A while back, Sandy over at scribblesandmusings.com nominated me for a “Sunshine Blogger Award.” Admittedly, I didn’t know much about it, so I was a little surprised, albeit honored that someone would want to hear more from me.
I’m supposed to nominate some bloggers, but I was never really “good” at chain letters and the like. In the future, I’ll give a little nod to the blogs I follow, because it’s almost my bedtime.
I will be answering my questions, because I have a wicked case of writer’s block (which is a real thing, I heard it on the Nerdist podcast, where real writers work) and can’t muster anything much more entertaining this weekend.
- Who is your favorite author(s)?
Billy Shakespeare, first and foremost. I also really enjoy J.K. Rowling for her Harry Potter series (if you’ve ever heard of it), and Chuck Palahniuk. I feel more loyalty towards books and characters than specific authors.
2. What hobbies do you have?
Which hobbies don’t I have? I love to do nearly anything that’s not life-threatening. My latest heavy rotation is running, lifting, writing this blog, binge watching TV shows on Netflix, Fantasy Football, and organizing things. I’m working more movie-watching into my life over the last two years, and I dig it.
3. What is one thing that is always guaranteed to make you smile?
Guaranteed smile? My friends. They’re endlessly fantastic people.
4. Are you an Android or Iphone person?
iPhone. Apple all the way, baby.
5. Do you have a phobia? If so, what and why? (had to ask)
Clowns are one of my more common phobias, thanks to Poltergeist when I was very small (that stupid, evil doll). Less common is my fear of Muppets/Puppets…which varies. I watched Fraggle Rock as a kid and therefore it couldn’t have been a crippling fear. I can’t explain why, but puppets have always made me feel uneasy. Bees now rank high on the phobia list, but mostly because those tiny fuckers could kill me, so it’s a legitimate fear.
6. How did you get into blogging?
For me, blogging was a natural part of the progression. As a kid I wrote stories on a typewriter and shared them with my family. I enjoyed creative writing and embarrassingly, I sent a story to Ann M. Martin (author of the Babysitter’s Club series) with a letter when I was ten. My little ten-year-old heart was crushed when she didn’t immediately offer to send my book to her publishers.
As I got a little older, so did my stories. They were scribbled in notebooks and typed on computers, to be printed out on dot-matrix printers, & squirreled away in a folder I didn’t share with anyone.
In high school, I wrote for both the school paper and the Music Department Newsletter, where I also served as editor.
When college rolled around, I started keeping a LiveJournal. It served as more of a diary but at times the rants were hilarious. I occasionally go back and reread it, and I enjoy both the nostalgia and my (pre-third-life crisis) voice. I extrapolated some of that writing to an EasyJournal, which was mostly just observational stuff that I also submitted as editorials to my college paper.
Post-college (I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone this piece) I sent some of that writing to CollegeHumor.com, trying, once again, to write more prolifically and for money. They politely declined, but a picture of my beer pong table did get featured on their site in ’05, so technically, I’m published on College Humor.
I kept a food blog for a while when I could still eat real things. At the time I was cooking a lot, and since I always felt really connected to writing, I thought it may be a positive use of my skills. When I stopped food blogging, I landed myself here. It’s my happy place and I plan to stay and try to continue to develop and improve my writing well into my 30’s and beyond…
7. Introvert or extrovert?
Extrovert. Textbook extrovert. What I find more interesting my being an extrovert is that a large number of my dearest friends are self-described “wallflowers” and introverts.
8. Do you sing along with the radio even if other people are around?
Constantly, and with reckless abandon.
9. What is your favorite season and why?
Summer: Beach time, sunshine, and long days. Football season is a VERY close second, but you know that if you read this blog.
10. What is a goal that you have for this year?
To keep a short leash on this dinosaur of mine, and keep myself insanely happy.
11. What would you change about yourself, if you could?
There’s nothing I’d really change. That said, there are some moments in my life where I wish current me would have had the opportunity to speak with then-me. Then-me had been really hopelessly lost a number of times and could have used some advice and insight. It would be insanely helpful if I had a TARDIS. I think my dinosaur would like one, too. He’ll fit. It’s bigger on the inside.