I am honestly bewildered at this nomination from Salma at Very Simple Thoughts. I’ve never imagined that my blog would do so well in a small amount of time. I’m grateful for every opportunity my blog has given me.
If you haven’t already checked out Salma’s blogs, check them out! It’s a great mix of honest stories and thoughts. A few of my favorite blogs from her are The investigation, Find your passion, and Dear world. I’ve loved this blog since I found it.
Salma, thank you, for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. I’m honored.
“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
The rules are as follows: Put the award logo/image on your blog
- List the rules
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- 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)
Three things about me:
- I’m a huge Legend of Zelda fan. Most of my nerd T-shirts are all from the Zelda series. My favorite Zelda game is Twilight Princess, but Ocarina of Time and Breath of the Wild are not far behind. My favorite video game character comes from this series as well. (All the love goes to Midna.)
- I’ve written five manuscripts. That’s crazy, right? I just turned twenty and I already have five manuscripts. I’ve finished writing all of them within the last four years. My first one, Memories Forgotten, is obviously a favorite and the one I’m editing to publish. My third and fifth one has one of the most interesting concepts I’ve thought of though.
- I study psychology in college to make my characters more accurate in my stories. In fact, I love studying clinical psychology, which is a fancy term for studying people with mental disorders. I want to write about mental disorders and LGBT+ in my novels as something that’s normal and a part of normal life because it is just that. I want to help get rid of the stigma and stereotypes. Perhaps, if someone read my novels and realized all people are human, that thought can spread.
My answers to the questions from Salma:
- How did you develop your writing skills?
Oh, funny story! Back in the day, I used to be below level in reading. When I was over at my Papa and Nana’s one time, my Nana brought me to her old computer that still had that old dial-up noise when you turned it on. She said I should write all my imaginative stories down and that she’d help me.
I didn’t have the greatest English education, but I learned how to write well from that moment on. I just kept writing. I’ve gotten some feedback over the years, mostly in college, but it mainly has been me pushing myself towards getting better. I will admit that I’ve learned a lot since I started college. Workshops do wonders to a writer’s skill level.
- What are your interests besides blogging and writing?
I probably have too many hobbies for someone who doesn’t have enough time. Mostly, I love learning languages. I speak three languages kind of well: English, American Sign Language (ASL), and Japanese. I am also learning Italian and French, slowly but surely, on the side with the help of Duolingo.
Besides that, I read constantly. Right now, I’m a proud owner of over two hundred books. I love to play musical instruments. I haven’t been able to play them in a while, but I usually play piano and guitar. I love learning about (clinical) psychology and different random scientific facts. I love SciShow. I also love playing video games.
- What influences you and inspires you to be a better blogger/writer?
I feel like you sneaked two questions into one. : P
Life influences my writing the most. I can’t deny that. Most of my blogs have come from different writing experiences that I’ve had or heard of. It also inspires me to be a better writer because I’ve always wanted to get far in life.
A few of my favorite authors inspire my writing. I love Marie Lu, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Neal Shusterman, and Rick Riordan. My friend told me once that I should become the next J. K. Rowling, but I’d settle for being the next Marie Lu or John Green. (Yes, I sometimes set my goals too high. Whoops.)
- What’s the most awkward situation you went through?
I’m not sure if it’s the most awkward, but one situation comes to mind.
Before band practice one day in college, I let my friend leave his stuff in my room. He was a commuter, you know? It was easier for him to leave his stuff in a dorm rather than walk back and forth to his car. I got that. Fine.
But he decided to pass his phone over for me to read. He had messages of him talking to my best friend about liking me on it. But I wanted nothing to do with it. So, me telling him that “I like someone else” to get him off my back for the next ten minutes went swell. It was even better when I had to walk over to the football stadium with him too, which was about another twenty minutes of on and off awkward silence.
- What’s your favorite book of all time?
Let’s go back to the fact that I own over two hundred books. And you want me to choose one of those? What? I brought the mountain of a list down to nine. Is that okay?
- Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
- I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
- Snow Like Ashes Series by Sara Raasch
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
- The Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman
- The Young Elites Series by Marie Lu
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I know the last time I wrote a little bit about each blogger, but since I’m a full time college student with a job, that wasn’t possible this time. Please note that each of these bloggers are amazing. Please check out their awesome websites.
- My So-Called Writer’s Life
- candy thoughts
- Miracles in the Mundane
- Games and Geekery
- Carissa Laryea
- Emotions that Matter
- Mystery Writer
- The Regular Blog
- My Corner on the Internet
Five questions for my nominees:
- Why do you write?
- Who are some of your favorite authors?
- Is there an author you strive to become like?
- What is a non-writing hobby of yours?
- What is your favorite videogame?
My best blog posts so far: