The Sunshine Award

sunshine-awardI am thrilled to announce that I have been nominated by the lovely Jennifer Windram for the Sunshine Award. I have never been nominated for something pertaining to my blog before, so this is very exciting, and a great way to start out my morning. So thank you Jennifer! I appreciate it so much.

To accept the award, I must list 10 Things About Myself and then nominate other bloggers. So here it goes!

10 THINGS ABOUT MYSELF

1.) The first story I ever wrote was about an evil witch hiding out in the attic of a big castle in medieval times. She tries to lure the princess into her attic hideaway and teach her dark magic until her father slays here and saves the day. I was in elementary school (maybe 7 or 8 years old) and that was when my parents told me that I could write. I made my own illustrated cover and stapled it together at the ends to make it an official “book.” Oh such dreams I had…

2.) I like walking through really old cemeteries. o.O  I know, before you say anything, I know it’s really weird. I just have a fascination with old and dark cemeteries with people from hundreds of years ago. I made a trip to Massachusetts when I was in high school with a friend and made her walk through a few of the REALLY old colony style cemeteries, much to her displeasure. I did the same when I lived in London and Paris and Scotland. Cemeterie Monmarte was incredible. And Lafayette Cemetery in New Orleans remains one of my favs. Yeah, I’m a creep. I hate horror movies, hate gore, but I will walk through a graveyard (NOT AT NIGHT THOUGH). I think it has something to do with the histories and stories of people who lived and died in the area. Besides, does anyone else here know that J.K. Rowling got a lot of her names from Harry Potter characters from Greyfriars Cemetery in Edinburgh??? 😉

3.) I have an obsession for makeup. I have a YouTube channel (TribalFaerie) and a blog (tribalfaerie.wordpress.com) dedicated to my ventures with makeup. I consider it to be an art form and I adore it. And I own more makeup than should be legal. And I love love love cosmetic glitter!

4.) I am a slow reader. Annoyingly slow. It drives me crazy. I hear someone say how they read a book in one sitting and I just think “Grrr!! I hate you!” I can’t do that. I have tried every speed reading device/class/lesson out there and I can’t retain anything if I don’t read every word. Which made it a bitch in college because I spent hours do the necessary reading that others skimmed and retained first try. But I am working really hard to try to change this.

5.) I was a gymnast throughout school (even though I stopped competing at age 12). I had to stop the competitive circuit because I was seriously injured in a skiing accident. But I still did it for fun and love it to this day. I did it recreationally in college with a Gymnastics club (which my dad lovingly called the “Over the Hill Gymnastics Club” which was true. We were all over the hill by then for gymnastics because all those girls in the Olympics are either illegally young or teens). I also did figure skating, but my knees couldn’t take the falls. Had to quit that after a few years.

6.) I eat spaghetti once a week, if not more often. Ragu Mama’s Special Garden Sauce is like my kryptonite. Gah! I love noodles! If it’s got noodles, I’m gonna eat it! Monday Night Spaghetti Madness baby!

7.) I have been listening to Enya and Loreena McKinnett since I was a kid, along with Annie Lennox. Those women helped pave the way for my music tastes and can always change my mood no matter what. I went a bit hysterical when I was at the V&A in London with friends and found out that they had a special exhibit about Annie Lennox. They still bring it up and its a sore fucking topic.  Mainly because they tease me and just don’t get the epicness that is Annie Lennox. Their loss.

8.) My love of history started with a trip to London when I was a kid. My dad had a business trip there and the family got to tag along. They took me to the Tower of London, and that was it. I was hooked. Spent years trying to get back and finally did in 2011 for my studies and then a job. Most amazing year of my life.

9.) I still write letters. I have pen pals all over the world and I think that writing letters is a lost art form. So I try to keep it going. I even seal my letters with a signature wax seal, because I’m old school like that.

10.) I secretly like reading erotica books. Shh! You can’t tell anyone! I wish I could write it myself, but I don’t think I have the guts. And I don’t think that I could write it in the way that other people like it…because I hated ’50 Shades of Grey’. Although while writing a scene in ‘The Keeper’s Realm’, I ended up deleting some because it was a bit TOO steamy. I didn’t even realize that I had that in me until then. So…maybe one day. *shrugs*

Sad truth… I don’t know 10 other writing bloggers in order to nominate them, so here are the few that I have been following.

Now…drum roll…I nominate:

2UnpublishedGirls

Jennifer Windram (who actually nominated me, but I love her stuff, so I am re-nominating her).

Cristian Mihai

Rules behind the Sunshine Award:

1. Use the Sunshine Award logo in the post.
2. Link to whoever nominated you.
3. Write ten pieces of information about yourself.
4. Nominate up to ten fellow bloggers, “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.
5. Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award

 

One thought on “The Sunshine Award

  1. Hi Bre,

    Thanks for the renomination 🙂

    Cemeteries are pretty fascinating. The oldest ones of I’ve visited are in New Orleans and Savannah, Ga. I can’t imagine the amount of history found in the ones in the UK and Paris. I read another blog post that talked about finding character names at a cemetery, especially for historical fiction books. It’s such a good idea!

    And the Tower of London–so cool. England is on my list of future travel locales.

    And I cringe whenever attempting to write a love scene. It just feels so strange…

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