Kristian of Tales from the mind of Kristian nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I am deeply honored, however; I have been nominated for this award numerous times, and while I enjoy awards and tags, because I feel it’s a good way to get to know each other, and reach other bloggers, I’ve been getting nominations a lot lately, it’s funny how that happens. My favorite part is the questions, and I saw a few other bloggers that only answer the questions, so I’m going to jump on the band wagon and do the same. I have also been nominated for the same award from John of The Eclectic Contrarian
You can read their original posts in the links.
I invite you to answer the questions too!
- Do you like Halloween?
- I LOVE Halloween! This time of year is my favorite for numerous reasons, but I’ve always been a horror fan! I love getting dressed up, watching horror movies, sipping cider, decorating, attending Halloween parties, etc…
2. What method of murder do you most like to see in films/movies?
- Hmmm….. I’m not sure I’ve really given much thought to this before, but I suppose I like murder scenes that are out of the ordinary, ones that take work, imagination, and creativity. The movie Se7en comes to mind
3.Horror or Comedy?
- Both! I love both genres, it just depends on what mood I’m in. Sometimes I’ll find a film that is both in one. Score!
4. What’s your favorite thing to do with a pumpkin?
- Carve/Paint it, gut the insides, and roast the pumpkin seeds!
5. If you could choose between ruling the world or living in paradise which would you choose?
- Living in paradise! The old me would have said rule the world, because I was once naive enough to believe I could change it for the better, but the older I get and the more and more I learn about people, the way our world works, and how money truly is what makes the world spin, I become so disappointed and depressed. I have to distance myself from it. There is no way I would want that kind of responsibility at this point in my life. Unfortunately, there is no off switch for my emotions, and I haven’t figured out how to separate them from problem solving, so, give me paradise!
6. What human trait do you like the most?
- Compassion. I love that humans (some at least) have the ability to put themselves in another’s shoes. We are able to sympathize and empathize with one another, it leads to more understanding, it helps us learn, and in my opinion allows us to take a step back and be more aware of how people react differently to different situations. Things aren’t always black and white, there are lots of gray areas, and that’s okay. Not one of us is without fault, and we must realize this. The more we are willing to open up and understand one another, the happier we will be.
7. Which human trait do you dislike the most?
- Selfishness. We are all selfish to a point, every single one of us, but I’m talking about people who constantly put themselves before others. This is one of my biggest pet peeves because it leads to bullying. So many people have this need to feel better than others, so many people have so many issues that they can’t own up to their own mistakes, so they try to pass the blame in order to make themselves feel better. So many people in relationships are only out for number one. Let me tell you something, that is NOT love! No matter what kind of relationship you are in, if you don’t stop and think about the needs of your partner, friend, parent, child, etc… and you are so self absorbed that you only think about yourself, then you are basically saying you don’t care enough about that other person to put their needs above your own. There is no need to put another person down or disregard another’s feelings, and if you truly feel gratification from doing so, may God have mercy on your soul!
8. If we discovered an inhabitable planet and had the option to start a new life there, would you?
- As long as I could take my loved ones with me, yes, I think I would.
9. Do you believe in ghosts? If yes, have you had an experience you’d like to share?
- I’m kind of on the fence with this one. I’m not sure exactly what I believe when it comes to the supernatural.
10. Have you ever had a recurring Nightmare? Share it with us, if so.
- Yes. I still do, only not as often as I used to. I had them a lot after my mother died. I do not feel comfortable sharing too much detail, because they are very graphic and quite disturbing, but think of all the horrible things you can: war, rape, hatred, violence, murder, demonic possession, the devil himself, snakes, spiders, burning, drowning, being buried alive, eaten by sharks, mauled by a grizzly, watching your loved ones die, watching yourself die, being haunted by another version of you, pure evil, yeah…..all of that combined into one dream. No wonder I have insomnia!
11. If you had to remove either Halloween or Christmas from the calendar so no one could celebrate it ever again, which would you choose?
- Wow, Kristian…I’m glad this isn’t probable. Well I love Halloween, but I love Christmas more, so if I had to remove one, it would be Halloween.
- What inspires you for your writing and your everyday life?
- Lots of things inspire me. Nature, music, books, movies, conversations, dreams, nightmares, etc… Both in writing and everyday life. I think I can find something inspirational in almost anything and everyone.
2. What got you into writing?
- When I was 4 years old I read The Velveteen Rabbit, and I remember falling in love with it. After that I started writing down thoughts I had, unusual things I witnessed, my favorite things, etc…, and I would scribble these down on scrap pieces of paper. I collected so many that my mom bought me a journal, and I’ve been doing it ever since. As I grew older I dabbled with poetry and creative writing, and I was told at a very young age that I had a gift. I’m not sure why I ever stopped writing, but now that I’ve picked it back up, I can’t seem to stop. I literally think I’d go insane if I couldn’t write. I HAVE to get my thoughts out on paper, to me, it’s just as vital as breathing.
3. Do you put yourself into your characters in your stories or do you attempt to keep yourself different?
- I do a little of both. I think to some extent every writer puts a little bit of themselves into their characters. A lot of times I will add character traits that I wish I had, but more often than not I’ll pick out things I greatly admire about people, especially those I feel a strong connection with. I believe this is what helps me to portray such strong characters, because I genuinely care about them. They are like my friends and family members, they become a part of me.
4. Compare yourself with other authors, who would you say you compare to?
- I try not to compare myself to other authors. I want to have my own style, be my own kind of writer. I can give you a list of authors I admire greatly, but I don’t really want to have the same style they do. I’ve been told by numerous people that my writing reminds them a little of Nicholas Sparks, which gives me hope and a little confidence, if I’m being honest. But again, I don’t want to be like Sparks, and I don’t want my endings to be so sad. No offence, Mr. Sparks, I admire you!
5. Do you play musical instruments? If yes, what is it? If no, if you could, what would it be?
- Yes. I play the clarinet, mostly, but I can also play the xylophone, a little drums (I’m not great,) & saxophone. I really want to learn guitar and piano.
6. What would you say what musical instrument would inspire your writing?
- All of them except the oboe & piccolo. No offense to those of you who do play them, but to me, the oboe sounds like a dying duck and the piccolo is just way too high pitched for my sensitive ears. I suppose if I were writing about an ear piercing scream or a duck that was dying that these instruments could be inspirational though. Hahaha!!!
7. If you could go anywhere in the world and write, where would it be?
- The Highlands of Scotland…..I often go there in my dreams!
8. What makes your creative juices flow?
- Mostly music, but once again, lots of things.
9. Who are the most influential people in your life?
- My dad because no matter what kind of storm is going on in his life, he always remains positive.
- My brother because he always does his best, no matter what it is he is doing, he is always aspiring to be better.
- Neil because of his “I refuse to give up” attitude.
- A lot of you, here in the blogging community because you are such talented writers, and you bare your souls, and it takes strength and courage, and I admire that greatly. (One in particular comes to my mind, Jared of My Mind Escaping In Ink. I’ve spoke of him before, but he has looked death in the face 4 times, he has been utterly heartbroken, he has struggled with addiction, and yet he remains a light in a dark world. Where others would have become bitter, he recognizes that only love can drive out hate, and only light can drive out dark, and I admire him so much for that! More people should aspire to be like him.)
- Amanda because she looks fear in the face but holds her ground and refuses to succumb to the darkness that surrounds her at times.
- Christen because she stands firm for the things she believes in and she won’t back down, yet she’s open minded enough to listen to the opinions of others without letting it alter the the beliefs she holds closest to her heart.
- All of the above mentioned are influential because they inspire me to be a better version of myself.
10. What is important to you?
- Compassion, Empathy, Understanding, & Respect.
11. What is the message you try to put out in your writing?
- Kindness, above anything else, be kind!
Love & life lessons,