Hello, fine humans, and welcome to part 5 of “Archer has been tagged for the Liebster Award.” XD (If you’d told me even last year that I’d know enough people to be tagged for the same recurring tag five times by five different people… I’d probably have laughed.) Anyway, since the questions are always different I don’t actually mind doing this tag over and over, I just find it a little amusing that it keeps coming around. BUT MOVING ON BECAUSE I’M RAMBLING.
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you. Thanks, Eden! :D
2. Display your award.
3. Answer the questions you were asked.
4. Nominate five bloggers.
5. Ask 6 new questions.
6. Let your nominees know they were tagged.
1. Who or what inspired you to start blogging?
My mom. She’s been blogging foreverrrrrrrrrr, and when I was… *mutters* when did Frozen come out… ELEVEN, I decided to start up a blog of my own and thus “Alpine Writer” was born. My first posts were a review of Frozen and a post about how it had convicted me to improve my relationship with my sister. (Basically I started out a lifestyle blog? Weird.) So yeah. My mom and Frozen.
2. If you could have anyone in the whole world, whether they be real or imagined, to be a special guest on your blog, who would it be?
Does this imply that someone imagined would become real or would it just be like my character interviews? Because that makes a huge difference.
But since I don’t know, I’ll stick with a real-life person. I’d love to interview Hannah Heath on my blog at some point, but I haven’t gotten around to getting rid of my “She’s published multiple fantastic books and I’m still just a beginner (even though I’ve been writing for eleven years) so I can’t possibly be important enough for her to pay attention to.” Which I’m fully aware is just me worrying too much, but… well… someday.
3. If you could do three things today that would have global impact, what would they be?
Oof… There are, like, half a dozen issues I’d love to see tackled and pretty much no idea how I’d do anything about them. Um… I guess I’d write something–either a blog post or a novel–that talks about promoting community and coming together–especially as believers–and raising each other up. And then I guess it would have to be seen by people all over the world, and actually taken to heart, which would be… wow. That would just be incredible. It would absolutely 100% have to be God, obviously.
This next one, I don’t know if it’s an issue world-wide or just in the US, but I’d love to do something that encourages Christian youth leaders and parents and teachers and all sorts of mentors like that to equip and encourage teenagers to be the next generation of believers and to make a difference in the world for the glory of God. I see too many churches dumb down their youth services, when I believe that’s a crucial time for kids to be emboldened and equipped to stand up for what they believe in and make a difference. Teens are smart, and teens are passionate, and that should be used instead of dampened, no matter what religion you ascribe to.
And I’d do something to stop abortions. I don’t have any idea what I’d do, but I’d want to do something to stop the rampant murder of babies.
4. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
5. What was your first written story about?
Oh no. Someone has forced me to officially uncover the plot of my mystery story… *headdesks* First, allow me to clarify that I was six when I wrote this, I’ve always been a hopeless romantic, and I apparently had no idea how marriage works back then. Looking back, I am fully aware of how… disturbing this plot is.
So, when I was six I was obsessed with mystery stories. I have no idea how many times I reread the various Nancy Drew, Boxcar Children, Happy Hollisters, and Mandie books on our shelves. (Congratulations, you’ve just been introduced to my childhood.) Well, I also didn’t know how to build my own characters, apparently, because I dumped ALL of those characters into one story. Ish. It was mostly the Boxcar Children who were important, but the Nancy Drew characters were mentors (which was actually pretty cool), and I think the Happy Hollisters were in there somewhere. Anyway, for the first scene someone was in possession of the One Ring and using it to invisibly spy on the main characters, and then that plot point never came into play again. But then someone was coming to the door and the girls were being kidnapped one by one as they went to answer the door. (Why on earth one of the guys didn’t go check on things after one or two incidents, I couldn’t tell you.) After all of the girls were kidnapped (obviously, because you wouldn’t try to go stop it), the guys followed the clues through a hotel and maybe a couple other places, to finally find that their mailman had kidnapped all of the girls and was holding them… because he was lonely and looking for a wife…which made it all okay.
Don’t know how even my young brain didn’t realize that was just… wrong. Apparently the fact that he was going to wait for one of the girls to grow up before he married her made it okay.
This is why we never mention the very first story I wrote.
‘Cause I was a creepy child.
Also, my sincerest apologies to all of the fictional characters that I insulted with that story.
6. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
The community. Getting to share my thoughts and then have a conversation in the comments (on the occasions when that actually happens), and getting to facilitate community and encourage other writers and all that. I love that it gives me a place to help and encourage other writers.
Julian at Saver of Memories
Allie at Of Rainy Days and Stardust Veins
Leila at Wildflowers and Cosmic Tea
Edna at Bleeding Ink
Nicole at Legend of a Writer
1. What’s a song you’ve recently discovered and loved?
2. If you had to describe yourself in five songs, what songs would you use?
3. If you could be an instant expert in anything, what would it be?
4. What do you want to do before you die?
5. What have you been curious about lately?
Well, now you can all be as scarred by that story as I am. And now a question for all of you: What’s the most embarrassing piece of fiction you’ve written?