So a few weeks ago, I got my first ever blogger award nomination from the truly very lovely Shokamoka, and being completely unfamiliar with the concept of pride, I used the occasion to shamelessly beg for more nominations.

Well it seems that the way too kind Crimson from the wonderful Crimson is blogging, took pity on me because here I go again with the Unique Blogger Award. I’m much more used to being called “unique” in a passive aggressive way so this is an adjustment!

By the way, the questions change so make sure to go check out Crimson’s Unique Blogger Post for some truly great book suggestions, and the rest of the blog for some truly fun posts.


The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

First, dear friends, let’s all take a moment to enjoy these questions:

  1. If you could turn into any mythical creature, which would you be and why? And what would you do as this mythical creature?
  2. Oh no! It’s the zombie apocalypse! What are your weapons of choice (up to 3 that you can realistically carry around) and what 3 bloggers would be on your survival team? Yes I’m thinking something similar to L4D
  3. Related to Q2, what is your zombie apocalypse team survival playlist? Add as many or few songs as you’d like!

Not only are they truly fabulous questions that will put my own to shame (another word I need to look up the definition of) but also very useful information to have on hand.

Let’s get this party started!

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My first, very ill conceived, idea

If you could turn into any mythical creature, which would you be and why? And what would you do as this mythical creature?

At first I thought for sure something that could fly. Like most sad little earthbound creatures, I have always had a deep longing to soar in the sky. And then I thought: flying is probably some type of exercise…I mean I can already do such impressive physical feats as running, jumping and swimming and have devoted my life to avoiding them all as much as possible, so if I were to be really honest with myself, flying would probably be like a gym thing where I’d do it super enthusiastically for 3 days and then never again…

On top of that, my frequent flyer miles are just rotting away because the thought of air travel fills me with just a smidge less enthusiasm than the thought of extensive dental work. So out the window went that idea.

Let me tell you folks, trying to find a creature of legend that I someone as decidedly mundane as me could realistically embody wasn’t easy. In the end I gave up and choose something cool instead: the Dullahan.

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Basically already me!

You guys probably all know this, but just in case:

The Dullahan is a headless rider, usually on a black horse who carries his or her own head under one arm. Usually, the Dullahan is male, but there are some female versions. The mouth is usually in a hideous grin that touches both sides of the head. Its eyes are constantly moving about and can see across the countryside even during the darkest nights. The flesh of the head is said to have the color and consistency of moldy cheese. The Dullahan uses the spine of a human corpse for a whip, and its wagon is adorned with funeral objects (e.g., candles in skulls to light the way, the spokes of the wheels are made from thigh bones, the wagon’s covering made from a worm-chewed pall or dried human skin). When the Dullahan stops riding, that is where a person is due to die. The Dullahan calls out the person’s name, at which point the person immediately perishes.

There is no way to bar the road against a Dullahan—all locks and gates open to them when they approach. They do not appreciate being watched while on their errands, throwing a basin of blood on those who dare to do so (often a mark that they are among the next to die), or even lashing out the watchers’ eyes with their whips. They are frightened of gold, and even a single gold pin can drive a Dullahan away – via Wikipedia.

First of all, who doesn’t want to be Celty? No one, that’s who.

Second, they use spines for whips…how cool is that? Not that practical, granted, but downright metal. Also, just straight up throwing buckets of blood at peeps so they’ll leave me alone seems like something I would do anyways. Now the mouldy cheese head part isn’t all that great but you don’t actually ***have*** to carry it around with you. I could just dump it in a safe deposit box somewhere. Think of all the money I would save on makeup!

As for what I would do. Let’s be honest here folks. Whenever I don’t absolutely have to go harbing someone’s death, I would play video games and watch anime. Maybe blog a bit. Walk the dog (oohhh I could combine that with the death heralding)…

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Just wait till she meets the zombies

Oh no! It’s the zombie apocalypse! What are your weapons of choice (up to 3 that you can realistically carry around) and what 3 bloggers would be on your survival team? Yes I’m thinking something similar to L4D

See – I figured tank but noooo, gotta step on my dreams. First up let’s go with a Glock 17 – 9mm (17 rds). A fairly light and very easy to get handgun with a decent magazine that means you won’t be reloading every other shot. This is a “full size” handgun which makes it easier to shoot since there’s more mass to absorb recoil, a larger area to grip, and a longer sight radius from the front sight to the rear sight. Most importantly, it’s fun to say Glock.

My experience with non digital guns being super limited, the aforementioned Glock will most likely be used to shot myself in the foot at some inopportune moment (cause there are some great moments to shoot yourself in the foot…) and maybe barter for bandages for my foot with other survivors. So once that’s gone I’ll need a more reliable weapon and I’m thinking bow.  I have used a lot of bows and am decent with them. Ammo can be crafted fairly easily. If it’s good enough for Katniss, who am I to argue.

Lastly, I’m going to say, a Ka-Bar Becker BK2 “Campanion” Fixed Blade Knife (I looked these weapons up on the net folks, now I’m probably on some really awesome watch lists). I’m going to need a knife to craft the arrows in question and this one had “companion” in the name. I have deep and pure feelings for companion cubes.

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I’m assuming this is what it looks like

As for the 3 blogger team. I haven’t actually been around for very long so I don’t know you guys well enough to figure out who’s least likely to use me for fodder… From the awesome folks I have gotten to know a tiny bit I’m going to say: Shoka because we need a cook, Remy because I’m almost certain he’s too nice to feed me to the zombies in my sleep and Crimson because she thought of this question so I’m assuming she has a plan! My job will be moral support. Image result for anime tiny cheerleader gif

Related to Q2, what is your zombie apocalypse team survival playlist? Add as many or few songs as you’d like!

Can’t I just keep my Spotify, which will definitely still be working because the machines took over long ago. Open your eyes people! Honestly the list is way too long but I figure Ride of the Valkyries is a must. Can it even be considered survival if that doesn’t play at some point?

So here are my own noms, of course there is no pressure here because I know a lot of you guys get these every day, but know that it’s out of love:

(I’ll be honest, I don’t know if any of these bloggers will read this…)

  1. Ospreyshire
  2. Starchaser187
  3. Lady Otaku
  4. The Cinemoptimist
  5. Let’s Talk Anime
  6. Zero Drama Anime
  7. Moe Gamer
  8. Slow Anime
  9. dorkdva
  10. Schizoidmouse

My questions aren’t nearly as fun or impressive as Crimson’s but I was honestly curious:

  1. What post was your favorite to write and why?
  2. Is there a subject you would like to write about but haven’t quite figured out how to do it yet?
  3. What was the last random thing that made you happy?

I didn’t want to bug too many people but if you actually want to answer those out of the kindness of your hearts, please do so, I would love to know. 

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41 thoughts

  1. Congrats and thanks for the nomination, Irina! I always love these little awards, they’re always so fun to read and do. I’ll be sure to get mine out within the next few days

  2. Congratulations!

    So, which mythological creature? Hm… how about… a zombie? I’d be doing pretty much the same thing as always (lurching around and moaning), and the zombie apocalypse wouldn’t be a big deal. I could then be lurching around to the Monster Mash, which would be a slight improvement over the constant moaning.

    I personally think the zombie apocalypse has come, been and gone, and nobody noticed.

  3. Congratulations!
    Oh my god, you didn’t just compare going to gym with flying. And yes, throwing buckets of blood at people is a good idea.

  4. Congratulations on the nomination!

    Dullahans are even more metal than I thought!
    Oh, it was cool learning that you’re experienced with a bow and arrow. Should be easy headshotting zombies, then, right?
    Yeah, I probably wouldn’t feed you to the zombies while you’re passed out. Like Shokamoka, I prefer the tanky melee classes and/or supporting healer types so I’m okay with being on the front lines or the medic (I can’t say I’ll know how to treat any real life wounds outside of slapping on a band-aid, though). So either way you have a scapegoat in case things go south, yay!

    I know you didn’t ask me to answer questions but I’ll do it anyways because I’m a mean person.

    1. I really enjoyed writing “No Anime Series is Perfect and That’s Okay!” Well, more like I’m happy with how it turned out even though I threw in a few memes here or there. Helped me take my mind off someone, though.
    2. Hmmm I kind of want to talk about how cellphones in anime have gradually moved away from the flip phone and to the smartphone, just like in real life. Something like that.
    3. I woke up and pressed the snooze button and saw it was still only 5 am. Being able to sleep in is nice.

  5. Congratulations on your nomination Irina, I’m glad for it cause we got some really fun kick butt answers on these questions! I did a video on how to prepare to for the zombie apocalypse 5 years ago with my brother, never posted it anywhere, so that brought up some great memories. If you keep blogging your sure to get nominated for many more awards.

      1. Sadly not sure if we still have it. The computers we kept it on died a few years back. We might have backups somewhere but I don’t know where.It’s a great memory of fun times though. We were inspired by conservative Glenn Beck who did some segments on his show about preparing for the zombie apocalypse when every body was talking about the world ending in 2012. A fun watch whether you agree with him politically or not.

  6. Oh man I LOVED THESE ANSWERS AND THE DETAILS. im sitting here at work and just laughing and hoping ppl dont think im extra crazy today and yeahhhhh i made it on the team! Cant listen to the songs now but def will do once im off 👌😎👌😎

    1. Your low standards bode well for me. THE AMAZING QUESTIONS ANSWERED THEMSELVES! Thanks again for the nom – this was tons of fun!

  7. Congratulations on getting nominated again 😊😊I haven’t been following your blog for very long yet, but what I have seen from it so far, it is well deserved indeed. Your posts are great, and this one was really funny. Had a lot of laughs reading this one 😀

  8. I just saw this today. Thank you very much, Irina! This is the first time I’ve received a blogging award with any of my blogs on here. You’re too kind. I wonder if I should post this on my main blog or my other 3 pages, too.

  9. I’m relatively new to the whole blogging community (despite having run a site in one form or another for ages now!) but a hearty thank-you for the nomination!

    This format of posts doesn’t quite fit in with the sort of stuff I generally post on my site (I try to keep things as focused on the core subject matter as possible!) so, if you don’t mind my taking a certain amount of liberty with the format, I shall answer your questions in the form of a comment 🙂

    (I do actually also have a personal blog at — I used to update that daily, but it’s been defunct for a while. I’ve been considering resurrecting it, but it’s a matter of finding the time to do everything!)

    What post was your favorite to write and why?

    Hmm! There’s a tricky question. It’s cheating a bit as it’s actually four posts, but they’re all on the same subject:

    This was my coverage of the visual novel Ne no Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto, which I got sent a review copy of by Denpasoft and was thrilled to discover is actually rather good. I even had the opportunity to “interview” the creator via email, and he had some interesting things to say.

    I think my favourite part of that little project was researching the Shinto myths and legends that form the backdrop to the story; that specific post is here:

    Is there a subject you would like to write about but haven’t quite figured out how to do it yet?

    Not really. In my case it’s not so much about not having figured out how to write about something, it’s finding the time to do the research necessary (i.e. play the game, read the visual novel!) My current “Cover Game” approach, in which I devote a whole month to a single game (or series, as with this month) and punctuate it with stuff that it’s easier to write short-form pieces about, seems to be working well for me in this regard — and the nice thing about it is it means I have content planned out for a good 6+ months ahead of time already 🙂

    What was the last random thing that made you happy?

    A conversation with my boss at my day job earlier today. (My day job is unrelated to my blogging!) Prior to now I’ve had several years of extremely unstable freelance work, or soul-destroying jobs that made me feel like crap, so to be genuinely happy and satisfied with what I do now — and for the people I work for to appreciate and like me — is a really special feeling after so long.

    I’ll post three questions for anyone who happens to read this comment and wants to contribute their thoughts. I’m not sure I know you all well enough to be able to make confident nominations at present, but I’d certainly like to rectify that, so feel free to answer these as you see fit…

    1. If you could make any fictional character real (i.e. bring them into this world) and guarantee that they’d be your friend, who would it be and why?

    2. If you had the ability to cast one magic spell really, really well at will whenever you wanted, what would it be and why?

    3. In a sort-of-reversal of question 1, if you could live in any fictional world (anime, game, manga, book, whatever), what would it be and why?

    1. Those are awesome questions – Let me think about them a bit. Although no 1 would be EVERYBODY, if I could guarantee they’d be my friend!

  10. Pffft I’m more than capable of being in the front line yo!
    Like seriously, especially when it comes to games I always pick an intimidating melee class such as a warrior. 😛

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