I’m so taken aback. Thank you to http://alilbitofeverythang.wordpress.com for nominating me. Please go check her blog out!
–> The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions they have given you.
4. Nominate ten people.
5. Make up ten new questions for them to answer.
–> The Questions I was asked:
1. Why did you start blogging?
I wanted to share my writing with the world, especially about personal topics relating to my neuromuscular disease. I also wanted to read about everyday lives and connect with whoever wrote about them.
2. What is your favorite thing to blog about?
I’m so used to having a concrete thesis for an essay or a solidified idea for a short story, but blogging allows me to free write sometimes to type whatever comes to mind (hopefully my thoughts make sense, though)!
3. What is your favorite author/genre to read?
Pretty much any novel by John Steinbeck, I adore. His writing is simple yet pregnant with emotion that binds you to his characters. I also really love to read autobiographies/memoirs. If you haven’t heard of Lucy Grealy’s Autobiography of a Face, go read it asap. I recently finished reading Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, and I was relieved that her book didn’t disappoint; I treasure her Dear Sugar posts on the Rumpus so much that I was afraid of even the smallest chances of being let down.
4. Do you have any unique talents? If so what?
I don’t, really – all I can think of is being able to fold my tongue, but that wouldn’t come in handy at all, I think! For a practical answer, I’ll say that I’m trilingual (I can speak English, Korean and Spanish), but my Spanish skills are rather rusty. Please, someone send me to Spain/Argentina!
5. What are some of your favorite foods?
I have one: pungent, bubbling, more-than-a-day-old kimchi stew made by my mom. It’s spicy and salty, and terribly bad for you due to its sodium level but I grew up on it and it’s what my soul craves. I also love a simple steak – just salted and peppered and Chicken Alfredo with bacon, although I assume that the classic recipe doesn’t call for that. Like everyone says, bacon is so (gluttonously) tasty, though!
6. If you could choose any actor/actress to portray you in a movie about your life who would you choose and why?
I’m going to give a boring answer and say Meryl Streep truly just because she’s an amazing actress, but since I’m Asian and there are so many excellent Korean actresses (even whom I don’t yet know of) I’d be honored to have anyone who believed in my story and had the faith to portray it well.
7. If you could be anywhere in the world where would you be?
London, no doubt. Ever since I came back a little over a year ago from a study abroad program, I’ve thought about that damn city nearly every day. London has that kind of power on me – to leave a hole inside of me that I can’t totally fill up unless I were to move there, which would be a euphoric dream.
8. What would you do if you hit the lottery?
I’d go to graduate school. It’s funny because once I was talking to an English professor of mine and he joked that I should get married to a rich man so that I could go. He was playing off of that common joke, how some girls say that they want to marry a doctor/lawyer/basically a guy with money so they could have their life all set. I just laughed awkwardly in my seat, not saying anything. In retrospect, I should’ve said that his comment was inappropriate, but I didn’t want to kill his playful demeanor all of a sudden. In all seriousness, I’m not going to expect someone to help me financially to attend, and there are other anxieties of mine that prevent me from applying, but one main worry that’s been holding me back concerns fees/loans/debt. If I were to attend, I’d like to apply to UK grad schools, but they’re awfully expensive since I’d be considered an international student coming from the US. Other than this, I’d do the usual thing that most say they’d do: donate to charities (specifically I’d choose homeless shelters, centers that research CMT/neuromuscular disorders, and centers that fight for fundamental human rights – like to help prisoners in North Korean labor camps), buy a car and a house and save money for travel.
9. If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
A dolphin, just so I could be in the water all day and swim however fast I want – not in a tank in like, Sea World, though. Plus, dolphins are pretty smart creatures too, aren’t they?
10. What are your beliefs on gay marriage?
This is my personal opinion and there are many complicated factors to take into consideration such as a country’s culture and history of adhering to traditions, but I think that it should be allowed anywhere, no question about it.
–> My questions to ask:
1. What do you like about blogging? What do you dislike?
2. Name your favorite word.
3. What, if there is one, is something simple that makes you so utterly happy?
4. What is your worst fear?
5. How do you deal with disappointment?
6. Share with us three of your all-time favorite authors.
7. Describe your favorite place (real or imaginary).
8. Who has had the most impact in your life?
9. What advice would you give to your five-year-ago self?
10. What do you think about sisterhoods?