The Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Thanks so much to Madi over at Madi’s Musings for tagging me – or nominating me? Is that how this works? Anyway, thank you so much for this, Madi! You asked some great questions.


– Thank the blogger who nominated you and put their link in your post!

– Nominate 11 bloggers and make eleven questions!

– Nominate 11 bloggers and make eleven questions!

Le Questions with my answers

What sparked your interest in blogging?

I think reading other peoples’ lovely blogs sparked my initial interest, and I always thought in the back of my mind that I’d start a blog someday in the future. However, when I began seriously thinking about publishing, it was kind of understood that I had to start a blog. You have to get people to consider reading your book somehow, right? So maybe I was just conned into blogging … but I’ve been enjoying it so much!

If you could tell your past, younger self one thing, what would it be?

Oh dear … so much. I think the top thing I could say is to turn your eyes upon Jesus. In so many ways. When we’re looking at Jesus instead of ourselves, the crazy world around us, or anything else that distracts us away from Him, we’re walking into a mess of trouble. But when He’s at the center, everything will work out in the end. 😊

How do you incorporate your faith in your blogging and/or writing?

That’s something I think about a lot, because I feel very strongly about my writing glorifying the Lord and pointing others to Him. In blogging, sometimes that looks like a post about something the Lord taught me or a topic I’m passionate about. In writing, my goal is to clearly present the Gospel, so that whoever reads my books knows about Jesus and His love and His salvation He offers everyone. I also want my books to be edifying to Christians, so I try to integrate Biblical themes throughout the characters’ lives as well as write characters who are realistic Christians (like they do have problems. Some of them more than others …) In the end, I want all of my writing to glorify the Lord.

If you could exchange our world for a fictional one, which world would you choose?

So is this talking about fantasy? I haven’t really read all that much fantasy, so I’ll have to come up with a slightly lame answer. Hmm … I feel like a lot of fictional worlds have problems I wouldn’t want to deal with. Maybe like Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys? Like they got to run around and do cool stuff, and nothing really terrible usually happened.

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What is one book/series you dislike or won’t read, but that other readers rave about?

Lord of the Rings

Another conversation for another day.

Mountains or ocean?

Mountains. 🙂

Do you prefer hot chocolate “plain” or with added flavors?

Ooh, I think I’ve had just plain hot chocolate most of my life. But I really love peppermint and chocolate, so that sounds really good right now. But anything chocolate is amazing.

Favorite season?

Summer, I think? Mainly because there’s no school, and I can always write a lot in the summer. 🙂 But I also really love fall and spring, and I’m not a big fan of hot summer days. Yeah, I’m just a bunch of contradictions.

Who is one blogger/author you wish you could team up with to write a post/book?

Grace Johnson. She has such a fun writing voice and great ideas. 🙂

What is your favorite writing medium? Pencil? Pen? Other?

Mechanical pencils for the win.

What is one animal you never want to tangle with?

Sharks. I am not a fan.


Grace @ Of Blades and Thorns

E.G. Bella

Joelle @ The Pen Inspired

Sisters Three

Faith @ Faith on the Farm

Callie @ An Unfinished Story

Tara @ Tower in the Plains

Grace M. Morris

Abigail Kay Harris

And you! (Hopefully two of you to get me up to the 11 nominees. 🙂 )

My Questions for you!

  1. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
  2. What time do you usually write your blog posts?
  3. What’s your favorite type of music?
  4. When did you realize you wanted to become a blogger and/or writer?
  5. What’s your favorite Bible verse?
  6. What Bible character do you most identify with?
  7. Do you prefer to write things by hand or type them?
  8. What’s one of your worst ideas you’ve had for a story and/or blog post?
  9. What’s your favorite ice cream topping?
  10. If you could have any animal in the world for a pet, which would it be?
  11. What’s one place you want to travel but most people wouldn’t?

15 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award!

  1. This looks so fun!!! Thanks so much for the tag!!! We’re going to work on this and try to get it posted before Saturday…lol…we leave for a two-week vacation Sunday…so we want to get this done before we leave! So exciting!!!
    Your answers were great!!! And those questions look fantastic!!!

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  2. Thanks for the tag, Vanessa!! *coughs* *thinks, “it’s probably time for me to stop procrastinating with these tags… :P”* And I loved your answers – except the Lord of the Rings one.

    WWWWHHHHYYYY?!?!?!?!?!?! *melts into puddle of tears*

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  3. Same, I pretty much only use mechanical pencils!!! Lol it’s such a hard decision choosing which season is your favorite, right?! And that is such a noble goal, to have all your writing glorify God!

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  4. Love most of your answers (except the LOTR one – that’s my favorite)!

    Love what you’d tell your past self. I think even our current selves need to hear that, especially with everything becoming increasingly chaotic. If we don’t focus on the only One with power over the storm, we’ll forever feel battered and broken by the waves.

    And the Hardy Boys! Yes! I like Nancy Drew too, but the brothers and Chet were my favorite.

    I’m with you on the mountains. Seen the ocean, not impressed. Live by the mountains, and am definitely in love with them, especially during the autumn season. I like peppermint hot chocolate too, hence why I have a stash of mini candy canes I put in the milk right after I stir in the mix.

    Summer heat and I don’t get along, but it is nice to be free of schoolwork. Autumn’s the best, though! All those colors, the smell in the air, the crispness… yes, it’s definitely the best.

    Same on the mechanical pencils. And I wouldn’t want to tangle with a shark, but at least you can choose not to get in the water. Bears or buffalo on the other hand…

    Great answers, Vanessa!

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    • Amen and amen. So true. Jesus is the only One Who can hold us safe and steady.

      Hahaha, yes, Chet! He deserves more of a fanclub. 🙂 Ooh, and I’d love to be in the mountains during the fall. That would be so gorgeous. And yum … I love the idea of putting a mini candy cane into hot chocolate. Peppermint and chocolate is just the best!

      Thanks again for tagging me, Madi!

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