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NaNoWriMo Book Tag 📚

I am not participating in NaNo this year, but the awesome madamewriter did this book tag on her blog and I couldn’t pass it up. You know the drill. Grab your coffee and let’s do this!

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1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

Five times. I’ll admit that the very first time I participated, I was not prepared, but did it anyway and found the experience to be overall enjoyable and I told my friends and colleagues about it later on. 

2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?

I can’t actually remember. Let me think for a bit…

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…nope, still nothing. Someone must’ve informed me about it, but that memory eludes me now.

3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

Beyond Beautiful. Back then, I remember thinking that romance stories were garbage and I decided to write my own after being inspired by an Aerosmith song of the same title. It turned out to be interracial and it dealt with issues such as accepting God and learning to accept that the past shapes one’s present/future. Maybe one day, I’ll dig up the story and post it on here… although now, I’ll call it rubbish.

  

4. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.

I’m not participating this year, but I am working on various writing projects at the moment including Crazy Rich French Twins which is a wealthy parody about a pair of mirror-identical French twins that breaks stereotypes (hopefully!).

5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

I’m not one to take writing advice. I just like writing and I have learned to love it even on difficult days. However, I’ll share a favorite writing quote of mine:

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Writing is a way to talk without being interrupted.

6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

Yes, twice. The first time I had taken a year off I had no inspiration to participate and the second time, which is this year, is because I don’t have the energy to do so. 

7. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

I always say that inspiration is all around us! I’m inspired by nature, by news headlines, by the books I read, everything and anything!

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8. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.

Ridiculously rich people enrolled their privileged children at Paris High, a place for snobs to mingle with other snobs. 

So begins the first sentence of the first episode of Crazy Rich French Twins.

9. Why do you love writing?

I write because I want to read something that hasn’t been in print before. I write for the sheer fun of it and for the pleasure. I write because I express myself better with a pen in my hand. I write to get better. I write to explore my own universe. I write because it’s therapeutic and I empty my mind when I do. I write to inspire and to invoke thoughts. I write because I am in love with words.

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To those of you participating in NaNo this year, all the best with your projects! 😄

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My last Sunshine Award

My blog is usually awards-free, but I tend to accept one or two awards from time to time. However, I realize that I don’t accept it in a timely manner. Two months later, I’m now accepting the award when the time past and it kind of put me off. Anyway, let’s get this started.

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The wonderful Abhishek nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award since last month, but I’m just now getting to it (Forgive me, Abhishek!). Abhishek is a wordsmith and his gift of writing can sometimes make you sit and ponder. If you haven’t visited his blog as yet, what are you waiting for? 

The Sunshine Blogger Award is awarded to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the Blogging Community.

Here are the rules:

Write a post thanking the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site. Answer the 11 questions asked to you by the person who nominated you. Nominate 11 new bloggers and write them 11 new questions. List the Rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your site or in your post.

And now, my answers to Abhishek’s questions:

1. What’s your favorite hobby?

I’m looking to add more hobbies to my list soon, but writing trumps all.

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2. Have you ever fought with your best friend?

We may have our disagreements, but we don’t ever fight… or did we? 🤔

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3. Any experience when you let your parents down.

None that I can recall. 

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4. What will you choose, a book of wisdom or a bag of gold?

Definitely a book of wisdom! Wait, I already have such book: the Bible. 💙

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5. What’s your favorite Hollywood movie?

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation.

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6. Which is your favorite music band?

When I was a slave to music, I liked many bands, but Depeche Mode always stood out for me the most because I identified with their songs.

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7. Would you like to be a space traveler?

Yes… in my dreams! Why? Because it’s safer there! 😜

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8. When do you think the world would end?

When all of the prophecies in Revelation come to pass.

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9. What would you do if you are elected as a world leader for one day?

I’ll be a spiritual world leader for one day and I’ll use this platform to tell the world about Jesus Christ and how He’s the only way and the truth. 

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10. Can you control your anger?

All the time. I know getting angry is normal for any sane human being, but I dislike this emotion. 

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11. What are your life goals?

To continue to die every day as I try my best to live for God. Sometimes my best is not enough, but He’s always there to pick me up and put me back on the right path.

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I nominate… you know what I’m about to say: it’s open to everyone. 

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Share your world for week of August 28th

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Cee’s Share Your World Challenge continues this week! Let’s go!

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

Let me lie in for the entire day in bed and we’ll call it perfect. Although each day is a beautiful blessing.

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Complete this sentence: My favorite place in the whole world…..

…where God is.

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Who was your best friend in elementary school (prior to age 12)?

I had friends prior to the age of 12, but not a best one. My best friend came later on during my Secondary school years. ❤

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What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I have a story to tell. I actually went on a writing hiatus last month. I did not even feature a story for Short Story Sunday because I was thinking of quitting writing. I was getting frustrated with the fact that I was hardly getting time to write (due to obligations) and I was about to call it quits when I saw this…

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… and I was reminded of why I should be writing: God blessed me with the talent and it’ll be a grave sin to waste it. This other photo…

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…came at the right time because it somewhat gave me some writing inspiration and reminded me that now is the time to soar.

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