I got nominated for The Sunshine Award! Woo hoo…
What’s the Sunshine Award? Is there a cash prize? No?
You guys know I rarely do these (I’ve done three in three years) but since this will help some newer bloggers and say thank you to some friends, and we’re all about helping, I decided to go ahead.
- Thank the person/people who nominated you
- Answer the eleven questions from your nominator(s)
- Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions to answer
I have to answer 11 questions and nominate some other people to share about themselves, huh? Okay, let’s take this as the compliment it’s intended to be and forge ahead. Hopefully, you’ll find some good stuff.
Thank you, Kally at http://middleme.net/ for thinking enough of me to do this to me – I mean bestow this generous opportunity upon me.
The 11 questions I got are:
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to save cash?
- I don’t think I’ve ever saved cash. Ever. I hate coupons and let spare change fall wherever in parking lots if it drops when I get my car keys out. But that doesn’t mean I waste money. I needed to get a water softener and the guy we liked was pretty expensive. I told him we wanted to go with him but the other quote was for the same equipment and was $500 less. He dropped his price to match the other quote. There was no other quote. Another time we got really slow service at a restaurant – I mean REALLY slow. So I called the waitress over and asked for the manager. No server wants to hear that. When the manager came I said it was my mother in law’s birthday (it was) and they the service was slow, the food was mediocre, and SHE didn’t get her dinner until way after everybody else, and then it was cold – all true statements. He asked what he could do to make it right. I said comp the whole table. There were 12 of us, with drinks and everything. I said, hey, you asked; now do it. He did it. I tipped the waitress 20% on what the tab would have been. So I guess those are things I save cash on.
What do you love most about blogging?
- Putting something out that people benefit from. It’s a great feeling, to help others.
What is your favorite quote?
- “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” That’s by U.S. President Calvin Coolidge and while I couldn’t tell you anything else about him, that quote strikes at my heart. I am a pretty smart guy with a high IQ and when I read that quote I feel like I haven’t done enough. I haven’t spent enough time with my kid or written enough books or achieved enough work goals or given enough for charity or helped my fellow man or made enough money. You name it, that quote, specifically about what won’t get you success, and how so many geniuses are expecting things to happen just because they’re smart, that gives me a complete inferiority complex every time. I am completely guilty of that. I think I blush in shame a little every time I read it.
Is there anything you have “always wanted to do?” What is holding you back?
- I wanted to run for political office. I think I have enough smarts and pragmatism and generosity of spirit to be a good political leader, and enough cutthroat attitude to stomp my opponent and get elected. What stops me? I have a small child, and running for a meaningful office and getting elected would mean spending time away from her. That’s what life’s about – family – and they’re only small once, so I pass.
If you had all the money in the world, what’s one item you’d most like to ‘splurge’ on yourself?
- I would totally buy a castle. Absolutely 100% buy a castle and hold jousts and all kinds of stuff. Free drinks all the time, everybody’s invited, alligators in the moat and topless Victoria Secret models by the pool. I wouldn’t GO to the place, because I like where I live, but it’d be cool to have it.
If you have one piece of career advice to share with the readers here, what will it be?
- You have more than one great story in you. By the time you get to book three or four, you see your growth and begin to understand stuff. So write several books and develop relationships with people who want to make you a better writer and who you can help, but above all else write more than one book.
Share a blog post you wrote that meant a lot to you and tell us why you picked that one.
- I wrote a post – an essay, really – that was on Facebook, so I can’t post it here, but it was posted early in the morning one day and it was about my daughter. When I checked in around noon, there were a bunch of comments from my wife’s friends that said I made them all cry, the post was so touching. That’s when I knew I could be a writer. Before that, I knew, but after that, I KNEW. I was always able to make people laugh, and doing that in writing is much harder than doing it with a spoken story or joke or physical stunt, but when I saw words I’d put on paper arranged in a certain way could make people laugh and make people cry, I knew I could incorporate that into stories that people would love as much as I did. It was simply a matter of opening my heart and being honest about how I felt about something, and if it made me cry, I wrote the piece so open and honest and unguarded and open to humiliation that any reader would be right there in the moment with me. It was a big gamble and it paid off huge, but I didn’t know it at the time, and it was a big risk for me. I was scared. I debated about going that far emotionally and exposing myself, what people would think… The story is not hidden; it became part of chapter two of my first nonfiction book, and readers always tell me that is the part that grabbed them. After reading that, they were with me, and we went places. They were happy to go along, and I was happy to take them. It made all the difference.
What is the greatest challenge facing workplace today?
- We need those flying cars. Weren’t we supposed to have flying cars by now?
What are you most looking forward to accomplishing before the year ends?
- The Water Castle, an epic, amazing fantasy story I’m writing that is gonna blow people’s socks off. Even I can’t believe how good it is. It’s just a fun adventure that goes places nobody’s expecting and has you on the edge of your seat a lot, and after a while you aren’t sure who the bad guys are and who’s lying and who you can trust… it’s a fun book.
Name 3 things on your bucket list.
- Most bucket lists are things people wish they could do but will probably never do. My list is things I am absolutely 100% going to do, and soon. First, we are going to go to Cabo San Lucas and ride or swim with whales. Look for that within 24 months. Second, I am going to dive a shipwreck where there’s treasure, like a lost Spanish galleon. That’s just the coolest thing ever. I even got invited to do that a few months ago by the owner of a house we rented in the Keys, but somehow I became convinced he was actually trying to murder me and I declined to go out on his boat with him and his shady-looking friend. Third, I have a friend – could be male, could be female – who seems to be unable to finish his/her amazing book AND I AM ABSOLUTELY GOING TO MAKE SURE THEY FINISH IT AND GET IT PUBLISHED!!
Name your current favorite song playing on your playlist right now.
- Am I the only person who doesn’t have a playlist? Good music stopped being made a while ago, so it’d be an oldie, like from the 80’s. With very few exceptions, today’s music sucks – but it could be that I have a young daughter and I haven’t listened to any music except Radio Disney for five years. Same with TV. Disney and Nickelodean rule our home these days. Although Little Einsteins has a few good episodes and Gravity Falls may be the best show on TV.
Here are my nominees
- http://fourthgenerationfarmgirl.com/ (I know you have tons of free time on a farm)
- https://onehotflashinmama.wordpress.com/ (We don’t hear enough from NB)
- https://pisscoffeeandvinegar.wordpress.com/ (I know you don’t do them. Do this one!)
- https://cswilde.wordpress.com/ (for the truly literate out there)
- https://skinnyandsingle.wordpress.com/ (need the ‘tude!)
- https://scribblesoncocktailnapkins.wordpress.com/ (Must answer all questions in memes)
- http://authorcjandrews.com/ (don’t you have the day off?)
- https://disastersofathirtysomething.wordpress.com/ (this will be funny, I just know)
- https://mermaidspurse.wordpress.com/ (all watercolored answers, please. Please?)
- http://allisonmaruska.com/ (though you’d escaped, eh?)
- http://stanislavakohut.com/ (For the upscale view)
And here are the questions for my nominees. 11 is a lot so pace yourself.
- Where is the strangest place you even made whoopee? (Yes, that’s from the 1960’s classic TV show the newlywed game. I told you, we watch a lot of Nickelodean around here. I didn’t say I liked it. You can substitute this if you want, you coward: Plotter or pantser?)
- Share a blog post you wrote that meant a lot to you and tell us why you picked that one.
- Kiss a stranger eat a Scotch egg? (And you can’t look up Scotch eggs before answering! But it’s not a sex thing. Probably.)
- Rob a WalMart or wear a bikini at the beach?
- What is your deepest fear about your writing?
- What is your best book?
- Do you get manicures, and if so, when was your last one and what did it cost?
- Jacuzzi or dry sauna?
- Who is your favorite author ever and who is your favorite that you’ve read this year? (This year’s doesn’t have to be published)
- What author or blogger would you like to sit down and have drinks with?
- If you have one piece of career advice to share with the readers here, what would it be?
Nominees, you are under no obligation to repost this, but you’ll forever be known as a stick in the mud by me if you don’t. Come on, it takes ten minutes. Some of you might have an Award Free Blog, in which case you can consider this is just a little token of appreciation to let you know how much I enjoy reading your posts. Except Emily! YOU have to do it!