In order to become a real blogger, one must have a blog. Second, one must write things on that blog. Third, people must read those things. Fourth, other bloggers must nominate one for blog awards. At least, I’m pretty sure that’s how it goes.
I have a blog. (This is it.) I write things on it. (This is one.) Some people read these things. (You are one, and my mother is also one. So that makes two at least.) And, last, the lovely Emma just passed on a “Sunflower Award” to me. I took a logic course in highschool, so I’m pretty sure that it’s logical to state that I am now a real blogger.
From what I can tell, this “Sunflower Award” entails giving y’all 11 facts about myself, answering 11 questions from Emma, and then passing it on to as many other bloggers as I choose. Let us commence.
- I’m addicted to chapstick of any variety. You know how some people congratulate themselves on finishing a tube of lip balm without losing it? I’ve been through two entire tubes within just the past school year.
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I love it. Don’t ask me why; I just do. It’s one of the few movies I prefer to the book. Though it’s been a long time since I’ve read the book, so that could be why.
- When I was in 6th grade, I won 1st place for rabbit showmanship in my age division at the Iowa State Fair. Not to brag or anything, but I was pretty stinkin’ good at checking those little rabbit teeth for dental problems.
- I love saltines with a great and powerful love. I’ve been known to eat whole sleeves. Though only when I missed another meal or something. Goodness, I’m not a fat kid.
- I fight a great battle every day between longing to be a perky morning person and not wanting to get out of my bed.
- I’ve never pierced my ears. (Or any other body part, for that matter.)
- I cannot stand cave crickets. They’re probably the thing I loathe most out of every other thing in the entire world. Seriously.
- If I’m ever in a situation where the only way I can save my life is by successfully and gracefully wearing heels, I’ll die. Imagine something super awkward like a chicken trying to walk in heels. That would look a lot like me trying.
- I didn’t learn to swallow pills until I was almost 21 years old. Yes, that is just a few months ago.
- I love pretty much everything Ramin Karimloo sings.
- I love musicals. Special favorites: Tale of Two Cities, Jane Eyre, Les Miserables.
- Tell us a little about the story you’re working on (if you’re working on one).
Well, I’ve brainstormed ideas for three different stories recently. I don’t know if any will actually ever materialize. I have a very, very difficult time talking about stories I haven’t yet finished, but the one tale I’d most like to complete is actually a war novel–I haven’t decided if I want to set it in factual history, or make up my own fantasy land so I don’t have to worry about nasty stuff like accuracy and all that. At any rate, I have a young couple who’ve fallen quickly in love and married, but soon after their wedding, the county breaks out in revolution. He’s a passionate revolutionary; she’s from a pacifist family, and is now torn between the beliefs of her family and the beliefs of her new husband… There are battles and conflicts and choices. Love is found to be an action, not something fallen into. Friendships grow in unlikely places. Forgiveness is extended, but only with a high cost.
It’s an idea that’s been growing for a while, but I’m not sure if I can actually write it or not. It’s a little more ambitious than my simple What Eyes Can See.
- What’s the best book you’ve read in the last six months?
The Bible aside, I’m going to say The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. I’ve never been much for battles of any kind (the last Lord of the Rings movie bored me to tears), but Shaara did such an excellent job that I couldn’t help but love the book and the men who fought. Gettysburg is now high on my list of places to visit.
- What’s the worst book you’ve read in the last six months?
Seeing as how much of the past six months were spent at school, pleasure reading wasn’t a common occurrence, so I don’t have a very large pool to pick from. I can’t think of any books that I honestly hated. There were a few textbooks I found rather dry…does that count?
- Favorite Avenger?
Ummmm…I know as much about Avengers as I do about football, maybe less. I’m pretty sure there are four of them, right? Maybe like Thor and Captain America? Loki is in there somewhere, too, I think, but he might be a bad guy even though he’s attractive. Is there a lady called a Black Widow? (So much for “favorite.”)
[edited to add that I just looked up the Avengers on the Wikipedia, and apparently there are a lot more than four. Oops.]
- Which Mr. Darcy do you prefer: Colin Firth or Matthew Mcfadyen?
Colin Firth, definitely.
- What is your favorite joke? Please tell it!
Disclaimer: I have a terribly corny sense of humor. You’ve been warned. Here goes.
What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?
(Sorry not sorry.)
- If you could take the place of any Disney princess and marry their prince, who would you choose?
A lot of the Disney princes don’t impress me overmuch, but I’m pretty fond of Kristoff from Frozen. Yes, I know Frozen is way over-hyped. Kristoff is still pretty sweet.
- What is your favorite book cover?
I have these absolutely gorgeous vintage copies of Emma and Persuasion. They look like this. I could go downstairs and take a picture so there isn’t a ribbon in the way, but that’s too much work. At any rate, I love their vintage-ness. (Please forgive the terrible picture I lifted off the interwebs.)
- What sort of music do you listen to while writing?
Josh Groban. The aforementioned Ramin Karimloo. The aforementioned musicals. Or a Pandora station I named “soothing piano stuff,” which is exactly what it sounds like: Yiruma, the Piano Guys, Jim Brickman, Fernando Ortega, that sort of stuff.
- How long have you been writing for?
I hesitate to answer this because I’m not a real writer in any sense of the word. I guess I’ve been writing stuff ever since I’ve been able to write (I have some pretty great stories from elementary school; mostly they’re all themed on my desire to get a cat.) But most of what I write never gets finished.
- Do you like getting tagged for blog awards?
This is my first experience, so I guess so?
Now. My awful confession. I don’t really know many bloggers, and the ones I know, I’m not sure if they’ll be interested in this or not. So I’m asking questions, and if you’re reading this, I nominate you. Feel free to answer or not at your leisure, and if you have no blog, I accept long comments. (That’s for you, T2.) Gentle readers, I want to know…
- Favorite musical? (It’s about time to add another to my repertoire.)
- What’s one mindless action/habit/character trait that you inherited from one of your parents?
- What’s one food you’re pretty sure you could eat for the rest of your life? (Maybe not exclusively…but super often, at any rate.)
- Congratulations! You are Cinderella and have just married your Prince Charming. What chore are you most excited about not having to do any longer?
- If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
- If you had to solve a crime, and you could pick either Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Mr. Monk, or Nancy Drew to help, whom would you choose?
- Favorite smell?
- What one song describes your day today? Or yesterday, if it’s still morning to you.
- Oh no! You’ve forgotten your purse at home! Which item in it is important enough to you to actually turn your car around to go back and get it?
- Favorite cheesy pick-up line? (Bonus points to anyone who has one I don’t know. I sort of have a collection.)
- What’s one book you love so much you encourage everyone you know to read it?
Thanks again to Emma for the fun nomination!