- You must make a post to show your award on your main blog.
- You must tag the person who nominated you in your post.
- You must nominate all of your best buddies, and those whom you want to become best buddies with, who, to your knowledge, have not been nominated, for this award. (Although this rule is more flexible, it would seem, and has been bent several times now. :))
- You must ask your buddies at least 15 questions on your post.
- You must answer all of the questions your buddies ask you. On your post.
*I apologize to you two for taking sooo long to post this. 😦
Here are my answers to Michael’s questions
- Favorite book?
- Why must you ask that?! Let’s see. There’s the Bible, of course, which is written by God Himself, His very words — hard to beat. 😉 In the regular-old-human-author genre, I like Stepping Heavenward, the Chronicles of Narnia, Pearl Maiden, the Viking Quest series, The Bronze Bow, and To Have and To Hold. I don’t know if I necessarily have one favorite. 😦 If I had to pick… hmm. It would depend on what mood I was in when you asked me. 😉 There. I have successfully evaded the question. ;P
- Favorite movie?
- I don’t like picking favorites! I might have to say either the 1996 BBC Pride and Prejudice or the 2010 BBC Emma. But I also love the 2007 Sense and Sensibility and Disney’s Narnias (give or take a few scenes). And I like Frozen, too — when it comes to animated movies. Again, I will evade the question…
- Favorite game?
- Probably chess (as far as board games go)
- If you had to choose between your phone or your computer which would it be?
- Easy — my computer (though it’s not technically mine). I don’t have a phone. ;P
- If your best friend’s life was on one side, and the lives of everyone else in the world was on the other, which would you choose?
- The lives of everyone else in the world (that way I get to stay alive!). ;P Okay. It would be an awful choice to have to make, but I think I would probably explain to best friend (probably one of my siblings 🙂 the situation, and they would hopefully understand. But thank goodness I don’t actually have to make this choice!
- How do you reconcile killing in the military with the sixth commandment (if you reconcile it all)? (I am being super philosophical right now. 😉 )
- The 6th commandment forbids murder, not killing — something God commands in other places in the Bible such as the conquest of Canaan and as punishment for murder. Murder is taking the life of another in cold blood, that is, without the victim being able to defend himself. War involves the individuals in both parties openly putting their lives on the line for the cause of their side, and therefore the killing is not murder. Furthermore, on the battlefield, the combat and killing is a matter of self-defense. Of course, all this does not diminish the fact that killing — no matter the reason — destroys life and shatters families, and consequently, war should only be engaged cautiously and for worthwhile reasons.
- Okay, a morelight hearted question. Chocolate or vanilla?
- Chocolate — especially chocolate milk! Except for, I think, when it comes to ice cream. Chocolate ice cream does not taste quite like chocolate…
- Would you swim laps or go cross-country running?
- I haven’t done much of either. But I like running, and I like the country, so I’ll go with the latter.
- When did you start writing?
- I started writing when I was really little — A, B, C. Okay, I’m not exactly sure when the precise date was. I used to hate writing because I did so badly at it and didn’t like what I had to write about. Mom worked and worked with difficult me on it, and I finally got the point where I could write well, at least, enough to get better feedback on my papers. When I realized I could do well at it, I started liking it more and more. It’s been a kind of gradual process, starting probably sometime in middle school.
- When did you finish your first novel?
- I haven’t started. ;P
- What is the most important part of a story?
- The characters. If you have unrealistic, undeveloped, unoriginal/too stereotypical, boring, our poorly picked characters, the story will flop — no matter what your writing style. And vice versa — if you have good characters, people will read your work, even if your style is a little awkward.
- If you had to describe a nine-dimensional world in one sentence, how would you do it? (Yes, I am cheating a bit, but who knows? I may get inspired. XD)
- A nine-dimensional world is a world with nine dimensions. (Lame, I know.) Frankly, I’m not exactly sure what I nine-dimensional world is, so I’m left with sarcasm… 😦
- If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
- I really don’t know. I kind of like my name… Maybe something with Elizabeth, since that is my middle name. But then, I love Katharina. Then again, the dream fantasy name I made up for myself (when I came up with Halaran) was Aeriana. So, I don’t know. (If you can’t tell, I struggle with being decisive.)
- Given the choice of a ten million dollars or a close friend, which would you choose?
- $10 million would bring you a lot of friends. ;P I don’t know. I have some friends (though not exactly a ‘bosom friend’) already, and I’m close with my siblings and all, so I’m tempted to be pragmatic. And I guess I could always just go through life making friends the way I am now… So I guess I’ll pick the cash — there are so many things you could do with it!
- What world leader do you admire the most, and why?
- Among those living, uh, I don’t really know. Among those in history, I like admire Napoleon and Winston Churchill for their powerful speaking skills and George Washington (though he wasn’t exactly world leader) because of his humility, perseverance, and character. And I’m not sure if Jesus counts as a world leader, since He wasn’t really a political leader, but if so, I like Him best because of His humility, love, wisdom, power, selflessness, speaking abilities, self-sacrifice, and all around for being God with us!
My answers to Sarah’s questions~ 1. How many novels have you written, if any?
- Zero. I’m a bit of an ambitious perfectionist, and to me, a book has to be great enough to be read a hundred years from now to be worth writing and publishing among the humongous market for them out there. ;P Like Amy says in Little Women about art: “Rome took all the vanity out of me. I want to be great or nothing.”
2. If you could live in any book, which one would it be?
- One of the Chronicles of Narnia — probably either one of the ones with the four children and/or Caspian in them (i.e. not LB). They’re just hard to beat! 🙂
3. Favorite snack?
- Cheese-its! And I love anything with chocolate!
4. If you could have any pet, including mythical creatures, what would it be? (Don’t take maintenance into consideration.)
- Love your parenthecital remark! Not taking that into consideration, I would have a pet unicorn — something akin to Jewel in The Last Battle. 🙂
5. What are your favorite genres to read and/or write?
- Historical fiction and fantasy — both to read and to write. 🙂
6. What are your pet peeves?
- Hmm. I don’t like fingernails on a chalkboard, stuff laying all over my bed when I want to get in/on it (there’s this girl who always leaves stuff on it), not being able to find the thing I just set down 30 seconds ago, having to put down a project or a book right in the middle of an exciting part, and that’s all I can come up with right now. A rather pathetic list, I know… Sigh.
7. If you could take the skill of any author, which one would it be and why?
- Too many authors! I love Jane Austen’s witty commentary on characters, but I think I may have to go with C.S. Lewis. He wrote Narnia and was an amazingly clever thinker and writer. 🙂
8. Which book character (or characters) do you most relate to?
- When I first read the question, my reaction was a rather blank, “Uhh…” I guess I will go with Lucy Pevensie. (Narnia again!) She is curious, innocent, and optimistic (not that I am necessarily all those things all the time, but I think she’s the closest to me I’m coming up with right now.)
9. What is your favorite music genre and/ or artist?
- I like Celtic-style hymns best, I think. My favorite artist is Michael Card (and, among other things, he does Celtic-style hymns!) But I like classical music — Mozart, Vivaldi, some of the more livelier composers — a lot, too.
10. Love triangles: yay or nay?
11. What makes a book good?
- As I wrote for Michael’s question, good characters make a good book. If you have unrealistic, undeveloped, unoriginal/too stereotypical, boring, our poorly picked characters, the story will flop — no matter what your writing style. And vice versa — if you have good characters, people will read your work, even if your style is a little awkward.
12. Surprise! Your novel is being made into a movie. Who do you want to be a part of the production? (Could be actors, directors, soundtrack writers, etc.)
- Well, since I don’t have a novel, this is a little hard to answer… I might pick Andrew Davies (from Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility) as screenwriter and maybe Harry Gregson-Williams (of Narnia fame) as composer. Actors I like include: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keenes, and Ramola Garai among others.
13. Which superpower would you chose and why?
- This is hard! Well, invisibility is just about impossible to beat. But flying would be amazing, too! Perhaps I’d pick flying invisibly… 😉
14. Favorite book growing up?
- I kind of still am growing up. 😉 But when I was younger… Hmm. I know I remember reading the short little books that made up the story The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe — the little ones we got from Chik-fil-A 😉 with Dad and liking those (maybe that’s why I’m addicted). One of my favorite series growing up was the Promised Land Diaries — historical fiction set in Bible times and written in diary form.
15. Do you kill your characters left and right, or do you do keep them alive at all costs?
- I probably tend to keep them alive. (:> I don’t really like killing people…
Okay. And even though everybody seems to have been nominated at least twice, here are my nominees~
Just because I want to see some of ya’ll’s answers to these questions… And, nominees, here I will note that you need not feel compelled to do this if you don’t want to since I realize the BBBA™ craze is kind of over… And to all CW classmates whom I was not able to officially nominate, feel free to comment or answer some or all of the questions on your own blogs or in the comments. I would nominate all of you if I could! 🙂
Here are my questions:
- Do you play an instrument? If so, which one? And if you could play any instrument you don’t already play, which would you pick?
- What is your favorite parable of Jesus?
- Mexican food or Italian – which is do you like better?
- Favorite dessert?
- What is your favorite hymn/sacred song? Favorite Christmas carol? Why
- If you could be amazing at any sport, what would you pick?
- Which Star Wars is the best? And do you like the Prequels or the Trilogy better?
- In Little Women (the one with Winona Ryder), have you ever noticed the drool string between Laurie and Jo when they kiss?
- What is your dream weapon – Excalibur? A light saber? Susan’s bow and arrows? A [boring!] .22? (And you don’t actually have to know how or be able to use it.)
- Is Jane Austen only for girls?
- Do you prefer the chronicles of Narnia in chronological order or in the order they were written?
- Have you ever sung out loud ‘Let It Go’ — even if no one else could hear you?
- If you could pick any time in the Bible to live, when would you pick?
- If you could only read on Old Testament and one New Testament book for the rest of your life (God forbid 🙂 ), which would you pick?
- And finally, is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? On that note, do you say tom-AY-to or tom-AH-to?
I hope you enjoy! 🙂