Well, hello, everyone! I have once again been nominated by Emily B. over at TheAltogetherUnexpected for a blog tag. In all honesty, she nominates me fairly often and I have not actually responded to many of them so I’m glad I have time to do this one now, even if it has been over a month since she nominated me!

The way this works:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog (thanks, Emily!).
  3. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (This award was created by Okoto Enigma.)
  4. Answer the 5 questions you were asked.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. Nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  9. Share a link to your best post(s).

Emily’s five questions:

  • What was a book that you read as a child that you still have fond thoughts of?

Narnia. I know it’s not technically one book, it’s a full series, but I always consider all seven part of the same single story. But if I had to pick one Narnia book specifically, it would be The Last Battle. Lewis’s imagery of the end times and of heaven always seemed much more simplistic yet accurate to me than any other (nonfiction) book I’ve ever read on those topics. I have read the series much more recently than childhood but that’s because this series, unlike a lot of others, tend to grow with the reader.

Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.” “That is because you are older, little one.” answered he. “Not because you are?” “I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.” – Prince Caspian

Of course, C.S. Lewis himself said in one of his speeches that was turned into an essay (On Three Ways of Writing for Children), “I am almost inclined to set it up as a canon that a children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story. The good ones last.” One of my favorite quotes of his, and that’s saying something considering he said a lot of super wise, insightful things. If I could have lunch with anyone in history, living or dead (a very common icebreaker question that I’ve had to answer multiple times), my answer is always this guy.

  • Star Wars or Star Trek?

Well, I would say having to pick one implies that I have seen enough of both to make a fair assessment. I can say that about Star Wars but not of Star Trek considering I have only seen the first three movies, the reboots and a couple episodes of the original TV show. However, going on what I know of both fandoms, I am afraid I am much more drawn to the plotlines, concepts, and extensive fan history of Star Trek. Apologies to all who feel like they deserve one. I tend to enjoy time travel and exploration (hello, Doctor Who!) much better than intergalactic laser battles involving a single overdramatic family tree. Don’t @ me.

  • Have you ever finished a full-length novel, or are you planning to do so soon?

If you mean have I ever finished writing a full length novel? Hahahaha no. Not even close. It’s always been a dream of mine but I tend to forget about the stories I start writing or burn out after a couple chapters because I never had a solid plot to begin with. I’m afraid I’m not destined to become an actual author, just one of those people who gets an itch once in a while and manages to finish a blog post or a single chapter of a fanfic. Let me know if you have any tips on how to stick with it long enough to actually accomplish something though, because I’d genuinely love to.

If, however, you mean have I ever finished reading one, then what kind of a question even is that?? I’ve finished probably hundreds of novels in that case. One of the most recent ones I finished was We All Fall Down by Daniel Kalla. It’s about an outbreak of the bubonic/pneumonic plague in modern-day Italy. An unfortunate choice of a book to buy at Fred Meyers while leaving my college campus because of the actual, real-life pandemic. But what can I say? It was a fascinating story. Just because the descriptions of panic and lockdowns and facemasks and the search for Patient Zero were eerily familiar doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good book, pah. Just *coughs* poorly timed. Coughing joke totally intended.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

Well, judging from all the stories I’ve started writing and abandoned, I tend to write what I read – sci-fi and fantasy, sometimes mixed, or mystery/adventure involving fascinating historical characters. I once started a story about a future dystopian America where citizens transferred their brains into humanoid robotic bodies in order to eliminate aging and sickness. Another story involved a girl who accidentally stumbled into the childhood home of Ehrich Weiss (aka Harry Houdini). And a more recent one involved a fantasy kingdom plagued by an incredibly deadly pandemic (what is it with this pandemic theme?) and the race to find a cure. None of these stories were ever finished, but they were fun to work on while the spark lasted.

I am, however, one published chapter into an AU Ten/Rose fanfic on Wattpad called Laughing on Purpose. Chapter 2 is almost finished, if I get around to working on it. I actually have an entire plot for this one, so we’ll see if I can make some headway.

  • How old were you when you started blogging/writing?

I’ve been writing on and off basically my entire life. Several years ago, I was helping my mom clean out my parents’ bedroom and found a binder with a story I wrote when I was four or five titled “Katie’s Day with her Friends”, complete with stick figure pictures. So yeah. Make of that what you will.

Blogging, however, I didn’t start until I was seventeen, so I’ve been blogging for about two and a half years now. I had been reviewing books for a website called OnlineBookClub and wanted to have a single place to put my reviews, so I asked my dad (who builds websites as a hobby) if I could have my own blog. So we planned it out, bought the domain name, and he taught me how to build the blog from scratch. I’m still learning the ins and outs of website design, so if the format of this blog changes drastically in the next several years, don’t be surprised.

Obviously, though, this isn’t a book review blog anymore, and I actually don’t write for OnlineBookClub anymore, due to the poor quality books and my busy college schedule that made the money I was being paid not really worth it anymore. I’d rather write articles about things I’m passionate about, which includes a whole lot more than just books.

3 Things About Myself

So yeah. I think that’s it for the questions. Now, 3 things about myself:

I Do Yoga

I’ve started really getting into yoga, since I took a class at Whitworth last January. It’s remarkably relaxing, balancing your breathing and gently stretching out and strengthening muscles you didn’t even know you had. It has helped improve my focus and concentration more than most other methods I’ve tried before. Now my only obstacle is remembering to do it on a regular basis! *facepalms*

I’m Passionate About Sound As Well As Music

Within the last year, I have found that I am talented in and greatly enjoy the process of sound design. That includes recording, mixing recorded and live music, mastering, sound creation, and the general process of how sound and audio works. It’s an area that I plan to improve in as much as I can, and could see myself getting into as a career trajectory. If you have any recorded tracks you need mixed, I’d love to practice on them for you!

I Used To Play Violin

And thirdly, a lot of people don’t know this, but I used to play violin as well as piano when I was six or seven. My piano teacher’s father was a violinist, and I was progressing quickly at piano, so he convinced my parents to let me learn violin as well. We got a child size violin for me and I started taking lessons, but my six-year-old brain didn’t understand the value of it – all I saw was that my new violin teacher was even more strict than my already-strict piano teacher, my arms got tired really fast while I was practicing, and that I couldn’t even play a simple song like Twinkle Twinkle without squeaking horribly. So instead of sticking with it, I complained to my parents that the violin was too heavy, and they believed me and let me stop. To this day I wish I’d stuck to it – I would love to be able to play the violin as well as the piano. Ah well, I’m determined to learn eventually.

So those are three things about myself – I hope you find them interesting!

Nominations

I am mortified to admit that as of yet, I have not put a lot of effort into finding other blogs like mine to connect with, and as such do not know anyone in particular I could nominate. So, I’m going to go the vague, all-purpose route of saying that if you are reading this, then you, yes you! are nominated for this challenge.

My 5 Questions:

  • Do you write fanfiction or create fanart, and if so, why? Provide examples of your art if you want!
  • What do you do when you’re feeling stressed or anxious? What are your coping mechanisms?
  • What was your gateway fandom (i.e. the fandom that got you into all the others)?
  • Who is your favorite actor?
  • How do you react when someone praises or criticizes something you’ve created?

Follow the rules above, answer my five questions, and have a ton of fun with this blog challenge, as I embarassedly slink off to go find awesome bloggers to start reading on a regular basis.

My favorite posts that I’ve written are:

Narratives of Infidelity and Revenge: Euripides’ Medea vs. Gone Girl

A First Time Experience Attending Ace Comic-Con Seattle

Stop Sexualizing Friendships Between Fictional Characters

Marvel’s Jessica Jones Forces Us to See the World through a Different Perspective

All of these were so much fun to write and I hope you enjoy reading them!