Mystery Blogger Award

Even though this blog has only been in existence about a month, I’ve already “met” a talented fellow blogger: Becca of Words and Other Malarky. Her writing is witty and thought-provoking, so I’m honored that she thought of me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Although I don’t know who to tag, I’m still going to try the question-answering part 🙂

The Rules

(Apologies for breaking some.)

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog. See below. Not sure if I got the right image.
  2. List the rules. Easy peasy.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Done!
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. The award was created by Okoto Enigma. Such a nice idea.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself. See below.
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people. This is the part I didn’t do.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog. Sorry :/
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify). I’ll do this anyway, even though I’m not tagging anyone. Feel free to answer in your own post or in the comments below.
  9. Share a link to your best post(s). See below.
The Mystery Blogger Award image from Okoto Enigma’s original post.

Three Facts About Me

  • The spices I run out of most frequently are cumin and cinnamon.
  • In college, I minored in linguistics.
  • My go-to TV show to have on in the background is Frasier.

Answering Five Questions

Here are my answers to Becca’s questions.

1. What do you consider your passion and when did you realize it?

When I was in elementary school, I loved writing stories. I knew for sure that I wanted to be an author — specifically a children’s fantasy author — and that conviction remained strong until I was around 18. At the end of high school, I no longer felt the same way about writing: I was more into graphic design, and the kind of work that came with being yearbook editor.

In college, I got really into cooking and nutrition. At that point my dream job would have involved working with food photographers and chefs to put together some sort of really cool cookbook.

Now, after graduating college and getting some work experience, I don’t know what my passion is. I like words and art and making stuff. I’m in the process of figuring out how to translate my interests and skills into something more specific — something that will (hopefully) give me some kind of financial stability. Is it bad that “passion” and “job” and “money” are so intrinsically linked in my mind?

2. What is your best piece of advice for fellow bloggers?

My limited experience with blogging includes the following:

  • The private, diary-like blog I kept for a few years, intended to serve as a sort of reference book for myself (recipes, ideas, etc.)
  • The blog I updated religiously during my four months of studying abroad in London
  • Probably a couple other miscellaneous projects that fizzled
  • This fledgling blog (part of my small business endeavor) where I hope to exercise my creativity

My advice would be to write about things that are important to you. Don’t let blogging become a chore.

And remember that your future self will probably always be an audience you can count on. For me, writing is a way to sort out my thoughts, document the passage of time, and remind Future Me to be positive (either because I’m remembering something happy, or realizing that I got through something difficult).

3. If you could tell your younger self anything, what would you say?

Dream bigger. Nobody’s life path is the same as anyone else’s.

4. What is your favorite book and why?

I first read Pride and Prejudice when I was 16 and it remains undefeated. Perhaps it’s partly nostalgia, but I have yet to read something that I love enough to knock P&P down the list. Sometimes when I start a new book I secretly wonder, “Will this be my new favorite? Will I finally have a more interesting answer when someone asks me?” But it hasn’t happened yet.

Jane Austen once wrote that P&P was “rather too light, and bright, and sparkling,” and that’s what I love about it. It’s a fairytale with a happy ending. It’s witty and smart, thought-provoking and hilarious. It has just enough tension to keep you turning the pages, but it’s never anything short of a joy to read.

I could go on, but this blog post is probably already too long. I also feel obligated to mention Harry Potter. Those seven books will always feel like home to me.

5. Describe your perfect date. (April 25th is taken…)

Probably sometime in March, when the temperature ranges from high 50s to the breezy 70s, the days are getting a little longer, and you’ve still got most of the year stretching out ahead of you. Let’s say March 8, because it’s supposedly National Proofreading Day.

Or for a “date” date: Go out to a cafe or bookstore or some other fun place with my husband, then pick up some delicious takeout and watch a movie at home.

Asking Five Questions

  1. What’s something you accomplished (big or small) that seemed impossible until it was done?
  2. Who do you admire and why?
  3. Is there a book, film, video game, song, or other piece of media that changed the way you understood that type of media (or life)?
  4. What would your ideal bedroom contain?
  5. If the last item you purchased became the MacGuffin in a novel or movie starring you, what kind of story would it be?

My Best Posts

I don’t have that many yet, but my two most-liked posts are Beowulf in the style of Jane Austen and Quarterly Bookthoughts: Apr-Jun 2019.

2 thoughts on “Mystery Blogger Award

  1. Omg I absolutely loved reading your answers! It’s okay to break the rules, haha! Also I, too, have Pride and Prejudice up there as one of my all-time favorites… I don’t care how supposedly “cliche” it is to love it! Both your answers to the date questions sound lovely, btw… and now I’ll answer your 5 questions bc you took the time to think them up! Yaay I get to talk about myself some more…
    1. Writing/revising a novel that is actually decent. Now, the proof is in the pudding, so I won’t get too cocky until it actually gets picked up by an agent, but I’ve written a lot of bad drafts that I couldn’t finish, so finally making it to the end of one and realizing I could work with it was, like, huge.
    2. Oh, jeez, so many people. The one I never acknowledge is my dad. He’s always been so supportive, and he’s always put our family first without so much as a complaint. He’s just badass. I could go on, but it would be pretty long if I did.
    3. That’s such a good question! Off the top of my head, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World really changed the way I saw movies. It’s so quirky and stylized and I’d never seen anything like it. It’s part movie, part graphic novel, part video game, and somehow it works together. It remains one of my favorite movies of all time.
    4. One of those reading nooks with a bunch of pillows and string lights and a nice bookshelf eheheh I’m so typical
    5. Ahahaha last item I bought was a second-hand album by a band called Cartel. So that would be… like an indie film of some kind where the characters (myself included) are into obscure punk revival bands and there’s probably romance. Hm, I could roll with that.

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    1. Thanks, Becca! And thanks for writing such thoughtful, fun answers. I still haven’t seen Scott Pilgrim but it’s on my list of movies to see ASAP. Congrats on writing a novel! That’s a huge accomplishment.

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