The Creative Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for another blogging award! A huge thanks to the ever lovely Adriana Gabrielle for the nomination.

The Rules:
~Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
~Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
~Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
~Pass these rules on to them

The Nominees:
Kira of Kira Budge: Author
Ariel of Ariel Kalati, Writer
Mel of The Ultimately Useless Stories of an Average Teenager
Joan of The Spastic Writer
Hannah of Just Hannah dot Rose
Hannah of To Journey Toward
Shelby of Shelby Writes

(Not nominating 15 to 20 people, because whoa that’s a lot. So: even if I haven’t nominated you, if you’d like to complete this tag, go for it!)

The Facts:

1. I’m super into movies. Like, SUPER into movies. I almost ended up double majoring in film (in addition to my creative writing and literature major), but couldn’t quite justify it since I don’t currently have plans to work in the film industry. (Instead I’m a film minor with a bunch of extra film classes just for fun, like the screenwriting course I’m in right now.)

2. I’m trying to get in shape this summer, so I’m currently doing a hundred situps and biking about twenty miles a day. I like biking, because when I’m riding one of the stationary bikes in my building’s gym I can watch endless Netflix. My goal’s to get up to thirty miles a day.

3. As a counterpoint to the getting-in-shape thing, I’m also really into cooking and I put on like eight pounds this school year because I was finally out of the dorms and so had a kitchen at my disposal.

4. I’m addicted to the CW’s crappy superhero shows. The Flash, especially. There’s just something about attractive actors and bad writing.

5. I own a ridiculous number of mugs. It started because I didn’t own any, so I had to borrow one from my parents when I moved to college freshman year. So I bought myself one on a trip, then two–then all of a sudden I had like twenty and people keep giving them to me as gifts and I’m starting to run out of space for them. (But also, like, can you ever have too many mugs?) (The answer is yes. And I’ve just about reached that point.)

Thanks again for the nomination, Adriana! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s facts. 🙂


Liebster Award Tag (3rd Time’s the Charm!)

Aaand Kira has nominated me back for the Liebster Award! I’m assuming as revenge for how often I nominate her for these tags.

You can find Kira’s wondrous post (responding to my nomination) here.

Rules of the tag:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate other bloggers.
  4. Give those bloggers 11 questions to answer and let them know they’ve been nominated.

**Since I’ve done this tag twice now, the most recent being last week (oops), I’m skipping nominating other people. But if you’d like to complete the tag yourself using Kira’s questions, go for it!**

Kira’s Questions:
1) If your life was a book, what would it be titled? [from Janna]
At the moment: How Did I Eat So Much Pizza for Lunch and Why Do I Still Want More: The Julia Byers Story
2) Who was your first ever fictional crush? [from Janna]
As I said last time, it was probably James from the Animal Ark series, back in elementary school.
3) What’s your career goal and how many people know about it? Are you super secretive about it the way some writers are?
My career goal is to work in editing for a children’s/YA lit imprint of a publishing house. If I get to be an author too, that’ll be amazing, but really just being part of the publishing industry at all is The Dream. As for the second part of this question: No, I’m not secretive about it. However, I do think a lot of people assume my chief goal in life is to be a writer since I do spend so much time writing and talking about writing.
4) What’s your favorite musical instrument?
At the moment: violin. I can’t play it whatsoever, but I adore the sound. So desperate and beautiful.
5) Have you ever met a traditionally published author? Who and where and how?
I’ve been really lucky on the Meeting Authors front the past few years. I don’t think you want to sit through all the stories.
6) What is the last book you checked out from the library?
So this is sort of embarrassing but I kind of… don’t… use the library. Like, I spend time at the library. I go to events and study there. But I haven’t checked out a book since high school and the last one I remember checking out was one of the Harry Potters, from my high school’s library sophomore year. Probably Order of the Phoenix?
7) Tell us a bit about your family.
I come from a pretty traditional, middle class suburban background. Both my parents are engineers and work their butts off for what we have. My brother is three years older than me and works in advertising. We have a dog named Sammy who I miss like crazy when I’m not home (which is 99% of the time, these days).
8) Do you have any experiences with mental illness you could share? (Re: you or people you love.)
I mean, I think we all know and love people who suffer from mental illness. But their stories are not mine to share.
9) What’s a favorite blog post you posted recently?
I’m actually going to grab a post I wrote for another blog, because it was my first time using GIFs and I had way too much fun with it: “Critique Partners = Superheroes” for Teens Can Write, Too!
10) We’re back on the desert island, and this time, you get to have three authors with you. Who do you choose?
Suzanne Collins, because she probably knows tons of survival stuff from The Hunger Games. Libba Bray, because she looked at Lord of the Flies and gave us Beauty Queens instead. And JK Rowling, because, I mean. Why give up an opportunity to get to hang out with JK Rowling.
11) Is there a particular dream (like, the sleepy time kind) that keeps recurring for you?
Not really. However, last night I did dream that a dog bit Hugh Jackman, then they both grew wings. So there’s that.
Aaand that about wraps it up for the Liebster Award tag. Thanks for nominating me, Kira! Again, if you’d like to complete the tag yourself, feel free to using Kira’s questions.
Hope you have a good weekend!

Liebster Award Tag (Again!)

The lovely Janna Kaixer over at Writing Visually nominated me to complete the Liebster Award tag again! This is such a fun one, because each person who completes it creates their own set of questions for their nominees, so it’s new every time. Thanks, Janna!

Rules of the tag:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate other bloggers.
  4. Give those bloggers 11 questions to answer and let them know they’ve been nominated.

Janna’s Questions:

  1. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This book is just so fun and sweet and light. I’ve read it about a half a billion times now and it’s a fail-safe way of cheering me up.
  2. If your life was a book what would it be called?
    At the moment, probably I Want a Nap: The Julia Byers Story.
  3. Who was your first fictional crush?
    We’re going to have to go waaay back for this one, to James (the MC’s BFF) from the Animal Ark series. I don’t actually remember having a fictional crush on him back when I was reading Animal Ark in elementary school, but this is the first place my mind went.
  4. Traditional publishing vs self publishing – which would you choose if you had the choice? And why? Traditional publishing all the way. You get so much more built-in support (editor, copy editor, cover design, etc.) that way. It’s giving your book the best chance to succeed.
  5. Ebooks vs real books? Which wins?
    Real books! 🙂
  6. Do you read picture books or graphic novels? Why/why not? A little, but not really. Picture books I mainly read for, like, nostalgia purposes. Graphic novels I rarely, RARELY read, because while I understand why people like them, my brain’s just not wired to enjoy them.
  7. What are your thoughts on NA (new adult) fiction?
    I think it’s really awesome. I can’t wait to see how it develops, moving past this “romance only” thing we seem to have fallen into.
  8. What is a book you’ve read purely because of the cover?
    SO MANY BOOKS. I totally judge books by their covers; it’s horrible. Most recently I picked up Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah simply because of the cover. (SO PRETTY.)
  9. What must a book have in it for you to fall in love with it?
    Oh goodness. This really depends on the genre and what mood I’m in. But mostly I like books to be super twisty, so I never know how they’re going to end, and to have friends somehow involved in the plot, and characters that are so developed they feel like real people.
  10. Are there any movies/TV series out there that you think are better than the books from which they originated?
    Oh, obviously. The Percy Jackson movies blow the book series out of the water. (That’s a joke. If you didn’t get that.) In reality, I can think of very few films or TV series that are totally, 100% better than their book counterparts (really, I Am Number Four‘s the only one), but there are a lot of adaptations that are supes strong that I’d say live up to the books they’re based on and might even possibly portray some parts of the stories better, like Catching Fire and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  11. Where is your favourite place to read/write?
    I don’t know. I haven’t had a Writing Place in a while. I kind of just write whenever and wherever, most commonly at my desk or in bed. I definitely read the most in bed. I have kind of this little nook set up in the corner with a backrest pillow and some twinkly Christmas lights, and it’s cozy as can be.

My Nominees:

  1. Kira at
  2. Ariel at
  3. Hannah at
  4. Sarah at
  5. Hannah at
  6. You! If you want to complete this tag, consider yourself nominated. 🙂

My Questions:

  1. Favorite fictional food?
  2. Favorite ship? (As in, like, I-am-a-fan-of-this-bromance kind of ship. Not the Titanic.)
  3. What would your superhero name and power(s) be?
  4. You’re stranded on a deserted island with the book character of your choice. Who is it and why?
  5. If you had to defeat one fictional antagonist, who would you choose?
  6. What do you want to do when you grow up?/Do you know what you want to do?
  7. If you could travel anywhere, where would you choose?
  8. Would you rather find yourself in a cliche YA love triangle or have no romantic interest at all?
  9. Do you find you write about one season or region more than others? If yes, why?
  10. Do you like to write in public or when you’re alone?
  11. If you could live in any fantasy world (ie, Hogwarts, Narnia, Middle-Earth, etc.), which would you choose and why?

Good luck and have fun!