It’s a little unusual for me to do these sorts of things (I usually ignore them but I’m getting better) but a YDubs friend of mine recently nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Anita writes over at A Prairie Girl’s Pen and has also been published on The Rebelution and Anchored by Grace.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you — *Tips hat to Anita*
- Answer the questions provided by said blogger (11 maximum)
- Nominate new bloggers and pick eleven (maximum) questions for them
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger logo in your post
1. What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
It depends very much on my mood. Cherry, toffee (with chunks), Madagascan vanilla. . . but the one I always come back to is rum and raisin. I’m more of a sorbet fan to be honest. We used to make our own quite regularly.
2. Do you enjoy writing? If so, what’s your favourite part of it?
The first part of this question doesn’t really require a response, it’s pretty evident! It was the one part of school my parents never had to fight me about. My favourite part differs depending on what I’m writing.
For nonfiction, I love when someone tells me they’d never seen something that way before or that the piece had challenged them and made them think. Making people think is good, especially in this day and age. That and explaining complicated things so that they’re understandable are two of my favourite parts. It’s the moment when the penny drops in the reader.
With fiction, I like it best when I am lost in my head, watching the story play out like a movie in front of me.
3. Country-girl or city-girl?
I live in a city. It’s beautiful, historic, and I appreciate its benefits and conveniences — but I don’t particularly like it. There’s half a million people here and they’re not very friendly. That said, I used to live in a village of 4-6000 people in the Highlands so I’m not oblivious to the difficulties of the less-than-metropolitan life.
Each has pros and cons and I think there’s an optimum size to a town. One like the one where my parents live has everything you need but isn’t too big, while still being only an hour from the mountains and fifteen minutes from the beach. I can cope with cities if I’m able to get out of them from time to time.
4. What is one character quality that you admire most in a person?
Godliness. Without a doubt. If the person is striving to be more Christlike and living to please and glorify God then the other things like kindness, faithfulness, patience etc. will follow as the person grows.
5. What is one passage of Scripture that has really encouraged you this past month?
I’m thankful for many good, godly men and solid preachers in my life but recently (more than a month ago, sorry!) I sat under a sermon about the first part of Hebrews 12. He was encouraging us to persevere because Christ has gone before us, the great cloud of witnesses cheers us on, and we are the joy set before Christ for which he endured all that happened. Our pastor has been preaching through 1 Peter, too, which has been both encouraging and challenging.
6. Tell us one random fact about yourself that most people would never guess at.
I can weld passably. I prefer stick to mig or tig.
7. What is your favourite style of music?
To play: classical for cello, traditional for fiddle. To listen: I’ll give most things a fair chance but it’s becoming more difficult with my hearing.
8. Who is someone in real life (historical figures allowed) that has inspired you and in what way?
There are a particular category that I can never be thankful enough for, from my mother to my other mother to the spiritual mothers and sisters and the many godly women who have helped and encouraged, counselled, warned, rebuked, comforted, guided, and prayed for me with patience and grace. The ladies of Grace and the ladies of Trinity, a bunch of other wonderful, godly women, I look up to you guys and want to be like you (this includes those in my age group too!).
9. What is the first thing you do after waking each morning?
Usually it takes a few attempts to wake. Honestly, mornings are really hard a lot of the time so it begins with the words’Lord, please give me grace enough for today’ then I open my eyes, take my Bible, and read a Psalm. Psalms are good because my attention and retention aren’t amazing before 10am. If I’m having a particularly bad morning, I’ll recite from the beginning of Mark up to wherever I’ve got to (chapter 5 guys!! I’m so excited!).
10. You have the whole day to do whatever you want, how do you spend it?
First things first, there will be no alarm clock. I’ll wake up whenever I’m ready. Then I read in bed for a while before I bother to get up. As for the rest of the day, assuming it’s a good day healthwise, the chances are that I’ll spend it at the zoo (taking a notebook for writing too, obviously), maybe have a picnic. Or I’ll spend the day writing and catching up on reading. In the evening, I’d likely hang out with friends. Not terribly exciting but that’s the realistic version. The version for the perfect day where I don’t have to be realistic is entirely different. . .
11. Name the first book you ever read that inspired your walk with the Lord. What kind of impact did it make?
The first I remember is Ten Girls Who Changed the World. Corrie Ten Boom and Amy Carmichael made me want to be brave and bold in the service of God, not just potter along. The story about Amy Carmichael wanting blue eyes also struck a chord (I’m a similar colouring to her) and helped me to understand that God doesn’t always give us what we want but he does give us everything we need to serve him where he puts us.
- If you could have any job in the world, real or imaginary, what would it be?
- If you’re a Christian, tell us about how you were saved.
- Cat person, dog person, or neither? Why?
- What’s your ideal sandwich?
- What’s the most difficult part of the writing process to you?
- What made you start writing?
- What’s your favourite movie ever and why?
- Who’s your favourite secondary character in fiction (book or movie)?
- If you could save one fictional character from dying in their book, who and why?
- If you had a bucket list, what would be on it?
- Do one-legged ducks swim in circles?
Bloggers Who Bring Me Sunshine
Anna from Bootprints
Katie from All My Affections
Anne from Father’s Joy
Caleb from A Young Writer’s Blog