Sunshine Blogger Award In The Middle of A Snow Storm

September 28, 2019 at 10:57 pm (Life, Personal essays) (, )

Sunshine Blogger Award In The Middle of A Snow Storm

Gene Tierney: And now the winner of the award for Best Sunshine Blogger Performance In A Snow Storm is…. Mr. Dracul Van Helsing!

As the city where I live is about to be hit by a major snowstorm this weekend, my friend Jessica has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Jessica’s blog can be found here: 

Thanks, Jessica. 🙂

The ghost of Orson Welles toasts Jessica.

Award rules:

1) Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them
(thanks Jessica! and I have provided the link above)

2) List the rules and display an award logo on your post. (I am currently listing the rules now and I shall display the logo down below)

3) Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you (I shall do so down below)

4) Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and notify them by commenting on their posts 

5) Ask the nominees 11 new questions

Questions as asked by Jessica:

1) If your life was a novel, what would the title be?

Answer: The Moving Finger Writes and Having Writ, Moves On

2) If you could choose anyone in the world to lead your country, who would it be?

Answer: Renfield R. Renfield the British MP who’s a character in my vampire novel.

He’s the only one I can think of who can truly handle the times we’re living in.

3) What is one thing that you’ve never eaten that you’d like to try?

Answer: Roast pterodactyl 

4) What is the strangest food that you’ve ever eaten?

Chocolate covered locusts (they might have tasted better with wild honey since Saint John the Baptist lived on locusts and wild honey) 

5) If you could have a romantic getaway with one person for a weekend (imagine you’re single, celebrities allowed) who would it be?

Answer: Actress Rita Hayworth (real name Margarita Carmen Cansino) on a romantic weekend sometime back in the early 1940s

Actress Rita Hayworth is my favourite actress of all time. And my most passionate celebrity crush.

I’d loved to have spent a romantic weekend with her during her heyday of the decade of the 1940s.

I can picture at the end of the romantic weekend with her, her husband actor and director Orson Welles walking in, seeing the two of us together, pulling out a revolver (that he had borrowed from actor Humphrey Bogart) and shooting me dead.

And Dooley Wilson (the actor who played Sam in the 1942 movie Casablanca) would play the piano and sing the song As Time Goes By at my funeral.

And Orson Welles would deliver the eulogy at my funeral, “This was the noblest Casanova of them all…”

6) What was the darkest movie or novel that you’ve ever fallen in love with?

Answer: The Wolfman 1941 with Claude Rains, Lon Chaney Jr. and Evelyn Ankers

7) What’s your dream date?

With a beautiful woman (the unknown woman of my dreams) on a beach on a South Seas island on a moonlit evening under palm and coconut trees

8) Would you ever consider being one of the first humans to go to Mars knowing that you could never return to Earth?


9) Most memorable birthday?

My 16th.

My parents took me to dinner and a show at a dinner theatre.

We had the table right in front of the stage.

The star of the play was actor Werner Klemperer who played Col. Klink in the TV show Hogan’s Heroes.

When the show was over, I waited around to get his autograph.

He gave me an autographed photo that he signed “To Christopher” when I told him my name.

“Yes,” he said, “Christopher, I noticed you sitting in the front there. You seemed to be watching and observing everything in the play very intently. Are you going to be a playwright yourself? You seem to have the look and gaze of a playwright-director about you.”

I hadn’t thought of that at the time.

In my last year of University, I did think of becoming a screenplay writer and film director like my hero Orson Welles.

But my mother was having none of that.

She wanted me to become a lawyer which was the profession she decided for me since I was very young.

She arranged to have me thrown off a local TV show I appeared in to ensure that I wouldn’t go into show business and have me become a lawyer instead like she desired.

The end result of course was I wound up a newspaper reporter – a career neither one of us really wanted.

10) Who inspires you the most in the world?
My dad did when he was alive.
And my other inspiration is C.S. Lewis through his writings.

11) What is one of your favourite quotes?

Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.

. . .

I tag anyone who wants to answer my questions.

And for my questions, I will use Jessica’s questions above because I think they were very good questions.

-A Sunshine Blogger 
acceptance post
written by Christopher
The Evenings of 
Friday September 27th
Saturday September 28th


  1. Luna(tik) Enigma said,

    I love how you have these amazing, well thought out answers and then #8 was just “no.” It made me laugh out loud 🙃

  2. Katherine said,


  3. David Redpath said,

    “🎶 Sunhine in a snowstorm
    gets me high.” ~Bob Fair-Weather

    “Get that sunhine away from me!”
    ~ Babylon Ho

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, Babylon Ho would only be caught dead singing that old song, “Open up your heart and let the sunshine in…”

  4. Leonie M. said,

    You deserve it, and congratulations!

  5. annieasksyou said,

    Congratulations, Christopher!

    With climate change, you may well uncover some pterodactyl eventually—possibly oven-ready, packed in prehistoric leaves.


  6. Jerry Brotherton said,

    I tip my hat to you sir. Congratualtions.

  7. Stills said,

    You style is so alluring! With a touch of fun.

  8. Jessica said,

    Sorry to hear that such a terrible news Christopher 😦 but Sunshine award in a middle of snowstorm sounds exciting ❤ and I'm sure Mr. Van Helsing, despite the weather, will find some snow goddess to keep him warm 😁

    Thanks Mr. Orson Welles but please keep your distance a bit, I get cold when interacting with ghost sorry. 🥶

    You have an interesting novel title 😀

    R. Renfield is okay when he's not having a temper but what will happen if he losses it? Christopher, I think you have to think this over! But I can understand why he might be the best choice 😂

    Chocolate covered locusts… ugh 🤢 I salute you for even trying.

    Sorry to hear that you ended up getting something you don't wish. This is why I like to share mine and sometimes read people's experience, I get to learn about life more and more. Anyway, I can totally picture you as a film director or a screenplay writer. 🥰

    I love C.S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia sadly that's the only book I've read from him.

    I'm bad with deep English words so it took me a bit rereads before I get the quote. I like it ❤

    And lastly if Roast pterodactyl and a date with Rita Hayworth is your wish then you really need to make a deal with Mr. Van Helsing the next time he time travels 😀 oh and be sure to ask him to distract Mr. Welles away from you date, it's too sad imagine you shoot dead and burried in the past, but the noblest Casanova speech seems does seems worth the price 😂

    Thanks for this lovely post Christopher. I feel bit guilty for not reading it last night when I saw it, but I was too sleepy to focus.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, a Sunshine Blogger Award brought some cheer into a snow storm, Jessica. 😀

      You seem to know Van Helsing quite well, Jessica – finding a snow goddess to keep him warm. 😂

      The title of my novel is a quote from the poem The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

      The full verse reads,

      “The moving finger writes and having writ, moves on
      Nor all thy piety or wit shall lure it back
      To cancel half a line
      Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.”

      Yes, C.S. Lewis is a great writer.

      The quote “Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee” is a quote from the great 18th Century English metaphysical poet John Donne.

      It refers to the practice in English villages of the time of how the church bells in the village used to toll (ring out) every time a villager or a person in the surrounding district died.

      If people heard the bells tolling and they knew it wasn’t Sunday morning when the bells tolled for Sunday Mass, they’d ask one another “For whom the bell tolls?” meaning “Who has died?”.

      The quote was Donne’s way of saying that eventually the bell tolls for every one.

      • Jessica said,

        I’m no good with English from that time. I would never completely understand it without translation. But I love your explanations and the story about the quote. So interesting… and a bit dark, and creepy…

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, Donne as a poet and writer often wrote about things most people don’t want to talk about.

      • Jessica said,

        Brave and admirable. ❤

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Very much so. 🙂

  9. theresaly520 said,

    Congrats! Really enjoyed your responses! I can see you as a screenplay writer from the way you write.

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