Mystery Blogger Award!!!!

Hello everybody! It’s good to be back from my unintentional hiatus. Tomorrow (or maybe sometime later today, I’m itching to write) I’ll post a story, but, for now, I’m going to post about this:

MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD!!!!!

Tom Burton was kind enough to nominate me for the Mystery Blogger Award!

What is that? Well, the Mystery Blogger Award is:

“An award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Okoto Enigma 

Which, I have to say, is a very high honor. I’ve only been doing this for a little over a year now, so I’ve still got a lot of learning to do. For anyone to say that my blog is ingenious or that it inspires or motivates… well, honestly, I’m kind of floored. This has been a wonderful ride so far, and I absolutely love blogging. Everyone I talk to on this site is very wonderful, and I’ve enjoyed this whole experience very much.

So, thank you Tom for nominating me 🙂

GENERAL RULES:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

 

TOM’S QUESTIONS:

  1. What motivates you to continue blogging?

I like writing, and I like sharing what I’ve written. Even if only a handful of people read a story, that still feels like a confirmation. Sort of like saying that the stories I’ve written do exist (for better or worse, lol) and they are out there, they’re reachable. They’re not just taking up space in my head anymore, they’re taking up space in the world, and I like that. It’s good to know that these strange passing thoughts I have aren’t just passing thoughts, they’re ideas that I can craft into something more. That’s why I started blogging: so I could have a place to throw all these strange ideas that waltz through my brain. Sometimes, I write stories just to keep in practice. But, most of the time, when I write a story, it’s because the idea came to me and I need to find a way to let it go. Writing helps me do that.

So, self-therapy, I guess, lol.

And, the wonderful people I meet on this site are a blessing of a bonus 🙂

2. Favorite blogging or writing advice?

Do it your way. I was in a strange, wonderful, and rare position throughout middle school and high school. I was blessed to have an English teacher who, herself, was constantly learning and re-shaping her understanding of our language and writing. I had this teacher for all of middle school, and all of high school, and she immensely encouraged my creative mind and the way I write. My style is very unconventional, very out of the norm, but I like to focus on feeling and character rather than setting. Sometimes, my short stories barely have any plot when I begin to write them and, sometimes, it kind of stays that way until the end, lol. But I find that a lot of people connect with the feelings of that character and, to me—both as a reader and a writer—I find that to be the most important. Setting is important—I promise, it is—but you can describe a place perfectly, have your reader picture it inch by inch, and still, it can be unreal to them because they can’t feel that place. They can only see it—like a picture rather than an experience, and I firmly believe that reading should be an experience. So, when I write, I do a lot of fragmented sentences, or dashes (which I consider to be interjecting thoughts), and things of that nature to inject as much reality and feeling into my writing as possible. And, for some readers, it works well. For others, it’s too chaotic for them to focus. Either is fine. I simply write the way that makes sense to me as a reader, and, if it doesn’t work for someone, that’s okay. There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and there’s definitely more than one way to communicate something effectively. So, what I’m getting at is:

Do it your way. Don’t let “the norm” or rules stop you.

Write to gratify your inner reader.

3. What do you hope 2019 will bring for your blog?

Oh man. I don’t generally think about the far future. Silly as that seems. Personally, I just find that plans often fall apart. Something about life doing its own thing or whatever. I’m also slightly (just slightly, I promise) superstitious. I hate telling anyone my plans, even if I have them. I feel like it jinxes me.

So, short answer: I hope to keep writing as I do, and I hope to strengthen my writing.

4. Do you have a favorite book or film that you never get tired of?

I really like C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces. I could talk about that book for decades. I also really enjoy The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bag Pig by Eugene Trivizas. It’s a kid’s book, but I absolutely love how the author flips all the conventional expectations. It’s hysterical to me now that I’m older, and I found it mesmerizing as a kid. (Plus, I like that the wolves are the good guys. If you’ve wandered through my blog, you know I’m very fond of wolves.) As for movies, I’d say that I really like Gremlins and, if I need to throw on a movie for comfort/background noise, I throw on The Nightmare Before Christmas.

5. What four words describe you?

Oh man, this one is a tough one. A friend of my mom’s once called me skittish, and I think it’s (unfortunately) quite accurate. I’d say tough, but not in the “I eat nails for breakfast” kind of way. I tend to roll with the punches as they come rather than let stuff knock me down, that’s why. I’d say I’m very understanding as well. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt—you never know what someone is going through. And, lastly, I’d say intuitive. I tend to have a lot of gut-instinct, and my gut usually isn’t wrong. Tiny behaviorisms or mannerisms don’t go unnoticed by me, and I can generally tell when something is up. It’s very hard to surprise me.

THREE THINGS ABOUT MYSELF:

—I like to sleep. A lot. My mom always talks about how I used to put myself to bed, even at a young age. Apparently, I’d stand by my crib and scream until someone came and dropped me in. Then I’d go right to sleep. Apparently, I’ve always been a very sleepy person.

—I have a lot of nightmares. Like, a lot. I’d say four or five nights a week I have at least one—sometimes I have three or four nightmares in one night, it just depends. They can be pretty brutal, or gruesome, depending. They’re hardly every triggered by horror movies though. Last time I had a horror movie trigger a nightmare was the new It movie, and I think that was mostly because the subjects of the horror were kids, and I can relate to that. I had a pretty traumatic childhood, so I think that triggered it for me. Though, before then, I can’t really remember a horror movie triggering nightmares. Either Gremlins or Poltergeist was my first horror movie (I watched those when I was under 7), and those DEFINITELY triggered nightmares for me. But, aside from those three, I can’t really recall any horror movies that trigger my nightmares. They’re mostly things of my own imagination.

Go figure.

—I like running. I haven’t done it in a few months now (I’ve moved recently, and gotten a new job that seems to fluctuate every month, so I haven’t had a schedule that’s been set enough to squeeze in time for it) but I absolutely love it. Whether I’m running outdoors, or on a treadmill, I absolutely love running.

BEST POST:

Well, I don’t know if I’d consider it my best post, but Weekend Wolf seems to be a pretty popular one on my site. To Be Trifled With was also pretty up-there in the ranks. But, one of my own personal favorites is The Stellar Path. Something about stars and space pirates is just… too much fun. And, since I’m more of a fantasy person, I’ll go ahead and share the link for Gryphon’s Disciple too.

MY NOMINEES:

I don’t do too much reading on this site. Unfortunately, I just don’t have a lot of time between writing and work. But when I do manage to read, I read the britchy one‘s blog (because she’s always got something interesting/funny/touching posted) or I read George F.’s blog (which I can never seem to find when I want to, lol). They’re both wonderful bloggers, and definitely worth the time to check out. Their stories are vastly different, but they’re both incredible!

That said, I’d like to nominate you two. If you would prefer not to pass the award forward, I completely understand. It’s just that your two blogs are what I think of when I read the paragraph that describes what the award is 🙂

That said, if anyone would like to respond to my five questions (in the comments or on their own blog) feel free 🙂

FIVE QUESTIONS:

  1. What was your favorite book/movie as a kid?
  2. Did you have a childhood pet?
  3. Snow or no snow?
  4. Are you a vivid dreamer?
  5. What song do you blast over the radio/in the car?

Again, thank you so much Tom for nominating me! It’s truly an honor.

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday!!!!!

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9 thoughts on “Mystery Blogger Award!!!!”

      1. If you like, I was going to link to your blog for my next Liebster Award – it’ll hopefully get more readers interested in bloggers with under 200 followers. Are there any particular bloggers you know whose short stories / poems have impressed you & could do with a larger audience?

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      2. I would be thrilled and honored!!! And, well, I’m not sure how large britchy’s audience is, but I love her blog and I share it as often as I can with anyone who would be interested. She’s always got something cool/funny or otherwise touching thrown up there. I also like George F’s story, but his blog is nearly impossible to find. He posts and then deletes, so his running story is one you have to catch before he takes it down, but it’s very abstract and interesting. Other than that, I don’t read too many peoples’ blogs, mostly because I don’t have time, but also because I’m not sure how to find other blogs I like. I’ve been meaning to go through the other mystery blogger links you posted, just to rectify that some, but it’s been a bit hectic with the holidays

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      3. No problem! Yeah, she’s a great blogger worth knowing 😀 – I’d definitely consider her for the next Sunshine Blogger Award I’ll do, but as she’s already got an audience of well over 1000 followers, the Liebster nomination probably wouldn’t apply. Thank you so much for considering her though!
        Are there one or two of your own stories that got a good response & that you’d like more people to check out? I can link to them in my Award post if you like. Any recommendations?

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      4. Lol, well that makes sense. I’m glad she’s got a pretty good audience!
        https://hlsailer.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/brush-with-meaning/#more-16755 –I like that one a lot. https://hlsailer.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/mistakes-and-placebos/#more-16335–and this one.
        https://hlsailer.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/lost-in-the-jungle/#more-16293 –and this one. But those are some of my personal faves, lol. Ones with lots of views are: https://hlsailer.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/lone-wolf/
        https://hlsailer.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/devils-smile/
        https://hlsailer.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/one-way-mirror/
        https://hlsailer.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/eclipse/
        and:
        https://hlsailer.wordpress.com/?s=the+train+is+a+metaphor
        So any of those would be excellent! Either out of my faves, or out of the high-rollers. And, seriously: thank you so much!!!!

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      5. Not a problem; I’ll be sure to link to a few good ones! 😀
        Just to double-check – how would you like to be name-dropped as: just H. L. Sailer, he, she or they? (I’ve found putting a name to a blog helps humanise it better for new readers, but I’ve made this faux-pas before on anonymous blogs & I just want to be sure beforehand). What would your preference be?

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