Q&A Part 2 – continuing the celebration of my one year blogiversary!

Hi everyone!!! Today I will be continuing the questions and answers for my one year blogiversary! I still cannot believe that my blog has turned one year old. whoooaaaaa!! to check part one, click here =)

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Q: What is your favourite poem that you’ve written; be it part of your love & you collection or not? 
A: ‘dear pretty little thing’ which was first featured on my blog and then became a part of my poetry book love, and you. i literally wrote that out of nowhere one night and didn’t even realize what i had written till i read it.

Q: What is your favourite poem by another author?
A: ooooo this one is hard but I’m going to go with a classic which is Alone by Edgar Allan Poe.

Q: Other than publishing your book and reaching your one year blogiversary what has been the high point of your year?
A: My high point of the year has been accepting my unapologetic self with whoever was or is around me.

Q: If you could recommend one book to everyone, what would it be?
A: Beth!!! You are killing me softly with these questions lol. I’m going to go with the first book that came to mind and that is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Q: Do you have any exciting blogging plans for next year?
A: I have some ideas but I haven’t thrown it out there because I get the worst luck when I speak out loud what I want to do lol. Therefore, I will work on it and see how it goes =D

Q: What would you say is your life goal, and have you achieved it yet?
A: My life goal was to publish a book and yes I definitely achieved it!! *starts dancing*

Azia @ The Uncharted Word

Q: When did you start writing poetry and what inspired you?
A: I started writing poetry at about 11 years old. Inspiration is a little weird here, so let me explain lol. I sing and song write, so poetry feels pretty much the same. I would say that music inspired my poetry and learning poetry from school as well.

Meghan @ Whimsically Meghan

Q: How has blogging rocked your world? 
A: BLOGGING IS AMAZING!! Honestly, blogging has helped me a lot with my anxiety. I am a very anxious person, add to that a lot of other mental instabilities that I have…I’m just overall not mentally okay half the time. So blogging has definitely helped me calm down and focus on more positive things rather than the negative. ALSO!!!! Blogging has made me discover sooooooo many different books out there and I also love how diverse the community is too. Meeting people from all around the world with our love for books and writing is so freaking awesome. I cannot express how much I love the community.

Poulami @ Daydreaming Books

Q: What is the one thing that you love the most about blogging and writing/poetry? 
A: Blogging, I love interacting with people and their opinions on books. Rather it be that they didn’t like it, are interested, or we find ourselves gushing over the book. I love that I can be myself without feeling judged as well. One thing I love most about writing/poetry is simply being myself through my writing and seeing how people interpret my writing. OMG I absolutely love reading the comments of what people thought about a piece and how they interpret the piece. It’s really great.

Hannah @ Mortal Reader

Q: Can I have your dog? I think he will like a summer in the UK?
A: Hannah, I am sorry to say this but no you cannot have my dog lol. He hates summer as well lol.

Q: What was the moment you realized you could make your poetry into a book and outside of your blog? Like was there a moment it hit you like this is going well I would love to try it? (Hope that makes sense)
A: Definitely makes a lot of sense! I hit that realization with ‘love, and you’ when I wrote most of it in one sitting. It really just came to me out of nowhere and I was like “hmm maybe I should make this into a book” and that’s when it unraveled. With my segment of People I Once Knew, which was a part of my blog first, a lot of people had mentioned to me that maybe I should make a book out of it. I took it into consideration and loved the idea so now I am running with it.

Q: What was a book that made you fall in love with reading?
A: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett!! I remember my mom came with a bag full of free books that she found. I reached into the bag and took that one out, I read it and loved reading ever since.

Q: What’s one piece of advice you would give to your younger self if you could?
A: “people aren’t going to get you. they’re going to think you’re weird as fuck. that’s okay, let them think that way. different is beautiful.” -me

Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku

Q: What is your favorite book to re-read and why?
A: Surprise surprise!! I don’t re-read books *hides face* …I mean I would love to but I honestly don’t have the time and the time I do have, I prefer reading something new lol.

Q: What is the best thing your dog has ever done for you?
A: The best thing my dog has ever done and still does is be there for me the instant he feels me sad, crying, or going through an anxiety attack. He just knows and doesn’t let me go. He has literally licked my tears and hug me.

Q: What are the worlds best pizza toppings?
A: Meat Lovers Supreme by Pizza Hut. I love Chicken BBQ. Or Chicken, Bacon, and Ranch on pizza!

Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world RIGHT NOW where would you go?
A: I’d go to Bora Bora!!! It’s beautiful without the masses of human beings. Still on my bucket list!

Melissa @ Igndrynerdymel

Q: What was your fav book(s) growing up? That kept you going? And today?
A: Favorite growing up: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Favorite Books that kept me going: The Blue Girl by Charles De Lint, and the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld.
Today? mmmm I can’t quite say because I read so many that’s hard lol.

Luna @ imaginarymargo

Q: Since releasing your book have you learned anything new about yourself?
A: Yes I have learned that on the days I feel low (emotionally and mentally) to not check how my book is doing cause it bums me out and gives me more anxiety.

Q: Where/What do you draw strength from?
A: Myself, my family, a few friends, and my writing.

Q: Do you believe in the supernatural?
A: Yes I believe in the supernatural.

Amanda @ Cover 2 Cover Mom

Q: If you died tomorrow, what would you want to be written on your tomb stone?
A: “And all I loved, I loved alone.” -Edgar Allan Poe

Q: If you could punch one person in the face (past, present, real, or fictional) who would it be?
A: JUST ONE AMANDA?!?!?! omggggggggg lol. So here’s a semi secret that I’m about to spill, there’s one person that I have always said if I crossed paths with, I wouldn’t think twice to punch in the face.

and that is all for now!!! if you want to discuss any of the questions and answers, feel free to comment! I hope you all have a lovely day ❤

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38 thoughts on “Q&A Part 2 – continuing the celebration of my one year blogiversary!

  1. Haha! I giggled reading some of these & Beth’s questions are ALWAYS the BEST! Never know what to expect but she makes you think haha! Love it! Twin you have come such a long way from your Booktube days. Publishing Love & You has taught you so many valuable lessons. Perhaps the most important one being that one must be cautious who they keep around them. This journey has shown you who is really there & happy for YOU vs. who is there for their own personal interests. Your unapologetic self is loved. I will continue to be there for you through it all twin 😉can’t wait to see you continue to flourish as a person/poet/author/blogger ☺️💕

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    • Lol Beth sure had me thinking and wracking my brain there for a few!!

      You said all of this so perfect to a freaking t. Thank you for having MY BACK and ALWAYS being there for me when I’m having a melt down and need some sense talked to me. Thank you for genuinely being a part of this journey! You will never know how grateful I am that you exist in my life. And mom loves you too. So you can’t go anywhere lmao!!!

      LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!! *rich lux voice* ❤

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      • I’m kinda upset I didn’t get the notification alert for your comment twin, especially since it included mom! lol I’ll always be there for you twin, no need to thank me. The way I see it, you have been a blessing in my life & that’s enough. Mom is a plus lol! I LOVE her too though! I swear I’ve said it a million times, when I get to her age, I better be stylin like her! haha! XOXO! ❤

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  2. I loved reading your answers to these questions Gretchen, sorry (but not really!) if mine were killing you softly at one point! 😀
    I’m glad you reached your life goal with publishing your book, that’s amazing, and Six of Crows is a duology I’d recommend to everyone as well. It’s an all-time favourite of mine! Also your advice that you’d give to your younger self is amazing advice as well. Something I wish someone had told me when I was younger as well.
    Again congrats on your one year blogiversary, and I loved reading your answers to all these questions too. 🙂 ❤

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  3. Loveeeeee this some of the best laughs ive had today . reallly great questions and answers . proud of you !!! And congrats on your year blogging love !! ❤

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  4. I am seriously losing it over these! “Can I have your dog” bahaha. We all want your dog. And Amanda’s punching in the face question seriously had me thinking *insert think emoji* hmmm.. head swarming with faces/names 😛

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  5. Haha– I love that Amanda and I are soooo on the same page with these not-particularly-serious-or-bookish questions. Sometimes, you need a bit of levity in your day.

    I totally support the not re-reading books. I don’t do it often. However, there are a few books (Harry Potter, The Night Circus, The Killer Angels) which take me to a safe, comfortable, and happy place. Sometimes, when I’m in a bad mental space I pick up one of those to re-read. I figure that’s healthier than some alternatives I could look into. 😉

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  6. It’s amazing that you started writing poetry at such a young age! And I also love that you would recommend Six of Crows to anyone. Such a fantastic book. I love Edgar Allen Poe! I haven’t read “Alone” before, so I’ll have to check that one out. My favorites from him are Annabel Lee and The Haunted Palace! 😀

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    • Thank you Azia!! I really feel like Six of Crows is a well rounded diverse book! You have to let me know what you think of “Alone” by Poe. I love love love Annabel Lee as well. I still have yet to read The Haunted Palace but I do plan on to soon because I have his book ❤

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      • SoC really is! And I sure will. I’m sure it’ll be fantastic. I love Poe’s work. Annabel Lee is the only poem I can recite 😂 Let me know what you think of The Haunted Palace too! 😀

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  7. “people aren’t going to get you. they’re going to think you’re weird as fuck. that’s okay, let them think that way. different is beautiful.” -me

    Such an important lesson to learn! I’ve found as I get older, I care less and less about what people think of me, and just do me 🙂

    After reading this post I now have decided that I finally need to sit down and read The Secret Garden ((hangs head in shame)) as I’ve never read it… I even own a copy lol

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    • Amanda! Same here! As I get older, the less I care and less I worry about people! I definitely see eye to eye with you.

      Btw, don’t be ashamed about not reading The Secret Garden, honestly there are so many books out right now and time sometimes isn’t by our side. Definitely wish I could read all the books lol.

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  8. I absolutely adore your answers. I read The Secret Garden for my Children’s literature unit this year and I can understand why you fell in love with reading from that. It was such a beautiful story and interesting too how his disability is cured!
    I am sad I can’t have your dog for a summer though! ❤

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      • I’m working on making my dad get another dog, it’s been 2 years since we had to have ours put down and I still except him to be running around. There’s just something missing without a dog in the house after he was here for 16 years. I will keep on until I can get another buddy ❤

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      • Aww I am so sorry to hear that! Baxter is my first dog but I’ve noticed that dogs give so much LIFE to a family and household. We love him so much! I hope you get one toooooo ❤

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  9. Ahhh, I’m so sad that I missed your Q&A post. Boooo!!! I loved reading your answers on both posts though. Huge congrats on reaching 1 year of blogging, Gretchen ♥♥ You and your blog are both so wonderful and I absolutely love reading your posts and poetry. I also love what your answer was for Hannah’s question about the advice. That really hit home for me. Thank you for continuing to share your words with us!!

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  10. Books, The Secret Garden, dogs who hate everything, and the South Pacific. I get the feeling we would have great conversations lol. I’m just a passerby, was reading up on Q&A sessions, and yours seemed compelling. But you now have a new follower 🙂


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