Like the blogger who nominated me, I usually don’t do these award thingys. Just not my cuppa. But when I saw this one – and realized that it didn’t involve follower-mongering or asinine blog stunts – I figured, “What the heck? This could be fun.”
And it was. So without further adieu, here are the rules for this award:
1. Thank the person who nominated you:
Thank you very much to Chief of the Least for the Awesome Blog Content nomination. I found your blog through Pastor Cardwell at Justification By Grace, and reading it has been a blessing, an encouragement, an inspiration, and a source of humor. God bless!
2. There is no limit to how many fellow bloggers you can nominate:
Gosh. That being the case, I encourage you to check out the Sites of Interest page. All of the blogs and websites listed there are worthy of your attention. Off-hand, however, here are a few I recommend:
- Tried With Fire – Persis describes herself as “a Christian homeschooling mom, medical transcriptionist, amateur theologue, very amateur writer, house bunny owner, and crafter.” All correct, except there’s nothing amateur about her.
- Calvinistic Cartoons – Eddie Eddings rocks. ‘Nuff said.
- Made Free – I’ve known Michael Wright for just over a year now, and he’s one of those guys I’d love to meet and talk to in person. He’s a Christian with a passion for good writing, good reading, good music, and good coffee.
- The Good Life – You might say I’m biased (it is my Mom’s blog after all) and you’d be right; but you’d also be silly not to check it out. My Mom taught me the good stuff I know about writing. I picked up the bad stuff all by myself.
- Justification By Grace – Two things: if you aren’t reading Pastor Cardwell’s blog, you’re missing out big time. And if you haven’t read his book Christ and Him Crucified, you’re also missing out big time.
- Aubrey Hansen – Aubrey is a world-builder, Pixar-geek, and self-published author. She’s got a super sense of humor, too. She has a new book coming out this summer.
3. Share some things about yourself alphabetically:
OK then. I’ll try to do this without totally unveiling my semi-mysterious persona or weirding you out. Feel free to laugh, guffaw, or join the Club of Awesome People. Your choice.
- A – “Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind but now I see.”
- C – Cormac McCarthy, one of my favorite writers and the author of my favorite novel. If I could write fiction like he does, and write non-fiction like Carl Trueman does, I’d be the happiest of Ink Slingers.
- D – Debate. I like to start ’em, participate in ’em, and read ’em. Last year, that tendency got me in trouble and I had a smack-down with an atheist. Here’s what I learned.
- E – “Elementary, my dear Watson!” You got it: I’m a Sherlock Holmes junkie. (And every true Sherlockian knows that the previously quoted line never appeared in the original stories.)
- F – Flotsam & Jetsam. I’ve been gathering it for over a year now, and it’s been tons of fun. I mean, what’s not to like about catching and sharing great links from all around the blogosphere?
- G – God’s Grace. I truly am nothing without it.
- H – The Hunger Games. I’m a big fan. The books were phenomenal, and now a movie adaption is hitting theaters this weekend, March 23rd. It’s getting high marks from critics and fans alike so far. And that’s always a good sign.
- I – Italian food. My favorite.
- J – Just because texting lingo is the norm doesn’t mean I have to use it or like it… because I don’t and I don’t, respectively. I have only used it one time in my life – and that was so I could make fun of it.
- K – Klingon. I don’t speak it, but I’m fairly sure my baby brother does.
- L – Like. These days, I would call it, like, the most overused word in the English language. Y’know what I’m saying?
- M – Music, one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. Give me Hans Zimmer, J.S. Bach, and Isaac Watts. Ludovico Einaudi would be nice, too. And John Williams. And James Newton Howard. And Chopin. And John Powell. And…
- N – Nincompoops. Their bumper stickers make me laugh.
- O – Orson Scott Card. H.G. Wells. Isaac Asimov. Ray Bradbury. Douglas Adams. Michael Crichton. I plead guilty to the charge of being a Sci-Fi buff.
- P – Posts. The most popular one ever written on this blog (so far) is about Twilight. Yes, you read that right. No, I’m not kidding.
- Q – Qi. One of my favorite Scrabble words, because it doesn’t require a u after the q. Qat and qintar and qasida are pretty sweet, too. You’re welcome.
- R – Reviewer. I write book reviews here and movie reviews here. I also contribute to Into the Book and The Film Dissectors. Be my guest and check ’em out. If you like what you see, follow. Even better, follow and leave a comment.
- S – Saving Private Ryan. A true masterpiece, and my all-time favorite film.
- T – Tricks. Here’s a cool one: Think of a number. Double it. Add six. Half it. Take away the number you started with. Your answer is three. (Now figure out how I did that)
- U – Underhill. You know his identity if you’re a Tolkien fan.
- V – Vacuous. If you’re unfamiliar with the word, it means empty or lacking in thought. Synonyms include half-baked, inane, and Rob Bell’s theology.
- W – Worship. If it’s superficial and effeminate, forget it.
- X – Xenocide. It’s the third book in the Enderverse series, which I’m currently reading. Right now I’m immersed in Speaker for the Dead.
- Y – “Yuck.” My reaction to tofu, sparkly vampires, and heavy metal.
- Z – Zombies. I have an ardent interest in them. And depending on who you ask, that either means I’m pretty cool or in need of therapy.