The Mystery Blogger Award, Take 2
Hey-ho friends! I was tagged for this by the lovely Elizabeth, and a fun, breezy tag was just what I needed for this week. I've fallen off the wagon on keeping up with responding to comments, not to mention other peoples' posts, and am hoping to catch up on that somewhat this morning. But if I don't...know I'm coming eventually. :)
Now. On to the tag!
-Display the award logo on your blog.
-Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator.
-Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (Thanks Elizabeth! You guys should go check out Autumn Ink, it's a lot of fun and there are gifs.)
-Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
-Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
-Share the link to your best posts.
-Nominate 10-20 bloggers and tell them that they are nominated.
-Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice--including one weird or funny question.
-Continue the chain.
What is the first pairing you remember shipping?
Fred and Daphne from Scooby-Doo.
I still ship them, of course. Hard. Who couldn't?
Freddy was probably my first serious fictional crush, and I wanted to be Daphne.
(I grew up to be Velma instead. Which is fine. Fine, I tell you.)
What is the weirdest, most unusual, or one-of-a-kind thing you own?
This is cheating, because it's not technically mine, but we have a copy of Orthodoxy with Dale Ahlquist's autograph in it. Mom picked it up at a homeschool conference years ago, way before I made the acquaintance of Chesterton, and since it was Mr. Ahlquist's talk that had convinced her to buy it she asked him to sign it. So he signed his name under the note, "I didn't write this book." XD
If you had a surprise birthday party being thrown for you, what are 3 fictional characters you would want to be there and why? or (What fictional character would you want to pull a prank on someone with?)
I'm gonna answer both options because they're way too fun.
Option 1: the birthday party:
...man it'd be so awkward to have my favorite characters walking around in real life. Like...I'd be weirded out. Does anyone else feel that? Like....I might not want to meet these people because...not even because they might disappoint me, but because I'm so wildly invested in them and they presumably know nothing about me, and it's just very...one-sided?
I think it'd be less awkward if they were my own characters, honestly. Cuz I talk to them all the time anyway, and living in my head as they do they know me pretty well. So at the risk of sounding utterly egotistical, I'd want...um....my roguish thief Dar, my steady-going grouch Jude, and my hyperactive prince Ferdinand.
Yeah. Those boys would keep things interesting. At least, Dar and Ferdinand would, and then Jude would be a nice, quiet person to have a serious conversation with if the constant shenanigans got a little overbearing. Dar would be pick-pocketing the guests and flirting with all the girls, and he'd make sure to engineer something utterly ridiculous and startling and fun for the actual "surprise" part of the party, and his presents would be phenomenal (but also need to be promptly returned to whomever he had stolen them from). Ferdinand, being royalty, would probably provide elaborate decorations and a catering service or something, but I promise that's not why I'm inviting him--I want him for his own endearing self.
Option 2: the prank:
I'd lie to my family that I'd met the man of my dreams and I wanted them to meet him, and then I'd walk into dinner with Boromir. My sisters would geek out. Especially if he were wearing a leather jacket and sunglasses and arrived on a motorcycle.
...Long story, but we may or may not have constructed a modern alternate universe for The Lord of the Rings. (Tolkien, I am so, so sorry.)
If you could steal a costume or an outfit from a show/movie, which one would you take?
Well, I mean, I already have lots of pieces for an H. M. Murdock outfit.
leather jacket: check.
black and white sneakers: check.
a graphic t-shirt of some sort: check.
khaki pants: ...do khaki skorts count?
baseball cap: I should really acquire one of my own, but for now I'm good borrowing one of my brothers'.
The leather jacket would be even better if it had a tiger on the back, and the sneakers would be even better if they were Converse hi-tops, but, you know what...we're not gonna be too picky. I'm decked out in passable Murdock gear and that's all that matters.
What was the last line in a book, line in a movie, or lyric in a song that hit you hard?
Oh this is such a hard one. I think I'll have to go with a line from The Last Full Measure, by Jeff Shaara, that I just read the other day.
...Only I can't just quote the line at you and expect you to get it, because there's context involved, you see. It's the context that gives these things punch.
So, if you've seen the movie Gettysburg or read Michael Shaara's novel The Killer Angels or if you're just a big Civil War buff, you might know that one of Robert E. Lee's disadvantages going into the Battle of Gettysburg was that he didn't have complete information about the movement of the Northern army. He was supposed to rely on the word of his cavalry, led by J. E. B. Stuart. But Stuart didn't report in time.
In the Shaara saga, Stuart is portrayed as a high-spirited, immature, boyish officer whose fatal flaw is that his desire to "get his name in the papers" sometimes distracts him from doing his duty by Lee, whom he loves like a father.
I'm really not big on Stuart in the movie Gettysburg, where he only appears for one brief scene; but I kind of fell in love with him when I read Gods and Generals, the prequel to The Killer Angels (written by Michael Shaara's son, Jeff Shaara). He's just...such a kid. Always trying to impress Lee. Always very flamboyant. Always saluting and sweeping his feathered hat off his head, and getting his feelings hurt all too easily when Lee has to reprimand him. He takes everything very personally. It's no wonder he offers to resign when Lee takes him to task for his failure at Gettysburg.
ANYWAY. Early on in The Last Full Measure, which picks up just after the battle of Gettysburg, Jeff Shaara gives us this description of how great Stuart's been lately about reporting promptly to Lee. And it ends with the line, (I may be off a word or two as I can't find the exact quote), "Lee would never be left blind again."
OH, STUART. OH, LEE. BABIES. IT'S TOO LATE.
...I suppose that's not the most recent line in the novel that got me, because chapters later, Lee starts thinking about all the good generals he's lost recently--Jackson killed, Early weakened, Hill sick, Longstreet seriously wounded--and these are all devastating on both a personal and a strategic level. And then there's this bit, on page 201 of my edition:
"Who is it that I can trust to take a fight to the great numbers, and who will prevail? The name burned in his mind, the laughing face, the red beard, the ridiculous hat. Of course, he thought...Stuart."
LEE HONEY, LEE. I HATE TO BREAK IT TO YOU, BUT STUART IS NOT LONG FOR THIS WORLD.
...okay, wow. Apparently I have a Lot of Thoughts about these books. Or Feelings, rather. I have a Lot of Feelings.
3 things about me:
1. I have a new love for swing dancing! (And have discovered, incidentally, that you don't need to be good at something in order to love it.)
2. I got to use the TYPEWRITER at work the other month. *bounces up and down because this is happifying*
3. The last play I saw was the outdoor drama Tecumseh, and guys. If you're ever in Chillicothe, OH during the summer. You have. To see. This play. (I'm not sure if I've gotten over what it did to my heart yet, but I am sure I don't want to get over what it did to my heart.)
a link to my best posts:
Oh jeepers jeepers.
I really like A Tribute to Many Madmen.
Also The Mother of Giants: G. K. Chesterton and Humility. (Although I'm salty at myself for neglecting to include the GKC quote, "Humility is the mother of giants," anywhere in that post because...it belongs, for obvious reasons.)
For a long time the Philosophical Discussion on Sin and SpongeBob had the most pageviews, though. And honestly...I wish it still did.
nominate 10-20 bloggers:
I'm bad at tagging people, and anyway I've already done this once before, so--steal it if you so please, it's a fun one. A very very fun one. In fact these questions are so much fun that I'm gonna take the last rule,
5 new questions:,
and just totally disobey it. You can keep the old questions. Here they are again for your convenience--I'm gonna paraphrase, which probably makes the act of plagiarism worse (sorry Elizabeth), but I guess I'm envisioning you guys answering the questions in the comments in which case you just need reminders of what the questions were.
*pants because that explanation was way longer than it needed to be*
what was your first ship?
what's your most unique possession?
what 3 fictional characters would you want at your surprise party, and why? AND/OR which fictional character would you like to be your partner-in-crime for a prank?
which outfit from cinema would you steal?
what's the last bit of fiction that ripped your heart out and stuffed it back in again? (okay i shifted the meaning there by making it less specific. if i'd been asked this particular thing, i would have said, "Tecumseh." without a doubt.)