Spotting the Light: The Miss Charley || Creative Spotlight – 4

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!

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Charley is a college Christian student blogging about her greatest loves: God, books, and writing, with a few things sprinkled in here and there.

What do you blog about?

I blog at The Miss Charley. I primarily focus on blogging about books, but I also expand with writing and pop culture posts every once in a while. On Sundays, I try to post a positive Sunday Thoughts post to start everyone’s week off right. These posts are either a general encouraging/motivational post or more of a Christ-centered devotional style post.

Where do you get your blog ideas, and what is your process of writing a post?

Most of my blog ideas come from other blogs, which means I see a style of post I enjoy and make it my own. Other ideas come from personal experiences or a random thought pops into my mind when I’m having a good conversation. Then my process is a simple one that I should probably make a little more complex. I write the idea down in a list in my bullet journal. When I need to schedule a post, I look at my ideas, write it out, add in some pictures or gifs, hyperlink to other blogs, posts, etc., and then schedule it. I create my own feature graphics and try to incorporate most of my own pictures which can take a little bit longer. Otherwise my creation process is a simple one.

What does a typical day in your life look like?

A day in my life… is crazy. It really varies depending on my work schedule, class schedule, etc. There’s really only one consistency: late nights. In order to blog while the rest of my life is happening, I stay up late which is terrible when you can’t sleep past 8 am.
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What is your favorite book?

I don’t have a favorite book, but I do have only one auto-buy author who is Sarah Dessen. I absolutely adore her books and will always look to them for recommendations and a relaxing time.

What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?

My favorite artist right now is The Chainsmokers, which I know is such a cliche response. I can sing pretty much every line to “Closer”. I really love their style of music and have found a few others like them.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

My favorite ice cream flavor: Rocky Road or Cookie Dough. Rocky Road was my favorite as a child for some odd reason, and cookie dough slightly replaced it. But I don’t want to get rid of Rocky Road quite yet. If it’s Halo Top ice cream, though, I love the Birthday Cake flavor. Also, I loath having to pick favorites which is why I add in so many conditions. 🙂

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)

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Spotting the Light: Red Sun || Creative Spotlight – 3

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. 😉

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Who am I?

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:

  • knittingfrenzy18.wordpress.com – This is my passion blog, where I write about things I love. That includes knitting, baking, reading, gadgets, and more. I write book reviews, knitting how-tos, and documentations of my mediocre baking escapades. Although I did not write much last year, there is still a wealth of old posts that I still consider good. I hope to make a return to writing more on this blog this year!
  • btackt.wordpress.com – This is the blog where I write 3000 words at a time about video-game related topics that are on my mind. It’s not particularly audience friendly, although if you enjoy those deeper looks into my mind, there it is. Think of it as sort of an out-loud journal, video games based.
  • tackttabloid.wordpress.com – This is my most professional, esports journalism-based blog. I plan to write polished, professional (as possible) news articles about esports and put them here.

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.

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What is esports?

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.

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Why do you write about esports?

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.

Should I watch esports?

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.

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And now, back to some other stuff.

Why do you love to write?

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.

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What writing advice do you have?

  • Keep writing. I am sure we have all seen beautiful art and stunning drawings made by people who are skilled at drawing, and sometimes you wish you were that good too. But when you ask them where they got the talent, they tell you they have practiced forever. I think we all know that school classroom archetype who is continually doodling on the margins of their paper, listening to the teacher talk, but doodling. And I am almost certain that those people, bored out their minds for 12 years in school, will become some of the best artists, simply because they were drawing all the time.
    I am not a good judge of myself, but I just realized recently: I have been writing things for years and years. Little journals, little letters, random poems, notes to self; when I am distressed and want to relax, I write something. When I finish reading an excellent book, I am inspired to try to create a magnificent story of my own (it hasn’t happened yet). And this isn’t as visible as someone doodling all the time, but I am nearly convinced that this same effect has happened to me, that my writing has improved by virtue of my just writing. And I still have a long way to go, but this is the beginning. Like I said with watching esports, if you just keep doing something, even if you don’t know what’s going on, you’ll eventually figure it out.
  • On a technical note, my two pieces of advice are this: Have a very clear sense of the audience while you write. Knowing who you’re talking to can really focus your message and your piece. And secondly, make your points clear. Hit everything you want to say in an organized fashion, so that the reader knows when you’ve switched to your next argument.

A big thank you to Red for the spotlight! Find her on Twitter (@bTackt_) or on her blogs.

Spotting the Light: Hailey Hudson || Creative Spotlight – 2

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)

Hailey Hudson

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetMy 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?
This Post: 5 Tips to Writing your Best Fight Scene Ever

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.

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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.

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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?
Butter pecan.


A big thank you to Hailey for being willing to be interviewed on my blog! Find her-

Blog || Instagram (@haileyh412) || Twitter (@haileyh412) || Pinterest (@haileymom2000) || GoodReads (Hailey Hudson) || FaceBook (Hailey Hudson)

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Spotting the Light: Demetrius Osborn || Creative Spotlight – 1

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.

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Hi, I’m Demetrius and I am a singer, musician, songwriter, and aspiring music producer. I’m currently traveling the world studying different cultures and indigenous music styles and songwriting. Hopefully putting out an EP with some original songs on it this year! (It’s one of my goals)
What is your biggest challenge?
I would say I have two really big challenges as a musician that keep me from creating.
One is motivation. I am not a very self motivated person and I tend to get REALLY excited about a project in the beginning and then lose interest and never finish it. So something I’ve been working on to combat that is actually setting goals and then having friends who are holding me accountable to the goals I set for myself.
The second is comparison. I so often find myself listening to an amazing musician or incredible songwriter and comparing myself to them and then feeling discouraged because I’m not as talented as they are. So it’s been a struggle to fight against that and to realise that no matter my skill level no one else can create exactly what I create and to remind myself that a lot of these people have a heck of a lot more practice than me and if I keep going I might be able to achieve what they have.
Why do you do what you do?
I really can’t imagine doing anything else. I’ve known since I was 14 that I wanted to pursue a career in music because it’s what I love and it’s what I’m passionate about. I don’t think I would ever be happy pursuing another career.
Where do you get your inspiration? (favorite artists, etc)
So many places but I would say Jon Foreman as an artist has had the most impact on my life and has probably been my musical inspiration the longest. I first started listening to Switchfoot in 2012 and I was instantly hooked. I’ve always loved the depth of Jon’s lyrics and how poetic they are, especially on his solo projects but he’s more than just a good musician and a phenomenal songwriter. He’s also a voice in our culture who stands up for what he believes in and stands up for truth and stands up for those who are helpless and hurting and in need, and I find that more inspiring than just excellent guitar playing and beautiful lyrics. I want to be like that. More than just an artist but a voice.
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When did you start your music journey? What instrument(/voice) do you play? Have you taken lessons? If so, how long? 
I’ve always loved to sing and have made up nonsense songs all my life but it wasn’t until I started learning piano at age 12 that I really started my music journey or even realised that I had any kind of musical ability or talent at all. I play piano, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, bass guitar, cajon, djembe, and I sing. I took piano lessons on and off (mostly on) for 7 years and I took about a year and a half of guitar lessons. Everything else was self taught.
Is there something you’d made that you’d like to share? (Links/attachments ok)
I don’t have a lot that I’ve put out on the internet at this point but I have a few covers on my SoundCloud page that I just recorded on my phone so the quality is awful but if you want to check those out here is the link.
What is your favorite book?
Probably Pride & Prejudice or The Hobbit.
What is/was your favorite childhood book?
My favorite childhood book was and still is this huge book of all the Winnie the Pooh stories by A. A. Milne that I got for my birthday one year.
What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?
This is a really hard question but I think my favorite song currently is You Can’t Hurry Love by The Supremes and favorite artist right now would have to be Owl City. I’m so pumped about his latest music project and really digging his new sound for this record.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate chip cookie dough. Or a really good caramel gelato.

And that’s it! Thank you so much Demetrius for being spotlighted on my blog! Find him on Instagram (@xanderbones1), on Twitter (@theDemetriusO), and on SoundCloud.