First, for Abby's award-and-questions!
1. Thank and link to the blogger/s who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions
3. Nominate/tag 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions
Do you have a hero (someone who has inspired you)?
Several! One of the most influential being C. S. Lewis:)
Books touch us all: which book or story has touched you in particular?
Well, here's a list of some of the stories that have stayed with me over time, that have changed the way I look at something:
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
the Redwall books by Brian Jacques
BBC Robin Hood TV series
Wow. Bet you never saw those coming…;-P
What was one of the most ridiculous things you have done in front of a stranger?
Probably the wave-when-they're-not-waving-at-you thing. Or something like that;)
Do you have any pastimes or hobbies?
Well…I like to write poetry, crochet, and make bookmarks. *cracks up at how incredibly homeschooler-y that sounds…but then, I am homeschooled, so, you know…*
What is a book or movie that you fangirl over excessively?
Don't say 'Robin Hood'. Don't say 'Robin Hood'! They already know that one. Hmm…let's say the 25th anniversary concert edition of 'The Phantom of the Opera'?
What are some of your life's goals/dreams (say as little or as much as you like…)?
Hmm. Well, obviously, I want to be a light in the world for Christ and help to bring others to Him. Also, whatever He'd like for me to do. I don't honestly have that many dreams, I guess…I have plans, to which I'm looking forward, but that's not exactly the same thing. The dreams I do have are not all that big or fantastical, but they're amusing, so I shall share them;)
~ I want to be in a musical (preferably more than one, and preferably in an at least semi-leading role and WOW that sounded egotistical)
~ I want to get to Disney World someday XD
~ I kind of want to visit Europe to walk The Way. You know, that trail people do? I think it's the trail of St. James, but anyway, it's apparently quite something.
What is something you wished you were better at?
Weeeeeeellll…I wish, sometimes, that I had a slightly stronger voice. I have a good voice, I suppose, coming from five years of choir, but it's a little, shall we say…lighter than I'd like it. And sometimes I wish it was stronger, or darker-toned (that sounds weird but isn't, I promise). But I'm getting over that, slowly:) I also sometimes wish I was better at creating different kinds of handwriting, more elegant types. And there's more, but 't'is hardly healthy for me to go on in this strain, so…moving on;)
What character from a book or movie do you love?
Pardon me? Did you--you didn't--you did! *gasp* 'What character'? Not characters?;-P Very well, I guess you just mean, pick a random one? I shall comply.
Garth from Secondhand Lions
I know we all love Hub (myself included), and he's certainly the more, I suppose, charismatic of the two brothers, but I don't think we talk about Garth enough. Garth is pretty awesome in his own right. I love his quiet nurturing, and how he takes care of Hub and Walter. And his dry sense of humor is hilarious: "Now, boys. You're fixin' to let them teenage hormones get you into a world o' hurt."
What character from a book or movie do you hate?
Denethor. His picture sha'n't even taint the face of this blog unless absolutely necessary.
Have you ever cried when reading a book?
Yep. Not very often, but, as Print Ritter would say, "there's been a few." I try to keep a mental list, but I feel like I'm always missing one.
~ Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
~ The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
~ A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
~ Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
and I thiiiiink I cried the first time I read Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Where would your dream vacation be?
Disney World. As specified previously, hehe XD Or Prince Edward Island *siiiiiigh*
On to Hamlette's award-and-questions!
I completely forgot to include the rules for the Liebster award when I first posted this. Here they are!
b) Share eleven facts about yourself
c) Nominate up to eleven other bloggers
d) Ask those nominees 11 new questions
(And yes, I realize that I didn't include eleven facts about myself…or come up with eleven new questions for those I nominated…profuse apologies and all that, but you'll just have to make do with the ones I was asked.)
Do you have a favorite mug or teacup?
Not rea--oh, wait, there is this one plain blue one that I really like. It's very big, and very pretty:) And then I think there's a Disney princess one lying around here somewhere…
Are you an adventurous eater? (Do you try "strange" foods?)
What fandoms are you into?
Oh, guuuuuuuurrrrllll…. (I won't include pictures, because we'd be here all day)
BBC Robin Hood
The Lord of the Rings
My Fair Lady
The Phantom of the Opera
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
The Princess Bride
The Philadelphia Story
Once Upon a Time (occasionally)
Gilmore Girls (occasionally)
The Book Thief
The Parent Trap
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Those are in no particular order, and I realize most of them aren't official fandoms, and that I've probably left out a huge one, but I don't care;) Oh, and I might, MIGHT be slowly entering the Sherlock fandom. You're welcome;) I've watched bits and pieces before, and I liked them, but since I'm *cough* easily frightened by "crime shows" like that, I thought it wasn't to be, BUT I watched some more recently, and…my interest is piqued again. I already know the basic plot lines and spoilers, but not all of them, so…we'll see:)
What famous author/book do you not really care for?
Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Yes. I know. There are exceptions, I promise, but overall…just not doin' it for me.
What obscure author/book are you nuts about?
Brian Jacques. His stuff is ahmazing, y'all. You missed out big-time if your childhood didn't include listening to his stories on audio.
WHAT JUST HAPPENED
Aaaack, no, my heart! :'(
What's the oldest movie you've ever watched?
Most likely Bringing Up Baby.
"The riverbed's changed!"
What did you have for breakfast today?
Well, I actually haven't had it yet (I'm going to have a brunch-thingy, probably), but I will most likely have eggs and tomato or pita chips and salsa:)
When did you first see your favorite movie?
As we all know that I could not possibly narrow down my favorite movie in any reasonable span of time, I'll just go with my childhood favorite, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. (I'll be writing a review soon, by the way, and prepare thyself for fangirling!) I first watched that…gosh, I don't know. I must've been maybe seven?
Do you prefer fantasy or sci-fi?
I'm actually not the biggest fan of either, but I suppose fantasy. That's a bit of a broader field, and I have more favorites therein:D
What did you expect your blog to be like when you started it?
I can't really remember. I believe I thought it would mainly be for school friends, and that I'd mainly write only reviews, and that mainly about LotR. I did not expect to have followers outside of my personal circle, and I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. You guys bring so much happiness to my day!:D
Has it changed? If so, how?
Well, I've regrettably fallen behind on my LotR posting, but I do plan to get back on that, since I LOVE those stories, and they deserved to be talked about! But I have opened up to more topics of discussion here on the blog, and I think that's good, since I do have so many stories I love. However, I do feel that, like some other bloggers have shared, I tend to try and "be like" other blogs I admire. And I appreciate the great ideas I've gotten from those blogs, but I also think that I need to guard against trying to morph into those blogs. They are AWESOME and I love them, but I shouldn't be a copy-cat, now, should I?
Whew! Thanks, Hamlette! And thanks again to you both:)
Now then. I nominate all of my readers for both awards (whichever you haven't done, do, and if that includes both, well, so much the better!) if they'd like to fill them out, but more specifically, I award these people (sorry for the absence of links) :
Paperdollmom at Haunted Verse
Amanda at A Practical Dreamer
Meredith at Two Books in My Pocket
Miss March at Sunshiny Corner
Miss Evelyn (Evie) at Letters from Avonlea
Natalie at Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens
Laura at An Odd Blog
…That's all I can think of for now, but if I've forgotten to list you, please do fill out the award!:D