Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks to Ellie at Blogging for Dopamine for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Ellie is another nerdy girl who blogs about books, gaming, and science.

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For this award, the rules are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and then write 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo in a post/on your site

My award images are kind of taking over the whole side of my blog now, so I’m thinking of moving them to my About page.

Aaaand the questions from Ellie:

  1. Are you hooked on any particular TV show at the moment? What is it?

The only two current shows I’m really watching right now are The Expanse (great space sci-fi) on SyFy and Into the Badlands (martial arts epic) on AMC.  I’d definitely recommend both.

I’m also always watching Asian dramas on Netflix; my recent favorites are Hello, My Twenties and Descendants of the Sun, the latter of which I would recommend to anyone.  It’s probably the best Kdrama I’ve ever seen.

2. What was the last book you read? How did you find it?

The last complete book I read was Eligible, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, by Curtis Sittenfeld.  I read it all in one day, and it was an entertaining read; I liked the characters and some concepts, but it lacks the wit and depth of the original.

I am currently in the middle of The Princess Bride by William Goldman, which is wonderful, just like the movie.

3. Battle of the entertainment mediums! Which is your favourite – books, TV, films, comic books, video games, tabletop games etc.?

Books!  I could not live without books.  (And 99% of the time, the book is better than the movie anyways.)  But I also greatly enjoy all those other media, especially comics/manga and games.

4. Is there any fictional character you have always wanted to be? Who?

Hmmm, I’m not really sure. I guess my fake namesake, Meiling Li from Cardcaptor Sakura.  Also, I would love to be Belle from Masqueone of my favorite Beauty and the Beast retellings.  She just seems to be so full of life and on top of things.

5. Science or technology?

Well, I am “science” and my husband is “technology,” so I get plenty of both in my daily life. 🙂

6. Have you ever read a book that you felt was written just for you? What was it?

I have read many books where I felt it was just the right time for me to be reading it.  But I’m not sure I’ve ever felt a book was written just for me.

7. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Pasta!  I love to eat plain noodles with a little butter and parmesan cheese.  It would take me a really, really long time to get sick of it.

8. Can an adaptation ever be better than the original?

Sure!  Some stories and some visions are just well-suited for a certain medium.  Even movie adaptations of books can improve on them, giving needed editing and streamlining while adding visual interest.  Some movies I think were better than the book: The Jane Austen Book Club and The Help.  I could make an argument for Catching Fire and The Princess Bride, too.

9. Who is the most famous person you’ve met?

Probably Marissa Meyer, whom I met on a tour for her book Heartless.

10. What’s your favourite season?

Probably summer, because I love warm weather best.  But I will say that Ohio’s best season is unquestionably fall.

11. Share one of your favourite quotes!

“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”

This is a line from A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin.  I’m going to embroider it on a pillow or something someday.  Like Arya, I repeat it like a mantra for strength.

No nominations from me this time because I’m just too busy, but feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to answer these questions, too!

 

Five years blogging

Today is my fifth blogiversay!  Happy Birthday, Jedi by Knight!

blogiversary2.pngI can’t believe I’ve been doing this for five years.  Hopefully I’ll be doing it for many more!  So far my blog has seen me through dozens of book reviews, Weekly Photo Challenges, coloring book pictures, K-pop videos, and so on.  Sometimes five years seems like no time at all, and sometimes it seems like an eternity.

This year, I’m going to be focusing more on science (which is my day job here on the blog.  I’m planning a series of posts aimed at non-scientists on how to analyse the scientific studies you see reported in the news.  I’m also going to open the floor for any questions my readers have for me as a scientist.

Since I didn’t do a yearly wrap-up at the end of 2016, I’ll briefly mention a few stats here.  My blog has had about 41,000 views over its lifetime.  My most popular posts have been:

  1. There is no hot air balloon in Around the World in Eighty Days

  2. Famous Introvert-Extrovert Pairs

  3. We all got a chicken-duck-woman-thing waiting for us: Star Wars Bad Lip Reading

  4. Who’s that Pokémon…girl?

  5. Who is the Pilot? (Reached review)

  6. Introvert Challenge: Getting a Haircut

Thank you so much to all of you who have read, liked, or commented here in the past five years.  I truly appreciate each and every one of you.  It’s really thanks to you that I’ve been blogging this long.  Please keep reading in the future!

The Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated twice recently for the Blogger Recognition Award!  A big thank you to Jeyran Main of Review Tales and Green Onion of The Green Onion Blog.

RULES

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated and provide the link to the post you created.

The History of Jedi by Knight

Way back in 2012, I kind of felt like my life was stagnating.  I had graduated college, gotten married, bought a house, and gotten a job in my field, but I wasn’t feeling particularly “fulfilled.”  I had also basically stopped writing and drawing; I was consuming a lot of content (books, video games, etc.), but not creating much.  I don’t know why I hit upon the idea of a blog, but it seemed like a good outlet; my husband came up with the name Jedi by Knight and got me the domain.  I knew from the beginning that I would be covering a variety of nerdy and geeky topics, with heavy emphasis on books and Star Wars (and sometimes Star Wars books).

Advice for new bloggers

First, some practical advice: make friends with the “schedule” function.  Sometimes I feel really inspired to write, and will write several posts in one weekend, but other times I’m too busy to write for days at a time.  So probably 99% of my posts are scheduled to post, instead of hitting “publish” right when I finish them; this allows me to have consistent, weekly posts which I think is really key to maintaining a blog.

Second, take your place in the community.  I had no idea how many blogger friends I would make, or how many great conversations I’d have in comment sections, or how I’d be inspired to write my own posts by jumping off a point in someone else’s.  We bloggers are a pretty strong community, so spend some of your time looking at others’ blogs (try using the Reader to find other blogs on similar topics, and check out the bloggers who follow you).

My nominations

Along those lines, I’d like to nominate two bloggers that I’ve had great collaborations with this year:

Mystery Blogger Award

Another year, another new award!  I’m thrilled to have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Michael J. Miller over at My Comic Relief.  Thank you!

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The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma and “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.”

RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three things about me (New Year edition)

  1. I am currently using Memrise to help practice my beginner’s Japanese.  It’s good for refreshing basic grammar and vocabulary.  I already know katakana and hiragana, and the app is helping me learn some basic kanji, too.  My only complaint is that it renders English loan words in hiragana instead of katakana, which is not really correct.
  2. I got a new phone case for Christmas; it has an image of stacks of Star Wars EU (now Legends) novels.  Aaaand I totally own about half of the books pictured, plus I’ve read most of the ones I don’t own anyways.
  3. I apparently listened to 7,663 songs (over 448 hours) on Pandora in 2016 (mostly two stations: K-pop Radio and my personal alt rock one called The Alternation).  That also doesn’t consider any of the music I streamed on Spotify, which I discovered this year.  Basically, I listen to music when I’m driving, writing, cleaning, reading, gaming, working in the lab…

Questions from the nominator (Michael)

1)  If you were a superhero in real life, would you let anyone in on your secret?  If so, who?  Why?

I’m guessing my husband would probably need to know.  But otherwise, no; I don’t really like talking about myself.

2)  Where would you go if you had a two week, all expense-paid vacation to anywhere in the world?

Right now, Japan.  I’d also love to go back to places I’ve already been: Ireland, Spain, central Florida where I used to live (including trips to both the beach and Disney).

3)  Regardless of whether or not you actively enjoy doing karaoke, what is/would be your go-to karaoke jam?

I used to play Rock Band all the time, and my favorite song to sing was Still Alive, from the video game Portal.  Also, anything by Fall Out Boy or Paramore.

4)  Who would play you in the movie of your life?  (I stole this from the Bradscribe because I dig it.)

No idea.  I’m thinking Mae Whitman, if she dyed her hair strawberry blond.  Emma Stone is also a possibility.

and the weird/fun one

5)  If you had to have a talking animal sidekick for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Why?

A cat is the obvious answer, because I have two, and one of them talks all the time anyways (just not in English).  But I could also go with a squirrel or a red panda or something else cute and fluffy.

My “Best” Post

I’ve published more than 550 posts on this blog, so it’s kinda hard to choose one.  I would say the most dramatic is my account of my trip to Skellig Michael, the rugged island off the Irish coast that serves as Ahch-To in the new Star Wars movies.

My Star Wars pilgrimage: Skellig Michael

My nominees

For the sake of time, I’m going to trim this down to five people whose blogs have really inspired me and shown me their love of blogging.

  1. Novella and Bananabelle
  2. The Well-Red Mage
  3. Jaysen Headley Writes
  4. BQB at Bookshelf Battle
  5. The Green Onion Blog

My questions for nominees (or feel free to answer the same ones I did)

  1. What’s the most recent game you’ve played?  Could be a board game, video game, etc.
  2. What’s your favorite Star Wars movie and why? (If you say one of the prequels, I reserve the right to unfollow you ~_^ KIDDING)
  3. Do you have any goals for reading this year?
  4. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
  5. Going off my answer to #5 above, I’ll give you a choice for the fun/weird one:
    • What animal would your Patronus be? or
    • What animal would your daemon settle as?

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

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I’m so pleased to have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by two different bloggers recently:

Thank you both very much!

Now let’s get on with it.

Rules:
1) Display Award
2) Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog)
3) Share seven things about yourself
4) Nominate ten or fifteen bloggers.

Seven facts about myself:
  1. As I’m writing this, I’m listening to “피 땀 눈물 Blood Sweat & Tears” by BTS.  I’ve been listening to it (and the whole album) on repeat for three weeks and know about half the lyrics even though I don’t speak Korean.
  2. I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this month.  I’ve done it several times before but never won.  My goal this year is to attend a local write-in, which is a huge deal for me because I’m terrified of meeting new people.
  3. My patron saint is Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks.
  4. I can’t whistle.
  5. I got so nervous watching the Indians play in the World Series I had to stop watching and put in earbuds.
  6. I thought I would go back to Florida for college, but Ohio just has better schools, so I stayed and then got married and now I don’t think I’m leaving again.  It’s fall right now, so I’m cool with that.  I might have a different answer in the winter. 😉
  7. I’ve already started recording terrible TV Christmas movies.

 

I apologize for not nominating anyone this time, but I’m just trying to throw up a quick post before going back to writing.  Thanks for reading!