The Mystery Blogger Award/Tag…AGAIN~ In Which I Follow Most Of The Rules

Greetings, bloggerly chums!

I have been nominated by the lovely Eden to do The Mystery Blogger Tag, which I still don’t understand but we’re just going with it. Thanks so much, Eden, for the tag!

Now, for the ever-expected-largely functional-and-sometimes-ignored rules:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog. (Done- though it has changed since last time I did it.)

2. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (Also done. Man, I am on top of things today.)

3. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (this award was created by Okoto Enigmas).

4. Answer the five questions you were asked.

5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.

6. You have to nominate ten – twenty people. (Ha, they never learn.)

7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.

8. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice with one weird or funny question.

9. Share a link to your best post(s).

And now, on to the five questions that Eden asked me!

1) If you lost all your teeth and couldn’t have dentures, what would be your favorite thing to eat?

Despair. Because I could never eat a taco again. Or a milkshake. Maybe that would taste better than despair. It probably would.

2) What was the most random spam comment left on your blog?

I don’t really get those? There was one advertisement one, but I don’t remember what it said or where it was or how to find it again. How helpful.

Wait, I just discovered that I have a spam folder that I never knew existed. Here is one:

“I really like how you wrote about x5- the Story Sponge.

And here you can find the cheapest cars in America: [followed by extremely helpful link]

Unless of course you mean a comment about spam. That would be random. Have you ever eaten spam? I haven’t, but I have no desire to change that.

3) Peanut butter and tomato sandwich…yay or nay?

NAY, VERILY, NAY. I don’t like tomatoes. And even if I did I probably wouldn’t like to eat them with peanut butter. Boundaries, people.

4) How old were you when you started blogging?

One day old. I am now almost three.

5) What famous person do you share a birthday with?

Henry the VIII of England, apparently. Well, that’s nice.

Also John Cusack, the actor. That’s not quite so bad. He played Lane Meyer after all.

(I am going by my blog’s birthday, by the way, which is June 28. I created the blog and posted the next day. For some reason I am paranoid about sharing my actual birthday.)

Three facts about Me:

1) I was homeschooled (or “educated at home”) until I started college.

2) I am a combination of Barley and Ian Lightfoot. (In other words, I’m 50% obnoxious, 50% apologetic, and 100% nerd).

3) I won’t answer the door when the doorbell rings because you never know, it might be an axe murderer out there. (Or just a regular human, which is almost as bad.)

Allegedly my best posts:

So I don’t really know what my best posts are, but here are a few that I like:

Books That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals~In Which We Encounter Emotional Turmoil And Smoked Salmon

Ten Easy Steps To Becoming An Effective Writer~In Which The Steps Are Maybe Not So Easy After All

The Four Basic Story-Telling Ingredients~ Another Story Ramble From A Sponge

(If you are longing for more posts, I linked so some of my other favorites in my previous Mystery Blogger Tag.)


This tag is super fun! Except that I cannot for the life of me figure out why it’s called The Mystery Blogger Tag. My best guess is that the title is itself the mystery. Like a self-fulfilling prophecy. But I digress.

As usual, I am too lazy to actually tag people, so basically I will list five questions and if you feel like answering them, consider yourself tagged- or just tell me your answers in the comments!

1) If you were a vegetable, what variety of vegetable would you be?

2) What is the best piece of entertainment you’ve consumed recently?

3) What is a book that you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

4) What is a book that you love that no one else seems to know exists?

5) If you had a sword, what would you name it?

38 thoughts on “The Mystery Blogger Award/Tag…AGAIN~ In Which I Follow Most Of The Rules

  1. Sorry, Sponge, I really can’t help you unravel the mystery. I am just as perplexed as you! πŸ˜‚

    You are not alone, cuz I’m super paranoid of sharing my birthday online, too. It’s highly sensitive information…or something. πŸ˜›

    YES. WHO KNOWS WHAT or who COULD BE ON THE OTHER SIDE?!! I hate answering the door. (unless of course it’s UPS drivers, then it’s okay, cuz they are usually friendly and they bring me stuff I want.)

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    1. Alas, we shall both remain in the dark. ‘Tis a mystery that shall remain…a mystery.

      I know, right? Very sensitive information…

      Haha, that’s true- people who bring me stuff I want are welcome indeed. πŸ˜‰

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  2. I just checked my spam folder, and…I have six spam comments apparently? When did this happen? I feel oddly proud.

    I just hate answering the door because it means I have to get up. I don’t want to get up from my chair!!

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  3. Haha, spam comments have the most helpful links!
    I also have a strange aversion of sharing my birthday online. Which is too bad because I share a birthday with an amazing author… and you can’t really brag if you want to keep it a secret. *sighs*
    Oh well. People will just have to trust me on it.
    Guys, by the way, I share a birthday with an amazing author. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Yes, so very helpful. So helpful that you don’t even need to click on them, they’re just that helpful…
      That’s awesome! I am curious who the author is of course, but I will not press you to reveal the name! I will trust that it is true.

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  4. I seem to get the weirdest spam comments. Most of them aren’t even related to my blog. LOL
    Same!! I think giving out personal stuff like birthdays is just too risky; you never know who will actually see it.
    We just watched Onward as a family; that is funny that you are mix of both of them. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah, I don’t think any of the spam comments I’ve gotten are related to my blog AT ALL.
      That’s cool. It is kind of funny, since they are total opposites, but I really did relate to both of them quite a lot.


  5. Happy early third birthday! I must say you’re extremely well-read for a toddler.

    Since I don’t want to do a tag on my blog right now (and I’ve already done this one — and I have no idea why it’s called what it’s called), I’ll answer the questions here:
    1 // I’d be a tomato. Although I’ve been told that doesn’t count as a vegetable, so maybe a carrot. But not a cooked one.
    2 // I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series and remembering again how very good it is.
    3 // I don’t like Caraval by Stephanie Garber or Flashback by Shannon Messenger, but I don’t think those are uncommon books to dislike. Oh well.
    4 // The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip. (If you haven’t heard of it, this is your opportunity to go read it.)
    5 // Anduril or Brisingr. Or Sting.

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    1. Thanks! Indeed, we of the story sponge species are very adept readers almost as soon as we pop into existence.
      I greatly appreciate that you answered my questions! Thank you muchly.
      A carrot, but not a cooked one. That is an important distinction.
      Oh, I know! Harry Potter is bizarrely good. I keep thinking that maybe it’s overrated and then I reread it and remember just how amazing it is.
      I haven’t read the books you dislike, but I’ve heard of Caraval, and I haven’t even heard of the book you like. I shall have to look into it. I love discovering hidden gems.
      Those are all fantastic sword names. I am partial to Sting, because I love hobbits. πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much again for your lovely comment!

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  6. Hahah: ever-expected-largely functional-and-sometimes-ignored. Spot-on.
    Whaat, I think you could drink a milkshake without teeth! I’ve never tried this theory out and have no intention of doing so, but it seems possible. I’m trying to imagine it right now.
    I have never eaten spam. I do kind of want to just try a little.
    Is peanut butter and tomato sandwich a thing??? Because there’s no way. No way.
    Ohh, your second fact reminded me of this quiz:
    I think you might find it interesting?
    Ohh, good questions.
    1// By variety, I wasn’t sure if you meant specific type or like a category, but the answer I came up with fits the first interpretation, so I’m going with that. I think I would be broccoli.
    2// I have to go with the HigaTV (Youtube channel) video that came out today. They never fail to make me laugh, and this one was no different. Reliably funny content is pretty amazing.
    3// This question is harder than I feel like it should be. Okay, at the moment I can’t think of a super insanely popular book that fits the bill, but I didn’t finish American Panda and Internment, and I’ve only see really good reviews for both.
    4// Divine Cities. Sorry I should say something new shouldn’t I. I guess I’ll go with Shorefall, which is um, by the same author.
    5/// Ahh, that’s so hard! If I had to name my sword, I would have to think so hard about this. Okay, I can’t answer this question right now.

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    1. Ooh, that quiz looks interesting! I will have to check that out. πŸ™‚
      Thank you muchly for answering my questions! Broccoli, eh? My sister and I and a friend of ours once played a letter game where broccoli was deadly and evil for some reason, and I always think of that when I see broccoli, even though there is in fact nothing wrong with the actual vegetable. I am sure that if you were broccoli you would be a very upstanding broccoli indeed.
      Naming a sword is hard, so I forgive you for not being able to answer that question at this time. It takes much deliberation. My sisters, cousins and I used to play this knight school game and there was this sword called the Sword Of Utter Power- or SOUP for short. But if I had a sword, I think I would name it something more serious.
      Thanks for your lovely comment!

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      1. Ahh, yay!
        Hahaha. My main memory with broccoli is this pretty significant inside joke some friends and I have. One friend was messing around with a volleyball and actually slipped, and at that exact moment, my mom found what she had been looking for in the fridge and raised triumphantly it over her head, and said “broccoli!” The juxtoposition of the two things still makes my friends sometimes go, broccoli!
        Haha, SOUP, that’s great.
        You’re welcome!!

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  7. Maybe, though, milkshakes and despair are both the same. After all, they both make you sick if indulged in in large quantities…

    Spam comments are so funny. “I really like how you wrote about x5-” (Did you write about x5? What is x5? It sounds mysterious.) I have one telling me how great my post was, immediately followed by something along the lines of “This [link] helped my mother lose 100 pounds and it can help you too!” What, my dear Sir-Spam-Comment, are you insinuating, hmmm? Also there’s a really long one about how President (Former-President? what is the proper way to refer to former presidents?) Obama is the Antichrist….

    Henry VIII. XD That’s very nice, indeed. Nice for the spouses, nice for the country, nice for Sir Thomas More…Nice for everyone.

    “50% obnoxious, 50% apologetic, and 100% nerd,” hehe, I love that description, although I do not know the characters of whom you speak.

    I love your questions and so I am going to answer them:
    1. Asparagus. Long, skinny, floppy. Liked by some, too strange for most. A very niche vegetable.
    2. The Resurrection of Father Brown, for some reason, made me amazingly happy yesterday.
    3. The Book Thief. Mostly when everybody loves a book I hate, I’m fine with that, but people praising The Book Thief really irritates me, for some reason. And I have to keep my mouth shut because one should endeavor not to be a grump and needlessly spoil people’s pleasure but you asked and I DON’T LIKE THAT BOOK. (Apologies for shouting.)
    4. The Year of the Black Pony, by Walt Morey. I’ve never met anyone who’s heard of it but it’s SO GOOD.
    5. Durendal. Because of Roland. And I was emotionally attached to that sword. And I breathed an audible gasp of relief when Roland failed to break it. To honor it, and Roland, I would bear that name anew in battle…if I had a sword, and if I had a battle to bear it in, that is.


    1. That is an excellent point regarding milkshakes and despair which I confess I had not previously thought of. Very true.
      Spam comments are indeed amusing. I do not recall ever writing about x5. I tend to avoid multiplication and math of all kinds. Wow, your spam comments though! Better lose the 100 pounds there…
      “Liked by some, too strange for most.” Very good description.
      I love it when books make me amazingly happy. The book I am reading right now, Vanity Fair, is not doing that however.
      Indeed, I confess that am one of those numerous folk who love The Book Thief, but I can certainly see many reasons why it would not be to everyone’s taste. I hope that our difference on that point does cause you grief. I tend to admire people who dislike things that the vast majority of people love. I want to be that person, though I’m not completely sure why that is.
      Your answers are good, because I have never heard of The Year of the Black Pony.
      Durendal is a good name for a sword.
      Thank you so much for answering my questions! I greatly enjoyed your responses.

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      1. Wait wait wait I know what the spam comment was saying. “x5 Story Sponge” – they were saying they wished there were five of you. Which is quite the compliment, really, although I think it could be rather hard to keep track of.

        That is too bad about Vanity Fair. I tend to think books about how horrible and selfish people are shouldn’t be 700 pages. That’s just too much.

        Haha, thank you for your understanding.
        Surprisingly I do not feel at all grieved right now. (But maybe not so surprisingly. I think the only reason I really get is annoyed is that people rave about the very things that made me dislike the book. Which was very disappointing, because I could have liked it. Anyway.)
        Oh, I tend to admire that too. But then sometimes I think it’s silly and try not to admire it. And I admire people who are smart people who think seriously about things but aren’t afraid to admit they love a super popular book that is more on the fluffy side of things. So that leads me to the conclusion that what I REALLY admire is people who form their own conclusions about things and simply don’t care about popular perception. (But I do also just want to be the person who doesn’t like that popular book. There is something attractive about it. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad?)

        (I am biased, it being a childhood favorite and all, but I rather think you would like The Year of the Black Pony! I mean, it’s about a kid whose father dies in an accident and then the other man involved in the accident ends up marrying his mom and he comes to find that this guy is a different sort of father altogether [much nicer, for one thing]. Anyway it’s a lovely story and I forgot how much I liked it. And now I shall summarily end this long, rambly comment.)

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      2. Indeed! I have a hard enough time keeping track of one of me, let alone five. I am, for the moment, glad to just be a singular story sponge. πŸ™‚ Perhaps if there WERE five of me, I would need a new car though…hence the helpful link to find the cheapest cars in America.
        Wow, your thoughts on popular/unpopular opinions are almost exactly alike to my own. It really does boil down to admiring people who have their own opinions and wanting to be that way myself. I wonder if the draw to liking obscure/unpopular things comes out of that because it is like proof that we really do have our own opinions or something? Because if we claim to have individual opinions but we like all the same things that everyone else likes, how would anyone know? So I guess in that case being able to admit we like popular stuff means we’re more confident in our opinions…or something. Anyway. The balance really is good, because preventing oneself from liking popular stuff simply because it’s popular is just as ridiculous as only liking something because other people like it.
        Thanks for the recommendation, and for your wonderfully rambly comment. πŸ™‚

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      3. It all makes sense now. *shakes head in wonder at the unsuspected sensibleness of spam comments*
        Yes!! I think that makes sense; if you don’t have any unpopular opinions, then as far as proof goes you’re up a creek without a paddle – or, to use a more apt metaphor, in case without a court. Because I definitely look at people who say they don’t care about what’s popular and then only ever rave about popular books, and…well, I wonder. (Perhaps I’m too judgmental, heh.)
        Very true. It’s possible to overbalance either way. (Kinda like with cynicism.) Sometimes I don’t like admitting how much I like Frozen, just because it’s so popular…but that’s ridiculous, because I like it a lot, and other people’s opinions ought to have nothing to do with it.

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      4. I know! Funnily enough, I feel the same way about Frozen (not so much the sequel, but I won’t get into that). I really like the movie, but I feel a reluctance to admitting it because it’s SO popular, and I do think it’s overrated. It’s like I’m afraid people will think I’ve just jumped on the bandwagon. When really I should just stop worrying how people will perceive my opinions.

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      5. *nods* (Also!! Do I read aright? Dost mine eyes deceive me? Do you mean to say you don’t think Frozen II is a Cinematic Masterpiece Worthy of, Even Surpassing, Its Predecessor and all that? Because I thought my family were the only ones who thought it…wasn’t that great.)

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