Hey everyone! It’s time for another Spotting the Light post! Today, we’re interviewing Sumedha!
Hey everyone! It’s time for another Spotting the Light post! Today, we’re interviewing Sumedha!
Hello everybody! I’m here again today with YET ANOTHER interview! Today, we’re talking with the oh-so-lovely Ashley Tahg!
Ashley is a developing writer, a part time poet, a still life photographer, as well as an avid journalist, and occasional scrapbooker. When she is not doing any of those things, she can probably be found reading or playing video games (she has an obsession with games that give both a beautiful art style and an immersive story world). She’s a strange Slytherin, an introvert who can masquerade as an extrovert, and an INFJ. Also, while not at all connected (currently), she also has a passion for Korean people, media and music and would love to eventually see her life headed in that direction.
I blog mainly about lifestyle and books. For me, blogging is a mix between media journalism (book and movie reviews) and a documented, online journal.
I started blogging in 2008, and honestly, it was a place to practice typing (I was homeschooled, and my mom got creative for typing class). All my friends had blogs, and I wanted one. Through the years, my blogging has been mainly a ‘just for fun’ experience, but this year, my tenth year of blogging, honestly feels like a ‘rebirth’ of my blogging experience. I’ve decided to return to blogging and set a new course. I decided, I have words to say and I want them to be heard and aside from my twitter, this is the best place to do so
Oh boy…well, that is something I always struggle with. Mainly, I draw from my life, my personal interests, but sometimes that fails me and leaves me creatively dried out still, in which case I can often find ideas in blogging prompts. No shame, folks, no shame.
Well, I was 11 years old back then, so…there’s an awful lot I would give in the way of advice, but, honestly, there’s not much I would listen to myself on. There was a very heightened period, about three years ago, when I became very successful in book blogging. I had three or four book publishers sending me books almost monthly for me to read and review on my blog. I got distracted, busy with finding and holding a job, and the book reviewing got cut out of my life (and blog). I see that as a massive mistake and, if I could go back to 18/17 year old me, I would encourage her to not be so job-driven, and focus more on her love of reading and sharing books.
I don’t think I ever made the conscious decision to start writing. I remember being five, six years old and putting together stories from the pictures I drew. Then, being eight or nine and writing stories full of animals and mischief. Storytelling is a part of who I am, just as strongly as any DNA-bound part of me is.
The creation, definitely! I am a world-builder after Tolkien’s own heart and I have often found myself getting so carried away in creating the world, the people, the setting and society of my book, rather than doing any actual writing. There’s just something relaxing about making a new land and new cultures and immersing yourself in it.
Strong relationships between characters. It doesn’t need to be a romance, or even a friendship, exactly, but having that chemistry even between nemeses really propels a story forward. Where would Lord of the Rings be without Sam’s selfless friendship for Frodo? Or where would Star Wars be if Han’s begrudged loyalty couldn’t always be counted on? I could go on and on, but whenever a story has characters who fiercely love, trust or hate each other, I always find it enthralling. Also, food. I write so much food in my books because, we humans are obsessed with eating and yet you try and tell me that on a Hero’s mission NO ONE is concerned about food? Nooo, I write so much food and when I find authors who invest in writing and describing food, I instantly know they are a kindred spirit.
Both, honestly. I go through sprints where I could write all day and never tire, but more often than not, writing is like pulling weeds. I love the worldbuilding, as I mentioned, but writing does not come as easily as creating. I think, honestly, it is because I have this massive, immersive view of how everything is, and sometimes trying to get everything out in word form can tire me.
Lighting. Lighting is always the challenge. But also remembering your self worth. Everybody and their aunt is a photographer, it can easy to look at your photos and think ‘someone else could do this better’. And, it’s true, most of the time. But I also think of the second Mona Lisa painting (done by what historians believe might have been da Vinci’s pupil or lover). It is a gorgeous painting and I prefer it over Leonardo’s original. But it will never be as costly or as precious as the Master’s. While my photography may never be the talk of society, while I may never be remembered as anything more than a student of my art, there will be someone out there, somewhere, who finds it beautiful, and that, and the fact that I do truly enjoy capturing still life, propel me to never give up.
Your favorite image may not be the client’s favorite image. Once, I held a photoshoot for a family where the mother was diagnosed with stage three cancer for the third time in her life. When I showed them the pictures, I showed the artistically prefered ones, the one where everything was flawless, where the wind was perfect, the lighting was optimal, and I was proud. But then I got to a picture that I had included just on a whim, it was far from perfect and honestly, I was a bit self-conscious about it. They loved it. It was their favorite and when I stepped out of my artist’s circle, I saw why. It captured them, in all their imperfect, dysfunctional glory. Sometimes, we photographers get so caught up in the perfect image, that we risk losing the right image.
Mostly, photography comes without needing inspiration for me. But theres this guy on twitter (and instagram), Brandon Woelfel (@brandonwoelfel) who is a wizard and photography. His command of light is absolutely magical. He is my greatest inspiration and photography role-model.
“She captured people; their soul, their laugh, their heart.”
Chalice by Robin McKinley (or anything else by McKinley, for that matter)
The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques was my obsession (and possibly why I am so infatuated with food in books).
Absolutely anything that Sleeping At Last puts out is going to get heart-eyes from me. He isn’t just a musician, he’s a real legit artist.
Halo Top’s Mint Chocolate Chip is to DIE for.
I’ve had so much fun with this interview! I’d love to find more people to connect to and share passions with (I’m legit the friendliest Slytherin you will ever meet). Thank you so much, Hanne, for hosting me!! I’ll have to return the favor sometime. 🙂
Hello everyone!! You already know what’s coming . . . another Spotting the Light post! Today, we are highlighting Hannah Marie! She is a YouTuber, blogger, and social media strategist. (Seriously. Check out her twitter. It’s adorable and cheery and I love it!). Let’s get started!
My blog & YouTube both cover a wide variety of subjects, but they all end up stemming back to my life/lifestyle… I discuss reading, writing, share personal stories, and sprinkle positivity whenever I can! I feel that social media & platforms like Blogger and YouTube (and our lives in general) are all about connections and building relationships with others! That’s what I strive for in my media presence.
Consistency and perseverance are the two words I would tell myself. Because I am truly consistent with uploading videos on my YouTube channel every week, I have gained several followers in a shorter amount of time. When I blog, it’s much more sporadic & I don’t have a clear schedule.
On YouTube, my most favorite piece of content was my “Death of 2017” video, as I was truly able to express my heart on a rather controversial topic.
On my blog, however, my favorite post was probably “My Thoughts on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series” post… Again, it was me expressing my heart on a traditionally controversial topic & I had a good response to it from my readers!
I occasionally have ideas at random moments during my day, but typically I just end up having sit-down “brainstorming sessions” in order to come up with ideas for my posts/videos. Whenever an idea comes to mind, I write it out in my Notes app on my phone, where I keep all of my ideas for future content.
Whenever it comes time for me to write/film a new post/video, I delve into the lengthy list of random ideas and try to select one that works for me. What I find acceptable for production at the time usually depends on what’s going on in my life/in the world at the time (relevancy) or what kind of mood I’m in at the moment.
The actual filming/writing process is the most awkward part (but it’s not super hard), because it requires me having to put my thoughts into words that other people can understand/relate to… and that’s what I love best!
From there, I go to editing. This is the most time-consuming & involved part of the process, but it’s extremely rewarding. I feel super accomplished when I’m done, and there’s a sense of pride in finishing a project when I hit that “save” button.
Uploading a project always makes me super nervous, but getting kind feedback always makes those nerves go away! I remind myself that nothing is perfect & that we are all learning how to improve ourselves, so I shouldn’t be nervous or embarrassed of my current work-in-progress.
Honestly, I am a very chill, laid-back person when it comes to my lifestyle. At this point of my life, I am an online college/uni student, so a typical day requires some decent amounts of studying & note-taking & reading. But besides that, I end up squeezing in some social-media time and some YouTube-watching time. I might do a tad of light cleaning, some light exercise, eat a couple of snacks and some ramen, and try to write some if I feel up to it. If it’s a filming-day, I set aside some time (hopefully when the sun is out!!) to film my weekly YouTube video. And if it’s a Livestream Day (Tuesday) I carve out some time around my lunch to do a quick liveshow on YouTube!
That’s about it! It’s quiet and cozy & I love it ❤
I actually DO have an article that was published in an anthology/devotional book. The title of the book is Beauty, Boys, and Ball Gowns.
Honestly, the most interesting part was the way it happened! I met an editor of a Christian magazine via Twitter one day several years ago & we started chatting. Then she invited me to go through her special training bootcamp, where I learned all about how to share my message, how to interview celebrities, and how to compose a good article. She instantly recognized my affinity for writing & had me join her team of journalists & bloggers. Eventually, I wrote an article for an issue of the magazine & was blessed enough to have it accepted. And later on down the road, when the editor was planning an anthology of her favorite articles–she asked if I would be alright with having mine in the book, along with a blog post I had written previously.
It was an amazing experience.
And that’s it! Go give Hannah a follow!
Hello everybody! Today is time for another Spotting the Light post! Today, we’re interviewing Evangeline Yackel!
7. I started writing when I was 6, finished my 1st book at 12, started blogging at 13, finished 2nd book at 13, finished 3rd book at 14, finished 4th book at 14, finished 5th book at 15, finished 6th book at 15, and finished 7th book at 16. I am just now starting to edit. Help.
Thanks, Evangeline, for being willing to come on my blog and share this awesome interview! Go follow her here!
Hello everyone! Today, we’re back again for another Spotting the Light post! Today, we’re interviewing Charley! We became friends over a livestream, and now she’s getting a little spotlight on my blog!
That’s it! Thank you to Charley for the spotlight! Follow her at her links here:
Blog || Ko-Fi (@themisscharley) || Twitter (@themisscharley)|| Instagram (@themisscharleyblog) || Facebook (@themisscharley)|| Wattpad (@TheMissCharley)|| Pinterest (@themisscharley)|| Spotify (Charley Hrobsky)
Hey everybody! It’s time for another installment of Spotting the Light! Today, we’re interviewing my friend Red! We’ve been friends for quite a few years now, and I’m always amazed by how she uses her words. It’s a little different from the rest of the interviews I’ll be doing–her interests are rather different from what’s usually on my blog–but I’ll let her speak for herself. 😉
I go by the alias Red Sun, and you can find me on the internet as either knittingfrenzy18 or bTackt. I have a countless number of passions, but my two biggest are probably writing and video games. My Twitter is @bTackt_. If you want more social links, just google either knittingfrenzy18 or bTackt.
I currently blog in three places:
My guess is that the audience of Hanne’s blog would most enjoy my first blog, but in case you’re wondering why I love video games so much, read on.
Esports is basically video games played at a professional level, in professional leagues, for championships and prize money. It’s much like traditional sports, such as football, baseball, and soccer, but with video games as the competition instead. There is always something thrilling about watching someone else play a game at a high level, regardless of whether you can just play it yourself. (Just because you play Little League baseball doesn’t mean that you have your baseball fill and have no need or desire to watch MLB!) To be honest, I can’t give a good reason for why I love watching so much, but I can say I love watching people compete in video games just the same as my Uncle Ed loves watching people compete in football.
Firstly, because I love writing, and I love video games. I can’t help but put my two passions together, it’s natural, see? Secondly, because esports journalism is a young industry, and in the words of Tateh from Ragtime, “an industry is dawning and I’m standing on the brink,” and it’s just exciting to think that I could be one of the first ones in something completely new in history. The thought drives me every day to write better pieces, ideas with quality, and something captivating that people will want to read.
If you already enjoy video games, of course. Give it a try. And if you don’t, you could too. Personally, I had never played the video games I watch in esports when I started watching. I have now started playing some of them because of esports, but when I started watching, I had no idea what was going on. The screen was confusing, and I couldn’t even tell who was playing which character or who was winning. But my fundamental passion for video games made me keep watching, and watching, until finally I understood. I didn’t make any concerted effort to study up on what was happening, or carefully pick apart the screen until I got it, but just the act of watching something confusing more and more eventually made the confusion go away. Don’t be discouraged. However, esports isn’t for everybody. It’s okay if you just don’t like video games; it doesn’t have to connect with everybody.
I love writing because there’s a element of permanence. I just imagine someone 100 years in the future digging up my blue journals and reading about how life was in the early 2000s and who I had a crush on, and so on. Maybe someone will find my online blog someday and pick up what I can pass on about knitting. Maybe I can bring someone joy or knowledge through esports journalism. Writing is cathartic for me—it helps me never to forget something. It reminds me of how I used to be, and it’s like I’m continually creating a history of me. I can remember a feeling I don’t want to let go of, years after the moment has passed.
A big thank you to Red for the spotlight! Find her on Twitter (@bTackt_) or on her blogs.
Hello folks!! Today is the second installation of the Creatives Spotlights series that I’m doing, and today we’re interviewing Hailey Hudson! (again, if you’re interested in being interviewed, fill out this form)
(Also, before we get into the post, I’d like to post out – the NEW NAME! The series is called Spotting the Light. We’re spotting the light that young creatives are shining into the world and drawing attention to it! A big thank you to Angela on Twitter for the name
because I am insanely uncreative)
My name is Hailey Hudson and I’m a hardworking creative who inspires other creatives to put in the legwork that will make their dreams become reality. I’m an author, blogger, and freelance writer. I work for a local nonprofit that focuses on empowering the next generation through education, I’m obsessed with theater and music, and I want to be a missionary in the States working with kids through sports.
What do you blog about?
I blog about writing, my faith, and my personal life. My goal is to inspire other young creatives to work hard and make their dreams come true, because it’s entirely possible.
What made you decide to start blogging?
I started blogging because I have a lot of things to say, and I wanted a platform to say them.
If you could talk to yourself when you were starting out, what advice would you give yourself?
Write what you want to read–don’t fall into the trap of thinking that people expect a certain kind of content from you. Surprise them! Write about whatever is on your mind and heart.
What is your favorite piece of content that you’ve put out so far?
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What does a typical day in your life look like?
In the mornings, I work from home as a freelance writer, primarily in the fitness niche. After lunch, I work out and do some freelance voiceover work; then I drive to work. My duties at my nonprofit include grant writing, marketing, social media, and tutoring the kids. In the evening, I’m either coaching softball, working on my latest novel, or reading.
What made you decide to start writing?
I honestly can’t remember making a conscious decision to start writing–it just kind of happened. I’m sure that the steady diet of amazing books I grew up on definitely helped, though.
How long does it take for you to write a book?
How long is a piece of string? The length of time it takes me to write a book varies so much that it’s almost ludicrous. My debut book, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers,” was published last summer, and it took me a week to write. (It’s short!) But I’ve been working on a dystopian novel titled “Angelica” for a year now, and I’m still not done.
What makes a good story?
For me, the characters are what really make a good story. Worldbuilding, plots, and prose are important, but beautifully complex, flawed, funny characters are what make me keep reading.
Does writing energize you or exhaust you, and why?
Writing definitely energizes me–sometimes after an especially good session, I actually find myself jumping up and down around the house. It’s completely invigorating because I know it’s what God made me to do.
How many books have you written? (drafts count too!)
5 (check out the published one, Hope is the Thing with Feathers!)
What was the most interesting part about your publishing journey?
My publishing journey for my first book was very non-traditional. My story won a contest, and the organization that sponsored the contest took my story and published it as a paperback. They’re an organization that focuses on getting high-interest stories into the hands of struggling readers, so most of the proceeds from my book go to help the nationwide illiteracy crisis, which I love.
Where do you get inspiration? (may include your favorite artists, etc)
I get inspiration from Broadway. I’m a huge theater junkie, and there’s never a time I’m not dancing to a Broadway soundtrack–they’re playing in the car while I drive to work, in my room while I write, and in the kitchen while I make breakfast. The music and stories inspire me, but more than that, Broadway actors and singers inspire me–whenever I watch YouTube interviews of my favorites, I’m always struck by how they go out of their ways to give credit and praise to other creatives, and that’s how I want to live.
When did you start playing music? What instruments do you play? How long have you been doing music? Do you take lessons, and how long have you been taking them?
I was a classical pianist for ten years, and I took lessons for the majority of that time. I had plans for Juilliard, but eventually I just didn’t care anymore. I was completely burned out. Music is still incredibly important to me, however, even though I hardly touch the piano anymore. Maybe one day I’ll find my way back.
What is your favorite book?
My two all-time favorite books are “Little Men” by Louisa May Alcott and “Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo. Yes, my reading taste is diverse.
What is/was your favorite childhood book?
My favorite book series was The Young Underground by Robert Elmer. I think they’re out of print now, which makes me feel old. I also loved A Little Princess and so many others.
What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?
I’m currently freaking OBSESSED with The Greatest Showman soundtrack. It is absolutely perfect. Pasek and Paul write the BEST music.
Favorite ice cream flavor?
A big thank you to Hailey for being willing to be interviewed on my blog! Find her-
HI EVERYBODY!!! If you’ve been following me on social media, you’ve seen that I’m doing a new series on my blog, featuring creatives! (If you’re interested in being interviewed, fill out this form) There will be new interviews up on the second and fourth Fridays of every month for as long as there is interest.
The first one we’re going to spotlight today is Demetrius Osborn! I ‘met’ Demetrius on Twitter, through mutual friends, and here we are! So here we go.