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Mystery Blogger Award



Fellow fantasy author Roderick T. Macdonald nominated me to this award recently. Probably because he knows how uncomfortable I get talking about myself. I can talk your ear off about my books, or fantasy in general, but I don’t find myself to be as interesting a character as the ones I create. I also am not quite sure I am deserving of a blogging award, seeing how poorly I have kept up with posting and socializing in recent months. In my defense, I have been rather busy with good stuff. I’m sure every author makes that same excuse all the time.

Roderick has a cool series of posts he does on his blog called “Why I Write Fantasy.” In these posts he discusses tropes and conventions in fantasy fiction, but also shows why fantasy can be much funner to write than other genres. For example, in THIS POST he talks about fantasy races, a topic that can be very divisive in fantasy. A new author has to work hard to appease those readers who have grown used to Tolkien-esque races, while at the same time not seeming like they are just copying tired tropes. Of Metal and Magic, the fantasy shared-universe I manage for Fiction Vortex, has a unique mechanism for creating new races. If you want to see how it works, you’ll have to either pick up a copy of my series Call of the Guardian when it drops in eBook and print soon, or catch one of the four other series we are developing when they go live on our new reading app, sometime in the late fall.

If you are a fantasy reader or writer, I urge you to drop by Roderick’s BLOG!

Oh, and his book is on AMAZON, by the way.

Back to the award.

What exactly is the Mystery Blogger Award? Why is it a mystery? Well, the award was first established by Okoto Enigma, thus the name of the award. And the rules are as follows:

  • Use the logo and list the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate other blogs and notify them.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question.

As for three things about myself, I will keep it brief. A few things you might not know about me are–1) I was a rapper in high school and college. Seriously. 2) I am being published in an academic journal under my real name. It’ll probably come out in the next five or six months, as the journal is biannual. I won’t give out the details here because I’m trying to keep those two worlds separate, but if you look me up on Facebook I might be able to give you a link. 3) My favorite food is pizza. Yeah, I hear you, “Everyone likes pizza!” I do not mean like. It’s an obsession. I eat a pie once a week, at least. Probably not healthy. 😀

Roderick asked the following:

1) What journey has made the longest lasting impression on you?

I’m not sure if he meant writing journey or an actual trip. I’m not much of a traveler (surprise!). Metaphorically speaking, I think the journey that had the greatest impact on me was joining the Army right out of high school. I had to grow up real fast, to learn how to be mature and take care of myself. I came back to go to college and my peers were still acting like teenagers.

2) Which book, if any, has most completely transported you into another world, or another person’s experience?

This will sound like a copout, but the books that transport me deepest into other worlds are my own. When I read or listen to other books, especially now, I am a bit too critical to get fully absorbed. But when I write my own stories, I have to find a way to exist in those worlds, if I want to the writing to be good.

3) What is your favourite thing about home?

My wife and cats. And being comfortable. And AC. The last one is most important currently. Don’t tell my wife. Or my cats.

4) What smell, if any, transports you back to childhood?

Play-doh. And this might sound weird, but as I get older I am noticing my odors smell like my father. My parents divorced when I was young, so my father lived in another place. When I would visit his house, there were certain smells there. Now they seem to have followed me all the way to Korea.

5) Do you put your pants on one leg at a time?

Is this a trick question? What am I, a pole vaulter?

Here are my blogger nominations for the Mystery Blogger Award:

  1. K.M. Allan: She has this writing-about-writing thing down pat.
  2. James Pyles: He puts out more content than me just in all the stories he posts almost daily on his blog.
  3. Annlyel James: The biggest Star Wars fan I have ever met. Really.
  4. M.L. Davis: Her blog is another one with a lot of posts on writing. She also is a very active commenter. And just nice people. By people, I mean a family of brownies in a pantsuit.

So for you four, your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to post about your award nomination and answer the following difficult questions:

1) Why write? (You didn’t think I’d go easy, did you?)

2) What author is your greatest influence? (Doesn’t have to be a current influence–could be something you read as a child, or in college, etc.)

3) What recent scientific discovery or invention do you think will have the most significant impact on mankind and why? (I do write sci-fi, as well!)

4) #TeamT-rex or #TeamBlue ?

Thanks again to author Roderick T. Macdonald for nominating. To my nominees, you know how this thing goes!

To everyone else, thanks for reading! Check out the other blogs I’ve listed here.