Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I'm so excited to announce that Heather @ Sometimes I'm A Story has nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

  • thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. (done!)
  • put the award logo on your blog. (yep)
  • answer the ten questions they’ve set you.
  • make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • nominate ten people.


1. You’re about to be thrown in jail with a fictional character of your choice—who is the character and how do you escape? Oh, goodness. I would pick Aragorn from Lord of the Rings, because he's awesome enough he should be able to break out of jail, while nice enough that he won't leave me there. We'd probably escape because Aragorn does all the work (ha!), or Gondor and/or Imladris sends troops to free him.

2. What is your favorite social media site? If blogging doesn't count as social media (because blogging is fun!), then I'd say Twitter. I've met lots of lovely people there and it's great to promote others with.

3. If you were a deity [YOU], what sacrifices would you demand from your pilgrims? ME. KNEEL BEFORE YOUR QUEEN. *cough* sorry, got carried away. Other than gold & other pretty gems, which are sort of obvious, I would also demand books. In return, I shall gift them with my writing. (I can't be worse than the Vogon.)

4. Which is more important to you: a satisfying ending or relatable characters? Relatable characters. If the characters are such a turn-off that I stopped reading, I won't get to the ending. And characters make up much of the story, unlike the ending which makes up, well, the end.

5. What is the hardest thing for you to write about? I find it very difficult to write anything set in the real world, even urban fantasy or historical stuff. I like to defamiliarise the problems around us in imaginary world, explore different dynamics of what exists.

6. What are the top seven ways you would repurpose a lonely sock?

  • Match with another sock for home use
  • Art practice; time to whip out those plastic eyes!
  • Towel?
  • If I had a dog/cat, as a toy?
  • Confidante?
  • ack, I really don't know.

7. Do you have a favorite archetype to read or write? I like monarchs/leaders who at least to some extent have their people's best interests at heart. I see them a lot, but I'm not sure what it's called.

8. Has a book ever given you important wedding planning advice? Actually, yes! The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket taught me that it doesn't count if you sign with your off hand. Ha!

9. In the event that you were forced to take a ride on top of a car, how would you secure yourself? I don't know ... stretch myself on top, wrap those rope things around my torso and cling to the front?

10. What is your favorite story no one has ever heard of? Ooh yes. A story written in ancient Chinese. Quick summary: due to the Emperor's poor policy, a guy dies. He asks his friend to take his body to the Emperor. The friend chops his head off and presents it to the Emperor on a dish. The Emperor repents, of course. It's morbid and delightful.
And now my questions for my nominees:
  1. Would you be a wealthy-beyond-belief merchant, a priest, a king, or an assassin? (Kudos to those who recognise the reference!)
  2. High/epic fantasy or urban fantasy?
  3. What was the last classic you read? Did you enjoy it?
  4. What was the last book you read that was out of your comfort zone but enjoyable?
  5. A book series that you are dying to finish? (reading- or writing-wise)
  6. A book you really really want to read/write?
  7. You are about to be marooned on an island. You get a pistol and a book. Which book?
  8. Which subject would you love to read/write a nonfiction book about?
  9. What do you drink when you're reading or writing?
  10. Favourite book-to-movie adaptation?
Drumroll please, for the nominees!
Don't feel obliged to do it, only if you want to. Most important thing: have fun!

What did you think of my answers? Are any of yours the same, or wildly different? Answer a few of them below in the comments!

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  1. I love these questions! If I were thrown in jail, I think I'd pick Gen from The Queen's Thief series as my cellmate. He usually escapes (usually) and at the very least he'd be someone interesting to talk to :)

    1. Mmm, yes, Heather sets the best questions for tags. They're super fun. I've never read The Queen's Thief, but interesting conversation would be a plus in a jailmate. Thanks for reading!

  2. Oh, these are awesome. I have to admit I'd probably pick the same sacrifices, and those choices in sock repurposing are a-maz-ing. (Also, I felt like giving everyone a divergence test on the fly, sort of.) Morbid and delightful stories are great, as is Lemony Snicket. Awesome all the way! :)

    1. The sacrifices couldn't be anything else. BOOKS. WORDS. The sock repurposing was really difficult, but according to Twitter, using it as a confidante is rad. And all hail Lemonade Sticker ;) Thanks so much for nominating me, Heather!

    2. Absolutely! :D XD Lemonade Sticker.

    3. But when you think on it, the element of absurdity fits the series quite well :)

  3. Ooh, THANK YOU. XD This looks exciting and fun. But gaaawsh, a pistol and a book? That is an awesome question firstly, and secondly, gee, I would probably pick a how-to-manual since I can't shoot. xD HHAHA. *ahem*

    Too true! I learnt that wonderful wedding advice from Lemony Snicket too. ;-)
    Twitter wins the internet too. x) It's probably my favourite after, obviously blogging. OH WAIT. After goodreads, I love goodreads.

    1. You're welcome! Ha, a how-to manual does sound more practical. I didn't think of that at all. Oh, and how could I forget Goodreads? So much TBR-marking and fangirling! Although I'm rather new to gr, so I stand by my choice. Thanks for reading, Cait, and enjoy answering the questions!

  4. Thank you!

    I cannot concoct evil plots based on your weaknesses because you seem to show none. This could set me back in world domination plans! :o xD

    1. You're very welcome! Oh dear, indeed? I *knew* I was flawless. JOIN ME, and together we can rule the galaxy! ;P

  5. Haha, I love your answers! If I were to attach myself to the top of a car, I think I just...wouldn't. I'd probably just fall off.
    Also, thank you for the nomination! I have a bit of a history of forgetting tags (oops) but I'll go and bookmark this page now and hopefully that will do the trick.

    1. Thanks! Yeah, that was my gut reaction too, but I considered from a logical perspective befitting an INTJ. *nods*

      And you're welcome! Hope to see your post :)

  6. omfg hahaha repurposing the sock as a confidante seems like a lovely idea to me heh. Anyway, thanks so much for the tag, Alyssa! I cannot wait to answer your questions :)

    1. Yep, using socks as a confidante seems popular, judging from the comments and Twitter. I'll keep it in mind next time I lose a sock. You're welcome, Melanie! So excited to read your answers!

  7. Aah, thanks for tagging me, Alyssa! Your answers are pretty marvelous, of course; your response to the sock question was rather amusing, haha, and Aragorn is simply fantastic, so. /end discussion. Also, I love old stories like that tale about the Emperor who's presented with a decapitated head--they're generally so strange and interesting to read, though sometimes also rather morbid, haha!

    I don't usually post tags on my blog, but I certainly appreciate you tagging me--and just for you, I'll answer some of the questions here!

    2. I used to love pretty much any kind of fantasy, whether epic or urban, but lately I've been finding myself drawn more to urban fantasy, whether historical or contemporary. I think it's because I've been on a contemporary/realistic fiction kick for awhile, so I've been drawn to fantasy novels that incorporate our world into the story. And I just love the dynamic of having magic woven into our everyday world!

    3. I think the last classic I read was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and I quite enjoyed it! Very well-written, with a marvelously interesting story. Very, very good!

    8. If I were to write a nonfiction book, I would probably write it about some aspect of the Holocaust. Ever since I was first introduced to Anne Frank's diary, the Holocaust has stuck with me, and if I could help the world remember it in some way, or illuminate some lesser-known aspect of it, that would mean a lot to me.

    10. I have quite a few favorite book-to-movie adaptations, but my top three are: the Lord of the Rings movies, the Harry Potter movies (particularly the first three and the last two), and The Fault in Our Stars. ALL SO GLORIOUS.

    Thanks again, Alyssa--and once more, great post!

    1. Mmm, yes, those ancient tales had such morbid imagination. Possibly why I adore myths and fairytales.

      I did not know that about your blog and tags, but I'll keep it in mind next time! Thanks so much for answering the questions nonetheless :) I actually adore reading epic/high fantasy, but when I write, I also get the urge to show magic in our world! I really can't decide between the two, ahaha. And I would love to read a Holocaust book by you - I loved The Reader and The Book Thief and I'm dying to read Prisoner of Night and Fog, so that dynamic really fascinates me. DID YOU WATCH THE HOBBIT THOUGH.

    2. Don't worry about it! Even when I'm not posting them, it's still so fun to see my name in the nominations. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. ;)

      I adored The Book Thief--one of my all-time favorite books!--but I haven't read The Reader yet. I do have a copy sitting in my closet waiting for me, though, so I might have to make it a priority now! Prisoner of Night and Fog is on my to-read list, too. I've also read some really amazing memoirs written by survivors and rescuers during the Holocaust.

      Well, I watched the first two Hobbit movies, but I haven't seen The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies yet. Sooo want to see it soon, though! (Also, I forgot--the Narnia movies and the Hunger Games movies are both awesome, too!)

    3. The Reader was actually my assigned text, but it's still quite good. And Battle of Five Armies is just ALL THE FEELZ. (But they bastardized some bits of canon. Long will I tarry ere I begin a war for gold, anyone?) I loved Catching Fire, but I can't believe I missed Mockingjay 1 - so desperate for it to come out on DVD!

  8. UGH, Blogger keeps deleting my comment whenever it gets too long and I am kind of really pissed off right now. *shakes fist* Thanks a lot, crappy wifi. ;)

    Okay, so, let's try this one more time: I am LOVING these answers. I'm with you on #6 - because come on, we can't all be as lucky as Sherlock to have a skull for a confidante, so I guess a sock will have to do instead! Also: yesyesyesYES for #4. It's all about the people - incredible characters trump a good ending any day, no?

    I have to add this, even though you didn't tag me: I UNDERSTOOD THE REFERENCE IN YOUR FIRST QUESTION. And I am eager to see what everybody says in answer to that one... *laughs forever*

    1. Oh dear, I'm so sorry about that. Blogger is sometimes so annoying. *glares* I've developed a habit of c&ping comments on any sort of site just in case my wi-fi crashes at an inopportune moment.

      I really loved that sock question, even though it stumped me in the end! Although I can't believe I forgot giving it to Dobby, who is a FREE ELF! *reminisces on HP* Actually, so long as the characters aren't intolerable, it's possible for me to like a book based solely on plot. But relatable characters will make me melt into a fangirling mess of FEELZ.

      YAY FOR REFERENCES! *high-fives* Maybe I should include a section next time for "people who don't normally do tags but will be tagged anyways due to awesomeness". Thanks for reading, Topaz, and persevering in posting your comment - it means the world!


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