Are you walking on sunshine? Do you make your own sunshine? Do you need some time in the sunshine?
Ain’t no sunshine when… it’s night… unless you’re looking at the moon, or the Space Station as it glides on by high up in the…
Space, the final frontier… where the force may be with you, but are you with it?
“Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms. It’s by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! I talk nonsense, therefore I’m human”
― Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead
There’s a rumour circulating in Blogland that there’s a legendary guy who likes to ask a lot of unusual questions and then throw them at bloggers to see what they will do with them… will they be able to answer them, will they even try, will their minds melt into a puddle of nope?
Who is this guy?
Rory of A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip has very kindly and generously nominated me for: The Sunshine Blogger Award Nominations 2018
And he’s thrown some very weird questions at me, but before we get to those and find out if my mind can handle the challenge…
although I’m not sure where my mind is at the moment, I was sure that I’d put it down next to my glasses… where did I put my glasses!?
Here’s the science bit…
The rules are:
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post/or blog site.
- Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions
- Notify your nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts
But we’re in the Blogosphere and rules… are made up stories to tell in our posts.
And here’s the mad scientist bit…
Rory’s Questions and my answers “in quotes”:
Why was he called Darth Vader and not Fart Fader?
“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
― J.K. rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
What’s the worst pair of socks you have ever owned?
“Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks and hid that lack of civilization in high boots.”― Albert Einstein
Do you think the older we get, whilst we become wiser to a certain extent we become dumber in so far as our faster progression of digital software and if so why and if not why?
“I am not young enough to know everything.”― Oscar Wilde
What is the difference between an acquaintance and a colleague?
“In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.”― Marquis de Sade
If nothing held you back in your confidence what would you cram into one day where the rest of life would be made easier because of the previous days actions?
“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.”
― Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart
Of everything you do in a given 24 hours per day what takes up the most time?
“We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.”― Charles Baudelaire
If you could travel back in time and change 1 hour of your life knowing full well it will alter your current past, present and future would you do so, and if so what? If not, what prevents you from doing so?
“I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I’ve lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Ok, so we live each day, every second, every minute and every hour of every day, week, month and year, and at which point of any given day, week or month or year would you say you feel or have felt the most alive?
“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”
― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
What’s more important to you? Your Phone or your wallet/purse/bag?
“The secret to happiness is a small ego. And a big wallet. Good wine helps, too. But that’s not really a secret, is it?”
― Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Uh oh! You have died before your time and you are there standing with the Maker and discussing your available options, which are:
- Go back as a donkey
- Go back as a walrus
- Go back as a cockroach
- Go back as a completely different person of 40, your choice of gender
- Stay Dead
What would you choose and why?
“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.”
― Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
If you chose the ‘stay dead’ option, why did you do that?
“Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.”― E. E. Cummings
And now I’m going to do what all the cool blogging kids are doing with their blog award nominations.
I’m going to nominate all of you.
Here are my questions in the style of writing prompts:
One: In that moment everything changed. It would never be the same again. What changed and what would never be the same again?
Two: The words swirled upon the page of the book, they appeared to be alive, the ink strokes stretched, breaking free from their confines, distorting, losing all meaning, blending into an image… what was the image?
Three: Well, that wasn’t what she expected. She’d followed the recipe diligently. Not even one grain of the ingredients was where it shouldn’t be. And yet… what was supposed to happen and what happened instead?
Four: Not again. Yes, again and again and again. It would keep happening until… What would make it stop happening?
Five: A philosopher, an astrologer, a psychiatrist, and a shrouded figure walked into the waiting room of the local dentist which was now a trendy bar… what happened next?
Six: If there was one thing, Desperado McNair knew, it was to never ever do what he had just done… What had he just done?
Seven: The door closed behind her with a hush. Salome Vegan, let her shoulders slump ever so slightly for she knew that she was still under observation. The interview had been grueling. She had been well-prepared but not for that, and now all she had to do was… what?
Eight: Today was what is sometimes known as “One of THOSE days” when things come together in a certain manner and conspire to… what?
Nine: That was the final straw. She was never going to love another character in a film ever again. After everything she had done for… who?
Ten: I have gathered all of you here at this time and place at the behest of your Facebook friend The Big Cheesy Squeeze aka Donald… not that Donald… to divulge his… what? Who are these people? WTF is going on?
Eleven: After the rain came down, after the lights went out, after they all vanished, all that was left was… what or who was left to narrate?
That’s it from me…
It’s over to you to do whatever you decide to do.