I was nominated for this award by Ismael Mansoor from This Engrained Heart. Ismael is a good friend and a phenomenal poet. His poetry deals with the topics of religion, emotion, and his experiences as a Deaf person. He also has videos of some of his poems in SASL. Please go check him out! Thank you, Ismael, for this nomination!
1. Thank the person who have nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
2. Answer their questions.
3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
6. Provide the link of the Award creator of ideal inspiration blogger award as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog
- Why do you write?
I write for a myriad of reasons. I write to make people laugh. I write to make people feel better. I write to convey information or a story. Mainly, though, I write because it is the way that I best express myself.
- You have explained why you write, so what do you expect from us readers?
The only thing I expect from my readers is that they let me know when they disagree with me. If I write something that seems wrong or harmful, tell me, especially in posts where I make scientific claims or speculate on the experiences of others. I’ve always been afraid of being in an echo chamber, and I want to make sure that I do not cultivate one on my blog. Outside of that, I hope that my readers enjoy my work and use it to reflect on their own experiences.
- I am sure that you know that I am Deaf, but what would you say to any Deaf person when you see them?
I would say hi and introduce myself. I am from the U.S., and I know a little bit of ASL, so if the Deaf person I met primarily communicates using ASL, I would be able to do that using their primary language. I’m not nearly fluent; I only know the alphabet, a few common phrases, and an eclectic smattering of words from “pride” to “day” to “Christmas”, but I’m learning. If you are also from a country where ASL is spoken and you would also like to learn ASL, I have some resources for you. Lifeprint.com is an amazing ASL dictionary, and Dr. Bill Vicars who runs it also has a great YouTube channel where you can learn along with his students. If you’d prefer to learn by immersion, I love the Sign Duo YouTube channel, where Ellen and Ryan vlog in ASL and Ryan answers questions about his experience as a Deaf American.
- What is your strength?
My strength is finding connections between my experiences, and those connections provide the inspiration for my life and my writing. I find that experiences with my friends and family are especially meaningful and allow me to learn and grow and connect the most.
- What is your advice to every writer and reader?
My biggest piece of advice to everyone is to look at everything (yourself, others, and the planet) with compassion. It can be difficult to do sometimes, but it is worth the effort.
- What is an uncommon fact you know that you wish other people would know, too?
- What is one skill that you would like to improve?
- Describe yourself using 3 movie titles.
- What is your earliest memory of writing?
- Where do you go when you are in need of inspiration?
I nominate all of my readers! If you’d like to participate, just leave me a comment.