Best Moment Award

Awarding the people who live in the moment

The noble who write and capture the best in life

The bold who reminded us what really mattered

Savoring the experience of quality time

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THE RULES

  1. Create an acceptance speech either by video or a written speech post
  2. Pass the award onto 15 other bloggers and their posts

MY ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

I would love to thank Miss Alexandrina. She nominated me for the Best Moment Award after reading my Running A Marathon, Not A Sprint post. It’s been pretty cool beans interacting and bonding with other bloggers and writers. You guys motivated me to step up my game. It’s been over a year, and my blog has reached over 10,000 hits. I’d like to thank my followers and anyone who found what they were looking for on my blog. Search engines continue to be the main contributor for people over the world reading what I have to say.

At WVU, I told myself that if I didn’t have a career at the age of 30, then I would go back to school for a Masters degree. I’m happy that I decided to stop writing as a hobby. No kidding, back in the day, no one–and I mean NO ONE–could read my stories. They were for my eyes only. I would start rough drafts, have something else spark my interest, then abandon my original project to work on the new one. It was an endless cycle until everything was finally finished months or years later. In 2008, I let my co-worker read my graphic novel. Her reaction intrigued me. From there, I grew confidence that I could write interesting and entertaining stories for readers. Now, I write as a business. Being an author will be my career (0f course, I have realistic expectations). Yea, no extra student loan bills for the rest of my life hee hee!!!

I’d like to thank my writing buddies–in person and online–who have supported me. It’s been fun acting as critique partners and beta-readers as a trade-off. I’d also like to thank my friends and family. Next month, I’m publishing my debut novel, so I’d also like to thank any readers who find a way to my book.

For the longest time, I was clueless about the publishing industry. Authorhouse almost got its hand on me. Good thing, I was broke at the time. The waiting period caused me to research–this is where I found websites steering me clear of vanity publishers disguised as self-publishing companies. This led me to research the best way to get published, which led to learning about having an author platform. I researched the most effective way to blog, and the rest speaks for itself…so I’d like to thank Authorhouse as well even though it probably sounds silly. Thank you for giving wrong publishing facts, causing me to be curious enough to find answers for myself. Now, I know all the different alternatives and picked the right option for me.

Thanks for anyone who read all of that. I didn’t mean for my speech to be that long 🙂

MY NOMINATIONS–my last award, no one really wanted to participate. Even though I nominated you, please don’t feel the need to continue the chain if you don’t want to. No hard feelings. I did cheat though–I only picked 11 instead of 15.

  1. Francene Carroll for A New Chapter, New Beginning
  2. Rebekkah Ford for Writers Block
  3. Thomas C for Bully For the Ages
  4. Brian J. Jarrett for Quotas and Goals
  5. L.M. Sherwin for Critiquing Your Work–Critters Workshop Time
  6. Paige Addams for Hearts, Dragon, and Titles
  7. Kellie Larsen Murphy for More Book Marketing
  8. Sharon C. Cooper for Talent, Passion and Discipline
  9. Poppy for My Current Life Theme
  10. Monica Shaughnessy for Book Marketing: What’s Working, What Ain’t
  11. Shannon A. Thompson for Writing Tips: How I Handle Rejection

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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My Second Nomination for the Sunshine Award!!!! Woo Hoo!!!

Due to me having a brain fart (writers get that from time to time hee hee), I didn’t notice that I was nominated for the Sunshine Award months ago! My mistake! I’d like to thank Miss Alexandrina Brant for nominating me. Since I won this recently, I won’t pass it along to other bloggers.

However, I’ll answer the questions; they’re original and cool. Besides, this is me trying to get out of my shell, trying to knock my wall down 🙂

TEN QUESTIONS

1.  Do you prefer ebooks, paperbooks, or hardback?

I’ve always preferred the soft cover books. Hardbacks cost way too much money and is too heavy. I like my books light so it’s easy to carry. Since I brought a kindle, last Christmas, ebooks have won my heart. There’s something satisfying about being able to buy a book within seconds and hold them all in one place.

2.  Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.

“As a matter of fact I’m frightfully thrilled at the prospect of seeing Soldier Island. There’s been such a lot about it in the papers. Is it really very fascinating?”–Agatha Christie And Then There Were None

3.  What is the last film you saw?

I had the pleasure of watching MAGIC MIKE last weekend. It was great! Matt Bomer, Matthew McCaughney, Channing Tatum all in one movie, a movie about male strippers no less! Every other scene they were dancing on stage. I also enjoyed the drama and comedy. I never really cared for the actor who was in I Am Number Four, but he was mighty cute in this one (at least the character he portrayed–I rooted for him).

4.  Have you ever written (or started) to write a book?

I’ve been creating stories since the age of 11.

5.  What are your three favorite songs?

  • Broken by Seether and Amy Lee
  • Bring Me To Life by Evanescence (I’m sure I spelled that wrong LOL)
  • I’m Just Mary by Mary J. Blige

6.  Do you like to dance?

I know Zumba is considered exercise, but I love it!!!! I can do it nonstop for 2 hours. When I listen to my IPOD, I love to dance even though I don’t have any rhythm hee hee. Alone, I really feel the music. In front of others, I don’t dare shake what my momma gave me. I get really nervous.

7.  What do most people not know about you?

I know I’m a loner, but sometimes it hurts my feelings when no one asks me to hang out with them. They’ll go on their adventure or shopping spree, etc. then later tell me about it. When I say, “Oh that sounds cool. I would’ve went.” They shake their head, smirking. “I just assumed you’d say no because you always do.”

That’s not true. I say no when people ask me to party or drink because I don’t do those things. And it’s not really fun being the only sober one around drunks. However, of course, I’d like to hang out doing other activities. I hate when people try to put me in a box, thinking they know me when they really don’t.

8.  What kind of books do you like to read?

I love reading mystery, thrillers, horror (a new genre I tried and fell in love with), women’s fiction, romance. The more drama, the better for me.

9.  Where do you see yourself in five years?

Books published under my belt. I did a research of the best cities/towns where writers can make an affordable living. Asheville, North Carolina was my top pick. I’d love to be living there by age 33 or 34, whether I’m still single or in a loving relationship. Hopefully, by then, I’ll be making a comfortable living of selling my novels, so I won’t need a stupid job that I don’t care about. I’ll be able to focus on just my passion. Wow, in 5 years, I’ll be 35 years old. That’s crazy!

10.  Is the glass half empty of half full?

The glass is definitely half empty. I’m a pessimistic (even though I try to be as positive as I can on my blog; I’m sure you guys wouldn’t want to hear me vent all the time hee hee) at heart and will always be. I’m a realist, if you will.

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These questions were fun. They gave me practice of mock interviews 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Sunshine Award

Yea, another blogger award! It makes me feel so special hee hee. I’d like to thank PaigeAddams for nominating me. I really appreciate that you enjoy reading my blog, especially my take on the creative writing prompts. Paige, if you ever want to do your own version on your blog let me know, and I’ll link it to my page 🙂

Here’s the rules of the award:

1.  List 7 things about yourself

2.  Nominate bloggers worthy of these award up to 15

3.  Thank the person who nominated you!

Seven things about myself (I’ll try something different by revealing my writing style, habits instead of personality since I just wrote a recent post about that already LOL)

1.  I love writing out of order. I’ll start with the event that interests me the most. Even with editing, I’ll start at the section that motivates me more than automatically at the beginning.

2.  I tend to think of my stories as movies or tv shows. So I write scenes as I picture them on the big scene (probably why I focus on dialogue and beats so much–used to write screenplays all the time). I listen to the songs on my IPOD that could be the potential soundtrack, and I cast my characters (look at celebrity pics who the people in my story look like).

3.  Before NaNo, I could never focus in the mornings because I’d be too tired. Now, I mostly write early in the day, even on weekends. The days I should be sleeping in, my brain wakes me up telling me to “create story”, “create story”. Sometimes I can also write in the afternoons, but I can’t really function at night like I used to.

4.  I’m pretty old school. I still write everything in notebooks, then type later. I use any computer available so a lot of times I have to save, email to myself. I’ve yet to buy a flash drive. I know I’m bad hee hee.

5.  First point-of-view is my favorite way to write, but lately I’ve really been enjoying third person point-of-view too. With first person POV, I tended to stay inside their heads too much instead of having them interact with the other characters.

6.  When I come up with story ideas, most of my inspiration comes from movies. I like to put different spin on things after asking “what if?” Usually the plot or characters are so different that no one would even know that the story was based off of it. My favorite movies are dramas, probably why I like writing dramas.

7.  I spend way too much time in my planning stages before even attempting to start a rough draft. Creating characters–getting to know them personally and intimately–is my favorite stage. I create plot outlines, research everything I can on the setting, etc. I want to know all about my characters’ emotions, world, relationships, etc. so I don’t mess anything up. In a way, I guess I roleplay (especially my main characters, which is usually a guy and a girl).

My Nominations (Sorry if you already won Sunshine Award, I didn’t know). I enjoy reading these blogs every day because some are funny, entertaining while some fully share every detail about the author’s publishing journey. Since I’m in the same boat as them I like to hear their success stories, keeps me motivated to keep pursuing my dream.

1.  Ryan Murphy

2.  Unearthing Words

3.  Jade Alyse

4.  Kellie Larsen Murphy

5.  Sharon C. Cooper

6.  Darla

7.  Jordanna East

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Reader Appreciation Award

I want to thank PaigeAddams for nominating me for the Reader Appreciation Award. Can I just say winning blogging awards is way better than school superlatives hee hee.

The Rules:

1.  Include the award logo somewhere in your blog

2.  Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to

3.  Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy, or pick the number

4.  Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate

5.  Pay the love back with gratitude and link to the blogger(s) who nominated you

The Questions for Reader Appreciation Award

1.  What is your favorite color? 

  • Blue.

2.  What is your favorite animal?

  • I’m not an animal lover at all, but if I have to choose something, I guess a bird

3.  What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

  • Sweet or Lemon Tea

4.  Facebook or Twitter?

  • BOTH!!! I guess I enjoy Facebook more because I’ve been on it the longest, and it lets me keep in touch with old friends. The only thing I don’t like about Twitter is the whole 140 characters thing.

5.  Favorite pattern?

  • Stars. When I was younger, I used to research every thing I could on astronomy.

6.  Do you prefer getting or giving presents?

  • Getting. I’m definitely a taker hee hee

7.  Favorite number?

  • 7

8.  Favorite day of the week?

  • Thursday

9.  Favorite flower?

  • I don’t care for flowers, but if I have to choose something, I guess daisies

10.  What is  your passion?

  • I love writing fiction and drawing comics/graphic novels. In fact, I’m outlining something now to keep me motivated to start up an art blog.

My Nominations–This was hard; the people

I wanted to nominate, already won recently hee hee.

So I have to keep this list short unfortunately. The ones

here–I love visiting their blog almost everyday.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Kreativ Blogger Award

Yea, my 3rd blogger award!!! Thanks to Kellie Larsen Murphy for nominating me. The steps I have to complete are:

1.  Thank my nominator and provide a link to their blog

2.  List seven things that readers might find interesting about me

3.  Nominate seven other bloggers

7 THINGS ABOUT ME

  • I hate surprises and mystery. I have to know right away the outcome. When I read a book, I cheat and look over the last 3 pages first. I look for TV spoilers before a new season airs (especially the MTV Challenges), and I like to hear about a movie before watching it.
  • I went to West Virginia University (Let’s Go Mountaineers!!!)–a huge party school–and I don’t drink. You can imagine how that was a conversation starter.
  • I absolutely, positively hate being labeled or having to fit inside a box. I’ll rebel against it in my own way. My motto in school was “Express Your Individuality.”
  • In my own life, I’m not competitive at all. If you want to win, don’t have me on your team. However, I’m a fan of the best sport teams. I can’t cheer for the underdogs unless it’s a movie.
  • When I write, I like to picture my stories as movies. I envision it on the big screen with my music soundtrack and cast of actors to play my characters. For book covers, I think of it as my movie poster.
  • I’m an introvert who’s perfectly fine with my little corner in a room being invisible
  • Drawing is a huge passion of mine–probably more than writing. I’ve been drawing since the age of 8, and creating stories since the age of 11.

MY NOMINATIONS (Sorry if you already won. I didn’t know)

  1. Laura
  2. Jade Alyse
  3. MyPenAndMe
  4. Armand Rosamilia
  5. RickySchaedeWrites
  6. Ioannis Batsios 
  7. Dennis Langley

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

The Versatile Blogger Award

I would like to thank Sharon C. Cooper for nominating me for my 2nd blogger award: The Versatile Blogger!!! When I first started blogging, I often wondered how people won, so I’m very happy to know that people enjoy my writing and posts.

As part of my nomination, I have to share seven facts about myself and nominate fifteen other bloggers. Here goes:

7 FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I love learning about psychology. It fascinates me why people act the way they do. I’m constantly researching this topic to make sure my characters are three dimensional.
  • The music on my IPOD is all over the place. If anyone ever asked to listen to it, they’d probably be like WTF.
  • I’m slow when it comes to trusting technology. I wait to buy gadgets when the price is reduced years later–once another new popular craze is approaching. This way the price is affordable, and I’ve made sure the product actually works (I’m big on reading product reviews).
  • I’m a penny-pincher. If it’s not a notebook or anything related to writing or drawing, then I’ll save my money.
  • When I go to restaurants, I buy the same thing every single time. If they serve breakfast all day, pancakes and bacon. If not, chicken tenders and fries (unless they sell mac and cheese).
  • Math was my favorite subject in school. I really thought I’d end up an accountant, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
  • Before the age of 13, I was a latchkey kid who lived off my own cooking. I only knew how to fix frozen dinners, toast, eggs, and mac and cheese. This is probably why I can’t cook now.

MY  NOMINATIONS (Sorry if you already won. I didn’t know)

  1. Kellie Larsen Murphy
  2. Isabella Louise Anderson
  3. Wendy Van Camp
  4. Perspicere
  5. Miss Alexandrina
  6. Simone Young
  7. Alex Sabo
  8. Elley, Nicole, Tari
  9. Ryan M. Murphy
  10. Miss Demure Restraint
  11. The Militant Writer
  12. Talin
  13. ML Campbell 
  14. Dennis Langley
  15. Jade Alyse

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby