Well, there might be a few other differences too. But, nonetheless, I have been tagged with the Liebster Award, indicating that I have captured the hearts of dozens. The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. The award comes at a neat time, since I just hit 125 blog followers, 1000 social media followers, and I am about to reach 50,000 blog hits this weekend. Good times. Thanks to The Twilight Warden for the nod!
Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me (Or Care to Know)
1. I did a Masters Degree at Regent College as research for a novel. I got the degree but never wrote the novel.
2. I would prefer not to shave, ever. But beards look best on stalkers, computer techs, and jazz bassists. So I just wear a gotee.
3. I have no favourite colour.
4. I spell things in Canadian (see #3) because I am Canadian. And, frankly, Canadian spelling is cooler, though ZZ Top would be awful as Zed-Zed Top.
5. Beards also look good on ZZ Top. I guess that’s not a personal thing, but I am jealous.
6. Otherwise, though, even though I teach grammar at university, I am a terrible speller born in the perfect age of spell check.
7. I have written 5 novels, and edited two of them to near completion, but have never once had the courage to query them.
8. I am working toward a PhD in how C.S. Lewis built his fictional worlds. If I ever finish, I will officially be a geek (which is better than the current unofficial status).
9. My 8 year old son has a great twitter account, @TheNicolasTweet. #ShamelessPlug
Questions I Need to Answer
1. If you could choose one fictional creature to be your pet/animal companion, which would you choose and why?
Phoenix, all the way. The phoenix is my symbol, my avatar, my image of rising out the ashes. And, random free magic with fashionably sensitive feathers!
2. Name a favorite moment of yours from any movie released in the 1980s and explain why.
Well, almost anything from The Princess Bride. But the beginning of Karate Kid II, where Miyagi takes out the psychotic sensei–that was pretty cool.
3. If you had to be chased by some hostile fictional creature or character, through a fictional landscape, which ones would you choose and why?
I’m not much of a runner, so any chase would lead to a bad end for me. The question translates then to, “what creature would you like to be eaten by?” For me, then, I’d choose a dragon. Quick, painless, with the faint chance of talking it into not eating me and maybe even a movie deal.
4. In-N-Out, Five Guys, or Chik-Fil-A?
Um, Canadian. These are restaurants, or very lame band names?
5. Name a song you really like from a musical genre you don’t generally like and explain why this one works for you.
I love Americana music (my apologies to the Canadiana fans), but do not, at all, like Country Music. And I don’t like Pop Music. So, with shame, I admit a love for some of Taylor Swift’s songs. She draws out my inner teenage girl. In particular, that “Romeo & Juliet” song, which I have publicly mocked. I still think Dire Straits is better though.
6. What is, in your opinion, the best portrayal(s) of the Elves/Fair Folk/Faeries in film? Multiple choices are permitted, but you must say why you think your choices are so good.
I think I’ll steal this question–it’s a good one. I’ll go with The Spiderwick Chronicles. I’m a big fan of Holly Black, and I thought the movie was beautiful. Toni DiTerlizzi did a fabulous job capturing the Spiderwick World in sketches and paintings, so the film-makers had some guidance. But to me the film–even more than the book–brought me back to the 80s faerie films like Labyrinth.
7. What was the last black-and-white film you saw, and what did you think of it?
I have never seen a black-and-white film! Um. Well, other than Christmas films. So Scrooge has to be the answer, and I love that one.
8. What did you think of the new trailer for The Desolation of Smaug?
Well I’m a fan of the Jackson films–with some reservations. My random thoughts:
- what’s with the chick elf?
- a lot more swords than in The Hobbit book
- elf eyebrows, wow–I have a friend that can help with that
- did the wood elves get their choreography from the Avatar blue people?
- love the music
- I’m going to like the film, I am sure
- I don’t think that they should have showed the dragon, just the eye
Bloggers I Tag with the Liebster
I have decided to tag my C.S. Lewis and Inklings network. I follow some great fantasy blogs, some essential writing sites, some lovely writers and poets, and some visually stunning blogs, but I chose my Inklings blogroll.
- Rob Stroud, the Mere Inkling
- Sørina Higgins of Iambic Admonit, who just launched The Oddest Inkling
- William O’Flaherty, whose Essential C.S. Lewis site has just launched on Middle Earth Network (so may be past 200 followers now!)
- Dr. Crystal Hurd makes the intriguing connection between C.S. Lewis and leadership
- There And Draft Again is a network of fantasy writers (I know, a bit of a stretch, but Lewis-like)
PS, I hope everyone sees how I cheated there! And do let me know if you answer the questions!
Questions for the Newly Dubbed Liebster Recipients
1. What is, in your opinion, the best portrayal(s) of the Elves/Fair Folk/Faeries in film? Multiple choices are permitted, but you must say why you think your choices are so good.
2. What is your most exciting brush with celebrity?
3. What secret project have you completed but not pitched/sold/published?
4. Describe your most recent guilty pleasure in print–and enter thus into the hall of the culturally ashamed.
5. What is your favourite line from The Princess Bride?
6. What Fictional World would you best like to live in (i.e. Narnia, Cthula, Middle Earth, Harry Potter’s England, Le Guin’s Earthsea, Douglas Adams’ The Galaxy, etc.)?