This is my first time dabbling with the “being tagged by another blog to answer questions” game. So time to crack my knuckles and get going!
I was tagged to answer questions by the lovely and talented author, Aila Stephens. You can check out her magnificent and active blog here. I’m very honored to have my little author site here included in Aila’s inquiries. So thanks, Mrs. Stephens!
I’m not going to tag other bloggers to answer these questions because (frankly) I’m still new to the whole blogging thing, and have no idea who I’d tag. Okay, here we go:
1.) What object is closest to the left of your computer and how could you use it in the zombie apocalypse? Uh-oh. To the left of my computer is a pack of cigars and a lighter. The lighter has some temporary utility I suppose by starting fire and such, but the cigars would (I presume) be used up at a VERY rapid pace during the horrors of a zombie apocalypse. Got to keep those nerves as calm as possible, right?
2.) You’re in the woods; it’s dark. Suddenly a branch cracks on the ground only a few feet behind you and all the little hairs on your neck stand at attention – what is the *first* thing you hope it isn’t going to be? Instantly and without a doubt I choose a little grey alien. Ever since I was a small child, I’ve had a very intense phobia of being abducted by aliens (probably stemming from a childhood fear of getting injected by a syringe). So yeah, if I felt a presence in the woods behind me, I would instantly be hoping so very much that it wasn’t a big-headed, big-eyed alien.
3.) What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Hmm? Not a huge dessert fan, but I would probably say cookie dough.
4.) What known (doesn’t have to be well-known) superhero would you be, and which of their villains would you most want to face? Well, Spider-Man obviously! He’s a witty employee of a newspaper office like yours truly! I’ve always loved Spider-Man comic books and all its spin-offs and variant Spider-Man series. And my favorite Spider-Man villain has always been, hands down, Carnage. He’s so evil and chaotic; there’s no reasoning with him. A perfect enemy to just beat the hell out of. So I’d definitely like to be Spider-Man throwing down with Carnage.
5.) What charitable organization is closest to your heart, and why? My favorite charitable organizations are the VFW Foundation, StopSoldierSuicide.org, and DAV (Disabled American Veterans). I’m an Army combat veteran with a service-connected disability and I’m also a member of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). These organizations to assist veterans, especially those suffering from mental illness, run very close to my heart. I donate to them and I encourage you to do the same, especially StopSoldierSuicide.org. Every day, 22 veterans commit suicide and one active duty service member commits suicide. That is unacceptable. I was almost one of these statistics. It’s an epidemic, and the stigma of seeking treatment and help for your mental illness needs to be eliminated.
6.) What is your absolute favorite thing about yourself? My creativity. Pure and simple. Without the ability to express myself through poetry, fiction, and painting, I would have been dead a very long time ago. Creative expression is the most important value I possess, and it’s the one that I cherish the most.
7.) What is your favorite season and why? Autumn! I look forward to the fall all year long and I mourn it when it hands the year over to winter. The crisp air, the earthy scent of woodsmoke, the riotous colors of changing leaves, pumpkins, Thanksgiving, harvests; I’m an addict for all of it.
8.) Do you have any special talents? I suppose stringing together words into a poem or a short story or novel is quite a cool talent. Also, being able to paint artwork is pretty cool. I also skateboard (though not as well as I did 15+ years ago), I can make delicious and complex cocktails with just about any type of spirits (and especially cocktails that were popular during the Jazz Age), I can pack a tobacco pipe and smoke it properly, I can make repairs and troubleshoot my all-original 1950 Smith-Corona typewriter, and I have a pretty good memory when it comes to literature, history and science.
9.) What were your three favorite posters that hung in your bedroom as a teenager? Man, it’s hard to remember that far back! The three that stand out were a Deftones poster, a poster of my favorite professional skateboarder at that time, Brian Wenning, and also an old poster of The Hobbit from the 1970s or 1980s. Metal music, skateboarding, and books. That was my teenage life.
10.) You’re a guest at a well-attended party, what are you most likely doing? I’d be dressed as dapper as possible with a pipe in my mouth, if smoking was allowed, and cocktail in my hand. I’d be finding other literary-minded guests to talk to.