I don’t do chain letters. Like back in Jr. High when you had to copy the letter 20 times and pass it onto 20 people you liked otherwise the dark shadow monster from that movie you watched last weekend would come out of your mirror and pull your tongue out of your belly button or some such nonsense.
I don’t do them because they are silly, they are time consuming, they suggest an absence of intellect, and most importantly because no one ever liked me enough to pass one on to me. I mean come on, am I not cute enough, am I not funny enough. Jesus Fucking Christ, why wont anyone love me enough to put my life at stake?!?!?
Well, you’ll be happy to know that someone wants me dead enough to pass one on now. Erica Lynn, the prolific author of the Love And Justice series has asked me to complete the Sunshine Blogger Awards 11 question chain letter. Per the description on her site:
“The Sunshine Blogger Award is a “get to know the writer better” type of blogging exercise, with a couple of rules attached:
1. Answer all 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
2. Nominate eleven bloggers in return and write eleven (possibly fiendish) questions for them to answer.”
So, since I’m getting the chance to relive those neglectful days of my youth, here are the answers to Erica’s 11 questions:
1. Do you have a favorite character? If so, who? (Can be from your own work, or something you’ve read before.) I love Ian Flemming’s James Bond. Not the bond of the movies, although Daniel Craig’s Bond in Casino Royal comes very very close, but the actual real Bond of the original Flemming books is probably my favorite literary character (until I press publish on this post and remember someone else).
2. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? I like television so much better than movies these days. I think a good series can be so much smarter and well developed, but that’s not the question. If I really had to pick a movie, I think it would be………oh for fuck’s sake…..um…….Okay, I’m just going to go with THE PAPER staring Michael Keaton. Highly quotable, great cast, holds up well.
3. Do you write under a pen name? If so, why? Nope, I’m completely open and google-able.
4. Name one thing from your bucket list and explain why it’s on there. I really really want to go to outerspace. Even just Earth’s orbit, like visit the ISS. I just want to see the scope of the Universe on it’s full scale and see how small our planet really is. I’ve always loved science and astronomy has always been a passion of mine. I may never get to go, but that is my one item that I’d really love to do.
5. We all have our guilty pleasures… what’s one of yours? (for example, I love, love, LOVE reality TV.) My guilty pleasure is hating on people who like reality tv. Ha, no, I jest, okay, my guilty pleasure is…Gilmore Girls. I FUCKING LOVE THAT SHOW. I don’t even need to watch it (although I’m in love with Lauren Graham, so watching it is good too), I’m happy to just listen. The dialogue on that show is so good it makes me want to cry.
6. If you could only recommend one book, what would that book be and why? I always recommend THE STORY OF B by Daniel Quinn. It’s a novel about the way our culture forces us to think a certain way. I don’t agree with every premise that the author argues in the book, but it did fundamentally change the way I look at the world. It made me question my own personal beliefs. Questioning ourselves is the best thing we can do as a people.
7. What is one way you show people you love them? I’m bad at this. It’s a fault of mine that I am always trying to work on. As an introvert I value time to myself and I just naturally assume others do too, so I don’t reach out like I should. I do tell people I love them, just like that “I love you”, but I definitely need to get better at showing it.
8. What do you feel you need to fix / adjust in your writing style? Ya know that part in AMADEUS when Antonio Salieri is criticizing Motzart‘s music and he says “He uses too many notes”? That’s me. I reread a first draft and think, Jesus, who am I trying to impress. This isn’t an essay for the SATs. I’m not God damn William Sapphire for Christ’s sake. I need to learn to be simpler. I guess that’s what I’m saying. How am I doing here?
9. What are your favorite genres to read? I like Sci-Fi and Dark Thrillers and Mysteries.
10. What is your ultimate goal as a writer? I’m talking your big picture, I’ve made it dream. To tell stories that other people enjoy. I’d like to do it for a living.
11. I saved the most important question for last… I feel like there are 3 types of people in this world. People who like the Sharknado movies, the ones who don’t, and the ones who haven’t seen them (mind boggling!). This question alone tells you a lot about a person. So, which one are you? If you’ve seen them, did you like them or not? Why? (FYI… I LOVE THEM!) I’ve never seen them, but I imagine I would like them in the same way I like Taco Bell. Besides, what’s not to love about Tara Ried?
So now my 11 questions and the people who are to answer them…..
1.) Name two times when the Movie was better than the book.
2.) Do you write to a soundtrack, music you imagine your writing set to?
3.) Do you write in the morning, the afternoon, or at night? Why?
4.) If Hollywood wanted to buy your story for a million dollars and change several major plot or character points for the movie, would you be okay with that?
5.) What would your last meal be if you got to choose? Money is no object.
6.) If you could, either, teleport anywhere in space or time travel anywhere in time, which would you choose? Why?
7.) Star Trek or Star Wars?
8.) Monty Python or Cheech and Chong?
9.) Other than your spouse (significant other), to whom are you the closest?
10.) Name the top 3 people on your “list”. Shut up, you know what list I’m talking about!
11.) What’s one story you’d like to tell, but don’t think you’ll ever be able to.