I have wonderful news! Today, I received word that the first volume of my series, The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell, has been certified by the Library of Congress! I am deeply honored by this and look forward to what will come from it!
I was nominated by katherineontheinside for the Liebster Award!
The Liebster Award is:
• An award that exists only on the internet and is awarded to bloggers by bloggers.
• The word “liebster” is German in origin and has several definitions that include dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend (really?)
• The Award follows the principles of a chain letter, that it should be passed on.
• Bloggers are nominated and it is their choice to accept it, and continue PAYING IT FORWARD or to refuse to accept it, thereby stopping or interrupting the chain.
• Variations have been made over time to the “rules”.
• And lets be honest, the marketing associated with accepting this award helps promote your own and other worthy bloggers.
The rules are simple:
• If you accept the award you should link your acceptance post back to their blog;
• Answer the questions posed by the nominating blogger;
• Pay it forward and nominate 5-10 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
I gratefully accept this award and answer the following questions:
1. What is the main goal of your blog?
To spread word of my books and writing.
2. Link to your most favourite blog post and tell why it’s your favourite.
This is my favorite post because it talks about Star Wars and the upcoming Episode VII. If it is related to Star Wars, in either a good way or a bad way, it doesn’t matter because I am such a devout Star Wars fan that I like to read what other people think about such a successful franchise.
3. What is the one moment in your life you would re-do if you had the opportunity?
Probably a few specific days in high school because now that I am much more mentally stable and in control of my autism, I am curious to see how I would handle certain situations back then if I had the control that I have today.
4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Since I like to research every superpower ever depicted, I am kind of torn between either reality warping, which would enable me to make whatever I imagine real or power mimicry, which would allow me to copy any superpower I encounter, making me increasingly more powerful.
5. If you could have a large block of free time, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t so consumed by either school or my job, I would probably have much more time to continue my writing since I have so many stories I wish to write and publish before I kick the bucket. On the other hand, I would probably do either a Star Wars or Marvel Cinematic Universe movie marathon.
6. When was the last time you were so happy you broke out in tears? And why?
The last time I was that happy was when my first volume was published. On that weekend, I was the keynote speaker for the Orange County Department of Education and all of my family and loved ones gathered at the local Spaghetti Factory to celebrate the publication. That was the happiest weekend of my life.
7. How has your faith had an effect on your life, relationships, and blog?
It has given me the strength and confidence I needed to overcome the limitations my autism had given me and the desire to utilize it in a way that made me strong. To that end, it allowed me to start creating my series and a chance to share it with the rest of the world.
8. Who is the person you’ve learned the most from in your life?
When I was younger, my autism made me so mentally and emotionally unstable that I required an aide to help me during middle and high school. While a number of these individuals were either cruel or thought of me as nothing but a job instead of a person, there was one aide who was good to me and taught me many philosophical principles that had a significant influence in my writing. That would be the person I have learned from the most.
9. What are 3-5 adjectives that sum up who you are?
People have often called me intelligent, ambitious, caring, modest, and patient.
10. Name something on your bucket list. Why did it make it on your list?
On my bucket list, I have made my main goal to be completing my entire franchise, which will consist of the five main volumes as well as who knows how many spin-offs, prequels, and sequels. In addition, I wish to help people understand what kinds of benefits one can gain from being autistic. Because these objectives are essentially my life’s work, I hope to create a successful franchise, become a working autism ambassador, and make as big of an impact as possible before I die.
I nominate the following bloggers:
4.) Gale Wright
In addition, I wish to ask them the following:
1.) What are your plans for the holidays?
2.) What is your happiest memory?
3.) What would you regard as your greatest achievement?
4.) Who is your favorite actor/actress?
5.) Which do you prefer, Star Wars or Star Trek?
6.) Do you have a favorite superhero? If so, who?
7.) If you could have any animal for a pet, what would you choose?
8.) If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
9.) What is your favorite book or graphic novel?
10.) Who do you think is the scariest human being alive?
I want to thank thequietfantasybookblog for nominating me for the One Lovely Blogger Award.
The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer and up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also to help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognises blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognises bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:
• Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
• Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
• Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
• Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog:
Seven facts/things about me:
1.) I have a two-year old pit bull who is the sweetest dog anyone could ask for.
2.) My favorite kind of food is Italian.
3.) I am an immensely devout Star Wars fan.
4.) I went to Wondercon in 2014 and once I walked through the door, I felt right at home because it had all of my favorite things all in one location.
5.) I enjoy watching Top Gear on BBC America, starring Jeremy Clarkson, James “Captain Slow” May, and Richard Hammond.
6.) My favorite holiday is Halloween because I get to dress up in super-scary costumes and frighten trick-or-treaters.
7.) The countries I want to visit before I die include Japan, Ireland, England, France, and Italy.
Here are the individuals I nominate:
I was nominated by confessionsofawordaholic for a Liebster Award. The Liebster Award is where you are tagged to answer 11 questions, then tag 11 other people and ask 11 more questions! So here are my answers to their questions:
1. Why do you write?
To unleash my imagination and share it with the rest of the world.
2. What’s your favorite book at the moment and why?
Eragon because it was one of the very first stories to get me interested in the fantasy genre and allowed me to fall in love with the high elf race. In addition, its author, Christopher Paolini was one of the authors who inspired me to begin writing in the first place.
3. How often do you read?
A few times every couple days.
4. What’s your favorite song at the moment?
One-Winged Angel from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Orchestra Version).
5. If you could choose any literary character to relate to, who would it be?
Harry Potter because I also had humble beginnings and ended up becoming something greater.
6. Do you do any other art form (ex: paint, sing, sculpt)?
I have very basic drawing skills, but beyond that I have no other artistic forms.
7. What’s your favorite TV show?
Game of Thrones because it was a fantasy show that truly demonstrated to me how morally ambiguous characters can be.
8. What’s your favorite movie?
Young Frankenstein, which I can reenact word for word.
9. Why did you start your blog?
To help spread the word of my books, help people find them, and allow my audience to get a better understanding of me as both a person with autism and as a published author.
10. What are your goals for the next year?
I plan on getting my upcoming third volume of my series published, continue with my fourth volume, and begin a number of my planned spin-off origin short stories. I also intend to continue working with manga artists so that I can one day convert my books into manga graphic novels. Finally, I hope to find another opportunity to speak on behalf of autism awareness organizations with the intention of spreading the word of the potential benefits one can gain from being autistic.
11. Which do you read more with, E-reader or print books?
I think I have a healthy balance between the two.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed my answers! I nominate some of my followers and a few of the blogs that I follow regularly to answer the following 11 questions:
1.) Do you enjoy anime and manga?
2.) What is your favorite pet?
3.) What country would you want to visit the most?
4.) What would you describe as your favorite vacation experience?
5.) If you enjoy superheroes, who is your favorite one?
6.) What is your opinion of pit bulls?
7.) What kind of music do you enjoy?
8.) What makes you laugh the most?
9.) What is your favorite season of the year?
10.) How would you describe as the perfect villain?
11.) What is your favorite dessert?
I nominate the following bloggers:
I received this lovely Recognition Tag from viktoryarch and I pass on the following rules regarding the tag:
The rules are simple: if you read a blogger you enjoy, tag him/ her with a recognition tag, telling them how you appreciate them.
Tag as many as you want. Spread the love of appreciation and recognition. I want to give my recognition to my fellow bloggers who show their impressive posts and inspirational work.
I would like to thank My Book Self for nominating me for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. I am honored to have been selected.
The rules are:
1.) The nominee shall display the Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo on his/her blog they got nominated from.
2.) The nominee shall nominate fifteen (15) bloggers he/she admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.
3.) Write three things that inspired you the most this week.
I nominate the following bloggers:
5.) Maria Matthews
6.) Michelle Rene
Three things that have inspired me this week:
1.) Looking at the vastness of the Sierras from the top of Mammoth Mountain.
2.) Walking along the salt pillars surrounding Mono Lake.
3.) Taking a bite of a freshly baked molten chocolate lava cake.
This is quite exciting news that I wanted to share. A lovely person by the name of Mad about the Orient has nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank very much and I am deeply honored by this privilege!
Now there are a couple of rules but I get to nominate some people for it to. The rules are:
– Post the award to your blog
– Thank the blogger that nominated you in your post & link back to their blog
– Answer the 11 questions given to you
– Pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers
– Create your own 11 questions
YOU CANNOT NOMINATE THE PERSON WHO NOMINATED YOU & YOU NEED TO INFORM THE PEOPLE THAT YOU NOMINATED THEM
Here are the questions Mad about the Orient chose:
1) What is your favourite song?
The One-Winged Angel from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
2) What do you aspire to be?
A successful author and autism ambassador.
3) What do you get up for in the morning?
To make a difference in the world one step at a time.
4) What would be your motto if you had one?
It would probably be “Discover the Superhero in you!” because I believe that everyone has their own inner superhero waiting to be awakened.
5) How do others see you?
As far as I can tell, they see me as someone who has had a number challenges in his life, but managed to overcome them in order to be a stronger individual. For those reasons, they tell me that I am successful in defatting my limitations.
6) What was your favourite childhood toy?
A lucky stuffed dragon that I got out of a prize-grabber machine. I was six when I got it and when the machine had it, the dragon almost fell off the hook, but managed to reach the slot. From that point on, I considered it my lucky dragon.
7) Favourite actor/actress?
Benedict Cumberbatch because if my books were ever made into films, I want him to play the voice of the main villain in the entire series.
8) Favourite Flower/Plant?
Redwood trees because they are a tremendous natural wonder.
9) Best holiday you ever went on?
Going on a cross-country trip with my father from New York to California.
10) Favourite Comedy Program?
Family Guy and America’s Funniest Home Videos.
11) What is your ultimate dream/goal?
To leave behind a legacy that will endure long after I am gone just as William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and many other authors have done before me. In addition, I want to make the world aware that autism can be a person’s greatest gift and not a curse. Finally, I wish to create my very own superhero universe just as Marvel and DC Comics have done.
Here are the bloggers I nominate for the Liebster Award:
Wendy Van Camp, Winson Chiu (The Manga Creator), Aul, Bookgirl, Darth Stinty, hateresa, jbgarner58, jgglass, Adam Collings, efyatofika, and darcil.
Here are the 11 questions I will ask you:
1.) What is your favorite anime/manga?
2.) What is your favorite film?
3.) What type of food is your favorite?
4.) When you look up to the stars, what do you dream of?
5.) If you could be a superhero, what set of abilities would you want to have?
6.) What would you describe as being the ultimate villain?
7.) What is your favorite genre to read?
8.) What would you consider to be your favorite mythological creature?
9.) Do you like art such as writing, painting, sculpting, etc.?
10.) What would you do if a zombie apocalypse were to happen tomorrow?
11.) Who is your favorite superhero?
Have a lovely evening everyone!