Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Sisterhood_of_the_World_Bloggers_AwardSome days you just have to wonder if you’re on the wrong path, if what you’re doing is meant for you or if somewhere along the line you missed your calling. Most writers I know have these days, especially when a rejection hits their email.

Last week was one of those days for me stretched into an entire week. I’ve been job hunting to cover the bills and my writing was shoved to the back burner while I went to introduce myself to local businesses. Not much was panning out and all the while I kept looking at my writing with the thought “this is all I really want to do.”

Don’t get me wrong, I love interacting with people. I used to work in retail and it was one of my favorite things to do. But my passion’s writing. Has been for years. Unfortunately, writing’s not paying the bills at the moment and, while I was job hunting last week, I was seriously thinking about letting it go for awhile to rethink things.

But then I received a comment from J.C. Wolfe over at The Wolfe’s Den. Ms. Wolfe nominated me this last Monday for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Just when I was starting to doubt, the bloggershere  shows me again how incredibly supportive it can be! It was that little nudge that I needed to tell me I’m doing something right. Thank you so much J.C. (By the way, if you haven’t checked out her blog, you should. She’s got great short stories and words of the week that would help anyone expand his/her vocabulary.)

So I’d love to pass that nudge on to several other women to let them know they’re definitely doing something right.

1. Okay, I know J.C. nominated me but I’d like to share the love back. So she’s on this list. J.C. Wolfe at The Wolfe’s Den

2 & 3. Inion N. Mathair – These two ladies have been supportive almost from day one last year when I started this blog. They’re a mother/daughter writing team, which I find amazing in and of itself, and they just published their book The Perfect Seven. Check them out.

4. Karen Soutar– This woman’s been amazingly supportive, not just on the blog but on twitter too. Right now she’s training to walk 8 Miles for Macmillan. It’s in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. So stop on by and give her a word of encouragement=)

5. Confessions of a Maniacal Early Riser– So if you need a laugh and you love Zombies, this is the site for you. Plus, if you’re looking for a writing community, Anisa’s one of the founders of Writer’s Carnival. It’s fantastic for feedback on writing.

6. Tea with Flo– This lady has a wonderful, welcoming style to her writing. She even invites you for tea when you stop by her blog. Check out her writing=)

7. Comfort Ministries– This blog is written by Mollie Bond. She writes a lot of posts in support of Hope for Haiti, a none profit organization that supports schools in Haiti, as well as writing posts that help one slow down and think about life. She’s quite insightful =) Plus, she’s been a wonderful support to me this last year.

According to the rules, I’m supposed to nominate 10-12 other blogs, but these are the ones who have really shown support and encouragement to me, so I’m going to stop with them. If anyone thinks of another they’d like to point out, feel free to post it in the comments.

Thank you, J.C., for the nomination. And thank you to everyone for the support. The blogging community is amazingly encouraging =)

Blessings and have a great weekend,

Jennifer

Guidelines for those nominated:

  1. Post the logo on your blog.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Choose 10-12 other ladies who blog as your nominees.
  4. Post the links to the nominees’ blogs and notify each of them on their blog.
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Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshineawardI know. Usually every other week I write an adventure story… I’ll have one rolling next week, I promise.

But this post is to thank Tea with Flo for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’m incredibly honored and blessed. Thanks so much.

So I’m supposed to share 10 bits of information about myself. Let’s see:

1. The fantasy genre captures my imagination like no other genre.

2. I’m a Colorado native.

3. At 4′ 11″ tall, I missed 5′ somewhere along the way. Maybe due to coffee. Maybe due to my genetics.

4. I love backpacking and climbing.

5. I’ve wanted to write novels since I could read. (Check out My Why)

6. Writing by hand still holds my heart. There’s something about it that’s fulfilling but due to time issues, I usually type my stories.

7. I would share my favorite author but I honestly couldn’t pick just one. I love everything from Brent Week’s Lightbringer series to Anne McCaffrey’s Restoree to John Flannagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice.

8. My faith grounds my world.

9. I graduated with my Bachelors in English in 2008.

10. I just finished my first novel, Escaping Shadows, and am now moving on to Dryad. (Thus the topic of my last two adventure stories.)

Now to nominate 10 other bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others. 

1. Karen Soutar

2. The Wolfe’s Den

3. Doug Langille

4. Mollie Bond’s Comfort Ministries

5. Inion N. Mathair

6. Hope for Haiti

7. My Lores

8. Just Saying

9. Confessions of a Maniacal Early Riser

10. Norman LaVelle

For those Nominated:

This is how it works:

  • Use the award logo in this post.
  • Link to the person who nominated you.
  • Write ten “pieces of information about myself.”
  • Nominate ten fellow bloggers ‘who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.’
  • Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them about the award.

Sometimes a simple act is all the encouragement needed. This nomination was such an act. Thank you again Tea with Flo.

Blessings,

Jennifer

Reality Blog Award

Welcome to Friday,

Wow, this week has been a huge blessing.

Early in the week Joe Warnimont (Writewithwarnimont)  nominated me for the Liebster Blog award. I was blown away…then Inion N. Mathair nominated me for the Reality Blog Award. Over the last few months I’ve realized how amazing the blog community is. They’re supportive without ever reality-blog-award-logomeeting most of the other bloggers they interact with.

Thank you, Inion N. Mathair. I’m incredibly honored.

This reward has a few deep questions that go with it.

1.If you could change one thing, what would it be?

I’m not sure I’d change anything. Kind of like Inion said in her answer, I believe things happen for a reason and they shape us into the people we become. I’m in a beautiful spot in life even with the stresses and pains.

2.If you could repeat an age, what would it be?

10 years old. I grew up on a camp. I miss the time when I was old enough to know things and create stories in my head but still young enough to spend days on end building a fort with my sisters. Adults take life way too seriously.

3.What one thing really scares you?

Have you ever fallen down the stairs and not been able to breath for a minute because the breath got knocked out of you? I hate that feeling, it’s almost instant panic…I’m only just realizing this.

4. What one dream have you not completed yet and do you think you will be able to complete it?

Make writing my career. Will I complete this dream, absolutely, even if it takes me years and I have to work day jobs to make it happen. This is my passion. Other things are jobs, this is my career.

5.If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be?

Will Treaty from the Ranger’s Apprentice. I’d love to be able to shoot a bow like he does=) (I know, he’s a fictional character, but he’s awesome=))

Last part of this award is nominating others for it. Since I’ve already received an award this week…I’ve already nominated several. But I’d like to nominate two specifically again.

Sebring’s Snapshots– She takes pictures of the world as she says “Treasures from the world we live in”

and

Hope for Haiti– takes the world and tries to make it a better place for people to live.

Blessings and have a wonderful weekend,

Jennifer

P.S. Monday starts a new Adventure Blog in the Choose Your Own Adventure style. Stop by and see where the adventure takes you=)

Liebster Award? What?

Liebster

The blogging sphere is a generous world.

Thanks to Joe Warnimont (Writewithwarnimont.com), I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award, which is an award basically to congratulate up and coming blogs with less than 200 followers. Sounds like me. I’m incredibly honored at this. Thank you, Joe.

So, part of the award say I’m to tell 11 facts about myself.

1. I’m short. 4’11”.

2. I couldn’t read until the 7th grade (Check out My Why)

3. I love rock climbing

4. I also love hiking and bike riding

5. I write because it’s my passion. There are days I zone out completely because I’ve got a story running through my brain and it won’t let me go. Kind of like how Terry Brooks describes it. I live in two worlds, my writing and reality.

6. Colorado’s my home. The mountains will always have a soft spot in my heart.

7. I grew up in a family of all girls except my dad.

8. I grew up on a camp because my parents worked there. Exploring 160 acres of forest informs a lot of my writing.

9. I received my bachelors in English in 2008.

10. I’ve a wonderful husband who works in EMS.

11. hmmm. Social media’s kinda a scary monster to me. Up until I started the blog, I had no idea how huge blogging is.

Second part to the award, answering the questions Joe asks.

1. What’s your big project right now?

Editing my 1st novel, Racing Shadows.

2. If you could choose one writer to write a story about your life who would it be?

Oh, this is a hard one. Terry Goodkind’s great at weaving the world. He’d do a fantastic job of making my world, beliefs and loves come to life for others. But Brent Weeks does a marvelous job with his characters. He’d make my friends and I all seem B.A. and fun to be around all the while adding in our faults in one fell swoop. Or John Flanagan would make me sound funny and make readers smell the coffee in my hand…Can I have a combination of all three?

3. Who would play you in the film adaptation of the story on your life?

Dakota Fanning. I’m enthralled with her talent. And she’s blond, like me.

4. Self-Publishing or traditional publishing?

So far I’m looking at traditional…we’ll see how it goes.

5. Last book you read, current book you are reading and the next book you will be reading?

Just finished The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett and now I’m on to the second book in his series called The Desert Spear. After that, while I’m waiting for the third book to arrive at my post box, I’ll probably read Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris. If you can’t tell, I love fantasy.

6. Biggest writing pet peeve?

That…half the time it’s a useless word that can be deleted without changing anything. And yet I end up using it all the time. Grrrr. Or words that make my voice passive and distant such as ‘noticed’ or ‘wondered’. They slip in with far too much regularity.

7. If you could travel back in time (or forward) what period would you live in, and why?

I love the time period I live in. True, going back to say London during the renaissance would be fun but lets face it, I’m a woman and they wouldn’t like me carrying a sword or wearing pants like I’d want to. So here I live and I can dream up stories of other places and times, all the while enjoying my cozy home.

8. If you were handed $1000 and could only spend it on one thing (and you can’t save it or put it towards loans), what would it be?

Can’t put it towards loans? I’ve an accounting minor, this one hurts a bit. But if the $1000 couldn’t be put toward debt, I’d put it into travel. I love seeing new places and visiting friends. There’s something very inspiring about it.

9. If the world was being taken over by aliens and you could grab one thing before you left home, what would it be?

Great question. I’d say my computer but if aliens have the world, I doubt the computer’s going to last very long. So then my survival kicks in. My husband and I have in our cars what we call our Gone to Hell bags. This comes from living in Colorado where, if you go off the road in the middle of winter, freezing isn’t unheard of. I’d grab this bag. It’s contents (sleeping bag, warm clothing, good boots and so on) would help keep me alive.

10. What is your favorite blog to read and why?

Ksenia Anske- http://www.kseniaanske.com

If I could nominate her for this award I would but she’s well past her first 200 followers. This is a woman who’s had a hard past but is working on her first novel and sharing with the world with a passion.

11. If you could be a villain in a book, who would it be?

Never considered this before…Long John Silver from Treasure Island. Great leader, likable, and manages to change sides whenever it suites him and gets away with it=)

Third part of the award is passing on the award...to 11 others. Oh my. I started blogging in November and I’m still expanding my reader, but a lot of those I follow have way more than 200 followers. Plus, this feels a little bit like the mass chain emails that say, if you believe in such and such, share this with 10 people in your contacts. Kinda feels like it takes away the value of the award. I don’t know about 11, but I’ll share a few I truly believe deserve recognition. (Not all of these have responded to my emails about the award, but they have wonderful blogs that still deserve checking out.)

Sebring’s Snapshots– Cindy’s an amazing woman who is exploring photography. She’s put in a lot of time to help me with pictures for my blog.

Hope for Haiti or http://emevi.blogspot.com/– This is a nonprofit that supports churches and schools in Haiti. Having been on a trip with this organization, I’ve seen the value of their work.

Inion N. Mathair– This is a blog by a mother/daughter combo. Very insightful and generous.

Write or Wrong– A writer reaching out on the waves of social media. Check out her Chloe Prime: Alien Space Vet post.

These are the four at the moment I nominate. There are a lot more great blogs out there that deserve to be nominated, however, these are the ones I’d like to high light.

Now, the last part of this is asking 11 questions to those I’ve nominated.

1. What inspired your blog?

2. What are two passions in your life?

3. What genre do you prefer to read?

4. Who is your favorite author?

5. If it’s a rainy saturday, what do you do?

6.If you could meet anyone, who would it be?

7. To steal one from Joe’s book, if aliens were taking over the world and you could grab one thing, what would it be?

8. Where’s your favorite place in the world?

9. Who is your greatest supporter?

10. If you won the lottery, what would you do first with it?

11. What are you currently reading?

Blessings,

Jennifer

P.S. Here are the full rules of the award.

The Liebster Award is intended to recognize up-and-coming blogs, particularly those with fewer than 200 followers. Here are the rules:
• Post eleven facts about yourself
• Answer the questions posed by your nominator
• Pass the award on to eleven new recipients
• Post eleven new questions to your recipients
• Post a copy of the badge on your blog (type “Liebster Award” into Google images; you’ll find plenty to choose from). Notify nominees and include links to the originating blog, as well as the new recipients.