Eleven things of mild interest

Posted On 19 April 2013

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Okay, the lovely Nadine from SFFbook review nominated me for a Liebster Award.  I know these aren’t everybody’s cup of tea but I must admit I enjoy all the silly trivia or questions!

1. Thank the Liebster Blog presenter who nominated you and link back to their blog.  Thank you Nadine!
2. Post 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions you were asked and create 11 questions for your nominees.
3. Nominate 11 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.
4. Display the Liebster Award logo.
5.  No tag back thingies.

Them’s the rules. I didn’t make em so if you don’t like em then remember that rules are made for breaking.  So, moving swiftly on:

  1. When I was 15 I read Gone with the Wind and had a massive crush on Rhett Butler
  2. I can have a tendency to OCD and if I don’t (literally) tell myself I’ve done something, like set the alarm or lock the door, then I have to check it over and over again!
  3. The above being said, strangely enough I have managed to shut myself out of the house so many times it’s embarrassing.
  4. Up until late teens I had terrible car sickness, being the youngest I was always made to sit in the middle – a bit silly really when projectile vomit was imminent!  Not nice.
  5. My sister and I are born in the same year – although we are not twins
  6. I have a strange ability to remember lots of telephone numbers which makes me like the speaking directory in work!
  7. I enjoy drawing/sketching although I never do so anymore.
  8. I’m slightly (a bit)(okay quite a bit) superstitious, picking up pennies (which, yuk because you don’t know where they’ve been, but it’s almost like bad luck not to pick them up right?) or saluting single magpies – for which I get some very funny looks!
  9. I used to play Pokemon – don’t even say anything. Actually I was pretty damn good and collected the whole collection, plus my Dewgong (sign) – shut up!!
  10. I am not girly at all.  I hate shopping.  I have about two pairs of shoes, one bag (and that used to be a rucksack), virtually no make up and I don’t get upset about having my hair chopped off and stuck out in all directions.
  11. One thing that I really do is keep in touch with people from forever ago – I’m almost like a great pen pal – but not a pen pal an email pal!

The set questions:

  1. What was the book that got you into reading? Lord of the Rings (lots of books before that but this really sealed the deal)
  2. What is your favorite fantasy movie? Lord of the Rings (this could become boring – but Aragorn- book and film crush)
  3. Hugo or Nebula? Hugo – but don’t ask me why.
  4. How many books are you currently reading?  Three
  5. What was your last author crush (as in Oh my God, I need to buy everything this person has ever written)? Neil Gaiman
  6. What’s your favorite name?  Max
  7. What book would you give to your younger self and why?  Can I take books back in time? in which case Harry Potter.
  8. Where on the internet do you go for inspiration? Blogs, twitter, google, everywhere.
  9. Name a fictional character you’d like to trade bodies with for a while.  Hit Girl from Kick Ass.  Because she does kick ass!
  10. If your life had a theme song, what would it be?  I’m Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
  11. Fantasy or Reality? Both.  Okay I have to pick – Fantasy

My questions are going to be very simple – except you HAVE to pick one – you are NOT ALLOWED to say both – otherwise the consequences will be heinous (you have been warned):

  1. Beer or Wine
  2. Dogs or Cats
  3. Fantasy or Sci Fi
  4. Book or Film
  5. Star Wars or Star Trek
  6. Batman or Superman
  7. Anime or Manga
  8. Gaiman or Tolkien
  9. Reading or Music
  10. Chocolate or Cheese
  11. Morning or night

Remember you can’t have both!!  No way can you have both – pick one already.

Now for the part I don’t like – choosing my nominees.  Not because I don’t want to choose people but because I’m not sure they’ll want to take part – if you don’t then don’t worry about it – I know this is time consuming.  Plus, it’s difficult with this 200 followers thing because you lot are all so shagging popular you make me sick – so you probably have more followers – in which case, either consider yourself disqualified from answering or not :

  1. http://eliseschipper.wordpress.com/
  2. http://booksireadandliked.wordpress.com/
  3. http://princeofink.wordpress.com/
  4. http://whathannahread.wordpress.com/
  5. http://spidermonkeycat.wordpress.com/
  6. http://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/
  7. http://dabofdarkness.com/
  8. http://genkinahito.wordpress.com/
  9. http://bookypony.wordpress.com/
  10. http://darkcargo.com/
  11. http://barbarafriendish.wordpress.com/

Okay, a thousand apologies to all of the above it they (a) don’t want to take part (b) want to take part but don’t have the time (c) have thousands of followers but I just don’t know what I’m doing (which is most probably very true) (d) want to take part, don’t have the time but will persist anyway but then get trapped under a large object (not big enough to do serious damage though – just to alleviate any worries on the part of others).

That’s it for me.  Lynn has left the building.

36 Responses to “Eleven things of mild interest”

  1. nrlymrtl

    I hate shopping too. Unless it is a book store. Or rocks. Rocks are good.

    I hadn’t heard about saluting single magpies. We have them all over right now. They steal my eggs.

    • lynnsbooks

      Magpies are so bad for superstition. You have to take off your hat (even imaginary) and ask them how they are. (You have to be a bit sneaky though because people will stare – and if you see one at your window – just don’t look!)
      I’m so bad at shopping. The only thing I truly like shopping for is books – I know it’s lame but I can spend hours in a book store and actually book vouchers are my favourite gift because then I can choose what I want and spend guilt free – book vouchers = bliss!
      Lynn 😀

  2. barbarafriendish

    5. Hah! My brother and I have the same birthday–four years apart. I have never known anyone else who had this situation. 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      well, my sister and I actually are born in the same year – January and then me in December. However, my husband and son share the same birthday – 5th February, plus on top of that they share the same Chinese star sign – year of the Monkey!
      Lynn 😀

      • barbarafriendish

        Oh, your mom must have been tired…
        Fun your son & husband sharing the day!

      • lynnsbooks

        It definitely makes it easier to remember the date! I know, my poor mum – ouch 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      that’s brilliant btw you and your brother having the same birthday – although I’m not sure you both probably thought so when it came to it!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Delia (Postcards from Asia)

    Rhett Butler, eh? 😉
    Why don’t you draw anymore?

    • lynnsbooks

      I suppose I don’t really have the time to be honest (and it’s not like it’s a great loss – I wasn’t really talented to be frank!) Plus I tend to spend my spare time reading. It’s all about what you can fit into the time you have I suppose and in order to fit in the things you really like a few of the lesser things sometimes take a backseat or get lost altogether.
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    Thank you for the nomination and for sharing such interesting facts about you. I am also rather OCD especially about locking the door!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes, about locking the door – if I leave the house I literally have to return to check it unless I tell myself I’e done it – it’s crazy!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Marie

    Even now, sometimes I have an itch that nothing but Pokemon can scratch! I’ve actually picked it up again in the last couple of weeks after going ages without playing any computer games, for some reason I find something really relaxing about it!

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s a bit addictive isn’t it – especially when training up through the levels!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Grace

    My mother and I both read Gone With the Wind while on vacation one summer. My copy is a bit worse for the wear, but somehow it did survive being dropped in a lake!

    I used to play Pokemon too… the cards, anyway, not the video games. I had a grass/psychic deck.

    Great post!

    • lynnsbooks

      I loved my Dewgong – it was a trade and it became the star of my show!
      Lynn 😀

  7. spidermonkeycat

    Interesting! I’d love to do this too but I can’t have 11 nominees… I don’t have that many followers.. 😦
    Can I still do this? 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      Course you can – rules are made for breaking after all!
      Lynn 😀

  8. Genki Jason

    I can be a bit OCD as well. I tend to be much more deliberate in my actions (pre-packing bags before a journey and triple checking them) so I don’t panic mid-train ride and try to remember whether I did something… or had to do something. I also spent nearly a year saluting Magpies as well (I think I was job hunting so I was extra superstitious). I used to do it early in the mornings. Then I told myself to stop being irrational!

    Respect for Pokemon. I was an ace with the Red version and recently played Soul Silver because my sister had Heart Gold. I’m not that much of a fan now. At a recent party a Japanese girl and I looked on with mild amusement and kept exchanging bemused looks as mutual friends/acquaintances gave their entire play history and greatest accomplishments 😉

    Gaiman is a good author to have a crush on.

    • lynnsbooks

      The funny thing with triple checking your bags when you pack is that you still manage to forget something! We always forget something – it’s a tradition and I can’t really relax until I can figure out what’s missing. Adaptors, chargers, money – yes we forgot to take money one year!
      I still salute magpies – I can’t help it – some of the quizzical looks I receive sometimes makes it worth it though – just for the humour value.
      Gaiman is just too cool!
      Lynn 😀

  9. Auntie

    So you and your sister are “Irish Twins”… -grin-

    “Auntie” just stoppin’ by, although she isn’t ready yet…

    • lynnsbooks

      That’s a good one – I’ll have to remember that!
      Lynn 😀

  10. TBM

    I can never leave my home until I check to see if all the burners on the stove are off. I’m not sure where this came from, but I’ve had it for 20 years. I’m not girly either. I recently chopped all my hair off to donate and the lady asked how I wanted it styled and I said “short.” She stared at me and then did what she thought was best.

    Congrats on the award.

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – I recently walked into the hardressers and just said ‘cut it short’ and the hairdresser was flabbergasted! She ended up cutting a ‘bob’ cut but to be honest I was hoping for shorter! Sometimes you can’t pay people to chop your hair off.
      Lynn 😀

      • TBM

        If I didn’t have such a freakishly tiny head and I think bumpy head, I would shave it all the time. I hate doing my hair, and I don’t even do my hair. When my female friends and relatives stay here I’m always baffled by how long they do their hair and makeup. I’m a wake up, shower, and go person.

      • lynnsbooks

        Yep, me too. Wake and go. My husband has no idea at all what some of my female friends and family are like and how much time they spend in the bathroom.

        Lynn 😀

  11. Elise

    Hey Lynn, thank you so much for nominating me! I’m not gonna take part though, hope you don’t mind.. I will only answer your 11 questions quickly, hope that satisfies you a little:)
    1. Beer, 2. Cats, 3. Fantasy, 4. Book, 5. Star Trek, 6. Batman, 7. well uh neither I’m afraid, but I’ll say Manga, 8. Tolkien, 9. well this is a nasty one.. I think I’ll say reading though, at the moment.. but I’m nothing without both of them. 10. Another nasty question! so different from each other but both taste so good.. I don’t know! Cheese?! 11. Night

    p.s. I must say I’m quite curious of your drawings and sketches.. 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Of course I don’t mind.
      My drawings were never that good to be honest. I quite liked sketches – faces mainly. But my family are all artistic and I think comparatively speaking all better at it than me which puts it into perspective!
      Great answers and no cheating!
      Definitely to cheese and night!
      Lynn 😀

      • Elise

        Yay I passed the test!
        Hmm indeed that can’t go without comparing one to the other. My family isn’t artistic at all, which is a shame sometimes but also has its advantages. I don’t think I’m particularly good but I do like to do it and I do see that I’m improving, which is for me enough reason to continue

      • lynnsbooks

        You should definitely continue if you enjoy it. You should post up some of your pics. I remember reading in a book once that was trying out different drawing techniques that if you’re copying something – turn it upside down. That way your self perception doesn’t mess with the perspective. It does work actually – I give it a go.
        You should post something.
        Lynn 😀

      • Elise

        Yea I heard about that technique, I should definitely try it. Currently I’m working on, well let’s say, quite an interesting character and I’ve got somebody in mind for my next ‘project’, which you probably will like:) don’t know when I’ll have finished it though because I’m supposed to be studying 24/7 for my exams, mmm…
        If you’re interested, there is page on my blog that shows some of the things I’ve drawn. Most of them are portraits but I’m working on broadening the genres I work with (please, don’t raise any great expectations)

      • lynnsbooks

        Ha, I remember now, I think i already took a look at your pictures – did you do a version of the Dawn picture where the sun is an egg – or am I thinking of someone else? Anyway, if that was you it was very impressive. I’ll come and have another look.
        Lynn 😀

      • Elise

        Yes I did that one indeed, thank you so much! That’s really wonderful to hear:) It was supposed to be a sketch for an oil painting, but the ‘sketch’ turned out better than the painting haha.

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  13. Genki Jason

    Here are my many response to your questions plus a few extra ones.

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks Jason – gave me a giggle! Plus, you are so nice to your sister – calling her cool and everything!! That’s really quite cool by itself.
      Lynn 😀

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