“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.
Crikey! I'm a lucky girl. Both David at A Back of the Envelope Calculation and J Lenni Dorner at What Are They have kindly nominated me for this one. Thank you both, so very much. It's really great to leave the site on a high, as Bunny and the Bloke is going into archive mode because I'm dusting off a new site come June 1st.
Rule 1: Put the award logo on your blog
Rule 2: List the rules
Rule 3: Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog
Rule 4: Mention and link to the creator of the award Okoto Enigma
Rule 5: Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
Rule 6: Nominate roughly 10 – 20 people for this award:
Petrichor and Clouds
The Old Shelter
Iain Kelly Writing
Bit 2 Read
Tossing It Out
A Back of the Envelope Calculation
What Are They
Yes, I know the last two nominated me, but they're in my list of great blogs. Do feel free to ignore it guys, unless you fancy answering my questions in the comments section. But no pressure, seriously.
Rule 7: Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs
Rule 8: Ask your nominees five questions:
1. Do you have an "ideal reader" of your blog in mind to whom you address your posts?
2. Do you use a fountain pen, ballpoint or pencil when you write?
3. Do you have any subjects which - for you - are off-limits for blogging?
4. As a reader, do you prefer lots of pictures or lots of words in a blog?
5. Your favourite cake? Or biscuit/cookie?
6. What is your favourite fantasy creature?
Rule 9: Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written:
The most commented upon post I've written was A for Art in last year's A-Z Challenge. So, not a bad choice as it combines two of my great loves: art and books.
And finally, onto the questions asked of me ...
Questions asked by David
You are HG Wells’ Timetraveller, attempting to restart civilisation in the far future: what one book would you take with you to help? (ebook readers not allowed!).
Practical Science for Dummies ... or some such. My only practical ability is to organise and to understand people's behaviour, so it'd need to be something rather more useful.
Book first or film first?
Book - always, always, always. There are films still awaiting viewing for this very reason.
Following on from the previous question, has an adaptation ever ruined the original for you to such a point that you couldn’t read/watch the original anymore?
No, although I suspect that's because I've applied rule 2 ruthlessly. But I found Doctor Zhivago impossible to watch the first time round, as the mental image of Zhivago I took from the book simply wasn't Omar Shariff (yes, I can laugh about that now). I've enjoyed all subsequent viewings, but left a ten year gap before I re-tried.
Beer or wine?
Wine - red, pink, or sparkling when white. Although I enjoy the occasional european lager or proper cider in the summer.
What was the last book that you read that made you say “[insert favoured cuss], I wish *I’d* written that”?
Hmmm ... probably something like "The Great Gatsby" or "Brideshead Revisited". Georgeously written, filled with beautifully observed characters - their manner, dress, emotions, foibles, failings ... and their good bits, if any. All in a setting absolutely reeking of time and place.
Questions asked by J
How did you get your forename name?
Do you know, the only tale about my name choice was that I didn't turn out to be a boy and so didn't get called Stephen. All I know is the choice of spelling my forename is American (Debra not Deborah). I'll have to ask my mother if she remembers.
Are you afraid of making mistakes even when there’s no punishments at all?
Even more so. A catholic by upbringing, I can self-flagellate with the best of 'em.
If happiness was currency, how rich do you think you would be and who do you think would be the new 1%?
Hmmm, a properly tricky question. I have much to be happy about personally, but concerns about increasing poverty in first-world countries and continual decline and distress in the third-world can only make me less so.
What do you believe makes a successful life?
For starters, one has to have all the items on Maslow's heirachy of needs met. After that, it's down to finding a way to do those things that give you joy and being content. I've never defined success in financial terms, except in terms of feeling secure.
If you were the ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce?
Oh dear, I'm an idealist, so it would be something along the lines of (genuine) equality for all and a total weapons ban. But the pragmatist in me knows that's just the tip of the trouble iceberg.
Weird/funny question: Do you have a picture of an animal “posing” with a book you could share?
(*People in animal costumes count!) (*Hilariously bad drawings of animals count double.)
Heck, my website is absolutely loaded with bunnies posing with books. So a funny one, or a hilariously bad drawing, let's see now ...