Twenty Questions

Horror author, and friend, Rami Ungar posted these on his blog, and I thought it looked like fun! (he was also thoughtful enough to tag me because he knows I love these things!) You should check out his very awesome answers (seriously, more than one made me literally laugh out loud).

I thought about answering these with funny replies, or do it as a character, but I decided once to play it straight.

What are some of your passions, hobbies and interests?

I don’t want to use my standard answer (drawing, writing, anime, photography), so let’s see. Right now I’m obsessed with a new-to-me musician, Aviators, and his album Dystopian Fiction. We’re a week behind on WWE because we’ve been watching season two of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Next week Dad and I are planning to start back up watching Babylon 5 (we’re on season 5 but stopped watching it because I’ve needed that time to finish painting the new covers – they’re all done now! Yay!) We’d start tonight but I’ll be drawing the weekly Terrible Turtles webcomic because right now (when I could be doing it) I’m working on book covers for a couple of other authors (and doing this!).

What were you known for in school?

For the twelve years I went to South Page I was “the girl who could draw good”. (Yeah, sad that my whole personality was boiled down to that one point.) In Mt. Pleasant few people knew I could draw, so there I got to be funny, cool, fun, silly, and all those other awesome things you get to be when you’re not saddled with one label. I loved that.

Scariest moment?

This is a hard one to choose. I almost went with the near tornado, but…. I grew up in a haunted house and the ghost in my closet hated me. When I was in my early twenties (and living in a different state) I dreamed that I was still a kid/teen, that everything that had happened since was the dream – and I was back in that room with that ghost. When I woke up I was afraid to open my eyes in case it was true. It was a minute or more before I would even move because I was afraid that, if I reached out, I’d discover I was in the old twin bed instead of the king size hubby and I had. Of course I finally shook out of it and here I am today, lol!

Best job?

The most fulfilling has been the author services because I’m helping people accomplish their dreams of getting a book out there. However looking at other people with the same services, I need to double or triple what I’m charging. Okay, not really, because I refuse to gouge people. If I charged 400$ for a wrap around cover I wouldn’t feel fulfilled anymore.

Stuffed animals or dolls or something else?

Both. I have waaaaay too many stuffed animals, and I wish I had waaaay too many dolls. Sadly I’m poor and cheap, so I don’t. I do have a lot of Barbie stuff, though, including a cool house my mom made forom a bookcase when I was a kid. I started expanding it, but haven’t finished it, yet. (Instead I moved into a real house that needs fixing up.)

Do you have any siblings? Are you close to them emotionally?

My brother is two years younger than me but people have always thought we were twins. To this day I’d say he is one of my best friends.

Do you like the outdoors, or do you only go out when you have to?

I actually like the outdoors. The trouble is finding a reason to be out there. As a kid you’re thrown outside all the time, and when I was a smoker I had the excuse of going out to smoke but now…Unless I’m working on the yard there aren’t many reasons to be there that don’t involve some big social thing (like camping or fishing or picnics). I try to talk the fam into eating outside on the deck, but no one ever wants to.

Are you married or partnered? If not, do you enjoy being single?

I’m married to my senior high school boyfriend. We met in Mount Pleasant (the school I mentioned earlier) and it was love at first sarcastic remark (he called someone a fruit basket – you had to be there to appreciate it). Good sarcasm is hard to find, and I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy it for twenty years.

What’s your nickname?

Jo. I like it better than Joleene, personally. That sarcastic hubby I mentioned above calls me Chicken, but I don’t own up to that one.

What would we typically find in your fridge?

Milk. Dole’s Poppy Seed Salad (I live on that stuff). Eggs (My dog has heart failure so he gets boiled eggs as treats because he can’t have salt). Some expired condiments. The hearts of my enemies neatly stored in Tupperware. Wait. Forget that last one.

Do you enjoy entertaining friends and family?

Eh, It’s complicated. I like cooking fancy stuff, I like setting things up, but I prefer to go to someone else’s house because mine is a mess (I mentioned it was in the middle of being fixed up? Right now most of the front room stuff is stacked in the dining room and there’s drywall piled up and…).

Are you outgoing and highly social, or do you prefer to be on your own?

People would tell you I’m outgoing, but really I’m anti social. I blame it on growing up in a rural location. We never had people just “drop in” or anything like that. The brother and I spent most of the summers with just us, and if anyone did come over it had to be a highly scheduled incident that involved m mother making us deep clean the house so that you could eat off every surface if you wanted to. I blame her for giving me unreasonable standards of house-keeping-for-company.

Most beautiful place you’ve visited?

Hmmm. This is a hard question because everywhere is beautiful. The place I want to go back to is Erie, Pennsylvania. It’s odd because the Great Lakes weren’t on my bucket list, but I was hooked. If I didn’t own that DIY house and have all those pets and family I’d have stayed there.

Secret hope?

Like Rami said, if I tell you it’s not a secret! A not-so-secret one involves the lottery, though, then a vacation to Japan while contractors finish redoing my house for me, and when I get home a maid comes over and cleans. Just saying.

Have you achieved the goals you set for yourself when you were younger/went to college?

I’m more of a short term goal maker. Baby steps. Like if I decide to write a book the goal is to write it. Then the goal is to edit it. Then the goal is to publish it. Etc.  Unless we go alllll the way back to when I was four or so.

What was it/what were they?

Okay, going back to when I was four. I wanted to write books (done), publish books (done), “draw” book covers (done), illustrate a book (done), draw comics (done), make paper dolls (done) and animate cartoons (not done).

If not, are you OK with that?

I’m planning to learn animation when the publishing community implodes. At the rate it’s going, that may be sooner than we think. (#Cockygate, Amazon review issues, author spitefulness, trolls, on and on)

Do you struggle with/manage a chronic medical condition?

I don’t know that I struggle, or particularly manage anything, it’s just there, but yes, I have Sjogren’s Syndrome (an autoimmune disorder), CREST syndrome (A collection of things), and the rheumatoid arthritis that goes with all of those. They complicate things, but everyone has something that complicates their life, so it is what it is.

Are you religious or do you follow a spiritual path/faith?

OOoo. I thought we weren’t supposed to talk about religion? I know it’s not socially acceptable right now, but I call myself a Christian because I believe in Jesus (and that IS the real definition of the word) but I also believe in reincarnation and some other interesting things (for instance I think most religions are really the same religion, but it’s like the game telephone where details have changed within each group over the years.)

What makes you laugh loudest and the most often?

Bad puns. Wordplay. Or some really unexpected, deadpan, sarcastic remark. Yeah, those are probably the winners.


What are your answers to these questions? If you’re reading this, then you’re tagged! You can answer in the comments or on your own blog.

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  1. If you ever win that trip to Japan, I’m coming with you.

  2. Reblogged this on DSM Publications and commented:
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