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My Sunshine Blogger Nomination Try-Out

by Tony Nash

(All opinions are of the author alone.)

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Hello to all my followers, those I’m following, and all curious visitors

About 48 hours ago I saw one of my followers, The Wee Writing Lassie, had been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and as I reciprocated her following and decided to follow her channel and adventures, offered her my congratulations. My first look at her nomination was a quick one as I was getting ready for my daily walk, and when I was checking my blog today, was in for a surprise of my own when the sweet Lassie informed me she had put up my name for nomination as well.

I want to start off by giving an ultra BIG THANK YOU! to the Wee Writing Lassie for thinking of me and offering my name up for nomination. My goal has always been to have fun with this blog and share my love of films with others, and hoping others will give the lesser known films I write about a viewing. Being nominated for something like an award is extra icing on the cake for me.

Now to tackle the questions the sweet Lassie set down for her nominees

1. Who is your favorite author?

I’m gonna admit right now that I’ve never been able to limit myself to picking just one answer, so some of these questions may have multiple answers. My top five favorite authors are: Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Samuel Beckett, and Robert Bloch.

Poe was the first author to ever get me interested in reading, and while my favorites have always been The Raven, Annabel Lee, and The Black Cats, his style and themes have always fascinated me more.

Shakespeare was the first playwright I ever read in school, and was also the first writer to get me interested in seriously writing plays. What I especially love about him is that the majority of his plays are timeless and will always have a place in every generation.

Christie reignited my interest in Murder Mystery stories and I’ve always loved her ability to keep the viewer guessing as to who committed the crime.

Samuel Beckett introduced me to the Intellectual side of literature and play-writing my senior year of High School and I’ve always been grateful for that. He also helped me in starting off with smaller plays and working my way up to longer stuff.

Robert Bloch is primarily on the list for his short story The Opener of the Way, one of the finest constructed stories ever on Ancient Egyptian Curses. He also showed me that story writers can be script writers from his brief period on the original Star Trek series.

2. If you could rule one of these five fictional/mythical lands: the Galaxy of Star Wars, King Arthur’s Britain, Westeros, Middle-Earth or Discworld – which one would it be and why?

I want to thank Lassie again for inspiring a carefully thought out choice here. For me, I would choose King Arthur’s Britain to rule.

As to the why, there are several reasons I’ll try to be brief and to the point with each. First off, the Medieval Period of Europe has always had a big fascination with me, especially the inspiration I received on it from my Sophomore English teacher in High School; he made the whole era sound magical and exciting. The Knights in armor, Kings, Queens, Dragons, and Wizards are cool to think about having existed at one time too.

Since the Medieval Age promoted the idea of chivalry and honor, I would really try to have the period live up to those ideals and also promote brotherhood and diversity. As someone with Asperger’s Syndrome I would try to have awareness made to be kind and not harsh to people who were different than the norm. To be able to mold the world the way you’d like it to be is very inviting.

And to be able to interact with such figures as Arthur himself, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Uther Pendragon, etc, would be the ultimate dream come true.

3. If you had the powers of a god, what would you do with them?

Whew, to be able to be like Zeus or Odin. If I had the powers of a god, I would use them to make positive changes to the world and in people’s lives. As the gods as we know them from folklore and literature tended to have selfish reasons in using their powers, I would try not to follow that pattern and try to do good whenever I could, though I admit the idea of making bad people pay for their crimes is tempting, I would stick to doing the right things.

4. Which famous historical figure would you have round to dinner?

Like with first question, I can’t pick just one person.

I would have Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc )as a dinner guest as I was always impressed with her stoic nature, her resolve, her honesty, and down to earth quality. She’s a religious figure that’s true, but I’m certain we’d find much to talk about.

I would have Abraham Lincoln as a dinner guest just because of all the accomplishments he made and the good man he always tried to be. He’s always been my favorite president and as someone who came from humble beginnings, he’d be someone I’d feel totally comfortable talking with.

I would have Cleopatra as a dinner guest cause you have to have at least one bad girl at the dinner table. As she was an intelligent person and could speak a dozen or more languages, I think I’d have no trouble finding something very engaging to discuss.

I would have the Pharaoh Akhenaten as a dinner guest to find out what inspired him to become the first monotheistic ruler in Egypt. He seemed like a really fascinating man and it would be interesting to engage in a discussion with him.

I have to include at least one figure from my interest in film and theater and I choose to have Shakespeare as a dinner guest. I think we’d mainly discuss his plays and themes, but I feel I could learn a lot from him.

5. You’ve been abducted by aliens, and they demand you take them to your leader- who do you take them to? 

To be honest, I doubt aliens would find me a worthy abductee as I’m a Liberal Arts Associate, but hey, anything’s possible.

I would take them to see the Dalai Lama in Tibet, as he has both wisdom and common sense. I’ve never had the chance to meet him myself, but I believe he’s the only one who could transcend the barrier between us and the aliens, and get positive communications and brotherhood going on.

6. If there was a film made about your life story, which famous actor would you want to play you? 

Hmm, that’s a tough one, and like question 1 and 4, I can’t pick just one.

I’m not the handsomest guy around, but I’d really like it if the following guys could play me: Peter Sellers, Jonah Hill, Will Sasso, Billy Gardell, and Kevin Smith. I think any of these actors could pull me off as I’m a slightly big guy, but not overweight.

7. If you were trapped in a historical time (presumably your time machine has malfunctioned) what period would you be most likely to survive in?

America and Europe of the 1960’s and 1970’s. As a lover of films, the International scene of the 60’s was the place to be for American actors/actresses, writers, and such to get their foot in the door to their career of choice when the chances of getting noticed ion Hollywood would take years. With my having Asperger’s Syndrome, I think being seen as an eccentric in 1960’s America and Europe would be the best for me.

8. What is your favorite kind of weather and why?

I would have to say a cloudy day, between 38-48 degree in temperature, it’s the perfect weather for taking walks to stay healthy.

9. Chocolate or Caramel?

I like both. Plain and simple.

10. If you could turn into any mythical creature, which one would it be?

Whew, that too is a tough one. I’ve always been a little on the uncoordinated side for a lot of  tasks and dancing, so I would say I’d like to be Pegasus, simply for his gracefulness and demeanor. And who wouldn’t enjoy the ability to fly. 😉

11. Who are you most grateful to in your life?

My Parents, my immediate Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and my two best friends Christine and Ashley, all of whom do their best in their own way to encourage me and help me reach my life goals.

Now for the people I wish to nominate for the Sunshine Blogger Award

Spinenumbered aka Make Mine Criterion!


Mikes Take on the Movies

Debbi aka I Found it at the Movies

Kevin Lyons aka The EOFFTV Reviews

Progcroc aka House of Freudstein

Zaijovan aka CatMarie at the Movies

Through the Shattered Lens

Eric Binford aka Diary of a Movie Maniac

Hilly Elkins aka 24 Femmes Per Second

B and S About Movies

Here are the 11 Questions I’ll put to them

  1. Who or what inspired you to take up your passion in life?
  2. What is your favorite language other than English or Spanish?
  3. Which of 6 lost Wonders of the Ancient World do wish was still in existence?
  4. The Blu Ray release of Abel Gance’s Napoleon was one of the Holy Grail’s of Cinema. What film that you’ve seen that has had little exposure on home media would you like to see restored to its original glory?
  5. Which European country would you most love to visit?
  6. If you could rediscover one of the famous Lost Civilizations and/or Cities, which one would it be and why?
  7. Name 5 actors and/or actresses (living or dead) that you would love to meet in person.
  8. Which pantheon of gods do you prefer: the Greek/Roman ones, The Nordic ones, or the Celtic ones?
  9. What short story or book would love to see made into a film or which deserves a better film adaptation?
  10. Which film genre that you normally don’t watch would you be willing to give a try of if a friend recommended a film from said genre?
  11. Give a shout out on your blog to someone you really admire.

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to post this before or after I find out I win, but I’ll take a chance and send the post to my nominee’s not long after.

Again I want to give a BIG THANKS to The Wee Writing Lassie and hope the people of the Sunshine Blogger Awards find this as well written as so many others hopefully do.












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One Response

  1. […] So … I’ll start off by thanking ever so much the most awesome Tony Nash blogging as Movie Fan Man for nominating me/this blog here. […]

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