Sunshine Blogger Awards

Victoria Greenwell tagged me in the Sunshine Blogger Awards along with 10 other lovely bloggers.  Thank you so much for tagging me! So, what do I have to do?

Here are the rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award:

• Thank the person who nominated you.
• Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked.
• Nominate 11 other bloggers, making sure to let each one know that they are nominated.
• Ask the nominees 11 questions.

Below are the questions I received:

  1. If you dress up for Halloween, cosplay, or other less commonly accepted occasions, describe your last two costumes. Okay, last Halloween I was half a vampire. Yes, I mean half. I painted my face, wore fake teeth, and wore a cape. But underneath that cape, I was a normal human, jeans and a sweatshirt. Then last June, I went to a ren faire and fully dressed up as a forest princess.danaren
  2. What movie or tv show would you consider a guilty pleasure? I love any variation of Cinderella!
  3. If you could live in any fictional world (whether it’s yours or someone else’s creation), where would you live and why? I kind of want to live in Shadowland. It’s a world, total opposite of ours that my sister and I made up. It rains upside down and the drops are black. And trash grows into brick buildings and disappears. Cool? I think so. I’d want to just see the world I’d created.
  4. You’ve been imprisoned for high treason and have been sentenced to death and there is no chance that the governor is going to call. Describe in detail your last meal. I think I would just want a pineapple upside down cake.
  5. Answer one of these or both: Name your favorite Doctor on Doctor Who. Name your favorite James Bond. Daniel Craig. Hands down.
  6. If you could choose any piece of music or song to be your theme song, what would it be? My Day by Danielle Bradberry.
  7. Concerning sleep, do you consider it a wondrous thing that you just can’t get enough of, or are you one of those “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” people? I love sleep but I am also one of those “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” people.
  8. Has any character that you’ve created ever done anything that took you by surprise? Yes! Cami from Bleeding Hearts is one character I couldn’t control! She tends to make some decisions that I wouldn’t necessarily make.
  9. Describe something from a movie, book or tv where you would have written it better. I actually don’t think about writing things better. Authors and screenwriters have their own way of doing things and I don’t feel like I could do better than them. 🙂
  10. Are you a shipper? If so, name some of the ships that you love. (For example, if you watch the Flash and you think Barry and Caitlyn should get together, that means you are shipper for SnowBarry.) I have a wonderful Ship name for two of my characters in my book Bleeding Hearts. Issami! Read to find out who they are!!
  11. Sentence fragments. Love them or hate them? I actually like them. I feel like they serve a purpose but don’t over use them!

So, there are my 11 questions answered. Now, here are the questions I’d like answered:

  1. What is your middle name?
  2. When did you first learn how to ride a bike?
  3. Are you the kind of person that likes to plan things or go out on a whim?
  4. What is your favorite thing to wear?
  5. Name a country then explain why you named it?
  6. What is your occupation?
  7. If you could own only one animal, what would it be?
  8. Which element do you relate to the most? Why? Fire, Water, Earth, Air, Spirit.
  9. Are you planning any vacations this year? If so, where?
  10. Name your favorite book?
  11. Lastly, do you believe that there are aliens in space?

 

Okay, the people I tag are:

Alyssa Filly – https://dreamsandreads.wordpress.com/

L.K. Kuhl – http://kuhlreads.blogspot.com/

Kim Kasch – http://kimbrakasch.com/

Skye Hegyes –  https://skyehegyes.com/

Angelique Anderson – https://authorangeliqueanderson.wordpress.com/

Wendy May Andrews – http://www.wendymayandrews.com

Ginger Solomon –  www.gingersolomon.com

J.L. Salter  – http://taketwoonromance.weebly.com/jls-blog.html

Nicole Zoltack – http://NicoleZoltack.blogspot.com

Lora Palmer – http://lorarpfictionblog.blogspot.com

Wendy Knight – http://wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com/

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The Dressage Show

Everyone knows that horse people are a little crazy, whether they obsess over who’s horse is cleaner or if their family member bought the right bag of treats. Horse people always show friends, coworkers, and complete strangers their best pictures of their horses. 
But if you haven’t been to a Dressage Show then you are entering into a whole new level of craziness. I, myself, is a crazy horse lady, who in fact competes in dressage competitions. So I know first hand just how insane it can get. 

Your looking at me like, “What?” 

Well, here’s the level of insanity I’m talking about and a bit of comparison. Don’t worry, I’ve competed in Hunters, Jumpers, and Dressage so I feel I have the right to give a little insight on how it actually is. 

Hunters: political, even paced, natural jumps, highly judged on what you wear. If you have the slightest hair out of place, forget it, you lost the class. 
 
(This is not me)

 
Jumpers: you can show up at the show thirty minutes late, mud caked to both you and your horse, school over a couple jumps, learn the course in five minutes and still win the class. Jumpers don’t care (unless you have an awesome trainer who wants you to look good while you show, like I did). 

  
(By the way, this is me with Morpheus AKA Trinity)

Now for Dressage: There’s so much you have to do to go to a dressage show. 

First there’s the lessons, your legs are killing you by the end of each lesson you take, your horse is mad at you for making her bend around the corner when she didn’t want to, and the amount of sweat that pours from your body by the end could fill up a swimming poor. 

Second is the prep. Bathing, tack cleaning, braiding, packing the trailer, and making sure your transportation works. Now, you’re an equestrian yourself and you tell me that you do this for every show, granted this usually does happen every show, but as a dressage rider, you have to be perfect. 

White breeches, black show coat, and white shirt and stock tie all have to be clean. Your tall boots polished so you can see your reflection and your horse has to look just as good. 

It’s hard work! 

At a Hunter or Jumper show, there are tons of people, horses and dogs. But at a dressage show, it’s silent. I swear you can hear a mouse making a nest in the bushes  thirty yards away. 

I’ve never been to a quiet show until I transitioned over. There are maybe ten horses and riders at a local show, less if you go to a smaller show. Each has their turn in the ring while the others warm up. It’s like no one ever talks at these things. 

And the tests are sometimes hard to remember. They use letters and movements rarer than jumps and microphones. It’s memorization. All of it. I have a show this Saturday the 19th and I don’t even know my tests. I’m in for a rocky ride. HA!

If you want to impress the show judge, make sure your saddle fits, your horse is supple, and your tack is clean. The way to win is focus, determination, and a horse you trust and behaves. And have fun!

  
(This is not me) 

Any questions, comments, or just want to talk, let me know.