Liebster Lauds again my way!
February 23, 2013
“Liebster Lauds” was the first token of appreciation I’ve received for blogging about my serendipitous meetings with historical characters and now, a mere half a year later but ages apart psychologically, the same award came to Madame de Pique‘s address, this time from the sapient Aubrey over at her dear, dear web log, the Cafe Royal. So, as it’s only civil of me to reply to the honor she bestowed yours truly: many thanks, chérie!
I’m eternally eager to compile manifestations of renown.
Well, jumping in another train of thoughts, having already experienced a Liebster protocol, I find it funny to compare how the rules vary for convergent sources. It practically illustrates internet’s prolific power to produce circumstances favorable to versatility. Last time, a nominee had to propose 5 further nominees, as opposed to the 11 presently required: just an example.
Yet let us not stray from the topic and reproduce the current formula:
- Mind your manners and give thanks.
- Tell 11 things about yourself – subheadings, charts, etc. are not necessary. If you like bunnies, for Christ’s sake just say so.
- Answer to the best of your ability the 11 questions that are asked of you.
- Nominate 11 bloggers for this award – let them know too, surely, since keeping it to yourself would be mean.
- Ask the above nominees 11 questions of your own if you like, but remember you can also dispose of the questions you were asked.
Due to an acute infusion of laziness exhausting months of intellectual labor made inevitable, I’ll resort to images for the second task, the supposedly 11 personal details I think I even exceeded in preparing the following:
But Aubrey’s inquiry is not to be resolved as hastily:
Aubrey: Why did you start blogging?
Madame: Mainly to exercise my writing skills, although it eventually turned to be an activity of multiple aims and uncountable gains.
A: Do you find that you usually prefer the book or movie version?
M: For Madame, there’s ever one formula: movie version for mediocre books; they make it less a waste of time.
A: Are you wearing jewelry now? Bonus points if a parure is involved.
M: Why, of course there’s a parure to enhance the natural pulchritude I lack! Jade rings, pendant and earrings, all embedded in silver, to be explicit.
A: Name five places you would never want to visit again.
M: Turkish public toilets, Bulgarian highways (despite not being a place per se), Romanian beaches, uhm… and that’s about every horrid thing I can momentarily recall. Excusez-moi.
A: Ocean or lake?
M: Ocean for a holiday view and mountain-top lake to live near. It has to do with my obsession of owning a small body of water.
A: What is the first book you couldn’t live without?
M: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando… but then came Wilde’s Dorian Grey…
A: Are you one of those bloggers that believe that people resemble their icons? Do you, for instance, think that I am wearing a periwig and holding a star?
M: Why, categorically! And allow me to compliment how gorgeous you look wearing that raven peruke!
A: If you were alive in 1902 would you be tempted to ride in one of those new car-things or would you prefer to continue driving your four-in-hand?
M: Given I’m pretty enamored with the original Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and would rather ride than travel by uncomfortable carriages… the reply can be easily inferred.
A: Which actor has provided you with your favorite rendition of Sherlock Holmes?
M: With the risk of sounding exceedingly typical, I must forward “Robert Downey Jr.” as my final answer.
A: You’re getting dressed for work. You open your closet and find your clothes are not from this decade. Are you happy about this? What decade do you hope is represented?
M: Well, I’d love to be evocative of the belle epoque, but in a modern manner nonetheless, especially since I’m unable to go back and live it as it was.
A: Have you ever mixed a cocktail – for either yourself or others? And if you have, can you mix a tall Bloody Mary – now? All this writing and thinking has made Aubrey thirsty.
M: Madame doesn’t concern with alcohol unless it’s whiskey foam implied, sorry to disappoint. I could try ordering some absinth to quench that thirst, though.
AND now, to conclude spreading the favor I was awarded in the spirit of fair-play blogging, behold my eleven nominees, randomly ordered:
6. Team Gloria
11.Patricia Beykrat (I know, condemn me for the olympian narcissism that goes with nominating my alter ego, yet you must understand I’m able to resist everything but temptation!)