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Share Some Blogging Sunshine!

Kimber here. Sharing some tummy rub-worthy news!

Mom and I have been nominated for our first

Sunshine Blogger Award!

 

Well, it was mostly me. I can’t help it. As a Border Collie mix with loads of love, I’m all about sunshine! And all things brilliant, shiny, and bursting with good cheer! I’m also highly intelligent. Loquacious. Loyal and protective. Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall felines in a single…

Wait. Where was I? Oh yeah. Sunshine Blogger Award. Nominated by Hiker Babe. Who loves to explore The Great Outdoors. Plenty of positive vibes there! Also great info and inspiration about hiking, camping, and treating nature with respect. 

What’s a Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to other bloggers. It honors bloggers who are “creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.” (Aw, shucks. That’s me all over, dontcha know? Did I mention that I’m also shy, modest and retiring? Thank you, Hiker Babe!)

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award isn’t a self-congratulatory pat-on-the-back paw shake. (Like the neighbor’s cat, if ya know what I mean.) The award means you spread the word about writers you love with your readers! That’s a win-win for everyone. Yesssiree, Lassie! (See bottom of page for details.)

“Sharing some sunshine,” Kimber-style.

The award also comes with some rules, ‘natch.

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:

 

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

 

And now, on with some sunshine!

 

Our answers to Hiker Babe’s Questions:



1.Your favorite book?

Man! That’s like asking a mom which kid she likes best! But if you insist, here’s a “short” answer:

I’ve long maintained that some of the finest writing in all literature is Children’s Literature. Any writer who can grab and keep a child’s attention for an entire story is doing something right. Examples?

  • Misty of Chincoteague and King of the Wind
  • Prairie fires, rampaging grasshoppers, scarlet fever, and Christmas candy in the Little House books.
  • Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series.
  • Aslan and Narnia. Black Beauty. Peter and Wendy.
  • The Velveteen Rabbit.
  • The Little Prince.
  • The Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke.

Perennial favorites? Most anything by John Eldredge. Corrie ten Boom. Elisabeth Elliot. Gary Paulsen and Max Lucado. For uplifting, inspiring stories of hope and grace, Richard Paul Evans is right at the top. Ditto Debbie Macomber and Jan Karon.

I also confess a certain fondness for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel as well as a curious little monkey befriended by a man in a yellow hat.

2. Describe a recent reading or book-related achievement:

In 2018 I surpassed my Goodreads Reading challenge of reading 365 books in one year. My final total: 383 books. Mostly from the local library.

 

3. Favorite comfort food?

Tiramisu. Raspberry white chocolate cheesecake. Onion rings. Chocolate anything. Cobb salad. Dilled salmon. (Not necessarily in that order.) 



4. Favorite place?

The library! There’s also a sweet little mountain inn in western Washington that the hubs and I adore. 

 

5. A Pet Peeve?

People who keep interrupting me when I’m reading! Or writing!

Like, “Can you not see that my nose is buried in a book? That I’m in deep concentration here, 98 miles beneath the Marianas Trench? That I’ve sailed to the end of the world, jumped off, and hove to in another galaxy? That I’m on the rim edge of another Stroke of Sheer Brilliance that you’ve just possibly derailed forever?!” Puh-leeze!



6. What would your ideal day look like?

Is that a trick question? Cuz it could literally go “16 ways from Sunday.” (Kimber says “Limit it to three.” So here goes.)

Possibility 1: Curled up in my living room recliner with my snuggly blankie, a roaring fire, a steaming mug of hot cocoa and a good book. With Kimber snuggled onto my lap, of course.

Possibility 2: Any day in The Great Outdoors with the hubs and Kimber. Especially at Mount Rainier National Park. Cuz most any day at Mount Rainier is better than the worst day most anywhere else. (Don’t ask how I know that.)

Possibility 3: Any day with Kimber the Magnificent. Listening to Andrea Bocelli or Chris Tomlin tunes and doing most anything to avoid scrubbing the tub.

7. Favorite Quote(s)?

Man! That’s like asking a mom which… oh, never mind. That’s hard to narrow down. But in the running would be:

“All children, except one, grow up.” (If you don’t know this, kindly look it up.)

“We can beat these guys!” Coach Herb Brooks, 1980 U.S. Men’s Hockey Team

“Hand over the chocolate and no one gets hurt” – Yours Truly


8. What do you love most about blogging?

I love connecting with other readers and bibliophiles, fellow bloggers and writers. Ditto sharing ideas and inspiration and supporting each other.



9. Why do you your write/blog?

Writing is part of my personality. Embedded in my DNA. “Writer” is who I am, not just what I do. Basically, I write because I can’t not write. Ever since I was a little kid. 

I also love the challenge of trying to convey sometimes complicated, intricate thoughts, emotions, events and/or experiences with words. It’s a never-ending challenge, both frustrating and joyous – especially when you finally reach that Aha! “light bulb” moment! Know what I mean?

10. Have you published any books? If so, what genre?

Yep. I’ve authored and published over 25 books. I *specialize* in what one wag dubbed “excruciatingly insightful prose.” I’m not quite sure what that is. Can I get back to you on that?

 

11. What book moved you to tears?

Wow. There have been many over the years in this category. Everything from Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows to Marley and Me. (You may detect a slight canine bias here.)

However, a recent re-read that comes to mind is Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds, by Joy Adamson.

I first read this remarkable book in 1969. Some 50 years later, this true story of an orphaned lioness and the two humans who loved her enough to set her free remains one of the most powerful, poignant stories I’ve ever read. It includes overcoming overwhelming odds. Triumph. Tragedy. Tenderness. Hope and loss. Also vivid, evocative descriptions of East African flora, fauna, and people. Born Free has it all. (Shoulda bought stock in Kleenex.)

On a similar note, Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa also qualifies.

Nominations


Kimber here again. Here are Mom’s and my nominations to keep the love flowing. (We’re still working on coming up with 11. But here’s a start):

Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf

Cristian @ The Art of Blogging

Christine @ The Uncorked Librarian

Barbie @ Barbie Holmes

Andy @ Pearls and Pantsuits

Jody @ Jodyleecollins



Eleven questions for these exceptional bloggers to tackle:



1. How long have you been blogging?

2. Why did you start a blog?

3. How has blogging affected your life?

4. Describe your biggest blogging challenge

5. Your favorite book genre?

6. Describe your version of The Perfect Vacation ($ not an obstacle)

7. How do you defeat writer’s block?

8. Are your family and friends aware that you’re a blogger? What do they think?

9. What’s the best writing or blogging advice you ever heard?

10. Describe your blog in 10 words or less

11. Dogs or cats? (Inquiring Kimbers want to know!!)

 

 

By the way. The whole point of the Sunshine Blogger Award isn’t to keep it to yourself. It’s to share it! And spread some blogging love. So, nominate away, friends! 

Whew! Is it dinner time yet? “Askin’ for a friend.” Thanks again for reading. Happy blogging and full sunshine ahead!