Mystery Blogger Award

I was pleasantly surprised to be nominated by Brett @brett_milam for A Mystery Blogger Award after enjoying his varietal blog, Milam’s Musings. Starting this project was a mystery even to myself as I originally set out to create an author’s page and ended up creating a yard sale of thoughts to run throughout the seasons.

The mystery blogger award was first started by Okoto Enigma as a way to shine a spotlight on amazing blogs. It works similar to a chain letter, but without those creepy threats at the end about what might happen if you don’t participate. To find out more about the award’s origins check out the delightful blog, Portals Into Books.

The Rules

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

3 About Me

  1. I have my Master’s in Science as a Reading Specialist, which means I’m an amazing reader; oh, and also, I can help people who struggle with reading and reading comprehension to improve their literacy skills. I’ve been teaching for over fifteen years with students ranging from adults to preschool age.
  2. I’m an adventure junkie. I love to travel even if it’s just planning a new outing in a neighboring city. I love researching new places, finding the perfect restaurants, site-seeing locations and circling the must-see sights along the way. There’s just too much of the world that I want to see with my own eyes to stay in one place too long.
  3. It’s probably no mystery to my readers, but music is one of my biggest muses. I enjoy listening to new music each week and picking out my favorites. Music is like a box of chocolate that comes with a guide. I also play guitar and piano—-with very little accuracy. Music accompanies me on many of my daily tasks and it is a true companion to my writing.

5 Fresh Questions

  1. If you were a tree, what tree would you be, and why?
  2. Would you rather be able to rewind your life or fast-forward your life?
  3. What is your favorite place that you’ve ever traveled to in all of your wanderings?
  4. What is your favorite band or musical artist?
  5. Would you rather spend lockdown in an amusement park or in a library?

My Nominations

  1. Uli’s
  2. C.M. Rivers self-titled blog
  3. A New England Poet’s PoemShape
  4. Shayna V.’s Blue Dreams Poetry

My Questions:

1.What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

It’s so hard to pick just one. Well, I played roller derby for many years, so hitting people around on skates was a pretty daring adventure. I’d also say kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland as there’s nothing like hanging upside down on the side of a medieval castle by your feet to really get the blood pumping.

2. What relatively normal food will you absolutely not eat?

The ‘absolute’ in this question makes it very difficult for me to answer. I like to think that in the right recipe, there’s nothing I won’t try. I did not eat beef for over twelve years, but reintroduced it in my diet after discovering I was slightly anemic. I truly abhor cotton candy. Not sure that’s a normal food, but you couldn’t get me to eat that sticky sugary mess.

3. Who is your favorite historical figure from the 20th century?

My favorite historical figure from the 20th century said, “I believe the most important virtue in all the world is courage. Because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues.” Maya Angelou changed the way people look at the world with her words.

4. If you were transported to the setting of the book you’re currently reading or the most recent movie you watched, where would you be?

America isn’t what it used to be. Cities have become sovereign reign city-states and some parts have been completely destroyed by natural disasters. Huge road kill roam the streets of L.A., but it’s all okay because most people spend their days in the Metaverse, a virtual world of perpetual darkness with a monorail that is safe from the violence of the real word. At least, for now, it’s safe. I just started the novel, Snow Crasher by Neal Stephenson. So far, so spectacular.

5. What’s the first thing you’re going to do when the pandemic is truly over?

When the pandemic ends, I want to get tickets to a live concert with a group of my stir-crazy friends. Live music, free movement, sweaty dancing while drinking from real glasses—all without the fear of germs.

Thank you again to Brett for nominating my blog, Yard Sale of Thoughts. I’m new to the blogging world, and even creating a post like this was a tutorial for me. I’m glad to get christened into this new world of creativity. Cheers to 2021 and all of the new stories, poems, and passion-filled posts that lie ahead.

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