So, I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Charity (thank you!) … which, as far as I can tell, is a self-perpetuating chain letter-esque award system to give some recognition and exposure to blogs with fewer than 200 followers. Since I’m not even close to that mark yet, I think I qualify. Besides, I’m all for a little more exposure in the blogosphere. Here’s the skinny:
1. Thank the Liebster Blog presenter who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Post 11 facts about yourself, answering the 11 questions you were asked and create 11 questions for your nominees.
3. Nominate 11 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.
4. Display the Liebster Award logo.
5. No tag backs meaning you can’t just re nominate the person who nominated you.
As Solo the First put it “The real purpose behind these nominations are not only as an accolade from a fellow blogger and let’s face it, nothing gently strokes our little writer hearts more than someone telling you they appreciate your work. In addition to the back patting we need to receive from time to time, it also allows us to get a little more personal as we get to know our increasing blogging community. It also helps drive traffic to your site as we reference one another.”
I will say right now that I can’t come up with 11 nominees, but I’ll give it a shot. Here’s the questions:
1) Tea or coffee? – Whiskey! Seriously, you think I can start the morning any other way? It is fortified with 8 essential vitamins and nutrients.
2) Who is the most influential person in your life? – My muse, Miss Pink. Keeps me grounded and gets me out of the house from time to time. She also sends me things to rant about on my blog, thus qualifying her as an “enabler”.
3) What’s your favorite Shakespeare play? – Hamlet. I was completely obsessed with the play my senior year of high school, if only because it was chock full of countless literary devices that any student could use to write about for, say, a term paper, essays, presentations, job interview, and excuse for being out past curfew. I milked that thing dry.
4) What is your favorite genre of music? – Wizard rock! Rush, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc. Anything else is uncivilized.
5) Do you play an instrument? – I play the radio … that count?
6) What’s your favorite state or national park? – Grand Canyon! I was delirious with a 103 degree fever last time I was there, which made it all the more riveting. Fear and Loathing in Sedona.
7) What’s your favorite view, sunrise or sunset? – I can appreciate the sunset more because I am way the hell too cranky in the mornings.
8) Which environment do you enjoy more the grasslands, desert, mountains or the beach? I live in Oregon, so I have it all.
9) What is the best movie you ever saw? Lord of the Rings. The scene in Moria when the Balrog first appeared filled the 10-year old monster movie fanatic that grew up with Godzilla and Rodan jump up in the middle of the theater and shout with a sense of utter victory.
10) Who is your favorite author? After finally getting through all of Lord of the Rings, I have to say Tolkein. Frank Herbert is a close second for Dune.
11) What do you hope others will remember about you when you die? That I was a good guy who made them laugh from time to time. But since I plan on living forever …
So. Hmm. What blogs to nominominate …
I’m pretty sure the rest of the people I have on my reading list have far more than 200 followers (and Alice doesn’t even have her count listed, or at least I couldn’t find it!), so I’m rather limited to who I can select. Now I have to put together eleven questions? Really? … ok fine … here we go. For the record, this is the last chain letter I’m doing …
- Gin, whiskey, or tequila?
- Sushi or pizza?
- Ginger or Mary Anne?
- Would you rather fight a hundred duck sized horses or one horse sized duck? (With a nod to Reddit).
- What do you think the extent of Christianity’s influence would have been had Constantine not converted, thereby making Christianity the state religion of the Roman Empire?
- What do you think the actual percentage of non-believers is in this country, if there weren’t a stigma attached with identifying as one … especially in the Bible Belt?
- Do you think religious fundamentalism in this country is going to continue to be on the rise, or do you believe that this is the last gasp of a dying way of thought in the face of better education, access to information, and more independent thought?
- In light of Question 7, where do you see American Christianity in 100 years?
- Fast forward 10 million years from now. What species from this era is showing signs of human-like intelligence?
- What do you think the likelihood is that sentient alien life exists in our neck of the woods (100 LY radius)?
- Computer or console games?
There. Hopefully I’ve made it interesting. Have fun, folks!