Starlight Blogger Award

Hooray! We reach the end of the tags series of posts today with the final one, Starlight Blogger Award. I was tagged by the wonderful E. E. Rawls for this and cannot be more grateful! If you’re one of the few people who know me well, you know that I have a craze for astronomy, so this award sounds perfect to me. The rules state: ‘In your nominees, think of “the light emanating from the stars,” the bloggers who truly touch your soul with their work, the ones that are the light for you – a true Starlight Blogger.’ I can’t believe I got a nomination for such a precious award! With that little intro aside, let’s dive in.

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Let me quickly get the rules out of the way:

1. Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
2. Answer Caroline’s three original questions as well as the three new questions your nominator has given to you.
3. Choose your 6 favourite bloggers and notify them of their nomination! In your nominees, think of “the light emanating from the stars,” the bloggers who truly touch your soul with their work, the ones that are the light for you – a true Starlight Blogger.
4. Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog. Also, never alter the logo, and never change the three original questions.
Now onto the fun part (for me, at least), the questions! I’ll start with Caroline’s first.
1) If you describe or picture your inner soul, how would you describe it?
I tend to picture souls as purple for some reason, so I’d say mine is a billowy, vibrant purple, but frayed with the gnawing grey edges of uncertainty.
2) What are you working on right now?
I’m currently trying to outline my first novel (it feels like I’ve been stuck with this WIP for ages) and hopefully I can spend June writing the first draft.
3) What is your creative dream project?
My dream project is the same novel I mentioned in #2. I have other story ideas, but I never seem to complete even one before I get this one done. I switch between calling it my dream and nightmare project at times, but it’s never left me since the moment it took hold of me when I was 10.
The first one was so hard! I don’t know if uncertainty can be felt at the level of the soul, but that was the best I could do. How do you picture your inner souls? I hope you all have better ways to describe it than me. Let me know in the comments section below.
E. E. Rawls’ questions for me:
1. What is your go-to music after a stressful day?
The music I listen to completely depends on my favourite artist at the time. Currently, it’s Lindsey Stirling (I’m sorry I can’t stop talking about her, but she’s wonderful, so do check her YouTube channel out). Instrumental music calms me down and either puts me to sleep or gives me a sense of peace that I’d be craving at the end of a harrying day. I listen to movie OSTs (especially Howard Shore) and Western classical piano music as well on such occasions.
2. What’s the strangest dream (or nightmare) you’ve ever had? (and would you write it down and use it for a story?)
Hmm, I remember only the good ones from the past, so I’ll describe a recent recurring nightmare. I’m taking driving lessons from last week and it is the most terrifying hour of my existence every single day. I usually have nightmares of losing control and crashing the car, or going downhill with the brakes disabled and similar scenarios. I could definitely use that in a thriller or a hit-and-run sort of murder mystery. But it’s too soon for that now!
3. How do you keep encouraged during the hard times in life?
It may not come as a surprise to you readers, but reading and watching TV shows/movies that suit my mood help me get through it. I also blog about some of the things that bother me the most, but which I don’t feel comfortable sharing with my “real” friends. I’ve found a wonderful support system in my blogging friends and I’m so grateful for it. If I’m feeling very discouraged, I make a mental list of all the good things to live for, which is counting my blessings, essentially. It always gets me through the most difficult times.
That caused me to introspect a lot, but I did have fun doing it! Here are the people I’d like to share it with, regardless of whether they accept it or not, because they are the light in my blogging life. (I know I tag some of you obsessively. Sorry. But you deserve all of the awards, seriously.) I’m bending the rules here a little and tagging seven people because it’s my favourite number.
The three questions I’d like you to answer are:
1. What is the one skill you wish you were good at?
2. If you could get a pain-free tattoo of your choice, what would it say/look like?
3. What seemingly unrealistic goal have you never give up on (if any)?

Pick the most interesting question out of the many in this post and share the answer with me in the comments section below. Have a wonderful week ahead, readers! 🙂

13 thoughts on “Starlight Blogger Award

  1. Thanks so much for the tag my dear! I’ll try to get to this one soon!
    I rather love Lindsey Stirling as well and OSTs make for the best music all the time.
    Best of luck with the outlining; I hope that things come together for you for June 🙂

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  2. Awwww, thank you for nominating me, Nandini! I think I’ve been given the Starlight Blogger Award before, since I remember the first three questions. But two of those answers would be different now, so I’ll definitely hang onto this for a future post. 😉

    Ahh, Lindsey Stirling again! I WILL get her latest album at some point, but right now I’m limiting myself to one music album at the end of each month I’ve stuck to my budget. And I already have one (The Source by Ayreon) in mind for this month, and pre-ordered next month’s already. XD Maybe the next time I’m on YouTube…

    Your answer to the dream / nightmare question reminds me of a nightmare I had when I was in early to mid teens. I had just been “promoted” to babysitting my brother during summer break from school (in past summers, my parents had relatives or neighbors with kids our age babysit us), and was constantly forgetting to lock the outside doors when Mom and Dad weren’t home. Then one night, I dreamed that someone was trying to break into the house, and when I ran to the only unlocked door, he had beaten me to it and gotten inside. It wasn’t a typical “nightmare” by any stretch of imagination, but it scared me so much – and it taught me a valuable lesson!

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  3. Thanks for nominating me, Nandini.
    I am really lazy about responding to awards. In fact I do not have the discipline to sit down and respond to the questions.
    Will try but please don’t hold my feet to the fire.
    Below is my attempt to respond to your questions.

    1. What is the one skill you wish you were good at?
    >>> Falling asleep as soon as I hit the bed.<<>> Tattoo – depends where it is. “Feed Me” on the tummy will be a good one. <<>> My $1 weekly investment turning to multi-million dollar payout. <<<

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    • It’s quite alright. I just wanted you to know that I nominated you because you deserve it. 😊
      I wish I had that skill too! But no, my brain has to over-analyse everything before finally falling asleep. 😐 Haha, the tattoo idea sounds good. 😂 That is a great dream and maybe probably achievable with a lot of luck. I hope it turns into reality for you! 🙂

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  4. I’m so honored to be nominated for such a wonderful award! Now I have two award post to do. I better get busy. 😀
    I always have dreams where the car is out of control too. I bet it means something. Like subconsciously we’re afraid of being out of control of our lives.
    I like to listen to music by Howard Shore too. I also like Hans Zimmer. I listen to a lot of movie soundtrack music while writing. And who doesn’t love Lindsey Stirling? 😉 She really is talented.

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    • You deserve them all, Megan. Hope you have fun with the posts. 🙂
      Yay! All the same tastes in music. 😂 (I’m not even surprised at this point, honestly.)
      Oh, yes, I think all of our dreams have some sort of subconscious hints. If only I remembered them well enough to interpret them! 😂


      • Thanks! 🙂 I’m sure I will. Award posts are always fun.
        Yep, we’re definitely twins! 😉
        I think so too. I’ve always found reading about what things in dreams symbolize to be interesting. I think it is a way our subconscious brings things up to us (although, sometimes it’s just something we ate 😛 ). Yeah, remembering them can be a problem sometimes. 😀

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  6. I enjoyed reading your answers, Nandini. Purple is among my favorite colors, so I love how you described your soul as billowing purple with gray edges.

    How is your novel coming along, so far btw?

    Car nightmares are scary! I dreaded my driver’s license test, especially when the person who evaluated me was a very grumpy old woman who kept yelling at me.

    Counting our blessings is a great reminder of all that we have and all that we can live for. It’s easy to forget about those things during daily life, so I have to stop and remind myself.

    I like the questions you asked! What is one skill I wish I were good at? Finding a way to make all foods gluten and dairy free while still tasting absolutely delicious! I can’t eat gluten or dairy, and I miss it. Much of the gluten/dairy free products out there don’t taste the same as their wonderful gluten/milk counterparts. Having the skill to make everything taste equally delicious would be a dream come true. 🙂

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    • My novel is in its third start-from-scratch stage. I think I’m going to finish outlining it in June and try to finish a draft in Jule with Csmp NaNoWriMo, but I’m starting work in July and don’t know how much time I’ll be able to denote for it. I’m planning to share the process on the blog, so hopefully I’ll do something that I can write about.
      I’m yet to get my driver’s license. I’ll probably go for my test next Saturday and I’m utterly terrified. I’m getting better, but I’m still working on gaining confidence.
      Oh, that’s a skill I’m sure many vegans and lactose intolerant people would love to master as well! I’m a vegetarian, so I do consume dairy (but not eggs). I wish I knew more about how to do that. But I understand your struggle and if I ever come across a good resource, I’ll be the first to let you know. 🙂


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