The Liebster Award

The Writing Days / The Liebster Award

The wonderful Niina from Northern Chapters nominated me for a Liebster Award, like, two months ago. So sorry my reply took this long, but here it is – finally! Thank you so much Niina for nominating me! Do check out her interesting blog. It’s one of my favourites.

Here are the rules for this award:

  • Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  • Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you
  • Make ten questions of your own for your nominees.
  • Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.
  • ALL THE NOMINEES ARE FREE TO ACCEPT OR REJECT THE NOMINATION

 Here are my answers to Niina’s questions:

1. How many books have you read so far this year?

According to my Goodreads, 12, but I think I’ve forgotten some that I’ve read for my thesis. Also, I’m currently reading about five or six books. Why can’t I just read one book at a time?

2. What’s your favorite holiday?

Christmas. Hands down, no doubt about it. I love Christmas almost too much for words. But don’t worry, I won’t be the one forcing you to listen to Christmas carols in October. Unless you want to. Then we should definitely get together next October.

3. If you could only recommend one book, what would it be?

I’m going to say Orlando by Virginia Woolf. I’ve always read a lot of books but Woolf’s novels were one of the first ones to leave me completely out of words. It’s a beautiful novel.

4. Congratulations, you just won the jackpot in a lottery! First thing you do?

Pay off my student loans and save the rest so I could buy my grandparents’ house when they can no longer maintain it.

5. Would you rather go 200 years into the past or into the future and why?

Probably into the past, because I’d love to get to know my relatives and explore the places where they’re from.

6. If you could choose one person (alive or dead), who would you want to meet?

There are so many people I would love to meet! I think it would be cool to meet my great-grandmas.

7. When was the last time you were excited about something?

Today, because I got out of work early and have a five-day holiday for Midsummer! We’re travelling to Eastern Finland to see relatives tomorrow, which is always exciting because we don’t see nearly enough. Let’s hope for nice weather, because we are getting that midnight bonfire lit no matter what!

8. Describe yourself in three words!

Artist, analytical, optimist.

9. At what time of day are you usually most creative?

Whenever I should be doing something else. Kidding (only partly). I think either early in the morning or in the afternoon and evening, especially on holiday when I have time to take a nap. It really boosts my creativity!

10. What’s your next blogging related goal?

I started writing an e-book two days ago! Getting that published in connection with this blog will be my next goal. Also, I’m planning a second blog about being an adult (but keeping your inner child alive), so getting that up and running is also on my to-do list.

I nominate

I only nominate five blogs for the Liebster Award, mainly because I don’t really know that many blogs yet. I know, my learning curve could use some uphill right about… now. But I’m committed to learning this summer. Anyway, these are the awesome people and blogs I nominate for the award:

Pint Size Fiction: Check out this blog for some pretty fricking awesome short stories.

Keystrokes & Closed Doors: I got to know Shelly’s blog through Instagram. Writers, make sure to take a look!

Blu Chicken Ninja: Really extensive book blog, I really recommend it.

Everything On Paper Is Perfect: Again, a blog I found through Instagram. The blog’s full of inspiring posts for writers.

sundry folly: Beautiful poetry and great photography. Do take a look.

As said in the rules, feel free to accept or decline, especially if you’ve just done this. This is just to let you know that I really enjoy your blog.

Here are my 10 questions for you:

1. What made you want to start a blog?
2. Who is your biggest inspiration?
3. If your life was turned into a TV series, what would the theme song be?
4. What’s your favourite season and why?
5. What are your tricks to stay motivated?
6. What dream of yours have you accomplished?
7. What was the first thing you read?
8. If you could learn any skill overnight, what would it be?
9. Why should I watch your favourite film?
10. If you had to participate in a reality TV show, which one would you pick?
That’s all for today. As I said, I’m leaving for a short holiday to see family, but I’ll try to keep up with updating. I dream it will be a sort of ‘workcation’ for me.
Hey, if you know some super awesome blogs I should take a look at (this can include your own blog, obviously), recommend them to me in the comments! I’d love to read some new blogs and get inspired.
Love,
Aino.

Product Review: Buddha Teas

The Writing Days / Product Review: Buddha Teas

Hi guys! I’m really excited for today’s blog post, as it’s the first ever product review on The Writing Days. A company called Buddha Teas (www.buddhateas.com) was kind enough to send me a box of their organic turmeric ginger tea for reviewing. A quick look at their website reveals that their selection of teas really should cover just about any taste – they have over a hundred different teas you can order! I’m always looking for beverages to fuel my writing, so this opportunity is really exciting for me. Here are my thoughts on the product I got to taste.

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Deal With It: How I Manage When There’s Too Much Going On

The Writing Days / Deal With It: How I Manage When There's Too Much Going on

Today’s Blogging 101 assignment is to write a post inspired by another blog. I came across this Inspiration Point and it really struck a chord with me. I’ve been feeling guilty about not posting anything on the blog, so this thought and assignment came at a perfect time. 

I’m excellent at feeling guilty. I feel guilty for not posting anything new on the blog, for not writing my thesis, for not knowing my lines in rehearsals, for not making it to meetings, for gaining a little weight, for not exercising enough, for leaving the dishes, for not completing my to-do list and having to move items for tomorrow’s list… Basically, I feel like a complete failure whenever I have to give myself a little air.

Blaming myself for things I haven’t done often makes me overlook all the things I have accomplished. Yesterday I woke up two hours early and went for a jog. I’ve been writing new story and blog post ideas into my notebook. I do remember my lines in rehearsal, and I’m getting better at improvising whenever I forget. I got a new idea for my thesis that will help me reorganise my thoughts.

If you’re feeling like you’re not solving your problems, here are some tips that might help:

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Which Harry Potter Character Matches Your Writer Personality?

I’ve had a crazy week, but here’s something different to get back on track. I picked ten different characters from the Harry Potter series to describe different types of writers. Obviously there are many more, but here are some of the ones I thought of now.

 Harry Potter

 

You’re excellent at throwing yourself out there and you tackle first drafts like that’s what you were created to do. You don’t like planning before you start writing. As a writer, you trust your own intuition more than anything else, but don’t let yourself be too lonely. I’m sure some of your many friends would love to help you finish your work. You’re headstrong and can work through any obstacle. If faced with writer’s block, pretend it’s wearing pink, lure that sucker into the Forbidden Forest and don’t look back.

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Introducing: Me

This month, I’m taking part in Blogging 101, so there will be many posts related to the tasks given there. Here’s the first one!

The Writing Days / Introducing: Me

I wanted to tell you guys a little more about myself, so first, here are some quick facts about me, some perhaps more relevant than others:

  • I’m 24.
  • I’m Finnish.
  • I love theatre. I write plays, direct and act.
  • I own a red ukulele.
  • I knit and crochet to relax.
  • I’ve never seen a person who didn’t look awesome in drag.
  • I study English.
  • I direct a theatre club for teenagers once a week.
  • Some of my favourite writers are Virginia Woolf and Sarah Waters.
  • I’m pansexual.
  • I’ve always been a bookworm.
  • I want to be a professional writer.
  • My favourite fruit is lemon.
  • I can’t keep houseplants alive.
  • I love Christmas.
  • I live alone.

As you might know, this blog is dedicated to posts about the world of writers. While most of the content is about the work of writers, I’d like to create a blog where writers can relax as well. Kind of like an online breakroom. Most of us work alone, and what I miss most in solitary work is having no one to talk to during coffee breaks. I hope that through this blog, I can connect with other writers. I’d like to get to know my colleagues, both nationally and internationally. I think that writers are never ready, so why not take the opportunity to learn from others?

Love,
Aino.

Friday Favourites: Fictional Writers

The Writing Days / Friday Favourites: Fictional Writers

On this week’s Friday Favourites, I shortly fangirl about my favourite fictional writers. They’re characters who have inspired my writing in one way or another, or are just wonderful in other ways (and them being writers is just a huge plus). Fictional characters feel like friends anyway, so they also act as wonderful peer support. Here we go!

Jo March

Jo has inspired me as a writer ever since I was a child. Her imagination and courage can lift you up when you feel like giving up. She never did. She persisted and finally fulfilled her dream. So why couldn’t I?

Temperance Brennan

Brennan is awesome! She’s strong, intelligent and creative. Not only does she have a full-time job as a forensic anthropologist, she also finds the time to write books. Now, if she finds the time to do that, I think I can squeeze in the time to finish that novel. And play. And poem. And… Well, you know.

Moominpappa

Sometimes Moominpappa summarises writer’s block perfectly. He’s always out looking for adventure or coming up with new things to try. In short, he’s a master procrastinator. But then again, his memoir would be boring if he never got out to do anything. He loves action, but doesn’t mind the odd nap every now and again.

So, here were some of my favourite fictional writers. Who are your favourite writers on the page or on screen? How do they inspire you? Let’s talk!

Love,
Aino.

A Letter to Me in January 2016

The Writing Days / A Letter to Me in January 2016

Dear me in January 2016,

I’m writing to you because I want to know how you’re doing. There are so many things that I want to accomplish in 2015, and I wonder what it’s felt like to go through all those things. Sorry for asking so many questions – I just don’t know how life’s treating you!

The Writing Days / A Letter to Me in January 2016

Did you throw a party to celebrate your graduation? Who came? Have you found a job that interests you? I currently stress about career choices, but I know that’s normal. I wonder if you have things figured out better than I do. Suddenly you have to be all grown up.

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