Hey! I guess I did a thing!
I want to apologize to anyone who has nominated me for an award that I have not responded to, because it truly does mean a lot to me any time anyone takes the time to peruse my writing, let alone to recognize me for it. I don’t know if I just missed the nominations by Honey8 and Empowered, but if you also nominated me for something, please feel free to call me out on it. Also, thank you Honey8 and Empowered for always sending me uplifting comments and reminding me why I put my thoughts up into the public eye. Finally, a big thank you to my 135+ followers. I didn’t expect this blog to grow at all when I started it, and though it’s not massive, it is more than I could ask for.
So because I was nominated for this award twice (as far as I know), I’ll answer the questions from Honey8 first:
- What is something which you would like to achieve this year?
In 2018, I intend to finish writing at least one book I have started titled Broken Pieces in addition to a fantasy short story series I have titled The Children, though I have no idea what it may be titled when I release it. I have never published anything except for one poem that I submitted to vanity press, Eber & Wein, which I later discovered was more of a scam than anything, so my goal is to have something published by a legit entity.
- Your best memory from the last year (2017)?
That’s a hard one… I made a lot of memories and started working at an engineering firm (yesterday was my one year anniversary with them), but if you’ve ever read any of my Ruminations of a Working Man posts, you’ll know it’s not exactly my dream job. I digress… I’ll name a few and you can choose your favorite for me haha. I visited friends in Los Angeles twice (the second time I was there to record music), I saw the sunrise at the Grand Canyon 5 times, I started gigging regularly around Phoenix, I saw my best friend graduate the LAPD Academy, I saw Biffy Clyro perform (IN AMERICA!) and I went to Yellowcard’s farewell show in AZ, performed for a live album recording in Cleveland, stood up at my sister’s wedding (not to mention I built the arbor they got married under, went paddleboarding in Antelope Canyon, got surgery on my nose, and visited the following states: Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico, and California. I know it’s a lot more than one favorite, but they were all great moments.
- What is your website about?
My website is really more of a word-vomit mind dump, though Moonlight Scrinever has told me she sees it as much more than that. I mainly respond to one-word daily prompts when I don’t have any additional content to post. Otherwise, the sections of my site are pretty self explanatory, and cover everything from random thoughts/rants, photojournaling, poems, short stories, music that I enjoy, and writing community initiatives I am involved in. I haven’t narrowed it yet because as my website tagline says, “God gave us memory so we could have roses in December” and everything I post is intended to be a memory from me or help others make memories which pretty much covers any subject.
- Which artist or a writer you would like to work with?
Coincidentally, I am working with Sayer Teller on a couple things, but I haven’t met him in real life yet. I would like to work more closely with him. I also would have liked to work with Tolkien (who wouldn’t?!?) and the band Fatherson.
- Which/What is your greatest inspiration?
Inspiration comes in many forms and for many uses, but I was inspired to become a writer after my high school AP English teacher made me write a report on Ireland by Frank DeLaney. I didn’t read it when I was in her class, but I wrote that report (poorly… she gave me a good grade, but it was definitely a handout) and then was intrigued because I realized that the snippets I did read were amazing. That book made me realize there is a lot of power in stories, that history can be woven with our own variations, and I could help someone develop their own imagination by explaining some of the worlds mysteries with tales of my own. I also realized the importance of storytelling in culture, and that anyone’s story could become a legend passed down for generations to come.
- Share one happy memory of your childhood.
One of my favorite memories from my childhood is actually recounted in my short story Buddy the Duckling. But to give something else for variety…
I’ve been hooked on my memories of Lake Superior lately. My family used to go camping there at least twice per year, and we’d almost always get the same camping spot. I remember one time when we saw the Northern Lights, and stayed up until 1am (way past my 6-year-old bedtime) standing on the sand dunes that led down to the beach to see the ethereal pulsing glow of those bright green ribbons. The waves were crashing, there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky, a couple freighters in the middle of the lake had their night lights on which was almost as ominous as The Lights. I gotta get back there soon…
- What are your hobbies?
That is a loaded question. I enjoy gardening, writing in calligraphy, playing/performing music, writing (obviously), traveling, building remote control airplanes from scratch, reading, woodworking, and coffee brewing/tasting (I’m a snob). I’m sure I do other things, I just cant think of them.
- Where were you born? Something about that place or the place where you are currently living in.
I was born in Royal Oak, Michigan. I went back to Michigan for Thanksgiving this year since my extended family still lives there and it’s very different than I remember it, sadly. The last city in Michigan I lived in was St. Clair Shores. There was a castle at the end of my street that sat on the shore of the lake… I used to look through the gate to see sailboats bobbing on Lake St. Clair in the summertime when the sun didn’t set until about 9pm or later.
- Did you ever go for a family trip/a trip with friends? How was it? 😀
My family used to do a lot more trips than we do now, primarily because my sister is married and out of the house, and my parents and I have jobs and somehow always take our vacations separately. The last big trip my immediate family took was in 2012 when we camped out in Utah in an RV. We got to see a few beautiful canyons and stayed at some interesting camp sites, one of which had roadrunners zipping about. It was pretty flippin’ awesome.
- Something which you loved to do when you were a kid 🙂
I used to love “bug hunting” when I was a child. By the time I was five, I even knew how to spell the word “entomologist” and was certain I’d be one when I grew up. In the summer, I looked for caterpillars and praying mantises and cicadas, and in the winter I grew pretty bored, but usually resorted to snow forts and snowball fights with friends around my neighborhood.
And the questions from Empowered (that were not asked by Honey):
- Who is the person who inspires you the most in your life?
Gosh that’s a hard one, especially because I stand by my belief that all of my friends are legends. But if I had to choose some, I’d say my buddy Marc who is in the LAPD and is a man that is dedicated most to his morals and a deep, unconditional love for his friends and family, Bradley who is a professional musician in Los Angeles and one of the most God-fearing and God-trusting individuals I’ve met in my life, my dad who is a hard worker and the epitome of a loving husband and father, and my mother who is the epitome of a gentle heart and selfless giver.
- Share a moment that made you stronger.
When I was young, my mother had breast cancer (but she survived) and two of my friends died. I never really got to know that invincible, indestructible feeling most kids feel when they’re young because death was realized by those my age, and I became very aware of the importance of loving everyone in every moment because I could have also lost my mother in that time, and the last thing I’d have said to her and that I wish I said to my friends is, “I Love you.” My mom was also an incredible example of perseverance and selfless love and continued to provide for ME in her illness.
- What is your definition of being successful?
If you impact only one person in this life and leave them better than how they were when you found them, and can remember one person who has made you better, you have found the most precious success this life has to offer.
As a Christian, I’d take it a step further and say if my life has caused even one other person to believe or encouraged and mobilized someone to spread the Word, God has used me well, and He will share His success with me when I go Home.
- What’s that one event in your life which taught you the most?
Moving from Michigan to Arizona in the dead of winter despite backlash from almost all of my extended family taught me more lessons that I think I’ll ever realize I learned. Among them is that you can do anything you believe in even when nobody you know and love is on your side, you simply cannot predict where you will be or go in the future, the greatest blessings arise from the most difficult trials, and iguanas are not meant to move across the country in the dead of winter from a state where single-digit temperatures (in Fahrenheit) are common, even if the destination is a desert (rest in peace, Godzilla).
- Do you have a passion? If so what is it? If not, something that you really enjoy doing
Music has always been my passion because I’ve never wanted anything more than to be a performing artist, and I’ve found no greater catharsis and love than in music.
- What is one of your goals/dreams in life?
By the end of my life, I want to have more sailor stories than the Edmond Fitzgerald and Captain Kirk combined, and I’d like those memories to be preserved and enjoyed via song and writing.
- Are you religious? If so what does it mean to you?
I am Christian, and to me, it is a calling not just to claim to have faith, but to live differently and love without bounds. The main purpose of the Bible is to communicate that we should Love one another and actively express it every single day.
- What would you do if you could rule the world?
I don’t want to rule the world. I don’t like politics enough to be okay with ruling the world. But if I had to, I’d probably have a constant stream of professors giving me lectures on everything there is to know about the world and a team of advisors from all types of political parties who would sit and listen to those lectures with me and try to make decisions based on the most logical and ethical choices offered combined with their explanations of the implications of my decisions. It’d probably take a long time to make a decision, but I’d try to make the longest-lasting choices that are in the best interest of people in this age and in ages to come. See? No politician has time for that. Skip.
- Anything else you would like to share?
I proclaim the truth that anything is achievable even without support, yet I am struggling to believe in myself enough to make things happen because I somehow have bought into the lie that I need someone else to help me along, and that support is an indicator of a good idea that people are willing to stand behind. While this may be true in some cases, some people will stand behind an idea for their own motives, and some of the best ideas may pass unnoticed. I have self-esteem and self-confidence issues, and the amount of love and support I receive from all of you here on WordPress is more encouraging and impactful to me than you may ever know. Please continue to encourage everyone around you as much as you do me. I am working on myself constantly to become a more independent person in thought and action so I don’t rely on compliments and the like, but it sure has helped thus far. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
I would like to nominate:
The Symptoms of Insomnia
Serendipitous Web Life
Today or Never
Winged Words of a Wandress
Un Camino De Hojas Secas
…and anyone else who wishes to answer these questions and share their story!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you
- Answer the questions from the blogger who nominated you
- Nominate 5-11 blogs
- Ask the bloggers 10-11 question
- How has who you become changed from who you thought you’d be when you were five (dreaming of being a fire fighter, teacher, nurse, etc)?
- What is something you do to get yourself to write when you feel stuck?
- What is you favorite word (in any language, computer languages count)?
- What is the strangest object you’ve written on (napkin, someone else’s leg, a bathroom stall)?
- Is there some place in the real world that has inspired your stories? If no, how do you decide the settings for your stories and poems?
- What imaginary place would you want to visit? Any chance you’d want to live there forever?
- You sit down in a coffee shop and realize your celebrity crush is chilling at a table across the room. Who is it? Assuming they don’t completely ignore or call security on you, what do you say to them?
- You sit down in a coffee shop and realize another WordPress blogger who you respect and whose work you make a point to read every day is chilling at a table across the room. Who is it? Assuming they don’t completely ignore or call security on you, what do you say to them?
- Do you do New Years Resolutions? If so, what are yours for 2018?
- What are some things you are doing daily to actively achieve your goals or resolutions so they don’t make the list for 2019?