Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Spooky season is upon us, and I am starting to think this blog might actually be haunted. You may have noticed that I’m using a different font right now, but guys: It wasn’t me who changed it! I woke up this morning, and this was the way it was. I swear I did nothing! And the worst part is, I can’t change it back, because I don’t remember what my old font was called and none of the available options look like it 🙈
I’m trying to reconcile myself with the idea that this new font isn’t too bad, either, but I just don’t know… So feel free to let me know your opinions! Has anything like this has ever happened to you? Do I need to be worried that a ghost has taken over?
Anyway, Maisy over at Hawthorn Book Reviews nominated me for The Outstanding Blogger Award forever ago (I’m serious. She has since written Round 2 of this post, and I haven’t even managed to do the first one 😅), so I thought finally answering her questions might be the therapeutic writing experience I need to stomach my shock at my mysteriously changing blog looks. Thank you so much for tagging me, Maisy! I’m sorry it took me a while to get to your questions, but, as you guys know, I’m notorious for being behind on tags 😉 It’s nothing personal!
So without further ado, let’s get into it!
- Link to the creator’s original award post.
- Answer the questions provided.
- Create 7 unique questions.
- Nominate 10 other bloggers. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.
- At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!
1. What is the first book that made you cry?
I don’t remember. My parents pretty much started reading to me the second I was born, so I am fairly positive that I must have cried during a whole bunch of books. After all, infants do tend to wail a lot, and although my mom swears I was a rather well-behaved baby, I don’t think I was completely abnormal, either…
However, the first book I actively remember making me cry was this children’s songbook we had when I was around three. I couldn’t find it anywhere, but I vividly recall it having this section of fall songs where there was a picture of kids eating berries. At the time, however, I did not understand that the red stuff they were covered in was juice and became convinced that these children were bleeding to death. Plus, one of the kids had this enormous, leering smile, so I was positive that he must have bitten or stabbed all the others. Don’t ask. Apparently, I already had a very vivid and gruesome imagination as a toddler. Anyway, my parents could not even open that page without me bursting into tears, and since I wasn’t exactly great at expressing myself back then, they were utterly puzzled because I usually loved to sing…
2. Have you heard of ASMR? If so, do you like it or not, and why?
Yes, I’ve heard of it, but I am about as ASMR-indifferent as it gets. I just don’t see the point of listening to random sounds when I could also be watching videos that teach me something interesting and worthwhile! [Says the hypocrite who loves to watch hours of completely non-educational decluttering videos on YouTube 😁]
3. What motivates you to keep writing (whether that be for your blog or WIPs)?
When it comes to blogging, it actually isn’t too hard to stay consistent. I decided I would stick to a Friday posting schedule, so that’s what I do – with a couple of extra posts like this one every now and then. Once I decide to commit to something, it’s usually not that hard to keep going. Plus, I love interacting with you guys, and writing consistently is probably the easiest way to do that!
As to my own works in progress, that’s an entirely different story. When I write fiction, I need huge chunks of time to actually immerse myself in my world, and then I can keep going for hours. The thing is, though, you don’t exactly have unlimited hours of time as a university student… Which is why my writing tends to be very sporadic. However, writing stories is what I love to do most, so it tends to be the time constraints and the crippling self-doubt that get in the way, not lack of motivation.
Also, to make sure that I write consistently, even when I don’t have the time to focus on a novel, I’ve found that short stories are a great alternative! They’re so much fun, I can experiment way more, and then afterwards I can reuse them as blog posts. They may not be popular, but they’re still my favorite things on here 😊
4. Do you prefer rainy or sunny days?
If I want to spend the day outdoors, definitely sunny ones! But curling up with a book and a mug of tea when it’s raining outside also has its merits. I love the sound of raindrops pattering against the roof and watching the sky weep torrents while I’m snuggly warm inside. And I adore a good thunderstorm!
5. Name three things that you like to collect!
#1 Books, obviously. I need my constant source of reading material! And while libraries are great, I don’t think they’d let me check out my favorites for years at a time so I can reread them over and over again.
#2 Shells. I used to live half an hour away from the Gulf of Mexico, and it was an absolute dream! There’s probably nothing I miss more about living in Florida than its beaches… However, while other people going there might have been more interested in swimming, I would comb the sand for hours, looking for discarded shells. They’re so beautiful! Unfortunately, though, Bavaria doesn’t really have that much to offer when it comes to seashells, so that hobby is usually on hold. Though I do still like to collect shells whenever I get the chance. In fact, I may or may not have had a very close call with a customs agent while trying to smuggle a (very smelly) bag of seashells into the country after coming home from studying abroad. Oops… Let’s just say it pays off to travel on Christmas; people tend to be much nicer to you.
#3 Stamps. My mom collected postage stamps when she was young, and when I was around five, she gave her old albums to my brother and me. Since then, I’ve kept collecting, snagging the envelopes of whatever mail makes it into the house and removing the stamps. Which is actually pretty cool, since we get way more international post than you would expect, and I find it fascinating to see how different countries design their stamps! Plus, when I was around thirteen, I took my stamp albums to my violin lesson so I could rearrange them while I was waiting for the person before me to finish, and ever since then, my violin teacher has also been bringing me new stamps to every lesson. And since he’s from Japan, I have a lot of really cool Japanese stamps now. Honestly, he’s the sweetest!
6. Have you taken up any new hobbies in the past six months?
No, not really. I spent pretty much all of those six months studying for the most important exam of my life, so that kind of put a damper on hobby acquisition 😅
7. If you could design your own candle and perfume scent, what would you choose?
I’m actually not the biggest fan of scented candles – I don’t know how to describe it, but so many of those scents just smell really “fake” to me, and I feel myself getting lightheaded if I breathe them in for too long. However, I absolutely LOVE the scent of bee’s wax. So if I had to design a candle, it would definitely be made from that.
As for perfume, do NOT let me design any. I’m serious. I am utterly clueless. In fact, when I was in 9th grade and we were reading Patrick Süskind’s Perfume in German class, my teacher had the brilliant idea of letting us brew our own perfumes during one of her lessons. Let’s just say she probably shouldn’t have announced that she would try them out beforehand… But even if she hadn’t, I’m sure no one in their right mind would put on anything I designed. I have no idea what goes well together, and what scents you can actually realistically create. I’ll leave that up to the experts.
Anyway, that was it for this tag! I hope you learned a little more about me, and feel free to let me know your own answers to some of these down below!
And to spread the blogosphere appreciation, I nominate the following people to also receive this award (I’ve linked to a post of theirs I enjoyed recently – even if I don’t always have the time to leave a comment and have been a bit absent due to exams recently, I hope you guys know I really love your content!):
- Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds
- Amanda @ Literary Weaponry
- Chana & Malka @ Paper Procrastinators
- Elaine @ Elaine Howlin
- Ella @ Ella isn’t Studying
- Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads
- Kate @ Feathered Turtle Press
- Meena @ Strawberry’s Corner
- Riddhi @ Whispering Stories
- Sam @ Dear Bookshelves
No pressure, though! If you don’t want to do this or tags and awards just aren’t your thing, I definitely won’t be mad!
- You get tasked with creating a required reading list for your country’s national curriculum. Which book would you add first, and why?
- What do you most look forward to doing when the pandemic is over?
- If you desperately needed warmth and only had books on hand, which one would you sacrifice to light a fire?
- Which really cool skill would you love to master one day?
- Name a book you haven’t read yet but are really excited for!
- If you could travel back to one point in time, when and where would you go?
- What’s an interesting fact about you that many of your followers probably don’t know?
And that’s it for today! Let me know which of my answers surprised you, and which questions you would have answered differently!
I’ll see you on Friday with my regular post!