Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Awards, A Meme, and a Thank You

I won the Blog on Fire Award (this shall be my second time) from fellow blogger Lyn Midnight.  I've been following her blog for a little while and she loves movies, loves books, and is in general a fascinating person.  Please go visit her if you haven't seen her blog :).

Since I've accepted this award before, I'm just moving on to the next order of business...that of an internet meme...which was passed to me from fellow blogger Brooke R. Busse over at Paper Mountain.

Here are the questions for the meme:

1) Are you a rutabaga? Honestly...I'm not sure why this is even a question. However, I'm not a vegetable.

2) Who is your current crush? I really don't have one. I exist in a "crush-free" zone.

3) Upload a heartwarming picture that makes you smile.
4) When was the last time you ate a vine-ripened tomato?  Probably two weeks ago.  My friend Meg is growing some so I hope to get some more from her garden when they are ready. I love vine-ripened tomatoes.

5) Name one habit that causes other people to plot your demise?  Hmm. I don't think I have one of these.  "Demise" seems kind of permanent unless taken out of context like you would the rutabaga question.

6) What is the wierdest, most-disgusting job you've ever had to do?  Clean out the nacho cheese machine at a 7-Eleven when I worked there during summer break from college.  It was pretty disgusting.  I have sympathy for anyone that works midnights at a 7-Eleven.

7) Where da muffin top at?  Hmmm. I have a spare tire so way beyond muffin top.

8) What author introduced you to your genre? Holy cow...going way back... my first fantasy series might be Lloyd Alexander's Prydain chronicles. I own mint-condition hardcovers of all five in my book case. Those are difficult to find.  My first sci-fi is Robert A. Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land", then onto Herbert's Dune (I finished God Emperor of Dune and went no further in the series but Leto was awesome and the cloning of Duncan Idaho became really interesting), and Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy.  I love the way Herbert opens chapters with quotes from his universe.  Arrakis was an epic setting...probably one of the best I have ever read.

9) Describe yourself using obscure Latin words.  Castigo Corpus Meum.  "I chastise my body" used in the DaVinci Code. I often say it in jest when I do something wrong.  The other one might be non-sequitur...but I'm not taking that away from Steph Schmidt who uses it for her blog title. Basically, it means "it does not follow"...kinda like talking to my mother.  I say, "Mom, have you taken your meds today?" She answers, "Oh I love DisneyLand."

The following people are being tagged for the above award and subsequent internet meme:

1) Rogue Mutt.
2) Briane Pagel.
3) Mr. Munk.
4) Cindy Borgne.
5) Nishiboy
6) David Powers King.
7) Hart the Watery Tart.
8) The Ever-Revising Misha.
9) Stephanie Schmidt who is on blogger hiatus but I don't care.
10) And Liz over at Laws of Gravity so she'll do a blog post other than one regurgitated from her myspace page. :P

Last but not least I want to thank Jennifer Jackson at her blog Everything It & Tales.  She doesn't have much of a following but is a sweet lady and I won a $20.00 Amazon Gift card just from commenting on her blog. I've used it to buy books of course :))) as I love winning things.  Say hi to her if you have the time.

hee hee. Have fun everyone.


  1. Yeah, I'm not doing that.

    I think the Prydain books were my first fantasy series too. I'd love to get them all in hardcover. Or even matching paperbacks would be good.

  2. Congrats on your award! This is a pretty cool meme.

  3. Cleaning out a nacho cheese machine sounds disgusting!

    I had a vine-ripened tomato last night.

    Glad you're not a rutabaga.

  4. Thanks for thinking of me, but, time.

  5. I didn't hear of Lloyd Alexander until after Tolkien, which seems kind of out of order, but it worked just fine for me.

  6. teehee--Hey, THANK YOU!!! Memes are excellent for editing brain, so I can definitely put that to use. And thank you for the award, too!

  7. edit #2) Who is your current crush? I really don't have one. I exist in a "crush-free" zone. Bear Grylls.

  8. Dude! Thanks for the award, and the meme. I think I'll have to skip my advice column this week and dedicate it to accepting awards and giving shout-outs. Lots of traffic lately.

    Thanks for thinking of me, Michael! Glad to know such an awesome blogger (and person)!

  9. Congrats on winning!
    I'm going to eat a vine ripened tomato tonight. Can't wait!

    I love that divison/math message. Going to give it to my son. Thanks!

  10. Lol I know that you told me about the awards and meme, but I really had to search for my name in your list. I'm thinking my brain is fried.


  11. Alexander was pretty early on for me, too, although not my first. He does have the distinction of being the author of the first book I accidently destroyed. I left one of the series on the dash of the car in the middle of the summer. The glue in the spine melted, so,when I got back to the car and picked it up, all the pages fell out. It was very upsetting.
    The moral is that, along with pets and children, don't leave your books in the car with the windows up.

  12. Hate that you didn't answer question number 1, I wanted to know that. Congrats on your awards.

  13. Thank you Michael.
    I'll just answer 8 and 9 now.
    8) Genres are meant to be broken
    9) Philopoxy

  14. thanks for the award, michael. =)

  15. You're not enjoying my summer schedule, you say? Awww.

    I promise, just this week and then I'm done. (I already scheduled them all ahead.)

  16. That pic is pretty cute in a weird, nerdy sort of way :)