The Sunshine Blogger Award

We’re just going to ignore the fact on how late this post is and simply enjoy that I’m actually posting on a Monday again. ;p

Today I’m here with a tag I had permission to steal (Thanks Nicole!)… at the beginning of December… I’m so punctual… Now onto the tag!


1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog(s) so others can find them. Thanks so much, Nicole! She tagged anyone who hadn’t done it before so I took it. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post. 

3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

4. Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

What’s been the best part about your day today?

Currently having a snuggle party with my sister’s dog! She’s curled up in my lap as I type. ^_^ She’s such a sweet little floof ball!

Most anticipated book or movie release of 2021?

*goes off to check what’s supposed to come out because I hardly ever keep up with such things* ………..”We are sorry to announce that Jen has ironically drowned in the vast amount of books coming out in the new year. Please send your condolences in book form to increase the irony.” XD I am literally stunned by how many are coming out. Oh! A book that’s supposed to publish in 2021 is Dust’s sequel Shadow! I’m excited for that! ๐Ÿ˜€

I also looked into the upcoming movies and wow! Lots of Marvel movies! Boss Baby 2! Sing 2! I’m interested in the Cruella movie. Oooh! Jungle Cruise looks like it’s gonna be FUN. Dwayne Johnson is one of my favourite actors, anyone seen Game Plan or Tooth Fairy? Raya and the Last Dragon sounds amazing! And I’ll stop here because there’s just so many I want to squeal about! Spider-man 3! Black Widow! And I’m not even going to go into the few I saw coming out in 2022! Eeep!

Current favorite song?

Oooh, tough question because I literally have a song running through my head almost all the time. I pretty much think in song lyrics. XD Sooo. It doesn’t say all-time favourite, so I’ll go with “Speechless”. It’s such a beautiful song. And now it’s stuck in my head, lol, not that I’m complaining. XD

What’s something that surprised you about blogging?

How very badly I missed it during my hiatus. I love blogging, but I didn’t think I would become this attached. I’d say that’s because of my wonderful group of followers! You guys make blogging so much fun! <333

What drives you to get out of bed in the morning?

The siblings I share a room with? XD Kidding, only mostly. ;p I think this question is asking what is my passion, well, first of all, Jesus is my passion, but secondly is my stories. I always have a story on my mind, it interchanges with the songs, and I love spending time with my characters and telling their stories.

Chocolate or caramel?

Both. If we’re talking candy, chocolate. If we’re talking coffee, caramel. Every time I try chocolate coffee it always tastes off, like bad off-brand chocolate. I’ve even tried just putting in Hershey’s syrup and it still doesn’t work. Chocolate coffee me no likey. Caramel coffee is my go-to Dunkin’ run. ๐Ÿ™‚

Show us three GIFs that describe your blog post writing process.

Okay, first, I love this question. Second, why is it so hard? Third, take from these images what you will.

Me writing
Me editing
Me publishing

A book that changed your life?

The Bible. I would not be the person I am today without it. Though, since I’m a Christian this is kind of obvious, so I’ll share a second book.

Another book that changed my life would be Ella Enchanted. I believe it was my first introduction to the realm of fantasy, at least bookwise, and started my lifelong love of all things speculative fiction. I would not be the writer I am today without it. Ella and Char will always be among my top OTPs. Also, embarrassing tidbit, I never realized it was a Cinderella retelling until I was in my early teens. I’d never heard of retellings before, in my naivety I thought Disney created all those stories. >_> Eheheh… ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

Describe your ideal day.

My ideal day would be to wake up in a beach house and spend the entire day writing and reading on the balcony overlooking the ocean, with frequent breaks to grab a body board and ride the waves. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you could delete any food from existence, what would it be and why?

Heheh, I’d say mayonnaise except I like certain foods made with it like Egg Salad. And I’d say tomatoes but I like ketchup and pizza sauce. Hmmm… I’m a picky eater, but this is harder than I thought it would be. Let’s go with black licorice because it tastes nasty. (No offense to those who like it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Least favorite social media platform?

No clue because I’m very new to social media. I guess my least favourite platform would be Tik Tok due to the scary things I’ve heard about it. O.o

This was so fun! I hope y’all enjoyed my answers!

My questions:

  1. What’s your favourite colour?
  2. What elemental power would you like to wield?
  3. Are you left handed, right handed, or ambidextrous?
  4. Who are your top 3 OTPs?
  5. Which Marvel character would you like to hang out with for a week? (From the movies.)
  6. Which Kingdom Hearts trio would you like to spend a week with? Sora, Riku, and Kairi? Terra, Aqua, and Ven? Or Axel, Roxas, and Xion? (If you don’t know what this game is, feel free to skip.)
  7. What are your top five favourite books? (Can also be substituted with series.)
  8. Share one to three GIFs that describe your writing process, blog or books or both.
  9. You’ve won a trip to three storyworlds of your choosing! Which three will you visit? (Can be your own stories.)
  10. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
  11. You’ve invited me over, what are we going to do?

Phew! That was a bit hard coming up with all those questions! XD If I tag you, you do NOT have to do it if you don’t want to, and there’s no set time you have to post it by if you can’t do it now. If you want to do it six month’s from now that’s fine! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I tag:

Christine Smith @ Fairy Dust On My Pen // Tara Savanna @ Tower In the Plains // Victoria Grace Howell @ Wanderer’s Pen // Tracey Dyck @ Tracey Dyck Author // Deborah O’Carroll @ The Road of a Writer // Issabelle, Katherine, & Alana @ Teen Writers’ Nook // Ribbon Ash @ Virtual Paper // You! If you’re reading this and want to do it, consider yourself officially tagged! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now, if you’re not going to do this tag, I command you to answer at least three of my questions in the comments, pretty please! ;p (The ones below don’t count. ;p)

What’s your current favourite song? Is there a book or movie coming out that you’re particularly excited about? What food would you delete from existence?

Tell me in the comments! ๐Ÿ˜€


26 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award”

  1. EEP. This was such a blast to read!!! Your writing process in gifs was perfect and totally me with my blog posts as well. XD And YAY for Ella Enchanted! Such a good book. I really need to reread it, it’s been far too long…

    Man, the deleting a food question is hard! I’m thinking maybe…olives? Those things disgust me and I don’t see much point in them. Haha. Then again, there is a LOT of food I don’t like that others love sooo I probably shouldn’t be in charge of deleting food. Lolz.

    Thank you SO MUCH for tagging me! And oh my goodness, I ADORE the questions you came up with! Just bookmarked this page so I won’t forget to answer these questions sometime! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. *grins* Thank you!!! Lol! I honestly wasn’t sure if those gifs truly conveyed my process, but the more I stare at them the more I’m like, that’s totally me. XDDD Yes! I LOVE Ella Enchanted! Oooh! Yes, reread it please! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      It was SO hard! XD Oh, lol! I actually like olives. Ehehe… XDDD I feel the same, I do not like a lot of food that the rest of my family enjoys. Those with “delicate paletes” have such a hard life… XDDD Haha, yes, we should probably leave the deleting of food alone. ;p

      You are so welcome!!! Eeep! Thanks! It took a looong time to come up with all of them. XD Ahhhh! I can’t wait to read your answers! ๐Ÿ˜€ (When you have time, absolutely no rush on the post. ^_^)


  2. I loved reading your answers! My all time favorite song is “All of Me” by Ashes Remain, but “Confidence” by Sanctus Real is in second place right now. And I’d delete avocados, peppers, seafood, and spinach from existence.

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    1. Ahhhh! Thank you!!! Oh, my goodness, I just googled those songs and they are beautiful! I can totally see why they’d be your favourites. ^_^ Ooh, yes, I’d delete all of those too, except tuna, I like tuna. XD

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  3. Thank you for the tag! Iโ€™ve done this one before so Iโ€™m going to have to decline this time but thank you so much for thinking of me! I hate mayonnaise too, but my least favorite food is boiled eggs. Just yuck. Iโ€™m currently loving โ€œRunning with the Wolvesโ€ by AURORA a and I canโ€™t wait for A Quiet Place Part II!

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    1. You’re welcome! No worries, I understand. ๐Ÿ˜€ *gasp* another mayonnaise hater? *glomps you* You’re the first person I’ve met to not like mayonnaise! Everyone thinks I’m weird, lol! I get so many weird looks when I ask for no mayo on my sandwiches when I go out to eat. XD Hmm, I can see how boiled eggs could be gross, they stink bad enough. XD I just googled “Running with the Wolves” and it sounds cool! Oooh, I’ve seen trailers for A Quiet Place and it does look super interesting, but I do not have the courage to sit through it, lol. Glad you’re enjoying it though! ^_^


      1. I’ll eat it if it’s like an aoli and infused with something like chipotle or peppercorns and even then just a little bit, but plain gross. XP I ask for no mayo too because if I don’t restaurant workers just slathered it on. *shudders*

        It’s one of my favorite films!

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        1. Same, I’ll eat it in our homemade ranch or honey mustard, I can tolerate my sister’s homemade mayo better. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Still don’t like it plain though. XP Exactly! I found Wendy’s is one of the worst to slather it on thick, at least in my area. I hate it when they still put it on even after you asked for no mayo. >.<

          I’m glad you enjoy it! ^_^ I’m a chicken. XD Sixth Sense was one of the scariest movies I’ve seen. XDD

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  4. YAY, you did the tag! I loved reading your answers so much!

    Speechless is a FANTASTIC song! I had it on repeat all last month and this month. It almost makes me want to watch the live-action movie!

    Oh, heavens, I agree with you on chocolate coffee. I’ve tried it a few times and it is disgusting. (I’d rather have hot chocolate XD)

    And AMEN to Tik Tok being terrifying! *shudders*

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    1. Awww, thanks!!! I loved doing it! You asked awesome questions! ^_^

      YES! I often have it on repeat, even when I’m writing. It really helps me get in the zone for some of my characters. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh! You haven’t seen the live-action movie yet? Or did you mean rewatch? If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend! It’s different than the cartoon, but it was definitely worth watching, in my opinion. ๐Ÿ™‚

      YES! Gimme all the hot chocolate! ^_^

      Oy, vey, yes! I am NEVER getting a Tik Tok account. *shudders*

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  5. This is so fun, Jen! I had to chuckle about your siblings getting you up in the morning. XD And thatโ€™s honestly adorable about Ella Enchanted and not realizing it was a retelling at first.

    Thanks for the tag! I havenโ€™t done one in soooo long, and those questions are fantastic!

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    1. Haha, thanks!!! XD Yes, sometimes I miss my alarm and they have to wake me up. XDDD *blushes* I am so thankful I got that cleared up before I got much older, lolz! You’d think I would have caught on sometime during my half a gadrillion rereads that Ella was very similar to Cinderella. XD

      You’re welcome! Aww, thanks! I can’t wait to read your answers! โค ^_^


  6. I HAVE MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!! Aaannndd Iโ€™m late again. *banging head on the table* XD ANYWAYS, I LOVED THIS POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE Game Plan and I didnโ€™t realize Ella Enchanted was a retelling of Cinderella until like a year ago!!!!!!!! Current favorite song? THAT IS SOO HARD!!!! I have waaaay too many fav songs!!! Well, right now itโ€™s a tie with โ€œIโ€™m Sorry (A Lament)โ€ by TobyMac and โ€œMisty Mountains Coldโ€ from the Hobbit! Iโ€™m SUPER EXCITED for the fifth book in the Ascendance Series by Jennifer Nielsen which is coming out in the fall. Iโ€™d delete brussels sprouts from existence without a second thought!!!! THANK YOU SOO MUCH for the tag!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of us will get to it soon!!!!!!!!!!!! First we have to debate whoโ€™s gonna get to do it! Although, maybe we should all do it together. I hadnโ€™t actually thought about that. Umโ€ฆsorry for that weird part of my brainโ€™s thoughts. XD

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    1. *gasps* “That is Mahogany!” XD No head banging, k? Wizards, queens, and friends are never late, they arrive precisely when they mean to and everyone else is simply early. XD (I’m quoting Lord of the Rings and Princess Diaries. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) It’s all good! .<

      You are SO welcome!!! Hey, you should hear some of the stuff that goes on in my brain. XD I was kind of hoping all three of you would maybe answer it all in one post or something? But whatever y'all want to do is totally fine!!! ^_^ <333

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      1. LOL!!!! I was TOTALLY picking up on the quote!!!!!!!!! Mostly the part with Lord of the Rings, it’s been a while since I’ve watched Princess Diaries. XD Okey-dokey! No head banging!!
        Haha!!! XD I think the three of us should all do it in one ginormous post!!!! It’d be fun!!!!! Sooo, THANK YOU again for the tag!! I can’t wait to do it with Alana and Katherine!!!!! ^_^ <33 <33 <33

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        1. Haha! ^_^ I love it when I can quote multiple movies at once. XD Yes, no more head banging. ^_^ *gently pats the bruise on your head* ;p

          Oh yay!!!!! I can’t wait to read it!!!!!! ^_^ You’re welcome!!!!! โค โค โค

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  7. I love this tag – it sounds like so much fun!!!!! Thank you so much for tagging me!!!!!!! I can’t wait to do it with Issabelle and Alana!!!! And your questions are awesome!!!!!!!!

    “Jen has ironically drowned in the vast amount of books coming out in the new year” – ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    I’ve seen The Game Plan – it is so sweet! I haven’t watched the Tooth Fairy yet but I really want too. Did you know that Dwayne Johnson is the voice of Maui in Moana?
    I LOVE THE SONG “SPEECHLESS”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I can totally relate to missing blogging during a hiatus. I didn’t blog at all for last October and November and then I decided that I never wanted to do that again.
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ella Enchanted!!!!!!!!!!!! I never realized it was a retelling though. I always saw the similarities between it and Cinderella but I never thought about it being a retelling. Have you seen the Ella Enchanted movie? And have you read Ogre Enchanted (it’s set in the same world as Ella Enchanted and I think it’s supposed to be like a Beauty and the Beast retelling)?
    I don’t have a current favorite song but one I’ve been listening to a lot lately would be “Let It Go” instrumental. I don’t know what all of the movies are that are supposed to come out this year but I think Raya and the Last Dragon sounds interesting. I’m super excited for the fifth book in The Ascendance Series (called The Shattered Castle) to come out!!!!!!!๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    1. Thank youuu!!! Aww, you are SO welcome!!! โค I can't wait to read y'all's post! ^_^

      Hehe, I may have had too much fun doing this tag. *grins impishly* But really, I only looked at maybe the first four-six months and it was a HUGE list and they said they were pretty sure they had missed some books. So, yeah, book tidal wave. XD

      I love Game Plan!!! Oh, yes! I knew that. ๐Ÿ˜€ Maui's song is so fun! XD I love Moana! <333

      Speechless is amazingggg! ^_^

      Oh, yes. I enjoyed my hiatus and I will more than likely schedule more at some point, but yes blogging is so much fun and I miss posting and the community when I'm away.

      I've read Ella Enchanted so many times I have practically memorized it. XD I LOVE the movie!!!! (Even though it's VERY different than the book. XD I just enjoy them seperately. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I have read Ogre Enchanted! And yes, it's a genderbent Beauty and the Beast retelling. I loved it so much! Especially when it brought in characters from Ella Enchanted. ๐Ÿ˜€

      I love instrumentals! And Let It Go is SO pretty to listen to. ^_^ Yes! I am very interested in Raya and the Last Dragon! Oh! I forgot to tell you something! I already told Issabelle so you probably already know, but I put all four books of The Ascendance Series on hold at my library!!! ^_^ So, hopefully I'll have them all read before the next one comes out. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. I love Moana too!!!!!!!! Maui’s song is really fun!! “How Far I’ll Go” is my favorite song in that movie!!!!!!!!! I tired once to learn the lyrics to “We Know the Way”. I was doing pretty good for awhile and then I forgot to keep practicing. ๐Ÿ˜
        I know, right?!!!!!! Speechless is one of my FAVORITE songs EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Yep, I know what you mean. Sometimes we need a break but we will always miss it.
        Amazing!!! I’ve read Ella Enchanted once and I want to read it again before I read Ogre Enchanted. I LOVE the movie too!!!!!! The movie and the book are BOTH SO SO SO GOOD!!!!!!!!๐Ÿ˜€ Awesome!!! I can’t wait to read Ogre Enchanted!!!!!!
        I know, right?!! I have just recently discovered how incredible and beautiful instrumentals can be. YES!!!!!!! WOO-HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD I can’t wait till you read The Ascendance Series!!!!!!! Then we can fangirl over them! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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        1. Oooh! I LOVE “How Far I’ll Go” I’ve got it mostly memorized. ๐Ÿ˜‰ “We Know the Way” is so much fun!

          Yes and yes! โค

          Ogre Enchanted was SO good! ^_^

          Oh yes! I love listening to instrumentals while I write. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hehe, yes, then we can fangirl! ^_^ <333

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