Rhonda at Pollyanna’s Path nominated me for a Liebster Award (liebster means “favorite” or “adored” in German). I’m flattergasted (Rhonda’s site is pretty adorable too, btw).
Rules: I’m required to Thank the nominator (gladly), answer the Questions (below), and Nominate others (belower).
1. If you could be any animal on earth, what would it be and why?
Duh, an otter. Why? Well, they play constantly, they’re hyper-active, and they love to, ahem, make love. Also, otters are my wife’s favorite creatures. So, yeah.
2. If you had to write the soundtrack of your life, what would be the first three songs?
My own. I started writing songs when I was 13, so they’ve formed a soundtrack for my life. The first, “Sweet Marie,” had a melody stolen from an old minuet. The lyrics: “We never speak of Sweet Marie, we shan’t ever use that name. We never speak of Sweet Marie, she’s not as sweet as she used to be.” I was trying to prove I was clever. Still am.
Senior year in high school, my band had a “hit” entitled “Thursday Song.” The chorus captures my idealism: “Run and seize the day, chase the night away, everything’s all right, I feel happy…in the morning light.” Translation: I had recurring nightmares, but always woke up hopeful.
The song featured near the end of my new film Over-the-Rhine, “Impossible Love,” captures the longing that changed my life: “I need You to light up these dark, lonely halls, need to know You know my innermost walls, need You to live where I’ve wandered alone, need You to make my heart into Your home.” Still do.
3. If your death was imminent, what would you choose as your last meal?
“Dry crumbs in peace are better than a full meal with strife” (Proverbs 17:1). All I’d want is a heart free from strife and to be with the ones I love. That’s feast enough.
4. What movie that has not yet been made would you pay good money to see?
I’m a filmmaker, so my movies! One I’m dying to shoot is a comedy fantasy, Barthland, about a man whose body is “invaded” by a race of microscopic, and oddly sweet, aliens.
5. What was your favorite age to be and why?
The age I am now. Creaky body parts notwithstanding, I’m more who I should be than ever before. Of course, tomorrow will be even better.
6. What is the one book that has most inspired your writing and/or life?
The Bible. Nothing else comes close. But here are some runners up: Everything by C. S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton, Underhill’s Mysticism, Merton’s Seven Story Mountain, Cry the Beloved Country, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Ellison’s Invisible Man, Flowers for Algernon, The Once and Future King, I Am Legend, The Time Machine, Lord of the Rings, Dune, Slaughterhouse Five, Watership Down. These have shaped my imagination and my humanity.
7. If you could live anywhere you please, without that pesky restraint called money, where would it be and why?
I’d have a writer’s cottage in Cornwall, walk-up flats in London and NYC, a cliffside bungalow in Big Sur, a lodge in the Canadian Rockies, and more, more… Don’t need a big house. Just lots of little ones in wonderful places!