Nothing Like an Award to Keep Your Spirits Up…

So throughout the past couple months, I’ve received a bunch of awards. This isn’t surprising, (I mean, have you met me?) but I’m flattered nonetheless. Most of these awards were season-based, so I decided to go with the one nomination that doesn’t belong to a specific time of the year: the Sunshine Blogger Award.

I was nominated by the always snazzy Katie Nichols. She’s only tried to kill me twice this year, so I’m extra thankful.

The rules:

–Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog. (Check!)

–Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you. (Yeah, not happening.)

–Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. (Also not doing this, because Standards.)

–List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

1.  If you could only read one fictional book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

It would probably be a really dense book; one where you’ll discover something new each time you read it. So if you’re allowed to pick a series, I’d pick A Song of Ice and Fire, and if you’re allowed to pick just one book, it would be Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell. I haven’t read it yet, but I heard it’s good and long, so a reread would probably be rewarding.


2.  What type of computer do you use for blogging?

My chromebook. Bought it over a year ago for 180 bucks and it’s been working like a charm ever since. #quitethebargain


3.  What was the last album you listened to straight through?

Atlas: Year One, by Sleeping at Last. This is one of those albums where every song sounds good, but only handful can give you an actual eargasm. Those three songs were Earth, Saturn, and Neptune. Listen … if you dare.


4.  What is your favorite holiday sweet?

Come to think of it, I don’t really like any food that goes specifically with a certain holiday. I guess I do like the Christmas-themed designs of Coca-Cola cans.

Image result for coca cola cans christmas
Those polar bears would maul you to death if they got the chance.

5.  Are you known for making a signature dish or food?  If so, what is it?

I don’t cook much, but I do make scrambled eggs and toast. I can also make microwavable popcorn with ease. 

6.  Would you consider your handwriting to be sloppy or neat (or somewhere in between)?

Depends on the pen and my current state of mind. That being said, it’s always legible.


7.  What is the awesomest-looking book you own, and why?

Image result for stephen king's It cover
That’s not my hand, by the way. Photo credit goes to MightyGirl.com.

You may not be that impressed, but I think the cover sets the tone for the book perfectly. And it can’t be stressed enough just how good the paperback Stephen King books feel in your hands. The pages feel so clean, the font is so easy on the eyes … in fact just writing this makes me want to buy another King novel.

8.  Name your three biggest fandoms.

Bitch please. I don’t do fandoms. Fandoms are for dweebs and dorks and no-lifes, not for a cool dude like me. I do have a reversible belt, after all.

That being said: 1) Harry Potter. I don’t talk about the series much these days, but it will never not hold a special place in my heart. 2) A Song of Ice and Fire. I could talk about these books for days. 3) No idea. There’s probably a Stephen King fandom I’d get along well with. Maybe The Raven Cycle. Those were good books. Hopefully I’ll write something one day that inspires a fandom;  my dream is to get death threats in the mail after killing off a beloved character.


9.  Favorite childhood movie?

Finding Nemo. It’s funny, and an emotional rollercoaster? But how?

10.  Pizza or tacos?

Sicilian pizza any day of the week. With tacos, the shell always breaks on the first bite.

11.  Name three books that everyone on earth should read.

Keep in mind that I’m not picking these books necessarily because they’re my favorite, but because I like the message behind them.

  1. Mother Night, by Kurt Vonnegut. In part because I think it deserves more attention than Vonnegut’s more famous work, but also because I think it has some really neat things to say regarding morality and whatnot. Plus, in a world where millions of World War II books are published each year, Vonnegut managed to write one with a fresh perspective. (That last point is true for a lot of his books. But this is one is even fresher.)
  2. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily Danforth. There’s a movie adaptation coming out soon, so the book should be getting a nice boost in popularity, but then again, the movie rarely does the book justice. So just read it already. It’s about a lesbian growing up with a very conservative family in 1990s Montana, who gets sent to a gay conversion camp. Some thoughts:
    • It’s about the importance of understanding people and respecting them for who they are.
    • It’s also sort of glorified pot and normalized shoplifting, but I’m okay with that.
    • I feel like, in most stories like this, you’d expect the conservative relatives and the people running the camp to be demonized — to be written like one-dimensional homophobes taken straight out of an after-school special. But nope, they’re written with just as much humanity as anyone else. It would’ve been so easy for the author to write them off as Evil, but she didn’t, and for that, I salute her.
  3. It, by Stephen King. Sure, it’s violent and scary, and it ends with a bizarre, offensive sex scene that makes it clear the author was snorting coke while writing it. (Apparently he remained high during the editing and revision stage, and so was his editor.) Nevertheless, the things King has to say regarding friendship and childhood are powerful, and should still be relevant for years to come.
    • I also want everyone to be just as scared as clowns as I am.
    • Should note that while it’s been over four years since I read it, I can still remember characters like Stuttering Bill, Bevvy, and Richie “Trashmouth” Tozier, and some scenes — the rock fight, Ben’s first encounter with Henry Bowers, the part where Pennywise takes the form of a security guard with a dog’s head, (that was weird) — are still etched in my mind, and will probably never go away.
  4. Bonus Mention: V for Vendetta, and 1984. I can’t help but feel like these two books, (especially 1984, with its Groupthink and Newspeak) are becoming increasingly relevant.

And that is all! Thank you Katie, and thank you, America. I wont be nominating anyone, because I wouldn’t want to be a bother. Good night. Sweet Dreams. Don’t let the bed bugs eat open your veins and crawl around your circulatory system.

The Little Engine Tag: (That’s right. I’m starting my own tag)

So I did an award post a couple months ago, and a thought occurred to me while filling it out: why can’t I make my own blog tag thingy? For one thing, I’d make sure all the questions are actually fun and thought-provoking, and can’t simply be answered with a boring one or two word answer, which is often the case. Also, I’d get free publicity! And I’d provide all those suffering from writer’s block some much-needed relief.

(I hear writer’s block is at its worst in the spring. Okay so I made that up, but it’s probably true.)

So I went ahead and invented my own blog tag, and here it is.

It’s called the Little Engine tag, because why not? The picture above is to be included in all future responses to this tag, unless the blogger in question simply doesn’t want to include it. In that case I am powerless to stop them.

Naturally, there are some rules to this tag, namely:

  1. Each answer you give to a question has to be more than two sentences long. Or at the very least, you have to make those two sentences meaningful.
  2. There will be two bonus questions at the end, that the blogger gets to change to whatever they want to ask when they nominate someone else. The first six questions, however, are set in stone.
  3. At the end you must nominate three to five other bloggers. Okay, so you don’t have to, but that would be nice if you could. (I want my blog name to spread on for all of eternity.)
  4. You know how sometimes in quiet classrooms, they’ll be that one guy clicking his pen fifty times a second, and it’s annoying as hell to everyone else? Yeah, don’t be that guy. This doesn’t apply to this tag so much, but more to life in general.

Now, onto the questions, which are:

1.) What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?

(This question was designed to let you rant about something people do that bugs you. For example:)

I for one, hate when people call me “buddy.” It just always feels condescending, even when it isn’t mean to be. I also hate people call me “dumbass,” for more obvious reasons.

2) What is your favorite song at the moment?

(I included this question because I want to be exposed to more music.)

One song that’s been consistently in my head for the past six months is Where is my Mind? by the Pixies. I heard it on The Leftovers and I’ve been loving it ever since. It is the perfect song to bob your head to.

3) Who is your favorite blogger?

(Besides me, of course.)

Right now I’d pick The Mostly Confused Teenager, despite the fact that she hasn’t posted for a while. It’s just that many of her posts like “Those Crazy American Commercials” and “Being French,” are hilarious and well-written and I would like to get more of them, please.

4) What’s the nicest thing you’ve seen someone do recently?

(You can also write about something you did, if you want.)

There was a little kid in a wheelchair at McDonald’s the other day who went up to the counter alone and asked for an ice cream cone. The problem was that he couldn’t hold the cone and still steer back to his table at the same time, so my manager went over and helped him out, despite the restaurant being very busy at the time. This surprised me because said manager is usually a very rude, standoffish woman, but apparently she has a soft spot for handicapped little kids. (Then again, who doesn’t?) So this was a nice heartwarming moment in an otherwise terrible day.

5) What’s something you regret doing?

(Note: don’t pick something that you regret not doing, because those are usually more painful than funny.)

I regret buying an HP printer, because those are the worst, because I have never not had a problem with it since the moment I first set it up.

I also regret giving my friend one of my lottery tickets.

6) If you could take only three items with you to a deserted island, what would they be, and why?

I for one would take my High School Musical 2 dvd, because Troy and Gabriella are my OTP. Then I guess I’d take some scissors, in case I need a haircut. Oh, and a pen cap to chew on. 

Pfft, this is so easy.

Now for the bonus questions: (Remember, you can change these to something else if you write your own post.

7) What past fad do you think should make a comeback?

Personally, I hope planking becomes a thing again. I find it hysterical. Remember this, anyone?

8) How would you describe the perfect date?

Mine would be: drive in theater, with the movie being Stephen King’s IT: Part One. Obviously this would never happen, but hey, I could dream.

And now for the nominations. You could nominate anywhere from three to five people, or not at all. But because I’m trying to start a new trend, I’m going to nominating quite a few, and I’ll be calling them out by name.

  • Engie, from Musings from Neville’s Navel. I know you’re busy with college and all, but screw college! This tag is much more important.
  • Liam, from This Page Intentionally Left Blank. I know you’re busy battling pirates and sea monsters right now, but as they say, the pen is mightier than the sword. Likewise, this tag is mightier than anything you could possibly be doing, so drop everything and get on it.
  • Susannah from Susannah Contra Mundum, because of your Lilo and Stitch GIFs.
  • Gwendolyn, from Apprentice, Never Master, because you didn’t actually think you’d be able to get out of this post unscathed, did you?
  • Shanti, from Virtually Read. I know you just did an award post, but technically this isn’t an award post. It’s an inconvenience more than anything else. 
  • Katie, from Spiral Bound. You are my mortal enemy, and hopefully you’ll expose a weakness by answering my questions. 
  • Confused Teen from The Mostly Confused Teenager, because the blogosphere needs you back. 
  • Kedslover from Alternative Sunny Days, because you are chiller than an ice cream cone.
  • Derek, from The Edwards Edition. Where you been, man? And don’t use life as an excuse, because I already called dibs on that one.
  • Literary and Lovely, from Literary and Lovely. I approve of your use of calculators.
  • Evi, at Adventures Through Pages. This is punishment for posting almost as inconsistently as me.
  • Aspen at AKA The Author. I read you were sick with laryngitis, so I decided to make life worse for you by pressuring you into this. 
  • Elm from Just Call me Elm or Something. If you were an actual elm tree, I probably wouldn’t chop you down unless absolutely necessary. 

Well, that’s ten people. Hopefully enough to spread this tag across the universe. I probably forgot someone really important to nominate, so if you’re one of those people I missed, I’m very sorry, and feel free to do this tag anyway, because you deserve it.

Yes, this is an Award Post. Deal with it.

So, shortly after I complained about not being nominated for any award, Evi at Adventuring Through Pages was kind enough to tag me in her own award post, the “Who Am I?” tag.

Thanks, Evi! I’m so flattered that I might not even kill off your character in that ice cream truck killer story I’m writing. (The plot has thickened to ridiculous lengths, so it’s taking a while.) I think I’ll just maim you a bit.

Anywho, onto the tag, which involves questions that are sorta inspired, but not nearly as inspired as the ones I’m going to be coming up with soon. That’s right guys, I’m making my own blog tag thingy, and it’s gonna catch on like wildfire.

Except hopefully it won’t be quite as deadly. (*fingers crossed*) Moving on:

What is the meaning of your name?

Here’s the definition of the name Matt, according to the top result on Urban Dictionary:

Ancient Greek translation for “eternal sex-god”. It is believed that anyone that holds this name has a great level of skill and ability to perform sexual acts for long periods of time. Men possessing this name are also well endowed.
Girl 1: I wish my boyfriend was a matt.
Girl 2: Oh you poor thing.
Apparently there’s an ancient hebrew meaning as well, but no one really cares about that.
 

What is your Myers Briggs personality type?

According 16personalities.com, I am a mediator, which apparently means that:

INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the INFP personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.

That sounds about right. #innerflame

What is your zodiac sign?

Obviously I am a Taurus. This site has been nice enough to list all my strengths and weaknesses:

Strengths: Reliable, patient, practical, devoted, responsible, stable

Weaknesses: Stubborn, possessive, uncompromising

Taurus likes: Gardening, cooking, music, romance, high quality clothes, working with hands

Taurus dislikes: Sudden changes, complications, insecurity of any kind, synthetic fabrics

You know, I can’t help but feel like the majority of this stuff can apply to just about everyone. Most people like to think of themselves as patient and stable and all that jazz. And who doesn’t dislike complications and insecurity?

The synthetic fabrics part was weirdly specific though, I’ll give it that.

What Hogwarts house would you be in?

test here!

I got slytherin, but barely, with the results being:

Slytherin — 12
Hufflepuff — 11
Ravenclaw — 10
Gryffindor — 10

I suppose this makes sense, seeing as I am occasionally brave, occasionally wise, occasionally kind, and I have a tendency to hiss at people I don’t like. I deem this test: Highly Accurate.

What are your learning styles?

test here!

I’m visual, which means with these new glasses I’ve gotten, I should be extra smart!

Are you more of a left-brain or a right brain kind of person?

test here!

According to the test, I am 66% right-brained, and I’m not sure if I should be happy about that or not. This apparently makes me creative and intuitive, but it also means I’m less rational and strategic.

On the bright side, I’m also too cool to follow the rules.

What is your blood type?

Based on my parents, I’m either an A+ or an O, which reminds me of something that’s been bugging me for a long time:

Why the hell don’t doctors write down your blood type from the moment you’re born? This seems like a pretty important bit of information that every individual should know, and yet apparently it’s okay for me to go my whole life so far without finding out?

Excuse me while I angrily howl at the moon.

What career are you meant to be in?

I refuse to let an online test decide this for me. “Begone!” I say to the online test. “You are most likely a sham!”

Which divergent faction do you belong in?

As someone who stopped reading Divergent after the first few chapters, I also refuse to take the test for this question. I know, I know, I’m such a wet blanket. Was there a Wet Blanket faction in those books? Because I suppose I’d belong to that one if there was.

What is your birth order?

I’m the middle child, which means I’m a social butterfly, peacekeeper and am fairness obsessed. Which, uh, I guess could be true, depending on my mood. 

Aaaaaaand that’s all the questions there were. I’m not going to tag anyone, because I plan on tagging people for another blog award and don’t want to overdo it. Thanks again to Evi, and I’d also like to thank the Greek God Prometheus, for giving mankind the gift of fire. Seriously dude, you have no idea how much that helped.

The Rainbow Book Tag

So I’ve recently been tagged in Nevillegirl’s post, “The Rainbow Book Tag,” (Hey look, we both used the same title!) and I was very excited to do it. The subject is LGBTQ+ YA books, a topic I’m not too savvy about, but I’m going to write about it anyway because I don’t think I’ve ever had. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve never written an LGBTQ+ related post on this blog. If someone were to only gain all their knowledge from this blog and this blog only, they’d probably think a homosexual was some sort of exotic fruit, or something.

look at all these homosexuals

But that’s not right. LGTBQ+ rights is an important issue, one that I have very strong investment in, so I should probably mention the subject every once in a while. Hence, this post:

RED
The color of passion and desire

If you could own only one LGBTQ+ YA story for the rest of your life, which book would you choose and why? What makes you desire that particular book so much that you just have to have it on your shelf – characters, plot, author, cover, et cetera?

Well this one’s obvious. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth, and not just because it’s one of the few LGTBQ+ YA books I’ve read.

If I had to pick my top ten books of all time, this one would be on it, somewhere. And if I had to make a list of top ten books everyone should read, no matter who they are or where they live, this book would be number one. Because the world would be a much better place if that happened.

ORANGE
The color of creativity

If you were to create your perfect LGBTQ+ YA book in your mind, what would it look like? Romance? Non-romance? Fantasy? Sci fi? Contemporary? Historical fiction? Some other genre/genre mix? Novel? Short story? What about the characters – lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual? Who would you want to write this novel? Would it have a happy or sad ending? Where would it be set? Is it a series or a standalone?

It would be an urban fantasy/thriller written by Maggie Stiefvater. The main character is a lesbian drag car racer with a sentient car. I say this because according this one post I read months ago on Stiefvater’s’ tumblr, she’s apparently planning to write a book featuring a female drag racer of some sort, so if anyone were to write this book, she’d be the best one for the job.

YELLOW
The color of sunshine and sand

Let’s talk beach books! Imagine you are going to the beach with a friend, who is looking for some YA LGBTQ+ books to read there. Which book(s) would you recommend?

Does The Dream Thieves count as an LGTBQ+ book? I hope so, because I’m picking it. It takes place during the summer, it’s a quick read and it’s surprisingly violent, compared to the books preceding it. (Oh yeah, forgot to mention. This is the second book in a four part series, “The Raven Cycle.” It’s one of those rare book series where each book is more gripping than the last.

GREEN
The color of money

If you could get any five YA LGBTQ+ books for free,
which five would you choose?

Well, the first would be Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli, because I’ve heard good things about it, and the synopsis is lit.*

The second would be The Miseducation of Cameron Post, because I’d like to read that again.

Then there’s Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, because who could say no to a retelling of Cinderella that features Cyborgs?

[Edit: I’ve been informed via helpful commenters that Cinder doesn’t actually have any LGTBQ+ themes, and that I had mistaken it for Ash, by Malindo Lo. Twas an honest mistake, I swear!]

Four would be Fans of the Impossible Life, by Kate Scelsa: “the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.” Well that can’t possibly end well. I’m intrigued.

And the last would be The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. I have no idea what its about, but I recognize the author’s name and it’s tagged under LGBTQ+ on Goodreads. So Oscar Wilde wrote a book featuring homosexuality in the slightly homophobic nineteenth century?  That’s pretty ballsy, I gotta say.

Indigo
The color of intuition

An LGBTQ+ YA book that you haven’t had the chance to read (yet) but have a really good feeling about.

Uh. . . Cinder, probably, because I haven’t heard a bad thing about it yet.

VIOLET
The color of dreams

You are hosting a tea party and can invite one LGBTQ+ YA author, two LGBTQ+ YA characters, and three non-LGBTQ+ characters (from any YA book) to any restaurant/place – real or fictional – you like. Who would you invite? Where would your party take place?

I’d pick Loras Tyrell from ASOIAF and Ronan Lynch from The Dream Thieves as my two LGBTQ+ characters, if only because I have literally no idea what would happen if they found themselves in the same room together. I can see their first meeting being either a) a complete disaster or b) the start of something wonderful.

For the straight characters, I’d pick Arya Stark, Sansa Stark, and Jon Snow, if only because I want at least three of the Starks to reunite at some point and I’m beginning to lose hope of that ever happening. It’ll be a tearjerker, I’m sure.

As for the LGBTQ+ YA author, I’d choose Emily M. Danforth, so I can ask her some questions I have about what happens to Cam after that final chapter of TMoCP. I need to know!

And, that’s all for today! Feel free to do your own post with this tag, if you want. Or you could answer the questions in the comments below. Or you could go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, unless of course you live in a place whether the weather isn’t so great right now, but based off the map on my stats page, I’d say there’s a good chance you don’t. That’s right, I did my research.

*I’m using the tem “lit” now. Get used to it.

Guest Post: The Worst Types of Book Endings

Ha, didn’t guess that, did you? I’m referring to anyone who tried to guess what this post would be about. I guess this is sort of cheating, since I didn’t actually write this post, but I’m sure you’ll understand, because the fantastic Nirvana has won that whole guest post award contest. Better luck next time, those who wanted to win it. There’s still the 3,000th comment you can be the author of.

Anywho, thank you for doing this, Nirvana. And don’t forget that you are allowed to respond to every comment as if this was your own blog.

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The ending of the book, in my mind, is the most important part. Even if the book sucked, I’ll still consider the book good if the author redeemed himself in the end.

ENDINGS ARE EVERYTHING, PEOPLE.

Okay, not everything. A lot of other things count too: characters, plot, villains. I have a tendency to exaggerate. (My sister agrees, having the ginormous nerve to ignore the daggers I’m mentally shooting at her. My defense: I’m a writer. I exaggerate for a  living. At least I will, when I’ve completed my bestselling novel and all, that is.)

But I digress. Enough rambling and onto the post.

The worst types of book endings…

Capture 1. The infamous ‘Happily Ever After’

I can’t believe I just wrote this. I HATE my favourite characters dying. The angst. The pain. The way the writer picks the exact chap I had fallen in love with, and kills him. Authors are demons in disguise. Though I’m an angel.  Their books break me into little pieces, put me back together and tear me apart again. Wouldn’t a cutesy ending be nice?

Wrong.

But after all that, I still hate ’em. Hate the neatly wrapped up ending with the ‘and they lived happily ever after’. I sort of enjoy the angst, actually. The hair-tearing sense of foreboding, the bouts of sobbing. Because in the end, life is that way. You don’t get the prince (he dies), and if it’s war: I WANT SOME SACRIFICE.

One book I’ll take as an example, will be Blood of Olympus. The book was fab, but the ending was too cutesy and unrealistic. And the battle against Gaea was too easy. (An epilogue would have been nice too, Rick)

2. Dues ex Machina

tertgrt

Another book ending ruiner: dues ex machina.

Where the solution just drops out of the sky, no excuses whatsoever. Just the author who couldn’t come up with a solution to explain this sudden turn of events.

I mean, if you really need to use this, do it in a way so that it doesn’t ruin the book. Drop subtle hints throughout the book so the reader thinks ‘Hey, why didn’t I guess so? OOH I REMEMBER. THEY MENTIONED IT AT THE START OMG’

3.I wanna know what happens next.

rfd

Please don’t leave the readers in the dark. They need to know what happens. No point in tormenting us further, is there?

It’s fine to leave a hint of mystery when you end a book/series. It’s the best kind of ending. The kind that makes you think, and wonder. But there is a fine line between not having an epilogue or something but properly ending it. So it seems like an ending. Making the ending seem like the book is missing some pages and you need to get it replaced, is not okay.

And that’s it, folks. What kind of endings do you hate. Any particular book in mind?

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Also, I forgot to mention: Check out Nirvana’s blog! If she doesn’t gain five hundred followers within the next five minutes, I will start throwing fists.

In which I Answer a Couple Questions

yikes!

So the Legendary Miko nominated me for this award, and even said, “You better do this, mister haven’t-posted-that-much-since-summer-hit,” which made me think, “Eh, fair enough.” And here we are. Since I know no one’s really interested in Sunshine Awards (is it bad that the first thing I do is look to see if I got nominated?) I retitled the post and included a picture from Finding Nemo in order to draw y’all in.

So, now to answer the questions:

1) Someone’s hitchhiking on the road. Would you stop and give them a lift or keep driving?

It depends on several factors, such as A: The time, and B: the age of said hitchhiker.

See, if this took place at night (unlikely, since I only have a driver’s permit and am thus unable to drive after sunset), I would not pick any stranger up, because y’know, vampires. And if the hitchhiker was only, say, four years old, then yes I would definitely give him/her a lift, because four year olds should not be walking down roads at night without at least having parental supervision.

2) Would you rather have the ability to heal people or the ability to read minds?

Would I also be able to heal myself? Either way, I choose the former. If I could read minds, I wouldn’t be able to stop reading minds, and then I’ll learn things about certain people that I never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever  wanted to know.

3) In a fighting match between a chinchilla and a turtle, who would win and why?

The chinchilla, because everybody knows that turtles are pacifists. Although I suppose the turtle would have the moral high-ground, so in a way it would be the true winner.

4) Milkshake or Float?

Why not both?

5) Why do you blog?

I started blogging because I liked writing and I thought it would be fun, and I kept blogging because of all the great people I met with the same interests that I had. Do you have any idea how many Game of Thrones fans I talk to regularly in real life? Four. And one of those is me.

Now, time for my question: (Warning, I chose some deep ones.)

  1. Does nature shape our personalities more than nurture?
  2. Who decides what morality is?
  3. When does consciousness begin?
  4. What is time?
  5. What is true happiness?

Good luck answering those questions, nominees. I hereby nominate everyone who reads this blog.

Yes that includes you.

Yes you.

Good luck answering those questions.

The Reader Appreciation Award.

Just recently, The Sunshine Blogger nominated me for my first ever award. I didn’t even bribe her or anything, which just makes the award that much more sincere. So to the Sunshine Blogger: I thank you for nominating me. And Gwendolyn is an awesome name.

The Reader Appreciation Award Rules:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you.

2. Attach the icon to your site. 

3. Answer the attached questions.

4. Nominate 6 bloggers who you feel deserve this award. 

The Q&A:

1. What is your favorite color?

Seven

2. What is your favorite animal?

Dogs, then clownfish (Nemo!).

3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Yoohoo. I once wrote a poem about Yoohoo, where I drank it and then it raped me. I was so horrified by what I just wrote that I threw the page into the fire and went to see a psychologist.

4. What is your favorite number?

42.

5. What is your favorite day of the week?

Fridays. Every great moment in my life seems to happen on Friday nights. I’m not sure why.

6. What is your favorite flower?

The Venus Flytrap.

7. What is your passion?

Writing. Reading. Sleeping. Eating. Snowboarding (kind of).

8. Do you watch television?

I mostly watch Doctor Who and The Walking Dead on Netflix. The only shows I watch on the actual TV are How I Met Your Mother and Modern Family.

9. Who is your favorite author?

I’m stuck between John Green and Stephen King. In the end, I think I’ll pick John Green, as John Green also has an awesome vlogbrother’s channel which is awesome. He also donates to a lot of charities and started a thing called, “Positive Pranking.

10. Do you like 80′s movies?

Only some of them, such as Die Hard, Forest Gump and Ferris Bueller’s Day off.

11. How do you like your eggs?

I agree with Gwendolyn: Really hard or scrambled.

12. When did you discover blogging?

A few weeks ago. And I regret having never done it before.

13. Why do you like to blog?

Because I enjoy talking and getting to know people living hundreds or thousands of miles away from me. And it’s fun.

Five Things About Me:

  1. I went snowboarding the other day for the first time. You can expect a post from me about that tomorrow.
  2. I like to write positive and inspirational quotes on bathroom stalls.
  3. I’m seven episodes into Doctor Who right now. And I’m not sure how I feel about the show. The effects are cheesy and the villains have never been menacing at all, but the Doctor is awesome and Rose is hot, so I’m okay with that.
  4. I love the soundtrack to the Dark Knight, and I will never shut up about it until someone agrees with me that it’s awesome. Especially listen to the last minute of the video. With Beats. And the volume on high. With your eyes close as to enhance your other senses.
  5. I read Yahoo articles entirely for the comments.

Passing the award on to the following bloggers: (I’m only going to do three, if that’s okay for now.)

  1. Liam, Head Phil. His blog is awesome, and he was also kind enough to let me write a guest post.
  2. Nevillegirl: I’m definitely reading The Underland Chronicles because of her. (I was going to read it before, but now I’m moving the books up on my list of books to read.)
  3. Bouts of Lunacy: Although we don’t know each other that much, we do like the smell of books.

If anyone nominated doesn’t want to participate, you don’t have to. Many people may find blog awards annoying. (Though I bet they secretly love it.)