You don’t see these things much anymore – things like this Sunshine Blogger Award where you get tagged to answer a bunch of questions and then you tag a bunch of other bloggers. I used to see them all the time and always think, “Somebody pick me! Oh please pick me!” but most of the time no one ever did. But anyway… this time I got tagged so here goes with the questions.
1. What do you value more in a story: dialog or plot?
Both but if I have to pick just one, dialog. Bad, boring or unrealistic dialog can spoil an otherwise good book but if the plot is lame or non-existent but characters and dialog are interesting I can still enjoy the book.
2. Describe the home planet of Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Come on, that dude ain’t human.)
I have no idea who you are talking about. I did Google the name so now I know who he is but still not enough about him to describe his home planet.
3. If you enjoy watching any sports at all, which ones would you at least like to try just once?
I don’t know… volley ball maybe? Sad story about this: I never played volley ball when I was a kid because when someone would ask me if I wanted to play I would ask them to teach me the rules first and they would say something like, “Just stand here and hit the ball back over the net when it comes to you,” but I was sure there were rules that they weren’t telling me and that everyone would get mad at me when I broke one so I wouldn’t play.
4. Describe the most recent book to which you gave (or would have given) five stars.
I guess it would have to be Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey. That whole series is awesome.
5. Do you finish bad books? Why or why not?
Usually, yes. Why? I don’t want to be a quitter, maybe? Sometimes a book that starts out kind of blah gets really good halfway through. Or if it really is bad, sometimes a bad book will be just interesting enough that I want to see what happens. Depends on what’s bad about it. Maybe the plot is good but the characters are two dimensional or the writing itself is like an eight year old wrote it or something like that. On the other hand, there have been a few books that I started and just couldn’t get interested in at all so I quit and moved on to something better. It’s only in recent years that I’ve started doing that. I used to almost always finish books no matter what.
6. How vexed are you when movies don’t match the books?
Not at all. I don’t expect movies to match the books. Books and movies are two different things, both good in their own way.
7. Describe your perfect hot beverage. In detail. I’m talking roast of bean or variety of leaves, additives like spices or squirts of citrus, vessel from which the drink is sipped, where you are sitting as you sip it, who is next to you, what music is playing.
Any number of beverages can be “perfect” but more often than not it’s tea. My favorite, or the one I brew most often, is Russian Caravan from Porto Rico Importing. The cup or mug is important. It has to feel right in my hands. I prefer one that is taller than it is wide, so a mug. I have a little collection of them (and would have a BIG collection if I had the space) and I like to get around to using them all. Hardly any of them just sit there looking pretty. Sometimes when the weather is nice I go outside and sit on my front porch and enjoy the trees and the birds. If I’m indoors I’m listening to music, almost always classical, in the broader sense, and it could be anything from medieval to contemporary art music.
8. Do you watch cooking shows? If so, describe your favorite.
Hardly ever except for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. I guess that’s sort of a cooking show.
9. Name a place you’ve visited that you thought you’d hate but you didn’t.
I can’t really think of any place I thought I’d hate. I once went to a tractor pull and enjoyed it more than I expected to. Does that count?
10. You know that hobby you had as a younger person that you miss dearly but you know you’ll never do it again? Describe it!
There’s no childhood hobby that I “miss dearly”. Maybe coloring books but now that there are adult coloring books I can’t say I’ll never do it again.
11. On January 20, 2017, the newly inaugurated President of the United States signs a law requiring all Americans to display a coffee-table book prominently in their home. Which one do you put out?
A surrealist art book. Not Dali, someone else – Tanguy maybe, or maybe a book of various surrealist artists.
Now I’m supposed to tag eleven other bloggers and write eleven questions for them to answer but I don’t know eleven bloggers who would be interested in this so, I’m sorry but I have to break the chain. It’s okay though. I don’t believe in bad luck.