Y’all, guess what????????????? I f*cking won something!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That’s right, your eyes are now lucky enough to be reading the words of a Sunshine Blogger Award winning writer.
I know what you’re thinking… sunshine? Weekes? She hates the sun and being hot. And is a very negative person with a cloudy outlook who laughs in the gormless face of optimism.
But y’all, it’s not about that!
Okay, so I can’t really tell you what it is about (because I don’t, in honesty, quite know)… except that the wonderful KTC thinks I am funny and therefore has nominated the humble Daze & Weekes to SHINE!
Before I answer any of her questions, though, allow me to tell you guys a little bit about KTC. You see, she first came to me because, incredibly, she is related to like all the people I have so far discussed in my Medieval herstory posts.
[stage whisper] She’s royalty!
I love her historical posts about the women in her family (Phenomenal Women). And I really related to Family Food History about her familial food associations (made me super emosh!). And also really appreciate her eloquent, thoughtful, and intelligent take on sociopolitical issues–it’s like she read my mind when she wrote March On, March On.
Despite being a lowly peasant who has mocked her ancestors and defiled their noble images with scribbles, KTC has benevolently stuck with me and forgiven my brazen behaviour time and again. THANK YOU, YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS.
And now, to answer her questions!
- What inspired you to start blogging?
Well, let’s see. I guess I’ll confess that this isn’t my first rodeo. Before the birth of Daze & Weekes, I had dabbled in 4 other blogs. None of them were in the WordPress universe and all of them were comprised of short (non)fiction/poetry–sort of 4 different book ideas with the posts as separate chapters. So, very different from what you see here… and really not super blog-conducive, I guess.
I started D&W in a desperate attempt keep up my writing while adding some colour to a grey office job. I guess you could say that I was inspired by the divine muse of Poowich. Unlike the other blogs, I decided to follow the vein of the humour columns I used to write for my university’s newspaper.
2. What is your favorite article on your blog?
Epppp that’s a hard one (so I will proceed to defy this question and name a billion of them)! I’m fond of some of the early ones that have about 10 views each but crack me up, such as: Trolley Service and 8 Best Hotspots on Route 53. I also think 8 Ways My Husband Is Not Like Ross Poldark is pretty funny if you watch Poldark!
But the two that resonated most truthfully with me were On a Serious Note: A Defence of Artists and Depression: A Hypothetical. The D word tends to make people squeamish, as addressed by the premise/conceit of that post, but it’s something that I live with and am glad to be able to express.
3. If you could have dinner with one of your ancestors, who would it be?
Hmmmm probably my great aunt who was in an insane asylum with Zelda Fitzgerald? And I think it burnt down? But, I don’t really know enough about my ancestors to know if there are some better, more interesting ones I’d be missing out on!
4. What ancestor would you most like to toss out of your family tree?
Again, I definitely don’t know enough about my ancestors to disown one of them… I guess if there was a serial killer somewhere along the way, I’d toss him?
5. If you could go back in time, when and where would you travel?
Well, I mean, of course Victorian England. But, like, not as a scullery maid. Although it would be tough, I’d like make my mark on the Victorian stage and be my own master. OR be a wealthy lady and spend my time enjoying all my useless skills and gentile accomplishments. OR if I had to be a scullery maid, to have some sort of passionate affair that inspires art and poetry and music… and die quickly and beautifully of consumption.
Now I’ve gotta pass the love along and nominate another blogger. And I’d like to nominate Frank Hudson, and draw your attention to his Parlando Project. For the project, incredibly, Frank (and his band) have created nearly 200 audio pieces that correspond with a wide range of poems (all written by other people). The pieces respond both to the text (used as lyrics) as well as their emotional and intellectual interpretations of the poems. Frank’s blog includes explanations of process as well as a general discussion of his relationship with the particular poem he is presenting. Visiting Frank’s blog is like being back at university and sitting around with my fellow English majors discussing life and lit. I love being reminded of poems I know and introduced to others I don’t… as well as being encouraged to use some too long dormant analytical muscles. I highly recommend it!
Please give Frank’s blog a visit, where hopefully he will answer the questions (a bit tweaked) I shall now pose for him:
- What inspired you to start blogging?
- What is your favourite post on your blog?
- Who are the top 3 bands/musicians that most inspire and influence you as a musician?
- If you could have a drink with any poet (alive or dead), who would it be?
- If you could go back in time, when and where would you travel?
And to Frank, if you choose to accept this well-deserved Sunshine Blogger Award, here are a few steps you should follow so that all devoted bloggers out there are recognised:
- Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
- Answer the questions sent by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate new blogs to receive the award and ask them questions about their blog and/or themselves.
I’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming next week. Until then…