Judgment.
Padma: She nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. On The Soulitary Reaper, she writes fun and heartfelt short stories, and sometimes posts about her life. She often encourages me with comments on my posts. This is why blogging is so much fun! How else would I have connect to a like-minded soul half way around the world?