Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award logo.

Thank you to Tirza @Tirza Reads for nominating me as part of the Mystery Blogger Award, which was started by Okoto Enigma. Okoto said they created the award essentially as a way to spotlight “amazing blogs.” It works like one of those pay-it-forward chains, where it just keeps going and going to shout-out people. But also, it’s a neat way to ask/answer questions and learn about fellow bloggers. You can read more about it from Okoto here.

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.

Three Things About Myself

  • I’m an editor of a weekly newspaper in Ohio, responsible for covering, writing, editing, and laying out the stories of the week.
  • I enjoy reading, watching horror movies, and as should be not much of a surprise going by the above, I am very much a political junkie.
  • I’ve been tandem skydiving twice now (albeit the second time with one less kidney, which is another thing about me), and would happily do it again. It’s a great experience.

Tirza’s Questions

  1. Who is one book character you relate to/identify with?

It has to be Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter books, and not just because he’s ginger. He’s also deathly, rightly afraid of spiders! But also because I related to being part of a big family and trying to find my place within it, as well as trying to find out who I am. With Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, they are already well-footed in a way (not to say they don’t have a lot of growth throughout the series, as they do), but Harry clearly has a bigger destiny, and Hermione is brilliant. Ron needs to find his own lane. Plus, he’s clumsy, goofy, but fiercely loyal. I would ascribe those traits to myself.

  1. Which author/poet would you like to meet?

Oooh, that’s a hard one! For things like this, I try to just go with the first name that pops into my head, and for that, it has to be R.L. Stine. He has had the greatest influence on me, not just in the reading realm, but to also venture out and write stories, too. I would love to sit down and pick his spooky brain.

  1. Where was the best place you have traveled to (in fiction or in real life)?

I’ve been fortunate to travel to a lot of cool places, but my favorite still remains Colorado. Nothing quite compares to the mountains and having them be a regular feature in your life. Fiction-wise, well, Hogwarts, right?! Magic!

  1. What is your favorite “reading spots”? (For example: an armchair by a window, your backyard, etc.)

This is a boring answer, but my bed. I do 99.9 percent of my reading in my bed. I’ve tried outside, bookstores, cafes, other areas in the house, but I get the most lost in a book when simply reading it from bed. The downside to that as I’ve gotten older is it both kills my neck and makes me sleepier!

  1. Do you have a favorite movie adaptation of a book? Or do you believe “the book is always better”?

It’s funny you ask this, as I was just talking with someone today about Stephen King book adaptations. Okay, so, the book is always better, even up against the best of the adaptations. The one exception to this rule that I can think of is Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club. The book is great and I’m always inspired by Palahniuk’s work, but it’s hard to beat that film with Brad Pitt’s performance. He makes good source material great.

Link to My Favorite Post:

Yikes, I’m going to confine this to this year, so I don’t overtax my awful memory. So, “Being Squeezed by the Sunday Blues,” is probably my favorite recent-ish one because I think I tapped into something a lot of people can relate to.

I Nominate (keeping it to five) …

Yard Sale of Thoughts @karenhartless, Rusted Honey @nancybotta, Everyday Joe: Ramblings & Poems, @neojoe2013, So-called Poetry of Biba @mysocalledpoetry, and Warren Watched a Movie @warenwatchedamovie. To be honest, I have no idea if those actually notify the individuals or not, but welp.

My Questions:

  1. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
  2. What relatively normal food will you absolutely not eat?
  3. Who is your favorite historical figure from the 20th century?
  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?
  5. What’s the first thing you’re going to do when the pandemic is truly over?

Thank you again to Tirza, and to everyone who participates! Something fun for us all here in the blogging world. No pressure or anything. If you don’t want to do it, that’s okay!

6 thoughts

  1. Wonderful answers, Brett! Thanks for participating. 🙂 I think that’s really neat that you would want to meet R. L. Stine. I actually have never read a Goosebumps book or anything else if his, so I would love to check out his work sometime!

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    1. Thank you, Tirza! It was fun! And my favorite series of his was actually the Fear Street books, which at the time I read them, probably would’ve been a couple years too early since it was more for teens, but I couldn’t get enough of ’em.

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