A wise man can learn more from a foolish question, than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
Land Manatee nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award and it’s always nice to have a bit of sunshine, so thank you Land Manatee! He writes highly entertaining blogs, so worth having a look if you fancy something to read.
I like the chance to answer and ask questions – to an almost pathological degree – but I’m a bit wary of putting pressure on others, so I won’t nominate anyone else, I’ll just link to a few blogs I think are great. I’ll add some questions too, and anyone who feels like it can answer them.
That means YOU!
if you want…
My questions for you
- What recurring dream do you have? Do you know why?
- If you could choose any name for yourself, what would you choose?
- What’s the weirdest fact you know?
- What’s a secret about you that no one would ever guess?
- Do you prefer to stride or amble? Why?
- Name a small thing that made you smile today?
- What made you want to write or keep a blog?
- What was your best decision ever?
- What could have gone wrong today, but didn’t? It can be as serious or ridiculous as you want.
- For a week you can have any job you want and be good and successful at it, what do you choose?
- What’s the most inexplicable thing that’s ever happened to you?
Some of my favourite bloggers (although, certainly not all)
Darnell Cureton Fictionista – he’s always writing great stories and playing with ideas. His latest, about a psychic crime fighting squad, is great.
Boo Surviving this thing called life – a bitter sweet blog about losing the one you love and keeping hope
Colin McQueen Getting on – always funny, a master of the metaphor
Questions Land Manatee asked me to answer
What would your dream job be and why?
In the world of my head, my dream job would be something adventurous and dramatic, like plant hunting in the jungle or an investigative reporter uncovering corporate wrongdoing. In reality, I know I’d find those jobs stressful and exhausting and they’d give me no time to write or be with friends, so I’d end up hating them. Probably the best job for me is the one I do – gardening – it’s hard work, but rarely stressful (where I am now, anyway), gets me outside and the people are ace. It lets me spend hours daydreaming too, which is essential or I go strange.
How would you describe your perfect day?
In the jungle, photographing colourful birds, plants and insects.
What inspires or influences you as a writer or blogger?
Blogging – life. It’s filled with bizarre little details, funny people and odd mysteries.
Writing – the same as above, but with the chance to let my imagination do ridiculous things too.
If you decided to move to a new country or city, where would you want to live and why?
Iceland, maybe. I’m curious about the politics and people and I think the environment would be drastically different to what I’m used to, and I love that.
What famous person or celebrity at any point in history would you like to meet and what would you want to talk about or ask that person?
Someone who’s done something huge and terrible, Hitler, Pinochet or Pol Pot. I’d want to understand why they did what they did, if there is a specific course of events that shapes someone like that, and if there is any way to divert that course
In what fundamental way have you changed over the years?
I had a real life-changing event about fourteen years ago when I got brain damage and PTSD, and that changed everything in many ways. These days I’m a lot calmer, less confident, less manic, more aware of others than I was before the accident. I get on a lot better with people, but I worry a lot more if I don’t.
What do you like about your writing and what frustrates you?
When writing books, I like that my writing tends to be imaginative and unusual. However, my last book ended up kind of intense, and I really didn’t want that.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog or be a writer?
To start a blog – make sure you’re writing something that you’ll enjoy writing, so it isn’t a chore
Writing – get the ideas out, splurge; then be your own harsh editor. Create with abandon, select with care.
What is a pet peeve of yours?
In writing it’s stereotypes, when the writer hasn’t really thought about anyone beyond their own peers/gender/race and so bases all characters outside of that on characters they’ve read before.
What’s your favorite book, movie or TV show and why? (answer any of them you feel like)
Books – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, because it’s joyous, funny and ridiculous, but still has some profound ideas to it.
TV – Community, because it’s joyous, funny and ridiculous, but still has some profound ideas to it. And it also has a diverse cast that avoids insulting stereotypes.
If you were to be sent back in time — at least more than 75 years ago — when and where would you want to be sent to and why? Would you be an observer or a participant?
I’d go a few billion years, I want to see early life. The first forests, the bizarre sea creatures, to discover the climate. I definitely shouldn’t be a participant, I’ve seen that Simpson’s episode.