So there are various ‘pay it forward’ awards out there in cyberspace, and JS Pailly of Pailly’s World has nominated me for one! Thanks James – very much appreciated. If you’re ever on this side of the pond, I’ll buy you a pint. The specific award was created by Okoto Enigma (who is also eligible to claim a free pint):
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
I’m not sure if I recognise my blog in that, but I’m glad that James has found it inspiring, and I hope that I can keep up the good work.
The sting in the tail with these awards is that it’s not enough to simply nominate someone, you have to follow the rules…(I’ve included those for the MBA at the end of this post. The key thing is that I now have to provide you with three facts about myself, answer five questions set by James, nominate a group of people for the award (who don’t have to accept!), and set my own questions. Without further ado (drumroll, maestro, please):
Three Facts About David Jesson (alias, @breakerofthings)
- Whilst at Uni, I won Colours for Archery, and represented the University at the Student Championships. (I was ok, won a few medals, nothing special). I was one of the group that went to the inaugral student team championships.
- With respect to “Secret Science of Superheroes“, for which I contributed a chapter, I can literally say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know – Thanks @funsizesuze! Without you, I wouldn’t have had a crack at that gig.
- I try not to drink the same beer twice in a row.
Five Questions from JS Pailly
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
Wait…what? I have to grow up? Hmmm…getting paid for this writing malarky would be nice, but like most writers, I write because I have to, getting paid is a bonus. (If any publishers are reading this, no, I will not give you my work for free!). It would be nice to know that I made a difference, but most people don’t really get that opportunity.
2. What book has had the most influence on you?
Sorry, null question. There are so many books that contributed to me being me. It’s no secret that I am a huge Terry Pratchett fan, but there are lots of books that I think are very clever. I’m going to go with a non-intuitive answer for this one and say Jane Eyre. I studied this book at school, and *hated* it (yes, with a passion you can only dream off). But I got a better mark for deconstructing it than I did for appreciating TP’s Reaper Man. So in terms of an influence, that was huge, and probably contributes to my career as a researcher as much as anything else, in the sense that it taught me to be critical, but in an organised and thorough way.
3. Has a movie ever brought you to tears? If so, what movie was it?
I am not ashamed to say that the first five minutes of “UP” made me blub.
4. If you were a dinosaur, which dinosaur do you think you’d be and why?
Tough…there is a sneaky part of me that wants to say “one of those from Roundworld, you know, the ones that build a space elevator and leave the Earth”. I suspect that is not quite the spirit of the question though. Oh well. That’s the kind of dinosaur I’d be, because Science.
5. What will be the title of your autobiography?
At this point I don’t feel that I’ve done anything that’s particularly worthy of an autobiography, but I’d probably give it the same name as my blog, or perhaps “Breaking Things for Fun and Profit”…maybe not…
And my nominations (who really are not under any obligation to accept, really, honestly and truly, it’s just a bit of fun and…) are, in alphabetical order:
- Bunny and the bloke (for services to Jazz and Writing)
- Bit2Read (for services to crazy, #theresistance, sci-fi, and crazy)
- Engineering Breakdown (for being an exemplar of EngD public engagement)
- The Great Raven (Spying out her A to Z)
- Iain Kelly (for being annoyingly good at writing)
- The Orang-Utan Librarian (because I couldn’t not)
- The Quiet Writer (for being excellent at castles, abbeys and cathedrals)
- Sarina Langer (for world building advice, and her guide on beta readers)
- The Spectacled Bean (for services to making the web, and the world, a better place)
- Tales of Unusual Strangeness (for services to weirdness)
I was also going to nominate Ceolsige (who has a site with brilliant writely resources), and, Redheaded Booklover (for services to book reviews) but someone got there first.
- You are HG Wells’ Timetraveller, attempting to restart civilisation in the far future: what one book would you take with you to help? (ebook readers not allowed!).
- Book first or film first?
- Following on from the previous question, has an adaptation ever ruined the original for you to such a point that you couldn’t read/watch the original anymore?
- Beer or wine?
- What was the last book that you read that made you say “[insert favoured cuss], I wish *I’d* written that”?
- Put the award logo on your blog.
- List the rules.
- Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award (Okoto Enigma) and provide a link as well.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Nominate roughly 10 – 20 people for this award.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
- Ask your nominees five questions.
- Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written.
The numbers say that my AtoZ post ‘Antimatter‘ is my most popular to date, but my favourite is probably my post on the difference between s.f. and sci-fi. Maybe.