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

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Sunshine Blogger Award

February 17, 2018 at 11:54 pm (Personal essays) (, )

Sunshine Blogger Award

I would like to thank velvetsceams (I’m sorry, velvet, I don’t know your real first name) for nominating me for the Sunshine ☀️ Blogger Award.

velvet’s blog can be found here:

One thing about being nominated for this award is all my readers and followers will find out my knowledge of HTML is nil.

All the cool 😎 bloggers are able to write the names of bloggers in some form of cool bold looking italics which the reader can just click on to take them to their blog.

I being an uncool nerd have not figured out how to do that.

So I’ll name the blogger’s user name and then write their URL (or website address) afterwards.

Anyhow I would like to thank velvet for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

It’s all right for a vampire hunter to be nominated for a Sunshine Blogger award. 😊

Now if I was a vampire 🧛‍♂️ being nominated for a Sunshine Blogger award, I would have to wonder what the nominating reader thinks 🤔 of me since vampires 🧛‍♂️ have a tendency to go up in flames 🔥 when sunlight ☀️ hits them. 😉

The Sunshine Blogger award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community ☀️ (please don’t hold your breath waiting for Donald Trump to win a Twitter Sunshine Tweeter Award unless you’re feeling suicidal).

Proceeding with the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you (I wonder why 11? Maybe has something to do with the age Harry Potter was when he first went to Hogwart’s?).

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions (here’s the part where WordPress blogging friendships are often lost).

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog (if your bed 🛏 post objects to having the Sunshine Blogger Award logo displayed on it, may I suggest your blog post only?).

As I mentioned before, my knowledge of HTML is nil so I have no idea how to display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on my blog so I hope 🤞 this will do:

Sunshine ☀️ Blogger Award 🥇 logo 🌞

Here are my answers to velvet’s questions:

1. What are your likes and dislikes?


Likes- Making out with beautiful women (one thing on my bucket list I’ve yet to accomplish), watching classic old movies (especially from the 1940s), reading Sherlock Holmes novels, watching opera, listening to the Book of Common Prayer Anglican liturgy, reading and watching Shakespeare, listening to baroque music (especially Bach, Handel and Vivaldi) and eating all varieties of Asian food (when I lived in Vancouver, I ate Asian food all the time- Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian).

Dislikes- ugly women, dull boring people and eating parsnips and turnips

2. What is your hubby?

Well since I’m not gay, I don’t have a hubby.

If you mean hobby, I suppose it’s reading (my favourite genres are mystery and detective, historical, biographical and of course vampire novels) and writing ✍️ (though I’m also currently trying to make a profession out of that).

3. Have you traveled abroad before?

Yes, I’ve been to Britain on 3 different occasions (traveling across England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 and Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿).

I’ve been to Ireland 🇮🇪 on one occasion.

4. Why did you choose to write on WordPress?

Well even though I’ve had a WordPress account since 2007, I didn’t really start writing on WordPress full time until July 2013 when my previous blogging site Xanga went down the drain (and plumbers still haven’t been able to locate it).

5. What is your best genre of books?

Mystery and detective novels.

6. Which place in the world would you love to visit?

Well there are several places in the world I’d love to visit.

In terms of which cities I’d really love to visit, it’s a toss up between Paris, Venice, Vienna and Prague.

In terms of which country, it’s probably a toss up between Japan 🇯🇵, Russia 🇷🇺, Malaysia 🇲🇾 and India 🇮🇳 .

There are several different states or provinces in the world that I’d like to visit as well but probably the one I’d like to visit most is Bavaria.

In terms of islands 🌴, I’d like to visit Hawaii, Bali, the South Sea islands, Tahiti or somewhere in the Caribbean.

7. Where are you from?

I was born in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada.

8. Why did you decide to write?

I’ve been writing since I was in Grade 3 the first grade where my teacher set aside one period each week devoted to Creative Writing.

During that grade on my own I started writing a series of plays about a talking basset hound named Sir Pythias Basset who eloped with a French poodle called Frou Frou La Rue thus pissing off Frou Frou’s owner Mrs. Helena Goldfeather the famous millionairess.

The series of plays showed the ongoing battles and feud between Sir Pythias Basset and Mrs. Helena Goldfeather.

9. What do you hope to accomplish with this?

I hope to become as successful as J. K. Rowling and when I have as much money as she does, I’d use that money to support good and worthy causes and charities like she does.

10. Why did you choose WordPress rather than other blogs?

Well the previous blogs I started out on – Journalspace and Xanga- went belly up. I started out on Journalspace in November 2004 and it went belly up after its computer system crashed in December 2008. I started out on Xanga in April 2009 and it went belly up in June 2013.

WordPress seemed to be the only major blogging site left.

11. Do you like stories with sad ending?

I don’t actually. I like stories with happy endings. 🙂

The only story I like which had what some people might consider a sad ending was the 1942 movie Casablanca and I don’t really consider that ending sad because Rick (Humphrey Bogart) chose to do what was noble and proper rather than let his own personal desires come first.

Here are my nominees for this award- the Sunshine Blogger Award:

Sherry de Valeria –

Hyperion –


Shreya Sukrity-

George F. –

A Sagittarian Seeker


The Controversial Indian

The Book Worm Drinketh

Aak Fictionspawn

And for the last 2 bloggers, I nominate any one of my readers or followers who’d like to answer these questions:

Here are the questions for my Sunshine Blogger nominees:

1. Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? (I’d like to thank the ghost of the late U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy for suggesting that question)

2. What political leader in the world would you most like to kick in the rear end and why?

3. Which character in my vampire novel is your favourite? (I’ve always wanted to know who my readers’ favourite characters in my vampire novel are).

4. What is your favourite Shakespeare play and why?

5. What’s your favourite piece of music (be it symphony, concerto, opera, melody or song?)

6. If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be and why?

7. If you could go on an adventure with any character in literature, who would it be and why?

8. If you could have a drink in a bar or cocktail lounge with any character in the movies or a TV show, who would it be and why?

9. What is your favourite book of all time?

10. What variety of dinosaur 🦕 🦖 is your favourite?

11. If you could have a kinky love affair with anyone in history, literature or the movies, who would it be and why? (Feel free to take the equivalent of the U.S. 5th Amendment if you don’t feel like answering this question 😉)

-written by Christopher
Saturday February 17th

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