|Posted by Anna H. on September 23, 2019 at 6:45 AM|
Wow! Can you believe it? Today is the day that marks It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' 6th anniversary. How's it going my gumdrops? Before I forget, Happy Birthday to Whiskey Brewer on MeWe!
While still working for my uncle, I self-built this website on September 23, 2013. In a way, I cannot help feeling somewhat disappointed that I still haven't accomplished as much as I really wanted this year.
Since 2017, I have endured a plethora of issues ranging from dealing with my mother's eternal health issues to chores, editing, revising, and submitting my short stories for publishing, contacting publishers, voice actors, editors, job hunting, etc.
Earlier this year, I was sick at least twice. For the 4th time in 19 years, I had bronchitis and a cold. Long story short, this year has been brutal.
Since this year's Q&A blog has a few jargon-filled questions, I tried answering them as best as I could by giving them the so-called "college try." Anyway, let's begin!
Kersten: What is the most difficult part about having kept a blog this long? Also, who is your favorite Horror artist?
Answer: When it comes to Horror artists (because they are more than just Metal vocalists and guitarists), I guess I would say Rob Zombie, Glenn Danzig, and Wes Borland. Even though Wes Borland is best known as Limp Bizkit's lead guitarist, he collaborates with other bands besides fronting his own.
In addition to self-building this website, managing it, generating SEO, traffic, visitors, and loyal subscribers, there is enduring social climbing opportunists, selfish and misanthropic "friends" pretending to care about me, indifference, jealousy, envy, the bitterness of others, and copycats. Also, site and server glitches. Those have been my biggest problems.
Creating a blog is nothing compared to self-building a website full of content. All the while, trying to generate exposure and attracting the right demographic.
Tard Tardnation: What's your favorite type of weather?
Answer: I love the hot summer weather. Then again, I was born ~1 week before Summer Solstice. Now that it's fall, I dread having to rake leaves and shovel snow again.
Meanwhile, rain and snow help set ominous tones to my short stories, since I mostly write Psychological Horror, Crime, and Psychological Thriller.
Jesse: Do you ever use Duolingo or Babbel to help learn a new language? I've just started using Duolingo recently because I am interested in learning German.
Answer: Yes, I have heard of both Duolingo and Babbel but have never used either. Even though it has been years since I last took German, I highly recommend the book, Komm mit! You may also want to visit the 50 Languages foreign language website and download their app.
Much like my family, I believe it is best to traditionally learn a foreign language with drills. Using apps make for great aids but it is best to have a quality foreign language book. My youngest aunt uses Duolingo to help her with learning Japanese.
According to her, Duolingo is not the best way to become fluent in a foreign language. Regardless of what foreign language you want to learn, you MUST have quality foreign language books with drills to help learn a foreign language.
DJ Scott: What's your fondest memory from blogging/blog responses?
Answer: My fondest memories actually predate building It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
For those, who didn't already know, I originally started blogging 13 years ago on Yahoo 360. This was months after graduating from Carthage College, while still battling a bleeding disorder at the time.
My English Literature Professor would sometimes use my Yahoo 360 blog as an educational sorce for his classes. More educational information was published compared to the last 6 years of blogging on here and Blogster.
Unfortunately, all good things always come to an end. This can most definitely be said about Yahoo 360. Yahoo always discontinues their best products.
Years later, I discovered the blogging community, Xanga. I regret not discovering Xanga years sooner.
Before The Xanga Team dumped their money problems into OUR laps by making it mandatory to pay to blog, which caused division within our community, I had both national AND international traffic, friends, and loyal subscribers. In addition, more readers genuinely cared about my content and I made top blogger AT LEAST a few times, 6 years ago.
C. Afflerbach: Do you like crafting? Ancient aliens? Ghosts?
Answer: The closest I will ever get to crafting is building this website. Otherwise, I always suck at crafting. As cool as crafts look, I never had that skill. 25 years later and I still suck at doing Origami.
In regards to ghosts and aliens, I'm not a huge fan of them. Blame it on Hollywood filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, for example and the media. They love spreading (as I use the cliche term) "misinformation" and stupid ass stereotypes about the paranormal and extraterrestrials.
The contrived and unrealistic scripts and special effects in Spielberg's movies only validate all those skeptics, who don't believe in ghosts and aliens. Even though I'm not a huge fan of either, I know that both DO exist, especially the paranormal.
Whiskey Brewer: Are there any cartoons you grew up watching, that you'd actually like to see remade for youngsters nowadays?
Answer: When it comes to movies and shows, including animation, you could say, that I am more of a "purist." Today's filmmakers, writers, and animators need to leave Classics alone.
Continuously remaking and rebooting movies, shows, and cartoons because they want to stay relevant only proves, that all these said entertainers lack creativity and originality.
The biggest problem with today's writers, filmmakers, cartoonists, musicians, etc. has to be the incessant political correctness, which mostly consists of CONTRIVED tokenism to pander to politically correct hipsters.
Why does Ariel from The Little Mermaid suddenly have to be black? Why does a famous superhero suddenly have to be non-heterosexual or female? Speaking of, have you seen the commercials for CW's Batwoman?
Batwoman Trailer CW (2019)
If anything, more network programmers should introduce younger viewers to Classics. Sure, they may look dated but as they get older, they may have a better appreciation for said movies, shows, and especially cartoons. They should be able to imagine what life was like during an era(s) that was before their existence.
For example, every time I watch a film that was made before, during, and slightly after I was born, that film allows me to embrace and reflect on what life was like before we had cell phones, laptops, the Internet, social media, etc.
As a 37-year-old woman, I miss the days of publicly socializing with friends and on my bedroom's phone line as a teenager, going to public places without someone staring at his cell phone, while playing video games on it, and being able to hold onto memories WITHOUT some girl snapping selfies and recording the play by play of her vapid, daily life with poses on social media for instant likes.
C.S. Michel's Questions:
1) Have you seen the trailer for the new Joker movie?
2) Have you seen Doom Patrol?
3) Do you like Erotic Anime?
1) Yes, I have and please reread my answer to Whiskey Brewer's question. The Batman franchise was meant to be campy. Since the time of the 21st Century, filmmakers have ruined Batman by dramatizing what was originally a campy franchise.
2) I had no idea what Doom Patrol was until Googling it, last week only to discover that it was ANOTHER DC Comic Flick. Batman, Blade, The Phantom, and The Crow are probably the only movies based on comic books, that I enjoyed. Otherwise, I was never a comic book fan. As as a teenage girl 20 years ago, I tried but comic books don't resonate with me.
3) Erotic Anime or in other words, Hentai? Since I love Anime, I am not that fast to dismiss Hentai. It has been a long time, since I last watched any Hentai.
1) Over the past year, what has been the best resource you have turned toward to promote your own growth, both personal and professional?
2) The notion of incremental improvement is a powerful one, compared to yourself a year ago how have you bettered yourself and in what ways?
3) What are the best books or lectures you have interacted with on the subject of personal development?
1) I would say... reading articles published by John Matthew Fox, Writer's Relief, Web Design Relief, Marie Forleo, and Authors Publish. Just last week, I read this enlightening article published by Thriller author, Joanna Penn about Comparisonitis.
2) While re-revising my short stories recently, I noticed that I am able to mentally re-edit certain lines as I type. I believe that spending HOURS editing and revising all the blogs I've published over these last 6 years, from night to beyond sunrise made me a better writer.
Despite what pompous elitists (including some delusional Fan Fiction writers) think, BLOGGING is a fantastic way to improve writing skills. Blogging is journaling for the most part.
3) Please reread Answer #1.
So, how did I do with answering all your questions?
By giving it the "good ol' college try," I answered each question to the best of my ability.
If I misunderstood your questions, I apologize. However, I will NOT apologize for MY opinions in regards to today's Hollywood entertainment and how political correctness is destroying it with contrived tokenism.
So, thank you my gumdrops! Please leave your feedback in the comments section below!
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