Beginning in April, I will be focusing on several endeavors: Poetic Asides Poem-A-Day in April, Blogging from A-Z April Challenge with a Science Fiction theme, and finally a 30 day challenge revealing personal details about myself. All of these will take place on my prompting blog: Promptly Written. I invite you all to join me there in the month of April. It should prove to be an exciting and busy month.
I also invite you to take a look at my review blog: Ravyne’s Reviews. I will be posting my first review there in the upcoming days. I plan to review every book I read on this blog. So if you are a book lover, a reviewer, or even an author, please join me there.
List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for. (in no particular order…)
1. my poetry
2. my short fiction
3. my novels
4. my generosity
5, my love for animals
6. a compassionate heart
8. someone’s greatest love
9. a mindful Buddhist
10. someone’s greatest friend
been sick… again… so behind as usual
What do you think people misunderstand most about you?
I am a very private person, an introvert and get anxiety in crowds. So I tend to stay to myself a lot. I think people assume that I am selfish, rude, and aloof. I’ve even been accused of not liking people, which is far from the truth. I dislike ignorance, racism, and prejudice. I have little tolerance for people who display those attributes.
What is your love language?
I have to admit, I had to look this one up. Didn’t even know there was such a thing as “love language,” but you live and learn. After looking over the list and taking the quiz, here is my result:
Words of Affirmation
Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important – hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten. Kind, encouraging, and positive words are truly life-giving.
I got the quiz here.
This does fit me, even more so lately. I’ve been trying to eliminate negativity from my life and prefer positive words and actions.
What is your favorite part of your body and why?
My favorite part is my legs. Compared to the rest of my body, my legs are shapely, long and slim. I get compliments from women and men about my legs, which makes me feel good. Anything that builds my self-esteem is a good thing.
What popular notion do you think the world has wrong?
There is a huge stigma in the world about the mentally ill. We are not all gun-toting murderers, nor are we all dangerous. The press doesn’t help. Every time there is a shoot-out, the press automatically assumes the shooter has to be mentally ill. This plays on people’s fears and if they hear the words “mentally ill” or “bipolar,” people freak-out. Of course, there are some dangerous mentally ill people and one can only hope that those are being treated, but some fall through the cracks. Some families do not want to admit they have a mentally ill parent or child. All we can do is continue to educate the public and encourage those who are mentally ill to seek help and for families to intervene if they have a dangerous mentally ill family member.
If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
John Lennon, just to hear him speak and maybe sing a tune again. Dinner would consist of a vegetarian display, a butternut squash soup, a lavish salad, roasted root vegetables and a vegetable stir fry and rice. I know at one point John was a vegetarian but he went macrobiotic with Yoko. He loved black pudding, so I would also have some British fares like bangers and puddings, as well as tea and biscuits. I am mostly vegetarian and I think John would be polite enough to eat the vegetarian foods.
Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
I am the middle child so I spent a lot of time negotiating between my brother and sister and between my parents and siblings. I preferred to be alone most of the time and spent a great deal of time away from the family as often as possible. I had a good relationship with my father, but a strained one with my mother. In my family now, which consists of my husband and I, I spend a good deal of time alone in my room, writing and reading online. I prefer my own company and often get agitated at my husband if he interrupts me too often. With my parents and siblings, my mother has passed on, but I still have a good relationship with my dad, brother and sister. I live over a thousand miles away, so I am not bothered by their day to day stuff. This all sounds rather pretentious and selfish, but I am an introvert with bipolar and anxiety disorders. I know my limitations, which do not have a long range. I am best left to my own devices.
List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.
1. Writing – while I now consider this my life’s passion, it has always been a hobby. I love it because it allows me to express myself articulately. I love the written word, using words in ways to describe the imaginations in my mind.
2. Reading – this is the greatest mode of escapism that exists! When reality is full of crap, I grab a book and live someone else’s life in some other world or place in time.
3. Painting, sketching – ever since I took some art classes in college, I have enjoyed expressing myself with painting and sketching. This has become another outlet for my imagination.
4. Crocheting – this relaxes me and allows me to daydream while my hands keep busy.
5. Researching – I love it when I get an idea in my head and I have to do research on it. I love delving into old records, newspapers, or periodicals. So much fun!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
5 years – I’ve written my break-through novel and am now living in Maine, alone with a couple of cats and a Great Dane.
10 years – still in Maine, have written at least 2 more novels and published a couple books of poetry
15 years – I’ve traveled to Bali and India, written more poetry and a book about my travels.