Questionnaire of Threes For Writers

These past few weeks, it’s been a struggle for me to figure out what I wanted to write. I considered lamenting on the struggle that is writer’s block, but I feel like that topic’s been beaten to death on blogs. So I decided to recycle an old blog meme post I had filled out for my old blog. I’ve updated many of the things here, however I kept a few of them the same, as I realize there are some different readers here than the old blog.

THREE THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF:

  1. I used to be incredibly frightened of talking to people. In third grade, I didn’t talk to anyone except my teacher until roughly two months into the school year. I’m pretty sure other kids thought I was crazy.
  2. While most people I know despise the game, one of my favorite board games of all time is Monopoly. It was not only the first video game I had for my Game Boy, it was also the first computer game I played.
  3. My hair has only been dyed away from my natural dark brown color for a total of 67 days. The first time lasted one week — for some reason I thought frosted tips were a good idea…fortunately there were no photographs taken. The second time lasted exactly two months and went over much better thanks to my hair being jet black, leading the class I was training in Manila to tell me I looked like Billie Jo Armstrong.

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:

  1. The fact that there are people out there who truly believe that vaccines cause autism. The growing likelihood of a smallpox/rubella/measles outbreak scares the shit out of me.
  2. I’m not a big fan of horror films. Some of them are incredibly predictable and cliche, and those aren’t so bad. But if the film is scary and has twists you don’t see coming? I’m out.
  3. The fact that American healthcare still isn’t particularly affordable is pretty chilling too.

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:

  1. WiFi is usually near the top of my daily needs list. It allows me to most of my job and writing, not to mention keeps me sane while waiting in long lines. On top of that, having wifi allows me to be cheap with my cell phone data plan((I’m in no way still bitter about Verizon taking away unlimited data. I have no idea what you’re talking about.)).
  2. Food. I do love good food.
  3. Air conditioning and/or a fan. Even in the winter, I’m usually sweating far too much for my own good. Air conditioning is a godsend, particularly now that I have a new car where the AC actually works.

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES:

  1. You’re looking at the number one item on the list.
  2. As geeky as it may sound, I love messing around with spreadsheet data. I’d wager to say that I know Microsoft Excel better than the average person, and have a desktop folder or two of spreadsheets to prove it…most of which are just my own fun.
  3. I really enjoy playing Whirlyball. I can’t begin to explain how fun this is to play with super competitive people.

THREE CAREERS YOU’RE CONSIDERING/YOU’VE CONSIDERED:
I wrote about this a long time ago in the past and may have to bring that post over here at some point in the future. That said, here are three areas I’ve considered.

  1. Sports statistician
  2. History teacher
  3. Jazz trumpeter

THREE BOOKS YOU HAVE RECENTLY READ:

  1. How to be Yourself on the Internet by Samantha Clarke
  2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WORKING ON, WRITING WISE:

  1. Technically, I’m still working on my ebook. In a very literal sense, it’s in the editor’s hands, but I think it still counts in this case.
  2. I’ve started working on another story, this one longer form. It’s a concept story I wanted to try based off of a character I had previously created for a different story, but never ended up using. Still early, but it’s a fun story to write.
  3. I can’t begin to mention how often I have to write for work. It makes the two above projects go much, much slower, as I just lack motivation to write some days.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:

  1. Get a book published. This one is becoming more of a reality than I ever thought it would be.
  2. Win some sort of work related award. I have no idea what this would be to expand on it further, but it’s on my “someday” radar.
  3. Uh…yeah. Don’t have a third. At least not one I can think of off of the top of my head. Ask me after the wedding.

THREE CELEB IDOLS:

This item was originally listed as celebrity idols or crushes, however I figure revealing celebrity crushes would be detrimental to my engagement. So, just idols.

  1. Chris Kluwe is up there for sure. The former Minnesota Vikings’ punter is an activist for many groups, most notably the LGBT community, and from what I’ve heard wrote a hell of a book.
  2. Stephen Colbert is enough of an idol that he’s one of the two people I based my radio show personality off of when I did radio (the other being Jeremy Schaap…odd combination, I know). It’s already been stated that Colbert will not be staying in his current character when he takes over for David Letterman next year, however I fully anticipate him being a success regardless.
  3. For as much as he gets hate in Northeast Ohio, I’m a big fan of Bill Simmons as a writer. The wit and writing style he uses in his long-form pieces is engaging and entertaining — both of which are qualities I strive to have in my writing.

THREE QUOTES:

  1. “I don’t accept the status quo. I do accept Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.” – Stephen Colbert
  2. “Inside every cynical person, there’s a disappointed idealist.” – George Carlin
  3. “May your life someday be as awesome as you pretend it is on Facebook.” – Unknown

 

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5 thoughts on “Questionnaire of Threes For Writers

    1. It was a great book. Not quite my favorite dystopian novel ever, but it’s in the top three with “Feed” by M.T. Anderson and “1984” by George Orwell.

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      1. I read Brave New World for my senior year English class in high school and it’s probably my favorite book that I was ever forced to read. I’d like to read it again now that I’m an adult to see if my opinions change or if I get something new out of it.

        I’ve never read 1984 or anything by George Orwell actually but I feel like I need to change that soon.

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        1. 1984 is a great read. I had to read it in my senior year English class and have reread it 5-7 times since then. It’s not so much that I get something new out of it every time (though that does happen here and there), it’s that the book seems more and more realistic with each passing year.

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