Monday, January 3, 2011

Life Is Good AWARD

On behalf of everyone at The Lit Express, we want to say a huge
to Pertz from Bookable Reads for giving us the Life is good award

We have to do the following tasks for this award:

1. First, thank and link back to the person that gave the award.
2. Answer the 10 survey questions.
3. Pass the award along to other bloggers whom you think are fantastic.
4. Contact the bloggers you have chosen to let them know about the award.

10 survey questions:

1. If you blog anonymously, are you happy doing this? If you are not anonymous, do you wish that you had started out anonymously, so that you could be anonymous now?
A: (Rane) It's sort of like authors choosing whether or not to use a pen name. There are ups and downs. I would like to stand behind my work with a face, not just a name.

(Alyssa) I think it's fun not being anonymous. This way I can share my interests and stuff without worrying about if people will find out it's me or something. :P

2. Describe an incident that shows your inner stubborn side.
A: (Rane) Me?? Stubborn?? I'm not stubborn...I'm not...I'm not! Okay, well, I don't know if this is considered stubborn or determined, but I do not give up on my dreams. LOL. I know that sounds corny, but it's true. Once I get an idea in my head, I have a hard time shaking it out.

(Alyssa) OMG I am so stubborn! There are too many incidents to think of. Here's a good one: In high school, I wanted to take a Sci-Fi English class for senior English. My counselor told me it wouldn't count if I wanted to apply to a university (it would -- I don't know why she told me otherwise) and said I'd have to drop it and take either Bible Lit or British Lit. I was so angry, because the counselors were always switching my classes without my permission, so I told her I'd just take BOTH English classes. So I took two English classes for my senior year in high school. :P

3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?
A: (Rane) Oh dear. Who chose this question? When I look in the mirror, it's usually to get ready in the morning, and my thoughts are generally centered around my routine. Okay, and I throw in a couple of "not bads" just for the good old ego boost. lol

(Alyssa) lol For real. Who chose this question? I see a sleep-deprived college student/aspiring writer/addicted reader. But, I'm starting to get laugh lines around my eyes, so I'm happy with all of that, apparently. :P

4: What is your favorite summer cold drink?
A: (Rane) Lemonade

(Alyssa) Rane stole mine! :P I'm going to say strawberry lemonade to make it different.

5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?
A: (Rane) Definitely read & surf the web.

(Alyssa) Read and write. Sometimes play the occasional video game. I reserve surfing Google for procrastinating on homework.

6. Is there something that you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?
A: (Rane) I have focused on becoming a published author for my whole life, and now it's finally happening. I think I'm just going to continue doing what I love. I'm pretty content at the moment.

(Alyssa) Becoming a published writer is definitely the main goal that I'm working toward right now. I'm also working on becoming multilingual, but that stuff is HARD!

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the shy person, or always ditching?
A: (Rane) All four at one time or another. It really depended on the class.

(Alyssa) I was a mix of the class overachiever and the shy person. Unless I was in a class with my friends, then I was definitely NOT shy. There are some classes that I ditch, but not ALWAYS, so I don't consider myself a ditcher.

8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what would you see?
A: (Rane) I see a lot of things lol. Something I want to publish for the whole world to know?? I think a very poignant moment in my life was when my father moved to Australia from the U.S. and not knowing when I would see him again.

(Alyssa) Oh my, this is hard. One moment would be when my grandma moved from California to Oregon (on the day I graduated middle school, too). I stayed at her house about 3 nights a week, and I was always reading aloud to her and sharing books with her. She was my book buddy, so it was hard for me when she moved.

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?
A: (Rane) I don't think I have shared a lot about myself so far in my blog. I think people's personalities come out in the way they express their thoughts. But, I definitely want to be more open about my life so I can make deeper connections with my followers and the blogs I follow.

(Alyssa) It's hard for me to share my true self period. I am trying to work on this, and like Rane, I want to be more open about my life on the blog. I think that's the point of having a blog, to share not only news and your thoughts, but also yourself.

10. If you had the choice to sit down and read a book or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?
A: (Rane)!!!

(Alyssa) Read for sure! The only people I actually talk on the phone with are close friends and family, and I talk to them all the time.

We are passing on this award to these awesome bloggers:

I've really enjoyed their blogs, and I hope you do too!