The lovely Elisha has tagged me for the Liebster Award (thank you muchly, Elisha)! Which I thought I had done a bunch of times but apparently I’ve only done it once…? (Back in 2017, guys, when this blog was nothing but a wee babe).
Huh. Memory doesn’t always work, you know. I should try to remember that.
There were probably rules to this tag at some time or other…at this point all I know is that I am supposed to answer the questions that Elisha provided for me, so that is what I aim to do.
What’s something that made you happy today?
What a good question.
One thing that made me happy today was taking a walk with my sister to the store to get hamburger buns. For one thing, because it was raining, and I like walking in the rain. For another, because of the prospect of eating hamburgers for dinner. And thirdly, because we were talking about writing and our possibly psychotic characters (and probably The Silver Eye, if we’re being honest here), which are pleasing topics.
What books have you re-read the most?
Hm, it’s difficult to keep track…but among them are certainly The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis, and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
The former has been my “official” favorite Narnia book for ages, and the latter was something I greatly enjoyed reading aloud to my siblings back in the day. I read it to them so many times. Oi. So many. We still regularly quote the thing (it’s so quotable, though). The nostalgia is strong with that one.
Do you think aliens exist?
Hm…well, I’m not going to say no?
But I’m not going to say yes either.
I am not a terribly decisive person.
There is so much we don’t know about the universe that God created, and I wouldn’t be too quick to disregard the possibility, I guess?
I just finished reading the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis, and there are a lot of really fascinating concepts in there surrounding this idea. It’s all fantasy, certainly. But fantasy and reality are often more closely linked than we realize. And whether or not aliens exist, they give us something to ponder.
I do think that we have a tendency to put what we think of as ‘realistic’ into a box that it doesn’t actually fit in very well at all. There are things we just assume we know about the world, and it’s so easy to forget that these things are just that: assumptions. Common sense and truth and don’t necessarily line up as often as we imagine that they do.
When it comes to aliens, I guess I don’t really have much of an opinion, except that if they do exist, they are not what anyone is expecting.
(Also, when you say “aliens” I’m assuming you mean “creatures from outer space” rather than, like…foreigners. Because I do think that foreigners exist.)
If you had to travel back in time and permanently live there, what time period would you choose and why?
Um…I don’t want to? I like being right where I am with all my modern comforts and the prospect of leaving all of it behind is somewhat perturbing…
But if I had to, I think I would pick somewhere sort of ancient for some reason? That is rather vague. But honestly I think I would like to live in the time when the Christian church was a new thing. (Who doesn’t want to get eaten by lions, am I right…?)
…On second thought, the printing press hadn’t been invented yet at that point, which is a rather mortifying thought.
Maybe I’d go late 1860s…after the Civil War. But before the World Wars. Yeah. I can maybe have books then, right?
(Questions like these always reveal how woefully ignorant I am about history…and also how shallow I am, hehe. I just want books.)
What are some of the main qualities you value in a good book?
Always. I need the characters to be compelling and have complicated relationships and usually angst. Whether or not the characters are relatable, I want them to feel like actual humans (or just be delightfully witty and whimsical, that can work too).
I need stories to accurately reflect some portion of reality…you know, just…embody truth (AND YES, THIS APPLIES TO FANTASY DON’T YOU DARE TRY TO TELL ME THAT FANTASY IS NOT TRUE, SON).
Good writing is kind of a big deal for me most of the time. Awkward prose is so painful to struggle through (IT IS TORTURE, I TELL YE).
Endings are also a big deal. They need to be hopeful (or at least leave room for hope). Not necessarily happy. Bittersweet endings are kind of the best, in my opinion.
Charm plays a significant role as well. The feel (or I guess the aesthetic?) of a story is important to me. I like good settings/scenarios/world-building.
Eh, and I guess well-crafted plot should be on here too.
Yeah…um…really I just want the books to be good, and I don’t exactly know how to explain that.
Would you rather be extremely short or extremely tall?
Short, obviously. I am a hobbit, and that is all need be said on the matter.
(But also tall people tend to struggle with back pain? NO THANK YOU. I know tall people, y’all, it’s not joke.)
What motivates you to get out of bed every morning?
Um…the suffocating fear of Failing Life and Proving I’m a Loser by not getting to work on time?? (This is Health, yes?)
What is a unique quality or quirk about you that not many people know about?
Everyone knows everything about me.
I guess one thing is that when I am feeling uncomfortable in a social situation (which is pretty much always) I sometimes inadvertently start talking with some kind of an accent? British, or Southern drawl, or some quasi-Russian/Swedish disaster. I don’t know why this happens? I didn’t even used to notice it until someone pointed it out to me.
Yeah…it kind of just makes things feel more awkward.
Is it OK to ask the genie for infinite wishes?
(No? That’s cheating?)
I mean, sure, I guess it’s OK- but you’re just asking for further Pain and Suffering, that’s all I’m saying. You think you’re going to make really stupendous wishes, DON’T you?? (HA)
I feel like I should get all deep and philosophical here…
But no. It’s not happening today.
What is your favorite kind of weather?
Misting rain with sun peaking through the clouds, after it’s just rained pretty hard. Like when it’s not quite raining but it feels like rain and smells like rain and the light gives everything a magical quality like you’ve stumbled into a fairy world.
If you could have tea and biscuits with any fictional character, who would it be and why?
I adore fictional characters, but me actually talking to one probably wouldn’t’ go well. Because me talking to people is…a nerve-wracking scenario.
Part of me wants to say someone enigmatic like Attolia from the Queen’s Thief series or wise like Elrond from The Lord of the Rings, so that I might glean understanding and such…but this is me we’re talking about here and characters such as these put me way out of my depth.
It would need to be someone who is not likely to suddenly decide to kill me. Someone friendly and the opposite of intimidating. Someone who loves to talk so that I don’t have to.
Let’s go with Kate Wetherall from The Mysterious Benedict Society. Having tea and biscuits with her would be a blast.
And there you have it. I’m pretty sure at this point I’m supposed to come up with questions and tag people?
But you know me better than that.
(Actually, if you want an adventure, you can track down the questions I came up with in my OG Liebster Award post and answer those for me, because that might be fun.)
Thanks again to Elisha from the tag! I hope my answers were satisfactory. 🙂
What do you think about aliens? Is there a particular time in history you’d like to visit? Have you ever heard someone speak with a quasi-Russian/Swedish accent? I’d love to hear your answers to any of the questions in the comments!
8 thoughts on “The Liebster Award Again~ In Which We Sorta Discuss Aliens And Weird Accents”
What a lovely post! I have to say you made me chuckle! 🙂 Isn’t the Space Trilogy interesting? I read them last year and will probably end up rereading them again. The third one was my fav, the whole Nazi situation going on.
We have such an intelligent Creator and are constantly learning new things about the universe. Who’s to say there isn’t something else out there. However, then you raise the question of Christ needing to die twice for other planets.
Awe, Kate would be a lovely person for tea. Also, maybe Mr. Tumnus. And since I’ve recently started my journey into the Wizarding world, I’d love to have tea with Mrs. Weasley or Ron. They are such down-to-earth people and we would have a lively conversation.
As for books I’ve read the most, The Lord of the Rings is up there, but I think The Sword in the Stars wins that category.
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Thank you! Making people chuckle is usually part of my goal. 🙂
Ooh, yes, the Space Trilogy is very interesting indeed. I just recently read it for the first time, though I’ve been meaning to get to it for YEARS. I think that the third one was my favorite as well!
Hm, that is a good point. But I’m not sure that other worlds would necessarily be sinful? I mean, and if they were, who’s to say that Jesus dying here didn’t atone for them as well? I don’t know. I mean, in Perelandra for example, the new world starting on Venus was effected by the fact that Jesus had already died. When they faced temptation, they overcame it, unlike what actually happened with Adam and Eve. Not that I think it’s at all likely that there are other humans out there, but it is something interesting to think about. The way that Christ interacts with other worlds might not be exactly how he interacts with ours.
Mr. Tumnus would be great, as long as he wasn’t currently kidnapping me. 😉 Oh, yes! Having tea with any of the Weasleys would be fun, I think. I do love Mrs. Weasley and Ron. 🙂
The Lord of the Rings is amazing, and I have certainly read it several times, but its length prevents it from being my most reread book. I have never read The Sword in the Stars, but it must be good if you’ve read it multiple times!
Aaahhh this was so fun!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your responses.
You know, I think I’d be short too. Because hobbits are cool. And I’m already tall, and HOW DID YOU KNOW I HAVE BACK PAIN. 🤣
I have half a mind to stalk you, show up in person, and make you incredibly nervous so I can hear this fascinating accent business. 😀
I think your favorite kind of weather just became mine too. That was beautiful ❤
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Thank you, Elisha! ‘Twas great fun, I am glad that you enjoyed it. Thank you again for the tag!
Hobbits ARE cool, aren’t they? Haha, I know a few tall people, and thus I Know Things. I am sorry for your back pain, though I do not share the problem, as I am rather short myself. Not as short as a hobbit, though.
Hehe, that would be something.
Thank you! It’s so beautiful. It is hard to choose though, because so many kinds of weather are amazing!
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Ooh, walking to the store with a sister to get hamburger buns in the rain does sound like a happy-making experience.
The Horse and His Boy is my favorite Narnia book, too! *high fives you* It’s such a wonderful book.
I mean, if you went back in time to the Early Church, you’d probably get eaten by lions before you had too much time to lament the lack of printing presses…right? Super comforting, I’m sure. XD
“Um…the suffocating fear of Failing Life and Proving I’m a Loser by not getting to work on time??” <<CAN RELATE.
I've only just realized that it's not the end of the world if I'm not in class at least two minutes before it starts, and I've been taking classes at college(s) for two and a half years. *facepalm*
Ahhh your favorite kind of weather is my favorite kind of weather, too! I LOVE those moments, and you described it SO WELL!
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IT WAS. I should do it more often.
Isn’t it the best?? I had such a hard time settling on a favorite Narnia book because there are so many good things in all of them, but The Horse and His Boy is just so special to me. There are SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE.
Ah, that is an excellent point! So comforting… 😉
Haha, I know, right? I had the same problem when I was in college…it just carried over to work now. Hm. I’m glad you are realizing that it’s not the end of the world! I’ve been trying to figure that out.
It’s truly lovely weather. Thank you!
Living in the times of the early Church would be neat. Going to the lions or some other sort of death would be a risk, yes, but to hear the gospel from the lips of the witnesses would be incredible! And maybe, I’d be able to find an answer to that burning question: who wrote Hebrews?!
Apparently, I also have an inadvertent accent at times. I don’t know why. I don’t even know what accent I’m using… I’ve been told ‘European’, but that’s very vague.
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Yes, it really would be amazing to hear the gospel from actual witnesses! Think of the stories. I wonder a lot what it was like to BE there, you know. It’s insane. Ooh, yes, I want to know who wrote Hebrews too!
Haha, nice. 🙂 ‘European’ is rather vague, but maybe it’s because you are using a vague conglomeration of several European accents?