The Sunshine Blog Q&A

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The fabulous L.B. Scott nominated me for The Sunshine Blog! Fun and merriment ahead.

How to do:
~ Thank the person who nom’ed you, of course. (Nom = nominated, not “om nom nom.” You are not obligated to thank a cannibal for nomming you.)
~ Next, answer the 11 questions your nommer gave you.
~ Finally, nom some more folks and ask them 11 questions of your own!

What is your favorite book? (If you have 16, just name the 1st that pops into your head)
Who can have just 16 favorites?? Try 16,000! Okay, my go-to answer for this is The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. It represents a lot of what I love in a book – gorgeous writing, emotive characterization, a chilling story – AND it has withstood the test of time, being a top fave for about 10 years now. So that’s my handy pocket answer when someone says “PICK ONE FAVORITE, JUST ONE.” If I had my way, I’d have about 15,999 more to tell you about. :p

Did you go to college? What was your major? ( Alternate question: Did you always enjoy writing, or did it come out of left field?)
I did go to college – three, actually – and majored in a combo of dance and theatre. I may be your classic hermit-writer now, but believe it or not, I was a stage ham once. *dramatically flings feather boa over shoulder*

What Hogwarts House have you been sorted into?
Ravenclaw!

What was the first chapter book you read?
Probably one of the Goosebumps books.

What is the silliest nickname you’ve received?
Shana-Banana-Berry

Where do you want to escape to?
EUROPE. I am pining for cobblestone streets and old architecture, for deep gorges and majestic alps… I’ve been to France and Italy (and a little of Switzerland) but I need more! MORE!

Take me on your ideal date.
My ideal dates involve helmets and harnesses. You up for it? πŸ˜€

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Rappelling in Costa Rica ❀

What was your favorite game to play as a child? (I will accept a board game, but I will be disappointed.)
Big fan of tag. Though I usually preferred free-form, imaginative play as a kid. You know, like pretending I was a horse and annoying everyone by neighing at them. I always won that game.

If you could own any animal and not deal with the consequences (ie: it won’t eat you, it now eats grass), what would you own and why?
Unicorn! YOU SAID ANY.

Your favorite TV show?
All time fave is 30 Rock. The other day I got maple syrup in my hair and it made me feel very Liz Lemon.

If you could do anything knowing you would not fail, what would you do?
Wing-suiting.

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(Photo by Richard Schneider from WikiCommons)

Alright – my noms! I’ve done things like this a lot so I’m going to pick only people I’ve never nommed before: Carolyn Dickson, Erika Frazee, Nicola Bell, Kimberly Cifone, and Brianna da Silva. But if any of you like these questions, feel free to answer them! I’d love to see your responses!

The Q’s:
1. What’s your earliest memory?
2. What kind of hat best represents your personality? Any kind! Top hat, jester bells, a sombrero… (Even if you would never wear it in real life.)
3. What’s something that other people are fine with but totally bugs you?
4. Something that you’re fine with but totally bugs other people?
5. Favorite dessert?
6. What’s the one sentimental item (not a living creature or practical object like a phone, etc) that you would grab from your burning house if you only had time to grab one thing?
7. Favorite animal when you were 6?
8. Favorite pastime when you were 16?
9. You’ve just met a stranger. What’s something that would make you immediately like them if they started talking about it? (BESIDES books or writing, that’s too obvious!)
10. What’s your computer wallpaper?
11. Invent a superhero persona for yourself!

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13 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blog Q&A

  1. Yay Goosebumps! There’s a LONG list of elementary school/jr. high books that I want to reread… The Westing Game, The Phantom Tollbooth, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle… I’m just slightly afraid of being disappointed after such a long time. In my memory they were SO GREAT.

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    • I recently re-read The Phantom Tollbooth (a childhood favorite for me too!) and while it wasn’t as MIND-BOGGLINGLY AMAZING as when I was a kid, I still thought it was fun and creative and clever. I’m glad I re-read it.

      I *have* been disappointed with other books though, so there’s something to be said for preserving that feeling… Sometimes we read a book at an important time in our lives, and that magnifies the feeling we get from the book, so to re-read it any other time won’t have the same effect. Sometimes it’s nice to keep that feeling.

      For me, I think that if I go into a re-reading with the goal of simply reminding myself of the story, and NOT to experience that first-time amazingness all over again, I will be less disappointed. Because the first read is always going to be the best read, no matter what, and that feeling won’t ever be re-captured in exactly the same way. If what I want is to have that identical first-time feeling a second time, probably better I not re-read and just look back fondly on the book instead.

      That said though, sometimes I’ve great luck with re-reads! A couple years ago I re-read The Last Unicorn and loved it EVEN MORE than when I was a kid. I didn’t even think that was possible.

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  2. Thanks for the nomination, Shannon! This looks like loads of fun. ^_^

    And I love your idea of a date. That does sound fun!! And oh man, I want to go wingsuiting, too!! Have you ever been skydiving? It’s sooo much fun, and by the way, not nearly as scary as it sounds. πŸ™‚

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    • I’ve been skydiving, buuuut… I hated it. πŸ˜› The altitude was super painful on my ears and the descent felt like getting beaten up by the wind, haha. I much prefer bungee jumping. Now THAT is fun.

      I wouldn’t actually go wingsuiting in real life, but in the fantasyland of this survey where nothing could do wrong, that’s what I’d try.

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      • Aw, really?? That’s too bad. >_< Maybe your ears are more sensitive than mine and the wind was different for you or something, haha. Or we just have different adventurous tastes! πŸ˜›

        You know, I don't think I've done much bungee jumping. I need to check that off my list. Hmm.

        And yeah, I admit I probably have fantasies that I wouldn't want to experience in real life, either… the benefit of imagination! ;D

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  3. I used to love Goosebumps! Especially the ones with the bumpy covers. I think they might have scarred me a little though, because I still remember them all really well and find myself shuddering even now. Like that worms one? And the one where the life remote battery runs out? fijdsolfjdiosafas.
    I also finally responded to your nomination (ta again for that :)) – it’s on my blog now.

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