The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

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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!

Rules

  • 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

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.

Nominations

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!

Liebster Award 2018

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I am pleased to announce that The Ink Owl has been awarded the Liebster Award for discovering new blogs! Ida Auclond was kind enough to nominate my blog and I couldn’t be more excited. Go check out her blog for beautiful and uplifting stories focused around life, mental health, and self-compassion. Thank you Ida!

Rules

  • Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you, linking to their blog. Include the award graphic.
  • Answer the questions provided.
  • Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate 5-10 recently followed bloggers and share your post with them so they see it.

Questions

If you had to name one song summing up your life over the last few years, what song would that be?

-I would have to say: “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman, to a ‘T’.

If you had to describe yourself in a single word, what would it be?

-Engaging

If you could magically acquire one talent or personality trait, what would it be?

-To be introverted, it’s something that I’m trying to work more on being because it’s so different from who I am. It would be an interesting and eye opening experience to be able to step back from the social scenes of life and just observe.

If you had no obligations (family, money, etc.), what would you spend your life doing?

-Write! and while were on this subject, can I have a cabin in the woods to write in?

If you had to use a piece of fiction (book, movie, video game, etc.) to describe your goals, what would it be?

-“Okay For Now” by Gary Schmidt, read it, just read it.

If you could have anybody, real or fictional, help you reach your goals who would you choose and why?

-Danny Kay or Terry Pratchett. I could always use more of their kind of humor, understanding of the world, and outlook on life.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

-The ability to heal anyone I touched. My vocation is in a cancer hospital. Recently I’ve been surrounded by a lot of dying people. I’ve held a lot of mourning family members, and I’ve shed a lot of tears with all of them. It would be nice to ease the pain, and allow for families to have more time together.

If you could live anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be?

-The Shire, I close my eyes and day dream about living at the end of a row of hobbit holes, with my own round yellow door and garden on the roof. That or Basin Idaho. It’s amazing and a complete backwater-boonies experience. It’s a place to relax the mind and rejuvenate the soul.

If you could change one piece of fiction’s ending, what would it be and how would you change it?

-“The Shepard’s Crown” by Sir Terry Pratchett, I wouldn’t change any of the existing ending, but I would write in Sir Pratchett himself to continue the narration of his astonishing and wholly satisfying Disc World series. If only to make him immortal so the stories would never end. I’ll never forget finishing the Audio-book of Shepard’s Crown and realizing that would be the last new book I’d ever read from him again. I have to admit I cried. It was horrendously awkward and there were a few people that just kind of stared as they walked by. But it was such a moving and bitter moment, almost as if a close friend had passed and I would never be able to have our conversations again, just the memories.

If you could have a device to do any one thing in your place, what would it do?

-The Nest, because my living room is always baking and the kid’s bedrooms are always ice cold in the winter. Always.

Nominations (In no certain order)

1. Lori Writes The World

2. Earth to Ash

3. Aurora Phoenix

4. Darkness Of His Dreams

5. The Backyard Poet

6. Ronel The Mythmaker

7. Brave And Reckless

8. Wallie’s Wentletrap

9. Poems and Paragraphs

My Questions

1. What time of day is ideal for you to write?

2. What things inspire you to write?

3. How long have you been writing for?

4. What kind of education do you have?

5. What’s the purpose of your blog?

6. Favorite genre to write in? (You can list multiple ones)

7. You’ve been given a free two month vacation in an Italian Villa in Tuscany to write, what projects do you take? (Yes it’s all inclusive all you have to bring are clothes and writing materials.)

8. What do you struggle with when it comes to writing?

9. What hurtles have you had to overcome to be where you are with your writing today? (You can be as vague or detailed as you’d like.)

10. Favorite piece (or pieces) of literature?

Thank you all for the reads, likes, and comments. I am so happy to celebrate this award! For those that do not participate in these nominations, do not feel obligated to participate! Just understand that this is me letting you know you are fantastic writers!

-M.E. InkOwl

One Lovely Blog Award

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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.

Nominations:

Spencer Cook

The Divergent Poet

Lara Bon

Traci York

Shadowed Muses

Melody Chen

Tyler Pedersen

Kavita

SilverSiren4

Darkness of His Dreams 

 

 

One Lovely Blog Award

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Hey! I am ecstatic at the announcement that The Ink Owl has received another blogging award!  Thanks to  What Living Taught Me for the nomination and support! I am so excited that my writing has received so much recognition this past month. I am excited for all of you to read and visit my list of nominations. But first the details.

Rules:

Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.
They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
Must add 7 facts about themselves.
Nominate 15 people to do the award!

Seven Facts About Me:

1. I work night shifts in a cancer hospital and enjoy the work immensely.

2. Currently I am working on writing four book projects simultaneously and am  hopefully that in the coming months something will be ready to submit to publishers.

3. I am a self taught sculptor from the age of six. When I was younger I created all sorts of “things” and wove so many stories into each piece. (They were mostly space ships.)

4. I write at night mostly, on night shift, or at home. I often feel like Jo March, with an unquiet mind that catches fire when the sun goes down. I can’t stop the stories that beg to be written.

5. As a small child I often experienced high fevers that ended up with me lying in bed hearing the sound of breaking glass. I’d often have dreams about being trapped in a house of glass that was shattering all around me. Come to find out, nearly 24 years later, those fevers slightly damaged my vestibular nerve in one ear and now causes me to feel like I’m riding a roller coaster, but only when I’m sick.

6. I am atrocious with grammar, but I love to write. I can’t stop myself from writing. It’s ridiculous. Heaven help my editor when I finally get a real one.

7. I love being outside. There is nothing more satisfying than having my bare feet in the cool grass, or digging around in the dirt. I love taking my children and disappearing into the wilderness. The other day I wrote a poem by the side of a pond while my boys threw rocks into the water. We had great blue herons and pelicans flying all around us. It was incredible.

Nominations (in no certain order):

Jack Bennett– his poetry is beautifully written, and full of inspiration. Go visit his page right now! Be inspired!

Becca– I recently started following Becca. She has some insightful thoughts and experiences to share on her blog. Her photos are fantastic as well.

Ed A. Murray– Ed is a published author of three works of fiction. He has some great insight and advice on writing, and for writers. Love it.

MTAGGARTWRITER– I love following this blog! Not only are beautiful words and poetry given, but also visually pleasing photographs from the world around us. Plus M.Taggart has a Facebook page where you can share your work on another social media platform, with fellow writers.

John W. Leys– Follow the link to this wonderfully dark and enticing blog. John weaves intricate lines of poetry and prose that will leave you haunted and wanting more.

Sarah Doughty– Yet another exquisite blog full of poetry that pulls at your heart and mind. I’m always amazed at the brevity that comes with each poem, yet the layers of thought each line possesses.

ZeckromBryan–  Follow this link to some interesting fiction. Short stories abound from inspired minds and real-life experiences.

Eyes + Words– Superb writing that stimulate the mind and soul. Follow the link!

Amy Walters– A wonderful blog full of inspiration and encouragement for all things writing.

Amanda McCoy– Amanda has a lovely blog filled with sage advice and understanding for all things writing. Her words are filled with positivity, but also realistic intent. She’s a wonderful writer.

Steph J– Steph’s blog is all about passing on a positive vibe. Her blog is so wonderful and full of exciting things to read about and be inspired by. I’ve entered a few contests she created, as well as participated in some blog parties and every interaction I have with her has been excellent!

Dave (Who Writes Fiction)– Want to learn how to write short stories? Want to read entertaining short stories and other fictional works? Visit this wonderful blog. Dave is great.

DineANDrhyme– You’ve got to check out this blog full of mouthwatering food, poetry, and vlogging!! I love it!

Fragments of My Mind– More on the dark-lovely side of this award, this blog addresses depression and the painfully poignant feelings associated. It’s a vivid and evoking experience.

Gary– Follow Gary for a wealth of information. Be it the latest and greatest in advice for writing, featured authors, and cross promotion of exciting blogs or being a guest blogger. Gary is witty and full of energy enough to cure any writer’s blog. Check out his blog!

Mystery Blogger Award

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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

MyStoriesWithMusic

dtills 

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.