Nominated for the Sunshine Award

I must thank first and foremost for nominating me for the Sunshine Award which is an award given to those bloggers who have inspired others. This is my first award so please join me in celebrating!

My understanding is that the acceptance of this award is simple by the rules.

The rules Are:

1. Nominate 10 other blogs
2. Write 11 facts about yourself

So below is a list of ten blogs which have inspired me in one way or another, whether it be in the traditional sense, or in a less traditional way, but in all cases are well worth your visit. Forever known to me as Mr. McKay, he was my high school creative writing teacher and a well published author too!

And now, 11 things about me!

1. When I was still young in school I was an awful speller. My mother kept some of my assignments and I try to read them now and it’s just impossible. I don’t even think some of the words had vowels in them!

2. Watching BBC shows makes me talk in a British accent for at least half an hour afterwards.

3. I will never love again the same way I have loved J.R.R. Tolkien’s works. No other author has launched my imagination, spurred me into my own writing pursuits, or earned as much respect from me as this man. If I could be a tenth as imaginative, creative, well spoken and well written as him I would consider myself a master.

4. In high school one of our assignments after reading Romeo & Juliet was to write and act out our own version of it in front of our class. I convinced my group to do a Lord of the Rings theme and we ended up with Fromeo & Juluk, the star-crossed tale of Hobbit and Orc lovers. All I can say is I am glad phone cameras weren’t in use yet but it WAS super fun!

5. Through the crazy connections only found through the internet, I wound up with the e-mail address of the casting director’s e-mail for The Chronicle’s of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I proceeded to have a short conversation with her about auditioning but was told 16 was an age too old for their parameters. Perhaps that was for the better. Even though I believed in myself, I really had no acting experience. It was, however, a landmark for me since because I was a shy child, boldly making the first approach for something as full of gravitas as approaching a casting director even by e-mail was huge for me.

6. Grade 2 saw me write my first major work. It involved a unicorn, my wooded backyard and my dog. I believe it rang in at about 6 pages and I was so proud of it, I read it out loud to my class at nearly every share time which was probably at about every new additional page. No one said anything to me but I think my classmates knew it as well as I did.

7. I have never felt better than giving a bag of groceries to the person living under a bridge near an apartment I used to live in. You should try it sometime.

8. I’ve been to the Vatican museums in Rome three times all at different times in the year over a span of about ten years. Every time I go the hall hosting the Prima Porta Augustus is locked and all I can ever see through the gate is his arm rising up out of his little alcove in the distance. I almost went into nerd rage the last time it happened. My friend went three days later and the hall was opened. Just don’t get me started.

9.  Though I may lose some friends and followers over this confession, I didn’t “get” Despicable Me.  Sorry Minions, you just weren’t that funny.  Despicable Me 2, however, is a different story.

10.  I can’t watch scary movies. After watching Jurassic Park as a child and being terrified of raptors jumping out at me from the linen closets, I decided it just wasn’t worth it. I think Alien is about as scary as it has ever gotten.

11.  Learning how to ride a horse is one of the most terrifying and yet exhilarating experiences one can have. It kind of sets you free and I will love those horse riding years for many more to come.


8 thoughts on “Nominated for the Sunshine Award

  1. There are some things I didn’t know about you. Thanks for sharing.
    love you.
    ps it also calmed me down a bit and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, read the previous email “angry”


    Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2014 03:23:29 +0000

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