Blog Awards #16: Blogger Recognition Award – Number Five!

Many thanks to Jenna, the amazing author of Bookmark Your Thoughts, for nominating me! This is the fifth time I’ve received this award, and I really appreciate each and every nomination!

Here’s the link to Jenna’s post, where I was nominated:


The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment (or ping) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How Hot Shot Headlines Started

I majored in Communication Studies, Mass Media, in college. That’s a fancy title for journalism. I also minored in English, Writing & Rhetoric. In 2007, I had dreams of being the next Katie Couric, or at least eventually living and working in New York City. Four years later, I graduated, and headed back home to Hampton Roads. I worked a few temp jobs before I got my first “big girl” job at a major health system, learning everything about health insurance, plus the ins and outs of contracts, analytics, percentages, and communicating via email and the phone.

Five years have passed, I’m still with Riverside, and my blog has continued to grow. I’m not getting paid to be a journalist, but I’m just as happy with writing about whatever I want, whenever I want, and throwing in some news articles and hot topics for good measure.


For New Bloggers

  • Don’t be afraid to write how you feel – Don’t hold back profanity, etc. Your blog is your own. Just as long as you’re not trashing your current employer! You don’t want to lose your job.
  • Post as much as you want, but don’t be afraid to take a break. I don’t write blog posts at all when I’m on vacation with Al, for example. I’ve also gotten burnt out several times. But, when I give myself a break, I start to miss blogging, and then I come back to it refreshed and rejuvenated!

And The Nominees Are …

Disclaimer: Do not feel obligated to accept this nomination or award – It will not hurt my feelings. Several bloggers I know do not accept awards, and I completely understand! The purpose of these awards are to recognize that you’re an awesome blogger! I don’t want to pressure anyone into anything!

  1. trainhrtraining
  2. Little Blind Book Finds
  3. YRM
  4. Chinese Characters Decomposition
  5. Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
  6. Texas Law Student
  7. DJ Art Love
  8. Jina S. Bazzar – authors inspirations

Thank you again, Jenna, for this nomination!

If you have any questions, please contact me! I’m happy to listen.


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #15: The Sunshine Blogger Award – Number Three!

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Image Credit: Found on Bookmark Your Thoughts

I’m honored and humbled to have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award for the third time. I was nominated by Jenna at Bookmark Your Thoughts. Thanks, Jenna!

Here’s the link to the post where I was nominated:


What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.


The Rules

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people, and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award.

Questions from Jenna

One. What’s your favourite book from your childhood?

  • I read and re-read the American Girl “Central Series,” or the six books that were about the original Historical Characters, throughout my childhood. I had many of the books in my own library, and I checked out the others from the library. Kirsten, Samantha, and Molly were the original three girls when the company first started in 1986. Felicity was added in 1991, Addy debuted in 1993, and Josefina was introduced in 1997. Note – I shamelessly read them as an adult, too. I’m currently rebuilding my childhood collection!

Two. From the best of your knowledge, what is your favourite childhood memory?

  • I have so many! I think my favorite is playing with the kids in the cul-de-sacs of Leeward Drive and Leeward Court (where my parents still live), and hopping the fence in my backyard to access the city park. We had many neighborhood “Breakfast in the Park” get-togethers for years,

Three. What was your favourite subject in school? Why?

  • I’ve always loved English class more than anything else. I love to read, and I became a fairly good writer in elementary school. I think my love of reading and writing led to my decision to study journalism / Mass Media in college.

Four. If reincarnation is real, what would you like to come back as?

  • I’d love to be a guinea pig or a hedgehog. I had several guinea pigs growing up, and we took care of several for friends after ours passed away. My 6th grade Civics teacher had a classroom hedgehog named Curious, and I’ve wanted one of my own ever since.

Five. Name one reason why you would want to teleport to the future? What do you think it will behold?

  • I would love see if self-driving cars actually come to fruition, among other things. I would love to see revolutions in healthcare, cures for diseases (Cancer, Alzheimer’s, ALS, etc.), and agreement on tax reform!

Six. Who is your favourite hero/heroine in YA literature?

  • I loved Tally Youngblood in Uglies. Thinking about it, I need to read the rest of the series (Three more books). But, when I read it for my YA Literature class in the spring of 2011, I thought the book was revolutionary.

Seven. You’ve won a million dollars; what’s the very first thing you do with the money?

  • I pay off our mortgage.

Eight. It’s movie watching time; what’s your favourite movie genre that you’re most likely going to watch? Do you have a favourite movie?

  • Forrest Gump has always been my favorite movie! If I’m not watching that movie, anything with Tom Hanks is a good choice.

Nine. You can instantly travel to anywhere in the world; where are you travelling to? Why?

  • I’m headed to Hawaii. I’ve always wanted to visit! There are so many things to do there. My parents have been several times – They climbed Diamond Head in 2009!

Ten. You find a genie (with no restrictions) and are the lucky one to have three of your wishes granted; what are they?

  1. Have all of my novel attempts officially published and available to everyone.
  2. Have a library like Belle’s in Beauty and the Beast be built in my house / on my property.
  3. Pay off our mortgage, plus have about $20,000 available for several home improvements (New HVAC system, new windows, etc.)

Eleven. What book series or standalone novel would you recommend/do recommend to anyone? Why?

  • If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s one book that I re-read every single year, and it’s made a big impact on my life since reading it in high school.

Questions for the Nominees

  1. Do you have a favorite sports team?
  2. What movie are you most excited about for 2018?
  3. If money was no object, what would be your dream job?
  4. If you could do your school experience over again, would you have changed your field of study? If so, what would you pick?
  5. What is your favorite breed of dog?
  6. Do you have a dream pet(s)?
  7. If you could embark on a week-long trip in the United States, where would you go?
  8. What’s your favorite breakfast food(s)?
  9. If you could meet any author, who would you choose, and why?
  10. Is there a particular time period that you would want to live in?
  11. Do you have a favorite vacation or trip from your childhood?

And The Nominees Are …

  1. Dutch Lion
  2. daily(w)rite
  3. “An Tony’M”
  4. theexceptionalwriter
  5. Noveau Bohemian
  6. The Diary of a Muslim Girl
  7. Thriller/Suspense Film and Writing Festival
  8. Around the Library in 80 Days
  9. Bookends and Endings
  10. WilliWash
  11. BRAINISNTAFTERTHOUGHT

Please note: Your participation is completely voluntary!!


Thanks for reading! I’m so honored to receive this award.

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #14: Mystery Blogger Award – Number 2!

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Image Credit: Found on Bookmark Your Thoughts

This post has been a long time coming – Back in late April, the beautiful Jenna at Bookmark Your Thoughts nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award! I’m so honored to have been nominated for this award for the second time.

Thanks, Jenna!


Here’s the link to the post where I was nominated:


What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best our there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award if also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

– Okoto Enigma

Okoto Enigma is the creator of the Mystery Blogger Award! A link to her blog is here.


The Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

About Hot Shot Headlines

I started Hot Shot Headlines several years ago as a way to continue blogging after college. I was assigned to create a blog in my Computer-Mediated Communication class with Dr. Bill Stuart in 2009. I decided to write about movies that my classmates may have never seen before. Several people complimented my writing, so I knew I wanted to blog in my spare time. After several failed blog attempts, I wanted to combine my Mass Media education with writing. The result has been this amazing experience where I’ve been able to connect with so many people around the world! Thanks to everyone who has read my posts, liked them, commented on them, shared them, and appreciated my writing. It means the world to me!


And The Nominees Are …

I’ll admit, I don’t like pressuring anyone to do anything! Participation in these awards is completely voluntarily. However, I love seeing other people’s responses!

  1. In A Messy World
  2. meganelizabethmorales
  3. His Perfect Timing
  4. The Real Deal

Questions from Jenna

One. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

  • I would love to be invisible – Think Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak! That would be amazing!

Two. What are your top three book/book series?

  1. Harry Potter series
  2. The Great Gatsby
  3. Anything American Girl-related, but especially the Historical Fiction

Three. What is your favourite colour and why (i.e., reminds you of something, etc.)?

  • I love the color green – It represents many things in my life. I have a green birthstone (peridot, for August), I’ve been a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan for practically my whole life, I love the green grass and trees, and my sorority colors are green and gold (Alpha Sigma Tau).

Four. If you could become part of a book, television or movie fictional world, which one would it be?

  • This question is so hard for me, simply because I love so many types of books, television series, and movies! But, if I had to pick just one, I would love to be part of the Harry Potter books / movies. It’s an amazing world!

Five. What are you currently reading? How would you rate it at this moment?

  • I just started reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. It’s good, so far!

My Questions to the Nominees

  1. What’s your favorite song at the moment, and why?
  2. What / where would be your ideal place to live?
  3. Do you have a favorite place to go on vacation?
  4. If you could do one job for your whole life, what would it be, and why?
  5. What is your dream car?

My Best Posts


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #13: The Blogger Recognition Award – Number 4!

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Thank you so much to the incredible icebreaker694 for nominating me for The Blogger Recognition Award for the fourth time!

Here’s the link to the post where I was nominated:


The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How Hot Shot Headlines Started

The origins of Hot Shot Headlines started in 2009. As part of my Communication Studies, Mass Media major at Longwood University, I was required to take a class called Computer-Mediated Communication. To be honest, I wasn’t all that excited about it. I was a junior, I was feeling a bit burnt out. Junior year is notorious for being the worst! I felt it was more geared toward the other COMM major – Public Relations. And, I had never had the professor before – Dr. Bill Stuart, a.k.a., Dr. B.

Luckily, I started to come around, and eventually warmed up to the class. One of the assignments was to create a blog – It could be about anything that we wanted – And have it peer reviewed by our classmates throughout the semester. I ended up loving what I picked – Movies that people had never heard of / never seen – and I continued that blogging effort for several months after that semester ended.

Fast forward several years, and a few other failed blog attempts along the way, and I landed here. I came up with “Hot Shot Headlines” early on – I knew wanted to carry on my journalism efforts / contributions after deciding to not pursue it as a career. I missed working on The Rotunda, Longwood’s student newspaper, so much after graduating in May 2011. It was something that I basically lived and breathed during my four years at Longwood.

My posts officially start as of March 2014, but over the last 18 months, this little blog of mine has skyrocketed. I’m deeply appreciative of everyone who has taken the time to read, comment on, like, and spread the word about my posts. I am a very humble and happy blogger here in Virginia.


Advice

  1. Write for yourself. – What I mean is, your blog is YOURS. Don’t feel pressured to fit a mold, or to write what others are writing about. Write what you feel is important to you. That’s all that matters.
  2. Reach out to other bloggers. – One of the biggest things I do is I read other people’s blogs. It’s expanded my world significantly. There are so many people in the U.S., and around the world, that are talented and articulate writers. Personally, I’m attracted to book blogs, and those who write about writing and publishing. When I find a post that I like, I like the post, and I also try to comment on it. It’s a great way to interact with others! I’m delighted when bloggers email me, too!

Nominations

  1. Candace Robinson
  2. social underground
  3. The ThinkTheorist
  4. Teri again
  5. Holistic Wayfarer

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #12: Sunshine Blogger Award – Number 2!

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Image Credit: The Green Onion Blog

Many thanks to the incredibly nerdy The Green Onion Blog for nominating me for another award!

Here’s the link to the post where I was nominated:


The Rules:

  1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

The Questions:

1. Can you describe your ideal man-cave/woman-cave/library, and what kind of things we would find in there?

My ideal woman-cave / library would be a replica of the Beast’s library in Beauty and the Beast. However, I’m excited to be building a smaller version in my own house – The Lady Lounge! Eventually, it will contain my desk, my laptop, my humongous bookcase, my American Girl dolls, and a reading nook!

2. What was one of your most prized toys/possessions when you were a child?

My first 18-inch American Girl doll, Stephanie. I still have her, nearly 20 years later. It’s funny – She’s one of the look-alike dolls (Originally called “American Girl of Today,” now called “Truly Me.”). However, when my parents bought her for me for Christmas in 1997, the company didn’t make a doll with brown hair and green/hazel eyes, so the next best thing was blonde hair with bangs, and bright green eyes. To me, however, as a 9-year-old, she was perfect. I took her everywhere!

3. What book/comic book movie adaptation do you wish they would make that has not been done yet?

Oh, goodness. This was the hardest question for me! I’d love to see Stargirl’s story to be continued. She’s had a few live-action and animation roles, but nothing in a movie, yet!

4. You won a $500 gift card to the bookstore, what do you buy first?

Score! I’d immediately buy all of Jane Austen’s works.

5. If you had to cosplay any character, and had access to whatever you needed, who are you going as?

Wonder Woman!

6. You can have any robot-pet, what kind of robo-pet do you get?

A hedgehog!

7. What was the worst mark you ever got in school?

High school Spanish was the worst! I flat out failed a couple tests, and got a zero on one assignment because my teacher could tell that I had rushed and used Google Translate.

8. What would be the absolute worst villain/monster after you?

One that takes books away!

9. If you were going colour blind, and get to choose which colour you lose, what colour will you never see again?

Orange.

10. If you could own any fictional vehicle, what are you driving?

The Invisible Jet.

11. You get one protein, one fruit/vegetable, and one dairy product, for the rest of your life, what are your choices?

Seafood, mushrooms, and cheese.


Nominations:

  1. Aliexpress Fashion Review
  2. The Watts
  3. TrevnJess
  4. Not-so-modern girl
  5. MovieBabble
  6. Reads & Reels
  7. Flexi Reads
  8. Elazar Abrahams – TV and City
  9. midnightmusings
  10. goldenquotesrb
  11. Julius – Logical Quotes

Questions for the Bloggers:

  1. If you could have one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?
  2. What was your favorite subject in school?
  3. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  4. What’s your favorite superhero movie / TV show?
  5. Name three books that you read as a child that left a lasting impression on you.
  6. What’s one of your favorite childhood memories?
  7. When did you get your first cell phone?
  8. Which TV cast would you love to meet?
  9. If you had the opportunity to buy a one-way plane ticket tomorrow, what destination would you pick?
  10. Do you have a favorite game show?
  11. If you could have any pet (real or fictional), what would you get, and why?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #11: Blogger Recognition Award – Number 3!

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Image Credit: Found on The Green Onion Blog.

Many thanks to The Green Onion Blog for nominating me for The Blogger Recognition Award!

Here’s the link to his post, where I was nominated:


The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How Hot Shot Headlines Started:

Thanks to Dr. Bill Stuart (Dr. B.) at Longwood University, I created my first blog through his Computer-Mediated Communication class. After a few years, different blogs that didn’t go very far, and a couple of platforms (Blogspot, WordPress, etc.), I landed here. I celebrate my blogaversary next month – It’s been three years since Hot Shot Headlines officially kicked off.

As for the name: “Hot Shot” is the nickname that my dad gave me years ago. We have no idea how it started, or exactly when it started, but it’s stuck. Since I was a Communication Studies, Mass Media major in college, I wanted to have a news-like angle to whatever blog I created. Thus, I found “Headlines” to be appropriate.

I ended up not going into the journalism field for my career, so I like to think that my blog is an extension, of sorts, of my university newspaper participation that I absolutely loved for eight semesters.

I’ve really enjoyed the last year or so in particular, where my horizons really started to expand. I’ve loved participating in different challenges and tags, writing about real issues, and exploring other items of interest (Books, different types of media, etc.). Plus, I’ve gained so many amazing followers, and friends!


My Advice to New Bloggers:

  1. Don’t put pressure on yourself to have a set schedule.
  2. Always respond to comments!
  3. Don’t be afraid to take “blogging breaks.”

For me, I agonized for a really long time about setting a schedule for my blog. I wanted to post regularly, but I didn’t know how to do so. I felt awkward with a ton of unfinished drafts.

When WordPress came out with the “Schedule” feature, that was a game-changer for me! Now, I can look at the calendar and figure out any day and time that I want to publish posts. It’s fantastic! If a certain post isn’t ready, I can easily change the date and time for publication.

I’m definitely a routine person. Example – I wanted to publish my “52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge” posts on the same day every single week. I picked Wednesdays, and it’s worked beautifully. Now, I’m finding that I’m posting more frequently, and enjoying it!

I try to respond to every single comment that’s made on my posts (unless it’s spam, of course). It’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and readers alike! I’ve made several blogging friends this way.

In addition, I try to comment on posts that really speak to me. It doesn’t have to be a long comment, but I enjoy reaching out to other bloggers in that way. Plus, if it’s a WordPress blog, the poster can find my blog that way! It’s a great networking tool/resource.

Finally, don’t be afraid to take a “blogging break.” Everyone I know who writes, whether it’s a blogger, journalist, novelist, or poet, gets writer’s block. It sucks!

But, if you’ve found that you’ve hit a wall with your blog or your writing, it’s actually a good thing to take a break. Here’s a personal example – I found that I was absolutely burnt out in early 2015 for about a month or so. Outside of the blog, I was planning my wedding, work was crazy, and I was trying to keep up with my paralegal classes. I couldn’t juggle the blog with everything else. I went on complete hiatus for about two weeks. I felt bad, but those two weeks helped my brain catch up with everything else in my life. Plus, I had fresh material and new ideas for the blog. I came back to the blog recharged, and ready to write again!

Now, I find myself taking shorter breaks every so often – Sometimes a few weekdays, sometimes a whole weekend. It depends. When we travel to Al’s parents’ farm, I really try to hard to “unplug” completely when we’re there. It’s a nice break from technology, social media, etc.


Nominations:

  1. R.H. (Rusty) Foerger – Curriculum of the Spiritual Life
  2. jennanicolee – Bookmark Your Life
  3. Animal Planet Lover
  4. Its Naly
  5. martin houghton – DukkeHus
  6. vinnieh
  7. Panic At The Bookstore
  8. Marie’s library
  9. Cheila – Pink For Days
  10. Suyog Chhatre – Positivity Unlimited
  11. The Sporadic Scribbler
  12. Alex Raphael

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone has a terrific Thursday!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #10: One Lovely Blogger Award! – Number 2!

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Image Credit: Found on vinnieh

Many thanks to vinnieh for the nomination! He is the king of movie reviews!

Here’s the link to his post, where I was nominated:


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like
  • Include this set of rules

Seven Things About Laura Beth:

  1. I love watching shows like Law & Order: SVU, The First 48, and so on, but I can’t watch a marathon of them at night, especially right before bed. I replay the episodes in my head, and make myself scared.
  2. I am officially in love with / addicted to Stranger Things on Netflix. Holy cow, it’s so good!
  3. I don’t get sick often, but when I do, it’s bad/awful/terrible! I was just diagnosed with the flu and acute sinusitis – Yay! I’m camped out at home for the moment, hoping that I recover over the weekend and can go back to work on Monday.
  4. I hope to own all the Dear America / My Name is America / The Royal Diaries books, someday.
  5. I’m currently 14 chapters into John Grisham’s latest book. It’s been so long since I’ve read one of his books, and I forgot how addicting his writing is. It’s hard to stop at night when I need to go to sleep! I powered through four whole chapters in 45 minutes the other day.
  6. I don’t buy a lot of music anymore, but I definitely have the soundtracks to Moana and Hamilton on my wish list.
  7. I’m ready for consistent 60 and 70-degree weather! Not this ugly roller coaster ride! So many people around me have been sick!

Nominations:


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂