Sunshine Blogger Award + A Few Announcements

3:25 PM

Hello all!

I'm happy today...for a variety of reasons. First off, there is sun outside. Second, I have a few announcements to share!

1. I'm entering Camp NaNoWriMo in July! I really really really wanted to do this in April, but life said no. (shame on you life.) So, now that my life is a *little* slower, I can try it for the first time!

2. I'm seriously thinking of entering into the "Five Poisoned Apples" contest by Rooglewood. I think I'm going to use it as my Camp NaNo piece, but I have some other ideas as well. I have time still.

3. I think I'm going to table "Rose of Culmore", at least until Camp NaNo is over. I mentioned in my last post that I had a major block that I needed to work through. Well, my female MC has been subject to interrogation and she has revealed part of what her problem is...but she's so emotionally distraught that I can't do any more with her.
(Translated into writer-human language: I  think I found the plot device that I was missing, but it's one of the oldest cliches in the book and I need my own spin. That's going to take a while....and of course I need to 'pack' for Camp.)

Now to get on to what you really came for......

Melissa Gravitis tagged me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! If you haven't checked out this girl's blog, do so now. Seriously, go do it, she's awesome.

On to the questions!

1.  Did anything 'spark' your passion (writing, reading, art, etc.) or did it come on gradually?

Some of my passions were spur of the moment or sparked by something. Others, like writing, kinda grew in fits and starts. But they all started with the act of the will. :) 

2. If a library was on fire and you could only save three of its books, which three would you choose?

The three oldest or rarest books. Because those are hard to find and they deserve to be passed down. It makes a great story for one thing and the others can probably be replaced easily still. 

3. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or another drink?

Tea is my preferred hot drink, but I'll drink hot chocolate/cocoa occasionally. I stay away from coffee. 

4. One of your characters can come alive for a day. Who do you want it to be?

Caoimhe from my fantasy WIP of the same name. She is one of my absolute favorite characters to create for and she and I would have some fun times together. 

5. How many siblings do you have?

"That I cannot tell you. It is a secret." ~ Colonel Brandon, Sense and Sensibility, 1995. 

6. Do you have a motto? (If you do, share it, if you don't, make one up!)

Actually I do have a motto! It's actually one that I created for my world-epic WIP named Ancora Spei. 

“Desciscendum et labore ad Deo”

It translates to "Detach and work for God". 

While it could mean physically detaching from the world, in this particular case I mean mentally detaching. My muse is inside me, therefore, I need to almost totally detach myself mentally from the rest of the world in order to reach it. 

In all of my works, I try to present a Catholic/Christian worldview and present hidden Catholic themes, similar to great Catholic writers such as J.R.R. Tolkein, G.K. Chesterton and Flannery O'Connor. Writing for my own pleasure is good, but writing for the greater glory of God is better. 

I'll have to make a motto art piece soon. I'd like to have it on both my blogs. 

7. What's the strangest dream you've ever had?

Honestly....I don't remember. Those files were often first ones to be erased. 

8. Have you ever traveled out of your country, and if yes, where to?

No....the furthest away I've been is Hawaii. 

If I could travel out of the country, I would go to Nova Scotia/PEI...or the Island of Skye in Scotland...or explore Germany....or Italy....or Poland... 

I can't decide, there are a lot of places I would like to see. 

9. If you wished on a shooting star, what would you wish for?

A handsome man (prince, Mountie, cowboy, I don't care) riding up on a horse in conquest of my heart


10. Would you rather go swimming in Antarctica or camping in the Sahara Desert?

Camping in the Sahara Desert. I can't stand the cold, at all. Though you probably should put me near an oasis because I get thirsty rather quick. 

11. How did you come up with your blog's name?

I was hoping someone would ask this question!!!!!!!!!

The truth is, I'm a daydreamer. A horrible one. As a kid, I lived inside my head a lot. So much so, that almost nothing would get done, and I'd often make a fool out of myself. While as I mature, it's getting slowly better, especially since I'm writing more. 

Hence my writing muse could be considered: uncooperative, annoying, funny. It longs to get away into the realm of fantasy or another time. It works when it wants to, and not when it doesn't want to (and often when it works is when I can't handle it). It never listens to me (though it's getting better). It's like having a rebellious teenager in my head. 

Thus I translate an abstract thought into the name of my blog. 

So let's see...who needs some sunshine? 

Lilah @ Musical Writings
Mary Katherine @ Sarcastic Scribblings
Arya Lynn @ Ever the Writer (she's a new blogger, please go check her out!)
Cordy @ Write on Cordy!
Emma @ Whiskers and Wildflowers
Gray @ Writing is Life
Pip @ Pip and Lolly
Lucy Agnes @ Tangle Webs and Fairy Rings
Katherine Edgeworth @ Sisters of Gillian

And anyone else that wants to do it!

Here are your questions:

1. How did you come up with your blog name?
2. What is your favorite Work in Progress (Or book if you're not an author!)?
3. Favorite hair color on a guy?
4. Do you have a motto or a favorite phrase?
5. It's sunny outside. What would you be doing?
6. If you had to pick one time period to travel to, which would it be?
7. Let's say you could pick any car to drive around forever. What would it be (make, model, year)?
8. What is your favorite vacation ever?
9. Do you get red as a lobster or really tanned in the sun?
10. What is your favorite family/team sport?
11. What would you pack if you were going out for a picnic?

Can't wait to see the answers!

Scribbingly yours,


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  1. Yay, I'm so happy you did the tag! Your answers are great. <3 I adore your motto, and think it has such a great message behind it! :)

  2. Why would you tag me? You know I have absolutely NO self control when it comes to tags!


  3. I loved reading your answers! :D And your motto... gosh, I really need to think of that more myself! And I LOVE Latin phrases like that, though I'd personally say my motto (or saying I love) is from St Augustine of Hippo "My heart is restless until it rests with You."

    audrey caylin


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