Archive for the ‘awards’ Category

I’ve been gone for a while, my little blog lovelies. And for that I am incredibly sorry. Buuuuuuut I’m back in black, at long last. And I have received an award, despite my unseemly absence. Fancy that.

I have received the Shine On Award from Amanda at Imagination Expedition. THANK YOU, AMANDA.

And look! There are rules!

  1. Display the award on your blog. Look down, look down, you’re here until you die.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you. Been there, done that.
  3. State 7 things about yourself. I’ll get to that.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and link to them. I don’t like enough people to nominate 15. I’m kidding, I like 15 people. They just don’t all have blogs.

ShineOn

 

And now I get to tell you the seven things I like about you about myself. (Side note: My sincerest apologies for quoting Miley Cyrus. I’m…I’m very ashamed.)

  1. I currently have 21 pictures of Hugh Jackman saved on my computer. I expect that number to increase substantially in the near future.
  2. I do not have much sympathy for my characters. I make them SUFFER. And I heartily enjoy doing so. (My mind and sanity are both perfectly sound, I assure you. Well…perhaps not my sanity. But my mind, yes.)
  3. I like pretending I’m a writer, but I haven’t written in any of my WIPs for a very, very long while. But not for lack of trying! I just get…distracted. By stuff.
  4. I like Ursula more than Ariel. (Let’s be serious, she gets the best song while Ariel just mopes around.)
  5. I love Converse All Stars. I mean, look at them! They’re so beautiful!
  6. Some days I have OCD tendencies. Some days I have ADHD tendencies. And other days…I have both. Those days are especially crazy.
  7. Although I definitely have my Agnes moments, I identify most with Edith from Despicable Me. You know…
Edith_1

Yeah, that one.

Wow, look, I’m done already! That was actually pretty painless. So, great. Now I need to nominate people.

I’m going to go the lazy route (which most people have been doing these days…). Here’s the deal: If you want this shiny little Shine On Award, then go ahead! Make your choice! All you have to do is follow the rules. Simple enough, right?

Also, if you hadn’t noticed already…I included some quotes in this here post. From movies, from songs, from shows, yeah. A few of them are mildly changed in order to fit my purposes, but they are still recognizable. I dare you to guess as many as you can in the comments below–here it comes–without using Google. Yeah, I had to include something that vaguely reminisces of fun in this post. (I did sort of cheat, as I already named one of the quotes, but that was Miley Cyrus, so it doesn’t count. But still…it’s my blog and I’ll cheat if I want to. :))

Now, I won’t promise that I’m back for good. I don’t even know what my next post will be. Right now, I’m just feeling like

Despicable Me_ballet

 

and

Sans the rain, though. Thank goodness.

Sans the rain, though. Thank goodness.

…so I’m going to leave y’all.

I’LL BE BACK! Sometime.

 

It’s another award. How picturesque.

Liebster

This badge has been redone since I last saw it! It’s rather…pink. Ah, well. One can’t have it all.

So I’ve received the Liebster Award from Paulina’s blog. Gratias, Paulina. But actually, it would be more fitting to say that I took this award from her blog. I sort of cheat-accepted it, in a way. But no matter. It’s an award. I now have it. So I’m posting about it.

And of course with an award comes rules.

  •  Post 11 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions that the nominator has asked you.
  • Create 11 new questions and nominate 11 new and fresh blogs and link to them.
  • Go to their page and tell them about it!

Well, then. 11 things. Here goes nothing…or something…

1. Today I finished reading Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

2. It was vastly enjoyable. I recommend it to the world.

3. In my spare time, I’m a ninja.

4. I’m participating in Camp Nano this April and July, because

5. I’m a procrastinator and can’t write anything unless I have a strong motivation to do so.

6. 11 facts is an awful lot.

7. I’m finding it incredibly difficult to come up with a pitch for either of my WIPs.

8. It’s irking me.

9. When I see an Australian person smile, I can’t help but feel happy.

10. When I hear an Aussie talk, I can’t help but feel happy.

11. #9 and #10 go double when we’re talking about Hugh Jackman.

And now we have some lovely questions!

1. What is a mannerism/habit you’ve picked up? There are so many. Lately, I’ve been saying “How picturesque,” especially in an ironic sense. And “No kidding,” as well. And when I’m standing in one place, I tend to shuffle my feet or the like. Ah, habits. Such lovely things.

2. What kind of music do you listen to? Uh…I listen to music. Of all different genres. Instrumental (esp. movie soundtracks), hard rock, and symphonic metal are the main stuff, I suppose. I also listen to selective pop music…when it’s catchy or interesting.

3. What’s a sport you follow? SPORTS. They are the bane of my existence. …I’m kidding. I like hockey, archery, and fencing (the last two aren’t very common, however). I don’t follow any of them, however.

4. What are your favorite things? Well, first off, raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. AND WE CAN’T FORGET SCHNITZEL WITH NOODLES. In all seriousness however…there are lots of things that are my favorite! Ninjas. Books. Those little felt guards you put on the bottom of stools. Pizza. Chocolate. Dance. Hugh Jackman. Les Mis. Breathtaking photography. Fancy cameras that focus when you want them to. Double rainbows. Pandas. Baby koalas. Inspector Javert. Microsoft Word 2010. When PicMonkey uploads new effects. Oh, and we can’t forget writing!

5. Snow, sunshine, or rain? Call me clichéd, but I have to choose sunshine. When I wake up and there’s light streaming through the windows, I’m have a happy, effervescent feeling, like I’ve been filled with carbonated water. And the world seems like it’s a BEAUTIFUL, BREATHTAKING, WONDROUS PLACE instead of a dirty hole. Yeah. I also like those rare days when it’s raining through the sunshine. It sort of feels like a fairytale or something weird and cool like that.

6. If you could fulfill one dream on your bucket list without any effort on your part, would you? Yes.

7. If yes, what dream? If no, why not? One of my dreams is to travel the world. Yes, that’s the dream of every single person, so it seems, but it would be incredibly amazing to go to so many different places and experience all that. I like to call myself a photographer, so I would use the experiences to build my portfolio, as well. If I could do that without any effort…that’d be cool. Of course, that’s unrealistic, but it would be cool. :)

8. What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you? When I was picked up by my feet and carried upside down during a play rehearsal one day long, long ago. It was sort of hilarious.

9. What’s something funny that you recently said? Everything that I say is funny. To me.

10. If you didn’t actually have to have a day job to support yourself, what would you do in your life? Oh, so many things. First, I would take a trip to New Zealand and frolic merrily in the rolling hills. After that, I’d watch a lot of movies (Technically, I already do, but still.). I’d write things. I would read lots and lots of books. I would buy lots and lots of books, and spend my days smelling their wonderful new-book smell. I’d travel places and take pictures like a maniac (and probably look like a frenzied tourist while doing so). I would go throughout the country taste-testing for ice cream shops. Who wouldn’t?!

11. Would you (like me) this questionnaire to have 10 questions instead of 11? Actually, I was just wondering why the number 11 is so important to this award. It’s weird. But to be truthful, I don’t really care. 7. 10. 11. 13. I’m not particularly opinionated on the matter.

And now I get to make up 11 questions. Joy.

1. If you could sing like one person, who would you pick?

2. What is your favorite era? (For example, medieval times, the 20s, the 80s, et cetera)

3. If you could have one superhero power, which would you choose?

4. If you could live in any fantasy setting (Narnia, Middle-earth, etc.), which one would you choose?

5. Do you like answering questions or coming up with them?

6. Why did the chicken cross the road?

7. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

8. Are you an early bird or a night owl (in the figurative sense of the phrases)?

9. What is your “guilty pleasure” song–the one you don’t want to admit to liking, but secretly do? (Because…We have no secrets here.)

10. What is your favorite word in the English language?

11. What is your favorite type of mythical creature?

Now I’m supposed to nominate 11 people. Let’s see if I can do that…

…Well, it appears I cannot. Everybody I would have liked to nominate has already been given this award (some of them multiple times), so I’m going to do what Paulina did. If you’d like to receive this award, comment on this post and consider it granted to you. The first 11 people to comment will receive the award.

Annnnnnnd that’s all. I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging, but now I’m going to try to post weekly. I just had some revelations about possible posts, so that regular-posting-thing could turn into a real thing. So…

Adiós, amigos. See you when I see you.

So there’s this award I received which has now sort of just turned into a question free-for-all in the blogverse. My friend Erin (who I mention in 75% of my posts, but she’s awesome, so deal with it), who received the award as well, came up with so many awesome questions that I can’t help but answer them. I know, this is sort of like cheating, but what can I say? I love questions. And now I don’t need to think of a topic to post on, so, lookee there. My job was just made that much easier.

Here we go!

1) What is your favorite book cover? There are so many. I’ll try to narrow it down to my top five. I can’t choose my absolute favorite. Sorry.

Incarnate

Something about the rainbow spectrum absolutely captivates me. Also, the math-equation-ness of the title is so geeky, it's awesome.

Something about the rainbow spectrum absolutely captivates me. Also, the math-equation-ness of the title is so geeky, it’s awesome.

Steel

Outside In

JUST LOOK AT IT. It's gorgeous.

JUST LOOK AT IT. It’s gorgeous.

2) Favorite movie poster? I really like Catching Fire teaser poster.

Catching Fire Teaser

Or the Dark Knight Rises poster:

Dark Knight Rises Bane

It’s a tie between those two.

3) Butter or no butter on your popcorn? NO BUTTER! Butter is too greasy for me. I love white cheddar seasoning on my popcorn, though. LOTS of white cheddar.

4) What was the scariest movie you’ve ever watched? House at the End of the Street. I am not a horror movie person, never have been. However, Jennifer Lawrence was in it, and my friend took me for free (I can never turn down a free movie!), so I went. Call me a wimp, but I was absolutely terrified. I spent most of the movie with my fingers halfway shoved into my ears. I hate suspense scenes where there’s no music, but you know something’s going to pop out and scream, but you don’t know when…Yeah. Needless to say, for about a month after seeing it, I didn’t like walking around the house at night by myself.

5) Are you fluent in more than one language? Nope. I hope to take some kind of foreign language class in a year or two, but right now, I only know a few phrases in Spanish and something like two words in French and Latin.

6) How often do you change your desktop background on your computer? Every day? Never? Usually about once a month. If I edit a picture and really like it, I’ll set it as my DTBG, but I only get around to that occasionally.

7) Is there snow outside where you live? Yes! It just snowed again this morning and now we have between 6-10 inches of snow. YAY SNOW.

8) Do you have a favorite Youtuber? If so, who? I don’t have an ultimate favorite, but I do like Lindsey Stirling’s channel. Because she’s awesome. *shamelessly promoting*

9) Who was your favorite author as a child (“child” meaning 10 and under)? Andrew Clements. I read his entire oeuvre when I was between the ages of 7 and 10.

10) How is the view from your bedroom window? It’s okay. I can see the road and the driveway (which means I can spot intruders very easily; if I stand very still by the wall I can see everything and nobody can see me…*evil laugh*), but mainly I just see the woods that are in front of our house. So…yeah!

Oh, joy. Now I need to come up with more questions.

1) What is the hands-down worst movie you’ve ever seen?

2) What is your opinion of Will Ferrell?

3) Pepsi or Coke?

4) When writing, do you enjoy torturing your characters or do you like them too much to do so?

5) If you could play any one instrument well, which would you pick?

6) Which character, from any book, are you hopelessly in love with?

7) What is your least favorite word in the English dictionary?

8) Algebra or geometry?

9) Do you like reading “the classics?”

10) What is your opinion of Valentine’s Day? Do you love it or hate it?

Oh, yeah. It’s Valentine’s Day. Okay, happy Valentine’s Day. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the holiday. It seems…saccharine. Also, I majorly dislike the color pink. But I don’t hate it.

So…yeah! Good-bye until we meet again…

So here’s another award, this time hailing from Coffee’s awesome blog. She said anybody who wanted the award could have it, and I like awards, because they force me to post but they do all the work for me. (Really, they give you questions and you answer. That’s a pretty dang easy post.)

This award remains unnamed (…I think it might be the Shine On award?), and also has no picture (YESSSSSS HALLELUJAH.) It does have questions. :)

Questions:

1) What was the last book you read? Was it any good? How many stars would you give it, out of 100? I just finished reading The Help. IT WAS AHAMAZING. Very long, but extremely addictive. It was “one of those books” that you physically cannot put down because of its awesomeness. 10 out of 10 stars, definitely. (Also, this is yet another book on my 2013 reading challenge list! So, that’s nice, too.)

2) WHAT ABOUT MOVIES? I love movies. TELL ME YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE. I love movies, too! In fact, I love them so much that I can’t choose a favorite. The Amazing Spiderman. The Avengers. The Dark Knight Rises. Inception. The Hunger Games. (If you haven’t noticed, I love love love superheroes.) Oh, and we can’t forget the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

3) Are you geeky by nature? Yeeeeeessssss. I’m definitely a computer geek. And a book geek. And a movie geek. All of that geekiness has grown over time, but I believe I was just sort of born with a ninja-geeky nature. Yup.

4) Who is your favorite character, from any book/TV show/movie? Why? Ah, poop. There are just too many. Katniss from The Hunger Games is one of the contenders (yes, I know she’s everybody’s favorite character, but for a reason. She’s AWESOME and KICK-BUTT and AWESOME.). So is Hermione from Harry Potter (She’s a book nerd. Of course I like her!) I also like the Black Widow from The Avengers. (Only the movie–I’ve never read the comics.)

5) Who’s your role model? Why? I don’t really have one. All amazing, inspiring people, I suppose. Like Jean Valjean.

6) Which is better: books, TV shows, movies, or music? They’re all so wonderful, except for TV shows [because those are stupid]. We can rule out movies because, while movies are epic, books and music win. Let’s call it a tie.

7) Do you have any (quirky or normal) daily/weekly rituals? Nope. Despite my overall quirkiness, I don’t have any rituals that are particularly crazy. I brush my teeth every night. Does that count?

8) What was the last thing you wrote (besides this post/comment)? Probably an essay about photography for school. Boring, I know, but true.

9) Do you believe in Soul Mates and One True Loves and junk? Not really. I mean, if you’re called to be married, there’s somebody out there who is probably perfect for you, but the whole soul-mate thing just seems stupid to me. Your soul mate could be RIGHT THERE and you might not even notice because you’re so caught up with the idea of finding your soul mate…anyways, yeah. No soul mates for me.

10) WHO IS YOUR OTP AND WHY? Avry/Kerrick from the Healer series. Or Ismae/Gavriel from Grave Mercy. I can’t choose. (Yes, I’m very indecisive when there are so many good choices. DEAL WITH IT.) If we’re talking real life and not fandom-ness, then my answer is NO ONE. I AM ALL ALOOOOOOONE.

Oh, yay! Nomination time!

Well, I’ve decided to do what Coffee did. So, if you’re reading this and want to receive this award, consider it given to you. There. Ta-dah. You just got an award! Congratulotions! (That was not a typo, actually. If you got that little quote, then you’re officially my friend.)

And now I get to write questions for y’all!

1) What is your most prized possession?

2) Which genre of music is your favorite to listen to?

3) Who is your least favorite character in a book/movie/what have you?

4) Coffee or cappuccino?

5) What’s your favorite accent to listen to? (i.e. British, Southern…)

6) What’s your favorite movie adaptation of a book?

7) Google or Yahoo?

8) Who is your book/movie/TV show character crush?

9) What is your opinion of horror movies?

10) What is your favorite quote?

Post away.

Byyyyyyyyyyye!

AAH AAH IT’S AN AWARD!

reader appreciation award

This is the first award in my blogging career. First off, I’d like to thank my parents, for always encouraging me, my teachers, for also encouraging me, my friends, for also encouraging me…

Never mind.

So. The rules:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you: Thank you, Orphu!

2. Attach the icon to your site: Just did.

3: Answer the attached questions: I’m getting to that, okay?

4: Nominate six bloggers who you feel deserve this award and notify them about their nominations.

Okay.

Question time!

1: What is your favorite color? Blue. Especially the various ocean-blue hues like in Pirates of the Caribbean. GORGEOUSSSSSSS.

2: What is your favorite animal? If we’re talking real animals, definitely falcons. But if we’re talking mythological/fantastical, definitely phoenixes. Or dragons. THERE ARE TOO MANY EPIC ANIMALS I CAN’T STAND IT.

3: What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Mountain Dew Voltage. I hate regular Mountain Dew (it tastes like lemon puke), but Voltage is awesome.

4: What is your favorite number? 13. Because so many people think it’s unlucky. :)

5: What is your favorite day of the week? Saturday. Because there is NO SCHOOL and it’s right in the middle of the weekend so you don’t need to be worrying about school. It’s a happy day.

6: What is your favorite flower? Poppies, my pretties! …I’m kidding. I don’t have a favorite flower. I like the pretty ones?

7: What is your passion: THERE ARE TOO MANY. Writing. Reading. Watching movies. Dancing. Singing loudly and annoying everybody in the vicinity. Eating snow.

8: Do you watch television? I don’t watch any TV shows. Most of them are stupid. But I watch movies all the time, so there’s that.

9: Who is your favorite author? Goodness, these questions. I have too many answers for most of them. J.K. Rowling. Suzanne Collins. Neal Shusterman. Maria V. Snyder. Lloyd Alexander. Shakespeare.

10: Do you like 80’s movies? Not really. I’m not “one of those uneducated kids who doesn’t know what good old movies are like!”, but I just prefer more recent movies, because they’re generally better directed, better cast, better everything.

11: How do you like your eggs? RAW. IN COOKIE DOUGH. [For the sake of sounding semi-normal, however, I will say that I like them scrambled when I’m not eating them raw.]

12: When did you discover blogging? When I learned that a friend of mine had a blog, and it was cool, and so yeah.

13: Why do you like to blog? Because I love writing. And also blogging sort of makes me write SOMETHING, if not in any of my WIPs or anything. Also, it’s just fun.

And now I get to nominate people! Woohoo!

1. Erin at Laughing at Live Dragons

2. Ivy at Turning Pages (I don’t know if she will want an award, but maybe this will be an incentive for her to FINALLY WRITE ANOTHER POST. :))

3. Paulina Czarnecki at Paulina Czarnecki

4. Amanda at Everyday Adventures

…and those are the only people I can think of to nominate. You wanna make something of it?

Whew. Now that that’s done, perhaps I’ll go eat some snow.

So…yeah!