I’ve been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award. I’ll just say it right now: I’ve never been nominated for a blogging award before. So this is pretty cool. Not only is the Real Neat Blog Award the award I’d want if I did get one, the questions I have to answer in order to accept are ones that I’ll have fun answering. However, before we get to me, it’s time I addressed those that I have painstakingly chosen for nomination. If you don’t want the award, that’s all right. You don’t need to accept. But if you do, enjoy!
- Put the Award Logo in your post. ✓
- Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you. ✓
- Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs. ✓
- Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs. ✓
- Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.). ✓
So, the painstakingly chosen nominees…
Sending a warm thank-you to carolschepper, owner of the blog Time for my thoughts…. I have no idea if carolschepper knew this was my first blogging award when she nominated me, but thank you for choosing such a fitting first award all the same!
And now, my answers to the questions posed to me by my nominator:
- Who is your favorite author and why?
Veronica Roth. And no, not because she wrote the Divergent trilogy. The Divergent trilogy actually isn’t my favorite series; I think it could have ended better. But Roth has a page in the back of Allegiant (the third book) where she offers writing advice to her readers, based on her own techniques. Through trying to follow her guidelines, I have learned two important things about writing. 1) You really just have to use the method that works for you, and 2) never look back at previous chapters while you’re writing a book. You don’t want perspective on your story; you can get that during the editing process. You want to be as involved as your readers are. You readers don’t reread chapters arbitrarily, just to get perspective! They’re far more involved than that—or at least I hope so!
- If you could travel through time (forward or back), when/where would you like to arrive?
I had to give this one some thought. I think I’d go back to the Big Bang, when the universe first began. I’d like to have a front-row seat and watch the action unfold. I’d like to see with my own eyes what made the universe go boom and expand faster than the speed of light. I’d like to observe that little proto-universe and find out how it all really began. Where did we come from? How did it happen? And then, when I’m able to tear myself away from the view before me, I’d travel back to my present and write a paper on it. Maybe I’d finally get it published. That hasn’t happened yet with my novels.
- Why did you decide to start blogging?
That question is easy to answer. My About page really goes into detail with that story. But I’ll challenge myself to tell you it in a nutshell and not take up a whole page. I started blogging because I wanted to publish my novels, and I was too timid to approach a publisher. There’s no stopping my inner muse, and I don’t want those novels to go to waste. Although my blog has evolved a lot since I started it, I still have a section of the menu focused on those novels.
- Who/what were the biggest influences on your life choices?
It’s a good thing I’m allowed to name a few here. First off, my grandma. She encouraged me since I was two and she came to live with my family. My mom, my stricter parent, definitely played a significant part. If it weren’t for my dad, I might never have been introduced to astronomy. Can you imagine that? My 9th-grade human anatomy teacher, Dr. Checco, was the first to expect higher academic and moral achievement of me than I would ever have thought possible. That year, I must have memorized around four hundred terms, and aced every memorization test. And lastly, my ex-boyfriend. We were together for a mere stressful two weeks and four days, him clinging for the whole ride. Before I dated him, I wanted desperately to have a boyfriend like all my peers. Now, I’ve been there and done that. I can be realistic and reasonable with my relationship choices.
- If you could change something in your own past, would you?
This one’s harder to answer. I’m under no illusions that I’m perfect. I’ve made plenty of mistakes that I regret. And if I was ever in such circumstances again, I’d make different choices today. But isn’t that the point of having experiences in life? If you never make mistakes, you can never learn from them. I’ve been a jerk before and said things I would never put on this blog, but now I know the consequences. I’ve been through those times, and I don’t intend to repeat them. If I went back to my own past and changed anything, I wouldn’t understand the extent of the consequences of those actions anymore, would I? My record would be crystal-clear. That’s not what I want. If I can learn from my mistakes, I can be content with that.
- What is your favorite season, and why?
This year I’d choose winter because of the snow. But any other year, I’d choose spring, because the elfin forest at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve grows the greenest, brightest, softest grass in the spring. And where school is concerned (this is not meant to imply that I’m in school), spring means second semester. It means the year is drawing to a close, and vacation’s coming up.
- If you could have one superhuman/superhero ability, what would you choose?
In my dreams, I almost always fly. I’ve always wanted to fly. Underwater breathing would be cool, but flying would mean freedom. I could soar above the treetops, away from human civilization, across the oceans, around the continents…I could go anywhere I wanted, and always up. Flying, I think, is a skill humans should have developed at the same time as birds. It’s really not fair. Every time I see birds in the sky, I think, “I wish I was up there.”
And now, the questions for the nominees:
- If you could travel to one place anywhere on the globe, where would you go?
- If you could change one thing about the world, past or present, would you and what would it be?
- What’s your favorite pastime activity?
- What do you think is the greatest hurdle of blogging?
- If you could make a wish come true, would you and what would it be?
- Are you going to have as much trouble thinking up questions for this award as I did?
- What advice would you give to a new blogger who showed up at your blog asking for directions?