Author Self-Interview! (Fun Facts About Me)

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So the idea and questions for this post come from the Usborne “My First Story Writing Book” which is an awesome resource for helping kids learn creative writing skills! I thought it would be fun to answer some of the questions they ask myself and share!

I live with…
Myself
My husband, Steve
My 3 cats (Spyder, Mao Mao, and Icky)
Depression
Yearning

The most unusual thing about me is…
I’m a physical and mental trainwreck (who knows what is actually wrong with me???)

My worst fear is…
My husband dying.
Being alone.
Having to support myself entirely.
Spiders getting into my ears.
Getting sicker or being in even more pain.

I feel happy when…
People appreciate and compliment me.
When I am being creative!

My biggest ambition is…
Make more money as a freelance writer/book reviewer (maybe review books for bigger companies).
Work with kids again. Maybe hold more children’s writing workshops in the future.
Grow my blog/vlogs.
Advocate for those with chronic illness and mental illness.
Sell more art on ebay!

My first memory is…
Riding in a stroller and being frustrated that I couldn’t get out!

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I Fell in Love Today

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I fell in love with a glimpse of you today…and you never even knew.

But there you were, sitting cross-legged, Indian-style on a gravel walkway winding through a field of scattered tombstones. You wore a grease-splattered McDonald’s uniform and were happily occupying your own world. Your head was down, but bobbing slightly to the rhythm of whatever music was streaming through your earphones.

Was it simply a short break or was the work day done? What was it like to leave the circus that is the home of Ronald McDonald, only to take shelter in the land of the dead a few hundred feet away? The image of you, of all that you represent washed over me and still remains in my mind’s eye – a jumbled collage of America, commercialism, youth, morbidity, and the ever-present hope of eternity.

New Video about My New Children’s Book Release!

Hi everyone! I am excited to share my newest children’s middle grade book release with you all! I have been working on this book for a while now and am definitely proud of the results! “Creepy, Funny & Just Plain Weird: Stories and poems for kids” is goofy, funny and a little bit gross and creepy at times too! It is sure to appeal to kids, even reluctant readers! Make sure you check out my short vlog video about the new book:

If you would like to get a copy of this book for yourself or your kids, you can find the paperback version for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $6.99. There is also a Kindle ebook version available for $2.99! If you do read it or get it for your kids, please consider leaving a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Goodreads or even just reaching out to tell me personally what you thought of it!

New YouTube Vlog Series – Weird & Funny Toys!

So recently I decided to start a new video blog series on my YouTube channel featuring weird and funny toys. I figured it was a fun way to feature my love for unique toys and collectibles, as well as my weird, offbeat and sometimes dark sense of humor. Here is a look at a couple of these newest videos, so feel free to check them out and consider subscribing to my channel on YouTube if you haven’t already!

Some weird things I found out that I could have happily gone forever without knowing

Sometimes reality really is stranger than fiction.  A few things that you might not know that now I wish I didn’t?  Stick around!

*Did you know that there is a restaurant in Taiwan called the “Modern Toilet” which serves all of its customers from bathroom fixtures?  For instance, the commodes are the seats, the urinals are the bowls that the food is served in and the brown and yellow food is served in the shape of a turd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Apparently McDonald’s has now gotten to the jungles too.  Take a look at Shackie, an enormous giraffe living in an animal shelter in Tanzania.  Reportedly, Shackie weighs 5,100 pounds, which is quite a bit considering that the average female giraffe weighs around 2,600 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Make sure you get plenty of vitamin A…otherwise you might end up like this Indonesian fisherman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The blobfish reminds me a lot of Mr. Magoo.  What do you think?  What a honker!

Are you a book snooper?

I’ve always been one of those people who like to snoop around someone else’s house.  I’m not the kind of person who snoops through the medicine cabinet or sneaks into someone else’s bedroom, but I am constantly on the lookout for one thing…books.

So why do I search out books?  Personally, I believe that you can tell a lot about another person by the kind of books they read.  You can quickly find out if they have a nerdy streak, are into history, read nothing but celebrity magazines, have a taste for classic literature or get their kicks from comic book collections such as The Simpsons or Garfield.

I take notice first of the books that are lying around on coffee tables, kitchen counters, bathroom counters or even the floor.  That way you have a snapshot of what they are in the middle of reading (or have just finished reading).  If there are no books lying around anywhere, I look for bookcases and check out the titles offered there.  It is really fascinating when you find a book you would have never imagined that person owning.  Like a mild-mannered person owning a collection of books on sexual fetishes, or a fanatically religious person owning Southpark comics.  I don’t pass judgement, but it’s interesting to see how much more there may be below the surface to the people you thought you knew well. 

Just in case you are a closet book snooper, here is what you would find in our house right now.  On the coffee table are two Oprah magazines, a 2nd grade literature textbook, a collection of classic horror stories, a book about a Mengele twin who survived the holocaust, a book about weight loss for teenagers, several books about writing and two books about controversial issues that Christians are often afraid (or unable) to reasonably discuss.