Thank you, thalassa, from Musings of a Kitchen Witch, for the award! I certainly didn’t expect it and it made my day brighter. I apparently get to answer some questions, which leads me to believe I’m really in some sort of questions game. Here, however are the official rules:
1.the bloggers have to have 200 or less followers.
2.there is a list of questions to answer from your nominator as well as having to come up with a list of questions for your own nominees. you can either use the same questions as was asked of you or make up new ones for your nominees.
3.copy/paste the award logo into your post. you can add it to your blog sidebar or footer if you wish.
4. notify your nominees of the nomination.
Now it’s time to answer some questions…
Which art form offers you the truest expression for yourself?
Just one? Poetry, music, and dance are probably the truest expressions of myself. When I dance, sing, play my ocarina, attend concerts or poetry readings, I feel the most at home. Everyone is performing to some degree at these events. It’s almost impossible not to become a performer when everyone has a role either as an observer or singing along with the band; it’s not just the people on the stage who perform in my view. To me, they’re one of the same.
In that art form, what is your most honest piece of expression?
I try to be as honest as possibly in all my work (I think it’s really hard to be a performer and dishonest about your artistic expression). That said my “most honest” (read “favorite”) pieces are “Revelations of the Hag of Lawrence” and “Light of God”.
What always makes you laugh?
A good scatological joke. Also, very off-the-wall humor, provided the humor isn’t forced or trying to shame someone.
What always makes you cry?
Innocent lives harmed or taken away. It shouldn’t happen. I’m the type of person when I learn of it try to see what I can do to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
What is one thing that you can’t do that you’d love to be able to do?
I’d have to devote a whole blog to this question! The top of this list is more of a temporary inability, but I want to physically embrace my partner again. Currently we’re 2,000 miles apart.
What is your favorite book? Why does it affect you so?
I have a favorite book series. The Middle Earth series by J.R.R. Tolkien (I know, I’m so cliche). I love Old and Middle English literature (if I can get a copy printed in the original English I nab it) and Tolkien captures it pretty well, which is good given that was his area of expertise.
What is your favorite movie or play? Why does it affect you so?
I have a favorite movie and a favorite play(s). My favorite movie is Monty Python and the Holy Grail because I love how Monty Python combines zaniness and fact to create a whole new level of humor. It has just enough crazy and reality that it seems semi-plausible. Since I grew up watching Monty Python’s Flying Circus their stylings have been a great influence on my humor and aspirations (I’ve always wanted my own sketch comedy show).
My favorite plays are a toss-up between Anton Chekov’s Ivanov and The Just Assassins by Albert Camus. Both deal with, in my mind, with many of the same topics of the darker sides of human nature, the real consequences of our actions in how they affect others, and selfishness versus selflessness.
If you were given the opportunity to spend one more day with a friend or family member who has passed away, what would you do?
It depends on the person’s state. I have many friends and family members who died from illnesses like cancer. And if I spent time with them would it be some sort of reanimation idea? That could be tricky since a couple of them died very violent deaths. I’d rather not inflict that on someone again. This is what I get for over thinking this question…
Provided the person is brought back for one day in a pristine state without illness or decomposition and whatnot, I’d say my maternal grandmother. She was probably the closest family member to me and was the only one who made strident efforts to really be involved in my life. I’d like to speak with her about everything just one last time. It doesn’t even have to be about advice or secrets of the universe. I’d want to spend that time with someone who truly cared about what I had to say.
If you had won the $580 million Power Ball jackpot, what would you be doing today?
Apart from paying off my debts, buying my dream home, fighting off the statistically likely people banging down my door for cash, and finally living with my partner again? Probably what I’d do any other day.
Here are my questions for you:
- What inspired you to start a blog?
- Have you been achieving any of the goals set out with your blog?
- Which moment in your life do you currently find the most awe inspiring?
- What is a fear you’d like to overcome / have overcome? If you’ve overcome it, how did you do it?
- How do you handle unfortunate situations?
- What is your favorite holiday? Why?
- What is a tradition you hope to pass on, be it to your children or to other generations in your community?
- What is your view of the Divine, be it from a believer or non-believer’s standpoint?
- You have just attained your dream life. Describe it in 140 words maximum.