Well, I find myself quite humbled and honored by Naru’s nomination of me for the ABC Award. Please check out her blog, which is written with such humor and good style that you might find yourself sucked in for an hour or two. And thanks to all my dear readers who keep me motivated to write!
Since some of you might have read my Liebster Award post and my Medieval Interrogation. I promise to try to make this, my 200th post, contain new information about me. Some of which is a bit silly, but hopefully humorous. Without further ado, let me paste the rules:
1. Download the award logo and add it to your acceptance post.
2. Nominate a few fellow bloggers and share the award.
3. Since the award is ABC, take each letter of the alphabet and use it to tell something about yourself.
A: Arcueid Brunestud. My ideal woman. I’m fairly certain an Arcueid doesn’t exist in real life, but one can dream–and no, it has nothing to do with her being a vampire. >.<
B: Baltimore. This city holds a place in my heart for two reasons: 1) the first ancestor of mine to come to America settled in this city in 1775 and 2) this city holds the seminary where I went and where my classmates still are.
C: Cats. I love cats. Since I moved out of my parents’ house, I haven’t gotten a chance to own one; but, I love visiting to see these two characters:
D: Despondent. The virtue which I most want is none other than cheerfulness. But, as a writer, it is no wonder that I should have to carry the cross of the blues. However, for now, I’m doing pretty good at saying “Jigoku e ochiro!” to depression.
E: Escaflowne. The techniques displayed in the mecha fights in Escaflowne seem to come right out of medieval fencing manuals. As a lover of swords and medieval combat, these fights always carry me into the sublime.
F: Fathers of the Church. Catholic spiritual writers don’t write like they used to. The early Church Fathers have the most interesting vision of religion followed by the mystics of the Middle Ages.
G: Games. I love Chess, Go, and Shogi above all; but, board games of all sorts delight me–as long as they’re not ridiculously complicated.
H: Historian. I love history, as is likely apparent from my similes and references. There is nothing like warfare in particular to show forth the best qualities of people, and the people who are remembered most fondly in history are also those people who are most original. So, I find the study of history a continual delight.
I: Imprimis. This is the name of the newsletter of my Alma Mater: Hillsdale College. Going here was perhaps the best experience in my life. All my best friends studied here with me. You might also call the college a cathedral to Western Heritage. It’s hard to believe that it will have been five years since I’ve graduated come this May! How time flies!
J: Jimmy Stewart. He happens to be my favorite actor. It is rare to find such modesty in Hollywood!
This image is from Winchester ’73. I might also mention that I love old movies and Westerns.
K: Kind. I am a very kind person, though my timidity often prevents me from opening up to others. Just imagine Robert E. Lee or George Washington.
L: Liberty. One of the dearest concepts to the human heart. By writing, I hope to fire people for the desire of true liberty: liberty under the law and under God. Additionally, I want to squash the notion that liberty equals license and freedom from pain. True liberty involves struggle each and every day.
M: Mustache. During college, I discovered that a handlebar mustache rather suited me. Now, a much simpler one adorns my face but I still consider going back to the handlebar. My real hope is one day to grow a fine looking beard.
Jeb Stuart: Owner of the most perfect beard ever to grace a man’s face.
N: New Jersey. The state of my birth, from which I have just succeeded from escaping again. May I remain here in Virginia!
O: Oblomov. The eponymous hero of this work by Ivan Goncharov does nothing but sleep and eat all day and refuses to visit other people. As such, he dies in miserable obscurity even though he had the chance to escape isolation. Nothing worked so well in convincing me to break out of my shell; though, its literary merits are indeed questionable.
P: Plaid. Though I may not have a drop of Irish or Scottish blood in my veins, I love plaid. From pajamas to flannel shirts, I try to stock my wardrobe with as much of it as possible.
Q: Quizzical. This word refers to my personality. I eschew being easily defined. At best, this mysterious quality makes me interesting. At worst, people label me an odd fish. Someone’s best attempt at definition was to say that I “was a creature who subsists on tea.”
By typing in “creature who subsists on tea” on google search, I found a great way to play a prank on someone.
R: Reflective. I am a retiring and meditative sort of person.
S: Seafood. I prefer fish over meat. This makes it very easy to be Catholic during Lent, but I sometimes wonder whether I should avoid fish too on Friday in order to make it more penitential.
T: Tolkien. Dumas might be my favorite author, but within my genre of choice, Tolkien is the writer whom I most wish to emulate. Terry Brooks is my second favorite writer in the Fantasy genre. Despite certain accusations against Brooks, he is one of the least derivative modern fantasy authors–until he returns to Shannara in the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara. Yet, in those books, he is mostly culpable for copying too much from his prior works rather than the works of others.
U: Utawarerumono. Best harem anime ever made. One might validly place Tenchi Muyo in this place, but I’d disagree. It doesn’t have Towa or Karura.
Look up awesome in the dictionary, and you’ll see a picture of Karura.
V: Venus. My favorite planet. (Can you tell that I’m running out of ideas?) How can one not love a planet whose temperature reaches 462ºC and can melt our strongest probes in half an hour?
W: Wizards. From Allanon to Gandalf to Walker Boh, wizards tend to be my favorite characters in fantasy novels. I suppose because they are so learned–something which I hope to be.
X: Xenophile. Looking through the two pages of X words under the dictionary, I only found one which related to me. A xenophile is one who is attracted to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures. All my dear readers know that, but might I also add that I find foreign women attractive?
Y: Yukon. One day, I want to visit the frozen vasts of Alaska, though I would settle for the Yukon territory. You might say that Jules Verne and Jack London fired my imagination enough as a kid to want to see the frigid north. I also want to take down a moose: I hear they taste like fillet mignon. And, if I can see wolves in the wild, that would be icing on the cake. (I won’t shoot the wolves! Don’t worry!)
Wolves are too cute looking to shoot. 🙂
Z: Zinfandel. My favorite table wine for three reasons: 1) It’s very American, 2) few other wines are as jammy and full, and 3) even the best ones are inexpensive comparatively. Want a great Cabernet Sauvignon? Spend $200. Want an awesome, top class Zinfandel? Spend $45. Of course, the $9 – $15 dollar range in Zinfandel is better than the same range in any other grape.
Well, I hope that you enjoyed that! Now, for me to nominate some people:
Beneath the Tangles
Feidor S. LaView
Cacao, Put Down the Shovel!
Anime Commentary on the March
MIB’s Instant Headache