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- Share something unique about you
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- Nominate 10 – 15 people
Something Unique About Me
There’s so many unique things about everyone, and I think they’re often not the things that are easy to categorize! And then there are so many people out there, too! …. And then there’s the main thing, but that’s a whole life, lol! So how to know what’s really unique at the same time as actually being sharable? Without getting to know the person heart and soul and life and everything else?
I get philosophical easily. It’s just … how I think. When I’m not thinking in stories. I’m sure that’s not really unique about me, though. I’m sure there are other people who think in stories and fiction.
I guess here’s something: Time. I’ve never made the assumption that Time is necessarily linear. That what we call future cannot have an effect on what we call present and past.
If you could live in any type of home, anywhere in the world, where would you go and what house would you choose? (Like a treehouse in New York or something!).
Not New York, though. Definitely not New York. Cities are … ugly, they smell bad, and I feel sorry just for them existing!
A treehouse, though, that might be something I’d go for. A treehouse in some moderately temperate forested or semi-forested wilderness where I don’t even have to know that there’s all this technology, most of it bad-smelling or ugly, in the world if I don’t want to! Not that there aren’t bad-smelling or ugly things in nature, too.
I think I’d like some mountains, too.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Pet peeve? Like something that I can’t stand, but that even I believe doesn’t really matter? I just don’t like it?
Or something that I think matters a whole lot, but as far as I have been able to tell, most people don’t agree with me?
Well, I’ve already talked a whole lot about my feelings about technology, even though I’m using a computer, which definitely qualifies (and I also have mixed feelings about), this very instant!
Hey! I have another one! That so many of people’s opinions on or reasons for liking or disliking Tolkein’s books, namely The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarilion are the wrong ones! I have a blog post about that scheduled for next Monday, but succinctly put: they’re not gory or really violent, I get that, but they are DARK AS HELL (no, I didn’t swear or cuss, I mean it)! More on that next week!
What would you tell the you that started your blog if you could go back to that day?
Not much, really. There are things that maybe I could have learned faster, or with less pain, but none of them directly relating to blogging! And even then … I’m not sure. The knowing is in the learning. You can’t just shortcut that.
And as for blogging per se, I wasn’t in a place then to implement some of what I know now, such as that consistent posting is very helping for getting viewers and views!
Is there one song out there that you think everybody should listen to?
I don’t believe there’s any one thing of any sort out there that everybody should listen to, read, watch, whatever it is, so no.
That said, I really like both Crown of Life by Galkin Evangelistic and Federkleid by Faun.
And … not a song, at least I haven’t listened to the music and don’t want to, if there is any, but I really like the Shin’a’in Song of the Four Seasons by Mercedes Lackey. The one that gives equal time to the Star-Eyed Goddess and the God. Skies, that one made me feel something a lot like homesickness or nostalgia, or some sort of longing, what-do-you-call-it!
If there were no limits in life for a day, what would you do first and last?
Has anyone there actually thought about what no limits means? No limits?! Honestly, seriously? That’s incomprehensible, far beyond human experience and personality to comprehend. Limits are what make life … life. What make a person a person. What makes a world a world. Sure, some of those limits are accidental, but some of them are definitely intrinsic!
But maybe you mean if one could fly in a storm and dance with the lightning without injury?
But what would it really mean to share the consciousness of the storm? Is that something humanly possible? Is that something a human could remember – without going mad?
Have you set yourself any challenges for the year?
Not really. Challenges and deadlines are how I get my mind to stop working! I need a free-flowing environment, inside as much as outside!
I do hope to post a book review most Fridays, though. I’ll make an exception now and again, such as for a new release. And I’d like to publish or republish one of the Kaarathlon novels, as well as a short story from a gryphon’s point of view that I wrote and mostly just needs me to make the cover!
How many blog posts have you written so far?
I’m just going to say 250. The actual number of posts is slightly less than that, but SOME (not ALL) of the pages might be counted as posts (like the “Introduction to [World]” pages). It might be more like 255? Something like that, and I don’t want to be real careful and count. I might get it wrong anyways.
Does your blog have a niche or no?
I’m pretty sure it does. I’m calling one of my series “Raina’s Fantastic Ramblings,” and I think that kind of defines it. My niche is my rather unusual approach to all things, from religion and spirituality to writing fiction to my most-of-the-time quite elaborate book reviews! And, of course, the fact that when I’m not writing fiction, I tend to ramble quite a lot.
Oh, along with art, most of it mine, and my world-building, which ranges from diverse cultures and religions to fantasy solar systems! Yes, I think “Raina’s Fantastic Ramblings” kind of sums it up. If I was naming my blog/URL now, I think that is what I would choose for it, but it’s a bit late for that.
Not that “Enthralled By Love” is bad. I’m mostly just afraid it gives people too much of a romance vibe. Love is a very big deal to me, and romance is a very small part of that that’s not especially important to me. But maybe that’s a good reason to have it named “Enthralled By Love?” Because it is super annoying when “love” is used as if it were a synonym for romance, when it’s so much more and doesn’t need romance to be a part of it at all in order to be all it can be!
Do you have any advice for helping a blogger get out of a writers rut?
The way I am trying to manage the fact that sometimes I’m in a writing mood, and sometimes I really am not, is that when I’m in the mood, I write a bunch of posts, but I don’t post them all at once. I schedule them out, so there’s time for me to have that “not-writing-nonfiction” mood (which doesn’t always coincide with the “not-writing-fiction” mood though it can), and then get back into the “writing-fiction” mood hopefully before I run out of posts. But that’s about avoiding the issue, which I guess is a separate question?
But I don’t have any advice for the exact question. I get into those ruts (I call them moods), and I just don’t worry about it. I never have. So I don’t have any thoughts about it.
1) Is there a mythological or legendary place you really wish existed? That you’d like to try living in?
2) How have your plans/goals/imagination of your blog changed between now and when you first started it?
3) What’s a natural wonder that evokes strong feelings in you?
4) What inspired you to start blogging? Alternately, what are some of your current blogging inspirations?
5) Is there a story/folktale/fable that you really hate? Why?
6) Do you have any posts that were a lot more popular (or controversial) than you expected? Or less so?
7) How much do you think a blog aesthetic matters? What’s yours?
8) If you could be anything you wanted (from a physicist to a sea dragon!) what would it be?
9) Tell us a joke!
Well, that’s only eight, but anyone else who comes across this is welcome, too!