01. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their blog.
02. Include the award graphic and button graphic (below) in your post. You can optionally use the button graphic to put on your site’s sidebar, making the image a link to your award post.
03. Answer the ten questions. If you mentioned people in your answers, be sure to link to their blogs if they have one.
04. Tag three other inspiring bloggers for the award. You won’t be giving them a new set of questions for this award, they just answer the same ones you did. And this is not a writer specific award, so you can just tag any creative being out there!
A day ago, Celeste from CBWrites tagged me for this award- if you like either musicals or writing or both, check out her blog.
How and where do you find the most inspiration to create?
- Inspiration does come from anywhere. My Fairy Frogs story was inspired from a walk on one of Charlotte’s Greenways. I was on a boardwalk, and I looked to the left- saw a bunch of cattails- the word Cattail Forest came to mind. From there- slowly, the entire story was created. I don’t fully know where all my inspiration came from- I don’t remember where my 2nd WIP came from- yes I am more dedicated to Fairy Frogs- but still working on Greatest Discovery- the 2nd WIP, which is a trilogy. Some inspiration does from seeing a name either on a truck or a pavilion or somehow out you just say something. I do remember that when I took Communications in CPCC that inspiration can from when you least expect it to.
What’s your favorite inspirational Bible verse or quote?
- The bible verse that comes to mind the most is “those who have walked in darkness have seen a great light”. I really have no idea why it comes to mind a lot- but it does.
What methods do you use to get motivated to create?
- The Greenway, my computer- it was where I write my stories, information about my characters, etc….You might be thinking how can a Greenway motivate me to create- well that Greenway is basically the same as The Cattail Forest in Fairy Frogs (home to Fairy Creek and Graysloup). Each time I walk on that Greenway- I was able to worldbuild even further.
Who has been influential and encouraging to you on your creative journey (whether they knew it or not)?
- My first English teacher in high school (he was the one who taught me the method of dumptrucking), my mom and dad. My mom and I were talked about who lived in The Cattail Forest (before it became Fairy Creek)- my dad currently is my editor. A number of people that I know are interested in the Fairy Frogs book- those people are also encouraging- the book still has no title.
What book or author has really inspired you?
- Never really thought about this
What are three big things you’ve learned about the creative life over the years?
1) it takes multiple drafts- to get to the final.
2) you have to be extremely patient in so many ways.
3) stay dedicated to a WIP, or else it will not go very far.
What would you tell your past self, or other young creators out there?
- In the first draft, just write and don’t think about it= this is called dumptrucking. This is helpful. This one might seem strange, but sometimes your character might write part of your story- that did happen to me. At the beginning of writing a book, sometimes you might not always know a purpose of a certain character.
What are some little things in life that inspire you? Hmmm.
- Places you have been to.
- Yourself- this sounds crazy, but if you are writing a book, there can be a character who is very much like you.
- Other people
What are your favorite ways to express your creativity (a.k.a. your hobbies)?
- This blog, coloring, hiking. There are a number of others I can say.
How do you want people to be affected by what you create?
- My first WIP is a fantasy and my second WIP (which is a trilogy) is not a fantasy. One is a man vs man conflict and the other is a man vs. self conflict. I want people to be inspired by my stories. Yes- all are different, but still want people to be inspired by them.
My Tags- I have a hard time thinking of three of them.