Some Answers – Not an Award Acceptance

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Trent’s World is an awards free blog. I never accept “awards”. After I had a few I did answer some of the questions circulating at the time, but haven’t felt the need to since then.

Until now.

Well, sort of. Y Prior over at In the Zone nominated me for the Liebster. I’m not accepting, but I did say I might answer some or all of the questions. Since I just returned and have absolutely zero to write about, I think today is the day. Most of the questions are about books, so close enough to one of the main themes of my blog. So here goes.

Who is your favorite character from a book? This is almost impossible, but I think I’ll have to say Hamlet. I know, it is really a play, not a book. Anyway, with a quick treading he seems so easy. But every time I reread Hamlet I see new dimensions into his character. He is so multifaceted. I can’t think of any character that comes even close. I do like Frodo Baggins and perhaps Scout Finch. A few others. But I’ll stick with Hamlet.

Who is your favorite writer? That is also difficult. I have read more books by Stephen King than any other author. Of course he wrote more ;) I love the writing style of John Steinbeck, from almost biblical to light and humorous. But, you know what? I think I’ll have to say The Bard. I have read Hamlet more times than almost any other book. OK, I already admitted it is a play, not a book.  So Shakespeare has to be my favorite writer.

What book do you want to read? I have a long list, as most readers do. I have quite a few sitting on my Kindle begging for a read, including Go Set a Watchman. I also very recently told someone that I was going to reread Macbeth as soon as I finished reading The Yearbook. Well, I guess it’s time to start, isn’t it? Funny – I have read and reread most of The Bard’s classics, but I haven’t read Macbeth since high school.

Do you prefer to read in silence or with music? It depends on my mood. Usually I have music playing. I will usually choose classical or jazz, something without lyrics. I may get distracted, but once I fall into the world of the book, an earthquake wouldn’t distract me.

What is your favorite thing to do on a lazy Saturday afternoon? Walk in the woods, the mountains or an empty beach. By myself.

Michael Jackson or Prince? Jimi Hendrix. He wasn’t a choice? OK, Miles Davis. He wasn’t either? Prince. I respect that Michael had a lot of talent, a huge amount, but he wasn’t my favorite. I think Prince has at least as much talent and was/is able to use it more artistically if not as pop-successfully.

What is your favorite book made into a movie? A tie for The Lord of the Rings (book ten trillions times better than the movie!!!!) and To Kill a Mockingbird (great movie, fantastic book). TLotR was my favorite book from the time I first read it at 13 up until about 7 years ago when I read To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time (yeah, I know I came to it late).  I love Harper Lee’s writing.  It reads almost like poetry.  There are some very big ideas that she jams down our throat with a hammer, but the language is so beautiful that we totally enjoy it.

So that’s it. Sort of. I skipped two questions, but they really didn’t have anything to do with reading. Since I did not accept the award I will not be nominating anyone else. But if you want to do the questions on your own, knock yourself out.

I hope you all have a good day!

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17 thoughts on “Some Answers – Not an Award Acceptance

  1. Pingback: If We Were Having Coffee – 12-5-2015 | Trent's World (the Blog)

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The Q&As are sometimes fun to do and, yes, it is nice to find out a little more about fellow bloggers. I write so little about my personal life that I’m sure these things do open up some insight.

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  2. Master of Something Yet

    That was a good way of approaching the nomination. It was interesting to find out these things about you, Trent. :)

    I remember reading Macbeth in school and it being all a bit weird because my two brothers are called Duncan and Malcolm. ;) I did a production of Two Gentlemen of Verona earlier this year and the bit I loved most was early in the process when we worked through the script to fully understand what Shakespeare was saying. It was a fun play, too.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Ah, another thing on your long list of talents, being a Shakespearean actor. I don’t know if I ever read that one. If I did it was in high school. In my adult life I’ve really only read about 6 or 8 of them, though I seem to reread Hamlet every couple of years. Some of the Q&A is fun which is why I have all of the Q&As in my Award policy page.

      I hope you aren’t in a lot of pain now. I’ve been out of town for a few days so I’ll have to jump over to your blog and see if you have posted any of your adventure (the non-hurting yourself adventure) yet.

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      1. Master of Something Yet

        As you’ve discovered, there’s one – the most important one. I managed that one because I’d actually written most of it before the accident. I’ve got more but I’m finding it a bit hard to concentrate, to be honest. Either it’s the pain or it’s the effects of the pain medication – I can’t win!

        I think we’re doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream next year. As the founder and director of our theatre company is an amazing visual artist, it should be a memorable production.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I did find the one and can’t wait for more. I hope you feel up to doing more soon! After that adventure, you come home to nearly kill yourself!

          I do know Midsummer’s Night Dream. Should be a lot of fun. And with an amazing visual artist as the director, yeah, I’m sure you’re right that it will be memorable.

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  3. prior2001

    Well glad the timing worked for a day you needed an idea – and T – the things that appealed to me about Lisa’s questions related to the book topic as well – and it does fit your blog themes….
    Anyhow – my favorite answer of yours is the one about MJ or P? I like the others u noted and I had a couple artists come to mind too.
    And it was just nice to learn more about u – which is my favorite thing about q & a’s –
    Okay hope your last day of November 2015 is a great one and thx for participating 💛👍
    – peace
    Ps
    “Doubt thou the stars are fire;
    Doubt that the sun doth move;
    Doubt truth to be a liar;
    But never doubt I love.”

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I used that Shakespeare quote when I did the love challenge :) Sometimes Q&As are fun so no problem doing it. MJ or Prince? When I read it on your blog, before I read your answer, I thought “Jimi!” When I wrote it, though, Miles came to mind too – I think because these artists all have brands, much more than most. When their names are said specific images come to mind much more than, say, with Paul Simon or Stevie Wonder.
      I hope you have a great day and a great week.

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      1. prior2001

        Well I can see why u used that quote for a love challenge – and it might be in the top 5 hamlet quotes – and by the way – just saw Stevie wonder twice recently – his family made a holiday commercial where they are all singing – and then he was I. An interview earlier this fall and they asked him what he was getting his teen so. For his birthday – and Stevie said “nothing” and then added – “he already has the gift of sight”. 🎼🎼

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          1. prior2001

            Yeah but it sounds like he was grounded in a good way – I think celebs have a hard time raising the next generation because while they “lack for nothing” maybe financially – they have other very real needs that go beyond dollars and tangible goods – and so in that sense they want for much (as developing humans) and the. they have all of their growing to do with the added element of celebrity status in the family – which can “funk” things up a bit too – hm
            Oh and saw the Stevie wonder commercial again last night – it is an Apple commercial and someone here was trying to figure out how he was using garage band – ha!

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              After your last comment I had to go find the commercial. It was very nice. I get what you’re saying about celebrity kids. It can be difficult for them. I don’t follow celebrities closely so I don’t know, but it seems like Stevie would be a better dad than many. I mean, he did write the song “Isn’t She Lovely” for his daughter…

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              1. prior2001

                Oh cool about the song – I did not know that – and I do not follow celebrities either – yawn yawn – but with my counselor hat on I actually think they can have extra stressors – who knows – cos challenges are part of life – and the funny thing is until recently I had never even thought about Stevie wonder since the 80s

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