The Mystery Blogger Award was given to me by J Lenni Dorner around June 6th. I do say on my ‘policies’ that I don’t accept this type of award, but there’s always an exception, especially when I need a blog post.
Rule 1: Put the award logo/image on your blog.
Rule 2: List the rules.
Rule 3: Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Thank you, J Lenni Dorner. I really do thank you from the bottom of my heart. It’s just above my keyboard 🙂
Rule 4: Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
About the creator: Okoto Enigma’s blog The creator’s name, Enigma, means mystery, thus the title of the Mystery Blogger Award.
Rule 5: Tell your readers three things about yourself.
- I used to fall off horses a lot. When I got better at riding I only fell off when it was pretty much impossible to stay on any longer. Horses are therefore implicated in breaking my collar-bone, several metatarsals, cracking some ribs, fracturing my wrist, unbreaking my back (the vertebrae had fused and a fall unfused them), and also for concussion during which I filled out a hospital admission form. It’s a mystery what I wrote.
- I used to write with whatever hand I had the pencil in. I was told to write with my right hand and so I did. Up till I was thirteen I was still fairly handy with left-handed writing, and can still form letters when I need to.
- I had dark curly hair until it went grey. Now it’s wispy, can’t decide whether it’s straight or not, and sticks out at the slightest provocation. I’m obviously turning into Albert Einstein.
Rule 6: Nominate 10 to 20 bloggers.
Well, maybe I’ll keep it to a few less…
- Rebecca Douglass The Ninja Librarian
- Hilary Melton-Butcher Positive Letters…Inspirational Stories
- Anabel Marsh The Glasgow Gallivanter
- Noelle Granger Sayling Away
- Bruce the Bookshelf Gargoyle
- Kim Blades
Rule 7: Notify those people.
I hope this blog post counts.
Rule 8: Ask your nominee any five questions of your choice, plus one weird or funny question.
The questions I was asked are the same ones I’m asking my nominees…
- What is the most memorable trait or visual oddity of a fictional book character you’ve read?
(Example: Harry Potter’s lightning bolt scar.)
- I think I’ll pick the Cheshire Cat’s grin
- What most motivates you to buy a new book to read?
- Going to an author appearance of some sort – whether specifically for that author, or as part of a litfest like Noirwich
- How do YOU make an educated guess as to if a book by an author you haven’t read before will be “good” BEFORE you read any of it? (Number of books sold, number of reviews, average star rating, awards it received, friend suggests it, the cover, etc)
- I go mainly on the blurb, but also on average star rating, and whether I’ve heard of it already. And the cover.
- What’s your favorite comfort food. (Pic? Recipe?)
- Cheese on toast. I could live on any form of cheese on toast – toasted cheese sandwiches, or on a bagel, cheese & tomato ciabatta/panini (especially with basil), cheese wraps, cheese in pitta bread…. and practically any sort of cheese, too.
- Where do you look for blogging inspiration?
- Anywhere I’m allowed. And some places I’m not allowed.
- Weird/funny question: Do you have a celebrity encounter story you can share?
- Well, I did go through a phase of hanging around at stage doors, mainly in London, but also in New York and in Vienna, so I met a few stars (mainly of musicals). Michael Crawford gave some good advice I overheard, to someone reluctant to come forward to ask for his autograph and just dithered, so nobody knew what they wanted to do. “Just ask – the worst thing that would happen is I’d say no.”
- I took a nice photo of him after the opening of Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and later gave a few prints to some people I’d met when I visited. About a year later someone showed me this print she’d bought for $5….. yes, of my photo.
and finally in the Mystery Blogger Award….
Rule 9: Share a link to my blog’s best post.
I have some links to my most visited posts on the right, but as with many others nominated for this award, blog hops and A to Z Challenges tend to throw in some bias there. ‘Best’ can be a difficult one for someone who both writes fiction and reviews books, but I’m going to pick a recent story which seemed well received and also one of the A to Z Challenge ones, for obvious reasons.
Good luck to everyone else who does this Mystery Blogger Award!