Friday, May 11, 2018

The Versatile Blogger Award

As you all know, my blog has been around for nearly a year, and I've only done two tags. *dramatic gasp* It's a shame. But luckily, I have been tagged for the Versatile Blogger Award. I can now say that I did three tags for the year I've been in the blogosphere. Such an achievement.

The rules are simple and straight to the point. First, thank the blogger who tagged you. Second, give seven random facts about yourself. Third, tag ten other bloggers of your choice. Easy, right? Yeah, I thought so too. I mean, this post will probably be shorter, but I'll try to make it as entertaining as possible.

So I would like to bestow my thanks upon Blue, who so kindly tagged me. Without you, I wouldn't be standing here today, proud of the fact that I've completed three whole tags in the span of 365 days. To that, I owe you hugely. In fact, you get the credit for any entertainment my audience receives today. *gives everyone a significant look* Got that? Don't thank me; thank the one who tagged me.

All right, let's begin!


The other day, my sisters and I were biking to go get some ice cream, since it was such a beautiful, hot day. As we're heading to our destination, I got the weirdest, most random idea: I wanted to attempt to take a selfie while riding my bicycle. I don't know why. It was just something I could say I did.

Needless to say, I didn't quite think everything through. We were on a quiet street yes, but what if I had to suddenly brake for a car? That wouldn't have ended well. But when you're in the moment, you don't necessarily think about all these details.

Thankfully, nothing bad happened. I did struggle to put my phone back into my pocket. And the result was better than one might expect. Actually, it's probably one of the best selfies I've taken, despite me intentionally making a strange expression


Over the past while, I've discovered that I seem to have a lower sweet tolerance than other people. For example, there are some desserts--particularly straight-up chocolate ones--that I find hard to eat. I just don't like eating really sweet desserts. I'd rather have something "milder," if you will, or fruity.

Does this mean I don't like chocolate desserts, or that I can't stand really sweet delicacies? No, that's not the case. It's just not my preference.


If I counted correctly, at this point in time, I own . . . a lot of soundtracks.

119 of them, to be precise.

I'm, uh, a little surprised by the number. And to think that there's still more I want to get. Yikes . . . I think we can all be in agreement that I'll eventually need a whole room dedicated to my soundtrack collection.

As a side note to this fact, my very first soundtrack I bought was The Dark Knight Rises back in May of 2012 (if I'm not mistaken); my most recent was the extended version of the Infinity War soundtrack just a couple days ago.


I don't often go to the theater to watch movies, so I believe I can list most, if not all, of the films I did see on the big screen. (The list will not be completely accurate as to the order in which I saw these movies.)

  • Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Up
  • Despicable Me 2 (in 3D)
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie
  • Justice League
  • The Death Cure
  • Black Panther
  • Avengers: Infinity War

I'm pretty sure I got all of them. If I forgot any, they must've not been that great or memorable. I would gladly watch any of these again in the cinema, save for Justice League and maybe Despicable Me 2.

Another side note, because it'd be a very short fact on its own: the first movie that I remember crying while watching was The Grace Card. And now look where I am, crying at the drop of a hat! Not exactly, but you get the idea.


My first exposure to the Zelda series was Spirit Tracks. My dad works at a car dealership, and he found the game lying around in a trade-in vehicle. He gave it to me, and I hesitantly started playing. I say hesitantly because this was a few years ago, when I was more sensitive about content in games. (Oh boy, does that sound bad?) I'd read the PluggedIn reviews for other Zelda titles, and I was concerned about the spiritual side of things--which was probably very wise of me at the time.

But when I started playing, I was immediately engrossed with the game and fell in love with it. People hate on the Toon Link games, but honestly, I don't know why. Spirit Tracks is not only a great addition to the series, but also one of my favorite DS games. Now I wanna replay it on my 2DS for the good ol' nostalgia.



Back in 2015 or so (it could've been 2014), my sisters and I filmed our own movie. It was a medieval adventure of two sister princesses, one of whom was captured by a dastardly mercenary (me!). The other set off with her royal guard to free her sister, but troubles besieged them at every corner.

Looking back at it now, it was an awful movie. It was only about 14 minutes, and we had the same amount of time dedicated to special features. But the whole experience was a lot of fun--for the most part--and drew us closer together. We wrote, filmed, and edited it, then showed it to our parents as an anniversary gift.

If I ever got the chance to do something like this, I'd jump on board so fast. With my media experience from college, I feel like I'd be a lot more capable of making a decent film. And c'mon, who doesn't want to star in a movie, albeit a homemade one?


The reason I even started to enjoy writing and pursue it was because Tracey wrote her own novel way back when. I saw her and decided to imitate her. I thought it'd be fun to write my own project instead of just school ones. Even though I mock that project to this day, it put me on the path of an author.

My writing journey has been an interesting one. The LEGO Message Boards invited me to stay on that writer's road, so the loss of it affected me in more ways than one. I've had seasons of staleness, where nothing was written for months. I'm not proud of those periods, and I'm striving to become a consistent writer.

That's where my blog name comes in. That's what I want to be: a steadfast pen God uses to give the world imaginative stories that they can enjoy and learn from. So every time I see my blog's title, I can say to myself, "That is who I am." It is constantly reminding to keep believing that God has amazing plans for this mortal quill.

This is the part I'm not too good at, because now I have to tag ten other people. My problem is that, because I don't participate much in the blogosphere, I don't know who has all done this tag already. So I'm tagging those of you who don't know what you should post next, you who haven't done it yet, and you who feel like doing it again because you've got more random facts to share.

What're your thoughts on this third tag of mine? Were the facts interesting? Was I entertaining? Don't forget, if you have questions for the anniversary vlog, ask them in the comments! I said I was accepting questions the whole month, but the cutoff date might get bumped up, so ask while you can.



    That selfie. Wow. (I was totally not biking behind you, screaming at you. XD)


    Toon Link games are awesome. WHY DO PEOPLE HATE ON THE GOOD STUFF. *coughs* and then love the stupid stuff *coughs* Twilight Princess *coughs some more*

    Oh no, not our movie. XD that was.... fun at the time and now super cringey and hilarious. XD

    Also. *stares at Blue* Thank you for tagging my brother. ;) XD

  2. These were really, really fun facts. I loved all of this! That bike ride selfie is golden. XDDD

    I have a lower sweet tolerance too! And it seems to get worse and worse as I get older. These days I hardly ever want desserts. I mean, I've always been one to choose chips over cake, but even more so now. Give me alllll the salty, savory foods. But desserts? Eh. Not my favorite. It's so crazy! Everyone is so obsessed with all things sweet and I'm just not a huge fan. I thought I was alone in this! :O

    119 soundtracks???? My word. That...that is pretty awesome!

    Not going to the theater much is such a foreign concept to me. Lol. I maaay be a little obsessed with going to see movies. It's one of my top favorite activities! But so many of those you named are such fantastic films. Namely the Marvel ones. ;D But also Kung Fu Panda and Up! And you can't go wrong with the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything movie. *grins*

    I ADORE Toon Link and all his games! I get so confused when people so they're not good. THEY'RE FANTASTIC. In fact, I've beaten Wind Waker more than any other Zelda game. I've played through Phantom Hourglass a couple of times as well. Then again, I love ALL the Zeldas. The platform ones, the Toon Link ones, the 2D ones. I DON'T CARE. JUST GIMME ZELDA!

    Oh my goodness, my friends and I used to make movies! I had gotten a little video camera at one point in my life and we were OBSESSED with making movies with it. We'd go all out too. It was hilarious and a blast!

    I absolutely love your outlook on writing and the reason behind your blog name. Because yes, God gave you this passion and talent for a reason, and it's so, so important you stay steadfast in it. ^_^

    Okay wow, this comment is getting long. But I really enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing all the fun facts!

  3. I got some questions for the anniversary!

    Do you prefer sci-fi or fantasy?

    Have you ever listened to any of the scores from the Halo video games (There are some pieces that are awesome IMO and might be up your alley)

    favorite animal?

    worst purchase/waste of money?

  4. I don't go to the movies much either, but I have the vague suspicion that I've seen Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie on the big screen. I'll have to double check that.

    Mortal quill- a pun on 'mortal coil?'

    Glad to see you enjoyed the tag!