Good morning, Cyberspace!
Yes, I realize that I didn’t post anything on Tuesday. I was planning on posting my Nathaniel Halls interview, but as soon as I
tied him to the electric chair began the interview, he refused to talk to me.
And when I say that I really don’t know this character very well, I mean that I really don’t know this character very well.
But that train of thought is going to make this train derail severely fast, so let us delve into some thrilling news instead!!!
I, Kenzie Keene, have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by none other than the lovely Kate over at Story (And Dark Chocolate), and also by the amazingly wonderful monkeyeverything!!! (And if you don’t think their blog names are absolute genius, then there is something seriously wrong with your eyeballs.)
And I, Kenzie Keene, humbly accept
the title of Sunshine Princess this most wonderful tag.
The rules are as follows:
- Answer the 11 questions of the tagger person
- Tag 11 people (assuming you’re not a blogling introvert [like moi] and know 11 people who haven’t already been tagged [*sobbing*])
- Give them 11 questions to answer (*sobbing intensifies*)
I’m going to start with Kate’s questions, because she tagged me first (I think????), and then I’m going to do another post soon that has monkeyeverything’s, because her questions are amazing, too, and, as I’m a Pokemon enthusiast, I must ‘answer ’em all’.
Well, I think that’s about everything, so let’s jump straight into the questions, shall we?
1. If you had to choose one song to be your “anthem” what would it be?
Ooh… This is actually a tough question… I guess the answer depends on what you mean by “anthem”. By “anthem”, do you mean the song that blares through the speakers whenever I burst into a room like the queen that I am?
Because that’s how I’m going to be taking this question.
So, my answer would have to be…The Arena by Lindsey Stirling.
It is, like, the most amazing theme song ever.
You cannot deny it.
2. What is one book you will never read again and why?
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.
Wow. That was an easy answer.
Okay, guys, I am honestly not someone to hate on books. I mean, how could anyone hate their adorable little papery faces and chubby shapes?
And, contrariwise to what I am about to say, I am one to give a book a second chance.
Yet, when it comes to Hollow City, I just can’t.
I blatantly refuse to.
As someone who has tried reading Scorch Trials at least twice, and Eragon at least three times, all without making any more progress than the previous efforts, I am serious when I say that I am honestly debating trying to read them cover-to-cover at some point in time.
Just not right now.
But when it comes to Hollow City, I just…no. I don’t even know what it is. Bad plot? Characters? Pacing?
I think it’s a concoction of all three, really.
So yeah. Hollow City.
3. What is one book you reread over and over again and why?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Well, let me tell you.
The plot is amazing. I absolutely love the whole concept (although, seeing as though this is the Sunshine Blogger Award, I probably shouldn’t be talking about teenagers battling and mutilating each other to their deaths???), and it’s just a really action-packed read that kick-started my love for dystopian. Whenever I want a good, action-filled story, I usually pick up Hunger Games.
4. If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
Anywhere with mountains.
(I always feel like Bilbo when I say that [“I want to see mountains again, Gandalf.”])
But seriously, if I could go anywhere in the world, I’d go somewhere with mountains. Cool grass beneath my feet, snow capped rocks above, trickling streams with a willow tree to write beneath…
I’m probably getting the entire gist of a mountain wrong, BUT THIS IS MY DREAM AND I AM STICKING TO IT.
5. Do you have a favorite quote and what is it?
Why, yes. Yes, I do.
“We are all mad here.”
–The Cheshire Cat
(Phineas and Ferb fans will notice that I actually put two quotes.)
6. If you could meet any historical figure – living or dead – who would you choose to meet? And, for the sake of getting more diverse answers, let’s leave Jesus out of this, shall we?
Hmmmmm… I think I would want to meet Jane Austen. She was an amazing female writer, she was independent, and made a living for herself by her books.
She is currently my writerly role model, so I would love to meet her.
7. What is the first book you read on your own?
Uhhhhhh… Probably something about a mouse? I don’t know, really. I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, so I’m guessing something to do with talking animals?
I vividly remember reading some type of child’s book (which I think had a mouse???) one day, and then rushing outside because my dad was taking the training wheels off my bicycle.
That’s one of the strangest memories I think I’ve ever retained, actually…
But I also know (although I can’t really remember this) that I was not good at reading when I was little. It was exceedingly difficult to teach me to read, which is kind of interesting once you take a look at me now…
8. What is your fondest memory?
Okay, so I did not know we were going to be strolling down memory lane when I was typing the last answer.
I’m not exactly sure that I have a fondest memory, because I have so many wonderful memories. It’s so hard to choose between them, so I’m going to put three.
- There was this time when I was really sad because my siblings were picking on me (I know. The horror.), and so my mom let me help her bake a pie, and I got to roll out the dough (We even have a picture of me rolling out the dough, so this fond memory has been captured for eternity! [I was also wearing a fuzzy green sweater, which I remember very vividly…])
- Once, my dad took me on this seemingly random drive in his truck, and he stopped at a gas station and bought me a candy bar and Dr. Pepper. I still don’t remember where we went after that, but I do remember that it was a Sunday, because I got chocolate on my skirt…
- The day I got Durachi, because let’s be honest guys. He’s adorable.
9. Who are your heroes?
Well, Jesus is obviously my greatest hero, but to include some more answers, I would have to say
- My mom
- My dad
- J.K. Rowling
- Marissa Meyer
- Jane Austen
And yes. I realize that three out of the five are authors.
Do not judge me.
10. What character from literature are you most like?
Ooh… This one’s a toughie… Probably Luna Lovegood?
I mean, I’m usually one with my head in the clouds… I guess my voice doesn’t really have that chime-like quality to it, but I do say some pretty ‘out there’ things, so I think I’d be Luna Lovegood…
And I also love Luna Lovegood, so yeah.
11. What would you do if the Zombie Apocalypse happened tomorrow?
I would be a hero and save the world with my mind-boggling powers.
Actually, I’d probably just run screaming from my home.
Because I don’t like zombies…
Although, I will say, I am now getting Zombie Apocalypse story ideas in my head, which is NOT WHAT I NEED RIGHT NOW STOP IT BRAIN!
Alright! So those are my answers to some VERY amazing questions, and it is now my turn to tag
3 11 people! Yay!
My first tag is Cait at Paper Fury, because (1) her blog makes me laugh so much (and sunshine is laughter) and (2) I haven’t seen where she’s been tagged yet???? (which I’m probably wrong, but OH WELL.)
My second nomination is Hannah over at Utterly Write, because she is an amazing friend and writer, and she is a very sunshiney person, so she totally deserves this award/tag thing!
My third nomination is Amanda over at Scattered Journal Pages, because her posts are always so uplifting, and just so full of sunshine!
My fourth nomination is Kit over at Come, Rest a While, because I absolutely love her blog, and also because she’s a wonderful, sunshine-filled person.
And sadly, pretty much everyone else has already been nominated that I can think of, so that IS A SHAME, GUYS. But if you feel you’re worthy of the Sunshine Blogger Award (which you totally are) feel free to tag yourself and say that Kenzie sent you.
Or don’t say Kenzie sent you. Just do it. Cause it’s fun.
Now that we’re done with the nominations, it is time for the questions!!! Eep!!!
Are you ready? Here we go…
1. Which are you more prone to fall in love with: fantasy or reality? Why?
2. What is your element? (Fire, water, wind, earth, electricity, etc.) Why?
3. Would you rather have the power of invisibility, or be able to fly? Why?
4. What is the weirdest memory you can recall?
5. What is the weirdest dream you can recall?
6. If you were to fall down a rabbit hole, where do you hope it would spit you out?
7. Do you have a muse? If so, describe him/her. If not, post a picture of the object closest to your left. (Why, yes, we are turning this into some strange game. What were you expecting?)
8. Name a book that made you feel like you were walking on sunshine (WOOOOOOOAAAAAH!)
9. Which would you rather become famous for: a bank robbery or a murder? (I’m running out of questions, guys…)
10. If you could make one of your fictional characters real (completely visible to the entire world, even) which one would it be? Oh, and don’t forget that whatever you write about them actually comes true. In real life. (Duhn duhn DUHN!)
11. Would you rather die fighting for what is right, or live knowing you let innocents perish?
Alright, folks, that’s about it! Don’t forget to come back for the next set of questions by monkeyeverything! I am so super excited to answer them!! (And why not have two sunshiney blogger awards, am I right???)
Thank you so much again to Kate for these amazing questions, and also for nominating me! You are amazing!!! :D
Oh! And to all who answer my questions, please-oh-please leave a link down in the comments below!!! I’d love to hear your answers!!! (I will give you cookies!!! PLEASE!!!!)
21 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award: In Which You Learn More About Me Than I’m Comfortable With…”
OH WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN KENZIE????
Firstly, you are adorable. I would vote you Sunshine Princess. That needs to be a thing.
Secondly, yes, I tagged you before monkeyeverything did because I tagged her at the same time as I tagged you, see? Not that it matters. I’m just rambling.
And by anthem I meant like a song that could sum up your life or you use as a kind of battlecry… Honestly I don’t even know what I meant so how should I expect you to??? Anyway The Arena is gorgeousness and a lovely pick!
Ew. Dragon was SO BAD I can’t handle it. I read it once AND THAT WAS ENOUGH. Don’t even waste your time, Kenzie!
Ah, The Hunger Games. Yes! I have read it so many times!
Awwwww. Your memories. So sweet. My heart melted. Especially the one with your dad… *me melting*
My aunt and uncle are missionaries in the mountains of Peru and I SO want to go visit, ohmygoodness!
I don’t know who Durachi is???
I also don’t know who Luna Lovegood is???
YOUR QUESTIONS WERE FANTASTIC!!!
Okay I’m done now. ;)
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Aww! Thank you so much! I shall claim my new title with pride!
Haha! I LOVED that question! (Although I think I might have interpreted it wrong???? Oh well!) And yes! I absolutely love The Arena! It’s just so uplifting, and I love the message behind it!!
Haha! But DRAGONS. I feel like I owe the world of fantasy a complete read of Eragon… It’s like a rite of passage (did I spell that right? No?) into the realm of fantasy, right???
But then again, it is SO boring…. Ugh…
And yes!!! Hunger Games is amazing
Haha, aw, thank you! I’ve got some internally awesome memories, but those are some of my very first fondest ones, so those are the ones I wrote down, haha!
Oh my word, that sounds amazing! Mountains in Peru???? Ugh, I wanna go… Mountains are my dream spot for living, haha! And oh wow!!! Your aunt and uncle sound awesome!
Lol! Durachi is my loveable little cockatiel! There’s a picture of him over in the About The Authors page if you wanted to see him!
And Luna Lovegood is from Harry Potter!! Wait… Have you never read Harry Potter????
Quick!!! Add seven more books to your TBR!!!!!!!!
Aww thank you!!!!
Nooooo!!! I love your comments!!!! Make them longer!!!!!!
Um, yes. For some reason my tablet autocorrected “Eragon” to “dragon.” Thanks for nothing, you idiot…
IT IS TERRIBLE. The only true rite of passage is The Lord of the Rings!
WHO CAN EVEN KNOW??? I clearly didn’t know what I had in mind when I asked the question, so…
Aha! I did read your About page (and it is adorable and hilarious!) but I guess I forgot his name. Which is equally adorable. Sounds Japanese?
I haven’t. They have been on my TBR for like three million years??? I don’t even know any more…
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Haha! Mine does that all the time! I have a love/hate relationship with autocorrect, haha!
Ooh! Okay!! I do have the first LOTR, which I’m currently reading (I’m currently reading a lot, haha!), so I should get back on that!
Aww!!! Thank you! I’m actually not sure if it is Japanese or not?? I sort of possibly made it up???? Lol!
Ooh!!! Well, whenever you get a chance, that is another highly recommended!
(You’ll either love or hate me for eternity because of all these recommendations, and I’m not sure which, haha!)
ADLFKJAD;GLKHADSFLKJASDL THEY ARE ALLLLLL SO GOOD YOU MUST READ THEM AND LOVE THEM FOREVER!!!
Wow, I must bow to your naming skills because that name is seriously awesome??? I named my dog (actually she supposedly the family dog) but I named her something wuite boirng. Poor baby.
I could never hate you, dear! And I adore recommendations… I just feel guilty because it must look like I don’t appreciate them as I never actually read them??? But I really do appreciate them and absolutely plan on reading aaaalllll of them!!!
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I’m working on it! Is it just me, or does the series start out a little slow? It’s hard for me to get through past Tom Bombadil, haha!
Haha, aw thanks! I actually really love coming up with weird names. Strange thing is, even though it was a really weird name, Durachi still learned to say it??? “Hi, Durachi”, was actually one of the first things he learned to say. He’s so smart. And hahaha! Awww! That is adorable though!
Oh no, don’t feel guilty!!! I totally understand what you mean! Trust me, you don’t even have to read them, haha!!! And definitely not all of them! Oh goodness! Haha!
TOTALLY UNDERSTANDABLE! I remember having a tough time with the Old Forest/Tom Bombadil chapters myself. But Strider is coming soon so do not lose hope! That is such a fun chapter (couple of chapters, really!). :)
Ohhhhhhh… HE CAN TALK??? That is too much fun!
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Ooh!!! Strider!!! I’m so excited!!! Must…keep…reading….
Yep! He says, “Hi, Durachi,” “Whatchya doin’?”, “Durachi is a pretty bird,” etc., and he can also whistle If You’re Happy And You Know It, while doing a cute clicking thing with his beak during the clapping parts, haha!
You can do it!!! I believe in you!!!
Awww, he sounds so cute! I want one!
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Awww! Thank you!!! That makes…one of us, I believe, haha!!!
Haha, thank you!!! He’s a bit ornery, but my favorite little bird in the whole world.
Ha! Talking birds are very stereotypically ornery, so I’m not surprised. :)
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OH THANK YOU FOR THE TAG I’M HONOURED!! *flings happy confetti at you* And oooh, I loved reading these glorious facts about you! I understand about the mean siblings too, *sigh* I mean, why do we even have to put up with their nonsense. But your memory sounds nice despite that! And YES Luna Lovegod is amazing and YES YES that Marissa Meyer is truly incredible. And I couldn’t handle Miss Peregrine’s so I don’t really blame you about Hollow City.😂
And YAS to the zombie apocalypse. I have been training *nods* I am stockpiling books to read and I’ve been training with running and someone please make sure all the cake ingredients don’t run out? And then YES I’ll be good to go. ;D 😂
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Oh, you are most welcome!! Your blog is one of my favorites, and I couldn’t see whether you were already nominated or not???
Haha! Trust me, I think I probably overreacted to the sibling thing when I was little (as I was a rather annoyingly sensitive little bean, haha!), lol! We’re actually all rather very close, but we all have quirks that annoy the other two to a pile of mush.
Like how they won’t read my book recommendations??? (*gasp!*)
I love them though. They’re my closest friends.
Oh my word, I know right???? Luna Lovegood is AMAZING!!! And Marissa Meyer is just so…UGH! Wonderfully talented with writing!
And I am SO glad you agree with me on Ms. Peregrine’s! I feel like I’m on the minority side of the page, but I just really don’t like the series. (And will not be finishing it, haha!)
Ooh! I’ll get right on the cake problem so you don’t run out! Hahaha! And ooh! Books are a MUST in the Zombie Apocalypse.
*zombie tries to eat me*
“Wait just a minute, will you? I’m just gonna read one more chapter…”
I honestly think us readers will be far better equipped than others, as we’ll have like four hardcover books on our person at all times. (Good weapons, eh?)
[…] as I said in my last Smudge, I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger […]
Aww, thank you for tagging me! <3 (Also, I agree with Kate about you being nominated the Sunshine Princess.)
Jane Austen is fantastic! Do you have a favorite book of hers? My favorite is currently Emma, although it took me a while to like it. The first time I read it, it was too slow. The most recent time? (You can tell I re-read a lot…) It actually seemed pretty fast-paced. I think I read too many older, slower-paced authors… :P
Mountains! I went to Colorado once, years ago, and I loved the mountains and being in a high-altitude climate. I don't recall going to any other mountains, though. (Unless sand dunes count?? I've been to a few of those.)
Haha yes that's a great quote! Alice in Wonderland is full of little quotable lines. And big quotable lines, I suppose.
(Did I respond out of order to your answers that I responded to? I think I did, oops.)
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Oh, you are most definitely welcome! Your blog is amazing! Awww!!! Thank you so much!!! :D
And this is going to sound weird, but…I haven’t actually read any Jane Austen books cover-to-cover??? I have started and nearly finished Pride and Prejudice, but that doesn’t really count, now does it? I am planning on reading her stuff during 2017, but right now she is a favorite more because of her life rather than her books. She never married, and she lived by her pen in a world where that seemed impossible. It was like she proved the world wrong, and I would love to do that someday. But I can totally relate to the slow-paced authors, although then I usually end up not finishing the books!!! UGH!! I need to finish them…
Ooh!!!! That sounds amazing!!! I’ve been to North Carolina and went camping in the mountains (it was a log cabin, and it also had cable [#rough]). It was amazing, but that, too, is the end of my mountain experience, haha!!! The high altitudes really are amazing!!! I’ve never been to sand dunes, though!!!!! Don’t you ride in little dune buggies???? I’ve always wanted to try that….
Alice in Wonderland definitely is full of quotes! And the Cheshire Cat holds a very special place in my heart, so his quotes are some of my favorites.
Haha, I honestly have no clue!!! Either way, you commented, and I thank you! *throws cookies*
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Thankees, and you’re welcome!!!
Ah, that’s so true! She had an interesting life. (And an inspiring one.) :D Also, whenever you finish your first Austen, I recommend her juvenilia. (I haven’t finished it, but still.) There are so few authors whose writing from their youth you can access, but hers is pretty easy to get! She’s very amusing so far, especially with her parodies. I think her juvenilia includes her writings between ages 11 or 12 and 18?
That sounds so fun! I haven’t been camping since I was really little, so I barely remember what it’s like. No, I’ve never been on a sand dune buggy–we just climb up piles of sand and melt into the ground halfway there because of the heat and being exhausted… I just looked those up, though, and sand dune buggies look like SO much fun!!
Haha, you’re welcome! *steals all the cookies and eats them*
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Oh my word, that sounds awesome! I will totally check that out! Hopefully no one will ever find my writings from when I was 11 and 12???? Because that’s when I wrote The Dragon Elements…. (NOOOOOOOOOO)
This was actually a few years ago, but I’m hoping we can go again. Cabins are SO much fun, especially ones with only one room, haha! Lots of family bonding time!!!
OH MY WORD!!! That reminds me so much of Thorne and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles!!! And I know, right?? I’ve never been in a dune buggy either, though…. Or seen sand dunes….
Oh my goodness I loved all these facts about you! Agh, I completely get you on that Hollow City one (although I STILL haven’t got round to finishing it yet, I doubt I ever will). And THANK YOU SO MUCH for nominating me!! I will get round to that asap!
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Haha, yay! I’m so glad you agree! It’s just so…boring??? I don’t even know what it is that makes it like that!
OH MY GOODNESS, I CANNOT WAIT!!! I’m so excited!!!! :D