the mystery blogger award (again)

I was nominated for the mystery blogger award (again) (as the title says; see the first rendition here) by C.M.! Thank you kindly, my friend. (Readers, go check out her blog.)

I was also… sort of… nominated by Lemon. (She said she wasn’t going to nominate me because I’d already been nominated… so she left it open to anyone who wanted to do the tag… and after reading the questions she asked her nominees, I decided I wanted to answer them.)

the rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  3. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (this award was created by Okoto Enigmas).
  4. Answer the five questions you were asked.
  5. Nominate ten – twenty people.
  6. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs linking to their most recent posts.
  7. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice with one weird or funny question.
  8. Share a link to your best post(s).


C.M.’s questions

What is one vice you must fight against the most often?

I struggle with procrastination, and with having absolutely no motivation to do things I know I should and must do.

bookcase books bookshop bookstore

Which fictional character can you relate to the most and why?

  • Hermione Granger — she loves to read and visit the library (and other reasons that are harder to articulate).
  • Janner Wingfeather — he’s an oldest sibling and shares my vice of selfishness and my desire to protect
  • Jo March — she loves to write and wants to make it her career, and she’s passionate and emotional and dramatic
  • Anne Shirle — she sees beauty all around her and loves adventure
  • Emily Starr — she declares she can’t help writing

Pick three historical figures you wish to meet and have tea/coffee with. What you would discuss with them?

J.R.R. Tolkien, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lazarus.

Tolkien because I want to talk about Middle-earth and inventing languages and worldbuilding and faith. Teddy Roosevelt because I just read about him in history and he sounds absolutely fascinating (I’d just ask him to tell me about his adventures, then sit back and enjoy the show). And Lazarus because, well, don’t you want to know what it’s like to die?

What story world would you choose to live in until your dying breath? (Yep, there’s no goin’ back.)


I think I’ll go with Lemon and say Goldstone Wood because there are so many amazing places to explore. But Middle-earth is a close second.

What is one movie you wish more people would watch? (Or a book if you’re really not into films.)

Some of my favorite movies that I wish more people would watch:

Brian Terrill's 100 Film Favorites - #62: "O Brother ...
The Odyssey, but set in the Reconstruction South
BELLE Movie Trailer - YouTube
an illegitimate daughter gets involved in a legal case about whether slaves are humans
Hello, Dolly! | The Soul of the Plot
a hilarious musical about a matchmaker who plans her own marriage
Young People’s Global Film Series: Duma / An Appalachian ...
a young boy runs away and makes friends with a cheetah
The Defense of New Haven Trailer 01 - YouTube
an allegorical movie with a cast entirely composed of children (the same studio also made The Runner from Ravenshead, and both movies are free on Amazon Prime right now!)


Lemon’s questions

alcohol beverage celebration cocktail

What is your preferred weapon of murder? With fictional characters, I mean…what else would I mean?

Iocaine powder. Because if I were to murder someone, I wouldn’t want my weapon to be traceable.

Do you prefer fiction, nonfiction, or poetry (to read, write, etc.)?

To read, I prefer fiction (though I do enjoy some nonfiction — Adorning the Dark and Death by Living in particular — and I recently wrote a post all about the poetry I like to read.)

To write, I also prefer fiction. Poetry takes a lot of work to perfect.

brown paper envelope on table

If you could be one age for a day, what age would you be and what would you do?

Eighteen. And I’d vote. Assuming it was an election year.
(I am, in fact, going to vote this fall. It will be the first presidential election at which I am old enough to do so, and I am very excited.)

Or eleven and go to Hogwarts.

Or fifty, and go on an adventure with Gandalf.

Do you ship Earnin and Imraldera? (if you don’t know who they are or don’t know the answer, it’s easy: it’s yes, you do)

It’s easy:

Yes, I do.

Which of your bloggery buddies (alliteration always amazes) would you end and why (back to murder, we are!). How would you cover it up?

You, for creating this question *glares at Lemon*

Ha, no, I couldn’t kill anyone, least of all my blogging buddies.


I nominate…

Kinsey @ Over the Withers

Hannah @ The Writerly Worm

Sarah @ Sixty-Something Trees

Madeleine @ The Introverted Raconteur

J.L. @ FantasyOrdinary

Laura @ Beautiful Things

sydney @ syd inspired

christina @ christina and camera

Ara @ Sparks of Ara

Em @ The Paper Trail

anyone who hasn’t been tagged for this award yet (:


I ask my nominees…

  1. What is your favorite mystery book?
  2. What is your favorite mystery movie?
  3. What is the most mysterious thing about you?
  4. Why do you think this tag has is called “the mystery blogger award”?
  5. this question is a mystery. react to its mysteriousness.


my best post

selective focus photo of magnifying glass


Until next time, my friends, go be mysterious!

sign off


Published by Maya Joelle

classics student, bookdragon, wordsmith, forest girl, incurable romantic seeking to adorn the dark with my words and kindle hearts with legendary fire looking for beauty in the ordinary but the men signed of the cross of Christ go gaily in the dark

21 thoughts on “the mystery blogger award (again)

  1. Awww, *is so honored* Not only did you answer my questions but you also decided to kill me! *feels so appreciated because you know people love you when they want to kill you, right?*

    But your answers were super fun to read! And now I want to watch some of those movies..

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  2. Ooh, thanks for tagging me! Your questions are so perfect, too. 😀

    Emily Starr is SO RELATABLE, isn’t she? Her burning drive to write. ❤

    Talking to Tolkien would be amazing. I feel like he'd be really nice, too, and happy to talk. And oh my goodness, I'd love to sit down and listen to some Teddy Roosevelt adventures. So interesting. So much story material.

    How someone can not ship Eanrin and Imraldera I am really not sure…

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  3. Thank you so much for answering my questions for this tag as well as Lemon’s!! I absolutely loved reading all of your answers – will have to put those movies on my TBW since I haven’t seen any of those except BELLE (which is amazing all around). 🙂

    Procrastinator here as well. It’s hard to remain motivated and persevere…

    Oooh – I love Hermione and Jo and Anne (I think you meant Shirley? The name looks cut off). Have you watched the 2019 version of Little Women? Evelyn and I were talking about it and we agreed that it is the ideal version and probably better than the book. 😉 The cast and script are amazing.

    You’re right – Middle Earth vs. Goldstone Wood *would be a hard choice. 🙂 Wouldn’t it be just the coolest thing to visit with Earin and Imeraldera?! ❤ (And needless to say, I'm a shipper for Earin and Imeradera as well. But it's certainly entertaining to see them together until they're official.)

    I like your picks for historical people, I do. 🙂


    Congrats on being able to participate in your first presidential election year! 🙂 I love to be able to vote to improve the state of our nation.

    I found Lemon's final question disturbing, and was wondering how anyone would answer it. Haha – you did it beautifully, Maya!

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  4. “Iocaine powder. Because if I were to murder someone, I wouldn’t want my weapon to be traceable.”

    i am
    messing with you

    also your answers were gold

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