On the weekend, I was awarded the Sunshine Blogger award by Ellie at Blogging for Dopamine. I have been following her blog for some time. I was initially attracted by wide array of interests and the fact that she is a self-confessed nerd. Please check out her blog for her take on books, movies, geek culture and some other stuff.
She did not mention what this award is for, so I have to assume that she feels I am spreading sunshine. I certainly am trying to keep my spirits up. If that helps others, all the better. So, thank you for the award Ellie. I appreciate that you are getting something from my blog.
Like other awards there are rules–one of which I simply cannot follow.
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and then write 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo in a post/on your site
Here are her questions and my answers.
1. Are you hooked on any particular TV show at the moment? What is it?
Arrow and Timeless–Arrow for its stunts and interesting storytelling, and Timeless for Abigail Spencer.
2. What was the last book you read? How did you find it?
I just finished When the Music’s Over by Peter Robinson. I took it out of the library on “express loan”, which meant that I had seven days to read it or face the dreaded library fines. I picked this one up because I have read and enjoyed all the books in the series. I am not sure why I picked these books up in the first place, but I am happy to note that this is one of the rare times when I read the entire series in order. I suppose it is because the author divides his time between the UK and Toronto that they stock his books in my library.
3. Battle of the entertainment mediums! Which is your favourite – books, TV, films, comic books, video games, tabletop games etc.?
Books, then movies, then comic books, then my bicycle, then TV, then music.
4. Is there any fictional character you have always wanted to be? Who?
When I was younger, probably Snake Eyes from GI Joe, or the Highlander, or the Silver Surfer.
5. Science or technology?
Pure science. I meant to study chemistry but the need for good study habits and good grades derailed that ambition. Technology is awesome, but science is what might save the planet
6. Have you ever read a book that you felt was written just for you? What was it?
This is kind of a tough question. Is this about books I really liked or books that I believe only spoke to me? If I had to choose, there are a couple. A Separate Peace by John Knowles and Waterland by Graham Swift.
7. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Pizza. Pizza, pizza, pizza. I have eaten it every day for more than a week before. Actually a couple of times before. I like a variety of toppings, thick or thin crust, deep dish or not. Basically just pizza in any of its forms.
8. Can an adaptation ever be better than the original?
Absolutely, though it is rare. Usually if the original is great, it can’t be touched. However, if the original is only somewhat good, then an adaptation of it can be fantastic. The movie Die Hard was much better than the book it was adapted from. I might even go so far as to say the Bourne Identity was a better movie than the book, but now I am risking the wrath of many people.
In terms of music, some (not all) live versions of songs are better than the originals. While I love the original version of Free Bird, the live version is phenomenal. The live version of Dazed and Confused that you can see on YouTube is raw and cool and displays the blues roots of Led Zeppelin a little better than the studio cut does. Of course this is a remake of Yardbirds tune, so it qualifies.
Remakes also work if they are changed and reworked, though mostly I don’t like this, I must admit some are well done. I am thinking of the addition of Amy Lee on Seether’s Broken. Also, the Cowboy Junkies rework of Sweet Jane takes it in completely another direction. The original is great, but the Junkies made it haunting.
In terms of television shows, this rarely works. Maybe Eight is Enough and MASH surpassed their book inspirations, but many other s do not. Some remakes of British shows just don’t seem to work. The exception to this is game shows. Those seem easily adaptable to different countries and cultures with only modest tweaking.
9. Who is the most famous person you’ve met?
It is a toss up between Bobby Jimby and Susan Musgrave. I would probably have to go with Susan Musgrave who was the Author in Residence when I was at Western. She was down to earth and solidly real. Also, her feedback sessions on my writing were wonderful.
In case you’re wondering, I would love to meet Joanne Kelly, Erin Karpluk, Winona Ryder, Laura Benanti and Harlan Ellison.
10. What’s your favourite season?
Autumn, definitely Autumn. Crisp air, interesting colours, my body having benefited from a summer of cycling is probably in decent shape and I get to wear sweaters. Winter, with its skiing is a close second.
11. Share one of your favourite quotes!
Rather than a Quote, I can offer the Poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
This is quite hard. I recently did this for another award and probably bothered a bunch of people. They probably didn’t have time to participate in this kind of thing. Therefore, rather than nominate a bunch of people I have already nominated, I am going to throw it open to any of my readers who would like a little exposure to my other readers. While I do not have that many followers, the ones I do have are quality people.
The first 11 people to write to me saying they want their blog to be nominated will. I will then link them to this post. Of course that means you have to answer my 11 questions.
- Which book can you read over and over again without getting bored?
- Which TV show would you like to spend a week of real time in?
- What is something you would like to learn how to do?
- What are your favourite pizza toppings?
- If you were to tattoo a phrase or motto onto your body, what would it be?
- Whose advice do pay most heed to?
- Coffee or tea?
- Tell us about something that you collect. When/why did you start?
- What song sums you up personally?
- What are you most proud of?
- What scene would you like to look out your window and see every day?