For the Inspiring and Lovely Blog Awards, I’m supposed to share seven facts about myself. I’ve done that quite a few times, and I’d rather not bore y’all with random facts, so I’ll skip that and answer the questions for the Liebster Award, which are:
1. What keeps you writing when you have writer’s block?
The need to get past writer’s block. I believe the only way to get past writer’s block is to diagnose what is causing it, then write to get past it.
2. Most writers have a literary counterpart—a character from their stories who reflects themselves. Tell us about yours.
Right now, Rachel Ivers. She is both someone I would want to be like, and someone I would hate to be like. She reflects me when I am confused about things in life. So, in essence, I try to solve my own problems through Rachel solving her problems in the stories… if that even makes sense.
3. What are your passions?
Words, both written and spoken. But that’s pretty obvious!
4. You’ve had a fight with your significant other and you want to fix things. What do you do?
I’m not the best at relationship-related questions, but… talk things out in a logical manner, I suppose.
5. What’s one injustice you see in the world that you would fix in a story?
The “nice guys/girls finish last” cliché. It’s a cliché because it’s unfortunately true.
6. If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
Where I live. I’d move a little closer to where I work so the commute wouldn’t be as long.
7. What’s important to you at this point in time?
My career, my faith, my relationships, my writing
8. Who is your hero/heroine?
As of now, St. Monica (the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo). She had the patience, of, well… a saint.
9. Do you make it a habit of telling others what you thought of their work, even if your experience wasn’t good?
Hmm… I don’t tell others what I think unless they’re specifically asking for criticism. If they want praise, and I can’t find anything to praise, I won’t say anything.
10. What is good will?
It’s more than good intentions, that’s for sure. I firmly believe in the saying “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I’d say that good will is caring about others as you would like to be cared for. In short, the Golden Rule — actions, not words.
11. What would it take for you to make friends with an old enemy?
There are people who don’t like me for one reason or another, and there are people I don’t like for one reason or another, but I wouldn’t consider any of them enemies. First of all, it would take patience. A willingness to reconcile differences. A willingness to put the past in the past. Maturity.
I’m supposed to write 11 questions for my nominees to answer, but I like Whitney’s questions, so you can answer those. And now, I nominate the following bloggers: