Friday, April 13, 2018

The Anything but Books Tag

Engie at "Musings from Neville's Navel" tagged me for this, and since I tend to keep things very bookish around here, I thought it'd be a nice break to do something new. Enjoy!

What is a cartoon you love?

I don't keep up on many animated shows, so I'm going to start off the tag right by cheating a little and saying that the "Scooby-Doo"/"Supernatural" crossover episode is a cartoon that I love. The episode was hilarious and oh-so-clever.

What is your favorite song right now?

I hate picking favorites sometimes because I have favorite songs in all kinds of different genres, so it's impossible to pick just one. However, my favorite song right now is probably "Found Tonight" by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt. It's definitely been my most played song for the past month. I've also been constantly humming/singing "Hook's Waltz" from "Peter Pan," but that's because it's been in my head since we last rehearsed it.

What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I feel like I'm a pretty predictable person, so I'm not sure I'll be able to answer this one well. I'm not generally an artsy/crafty person when it comes to doing things with my hands, but some relaxing activities I like to do while listening to an audiobook or watching reruns of a favorite TV show include coloring, cross-stitch, and making friendship bracelets. (Which reminds me, I need to continue working on my Ravenclaw cross-stitching project I temporarily abandoned . . .)

What is your unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Ever since getting into musical theatre, I love doing background research on any actors I'm currently obsessed with so I can track down soundtracks from other shows they've been in. I also have these sudden bursts of obsession with "Les Mis" where for a week I won't listen to anything else, and when I get into that mood, I like to listen to various cast albums and compare the songs in each one.

This is my favorite version of "One Day More" that I've heard (so far).

I stumbled across this video in my hunt for the previous one and WOW, what a performance! The whole thing is incredible, but the last four-ish minutes are especially amazing when four different Valjeans come out to sing "Bring Him Home."

What is something unusual you know how to do?

My go-to party trick is freaking people out by turning one foot completely backwards while keeping the other facing forwards. It never fails to make people squeal or shriek. I also have a knack for memorizing ridiculously long WiFi codes whenever my family stays at a beach house on vacation. I think it came from not wanting to track down the piece of paper every time somebody else needed to log in with their phone or laptop. (For example, I still remember the WiFi code from a beach house we stayed in four or five years ago: 47CC3B0068DDB874. Don't ask me how.)

Name something you’ve made in the last year.

Scrapbooks! I haven't made many recently, but I got really into scrapbooking for a little while and made some for friends and family. I especially liked any scrapbooks I made that involved pictures of my cute dog.

What is your most recent personal project?

I'm not really sure what to make of this question, so I'll just go ahead and say my April poetry challenge. Since April is National Poetry Month and also Camp NaNoWriMo, I decided I'd challenge myself to write one poem each day of the month (technically I decided on April 3rd and then had to catch up so I wouldn't already start so behind, but it all worked out in the end). It's a nice way to keep myself writing during a busy school and theater season.

Here's a little snippet of what I've been working on.

Tell us something you think about often.

You have no idea how hard it is to give an answer that isn't book related . . .

The future? I think that's a pretty natural thing to think/wonder about. I don't think about it in a stressful way, but more in an "I wonder what I'll be doing in five years" or "Imagine if I ended up going into this career" sort of way.

Give us something that’s your favorite, but make it oddly specific.

My favorite kinds of socks are knee-high socks that have a fun design and are stretchy enough to not be suffocatingly tight.

Tag, you're it! Answer the questions for your own blog post or answer some in the comments. :)


Boquinha said...

I love that as you were answering a question wherein you describe how you'll get into sudden bursts of obsession, you found a new video about that same obsession. It's just a pleasure to watch your mind at work. :) Fun post!

Dr. Mark said...

Ah, so many familiar things on this list. I recognize your obsessions, "surprising" thing you love to do, love of socks, etc. I like these posts.

Maybe I'll give it a brief go on some blog somewhere . . .

The Magic Violinist said...


Oh, I found multiple videos, not just the one. That's part of why it took me so long to actually finish writing this post. :P

@Dr. Mark

I figured you would, which just goes to show I don't have many "surprising" things I love to do.

You should do it!

Jimmy said...

Hey! We have a Les Mis disorder in common. (I will go days and days in a row where my mood is to just listen to that music.)

Your foot thing is creepy!

I don't have a favorite kind of sock, but I really hate being barefoot. Except at the beach, and it has to be a really clean beach. So I love socks. And I'm not sure if this is politically correct so forgive me, but I have sissy feet. I'm amazed at people that walk around barefoot outdoors. I won't even walk in the kitchen without at least socks on.

You broke the tag rule because scrap books are books.

What an exciting future you have to think about!

The Magic Violinist said...


That's how I am! I'll go for a week straight and then not listen to it at all.

I know, it's grossed more than a few people out. :P

Ha, I used to walk around barefoot all the time, but after stepping on a couple bees and getting stung, I stuck to wearing shoes of some kind, though I do prefer sandals to sneakers. I only like wearing socks when it's cold out.

Darn it, I knew I'd slip up somewhere!

Ivyclad Ideas said...

I watch too many animated shows. :') I haven't seen the Supernatural episode yet though - I'm still a couple of seasons behind.

Cait @ Paper Fury said...

Ohhh you have excellent sock taste, and I think that ability to memorise long WiFi passwords count as as A SUPERPOWER!?? I MEAN. That kind of skill keeps worlds alive. 🎉😂😂 And I've seen snippets for the Supernatural/Scooby Do crossover but I haven't seen it yet, but I so want to?! I can't believe they did that ah ahha that's so awesome. (Also I can turn my thumb completely backwards to my hand and it freaks people out too.😂)

The Magic Violinist said...


Hehe, I know plenty of people who are obsessed with them (especially shows like "Steven Universe" and "Gravity Falls"). Now you'll have an episode to look forward to as you catch up!


It really should count as a superpower!! I don't know how it would ever come in handy on a heroic scale, but give me some time and I'll come up with something . . .

I can and I can't believe that they did the episode, because yes, it's ridiculous, but they've also done so many ridiculous things?? It really is comedy gold. I can't wait to hear your thoughts.

Aren't those freaky tricks fun? xD