Well, I finally got to it! Again, thanks so much to my friend Lindsay Pate for awarding my blog!
– I list 11 random facts about myself.
– I will answer the 11 questions asked of me by the person who nominated me.
– I will then nominate my 11 picks for the award along with my 11 questions for them to answer when they post a response.
– If you’re nominated, your name/link will appear at the bottom of this post along with your questions. Follow the same format; paste the award badge to your blog, give us 11 random facts about yourself, answer my 11 questions, and choose your nominees…but you cannot nominate the blog who nominated you.
11 Random Facts About Me:
1. If I wouldn’t have chosen for college and creative endeavours I would’ve definitely joined the military and/or law enforcement.
2. I love Sushi so much, when I don’t eat it long enough I watch videos of it being prepared on YouTube, and feel sad for myself.
3. I didn’t drink a drip of alcohol till I was twenty even though you can drink from age sixteen in the Netherlands. I now drink for twenty people.
4. I’m a die-hard, hardcore fan of the Simpsons. Every Friday evening I eat pizza first then watch the Simpsons (3x) with an ice-cold beer in my hand. I wear my Simpsons-socks, my Simpsons-boxers and one of my Simpsons-sweaters. When I watch it, secretly deep down inside, I make myself believe it’s real… …Needless to say I’m very popular with women.
5. I’m terrified of whales because their mouth is on the same level as their eyes and it’s huge. Ironically I’m not scared of Killer Whales because they’re actually dolphins. Technically dolphins are whales but I ignore that fact.
6. My one grandfather earned one of the highest decorations one could earn during World War II for “Exceptional bravery in face of the enemy”; my other grandfather stole a Naval vessel just after WWII and tried to sail to foreign waters to sell the boat – he and the crew were caught and he spent several years in jail.
7. If my current books and stories fail I will become a screenwriter for weird porn movies, the first one will be: “Perry Hotter and the Prisoner of Ass-Kabang.”
8. Though I will often admit to small problems, I will never admit when I’m in real trouble and slowly succumb to the problems I’m facing before I will reluctantly accept help.
9. Despite popular belief I’m very calm, laid back and overtly polite most of the time.
10. I am thick on politics, religion, social issues, philosophy, pro-equality and environmental issues.
11. I have a small cat toy in the shape of a fish with catnip in it hanging from the rearview mirror of my car, hoping that one day someone will ask me why just so I can say: “To get some pussy in my ride.” – It’s been hanging there for almost five years now and no one has asked yet. I’m not giving up hope.
Lindsay’s questions for me:
1. What is your favorite thing to rant about?
American politics, ignorance, intolerance. I know that’s three things – but the last two seem to be deeply rooted into the first.
2. What is your favorite aspect of writing?
As odd as it may sound, doing the research. For my books I have been doing such intense research on locations that I can now probably walk parts of Tokyo and other cities without getting lost and even name interesting facts at the spot.
3. What makes you feel the best that you have ever felt?
Being appreciated, as a writer or a person, when people see a little deeper into you and like you more for it.
4. How structured are you with your writing?
Oh, that’s a tough one! That depends, my working schedule can shift a little, sometimes I work during the day and sometimes during the deepest of night.
5. What has been the best book you have read in the last year?
La Tulipe Noire. (The Black Tulip)
6. What is your favorite genre of books to write? To read?
My favorite is definitely horror/paranormal – it’s where I feel most comfortable in writing. I’m also guilty of finding that my favorite genre to read, in large due to being able to learn from the works of others in the same genre.
7. What or who inspires you to write?
What inspires me is the drive inside, if I don’t write I feel restless and ill. There are a couple of “who’s” but I keep them to myself and close to my heart. 😉
8. How do you picture your writing career developing?
Ohhh… That’s so hard – and dangerous – to predict… I’m going to keep it realistic and say: Through hard long work, slowly paying off.
9. Who is your favorite classic author? Why?
Alexandre Dumas; Because the good man tells stories in a manner fitting even today, he is engaging but never adds a word too much, he wrote the ground work on which modern writing is based and the standard to which we all aspire.
10. Do you enjoy writing true to life events or creating your own world?
I suppose that depends, I tend to write about fictional events “realistically” – I am usually not overtly drawn to creating my own worlds so to speak, there’s so much to do in this one. 🙂
11. What is your favorite short story you have ever written?
My personal favorite is “The Echoing Howls”; though it seems that “Snowpocalypse” caused the most scares – so I’m in between them. I’d opt for the first though.
These are my wonderful nominees:
Christopher Shawbell (@CopiousCorpses)
Jason Cantrell (@CantrellJason)
J. Hewitt (@the_j_hewitt)
Gabi Daniels (@GabiDaniels)
Dylan J Morgan (@dylanjmorgan)
And, last but not least, 11 questions for my nominees!
1. Have you ever read one of your old stories and felt disappointed or embarrassed of what you wrote? If so, what was it about and what was it that made you feel that way?
2. You get an offer for your book to become a major movie, but they demand that your main character changes race and/or gender. Do you give in?
3. You wake up and stand before the character in one of your works that you’ve made suffer the most. The character demands an explanation for their suffering. What do you tell him/her?
4. Self-publish or contract a publisher?
5. Critically acclaimed by your writing peers or best-selling author loved by audience but hated by critics and authors alike?
6. A cover that is entirely what you have in mind and final say in or that will be highly popular and attract large but cheap audiences?
7. Pen, typewriter or computer?
8. What is the most embarrassing thing that could happen to you as a writer?
9. If you could pick any song that symbolizes you as a writer, the world you create and that which you aspire as an author, what would it be? (e.g.: Imagine being a guest on Ellen and they play a minute long clip of you and your work, pick the background song!)
10. What kind of book would you never want to write? Why?
11. Name one author you “personally know” (internet counts too) you would want to co-author with?
Good luck people! Hope you enjoy my nomination! And a huge thanks to Lindsay!