“The man who has no imagination has no wings” – Muhammad Ali.
Well, bless my crossguard lightsabre!
It’s been several months now since my last Liebster Award. Just when it seemed like the popularity of this blog was waning, and Stats plummeting irretrievably, so then TWO Noms come through in a matter of days!
So, this blogger must be doing something right…
Here, Michael’s questions were received and worked out first; don’t feel bad about that, Vick and Drea – holding your good judgment in equal esteem!
Just having come through a difficult, physically and mentally draining couple of months, this news gives me – and especially my writing – a positive BOOST.
Here is the obligatory Liebster logo:
“Awards are lovely and always welcome” – Max von Sydow.
As usual, this Liebster Award Post works like this:
- Thank the blogger who nominated them.
- Answer the 11 questions they give you.
- Nominate up to 11 other bloggers yourself
- Provide those bloggers with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
Now, those answers you’ve been patiently waiting for:
1) What is one of your earliest/happiest book-related (be it comic or otherwise) memories?
“I thought it was a bit too quiet in this place, Boots. Here come the guard-dogs and I don’t like the look of their teeth” – Rory Pricer.
The answer to this first question was planned as a separate Post, but because it was a life-changing event of a book, we might as well talk about it here:
The Space Warriors, by Stewart Cowley, published in 1980 (and most likely bought that same year) did more than any other to spark my initial – and lifelong – interest in all-things-SF. It’s not just a tale about ‘Boots’ Walker and Rory Pricer of the Federal Security Force and their scrapes with the sinister alien: Phantor Gorth, but a compilation of the most stunning ’70s SF art, the majority of which was produced by the incomparable Eddie Jones.
If books should function as portals of wonder for overactive infant minds, then The Space Warriors certainly did the trick for me!
2) Is there an author you’ve found whose work resonates deeply with you?
Fortunately, there has been a considerable pantheon of inspirational authors in my life, such as Pat Mills, H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury (hey! another swell writer named Brad), and Arthur C. Clarke to name but a few. All of these produced work that “resonates deeply” with me – difficult to name just one.
3) What is the point of literature (again, comic and/or otherwise) in your life? What do you get from reading?
To escape, to broaden my vocab and/or to just catch up with the classics by some of the most creative individuals to ever pick up a pen/pummel a keyboard.
4) Why is your blog focused on the topics you’ve chosen? If you can write about anything, why this?
Science fiction seems quite an obvious choice with which to concentrate my blog. In recent years, whilst working abroad, this particular interest had to be pushed to the back of my mind. Even when first setting out this blog, it took a few Posts before settling on SF as my main focus.
5) Do you hold yourself to any sort of schedule as a writer (for example, you must write a little every day or do a post every week) or do you just write when you feel so moved? Why is this your chosen path?
A new Post should average every 4-5 days; at least, that was the plan, but you know, there are times – such as these particularly gruelling last few months – when other things get in the way.
But this is my chosen path simply because creativity can be quite therapeutic.
6) What role do you think illustrations play (as always, speaking in regard to comic books specifically or other forms of literature as well) in telling a story?
A very important role! Illustrations are integral to the overall look and attraction to the reader. A keen – yet out of practice – artist myself, how the covers of my novels will look depends greatly on what masterpiece MY imagination can concoct.
Look at any number of How To Blog articles and they will always state that blogs with illos have higher chances of pulling in more readers. (Notice how illos have been liberally sprinkled throughout this Post to help break up the tedium of this text).
7) Name one story (however you’d like to define that term) that’s been important to your life and discuss why.
Well, that topic is already reserved for a separate forthcoming Post, but as a clue, it features a superhero who has already appeared in two of his own movies…
8) Name one character you’ve encountered that’s been particularly important to you and discuss why.
The Doctor: “I’ll try and translate the joke for you if you like, Ironicus. You see, these three aliens walk into a bar and the first alien says-”
General Ironicus: “Silence! You may not speak to me! My light is not on!”
The Doctor: “Ah, you’ve heard it before!”
Magog immediately springs to mind.
My all-time fave Doctor Who story never appeared on TV, but in the first eight issues of Dr Who Weekly, launched in 1979.
Doctor Who and the Iron Legion featured the frightening alternate scenario of a Roman Empire that never fell, but instead went on to conquer the galaxy. (You can find out more about it here). With a script by Pat Mills and John Wagner, and art by Dave Gibbons, at such a tender age it latched on to my burgeoning interests in science fiction and Ancient Roman history and influenced me like nothing else.
But the introduction of Magog – the most foul member of that fearsome race: the Malevilus – had such a profound effect on me. Establishing himself as a god, he advanced the technology of the Roman Empire, and could take on the forms of other beings, as well as twist their minds.
So much potential, but he was prematurely zapped into an empty dimension far too conveniently. After a “redesign” he became my property. No less than five novellas were produced, expanding and improving this intriguing character.
Will have to get them out for Christmas…
9) I’ve always felt that writing is important. But, given the many, many options for sharing your thoughts and opinions in the Internet age, why do you write as opposed to vlogging or simply tweeting or sharing music or any of the other options out there?
Agreed, writing IS important.
It’s a skill/job/pastime performed long before this “Internet Age” set off. Dunno how to vlog (yet). And tweeting? Restricted by the number of characters you can use? Uff, where’s the fun in that?
Besides, writing novels, or scripts, is more challenging as it involves producing something really distinct and creative, and will (should) make a difference. To read some of my forays into fiction, see here, or here.
10) Has there been anything challenging about blogging since you’ve started writing for an online audience?
Trying to create content that will be consistently popular. It’s great to learn that a new Follower has clambered aboard, but trying to encourage them to leave Likes and Comments – and on a regular basis – is a challenge in itself.
On a technical level, loading vids/gifs could only be accomplished by switching to a different Theme. Some gifs present problems (i.e. ‘they can load, but don’t move’ being the most recurrent bamboozler).
11) Lastly, what have you found to be the most rewarding part of blogging since you began your writing venture?
Undoubtedly, meeting other like-minded bloggers and reading their (re)views!
Such a talented bunch here in the blogosphere – my only regret is not working it out and getting online much sooner!
Without further ado (Yay! Always wanted to type that), here are my 11 Nominees:
And now, my lovelies, time to reveal those questions you’re just itchin’ to answer!
“They’re just questions, Leon. In answer to your query they’re written down for me. It’s a test, designed to provoke an emotional response… Shall we continue?” – Holden.
i. Which novel/comic first inspired you to take up writing?
2. Which novel/comic book character should get his/her own movie?
3. What’s your favourite word?
4. Who is your favourite villain, and why?
5. What is the single GREATEST scene in science fiction movie history?
6. If you could invite 3 famous people to dinner, who would you choose?
7. Absolutely DREAD the prospect of Blade Runner 2! Which sequel/remake do you NOT wish to see?!
8. Which book do you wish you had written?
9. What will be the next book you want to buy?
10. What aspect about writing/blogging do you enjoy the most?
11. How is it that this blogger can EAT SO MUCH CAKE and STILL be a perfect example of hunky manliness?
Looking forward to reading your answers!
“Phantor Gorth’s cruiser drifted a short distance away from the station, and Boots edged closer. A figure appeared in the open bay door and the Commander snapped off a quick shot but missed as the alien ducked back inside.”