Goodness, this has been sitting in my Drafts box for a while…. (*blushes*)
So Jessica @ Elldimensional graciously nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award back in January. It’s taken me a while, and for various reasons, but I’ve finally made time to accept and answer her questions. Thank you, Jessica! 🙂 And since I haven’t done an award or blog tag in some time, this should be a fun change of pace.
Some quick details about the Mystery Blogger Award, as described by its creator Okoto Enigma: “The 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 out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”
I’ll save the guidelines for the end of the post. Let’s get to the good stuff first. 😉
Three Facts About Me
- I was
scared frightenedTERRIFIED of bees, wasps, and other stinger-bearing insects for years. Even now I’m skittish around them. But what helped me get over my fear was when I babysat my brother during summer breaks from school, and bees would sometimes get into the house. And I’d have to kill them because Brother would refuse to go into a room where they were flying around. (He was more scared of them than I was, I think. *wink*)
- Growing up, I hated the color pink. I don’t remember why now, but during my pre-teen and early teen years, I preferred that my clothes, accessories, shoes – pretty much everything I owned – weren’t pink. It’s still not my favorite color, but I have a much “healthier” relationship with pink now. 😉
- Reading this post at Eli’s Coach Daddy blog last week reminded me of some of the toys I played with when I was 4 or 5 years old (mid-to-late 1980s, if you’re curious). I kept any and all Happy Meal souvenirs from McDonalds, especially if they were Disney characters. I also had some of the expected girls’ toys like My Little Pony, Barbie, Polly Pocket, and Quints… and some unexpected ones, like Ghostbuster and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figurines!
Jessica’s Questions for Me
Question #1: Are you afraid of the dark?
I was when I was little. In fact, I REFUSED to go to sleep without a nightlight in my room. Now I have no problem with the dark, though I still have a nightlight in the hallway to help me find the bathroom – or else, knowing me, I’d walk straight into a wall. 😄
Question #2: What is your favorite genre to write? Or, what genre do you wish you could write?
Faaaaantasyyyyy. That might not surprise most of you, though. 😉 If you’d like to know more about my love of fantasy lit, check out this post on the first five fantasy authors I read.
Question #3: What are your thoughts on vampires? As in, do you find them corny, overdone, classic, entertaining, or something else?
Eh… Vampires don’t really do much for me. They appealed to me more when I was younger; I began (but never finished) a novel with a vampiric twist on Beauty and the Beast when I was 13, and I read the first two Twilight novels (then quit the series). But as an adult, I don’t care to read about them, since they creep me out more than other supernatural or fantastical creatures do.
Question #4: What is your favorite movie, along with your favorite actor / actress?
I… don’t think I can answer the second part of that question. I like a number of actors (Richard Armitage, Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman) and actresses (Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johanson, Keira Knightley) because they’re great at what they do. Or, in some cases, because they’re (*ahem*) easy on the eyes, like Chris Hemsworth or Chris Evans. 😉 But I don’t have any real favorites. The story told in the film matters more to me, I guess.
I do have a favorite movie of all time, though. And it is… (*drum roll please*)….
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” I’ve lost track of how many times this film has made me laugh out loud and cry. :’)
Question #5: What was the last book you read?
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. It’s a YA fantasy about a female elemental magician and her homeland’s prince as they team up to prepare for an eventual battle against a tyrannical mage known as the Bane. And, well… I DNFed it with 70 pages to go. I’ve had off-and-on luck with YA fantasy this year, and The Burning Sky ended up on the “off” side. Since I didn’t write a Goodreads review, I’ll say this: I liked the characters and the Victorian England setting, but the magic system wasn’t all that original (it reminded me a lot of Harry Potter / Hogwarts) and the trope-filled plot lost my interest (though the middle chapters were exciting enough to renew my interest for a while).
My Best Posts, Statistically and Personally
Technically, we’re only supposed to list one “best post.” But to me, you could interpret that as either your most visited post or the post you’re proudest of. So I’m doing what Jessica did on her Mystery Blog Award and list my best posts in terms of statistics and overall satisfaction:
- Best Post Statistically: Recent Reads: Nicholas Sparks – The Last Song (now THIS is a surprise – even though it’s one of my oldest posts, I lost interest in Sparks’s books not too long after writing that review… )
- Best Post in My Opinion: The Power and Importance of Compassion in Literature
My Nominees for the Mystery Blogger Award, My Questions for Them, and the Rules
Here are my five nominees for the Mystery Blogger Award:
- E.E. Rawls
- Eli Pacheco @ Coach Daddy (highlighted in Fact #3)
- Nandini @ Pages That Rustle
- Sarah J. Higbee
- YOU! Yes, anyone else who’d like to take on the Mystery Blogger Award is more than welcome to do so. 🙂
And here are my questions for them, should they choose to accept this award:
- What was the last movie you watched?
- During what time of day (morning, afternoon, night, etc.) are you most productive?
- Are you a flexible / adventurous eater? Or are you more picky / finicky and less willing to try new foods?
- What is one thing or person that you’re grateful for today?
- Silly question! If you could you own any fantastical animal or creature for a pet, what would it be? Why? (Oh, and what would you name it?)
Finally, if you decide to participate, here are the rules for the Mystery Blogger Award:
- Display the award logo on your blog.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
- Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers. (Or fewer, if you’d prefer. I opted for 5.)
- Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
- Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
- Share the link to your best post.
How would you answer Jessica’s questions? What are your thoughts about vampires? Were you afraid of the dark, bees, or other things when you were little? And, what was the last book you read?