It’s a Mystery! The Mystery Blogger Award!

My thanks to Moyatori over at The Moyatorium for nominating me for this award. They run a really interesting blog so make sure to check them out!

First let’s take a look at the rules.

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 nominee.
  • 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 Me

  1. I turned 30 yesterday, which still hasn’t sunk in properly. I don’t feel 30, I’m not sure if I ever will. In my head I’m still in my late teens/early twenties and I’m kinda okay with that.
  2. At college I had the nickname ‘The Blue Screen of Death’, because I had a habit of always wearing one of two blue coats and every time I walked into the classroom you could guarantee at least one of the computers would be suffering from the blue screen of death, so naturally I got the blame.
  3. When I was young one of my favourite drinks was called a ‘Blue Lagoon’, basically it was lemonade with blue drinks colouring. I used to drink it all the time when my family went on holiday to Spain. It’s been nearly two decades since I’ve had one and now I’m suddenly feeling nostalgic, excuse me…

Moyatori’s Questions

  1. What colour of clothing do you wear the most?

Either red or blue for my shirt and black for my trousers. I’m a primary colours kind of guy, but which I mean I’m lazy and don’t care too much about what I look like so I stick to simple stuff.

2. What’s your opinion on dessert pizza?

Wait, there’s such a thing as a dessert pizza? As in a dessert…and a pizza? Together? In one? Sounds great! Where can I get one?

3. What’s your favourite mountain (even if you never thought about it, try choosing one! I like mountains these days…)?

Great Orme. It’s a mountain in Llandudno, Wales, and the only mountain I think I’ve been up. It’s really beautiful and has some great views.

4. Are you good at navigating to places, or are you a little directionally challenged?

Once I’ve wandered round a place a bit and gotten my bearings I’m fairly comfortable navigating around, I like a good walk anyway and sometimes I’ll go for a wander just for the fun of it. That being said I do get a little nervous when I’m visiting somewhere I haven’t been before.

5. You’re in great debt to the mafia and they’re chopping off one of your fingers on each hand (the same finger on each). Which finger would you rather lose?

Whatever the finger next to my pinkie finger is called. It seems to be there mostly to keep the middle finger company and I think I could get by with all my other fingers just fine.

My Questions

  1. You’re given a blank check by a Hollywood executive to make a movie adaptation of whatever you want, as long as it’s never been adapted before (this Hollywood Exec is clearly some sort of alien in disguise, but never mind that). What are you adapting and why?
  2. The world’s greatest chefs from across time and space have come together to make you a meal, what’s on the menu?
  3. A quiet corner where you won’t ever be disturbed, or a roaring party with all your best friends. You can only have one, which will it be?
  4. Do you blame it on the sunshine? The moonlight? The good times? Or the boogie?
  5. How are you today?

Nominees

Scott

Ospreyshire

Lynn

Irina

Crow

Tiger

AshleyCapes

Al’s Manga Blog

Chizurue

Yomu

Finally, for my best post, I kind of don’t know how to qualify that. Do I go for one that got the best reaction, or one that I’m proudest of? If it’s the latter than that changes all the time, in fact my current proudest review hasn’t even be released yet, and it won’t be until November. There’s plenty of my recent reviews that I think are good and managed to get across what I wanted, but for this I think I’ll go back to last year with my Promised Neverland review. Enjoy!

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday or you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisGJoynson.

Oh So Mysterious! The Mystery Blogger Award!

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Well Curtis, aka ospreyshire, nominated me for this oh so mysterious award and all I can say is thank you! Check out his post HERE. Honestly it surprises me every time I get tagged into one of these, which is quickly followed by blind panic as I realise I don’t have the structure of a review to hide behind! But wait, there are rules! Yes! Structure! So, what do I have to do?

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog

2. List the rules

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

4. Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award and provide a link as well

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people

7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

9. Share a link to your best post(s)

First, ospreyshire‘s questions for me:

1. Where would you like to visit that you’ve never been to before?

Honestly I’m not much of a traveller, but I’ve had it on my mind for a while that at some point I would like to go…outside. Okay joking, aside there are plenty of countries I’d like to visit, but I suppose my top pick would be Japan. The only things really holding me back are, one, I’d have to sit down and actually learn Japanese rather than picking up random phrases from anime and, two, I’d need to find someone to go with me. I hate going places by myself, it’s just not as fun. I realise these are only excuses covering up my own laziness, but that’s why I’m not much of a traveller. One day I’ll do it, one day.

2. What is one movie, TV show, and/or book that you can’t stand, but everyone else likes?

You’re going to make me say it? Fine, the Harry Potter books. Saying I can’t stand them is a bit much, but I definitely have a grudge against the series that stopped me from getting into it. See I was a massive Pokemon fanatic when I was younger, and I mean colossal, yet every fandom has its day and the next big thing to come along was Harry Potter. Everyone kept going on about how good it was, but I wasn’t ready to let Pokemon go and the Potter books never really grabbed me. I know that sounds really petty and it is, I did force myself to watch all the films and they were okay. The third film is probably the closest I came to enjoying myself. At some point I’ll try reading the books again and see if I can get into them now.

3. If you could invent a language, what would you call it and how would you teach it to the world?

What I would call it would depend on what the language is. Is it a composite of other languages, is it something completely alien, is it spoken or delivered in some other manner? How I would teach it would probably be the same way I’d come up with it, I’d include it in a book. I do love language and how it’s used and while I have yet to invent an entire language for a story I’ve come up with plenty of different ways for people to communicate. For example in one short story I introduced a gelatinous species that communicated by twisting their bodies into different shapes, or in sci-fi stories I try to come up with slang or naming conventions that I think could take root in the future.

4. What is one interest or hobby that you never thought you would get into?

This is a recent hobby I’ve picked up, but I’ve recently gotten into role-playing. I’ve always wanted to join a group and give it a try, but I guess I’ve never been in the right place at the right time to find people to play with. That changed a few months back and while it’s still early in the campaign and I have no idea what I’m doing, I’m having a lot of fun.

5. How do you want to improve as a person?

I want to conquer my more self-conscious and worrywart nature, more than I already have. I’m a lot more confident and open than I used to be, but I still retreat into my comfort zone too readily. I want to take a few more risks, challenge myself a bit, maybe travel someplace. I’m getting there, slowly, but I’m getting there.

3 things about myself:

  1. Born and raised in Sheffield, United Kingdom. As the saying goes, Yorkshire born, Yorkshire bred, Strong in the arm, Thick in the…. ahem, finish that one for yourselves.
  2. I’m a member of the Sheffield Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Group, I’ve had several short stories published in their anthologies, most notably the ‘Ages of Escafeld’ anthologies which you can find on Amazon.
  3. At the minute I’m working on a mecha sci-fi dystopia novel, where my cynical heroine, Rosette, must enter a highly dangerous competition where pilots battle it out in fully armoured mechs for fame and fortune. Rosette’s only goal is to survive and provide for her family, something increasingly difficult in a world on the edge of war.

Nominations:

I hereby nominate (apologises if anyone has already been picked):

terranceacrow

Edy

Pinkie

Scott

Arthifis

Irina

The AniMessenger

magicconan14 (Aria)

Karandi

Dewbond

My Questions:

  1. What one show do you absolutely love, but nobody else ever talks about it or has even heard of it?
  2. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
  3. If you could visit any place, in any time period, what would it be?
  4. Which would you choose, worldwide fame and fortune, or relative obscurity and a small but dedicated fanbase?
  5. What is the question? (This is the weird question or is it?)

My Best Posts:

I’m really bad at appreciating my own stuff, I have a tendency to just pick out all the flaws, but these are the ones I’m most proud of at the moment,

The Promised Neverland – I was surprised by the response this one got, I worked hard to keep it as spoiler-free as possible and somehow managed it.

Put a Tune to it: Western Songs for Anime – This was a lot of fun to do, the songs came to me pretty quickly and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island – I’m a huge One Piece fan and I haven’t really had enough of a chance to talk about the series on here and it was great to talk about one of my favourite films.

That’s it for this post, I’ll be back in a few days with another one.

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday.