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Double Liebster

Tis the time for blogger awards, I suppose…

I’ve been blessed to receive two Liebster awards recently, in addition to the Sunflower blogger award I got a a little while ago. If these continue at this rate, by the time I reach the one-year mark, I’ll have more awards than most six-year old bloggers. I really appreciate it, y’all. ^^

Adele, at Howling Evanescence  and Ana at Butterflies of the Imagination both nominated me for the Liebster award (Which, apparently, means “dearest” in German; I wonder how many people who use this award know that, now that it’s traveled around the internet this far). Thank you so much, Adele and Ana!

Eleven Facts About Me

1. I got a violin a few days ago, and am now learning all about beats and notes. Oddly enough, I’m learning from a series of videos on YouTube–British videos. Aside from the fact that it means the teacher has a neat accent, it also means I’m learning the British terms rather than the American ones. As those of you who read the Sunflower Award post might remember, I have the same thing going on with my First Aid book.

2. When I was a small child, I used to be afraid that I would turn into a boy. Thinking back, I now think that the whole idea came from the book The Land of Oz in which the main character, who was a boy, found out that he (she?) was really a girl who had been enchanted to be a boy when… she was a small child, in order to hide her real identity.

3. We’re having spaghetti  for dinner. If you’re here before six o’ clock or so,  you can come over for dinner.

4. I find it beautiful when it rains. Here, at least, when it rains the sky is gray, but the grass and the trees are so vibrantly green that it contrasts against the sky in such a way that it seems almost impossibly beautiful. The earth declares His glory…

5. I have an old manual Olympia typewriter which I got a little over a year ago. ‘Tis lovely, and has a wonderful ding at the end of each line. It pleased me ridiculously when I first heard it.

6.  “I have Friends in High Places.”

7. Rather than watching modern television, I and my family tend to watch older movies or television shows. For example, the television shows that I’ve watched the most of are The Adventures of Robin Hood (with Richard Greene, not the modern one) Lost in Space, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, and The Rifleman. 

8. My name has three meanings in three different languages that I know of at this very moment.

9. I use Google Chrome, but very rarely allow the Most Visited boxes to collect there. Instead, I’ll go through and delete all of them, unless I expect that I’ll need one of them many times in the near future. This seems to irritate my browser to no end, and it repeatedly puts things on there which I have only been to once or twice. It’s rather unusual, both my habit and my browser’s habit, but I don’t really know why either happen.

10. The background behind my email inbox is dark wood grain. The tiled areas (linoleum, technically) of our house are faux wood floor. The paneling in our old house was… (wow! You guessed!) faux wood paneling.

11. I love the wind.

My Answers to Adele’s Questions

1.What are your goals for the future? Rate them from most important to least important!

Serving God – Loving children – being alive – getting a book published – learning how to grow wings.

2. Do you think you will be blogging 20 years from now?

I have no idea. …Does that count as a real answer?

3. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?

Healing. Because there is so much that could be done…

4. Would you rather be poor but happy, or be rich but sad?

Oh. That is a hard question. Of course, I would rather be happy, and there are some things that money can’t buy… But there are also some things that money can buy. Like wells in Africa and homes for children in China, funds to help people adopt. I suppose that this is going to be a non-answer too; whether I’m rich or poor, I have joy in the Lord. He knows what He’s doing; I’ve just got to trust him.

5. What is your favorite book in the whole world at this moment?

The Bible. What other book is true, has such epic stories, is so wonderfully written, and is the best guide-book to live in the history of ever?


Blink, then dodge. What happens next depends completely on what the Pegasus does.

7. What is the dumbest injury you have received? (Mine is a scar that received 5 stitches because I jumped off, but caught my leg on, some bleachers. XD )

I only have had two actual injuries to speak of, and I suppose that my dumbest one would be when I was very small (three?) and I was jumping on my parents’ water-bed. I jumped off of it and hit my head against the window-sill, having to afterwards go to the hospital to get stitches. I don’t remember any of it, but, the moral of the story, kids, is to not jump off water beds when you have low windowsills.

8. Have you ever watched Frozen? If you have, what is your favorite song from that movie?

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” 

9. Cats or dogs?


10. Favorite sport?

Ah. I don’t really have a favorite sport… Sports aren’t a major thing for me. I’ll say running, for now.

11. Why did you start blogging?

At this moment, I don’t really remember my exact reasons. I had a million different ideas circling around in my head, I believe, and wanted to put them down somewhere where people could read them.


My Answers to Ana’s Questions

 Would you rather live without the ability to read or without the ability to write?

Without the ability to write. It would certainly be difficult, but a life without reading would be worse.

What is your favorite song, and if you’re Christian, what is your favorite Christian contemporary song?

They’re one and the same, if I can think of my favorite. I listen to very little non-Christian music. But I have such difficulty thinking of a favorite artist, how can I pick a favorite song?

I suppose I shall go with Walk On, by 4Him, but I reserve the right to change it at any time, with or without warning.

What was your greatest accomplishment this year?

Keeping this blog running steadily for so long. Even though I took a break in the middle.

What advice do you have for newbie bloggers?

Blog regularly, and keep in touch with your readers. If someone comments on your blog, you should respond to their comment, and go check out their blog if they have one. If they follow your blog, definitely go check out their blog, but be aware that some people will like and follow blogs to promote their own; if that’s the case, it’s very likely that on their “About” page, there will be many comments saying “Thanks for the follow!” It’s not necessary to follow everyone who follows you, but it is good blogging etiquette to at least look at their blog. And you might find some great blogs that way!

What is the word count of the longest piece you’ve written?

Ah. Well, as embarrassing as my first major writing work is, that takes the prize length-wise. It’s around one hundred twenty thousand words or so.

What is your favorite thing about your personality?

I haven’t half a clue…? I’ve never had to contrast it with someone else’s.

What do you like more: sad books or funny books?

I like sad books with hopeful endings rather than funny and fluffy books, but I like funny and deep books better than sad books without hope in the ending.

Do you speak more than one language? If so, what languages do you speak?

My first language is English. I speak a smattering of Spanish, can recognize a few words in Russian, Hebrew, Japanese, and German, and am working slowly and steadily towards being fluent in Chinese. Emphasis on the slowly.

Can you share a picture of your handwriting, please?

Certainly. My handwriting has been slightly off for the past few days, but here’s a picture.

Malachi's Message Quote

(Quote by Malachi, from Adventures in Odyssey episode “Malachi’s Message.”

Who is your favorite author?

Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith.” For fiction writers, Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

Do you frequently read e-books or do you read more physical books?

Physical is most certainly best. I have read a few books e-books style, but I don’t ever expect to prefer that over hard-copy. Ever.


The Nine Bloggers I Nominate

  1. Katie (or Anna, if she’d like!) at Cousins in Christ
  2. Kya Lightwing at Journal of an Ambassador
  3. Abrielle Lindsay at Indonesia Around Me
  4. Sofia Marie at teensliveforJesus
  5. Alea Harper at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings
  6. Krazy at My Point of View
  7. Elyse Moiser at Blessed Beyond Measure
  8. Bethany at The Ramblings of a Young Author
  9. Hannah Jane at Walking in Grace

My Questions for My Nominees

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Who are your favorite three fictional characters?
  3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
  4. If your home was going to burn to the ground and any people and animals were safe, what one thing would you grab?
  5. Do you prefer the sun or the moon?
  6. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
  7. Do you speak any second languages?
  8. What makes you cry in fiction? (Do you cry at fiction?)
  9. Who is your favorite historical figure?
  10. (Just as a random question…) Describe your floor.
  11. What is the skill you’re the most proud of?

Thank you so much for your nominations, Adele and Ana! If anyone else wants to be officially nominated for this, comment. I’ll edit your name into the post. *whistle*

Elevenses: The Sunflower Blogger Award

Happy Wednesday, readers! This differs slightly from my normal Wednesday posts, but it is with a great amount of excitement and gratitude that I do this.   Katie and Anna over at Cousins in Christ tagged me for the Sunflower Blogger Award (which, since it’s full of elevens, should be called elevenses, as the title suggests). Thus, I share eleven random facts about myself,  answer the eleven questions they asked, and tag eleven bloggers.

Eleven Facts About Me

1. With the theme of award being eleven, this seems a necessary fact to put here: my parents have eleven children. Two are all grown up and moved out, but the rest of us live at home. Originally I typed “there are eleven children in my family,” but since two of them are living on their own, and another is officially an adult, I thought my final statement would be more accurate.

2. I’m studying the Chinese language with the hope of someday going to China and living there. Certainly I’m as patriotic as the next person–who, for the record, isn’t terribly patriotic–but I love people, not countries and the people of China have my heart.

3. I first started my current, 67,992 word work-in-progress at the end of November 2012. My sister, making dinner, had left the Young Writer’s NaNo Program open on her computer and I, curious to see what word goal it would set for me, opened the box that evaluates your writing speed and started typing. With a cheesy first-sentence that introduced me to the character (I removed the sentence as soon as the timer went off), I started a story that became very dear to my heart. Pasting it into an email to prepare to send it to myself, I put my hand on the button to push send. The battery died. “What?” said I, “No!” Moving as fast as one might expect in such circumstances, I plugged in the lap-top and called my sister to sign it in again, opening the e-mail page as soon as I could. Only by a miracle had the fifteen-minutes worth of words that I had so hastily pasted there been saved in the draft box. As a side note, I don’t remember the suggested word goal.

4. I have never broken a bone, fainted, or had to spend time in the hospital since my birth. However, I have needed stitches twice in my life, something none of my brothers or sisters have done.

5.  My eyes are gold and green. The gold starts at the pupil and works its way outwards, where it changes to green. They change shades in different lights and according to my moods (as cliché as it might seem), the gold sometimes being very orange, and the green sometimes being very light or very dark.

6. I have twenty-two boards on Pinterest, the majority of which being for stories.

7.  I plan to retell the little known Fairy Tale The Twin Brothers from the Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tales collection.

8. It bothers me when people illustrate fairies with wings so small they could not possibly fly. Of course, the fairy or Faerie might be able to fly without wings–but, if so, why give them wings at all?

9. I read every email in my Inbox, but I will often mark them unread and return to them later; I allow no more than five “unread” emails at a time, though.

10. I have a British First Aid and Family Health book. I have read through some sections several times–for example, the part on how to stop bleeding and other things that are useful in stories. Unfortunately, since it’s British and not American, some of the terms are different. For example, I’m not allowed to refer to an injured person as a casualty here.

11. I listen to older-style music. I particularly like the type the theme song of The Star Trek Enterprise is; not that one, but the style.

My Answers to the Eleven Questions

1.What is your favorite thing to do when you have time to spare?

I read, write, watch old movies and television shows, and occasionally draw.

2.Do you prefer movies or books?


3. Favorite Bible verse?

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18

4.What is the last sentence you wrote in a story?

“He stared at the ground, the hard set of his jaw telling me that he was angry; aside from that, his faces was deadly calm.” -IOTW (Complete title withheld), Chapter Ten.

5.Who is your favorite author?

Jesus, “the Author and Finisher of our faith.” For fiction writers, I would probably say Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

6.What is your biggest pet peeve?

Dogs? (I’m sorry. Pun intended.)  Though they can be slightly annoying, it would probably be when someone assumes that I don’t know something.

7.What’s your favorite dessert?

Ice-cream, though cookies are near favorites. I enjoy making cookies especially, but I tend to think of them less as a desert and more as a random bit of food that I make when I need to use Sourdough starter or over the weekends.

8.If you could live in any time period (past, present, or future) what would you choose?

Present.  Sometimes I wish I lived in the time before the Industrial Revolution, where there would be no reason for people to travel or move away from home. Villages would be their own small country and also one large family, but in such a land the majority of children died in infant-hood, disease was wide-spread, epidemics were not unusual, and reading and writing was fairly limited. I also remember that God put me where I am for a reason, and in such a magical and deadly world I would be unable to fit into God’s plan the way I do now.

9.What is your favorite book to re-read (besides the Bible)?

All of them. Except one, which was the first book I seriously considered not finishing, or at the very least find a red pen (I shan’t mention the name–especially since I don’t remember it). If I needed to pick one, I would undoubtedly make a snap decision and regret it as soon as I finished the next book I read.

10.What genre do you read most?


11.What is the best movie you have ever watched?

I don’t actually find myself watching very many movies, particularly not exceptionally good movies. The Lord of the Rings seems like a fairly obvious choice, but I sincerely think they could have done a much better job in making a movie of it. Perhaps Pendragon: Sword of His Father by Burns Family Studios, if only because of that one expression and two sentences that make stories scream in my ear.


Eleven People I Tag

Caiti Marie – Blossoms and Thorns

Rachel – So Cute and Fluffy

Hannah – The Writer’s Window

Anna Elisabeth – The Song of the Three Maidens

CamsShel – Shellie Sells Seashells

“The Final Blogger” – The Final Word

(My mind is going blank after six. At least I passed the half-way mark?)

My Questions

1. What is your favorite genre?

2. What is your least favorite weather phenomenon?

3. Who in history do you admire?

4. What is the color of your eyes?

5.What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

6. What is the last sentence you wrote in a story?

7. What is your favorite Bible verse?

8. Have you ever seen a shooting star?

9. What was the most recent book you read?

10. Coffee or tea?

11. Who is your favorite author?

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