I was thoroughly confused when my blogging buddy, John, told me that he nominated me for this.  After reading his nomination, I am truly pleased and excited that he thought to nominate me.  Shout out to you, John!  It looks like so much fun, and since most of what I post borders on brooding, this will be a nice change.

So, for this game/award, first I say 11 random facts about myself:

1.  When I go to Starbucks, a restaurant, or a bar, I always give a fake name just for fun.  Lately my fake name has been “Chase”.

2.  Someday I want to own a house boat and just go sailing.

3.  I was the slowest person on my high school’s track team.  I am not being modest — I really was.

4.  I have fallen ten feet out of a tree during an intense game of “release”.  Earlier, I ran face first into a tree branch.  I was 17.

5.  I’ve never broken any bones (knock on wood).

6.  I am going to college for computer programming.  The jobs I’m applying for do not involve any programming at all.

7.  I used to drive around the local mall parking lot at night, pretending that I was Matt Damon in the “Bourne” series.  That stopped once I trashed the transmission in my car.

8.  I know almost every sentence of every episode of “Arrested Development” by heart.

9.  I grew up watching my older brother playing “Legend of Zelda” games.  I will always be loyal to Nintendo, and those games will always be my favorites.

10. I only liked Pokemon because I thought the characters were cute.  Charmander and Mew were my absolute favorites.

11. Someday I just want to take a backpack, and walk all the way from Pennsylvania to California.  I am more than okay with sleeping in a park under the stars.  This has been a long time dream of mine.  Just the open road, and wherever I end up in between. 

Those are my random 11 facts.  Now I answer 11 questions from my nominator:

1. What kind of music do you like to listen to while writing, if any at all?

Any and none.  It depends on my mood.  Sometimes if I am in the zone, silence is fine.  Other times I have classical, electric, opera, musicals, country, Bollywood, etc.  Lately I’ve been listening to club music.  Any music style is fair game, though.

2. What is it about writing that keeps you going, even when you’re not sure you want to continue?

My mind would explode if I didn’t at least write into my journal.  Either that, or my friends would all make themselves go deaf.  I have to get out what is on my mind, either by talking or writing.

3. Who is your favorite author?

I’m a sucker for Sarah Dessen.  However, I also love Orson Scott Card, George R. R. Martin, Ian McEwan, and Ally Condie.

4. What genre do you read, but swear you’ll never write?

Fantasy.  I love “Game of Thrones”, as most of my regular readers know, but I could never come up with anything nearly that complex.

5. What do you do when you tell yourself something along the lines of ‘I’ll only procrastinate a little bit longer’?

NETFLIX.  Seriously, though.  Netflix even prevents me from going out with my friends at times.

6. What brings you right into a writing mood, and how do you keep it that way?

Red wine.  Also, I’ve always had an overactive imagination.  In high school, I literally daydreamed through every single class.  Sometimes I’d write it down, but usually not.  One of my life goals is to publish a book, so this is what inspires me to write down my best random daydreams.

7. Favorite series, and favorite stand alone?

At the risk of sounding completely commercial, my favorite series has to be “The Hunger Games”.  I do have many valid reasons for loving that series, especially the fact that it inspired non-readers to start reading.  My favorite stand alone is “Atonement”.  I love the writing style, and it is so much better than the movie.

8. Have you ever seriously screwed up your sleeping schedule because of a book? Was it worth it, and what were you reading?

I don’t really have too much of a sleeping schedule.  However, books that keep me up late reading are usually historical-fiction.  Eva Ibbotson books can keep me going for a while.

9. What do you do to remember those ideas you come up with when you’re not able to write?

They are always on my mind, so no worries about forgetting any.

10. Are there any books or series that you thought were great, and then the ending just ruined everything for you?

“Stardust” by Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite books.  However, the ending of that book and the movie left me a bit dissatisfied.  I understand that the book was written to be a fairytale, but I was expecting just a bit more than I got.

11. Why do you write?

I always have.  It’s really the only thing I have that is purely my own.

Now I get to nominate another 11 bloggers:













Since the questions I answered were interesting, I’d like to ask all of my nominations the same ones!

Thank you all for taking a look at my blog.  I love that the internet can bring us together like this.