Friday, December 19, 2014

Best Blogging Buddies Award

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I've been given the Best Blogging Buddies Award by Sarah of Dreams and Dragons!  :D  To do this tag, I must:

- Post to show the award on my main blog
- tag the person who nominated me in my post
- tag all of my best buddies, and those who I want to become my best buddies with, who, to your knowledge, have not been nominated for this award
- ask your buddies at least fifteen questions in the post
- answer all the questions your buddies ask you in your post.

So, here we go!  Thanks, Sarah!  ^_^

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Her Questions

It seems to be tradition, so... what's your favorite part of blogging?

I would say my favorite part is sharing my thoughts/writings, and getting feedback from my readers.  Seriously, after I post, I'll check back on every hours to see if anyone has left a comment.  

Is there a song stuck in your head right now?  What is it?

White Winter Hymnal, the Pentatonix cover.  Kind of an odd song lyric-wise, but it's got a cool melody and awesome harmonies.  And the hand percussion they do is pretty great.

What's your favorite Bible verse?

"Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous!  Do not be terrified.  Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."  -  Joshua 1:9

"For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, able to pierce both bone and marrow, to the dividing of the soul and spirit, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of man."  - Hebrews 12

If you could trade lives with a fictional character for a day, who would you trade with?  And at what point in his/her life?

I'd trade with Bilbo Baggins, when he arrived in Rivendel with the dwarves.  I would love so much to see the elves and spend a day with them.  That would be awesome.  

What's your favorite Christmas song?

I'm not sure.   I like O Holy Night, and What Child is This.  Don Oiche ud i mBeithil is a beautiful Celtic Christmas tune.  

What's your least favorite Christmas song?

Hmm... I don't really care for Baby, It's Cold Outside, because it gets stuck in my head, and I don't know all the words, and I don't understand why she doesn't just go??

What's the next book you'r hoping/planning to read?  (For fun, not for school)

"Dune", by Frank Herbert.  Unfortunately, someone keeps taking it from the Library before I get it.  

Which book/movie villain would you want to show up on your front doorstep?

This reminds me of that Villain Tag I started a while back!  :D  
As for what villain... hmmm. I have a lo of favorite villains.  Loki, Khan, Amon, Darth Vader, Feanor (more of an anti-hero)...  But which one would I most want to show up on my doorstep?
After quite a bit of thought, I have decided that I would choose General Woundwort, from Watership Down.  He's an imposing antagonist, strong, intelligent, insanely determined, and incredibly brave, especially for a villain.  The upside:  he's a bunny!  Now, I don't care how crazy Woundwort was (he wasn't even afraid to fight a fully grown dog!), but I know that I can take a bunny.  ;)

If  said villain showed up, what would your reaction be?

"EEEPS!  Look at that hideous bunny!   Wait, what's it- what's it doing?  It's getting me--- IT'S GETTING ME!!"


"Penny!  Penny,  come here puppy!  Kill the wabbit!"

If You could have any superpower, what would you pick?

I'm torn between telekinesis and flight.  Practically, telekinesis would win.  To be able to pick things up and move them without touching them would be awesome!  
But... to be honest, I've always wanted to fly.  To soar through the clouds and feel the wind in my hair... that would be the most wonderful thing ever!  So for enjoyment, I would choose flight.  :)

What's your favorite place to read/write?

Any place where I can feel inspired without feeling distracted.  Most of the time I write in my bedroom or at the kitchen table, when the house is quiet.  Sometimes during the summer or fall I'll go out into the woods, where we have a little gazebo, and I'll sit there while I write.  

Are your bookshelves organized?  If so, how?

Right now my books are organized according to size.  And, since I have a lot of books and very little space in my tiny room, I keep them organized according to those books I read most often.  The ones I only read every once in a while are kept under my bed.

What's one odd quirk of yours?

In my everyday life, both private and public, I try to be refined and elegant.  The way that I dress and carry myself, the way I sit and stand; straight, tall, and proper.  However, when I sit down for long periods of time, I cannot hold my legs or feet still.  My upper body can be still as a statue, but my legs will be bouncing up and down twice every second.  Medically, I think they call that RLS, or 'restless leg syndrom', but I don't think it's enough of a problem to medicate.  Just one of those quirks...

What's one recently written book your grandchildren will be assigned to read in high school?  (Or to put it another way, which recently written book do you think will become a major classic?)

"Howl's Moving Castle" isn't exactly recent, but it certainly isn't old.  I think that it has the makings of a classic, though perhaps not for high-school level readers.  The "Harry Potter Series" will likely be a classic for young children.  
But for older people, that's a harder question.  I have read many good books, but I don't know how many of them will be considered classics.  
I'm going to take a guess and say "The Hunger Games".  I haven't read them, but from what I understand they are respected by older circles right now because it portrays war in a realistic way- horrible and haunting.  The characters end up with lasting scars, physically, emotionally, and psychologically.  No character is immortal. Everyone can die, and many do.  The whole series is apparently a sort of study in the way young people think when under stress, and the way that war and death affects different people.  That seems like the sort of story a high school literature class might assign.  

Do you like even or odd numbers better?

I like even numbers best.  They divide easiest.  :)

What's your favorite kind of chocolate?

Milk chocolate.  Though I've never tried many different kinds.  I'm sure there are many delicious specialty chocolates, I just don't have enough money to buy them.  

What are you going to do after you finish this tag?

I'm going to write another post, if I can.  I have a lot of posts planned, and I'd like to get them done soon.  Either that, or I'll work on writing one of my books.

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1.  What is your favorite part about blogging?

2.  What is your favorite genre of music?

3.  If you had to choose another time period to live in, which era would you choose?

4.  If you could go back in time to meet any historical figure, who would you want to meet?

5.  If I said the word "faerie", what would be the first thing to come to your mind?

6.  Are mermaids charming, friendly creatures who rescue you from shipwrecks and fall in love with the prince-  Or are they dangerous predators who cause the shipwrecks? What is your opinion?

7.  If you were a color, what would you be?

8.  What are your thoughts on foreshadowing in fiction?  Do you like it, or does it just distract you?

9.  If you discovered you had superpowers, what would you do?  

10.  Moving on from that question, if you found out there were others like you, what would you do then?

11.  If you were given the opportunity to travel into space for one week, would you do it?  You're allowed to take two people with you. (All-expense-paid trip, of course!)

12.  Picture this:  You're lost in a magical wood, when you are suddenly attacked by a band of shadowy creatures.  You flee, but you cannot run fast enough and they soon overtake you.  Just as you think you are finished, two figures come to your rescue out of nowhere.  One is an elf ranger with white-blond hair and forest-colored garb.  The other is tall and imposing, wearing long black robes.  His hair is wild and dark, his face is horribly scarred, and his eyes glow red.    After dispensing with the shadow-creatures, the elf urges you to come with him, saying that you are in great danger and they've been waiting for you for a long time.  The red-eyed man warns you that the elf is a liar who is trying to kill you.  Red Eyes tell you that you should go with him instead, because he's your only way out of the forest alive.  Elf Ranger places himself protectively between you and Red Eyes.  They're ready to fight each other- probably to the death.  It's clear that you'll have to be the one to make the choice.  
Who do you trust?

13.  Wow, that last one was a long question.  Sorry about that!  Here's an easy one.  What is your favorite day of the week?

14.  If you could be in one of the new Star Wars movies, who would you want to be?

15.  If you could go inside any book/movie and save one character, who would you want to save?  (This doesn't necessarily mean their life.  It could mean their loyalty, their innocence, freedom, or even soul!)

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Now I nominate:

Thanks once again to Sarah for nominating me for this award!  :D  I always enjoy doing these tags.  

Until next time,

-Rayne Speryl

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(DISCLAIMER:  I own none of the images within this post.  All credit goes to the proper owners.)


  1. This post entertained me. :D Your account of a villain showing up on your doorstep made me grin, and I think your thoughts on future classics are interesting. I agree with you that The Hunger Games has potential to be assigned reading in the future, but I don't know that it's a for-sure thing. That's a hard thing to predict. :) Thanks for thinking of me, Rayne, in the tags; as I mentioned on my blog, I won't promise to do it, but I will consider it. :)

    1. Predicting classics is difficult. I've thought about it many times. Of course, the most amazing thing would be to actually write a classic!

      Thanks for considering my tag!

  2. Great answers! I wish I had a gazebo in my backyard. *le sigh* And your reaction to the villain on your doorstep made me grin. Also, if you had telekinesis, you could probably "fly" by lifting yourself off the ground. Just a thought.

    Also, your question 12 is so awesome that I want to answer- I think I'd kinda-buy time by asking each one their reasons- why does the elf say I'm in great danger; why does Red Eyes say the elf is trying to kill me? Once I'd gotten their (most likely cryptic) answers . . . well, I hope I'd know enough to make a good choice, but if not, I'd probably end up going with the elf because A) he's an elf, and B) glowing red eyes on the other guy. The rest I could deal with, but glowing red eyes? Generally a sign of not-good.
    Also, I now want to write that as a story sometime. Do you mind?

    1. Thanks! I figured you'd probably want to answer question 12. :D So do I, actually, I like your response! And If you'd like to write it as a story sometime, that would be pretty cool! I don't mind at all. It could be sort of like a writing challenge. Maybe I'll do it too. It would be interesting to see how our different accounts turn out.

      Good point on the telekinesis-flight thing. It just might work.

    2. You're welcome and thank you! If I do write it, I'll be sure to post it somewhere you can read it. :) I'd like to see what your answer is.

      Thank you!

  3. Answered your tag, and thank you for tagging me. :)