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I’ve been nominated (twice!) for the Original Outstanding Blogger Award!

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The title pretty much says it all…

I’ve been nominated twice for the Original Outstanding Blogger Award. Just when I was getting around to writing up my post for the first nomination, from the wonderful Jaya Avendel of Nin Chronicles, I was notified by Ingrid of Experiments in Fiction that she had nominated me!

The rules of the Original Outstanding Blogger Award are as follows: 

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

This award was created by Colton Beckwith.

Answering the questions

Since I was nominated twice, I’m going to go every other — I’ll start with Jaya’s first question, then answer Ingrid’s second, answer Jaya’s third, and et cetera ad infinitum. (Or, luckily for your sake and for mine, to seven.) 

Jaya’s first question is What are your blogging goals? Gosh, I could write numerous posts on this, but I’ll keep it to a few lines to be short and sweet. Eventually, I hope to write full-time, and blogging is a big part of that mission. I mean to publish both novels and story/poetry collections, but also to share a message with the world in the form of this blog. So my main blogging goal is to grow Voyage of the Mind to a point at which I can write/blog full-time.  

Ingrid’s question #2 is For how long have you been writing? I wrote my very first book, a picture book, around the second or third grade, when I would’ve been seven or eight, but started writing seriously around the age of ten in the fifth grade, when I wrote my first novel! (And had a haiku published in an anthology!

Jaya’s question #3 is Where does your inspiration come from? Truth be told, I don’t know for sure. I draw inspiration from a large variety of sources. From my daily life, from things I’ve read or watched, from things I’ve heard, from history, from mythology, from science… It’s great because I can find inspiration almost anywhere I look, not so great because it means I’m constantly attracted to new things instead of always doubling down on the things I should double down on. A double-edged sword, you could say! 

Ingrid’s question #4 is What would you eat for your last meal? Okay, this is going to sound so typically American, but I honestly would probably have a steak. And loaded mashed potatoes and mushrooms and onions. I’d probably want to cook it myself. And the steak had better be a ribeye. 

Jaya’s question #5 is How long is your skincare routine? Skincare routine? It’s all Greek to me. Yeah, I don’t have a skincare routine.

Ingrid’s question #6 is If you could fix one thing about the world, what would it be? Interesting question. I’d fix humanity. Specifically, I’d make humanity more curious and open-minded. I think that would help fix a lot of problems we see in the world.

Jaya’s question #7 is What/who is special to you and why? A surprisingly small number of people are truly special to me. This might surprise some of my readers, who see me as a very open-hearted and altruistic type of person. I’m actually very slow to trust people, and I have to know them for a number of years before I feel fully comfortable with them. My parents are special to me, because I think they (in many ways, though not in others) did a great job raising me. My childhood best friend is very special to me. Both my ex-boyfriend and my current boyfriend are special to me. Above all others, I would say that my three siblings are special to me. I see myself reflected in them, and I’ve enjoyed watching them grow up alongside and apart from me. 

My nominees

Benyin of As Written by Benyin
Hannah Siller of Serene Life Counseling
Hannah E. Stewart of A Little Bit of Happiness (who I believe now has a double nomination just like me!)
Kathrine of Expression of My Life
Sabrine Elouali of EDMyJourneyOCD
Amelia Phoenix Desertsong of The Phoenix Desertsong
Emma of Invincible Woman on Wheels
Twirling Book Princess of Twirling Book Princess
PS Conway of Life Sucks. Laugh Here (AKA

My questions

Now it’s time for the fun bit! Let me wind up and ask some questions. Here they are, nominees!

1. If you could have a conversation with any historical figure, who would you choose and why? 

2. What’s your favorite book of all time and why is it your favorite?  

3. What’s the next perfect number after 6? 

4. What’s your Myers-Briggs personality type? 

5. What’s your all-time favorite blog post of your own? Link it!

6. What’s the strangest dream you’ve ever had? (And if you don’t dream, make up a dream you could have had or relate a strange one someone else told you about!)

7. Do you have any pets?

And that’s it!

Ingrid also nominated me for the Liebster Award, but I’ll take care of that nomination another day. I hope you enjoyed reading my answers to Jaya and Ingrid’s questions — thank you both for the nominations for the Original Outstanding Blogger Award! I also hope you’ll check out the bloggers I nominated. Thanks much for your readership! If you want to read another award post, you can check out my post about the Sunshine Blogger Award.

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