That’s right, folks, it’s another award post. But this is not likely to be one you’ve seen a thousand times before. This award is brand new, created by my friend Sophie Tallis to honor the one-year anniversary of her adventures in blogging and to celebrate the fantasy genre. Today’s award post is all about the Flight of Fantasy Award.
So what is the Flight of Fantasy Award all about? Well, dear reader, read on!
- Display the award logo on your blog.
- Link back to the person who nominated you.
- State 11 things about yourself (it’s a Spinal Tap thing), including why you love fantasy and what your first or favorite fantasy book is.
- Nominate 7 bloggers for this award and link to them.
- Notify the nominees and tell them of the award requirements.
I was nominated by none other than award creator and fabulous fantasy author Sophie Tallis, whose wonderful novel White Mountain I can’t wait to get my hands on. And now, for my eleven things:
- I write all my stories longhand. I type them up as I go along and while I couldn’t edit without my computer (well, I could, but I’d have to be a hermit to do it or people might get hurt), I much prefer to create my worlds and characters with a pencil and paper. No pens – I’m too much of a perfectionist for ink. I value my ability to erase quite highly.
- My ability to concentrate seems to be diminishing with age. I used to love having background noise while I read or wrote but now, I like my quiet. Noise while I’m reading still doesn’t bother me much but if I’m trying to write, or especially if I’m trying to edit, I need silence.
- I don’t remember the first fantasy book I read, but it might have been The Princess in the Pigpen. I suppose it’s only loosely a fantasy, but there’s time travel and an Elizabethan nobleman’s daughter who winds up in 1980’s Iowa, so I don’t really know what else it would be. Or maybe The Blood and Thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak. I think that one would maybe count as comic fantasy. I read both of those in elementary school and they were both favorites.
- The thing I love about fantasy is that it has such a broad definition. I love to escape my boring (okay, sometimes uncomfortably less-than-boring) life and visit far-off places where truly anything can happen. Fantasy lets me do that – it’s one big adventure.
- I really enjoy blogging. Like, the more I do it, the more I enjoy it. But for some reason, I’m having trouble getting back into my regular posting rhythm after the holidays. Apparently I’m not alone in this – I’ve read of others who are similarly having trouble getting back in the swing of things – but it does annoy me.
- I adore Dr. Pepper. If I am in need of caffeine (and let’s face it, I usually am), it’s my go-to caffeine source.
- I can’t stand coffee. I make all the writerly coffee jokes, but unless there’s so much cream, sugar, and chocolate in there that you can’t taste the coffee, I won’t touch it with a ten-foot pole.
- I’ve probably said that before. My memory is terrible. I put Miss Price from Bedknobs and Broomsticks to shame.
- As a teenager, I harbored a secret desire to one day publish all my diaries. I wanted to be just like Anne Frank – I wanted to have my story touch the world, not die in a concentration camp. I’ve recently come to realize that if people were to actually read my diaries, especially the volumes from my teen years, they would probably beat me with them as punishment for putting them through such torture. Keeping a diary has been good for both my mental health and improving my skills in penmanship and storytelling, but that’s about it. I’m pretty sure no one would want to read the profanity-laced exploits of a teenage homebody.
- I love old houses with secret passageways and hidden rooms and bookcases that conceal the entrances to both. I wish my house had such novelties, but at 93 years young, it’s far too new for such things.
- The Princess Bride is hands down the best fantasy film ever made. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
And now, for my nominees. This was tough because Sophie nominated so many people that I would also liked to have nominated! 🙂 But as I didn’t want to repeat any nominations, I’ve got a list of seven other very deserving candidates, so please check out their awesome blogs!
And now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to go fix some hot chocolate and settle in for an afternoon of Monopoly. I’ll try not to make my loss to my children too embarrassing. 😀
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