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Sunshine Blog Award

sunshine blogger award

I want to thank Chrys Fey for sending me the Sunshine Blog Award. Chrys is running an excellent blog on writing, filled with useful tips and suggestions. you can find it here: Thank you so much, Chrys!!

The Sunshine Blog Award is passed on by bloggers to other bloggers who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” There are a few rules that every blogger nominated for this award should follow:

  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger with a link and post about your award.
  • Share 10 random facts by answering the questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  • Pass on the Sunshine Blog Award to other bloggers (up to 10) of your choice and let them know you nominated them.
  • Post 10 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer on their blog.

Here are my answers to Chrys’ questions:

1. When/why did you create your blog?

I’ve been blogging for quite some time, but this fiction writing blog was created in the beginning of 2012 and I started using it around May of that year. At the time I was about ten months into my writing career. I was writing, studying, learning, submitting, all of it. I am a “learn-by-writing” kind of person. Even in college, I used to study better if I took the time to summarize my lessons. I guess writing tickles my mind in a positive way or something… So, I decided to create a fiction writing blog where I could share some of the things I have learned, some of the epiphanies I had, and, maybe, some of my successes in hopes of encouraging other beginning writers. As time passed, I have expanded the blog. My goal is to make it a good source of information, resources, and guidelines for writers of all levels.

2. What is the one blog post you feel is the best you’ve ever posted?

I am particularly proud of my How to complete your NaNoWriMo 30-Day Novel post. Before my first NaNo in 2012, I held this myth in my head that a novel must take years and years to write. Once I participated in NaNo, I realized– it doesn’t. So, I think this post is really written from the heart and from the perspective of a lightbulb that popped above my head at the time. Sometimes, when I get lazy, I re-read this post and get going again!

3. What are some of your favorite blogs to read?

Of course, Write with Fey 🙂 Then: Victoria Greffer’s Crimson League, K.M.Weiland’s Helping Writers Become Authors, Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton’s Writer Unboxed, Chuck Wendig’s Terribleminds, Rachel Gardner’s Blog, Jane Friedman’s Blog, Jeff Goins Writer, Daily Writing Tips, and a lot more, but I’ll keep those a secret 🙂

4. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An astronaut. I’m not kidding. The desire lasted until the day I climbed a tree and realized I have vertigo. I fell from that tree and my outlook on life had changed forever. I wrote my first illustrated story when I was four years old, so I guess on some subconscious level I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Let’s call it that!

5. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

Fathering an amazing child. Nurturing a small person is by far the biggest and most fulfilling accomplishment for me.

6. Do you have any pets?

I had a Cocker Spaniel when I was a child. He lived for 11 years and Eric was his name. After he died I suffered deeply and I said to myself I will never have another. I still want one now, but my work schedule doens’t allow me to have a pet in the house. I don’t want to get one and have it spend 12 hours alone in there. Maybe I’ll get a turtle; at least that one will outlive me…

7. Where do you live?

New Jersey, baby! I don’t know why I said that… Maybe to use a George Constanzanism to conceal the fact that I live in an area of high pollution, high taxes, and near the whereabouts of Snookie and The Situation.

8. Favorite books?

The Hobbit was one of my first true favorite books. Most of Jules Vernes’ books are also among my all time favorites, but probably 20000 Leagues Under Sea was the one I loved the most. All books by George Wells and Stephen King, and, of course, the following classics: The Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver, and Catcher in the Rye.

9. Favorite movies?

Gladiator, Star Wars III-VI, Alien Franchise, Airplane I/II, all Sandra Bullock movies (shut up!), Indiana Jones, Matrix, Goonies.

10. Favorite TV shows?

I love to watch sitcoms. Some of my favorites: Seinfeld, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Friends. I also love crime shows: CSI, Criminal Minds, Without a Trace. And how could I forget: Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, Good Wife. From the shows that are no longer airing: X-Files, Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt.

Here are my nominees for the Sunshine Blog Award:

And here are the ten questions for my nominees:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. Social networking for writers: Yes or No and how do you use it?
  3. What are your favorite writing blogs?
  4. What is your ideal place to write?
  5. What book you wish was written by you?
  6. Which author inspired you the most and why?
  7. Favorite Books?
  8. Favorite Movies?

All the best and keep blogging!!

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Iulian Ionescu

  • Chrys Fey

    I am so sorry that it’s taken me this long to come here! I’ve been crazy busy.

    You’re very welcome for the nomination, and thank you so much for saying my blog is one of your favorites. 🙂

    Your answers about wanting to be an astronaut and living in New Jersey made me laugh. And I think having a turtle as a pet would be a good idea. I had one up until a couple of weeks ago. He got too big for me (creeped me out a bit) so my sister adopted him. lol