Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer of Awards

This has been a great summer for me, not because I've necessarily gotten a ton of writing done, but because I've been nominated for a couple different awards from fellow bloggers that I admire greatly.

I've been saving them up, so I apologize if this turns out to be the longest blog post ever! Here goes...

A BIG thank you to the amazing Crystal Collier for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger award. For those of you who don't know Crystal, you should! She is so talented, not only as a writer, but as a singer, composer, name it, she can do it! Soulless, the second book in her Maiden of Time trilogy is set to release in October.

With this award, I am required to list seven random facts about myself, and then nominate 15 other bloggers I've recently started following. So, here you have it:

7 Random Facts:
  1. As much as I think I'm a social butterfly, I'm really just a homebody. I love to be home with my family.
  2. My favorite dessert is ANYTHING with chocolate.
  3. I can play UNO like a pro.
  4. Growing up, I read Nancy Drew, the Babysitter's Club, and the Sweet Valley Twins series like they were going out of style.
  5. I've always loved writing, but I was inspired to start writing my first novel years ago after reading the infamous vampire series written by a truly talented author who is a mother to all boys, like myself. 
  6. I used to love riding roller coasters, but now, they just make me sick. Instead, I watch my kids ride them and that is twenty times better!
  7. I love to laugh.

Blogs I Nominate:

1. Heather Belle—Heather is a fun blogging buddy I recently connected with because we have so much in common!
2. Charity Bradford—Even though I've known Charity for years, I'm a recent follower of her blog. As my mentor in this publishing process, I can't say enough good things about Charity. She's awesome!
3. Heather Holden—I love Heather's blog and her webcomic Echo Effect. I can't get enough of Coco and Nicholas!
4. Elizabeth Seckman—I'm sure Elizabeth has been nominated for this award dozens of times, but she is such a fun person and I've enjoyed getting to know her through blogging. And hey, us mothers of "all boys" have to stick together!
5. Mark Noce—One of my first followers when I started on this blogging journey, Mark is a great blogging buddy and a very talented writer. So excited that he recently got an agent for his manuscript!
6. SA Larsen—Sheri is simply amazing. One of the nicest people in this blogosphere, Sheri is always available for an encouraging word or uplifting comment. 
7. Madeline Mora-Summonte—This amazingly talented writer awed me with her A to Z challenge theme, and now, I keep going back for more.
8. Cortney Pearson—I found Cortney in this big, beautiful blogosphere and immediately connected with her honest, heartfelt writing. I'm so excited for the release of her debut novel, Phobic, coming out in September. Congrats, Cortney!
9. Sherry Ellis—If you haven't visited Sherry's blog, you need to! Her posts about the humor in mothering are Hi-larious! 
10. Aditi Kaushiva—Aditi's blog is another one I found during the A to Z challenge, and I was immediately captivated by her raw, beautiful posts titled Shades of Life. 
11. Mark Koopman—Mark is the funniest person and the most entertaining blogger out there. I always know I'm sure to get a good laugh when I visit Mark's blog.
12. Lori MacLaughlin—A fantasy writer, Lori is one of the sweetest people in the blogosphere. She was one of the first people I "met" when I started blogging a few months ago, and she immediately welcomed me with open arms. Lori, you're the best!
13. Kyra Lennon—Kyra is a very talented New Adult author who came up with a brilliant theme for A to Z—diary entries of characters from her current WIP. So cool!
14. Stephanie Bruce—Stephanie is a good friend outside of the blogging world, but she's also an amazing blogger. She's one of the those super crafty people who can make anything, and her blog is full of fun DIY projects and yummy recipes. Love ya, Steph!
15. Emily King—I recently started following Emily, and although I know she's busy moving to Utah, I look forward to reading more of her posts and her journey as a YA author. 


Moving on to the next award, my good friend and mentor, Charity Bradford, nominated me for a Liebster Award. Thanks, Charity! Charity is another one of those talented writers and mothers who can do it all. From singing to decorating cakes, she is amazing! Check out her blog to find out more about her.

**Although I am deeply thankful for the award, I will not be passing it on this time. I received a Liebster from the wonderful Lori MacLaughlin not too long ago, and for fear of being redundant, I've decided to answer Charity's questions, but not nominate other bloggers. Sorry!! 

Questions from Charity:

1. What's your favorite season of the year?
I would say fall. I love that the air turns chilly and the leaves change colors. Fall reminds me of apple picking, pumpkin carving, wood-burning stoves, and high school football games. 

2. Would you rather know when and where you will die or keep it a secret?
Keep it a secret. I would hate to have that hanging over my head. 

3. What's your biggest pet peeve?
Okay, this one will be a little gross, but it's the truth—when my boys pee on the toilet seat. 

4. What do you think is your greatest strength?
Friendliness. I believe the simple act of a smile goes a long way.

5. Your greatest weakness?
Impatience. I wish I had more patience with my children.

6. When you get in the reading mood, do you look for books by genre or author?
Whatever I can get my hands on. Sometimes by author, sometimes by genre, but I really like it when I get recommendations from friends.

7. Do you still own a camera? Or do you rely solely on your smart phone?
Oh yes. I still have a camera. It takes much better pictures than my iPhone, and I can zoom and do all this fancy stuff. It's a great camera, if only I could figure out how to use it to its capacity...

8. What is your greatest possession?
My family.

9. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Do you even need to ask? Chocolate, of course! :)

10. What's your favorite childhood memory?
I have two:
  • Playing in the ditch near my house (even though I would get in trouble when my mom found out) and playing TV tag in the summer with neighborhood friends.
  • Summer nights at the cottage—roasting marshmallows, staring at the stars, listening to music on the beach.

11. What drives you to keep pushing forward when exhaustion or insecurities strike?
Hmm, this is a tough one...I know I have the potential to be what I dream—a published author. I just tell myself that it takes time and perseverance (and good writing, of course!) That and the desire to make my parents, children, and husband proud. 


  1. Looks like we answered #1, 2, and 9 the same. Cool.

    1. Haha! Looks like we're soul sisters!! :) Heading over now to check out your answers...

  2. Fall is my favorite season, too! The weather is always so perfect that time of year. And heh, I'm so with you when it comes to impatience. It's too hard to stay patient for long... XD

    Also, thanks for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger award! I've been trying to get back into the swing of blogging recently, so this will give me something to post about... :)

    1. I know, I've been missing your blog posts! Although, I haven't been very regular either. Hopefully, with the kids returning to school I'll be better! :)

    2. Posted my seven facts on my blog today. This was fun! :)

  3. Congratulations! And agree, watching others ride roller coasters is much better.

  4. Thanks for the nomination!

    I like the roller coasters that are all twisty and/or that leave your feet hanging free. The ones that take you really high and then plunge you down? No way! :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

    1. Yeah, those are fun. I think the ones that do me in are the upside down, jerk-your-head around roller coasters. Lately I end up with a headache and feeling nauseous.

  5. I'm so glad I got my buns back in gear this week and saw this! Thank you...I don't think I have gotten the versatile blogger award, so thank you!! I suppose I must write a blog post this week :)

    And yes, mother's without daughters must stick together!!

    1. I'm shocked!! But so glad I can be the one to award it to you! :)

  6. Congrats on the awards. I believe chocolate should be having its own amusement world where we can swim in it if we want-just one person in the pool though. I agree with the toilet issue. Thankfully my husband sits down actually:)

    1. Haha! Love the idea of a chocolate pool...and yes, only one person per pool! :)

  7. Congrats on the awards! Great answers. I think I could have a bit more patience with my kids too. :)

    1. Thanks!! :) Glad to hear I'm not the only one who lacks patience at times...

  8. Can't stop chucking on your third answer! Congrats on the awards! N thank u so much for the mention! Lv

  9. Me too on #5 under 7 Random Facts! It inspired me to sit my butt down and finish a story. And amen to #11!

  10. I loved reading your answers! Thanks for the kind words and nomination as well. It's so fun getting to know each other better. Now to think of seven random things. :)

  11. Aw, wow! You are too sweet. Thank you so much. UNO ... I don't think that game will ever die.

  12. Congrats, and thanks for the nomination! I'll do my post a week from now, or thereabouts. So, you're a good Uno player...I'm guessing your kids have given you lots of practice;)

  13. Wow! Thanks so much for the nomination and the kind words! I enjoyed reading your random facts. I love UNO and Nancy Drew and chocolate, and I'm definitely with you on #6. I get the headache/nausea thing too. Congratulations on your awards and thanks again for thinking of me!

  14. Thanks so much for nominating me!! I LOVED The Babysitter's Club books--they were my favorites! I like the smart phone vs camera question, lol. So many great tidbits about you! (And yes, chocolate!!!) :D

  15. Aloha Kristin,

    Thanks a bunch for the award nomination - and the kind words :)

    Appreciate you thinking of me and hope you have a great weekend :)

  16. Thanks for the award nomination! I grew up reading lots of Nancy Drew books, too.

  17. You really did bring home the awards! Much deserved, too. My family is also my favorite possession. Not looking forward to that time when you have to let go. :)


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