I stole this header picture from Munch Reviews, thank you, Maddie!! (I actually stole it from google, but funny enough it was sited as coming from you!! Ha ha!! What sare the odds?!)
Thanks so much to Fiction no Chaser who nominated me for this award! Please go check out their blog where they ALSO pair book reviews with alcoholic beverages! (Great minds think alike! Ha ha!)
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- What (or who) inspires you and why?
The weirdest things inspired me… I know this is going to be an unexpected answer, but I can’t say that a specific thing inspires. The first snowfall inspires me (those big fat flakes that look like cotton floating!), trees inspire me when the wind is blowing through them on a blustery day… have to ever taken a walk on a fall day and there is just something perfect about it that you just feel like you can do anything??
People also inspire me, but not a specific person! It’s usually an action, a look, or a word or phrase; a hug from my parents, a sardonic look from my man (usually when I’m putting myself down and he’s giving me the “stop being an idiot, you’re getting annoying” look, a snuggle from me fur baby, a quote from a book, or a comment from one of my readers, friends or authors!!
- What is your favorite thing about blogging?
THE PEOPLE!!! I have met so many fantastically wonderful and supportive people on WordPress that my heart is full!! This is going to be a little against the rules… (but, I LOVE breaking rules!!! I’m going to make my nominations here and give a few shout-outs to some people who have really been a great help to me along the way in my blogging. *IF I DON’T MENTION YOU, YOU ARE STILL VERY VERY IMPORTANT TO ME!! THESE ARE JUST A FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE GIVEN ME AN EXTRA PUSH WHEN I WAS DOWN OR STARTING OUT!!*
Those who Started me out!
Dani @ Touch my Spine (Dani was my first follower on WordPress! She’s always been a rockstar!!)
Kim @ By Hook or by Book (Kim was also one of my first followers, and, what can I even say?? Kim is an inspiration to us all with her whimsy, her perseverance and her beautiful heart!!)
Those who have Kept me Going
Nina @ the Cozy Pages
Shalini @ Books, Reviews, et al by Shalini
You ladies have put up with my whining and my shenanigans time and time again. You’ve helped me through dark, hard times and you’re always there to put a smile on my face. You’re both so strong and lovely I don’t know what I would ever have done without you!! You also put up with my atrocious writing, and my constant Bear jokes! (Although, I blame Shalini for that!) If anyone has not checked out these two blogs, YOU NEED TO!! Their reviews are fantastic and their comment sections are usually quite entertaining. Ha ha!!!
Those who Stalk me with Love and who I Gladly Stalk back with the Same Feeling!!!
James J. Cudney IV @ This is My Truth Now (What can I say about Jay?? We hit it off and Jay immediately added me to every social media he could think of. His briefs are a thing of legend, and he’s one of the sweetest people I know! He’s become a sort of leader and mascot to my ragtag ladies “BookWorm Angels” group of Nina, Shalini and I… although, I don’t know if he knows that… do you, Jay?? Ha ha! This is also perfect timing because he’s just announced a tentative Name and synopsis to his THIRD BOOK coming out this FALL!!! Please click on his blog name here and check it out, I AM STUPID WITH EXCITEMENT FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!)
Raistlin (Michael) @ Michels Book/Boardgame/Movie review Blog (…..words cannot describe how much I love Michel. He is literally the sweetest most positive person I have ever met. I just want to roll him up, stick him in my pocket, and take him everywhere so he can joke around and yell positive things to me, forever… too much?? I should also add that he seems to be getting used to how absolutely creepy, stalker-y (yes that’s a word), and inappropriate I can be!! He has been such an inspiration with his constant comments (I still don’t understand how you do it!! I was commenting for ELEVEN HOURS yesterday and STILL haven’t caught up!!! …I picture a conspiracy of trained lemurs doing all of your commenting for you while you sip on all of the drink recipes from my blog! (I really just wanted it to be lemurs because a group of them is is actually called a CONSPIRACY… and that’s what this is!!!) Okay, before I write a novel about how wonderful you are (and I could!) I’m going to move on!! But, if you haven’t checked out Michel’s blog….. well, I just call you a liar. I mean, WHO HASN’T?!?!
Vanessa @ Food in Books (My soul sister and partner in crime…. or in perversion… I haven’t decided which! Ha ha!!! You’re always there to call me on my idiocies and weirdness…. and then join in! You match my demented mind and I love that!! …. you also owe me A LOT OF FOOD, so, I need to keep you close by. I absolutely love collaborating with you, and I hope we have a long and perverted friendship….. okay, that DID NOT come out right! But, I’m keeping it, as YOU’LL KNOW WHAT I MEAN!! Everyone needs to check out her fabulous reviews paired with her absolutely mouthwatering recipes…. seriously, Vanessa… WHERE’S MY FOOD AT?!
*Again with the disclaimer!! I love all of you who read and comment on my blog (as you all know when I constantly stalk you out on your own blogs!) you’ve all been imperative to my survival on this crazy interweb, and keeping what little sanity I have left! All of you who come back to check on my insane and garbled nonsense again and again are ridiculously precious to me (I honestly can’t believe there’s any of you…. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?? Ha ha!!)
I will never get tired of this GIF…..
3.If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be and why?
OOoooooooo….This is a tough one, and would probably change all the time… should I be my typical Elizabeth Bennett, so I can have Mr. Darcy (and share Pemberley with Nina, of course), or should I go with Roxanne from “Heir of Ashes” by Jina S Bazaar (WHO SHOULD GET HONOURABLE MENTION, AS SHE IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND MY JIN… GENIE!), so I can potentially have Luke?? (That remains to be seen in the rest of the series… but, I would get him regardless!)
Wait… so Nicole, both of your choices are because of men-folk??? Hey, don’t judge! But, it’s ALSO because these are two strong and intelligent female leads! …..who just happen to end up with super hot, amazing broody types. Ha ha!!
- If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?
….My body and head want to say travel…. my heart wants to say sit on my couch and catch up on K-Dramas, VG’s and Books while eating all of the disgusting/wonderful things I can think of, then at the end (since I have no financial obligations) I’ll get liposuction or something to take off the 300 pounds I probably gained, and go back to my life!
- What is one piece of advice that you would give a new blogger?
DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANYONE ELSE, OR STATS!!! Write for yourself. People will follow you anyways… God knows why!! But, it will happen. Sometimes, times are slower than others, it’s like everyone disappears at once (rhapsody??), people will return. They may not be the SAME people, but what’s wrong with meeting new people?! (Now if only I could follow MY OWN advice!!)
Another thing I will say is DON’T OVERWHELM YOURSELF!! I started back at the end of November last year and WENT CRAZY!! I got author requests, Netgalley books GALLORE and signed up for every blog tour I could find…. and I didn’t sleep for months and I’m STILL playing catch up! (SORRY TO ANY AUTHOR WHO READS THIS WHO’S BOOK I HAVEN’T GOT TO YET!!! I AM SO BEHIND, BUT HAVEN’T TAKEN ON ANY NEW PROJECTS SO THAT I CAN CATCH UP!!!) Take your time and get your footing. Maybe even write some reviews and posts just on your computer to stockpile before even starting your blog… it can get away from you quickly!
- Optional: Freebie question – share something with us!
Hmmmm…… what can I share…. Well, I am a romantic at heart. Not many people would think this with my somewhat crass and unpolished ways. I’m SUCH a tomboy, I drink scotch and beer, love American football, will pee outdoors and smoke cigars….. but, I am a HUGE softy. I grew up on musicals from the 30s-50s and things like “Singin’ in the Rain”, “April in Paris”, “Summer Stock”, etc…. just absolutely melt my heart. It took me a long time, growing up, to realize that relationships aren’t like that! (thank you to all the boys who tried!! I actually had some try to sing and dance to win my heart… they will forever have a piece of it. Just don’t tell my man that)