Wow, these blogging awards make an aspiring author feel so special! Thank you for sticking with me and watching the blog improve, and thank you Lindsey for nominating me for the Liebster Award. While I was putting off the Versatile Blogger Award, she inspired and encouraged me to change the rules a little and just go for it. So thank you for both nominating me and inspiring some civil-blogger-rebellion!
- Post the award on your blog.
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Answer the questions given.
- Nominate people and give them questions to answer.
1. How do you get ideas or inspiration for your blog?
I started this blog so I could post about my upcoming novels or write short stories and share them. So far, I have only one short story posted here and several posts about my books, but I hope to do more creative writing in the future. When I travel or some misadventure happens, I want to write about it too. I’m a fast typer but a slow blogger, so a lot of my possible blog posts end up staying as drafts or in my head. Living and observing fuels my imagination and inspiration; I’m the type of person who has one too many ideas.
2. What’s a funny story you will never forget? Personally experienced or not.
In honor of The Water Gallon Mess-Up, I’ll share my bad-now-funny bathroom experience.
During one lunch break last semester, I went to the bathroom while Giovanni waited for me in the cafeteria. In the stall, I was going to set my water bottle on the toilet paper dispenser, but there was a semi-wet, semi-crusty bottle ring there that persuaded me not to. After I sat there for a while, innocently contemplating life (okay, I was on my phone), I pulled up my pants and felt cold… I immediately pulled down my pants again and felt the very wet fabric. Below my feet lay a puddle, and footprints sparkled all over the floor. I grimaced as I touched my pants again and smelled a faint bitterness.
I texted the situation to Giovanni, and for the first moments I felt really annoyed. After thinking more about it, I imagined a special needs student having trouble in the restroom and missing the toilet, and then not knowing what else to do but leave. Maybe the student wasn’t special needs but was utterly embarrassed that she decided to flee the situation. Maybe both assumptions are right, or not. Either way, I tried not to dwell on it and sympathize instead. I sat in pee, so what? I could laugh about it later.
Giovanni texted me back that he had pants in the car, and offered to get them for me, but I decided to join him. With some courage and the acceptance of bodily functions, I pulled those pants up and started brainstorming what to do. I couldn’t leave without warning other girls of the stall’s state. I considered cleaning it up, but that grossed me out. Then I considered writing a note on the stall, but that required too much effort for my current patience… so I decided to handle it. I grabbed some toilet paper, wiped the floors clean, and disposed of the evidence.
On the way to the car, however, I moved slowly in despair for my cold and wet bottom.
Not only is this a funny memory for me, but I felt good about keeping the bathroom clean, preventing other girls from sharing in my experience, and accepting that these things happen. Yes, it might seem gross on the surface, but ultimately we’re all human and it doesn’t matter. Plus, these misadventures always make for the best of stories!
3. Do you sneak candy/food into the movie theater or buy it? Be honest.
Yep, all the time… the concession stands are where theaters make their money, as most of the ticket sales go elsewhere, so I try to buy a
bottle super expensive, name brand bottle of water, but otherwise hustle in some vegan candy. It’s actually gotten to the point where Giovanni and I walk in the theater with bags of vegan-buttered popcorn, and no one asks us about it.
When I was little, my mom tried to go in with a bottle of Gatorade, but the ticket collector wouldn’t let her in and my mom drank the entire bottle to revolt. Since then, I’ve never been approached about sneaking food into the theaters (even before I was vegan, I snuck my favorite candy in), so maybe she cast a blessing on our family.
4. What was your dream career as a child, and what is it now?
I wanted to be everything, and that hasn’t changed. I wanted to be a magician, an animal rescuer, a director, a writer, an actor, a car washer (it seems so fun), a teacher, a professional lemonade stand manager, and more, I’m sure.
Published author has always stuck once I discovered the creative power of pen and paper. Before turning to writing, I was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki (director and Studio Ghibli cofounder) to create and tell stories through films. Another dream would be to create a Japanese anime of one (or more) of my stories. And if Miyazaki wanted to turn my book into a movie… I could die happy. (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
After I see the movie, of course. And buy a good share of merchandize.
Right now, I’m working on my writing and getting published, but I wouldn’t mind having my own vegan bakery and/or online art shop either.
5. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Probably salads. I know, it might sound plain, but salads are soooo good. If I’m going to be living off one meal, I want to feel clean, refreshed, and healthy! Plus, I have an array of options to customize the salad… of course, there’s also the technical side of things where salads have names like Caesar salad and Mediterranean salad and that constitutes as a meal… but I’ll bend the rules.
6. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Man, I don’t know why I have a mental block when it comes to pet peeves. Perhaps my brain tries to block them out.
Giovanni’s siblings drive me crazy when they fight. Gio’s little brother, Memo, will pick on Stephanie, Gio’s little sister, and then when she gets mad, Memo will yell at her and suddenly she’s the one in trouble… when Memo was the first to be troublesome. Stephanie will do the same to their little cousin and Memo. There’s just this big circle of button-pushing and getting upset for it that I have to constantly call them out for or scold and separate them. But of course, at the end of the day, we all love each other. Maybe that’s why I never remember pet peeves.
7. If you had the chance to go back in time and tell yourself one thing, would you? If so, what would it be?
For the longest time I have believed that if given the chance, I wouldn’t change anything in my past, because all the mistakes and successes played an important role in who I have become. However, to my younger self and other young readers, I would suggest not to worry so much about crushes with boys and girls. There are no missed opportunities with another person. When the person is right, the timing and all the pieces putting you two together becomes right. A heartbreak always hurts at the time, and it felt like I would never heal or meet the right person again. But I ended up finding someone who suited me better, each time. I think in all those times I spent worrying and weeping about boys who didn’t notice me or like me back, I could have been working on bettering myself for me, enjoying hobbies and interests that I liked, and learning to love me for me. Self-love is crucial for a happy life and healthy relationship, when the right person does come around.
8. What’s your favorite recipe either you or someone you know makes?
Mmmm, vegan red velvet cookies. So good. If I’m being honest, I want to steal this amazing recipe all for myself, but I want to be completely honest too. So here you go! Post in the comments if you make these bomb cookies. Yes, they’re so good I’m going to say bomb. Like I’m hip. Yeah. 8)
9. What’s something you struggle with when it comes to blogging which you can give advice to new bloggers?
The niche. Everywhere you go regarding building your blog, YouTube channel, social media page, etc., tells you about finding a niche (your specialty and concentration). I’m not good at picking niches.
I started this blog as a way to start putting my name out there and building an audience. My niche was writing and NaNoWriMo. I didn’t have as much fun doing that though, so I decided I would write about any travels I do. Well… that hasn’t worked out either, as I always fall behind the time of actually going out that I just abandon the pictures and post. Even though I’ve been around WordPress since 2014, the blog didn’t pick up until this July. I began blogging about my interests and whatever else crossed my mine. I relaxed, and I have been enjoying blogging so much more. I still face troubles with the whole niche no-niche thing, but ultimately, the love that you have and direct into your content will shine through, and you’ll even find your niche eventually. ✌˙❤‿❤˙✌
10. What’s your favorite thing to do in your down time?
I love hanging out with Giovanni, especially since we don’t get a lot of free time together due to his packed schedule. We like to go on hikes and watch movies or television/anime series together (currently watching Stranger Things and waiting for Scream season 2 to get posted on Netflix). Between Gio’s classes, I like to walk to the market nearby and buy lunch together. Even though we might have more work than play on our minds, it’s a nice break in the day.
When I’m on my own, I enjoy watching shows Gio’s not exactly interested in (currently Scream Queens season 2 and The Good Place), making origami, drawing/doodling, and hanging out with Cookie.
Here are the Nominees:
Logan @ Silver’s Thoughts
Jen @ just a little magic
- To start, the classic: where do you get the inspiration for your blog?
- What is your favorite emoji and why? Kawaii faces count too. ヽ(ﾟ▽ﾟ*)乂(*ﾟ▽ﾟ)ﾉ
- What’s one of the weirdest experiences you’ve ever had?
- If you got turned into a holiday, how would the world celebrate you?
- If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
- Where do you get most of your blogging done?
- What fictional world would you like to live in and why?
- Describe your perfect ice-cream sundae.
- What two super powers would you like to have?
- What advice would you give new bloggers?
Once more, thank you for reading. ❤