It’s a Major Award!

The lovely and fun Miss Cole gave me two awards this weekend. So first I want to give her a shout out: Thanks!! And you should visit her blog, because it’s awesome. Not only does she blog about writing, but she posts a song every Wednesday that’s sure to get you motivated, and a picture every Friday taken by herself (and usually of beautiful England!).


The Rules of “The Versatile Blogger” award and “The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award” are


1) Thank and link to the person who nominates you.
2) Share seven random facts about yourself.
3) Pass the award to five more blogger friends.
4) Contact and congratulate the blogs nominated.

These awards are such a great way to increase friendship and networking between us bloggers, don’t you think? So! I’m going to nominate:

Stephanie Allen for her ability to graduate by surprise.

Kirsten Lopresti for being the coolest mom and sending her kids to science camp(!).

Kristin Laughtin for inventing the word ‘sequelitis’.

Tracey Neithercott for always having the best images and gifs. (Seriously, girl, where do you find those?)

Aaaaand Alison Miller for having the best blog title ever.

All of these blogs are fantastic and you should MOS DEF check ’em out!

Now SEVEN things about me!

1. I LOVE Diet Dr. Pepper. Like, it’s a problem. I go to Sonic every day for a Route 44 Diet Dr. Pepper with vanilla. If you haven’t tried vanilla in your Diet Dr. yet, then get on it!

2. I graduated from BYU with a degree in Linguistics. That was my 5th official major (Pre-Broadcast Journalism then Pre-Public Relations freshman year, Fitness and Well sophomore year, Athletic Training first half of junior year, then halfway through junior year realized I stink at science and succumbed to my liberal arts brain and went with linguistics, which I LOVED).

3. I play the piano, but I’ve also dabbled in the violin, bells/xylophone, bassoon, and clarinet. I also really want to learn to play the cello someday.

4. I was a lifeguard for 2 years, then a lifeguard supervisor for 3 years at a water park in my hometown. MY MOST FAVORITEST JOB OF EVER, so far. Did you know you can be passionate about lifeguarding? I was!

5. I’m kind of a spelling nut, but I have the hardest time remembering which words are compound words and which are just two words. I usually err on the side of making them separate words. My last manuscript for school was littered with marks from my professor telling me to combine words. (Why is this so hard for me??)

6. In case it’s not obvious, I love languages (part of the word nerd thing, right?). I minored in Italian in college and also took 3 semester of Japanese. I took a semester of American Sign Language in college, and three years of French in high school. I also really want to learn a Polynesian language, Russian, Arabic (especially! so pretty), and Biblical Hebrew.

7. I don’t have a “favorite” author. I rarely go on an author binge, unless I’m reading a series. I have a bit of a short attention span and jump around from author to author, genre to genre. But my favorite genre is most definitely young adult. I also love urban fantasy and high fantasy. And anything contemporary.

So there you have it! Seven random things about me. Now I need to paint the kitchen. I’ll be back tomorrow with a more writerly post. :)

Happy Labor Day!

Posted by

I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

9 thoughts on “It’s a Major Award!

  1. Replies on random-ness. (is that one word or two?) I once rode an elephant. And, I walked out of The Legend of Boggy Creek right before the end, loudly exclaiming that I didn’t believe it, that it was all a big scam, but the truth is I really had to pee.

  2. I love the bassoon! I would love to learn it, but the closest I’ve gotten so far was teaching myself oboe my senior year of high school. (Gotta love the whole double reed thing…totally weird after playing the flute for seven years.)

    Thank you for the awards!

    1. The bassoon is the first reed instrument I ever played. I never had formal instruction on the clarinet–a friend just taught me how to play a few songs on his. But that counts, right? :)
      And you’re very welcome!

  3. Awww, thanks for the award! Such a good way to promote relations between bloggers. Sorry I wasn’t around when you first posted it; I lazed my way around this past holiday weekend and am only now checking my intimidating feed reader. I’m off to write my own blog post and am going to pimp you so hard…

  4. Thanks for the award, Kris!! I’d tell you how to find awesome gifs but it really involves spending way too much time searching. However, if you’re ever up for some mindless internet browsing and don’t mind wasting valuable time that you could spend doing something—oh, I don’t know—productive, then let me know. :)

    I love that you’re so into languages. I minored in French in college but lost so much of it when I graduated and didn’t know a soul who spoke it. (Which my friends tell me is my own fault for picking French over Spanish, but whatever.) I wouldn’t mind learning Italian, but I can get by in Italy since it’s similar to French. Now Japanese? I’d love to learn that language! I know it’s tough, but if I could learn any other language that’d be it. It’s so cool you learned sign language, too.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s