Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Final Part of the Fascinating Interview With Our Previous WWWWWH Winner... Part VI

51) Do you believe there is a way to Be angry and sin not?
Yes. I believe that being angry at sin and injustice is not sin, but rather is very scriptural. However, when our anger changes to a person instead of a situation, then it becomes sinful.

52) How would you describe yourself in three words?
Absent-minded, romantic hippie.
lol much better than I usually do with that question – I like how totally descriptive it is!

53) Which of the 5 senses could you most easily live without?
Ooooooohhhhhh (big sigh) … awful question … probably my sense of taste. It would make eating really dull and boring, but the other senses all affect my interpersonal relationships, and it would be more difficult to really enjoy meeting and being with people without one of my other senses.
haha, sorry… nice reasoning, though. :)

54) How many rooms would there be in your dream house?
Probably about 13 or so – a living room, a family room, a big ol’ kitchen, a dining room, three bathrooms (assuming this was for my current somewhat large family), five bedrooms, and a rec room.

55) Suppose someone invented a machine that enabled you to change one thing about yourself. Would you use it; if so, to change what?
Errr … uhh … wow, that’s hard to decide. I think I would change the way I look, maybe give myself a more graceful nose or slimmer arms. But my personality needs a lot of help, too. :-{
:P It would be so hard to decide...  I wonder how much a machine like that would sell for…  :)

56) Imagine you are in a life-threatening situation and you need someone to come rescue you – who would you most want to come?
Oh, sorry – that’s a secret. ;-)
Aww, bummer. :D

57) If you were unjustly sentenced to death, would you take life in prison instead or not?
It depends. On the one hand, there would be the potential of an important, though very difficult, mission field there; but on the other hand, it would be really awful to be in prison the rest of my life. I might say no, I would just want to be executed and get it over with … but like I said, it would depend.

58) If one person in your family had to die, and you were told to choose who, would you be able to choose?
Yes – I would choose myself, not anyone else.

59) What is the best advise you’ve ever been given?
The first thing that comes to mind is something my mother told me a lot when I was in my preteens and teens – she said that, when I started meeting boys, I should be careful of the ones who only talked about themselves and their own plans, and never showed any interest in my plans or dreams. This advice has actually served me well on a couple of occasions as I met new people and tried to evaluate whether I wanted to get to know them better.
Mmm... anybody interested only in themselves probably won't make any kind of a good friend. And it's a good reminder to be other-focused! Thanks for sharing that.
60) If you could ask God one question and get a clear answer immediately, what would you ask Him?
“What do you want me to do with my life – what is your purpose for me?”
Well... that's it!
Thanks for the interview, Vicki, and I hope the rest of you enjoyed it! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fascinating Interview With Our Previous WWWWWH Winner... Part V

41) What do you think of superheroes?
I think they can be a lot of fun! Some people take them too far (I’ve done a little reading about the “Marvel Comics Universe” in the past, and that’s kind of creepy), but the characters and their stories can be kind of fun to daydream about.

42) If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
A super-strong immune system than was impervious to all diseases!
I would sooo take that I hate being sick. :)

43) Who are your heroes/heroines? What is it about them that drew you to them?
My heroes/heroines are Amy Carmichael, Gladys Aylward, George Müller, Hudson Taylor, and Jim Elliott and the other Ecuador martyrs. All of these great Christians had faith that I would die for, faith that led them to go way beyond their comfort level and touch the lives of thousands of people. Also, each of these Christians left a powerful legacy that has inspired millions of people to higher ground and deeper fellowship with God. If I can become one-quarter the kind of Christian that each of these men and women were, I will be very happy!
Amy Carmichael is one of my biggest heroines both as a Christian Missionary, someone who rescued children, and as a writer. Shes amazing. And when I was younger I always wanted to have an orphanage like Mullers. :)

44) What is your biggest weakness?
Laziness. :-{ I am just about the laziest person in the world. I avoid work and I avoid exerting myself whenever possible – sometimes I even pass up things I would enjoy, just because they are too much work. I hate that in myself.
*winceoww I actually do that too. Its absolutely horrible. :P  A good reminder to keep working on that

45) What is your greatest strength?
Probably what they call “emotional I.Q.” – I am usually very much in tune with my own feelings, and I am good at perceiving and understanding other people’s feelings.

46) If you could trade places with any other person for a month, famous or nonfamous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be? And what month would you choose?
Errrr … Wow. I ought to pick someone worthwhile, but really, the only person I can think of whom I would really want to change places with for a month would be Lizzy Bennett. *blushing* And it would be the month when she was in Derbyshire with her aunt and uncle, and visited at Pemberley and met Georgiana and all that. That’s my favorite part of the book.
lol really, that would probably be a good choice. Especially for a month. There are a lot of books I really enjoy, but if I had to stay there for a month, Id probably be dead before my time was up. :)

47) If a movie was made about your life, what actor would you want to be you (living or already dead)?
I think a good choice would be June Allyson. She was about the same size as me; of course she was much thinner and much prettier, but still fairly “ordinary”-looking, so I think she would be a good choice.

48) If you wrote an autobiography, what would you title it?
Hmm … something that describes how I’m always looking toward tomorrow and the horizon … “Just Around the Riverbend”? “Beyond the Horizon”? “Stories of a Discontented American Visionary”? :-D
lol love that last one. :D

49) If someone gave you $1000  how would you use it?
I would give $500 to my parents, and keep $500 for college expenses. :-P Unexciting, but practical.
Very good. :)

50) What are you most passionate about?
I guess I would have to describe it with the great sweeping word “art.”
:) I like it :)

Check back tomorrow to read the last section of the interview which covers everything from being angry and not sinning to life imprisonment!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fascinating Interview With Our Previous WWWWWH Winner... Part IV

31) Do you have a life verse?
I have several – Isaiah 41:13, Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 40:31, and 2 Corinthians 12:10.

32) What do you think is your most important role in your family right now, daughter, big sister, little sister, granddaughter, niece, aunt, whatever, etc.?
I think both as a daughter and as a big sister, both very important. I’m at a point where I can help my parents by taking more responsibility, not only for myself, but also for helping take care of the little ones.
It’s a weird feeling when you realize you’re not really just ‘one of the kids’ anymore... :)

33) What is your biggest dream?
My biggest dream is to be involved in some kind of a full-time ministry someday, after I finish nursing school. I’m not sure what form that will take yet; I know I want to take a medical missions trip one of these summers, as classes allow. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
I want to go on a medical missions trip too! I hope we both can… :)

 34) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The British Isles! All four countries (five, counting the two Irelands), for about three weeks each. J

That sounds soo fun… you could probably get a huge group of bloggers to come with you. :D

35) What do you think is the most important thing to concentrate on in college?
Well, I started immediately to put down “academics.” You are in college to get an education, and that is the most important thing. However, as I think about it, I think the relationships that you forge in college are important, too. College is a chance to interact with people of all different backgrounds and learn about their culture, their upbringing, their socioeconomic circumstances, etc., and by interacting with them you can learn a lot about life and about the world. Additionally, friendships between Christians at college can turn out to be some of the most important lifelong friendships, because they are formed at such a crucial time of life.

36) If you had 7 months to live, what would you with the time?
I would drop out of school and volunteer/work at a Christian ministry, probably one that helped children, for as long as I was able. I would also seek out any acquaintances I had whom I knew were not Christians, and try to talk to them about the Gospel one more time.
I like that answer…

37) How about 7 years?
I would try to finish my nursing degree as fast as I could, and work for a mission or a ministry. If I could make any money to leave for my family, I would do that.

38) 7 days?
I would write letters or emails to everyone I know, telling them all the most important things I wanted to tell them, especially those who weren’t Christians.

39) 7 minutes?
I would gather my family all around me and hug them for the whole seven minutes! (I would probably also call my unsaved relatives for a minute or two.)
Actually I like all of these answers! It’s interesting to see and I like how you would prioritize!  

 40) Do you have a favorite quote?
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot 
 Jim Elliot really was amazing... and so is that quote.

Check back tomorrow for Part V - from superpowers to autobiographies! :) It's lots of fun!  

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fascinating Interview With Our Previous WWWWWH Winner... Part III

21) What is the most important lesson you have learned from reading?
Ironically, I think the most important lesson I’ve learned from reading is that real life isn’t like books. After spending much of my teen years disillusioned that there weren’t any Alan Brecks or Jane Eyres in the real world, I’ve learned to better apply what I read, without expecting it to be really reflective of real life.
(There is a reason that my Jane Austen quiz said I was Catherine Morland.)

*giggle* It said I was Marianne Dashwood… and I’m still looking to meet Alan Brecks or Jane Eyres :D Maybe someday I’ll grow up…

22) From writing?
Writing, for me, is always an exercise in both patience and humility. Patience, because I want my story to just write itself exactly how I want it, but of course it takes a lot of hard work; and humility, because I always begin a story full of confidence that I’m great and I’m just going to nail it, but of course, I never quite do. ;-)

Good points there… :P My stories loose me when they start getting hard… I need to work on patience – that alone would probably improve my endings 100%. :)

 23) Where do you like to write?
I can really write anywhere, but I do my very best writing in the living room, on either end of the sofa (NOT in the middle), by myself while the little ones are taking a nap and everything is quiet.
Lol, I’m an end-of-the-sofa type girl too. Something about the middle just isn’t… right. :D

24) Do you judge books by their cover?
Somewhat. I am more likely to pick up the book if the cover is appealing, but the most important part of the cover is the back. A well-written “back-of-the-book” synopsis can sell me on a book.

25) How many books do you have in your bedroom?
Um, I would guess about 30 or 35. Mostly fiction.

26) Do you have your own room?
No, I’ve always shared a room with my sister Heather. We get along very well, except that she’s very neat and I’m very sloppy. But that’s pretty typical …
I’ve shared my room for the past… 8? years with my sister, only we’re both very sloppy. :P I tried to blame it on her, only I kinda got my own room now that I’m in college… and it’s still messy.  

27) If there was one thing you could say to every person in the world, what would it be?
As the great poem truly says, “Life is real, life is earnest, and the grave is not its goal: ‘dust thou art, to dust returnest,’ was not spoken of the soul.” You are so much more than just an animal that evolved from some ooze – you are special, important, a living soul who is created fundamentally unique from everyone else on the planet. You are an immortal being who will never die and whose life will never be extinguished. You have worth, and it matters what you do with your life – you are too special and too wonderful to throw your life away on earthly pleasures and pain.

God loves you, individually, so much that He sent His only Son to pay for your sins and give you the power to live above sin and above this world. He offers you the chance to know His love, His forgiveness, His care, His empowerment, His plans, and His fellowship and friendship forever. Won’t you listen to what He has to say? He knows you by name and loves you the way you are, and He wants you to know Him individually, too, as a friend and son/daughter. Won’t you read the Bible, His love letter to you, and hear what He wants to tell you?

Well said… and thank you for taking the time to write out such a clear message like that!

28) If there was one thing you could say to every girl your age in America, what would it be?
Basically the same thing as above, except I would emphasize that the purpose of a 22-year-old young woman’s life is not to be physically beautiful, to have a great career, to find a wonderful romance, or any of the other pressures that young women are put under; but that God loves them the way they are – overweight, or spotty-faced, still in college or working a job they don’t like, single, whatever. God loves them for who they are, and He wants them to come to Him today and be rescued from their sins and fears and insecurities, and experience His deep and sanctifying love.

29) Do you feel called to minister in any way to a specific group of people?
Yes, and no. I do hope to minister in some way, in the future, but I don’t have any particular call to any specific group of people – yet, anyway.
Yet is always a good clarifier. :D

30) Do you have your own computer?
Yup! A spiffy little laptop that I love to pieces. :-)
Don't love something that can't love you back... JK. No writer should be without one! :D

If the world lasts, this interview will be continued on Monday! 

Check back then to learn more, from Vicki's biggest dream to what she'd do if she had 7 minutes to live!

(I feel like I'm making this sound so cheap... there are reasons I don't like commercials. :P Sorry for the drama, lol.)

In all seriousness, I think the questions get all the more interesting the closer to the end they are. :) 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fascinating Interview With Our Previous WWWWWH Winner... Part II

11) What made you decide to start blogging?
Well, my mom had wanted to have a blog for a long time, so when she finally started hers, I asked to start one at the same time. That was about two or three years ago. As soon as I got a few followers, I was hooked – and the rest is history!
I think it’s kind of addicting… :D

12) What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I enjoy the blogging community – I like to read what’s going on in other people’s lives, I enjoy leaving them comments, and I enjoy having comments left for me. There are a lot of wonderful Christians in the blogging world, and it’s a pleasure to get to interact with them online.

13) What is your favorite post you’ve ever written?
Every post at my movie blog, Screenplay!
:)  I should say again that I enjoy reading your reviews! You do a good job explaining what the movies are about. :D

14) Least favorite post?
Well, last fall, I went through a period of time when I was really stressed and depressed; and I’m afraid I vented on my blog. *blush* This was one vent.
Link Here
Aww… y’know, your answer to #12 got me thinking – knowing what’s going on in other people’s lives (especially Christians), is very important. Sometimes even when it seems like you’re writing a complaining post or something, even that can encourage others that they’re not the only ones going through something like that. (Since we all – or at least quite a bit more of us that first appear to be :) – do at some point.)

15) What usually is the basis for your first impression of someone else’s blog?
It’s definitely the “look” of the blog. Now, by that I don’t mean it has to be fancy or beautifully put together; but you can usually tell, especially if the blogger has been blogging a long time, what his/her personality is by looking at their colors, fonts, and backgrounds. Is it “homey,” with a quilt background and an avatar of a garden? Is it “modern,” with an ornate header and a sleek minimalistic design? The design of the blog tells me a lot about the writer’s personality.

16) What is the best blog post you ever read?
Ooo … I have read so many good ones! One of the best I’ve read recently was posted by Bailey at “Big House in the Little Woods,” a posting that perfectly described the dilemma that many homeschooling (and non-homeschooling) families face.
Link Here
Wow… thank you so much for sharing that one.  “Too liberal to be conservative and too conservative to be liberal”? You would not believe the number of times I’ve said that exact same thing. That is really good!

17) What made you start writing?
Something in my genes! I’ve been writing ever since my hands first touched a computer keyboard, when I was about four years old. The first thing I remember writing was a report for either kindergarten or first grade – it bore the impressive title of THE JUNGLE. And it was mostly plagiarized.
:D lol…

18) What is your favorite genre of books?
Hmm … something that contains drama, character growth, strong morals, romance, and a happy ending!

19) What kind do you like to write?
Well, I’d love to be able to write all of the above! … But it usually ends up being some kind of quiet, pastoral little day-in-the-life story. I hope to someday develop my talents enough that I can write the kind of stories I envision.
LOL… A friend and I have discussed quite a few times how much we’d like to be able to write a quiet pastoral happy “nice” story, and we keep ending up with these dramatic and heart-wrenching stories… I’m still working on the happy ending thing – if I’m not happy with the ending, it’s a depressing ending, even if everything’s tied up. :D That’s funny… I suppose we’ll all be better writers when we can switch back and forth between story types! :D :P

20) If you could write like one author, who would it be?
Louis L’Amour, definitely. I think he was one of the most underrated authors ever – his Westerns are gritty and tough on the surface, but when you get past that initial crust, his characters are sensitive and human and beautiful. Both his men and his women are strong and brave; the men are tough, the women are nurturing and womanly. I love all of his books.
Funny you should say that… L. L’Amour (besides being the reason I ended up writing one of my favorite characters!) is one of the few men who wrote books with women MC’s that I can actually stand. :D I still don’t think young kids should read them (and I still tend to skip the fight scenes – except when I need to do story research wince), lol, but as far as “Westerns” go, his are pretty much the only ones I’ll read. :D

Come back for Part III tomorrow, where we go random once again, from the number of books in Vicki's bedroom to the most important thing she wants you to know ! :D 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fascinating Interview With Our Previous WWWWWH Winner... Part I.

Give Me Jesus

Meet Vicki!
I sent her a million questions, some of them ones I wouldn’t have known how to answer, and she good-sportingly answered them all! 
It should be fun… :)  Enjoy!

We’ll start off with a few random questions… very random questions… with random comments by moi interspersed throughout. In a regular interview, random comments supposedly serve to make the interviewee (now is that a weird word or what?) more comfortable… here I’m not sure what purpose they serve except to make it more like a real interview. ;)

We begin, me sitting on my computer typing out questions… and Vicki, sitting on her computer at some later point, answering questions… not, I’m guessing in one sitting. (Since, after all, I didn’t even WRITE the questions in one sitting.) No cameras and leather chairs here… well, I suppose Vicki could be sitting in a leather chair, since I can’t see her. Anyway.

1.) If you could pick any name in the world, what would you name yourself?
Oh … something Hawaiian, definitely. I think “Kailani Rose.”
I love Hawaiian names! I just found out I know a girl whose middle name is Noelani. :)

 2.)if you had to choose 1 age to be forever, what age would you choose?
Eighteen … that was when I was at my thinnest, best-rested, most energetic, most purposeful, and happiest. :-)
LOL… it’s all downhill from here. Although, I totally get what you’re saying… :P

3.)What is your favorite hair color?
Dark, rich, glossy brown, like the color of expensive dark chocolate. Like the color of my little brother Dan’s gorgeously thick hair. ;-)
lol… I have a little brother named Dan and a little brother with hair that color, but they’re not the same person. :)

4.)How long is your hair?
My hair is currently about at the bottom of my shoulder blade.

5.)Can you describe your favorite outfit?
My favorite outfit is my mid-calf-length, A-line denim skirt, with a brightly colored tee and flip-flops, with my hair up in some kind of a pretty style.
A-line skirts are amazing… :D

6.)What is your favorite book and why?
It’s a tie: Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and Kidnapped. I like Jane Eyre because it is a melodramatic, heartwrenching romance that celebrates the triumph of morality over passion; I like Pride and Prejudice because it’s a lively and fascinating study of human nature (which is a euphemism for saying I’m in love with Mr. Darcy); and I like Kidnapped because I think Alan Breck Stewart is one of the coolest characters in English literature.
Alan Breck Stewart has one of the coolest names in English Literature… just for that I like him. :)

7.) Movie? Why?
My favorite movie is The Clock (1945), starring Robert Walker and Judy Garland. I have reviewed it on my new vintage-movie blog, so come on over to Screenplay and give me a pageview AND learn about a great movie! (No, I am not studying advertising in college.)
Haha… I’m not studying interviewing… as is probably quite obvious by now. But anyway, you have some great movies reviewed on that blog, though I haven’t watched The Clock!

8.)Song? Why?
My two favorite songs are “Give Me Jesus” by Fernando Ortega and “Come to Jesus” by Chris Rice. Both of them express how Jesus is all we need for everything, in joy and pain, sickness and health, life and death.

9.)Book of the Bible? Why?

Psalms and Isaiah – Psalms because it contains the words I need when I want to pray, and Isaiah because it contains God’s most beautiful, reassuring answers.
I love Isaiah… it is incredibly beautiful.

10.)What book has influenced your life the most? (besides the Bible)
The most important book I’ve ever read besides the Bible is Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by his son, Dr. Howard Taylor. I believe Hudson Taylor was one of the greatest Christians of all time, and his profound faith is the example that I set for myself. I pray that I would have half the faith he had in the kind of situations he faced!
He is one of those people that absolutely amazes me I wonder how many blog-readers here have read that book?

and that's all for Part I...
Check back tomorrow for Part II, where we talk about blogging and writing!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Once Again... drumroll please... WWWWWH!!!

8 of you said you wanted to enter this contest, so here is your chance! :D Now I'm expecting at least 8 entries... ;)

This time the rules will be a little different, though, so please read through below.

6 questions, 6 short answers... simple. :)
Answer each question with 1 sentence (or close to 1 sentence) :) and then place your answers in a comment on this post. Please do not post them on your blog.
- You may submit your answers any time in the next week and a half - deadline is midnight on Saturday, June 18.
- You may use a story you already have written, are writing, are thinking about writing, or make up a story-line on the spot 
- You may enter more than one set of answers
- You may advertise the contest and try to get people to read and vote as much as you like - but you cannot tell people which one is yours! 

I will post your entries on June 19, and then voting will be open for the next week.

The winner can either make me write them a guest post or interview them, depending on if they want a break or want any publicity I can give them. :D

During the next week, I will posting my interview with the winner of the last WWWWWH contest, Vicki. Don't miss it! :D 


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