Sunshine Blogger Award

I’m joining the very funny Kiersten over at, Once Upon A Spine, who invited everyone who hadn’t previously been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, to answer her questions. Thank you, Kiersten, I don’t mind if I do.

I’m sure my answers are not half way as funny as Kiersten, but here goes nothing

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

The Questions:

If you’re happy and you know it, do you clap your hands?

Eh, maybe when I was 7 or 8 and I got a great birthday/Christmas present, but as someone born when the dinosaurs still roamed the earth, the answer now is, no!

Which fictional character probably has the best shoe collection?

Oh, come on, it’s got to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz series. I mean, think about it, as a young teenager she inherits that natty pair of ruby red slippers, so it goes without saying that, as she grows up, she’s going to be a shoe collector and hoarder. That woman is going to have closets full of ’em!

Do you believe in nargles?

Oh yes, most definitely, super duper sure eh, what’s a nargle, again?

If you could have coffee (or tea, if you prefer) with any fictional character, who would you choose?

So I’ve had afternoon tea with Alice, and the monkey’s at London Zoo, so who does that leave? Hmm you know what, I think I might just choose Chief Inspector Gamache to have tea with, in the Bistro at Three Pines, the one owned by Gabri and Oliver. With cake, yeah, definitely cake.

Are you a fan of animal sidekicks in books?

I guess I’m not really for, nor am I against. A talking pig, however, in a contemporary romance might seem a bit odd. But in Animal Farm? Well, it seemed okay at the time. I’m not sure about the likes of Jane Marple having a companion dog she spoke to all the way through an Agatha Christy novel. Might not have the same impact, right?

Where is my cake? I was told there would be cake.

Hey, settle down, settle down, I’m making carrot cake as we speak, no, really check the oven!

If you could turn any movie into a book, which one would you choose?

Hmm curiouser and curiouser movie to book? A lot of the movies I personally like, have been adaptations of books. I’m not sure I’ve seen a movie I would get so excited about hearing it had been given the book treatment. I mean, the Avengers as a book? Naah! Just doesn’t work. The whole point of a movie is it’s visual medium. To bookify a movie is something of an oxymoron, isn’t it?

What book has had the biggest impact on your life?

One book? Really, only one? Different sets of books at different times in my life, have had a lasting effect. I mean, I was blown away as an 8 year old reading Narnia and the fact I might climb into a wardrobe, and find another land, just beyond the back. And every time I went into the woods, as a kid, I kept expecting to find Pooh Bear and Piglet. I never did. And later, I was convinced that if my dad bought me a secondhand space suit, from NASA, like in Robert Heinlein’s Have Space Suit Will Travel, that aliens would come for me.

Which fictional character would you choose to write a guest post for your blog?

As a fan of both Alice and Pooh Bear, I think I might choose Alice, and ask her to talk about her adventures in Wonderland, as poor Pooh might be apt to wander off looking for pots of honey, or forget what the question was. Alice, on the other hand, had some of the best adventures next to the Pevensie kids in Narnia. I mean, what was it really like to drink the potion and shrink?

Which fictional world would  be the worst to live in?

It would have to be a fantasy world—probably Game of Thrones—because, for me that would be the worst kind, they’re always medieval in setting, no one ever gets to eat, there are no flushing toilets, and bathing always seems to be an option. And all that magic, I’d probably be stuck with only ever being able to conjure thin air!

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

What, I can only have one, but, but, I have so many! My biggest pet peeve at the moment is the number of authors, a lot of them women at that, who seem to think it’s okay to “normalize” rape and sexual assault because, well, they’re writing fantasy, so it’s okay, right? No, it’s not okay. It’s downright disgusting — stop, just stop it, okay!

My Questions:

  1. If you had the chance, which Doctor Who would you go with, if asked?
  2. What’s you least favourite genre and why?
  3. What fictional character would you have as a best friend, and why?
  4. It’s the end of the Universe and you’ve been granted one last wish, what is it?
  5. A Unicorn wanders into your back garden, who do you call?
  6. The Red Pill or the Blue Pill, why?
  7. What’s your favourite Halloween outfit?
  8. Which real or fictional TV soap would you love to star in?
  9. The guillotine is about to fall, are you knitting or crocheting?
  10. Did you ever pee your pants watching a horror movie, if so, which one?
  11. King Kong or Godzilla?

My Nominees are:

Reading Beneath The Blankie
The Belgian Reviewer
Bionic Book Worm
Beware The Reader
Unfiltered Tales
Reader Voracious

And, of course, anyone else who wants to participate.

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  1. September 28, 2018

    Thank you for the nomination Alex! I didn’t get a notification but just saw my blog name while reading so what a surprise :-). I do love animal sidekicks but you’re so right, Miss Marple with a dog just doesn’t do! I love the questions you were asked and most of the ones you listed.. I’m going to be stuck all day thinking about what I’d wish for on my last day on earth ugh 😉

    • Alexandra
      September 28, 2018

      You’re welcome, Inge, and I’m sorry you didn’t get any notification. But not to worry, and you don’t have to do this one but, if you do, I’m really looking forward to your answers! 😀

      And everyone loves a good animal sidekick, but the question did make me think, what about so and so … sometimes it doesn’t always work, right? 😉

  2. September 21, 2018

    Haha, funny questions!
    I have no idea what a nargle is either 😀

    Uh, Game of Thrones setting does not appeal to me either. Maybe Dorne would be ok. They have beaches and nice weather. 😀

    Thanks for the tag 🙂

    • September 21, 2018

      The sillier the better, that way you get a chance at reading funny answers, right? 😉

      Not that I watch or have read, Game of Thrones. Just not my thing. I did think Pern, but then, changed my mind there too.

      Hey, no pressure to do the tag, but if you do, I look forward to reading your answers. 😀

  3. September 19, 2018

    Thanks for nominating me! I will try to do this one on the weekend! Now it seems that your childhood reads had a great impact 😉

    • Alexandra
      September 19, 2018

      Indeed, Sofie, that’s great,mI look forward to reading your answers! ☺️

      And yes, it’s true, those childhood stories went a long way to informing who I am today. Such great fantasies for any kid.

  4. Kiersten
    September 19, 2018

    Excellent answers! I would love to read a post written by Alice. I imagine it would somewhat scattered and all over the place. And I would have to agree with you about Dorothy’s shoe collection. After a pair if ruby red slippers, the bar is set pretty high.

    • September 19, 2018

      Ooo, thanks, Kiersten. I hope I made you smile.

      You know, I’ve been think about asking, eh, Alice, to come write a blog post for a while. So I just might do that! *winks*

      Funny, later in life, I saw Dorothy as this failed socialite with the shoes, and the furs, pining for Oz! 😉

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