Summer Sunshine Blogging Award

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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.

Rules:

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

WritingBlissfully

Inspiration Pie

Earth to Ash

Fiction is Food

Zeckrombryan

Witchlike

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?

 

Haiku Master Feature

Photo courtesy of www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/

Hey everyone! I’ve got some exciting news! It’s small, yet big at the same time.  A month ago, on a whim, I decided to try my hand at Haiku writing.

A fellow blogger, Amanda McCoy, introduced me to Master Haiku. It is a website based out of Japan that, among numerous other things, celebrate Haikus. They have world renowned poets that teach and write Haikus, but also critique and feature poetry submitted from around the world.

Now, a month later, I have a Haiku being featured on their website! Out of 97 different countries and hundreds of submissions they picked one of my Haikus to be featured!

I’m one of five Americans that had their Haiku chosen to be featured with 33 other poets from around the world.

Follow this link to read all the beautiful poetry that was submitted (and feel free to cheer when you see Michael Erickson/USA up there).

So so so happy! Thank you Amanda!

PS if you want to try your hand at Haiku writing follow this link for their contests for June. Hurry contests end on the 18th and 30th of this month!

-M.E. Inkowl

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!