I was nominated by the lovely Rachel
for the best blogging buddies award! Hooray! Here are the rules:
1) Make a post to show your award on your main blog.
2) Tag whoever nominated you.
3) Tag some blogging buddies (or bloggers you hope to become buddies with!).
4) Ask your buddies 15 questions (or more).
5) Answer all the questions that your nominating buddy asked you.
Rachel’s Questions for me:
What is your favorite book from your childhood?
I went through a period in which I was completely obsessed with a book called Hitty – Her First Hundred Years. I thought the idea of following a doll on 100 years of adventure was creative and exciting, but I could find no one with whom to share my enthusiasm. I blame the archaic front cover.
|Not extremely appetizing.
When I gushed about the book, my friends and family would only chuckle or mumble “only you Susanna. only you.” To this day it is the first thing I recommend when one of my sisters come to me looking for a good book. They continue to chuckle and exclaim at my strange taste. I’ve yet to meet anyone who has read this special little book.
ALSO – Laura Ingalls Wilder was my inspiration and her books were a happiness of mine.
What is your method for keeping track of your writing ideas? (e.g., I have mine all categorized in a three-ring binder.)
I have files on my compuer where I write anything and everything that comes to mind. I also have a binder and a writing notebook for jotting down ideas when my computer is dead.
Have you ever participated in any writing contests (e.g. Nanowrimo, 100/100), and how did you do?
I am currently participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time. So far I’ve managed to stay on track although I think the quality of my writing has been nose diving for the past few thousand words. In fact, I’m starting to wonder if I was ever meant to be a writer. My story in its current state is borderline black mail material.
Tea or coffee (or hot chocolate)?
ALL OF IT. Coffee makes me happy – freakishly happy. Tea is more stabilizing. If the chai tea latte was a category on its lonesome, it would win hands down. In summary – hot drinks are a good idea.
Have you ever traveled outside your country? Where?
I went to Canada when I was a baby, but that doesn’t really count because it was Canada and I was a baby.
Also – in 2012 I went to a christian conference in Poland
for 10 days. I didn’t get to do too much sightseeing (one afternoon in Zakopane and another half day in Krakow). I smelt the air and that was enough. I’ve spent the past two years dreaming and planning to get back to Europe.
How long have you been blogging? Is this your first blog?
I had a blog in junior high. It was a way to connect and blab with my close friends before social media was a thing.
Eventually my buddies abandoned me in the blogsphere to try new platforms, instagram, facebook, etc. I stood my grown in my stubborn old fashioned way, using my blog as more of a personal space for keeping track of my thoughts than as base to connect to a community. Since starting my gap year, I’ve rejoined the blogging community in earnest and have been enjoing it immensely.
Where do you usually do most of your writing?
My family’s new house has a library. It is a tiny supposed-to-be-office lined with bookshelves and comy chairs. I’ve claimed it for myself.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
OOSh. A long time ago I wrote a stupid short story
about a sarcastic girl who gets stuck in Texas for a summer. She is annoying and I love her.
Do you have any pets? Do you want any?
I had two ginormous black dogs name Bella and Miel. They were half lab, half collie, and all perfect. I had two parakeets and seven chickens. And then we moved away from our big house in the little woods to live in a cookie cutter neighborhood with lots of people who all dress the same and refuse to smile back at me when I wave. The rental agency made us get rid of all our pets. That is pretty much my ultimate sob story.
I’m determined to have a pet cactus in college.
Once I get to be a grown up I plan to live across the street from central park in NYC with a St. Bernard named Dante and two gold fish named Alexander and Napolean.
When I finally make it to Mongolia, I’ll have an Eagle and a Reindeer and probably a camel or two.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Read, but I guess that is part of the package. My current hobbies include cooking dishes from faraway, jogging around the neighborhood (while talking to myself), planning dream trips, working for an iphone app design company, taking online courses through novoed
, teaching children cultural geography, eating licorice, and making faces at babies when their parents aren’t looking.
Do you ever get writing inspiration from tv shows/movies?
Horror or thrillers, or neither of them, ever?
Neither of them ever. Just kidding. I make exceptions for Edgar Allen Poe.
Noting like a bit of Edgar Allen Poe to remind you about how awesome your life is.
Was there ever a time you thought the movie was actually better than the book?
The Giver. I wasn’t actually I huge fan of that book, although it got be thinking and thinking is good.
However, the movie was great.
(sidenote: I have a weakness for movies with collages of human culture. Remember the computer and the captain in WALLE and the collage of courage in The Giver? Yeah. Best cinematic moments ever.)
What is your favorite holiday/special occasion and why?
Thanksgiving. Giving presents is great and all, but so many holidays revolve around recieving material things. Thanksgiving is focused on being content and thankful for what God has given us. Oh and also the whole family gets together. When you are living in a growing up family, that is a special treat.
Then of course there is pumpkin pie.
Would you rather BE a dragon, or HAVE a dragon?
*immediately thinks of Eustace from the Chronicles of Narnia*. I’d much rather own one. A cooperative pink dragon named Felix might be nice.
And now, these age-old questions; Which is better:
Pirates or ninjas?
Ninjas or Jedi?
I’d rather be friends with a ninja, cause they are probably cooler. But I’d rather BE a pirate – because ships, water, and more singing. Jedi wins over ninja because let’s face it, light sabers win over nunchucks.
NOW. For a few best blogging buddies and bloggers I’d love to be friends with:
Here are 15 questions. Feel free to answer them. Do not feel compelled.
Whether you choose to participate in the questions or not, I wanted to
let you all know that I’ve enjoyed your blogs immensely and do so
hope I can continue to connect with you all as blogging buddies!
1. Do you have a nickname/s? If so, tell us about the strangest one?
2. Would you rather slide down a rainbow or bounce on a cloud?
3. What are three little known facts about you?
4. Guilty pleasures?
5. Is there a book you read that changed your life?
6. If you could go anywhere tomorrow for a week long vacation, where would you go?
7. Do you have any strange and impractical hidden talents?
8. Do you reread books, and if so – which book have you read the most times?
9. If you controlled the world of fashion, what would be in style forever?
10. Would you rather own a panda bear or a buffalo?
11. If you could name yourself, what would be your name?
12. What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
13. Do you have a life motto?
14. If you could have a teaparty with a fictional character, who would it be?
15. What makes you happy?