The Black Cat Blue Sea Award


I am overjoyed to celebrate yet another award for The Ink Owl. Invisible-No-More has been kind enough to nominate this blog! This award is primarily used to highlight those writers and bloggers who write regardless of how many readers they have, that write for anyone and everyone, and that write and make an impact on others. I am so very flattered to be nominated for this award!


  • anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
  • the nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator
  • the questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions


Where do you look for inspirations for your blog posts?

I take a lot of inspiration in from my the everyday experiences in my life. Especially those experiences that involve getting out into the natural world (which isn’t as often as I would like). The stories just come up out of nowhere when I’m out walking with my kids by the city pond and bird refuge, or on top of a mountain, or just walking around the neighborhood.

How has your blog changed / evolved over time? Was the change in line with your expectation?

I started my blog out to help me move past a very difficult time in my life and now it’s turned into a place for me to hone and practice my writing skills, as well as make a place for me and my writing to be found in this vast world. When I started blogging I had no idea what was going to happen, so I think through happenstance this is where my blog went and I am very happy with it.

What would you like to be doing in the future? Are you still blogging?

I would love to be publishing my first novel sometime in the near future. And for the time being I will keep the blog up and running.


1. Silent Hour

2. Sailor Poet

3. Stevie Turner

4. Fearless In Jesus Christ

5. The Lonely Author

My Questions

  1. What started you on the path to writing?
  2. Where do you get your everyday inspiration?
  3. What does writing mean to you?

Please do not feel obligated to fill out your own award, this is a nomination that is me giving you a nod for your quality of work!

One Lovely Blog Award


I am excited to announce that the Ink Owl has been nominated for another blogging award! This one comes from Lori at Lori Writes The World. Please take a moment and go look at her blog, she has some superb writing. I especially enjoy her poetry.

It is always exciting to hear from others about your own writing and telling the world out there a bit more about myself. But my favorite part of these awards is showcasing other’s work and nominating them. It is an adventure seeking out new bloggers and seeing talent rise. So let’s get on with this award!

The Rules: 

1.Thank the person who nominated you for this lovely award, and make sure to also include a link back to their blog.

2. Post the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ picture to your blog with your nomination post.

3. List seven random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate up to 15 other blogs for this lovely award.

5. Inform your nominees of their nomination.

6.Lastly, include this set of rules with your post.

Seven Facts About Me:

1. I am currently studying how to become a secondary biology educator. And I am realizing how obsessed I am about all of it.

2. I live near the Wasatch Front of the Rocky Mountains where all four seasons of the year can collide at once.

3. I love writing to instrumental music, especially to movie soundtracks. I have quite the obsession with movies and all but grew up in a movie rental store and library. I’ve found that their music often pulls the words right from me and puts them down onto a page. My all-time favorite soundtrack is from the 1993 version of Mansfield Park. It is beautifully composed and performed.

4. Most of my writing is done in the dead of the night. Hence my blog title.

5. My favorite author of all time is Terry Pratchett. If you have no idea who he is, get a move on it.

6. I once was almost drown by a ferry in Lake Lucern. 

7. I recently found out that my spirit animal is my old dog from when I was a kid. He was a shetlan Sheep dog named Elliot.


Spencer Cook

The Divergent Poet

Lara Bon

Traci York

Shadowed Muses

Melody Chen

Tyler Pedersen



Darkness of His Dreams 



Summer Sunshine Blogging Award


I am excited once again to announce that The Ink Owl blog has been nominated for the Summer Sunshine Blogging Award! Thank you to Invisible-No-More for the nomination and attention! It’s always incredible to find followers and readers that enjoy my writing.


1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions For Me:

What is your favorite day of the week?

I’d have to say Wednesday, because that is when my weekend begins and can actually be with my family all day.

What was your favorite childhood toy?

I had this really small micro machine toy of the star ship Enterprise that I would take everywhere I went. I

Are you a cat or a dog person?

I grew up with Shetland Sheep dogs and am deathly allergic to cats. So I’m definitely a dog person.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Are you doing that now?

I wanted to be a paleontologist as a child, and I’m not now. But I am pursuing my dreams of writing, and some of those stories does include dinosaurs so . . . in a round-a-bout sort of way yes I am.

At dessert time, do you go for chocolate or lemon?

Always chocolate.

What is your favorite topic to blog about?

I love blogging about fiction writing. (Because it includes all of my stories.)

Why did you start your blog?

After being dismissed from school I was in a pretty negative place and needed to move forward with my life. Writing had always been one of those hobbies I’ve done on the side, or set on the backburner and I really wanted to grow my abilities.

What book are you currently reading?

Currently trying to get into The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson and also laughing my way through Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen.

What past TV show would you like to see back on the air?

I would love to see White Collar come back. It was amazing!

If you could go back into your past, what (if anything) would you like to change?

What would you have for your final meal?

Homemade sourdough waffles with sausage, eggs, and potatoes.

My Nominations:

Tiny Girl Big World Blog

J.A. Allen

Useful Soul 

Douglas William Thurstan Smith

Deidra Alexander’s Blog


Inspiration Pie

Earth to Ash

Fiction is Food



Questions For Them:

What is your favorite season of the year?

What do you do when you’re stuck in traffic?

How do you prepare your space to write?

Name one of your obsessions.

What music can you not live without?

What time of day is the most conducive for writing?

How do you push yourself to finish a story?

What is an irrational fear you have?

What’s your favorite character you’ve written so far?

Do you have a perfect happenstance in time you remember? What happened?

What is your favorite part of summer?


Mystery Blogger Award


I’m excited to announce that The Ink Owl has been nominated twice for another award! Thank you to Avid Observer and Earth to Ash for nominating my blog!

And thanks to Okoto Enigma for creating such a wonderful award. This award is spread around to raise awareness of those bloggers that are out there in the blogging-verse operating in secret, waiting to be discovered.

Award Rules:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award (Okoto Enigma) and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate roughly 10 – 20 people for this award.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  • Ask your nominees five questions.
  • Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written

Three Things About Me:

  1. I was raised in a library. Each week my father and I would take our stacks of books and books on tape (back when it was all on tape) and we’d replace those stacks with even more stacks. We would do this for years and years. I ended up working in four separate libraries around my home town for a handful of years. Now I take my kids each week.
  2. I fell in love with my wife through written words. We wrote to each other for two years while I was away. It was the day after I wrote to her and told her I wasn’t interested in pursuing a serious relationship. In a flash I realized I would probably never get a letter from her again. I made one of the most terrible mistakes of my life and immediately I sat down and wrote her an apology. She still married me.
  3. When I die I want to be buried in a small city cemetery just outside of my family cabin in nowhere Idaho. I would love for someone to plant a Lindon tree over my grave. The cemetery overlooks a huge stretch of farm and cattle ranch property. It looks like Tuscany in the summer, and every time I leave I feel my blood and bones ache to stay there forever.

Five Questions Avid Observer asked about me:

Q: Which famous personality would you like to meet from the past?

  • I would love to meet H.G. Wells, I can never get enough of his writing. I use to read his books late into the night while my imagination went crazy.

Q: Tell one thing that can make your day.

  • Seeing someone pass along kindness to others. A good deed performed is a wealth of inspiration.

Q: A lesson you learned that you can never forget?

  • When I was a kid my father told me to shovel the front walk and driveway after a huge snowstorm. I didn’t want to do it,  so I cut every corner possible. When I was ‘done’ I stepped up to the front door to wait my father’s gratitude. He looked at the porch and walk way, then the driveway. He didn’t smile, just looked at me and said, “Michael, don’t do things half-assed. Do it again.” I’ve never forgotten those words.

Q: One human trait that you hate?

  • Our ability to always think ill of another person’s actions. You never know what is motivating someone to do something. If you’re always going to think negatively about the world, invariably you’ll find the negative. Only because that’s what you’re looking for.

Q: A quote or a motto that you truly follow in your life?

  • “Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”           -Terry Pratchett                         For some reason this quote has stuck with me for some years. I have the imagination of a ten year old and the maturity to match. When it comes to being an adult I find that I need my imagination to help me through life’s challenges. Not to ignore reality, but to handle it and continue being me no matter what.

Five Questions Earth to Ash asked about me:

Q: Where do you draw your inspiration to write/blog?

  • Nature and the everyday interactions I have with my family, friends, co-workers, strangers, and patients.

Q: What time of day do you prefer to write?Why?

  • I love writing at night. For some reason my mind comes to life with hundreds of characters and their stories that need to be told. The words just come and I can’t stop myself from writing.

Q:What are you reading?

  • I just finished “Carrie”, by Stephen King and am currently attempting to read “The Way of Kings” by Brandon Sanderson. And currently while I drive around I listen to books on CD. I just finished “The Creeping Shadow” by Jonathon Shroud and am currently listening to “Matimeo” by Brian Jacques.

Q: Favorite writer or blogger?

  • Terry Pratchett, hands down. This man is incredible. Go look up his books if you have no idea who he is, his writing will change your life. He has a way of making you fall in love with the worlds and characters he thinks up, not because they are out there and funny, but because you can related to each and every one in so many ways. I often find myself laughing aloud as I read his stories.

Q:Worst bout of writers block?

  • In the midst of graduate school. I gave up my family, reading, and writing. I spent my time writing essays and intervention plans. I couldn’t do anything. So when I sat down to write all I could do was put my head on my laptop and sleep.

My Nominees:

Tish MacWebber



Amanda McCoy

Inside The Ivy Cottage on Bertie

Litter Fears

Cristian Mihai

Gemma Troy

Cheryl Wright

Mohamad Al Karbi

Five Questions for my Nominees:

  1. Where (physical locations) do you write?
  2. Why did you start writing?
  3. What is your favorite part about your life?
  4. What has been the most challenging part with writing?
  5. What gives you inspiration to write?

One of my favorite blog posts:

It’s really hard to choose just one, but I’d have to say Into the Yew Wood has to be my favorite. Possibly because I scared myself silly while writing it.

Friends For Days Tag Award


It’s a beautiful day to get your blog tagged! I was nominated by the Honey Lemon Blog to participate in the Friends for Days Tag created by the Pink For Days Blog. I am delighted to be nominated and am excited to nominate seven other bloggers for this tagging award. Go check out the Honey Lemon Blog! It’s got some fun energy and interesting insights with life, the universe and everything! I believe the writer is based out of Thailand and I love hearing about life from around the world. She is a fun read.

This tag allows for new and upcoming blogs in the WordPress community to be featured and have wonderful things said about their blog. It’s also a way for each of us writers to lift those around us and give back to our immense writing community.

Here Are The Rules:

• Say who create the Tag and provide a link to their blog
• Do a blog post showing your Tag;
• Add the logo to the post;
• Always thank the person who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and, if you like, say something positive and supportive about their blog;
• Choose 5 bloggers that you don’t know very well or that are just starting their blog;
• Go over to their blogs and read a few posts, leave them a few likes and comments;
• Say 3 things you love about their blogs; (3 things for each blogger);
• Those 5 bloggers are automatically nominated to do the same!
• Nominate two bloggers who have been doing this for a longer time! (you get 7 nominees). Don’t forget to let them know you’re nominated them!

My Nominees:

Unbolt Me Uncensored–  I love the feeling of their blog. It feels so real life and raw with their insights and stories. Also Tetiana and Tony both have a unique and genuine story to tell. I recommend reading their poetry and prose. Seriously, just go check out all of it, they are amazing.

XP Nuggets–  If you need inspiration to keep your chin up not only with your writing but with life check out this blog! It is full of wisdom and positive thinking that can really help you if you’re in a funk. I love how this blog introduces goodness into the world and seeks to build up those that follow it. Come and take a look.

Eyes+Words– Eyes+Words is like a portal into the world of poetry and writing! There are so many avenues of education, promotion, and feedback one almost feels dizzy with the opportunities! I love how visually pleasing their blog set up is as well. I can’t wait to submit some of my own pieces and be given the chance to publicize my work over the internet!

Metamorphosis– This blog gives readers quite the transformation through real life experiences and personal experiences. I was drawn in by the writer’s words and wish to hear more thoughts about working through depression. As you read through each post you can feel a metamorphosis happening. It’s quite moving.

Make It Ultra– Eric. C has created a visually stunning blog with an aim towards health discussion of mental health and ways to keep one’s self positive and supported. I have recently been acquainted with his work  and find it very interesting, uplifting, and insightful. If you need a pick-me-up or someone positive to interact with come visit this blog!

Poems and paragraphs– I’ve followed Kindra from almost the beginning of my blogging experience. She has a powerful way of writing that draws you in and leads you into her world of darkly beautiful poetry mixed with splashes of her own life events. She is a refreshing read every time and I whole heartedly recommend a visit to her blog!

The Feathered Sleep– The poetry found on this blog is exquisite. I can’t help but scroll to the next poem, and the next and the next! I love how my emotions are pulled in all directions, and I feel so raw after reading their words. Come here to help your mind pause and deep think.

I hope those of you that have been featured here take the time to reach out to those blogs you are fans of, as well as those less known. You never know what kind words and encouragement can do for our fellow writers until you do something. Happy reading!

M.E. Inkowl

Versatile Blogger Award

I am happy to announce that the Ink Owl has been nominated and received its first award!  Fellow blogger yashovardhan99 nominated me and I feel so honored. Please check out his blog about life, technology and a crazy good thriller.

The rules for this nomination and award are as follows:

  • You have to thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog! (Being kind)
  •  Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination (passing the love, that was given)
  • Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice (At least)
  • Share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful)


Here is a list of my nominations for this award, please check out their blogs, each one is wonderful!

  • Darkness of His Dreams– He creates beautifully dark poetry
  • Sounds From a Dublin Cafe– This blog is all about writing what is heard from inside a pub, its authentic, fresh, and written very well.
  • Storyshucker–  You’ll find an emporium of every day experiences that hold beautifully written messages and inspiration.
  • A Dads Day Out– To all those fathers and parents out there, this blog is wildly refreshing.
  • Fiction is Food– Please take a minute or maybe a year to look at all of these inspiring and creative stories by G. Jefferies. Truly talented words you’ll find yourself addicted to!
  • M.Taggart Writer– Come read beautiful words and get inspired to write!
  • Cake Hole– Something delicious is always being posted here.
  • Driftwood and Lace–  Wonderful stories of darkness and light found here.
  • Scale it Simple  StephJ has created a wonderful blog fueled by the positive nature of her mind, and those around her. Visit her website and leave feeling a little more grateful for the life you’ve been given.
  • Fragments of Me– Hauntingly beautiful poetry written by a secretive hand, come here to provoke your inner thoughts
  • Earth to Ash–  Follow Ash’s thoughts and experiences on life, as well as a well written poem here and there.
  • Nichoas Rinth–   Lovely, lovely, lovely come check out his blog, you won’t regret it.
  • Diaries of Daniel Douglas Follow Daniel’s blog of thoughts range from the deep, to the everyday. It’s refreshing to read the every day thoughts of a complete stranger.
  • The Drabble–  A very interesting read, the Drabble finds a way to capture the world in their own perfectly unique perspective. And their posts are always a delicate taste of their thoughts.
  • Monochromia-Follow this blog for an array of superb black and white photography submitted by a highly talented group of photographers. Most excellent!
  • Cook Book Aficionado– Maggie never ceases to amaze with daring, and delectable vegan recipes. I use her recipes all the time now, and am always amazed at their outcome. Her sourdough waffles are to die for.
  • SCRichmond– Richmond is a publish author that offers wonderful crime and mystery writing, she recently has published her second novel.
  • Carrot and Crumb–  Benjamina was on the seventh season of the Great British Bake Off and has continued to introduce dazzling new bakes on her blog. Be prepared to get hungry and bake!

And now for seven facts about myself:

  • I usually write at night. Something about these witching hours keeps my brain turning and I can’t stop.
  • Being a stay at home father of two rambunctious boys drives and inspires me to create and bring goodness into this world.
  • In the same breath I say I’m a stay at home parent, I do work a full-time job in oncology healthcare. Yup, I do both. (Ask me about it some time.)
  • I am 28 years old.
  • Once I told the love of my life I wasn’t interested . . . on Valentines Day. (I’ve been paying for it ever since.)
  • Everyday I write more and post on this blog I find out that I love to write in a different genre. You’ll find love stories, thrillers, fantasy, memoirs, and much more on this blog.
  • I’ve shared a bow with the Dalai Lama.

If you have received this award before, then consider this a complement to your writing abilities. If not please enjoy this great experience and award, because you deserve the recognition after all of your hard work. Keep on writing!