Sunshine Blogger Tag!

I was nominated by @Gilmo Minkin from Flaming Chickens for this challenge. Thank you very much for thinking of me! (I hope my answers are… at least interesting.)

The rules for this challenge were as follows:
– 1 – Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog. (No problems there: Mom always trained me to say thank-you. And the name of Gilmo’s blog is so fabulous that I literally cannot forget it.)
– 2 – Answer the questions. (I plead the fifth. If you meet me in real life, I may or may not claim that these answers are still accurate, due to the semi-constant fluctuation of my opinions.)
– 3 – Nominate eleven bloggers and ask them eleven questions. (*Gulp*)

So! Without further ado, let’s see if I can answer a few of these questions without massive rambling!

  1. Old Disney or New Disney?
    This… is hard. According to some sources I found in trying to research where the line is drawn, there were 7 eras of Disney (animated) filmmaking. I’m personally going to split Disney into “Old” and “New” at what has been called the “Disney Renaissance”, in 1989.

    I really like many films from both sections (You have a movie lover on your hands. Warning!), but I think I’d go with Old Disney. The hand-drawn work was gorgeous, for one thing. Many of those movies were some of my favorites growing up, and I have fond memories of them (This includes The Sword In the Stone, Aristocats, Robin Hood, Cinderella, The Rescuers, Melody Time, and The Great Mouse Detective, among others). A lot of the newer Disney films were ones my parents weren’t keen on me seeing or I had little interest in, though there are a few exceptions; The Rescuers Down Under, The Emperor’s New Groove, Bolt, Tangled, Big Hero 6, and a half-dozen others.

    A few of the movies above (both groups) were influences in my writing journey… but a good movie can come at any time. So, for that matter, can a good book. πŸ™‚

  2. Favourite snack when writing?
    Chocolate, in various shapes and forms. Hot cocoa, a cookie, a piece of dark chocolate… (White chocolate doesn’t count, though.)
  3. Favourite/Least favourite school subject?
    I wept through most of my high school math classes. But I dove back in and redid the classes awhile after graduation, so I think I succeeded in defeating that particular giant. πŸ™‚ My favorite might be Home Economics? I really enjoyed learning to cook, clean, garden, sew, and budget. It was practical and I was able to enjoy the results of my labor, whether it was a clean room, lunch, or seeing something sprout in the backyard.
  4. What is a book you really like that no-one else seems to know about?
    Nickel-Plated Beauty, by Patricia Beatty. It’s a historical-fiction coming-of-age book that contains the adventures of a pack of siblings who accidentally order a stove for their mother, not realizing that the stove costs about as much as their father makes in six months. They have to find a way to earn the money for it, and fast, all while keeping it secret from their parents.
    I’ve recommended it to several people who just stare at me blankly…
  5. What best describes your life; order, chaos, or orderly chaos?
    Orderly chaos. I have plans, but God has other ones. So I try to go with the flow. Plus, having a lot of siblings will make anything somewhat more chaotic than most people assume it does. πŸ˜‰
  6. If you were a character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland who would you be?
    *Hysterical laughter here*
    Ummm…. I haven’t read it in a while, so I’m going with the animated Disney version. I’m crazy enough to qualify for most of the characters, I’ll admit, but as for claiming one… I’d say perhaps the Mad Hatter? I certainly like hats. A lot. And I’ve always wanted to have a tea party with a close friend or two.
  7. You’re alone on the moon, what is your first step of action (Assume you can survive in that atmosphere)?
    Oooh, fun question! I’d find a large, visible-from-earth place to spell out a “HELP ME” message in stones. And then perhaps a sheltered place to sleep.
  8. You take a picture of the Loch Ness Monster. Do you turn it in to a newspaper, or keep it secret?
    Oh, definitely keep it secret. Poor monster’s worked this hard to stay private, I’ll leave it be. But I’d probably be that mad old woman who the townspeople make fun of for “feeding Nessie” if I were to live there.
  9. What is the best age to start reading at?
    Early. If the baby will sit still long enough for storytime, infancy! It’s good for the brain (it encourages creative thinking, literacy, good use of the language…) and the heart (it stimulates empathy, too!).
  10. What two characters from any separate fictional universe would make the most interesting duo?
    Eanrin from the Goldstone Wood series, and Blake Belladonna from RWBY is my pair today.

    Eanrin is a blind Fey knight; he can shape-shift between man and cat, and is rather handy with a sword, although he prefers to use his tongue and/or wits (see below). He is famed throughout the worlds for his “golden tongue”, but mostly for his love poetry (aimed at a specific, shallow maid who hates his guts). Although he really loves Dame Imraldera, his fellow knight, he has a reputation to uphold; so he flirts with the girl who his poetry is dedicated to, despite their mutual dislike of one another.

    Blake is a monster-hunting Faunus, which, in-universe, means that she is partially human and partially animal. She’s part-cat, and hides a past in which she was involved in several less-than-legal activities, sabotaging and stealing from companies that used immoral business tactics. She is reformed now, and loves to read. She’s not very talkative, and is very serious-minded. She also has a weapon that changes from knife to grappling hook to pistol, useful in her line of work.

    I think the two would contrast well: he’d annoy her with his semi-constant chatter, and she’d drive him insane with her guilt-ridden dwelling on her past. They would fight well in concert with each other, and they both have feline elements, which is part of the reason they popped into my head as a possible combination.
  11. Which elemental ability would suit you the best; air, water, fire, or earth?
    Oh… this is fun. πŸ™‚
    I’d love to have air, I think (dramatic whipping of branches, scudding of clouds, gentle stirring of kites…), but earth is the one I’d end up with, I think, though I don’t have a logical reason why.

Now, onto nominations and queries (and this is entirely up to them to join. I didn’t warn them until today, but I like their work and/or enjoy their company):
Pearl from TheHomeschooledGirl,
Hailey Huntington, (from her own site)
Katherine and Issabelle from Teen Writer’s Nook, (Either, both… whatever they’d like! But I count this as two.πŸ˜†)
Josie from Apple Blossoms,
Joelle from Sword of The Penmaiden,
Annabelle from Pen and Ink,
Caleb E. King, (from his own site)
Miranda from Call Me Ishmael,
Allie Jo Andersen, (from her own site)
and Mandalynn from My Portfolio of Words.

And here are my questions:
1. Do you have a favorite Bible verse (or one that’s touched you personally, recently)?
2. Which fictional character would you like to eat a meal with (say, at your favorite restaurant- you don’t have to cook it. If you don’t like to cook)?
3. Inner slice or crust slice of a pan of brownies?
4. Which is your favorite fairy tale? (or top 3, if you have trouble choosing)
5. Would you rather write a critically-acclaimed, bestselling novel that creates a huge following (but only one), or one or more good, but not hugely famous, series/ short story collections?
6. What is one great book you like that no-one else seems to know about?
7. What is one thing/habit you’ve found really gets you in the writing groove?
8. Dream pet (disregarding allergies, budgetary limitations, or even realism, if you’d like a unicorn…)?
9. You discover a mysterious wooden-and-brass box buried in your yard. What course of action do you take to open it (or do you re-bury it)?
10. Favorite place to read?
11. Which book would you once have been reluctant to read, but are now glad you did?

(and because I won’t ask you to answer things I wouldn’t, here are my short answers)
1: I’d have to say Phil 4:6-7, right now.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
It’s both a promise and a call to righteous action. I can use at reminders like this when things just seem overwhelming, (which is more often than I like right now).
2: Any hobbit, though I probably would err on the side of Samwise Gamgee. Hobbits know how to appreciate good food and good company, and they’d be delightful to cook, eat, and swap stories with.
3: The crust. Yum! πŸ˜‹
4: Rapunzel, Twelve Dancing Princesses, and The Tinderbox were some of my favorites for years; I think they’d still stay in my top five.
5: I… don’t know. Probably the latter, because I have more than one idea, and I’d like them all to be good, if I’m honest with my answer.
6: (see above)
7: Listening to music, definitely. Getting warm helps, too, cuz then I can really get into the flow state without worrying about distractions.
8: A winged and/or nine-tailed fox. A pangolin. A zebra. A unicorn wouldn’t be bad…
9: Let my brother go at the lock with a hairpin; split the treasure or trouble as it comes.
10: The comfy chair.
11: Hard Magic, by Larry Corriea. My dad recommended it and I didn’t want to read it because it was a book written for adults (I tend to avoid those on the wholeβ€”), it was crime noir (not a genre I’m terribly into), and he was so excited about it that I didn’t think I’d like it. But I did.

Writing progress for the week: 1200 words approx. I did a lot of polishing on a short story this week. πŸ™‚

13 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Tag!

  1. Allie Jo Andersen

    Thank you for tagging me, Rose!! I love your answers to the questions! πŸ˜„ I would probably choose old Disney too… especially since those movies don’t have “agendas” πŸ˜› Yess, I would keep Nessie a secret, too hehe! I’d be a town crazy and feed her right alongside ya! πŸ˜‰

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