Wednesday, February 15, 2012

11 Semi-Random Questions

My new blogging buddy and fellow Campaigner from the Science Fiction Gang has tagged me to answer her eleven semi-random questions. Check out Elizabeth Twist's blog if you don't know her yet and give her a shout. She is fantastical.

What are you reading?
I am reading the third book of the Hunger Games Trilogy, Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins. I enjoyed the first book, the second book was a little slow but got better midway through, and with being 75% of the way through Mockingjay, I will say there are great parts and parts that drag. But overall, it's been a really good series and can't wait to see the movie.

What is your favorite creative activity that is not writing?
Two things - painting murals in children's rooms and karaoke. Art was my real first love growing up, and I thought for the longest time that I was going to be an artist. But reading and writing took over in high school and I got that English degree instead. And all Filipinos do karaoke. It's a stereotype, but one that is backed up with empirical data.

Where or how do you get your best ideas?
I draw a lot from all kinds of mythology: Greek, British, Asian, and even American folktales. But getting those little tidbits of inspiration usually come to me when I'm doing something monotonous like waiting in line at the DMV or going for long walks outside. It seems I get struck by my muse when I empty out my brain.

If you could magically and painlessly change one thing about your mind or body, what would it be?
That's easy. I'd like my heart repaired. I had a close call about 10 years ago with a virus that attacked my heart muscle. I got very lucky, as most people in that situation need a heart transplant right away. My heart remodled itself and found a way to work with the damaged muscle. Doctors are a little baffled. If anyone you know has any kind of heart issue at all, tell them to take Coenzyme Q10. Ubiquinol is the best form absorbed by the body.

What is the scariest movie, story, novel, or scene you can recall?
I think I was 10 or 11 when I secretly watched The Exorcist. It's a miracle I didn't soil my pants! As an adult, the story freaks me out even more since the real-life events that inspired the movie happened right here in St. Louis. The house where half of the exorcisms took place is home to a lot of paranormal activity.

What is the weirdest thing you believe?
I believe in reincarnation. With my old blog, I also did podcasts about the paranormal. I underwent past lives regression hypnosis and recorded the whole thing for my podcast. Oh. my. Gawd. I was able to recall three past lives of mine. Maybe I'll post the podcast up on my new blog for all of you to listen to!

Super strength or super intelligence?
Super intelligence. Then I could maybe help cure deadly diseases and figure out how to pay down our national debt.

You're granted the ability to become invisible. Where do you go and what do you do?
Robert Cormier's Fade is an awesome YA horror/sci-fi book that deals with this question. But I don't think I'm sick or twisted. So I think I would make my way to the Nevada desert near Groom Lake and check out Area 51 for myself. I wanna see some UFOs and alien bodies!

What one change do you think would have the most positive impact on the world as a whole?
Damn, that's a profound question. I'll keep it simple: thinking of others too with every thing you do every day. Imagine if everyone became thoughtful and helpful to each other. I think many of the problems our world faces today would disappear.

What is the crappiest advice you've given?
I once told someone, "What harm could it do?" Big mistake.

What is your favorite song right now?
My oldest son has me hooked on Skillerex right now, and it's one ear worm after another. Can't get the song "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" out of my head.


sonia said...

Loved reading this! Also, I too believe in reincarnation. My husband and I tend to go Buddhist for religion though we were both raised Christian. Funny, how yesterday I was searching online for books on past-life therapy. I did it once but it was in a group setting and I've never felt certain those were true memories...

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I love Skrillex. You have great taste in music. Is that a new photo that you are using for your avatar? If I'm not mistaken, you have become a sith lord. Oh my.

Dafeenah said...

To this day I have never seen the Exorcist and being a paranormal lover you'd think it wouldn't bother me but all of those posters of Linda Blair were enough to freak me out lol

farawayeyes said...

Interesting things about you.

Jay Noel said...

sonia: I'm really thinking about re-posting some of that stuff. I sound really creepy talking while under hypnosis, though.

Michael: Thanks buddy! Oh, and yes, I've turned to the darkside.

Dafeenah: She is incredibly terrifying in the movie. Although in real life, she's beautiful.

Faraway: Thanks!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

That was fun..I liked your crappiest advice. The Exorcist at that young age. Wow surprised you didn't have nightmares for a week!

Emily R. King said...

Fun questions! I'd choose super intelligence, too. Oh, and the past lives thing is interesting. I'd love to hear the podcast!

T. S. Bazelli said...

And all Filipinos do karaoke. < Yes! Even if you don't particularly enjoy it, you end up participating LOL

A fun bunch of questions ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, that's a scary story about your heart! Coenzyme Q10 - writing it down now.
And karaoke? Now I know the rumors are true.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Great answers! I, too, take CoQ10, and am a great believe in its health benefits. Too bad it's so darned expensive.

Rusty Webb said...

Very interesting all around. Love the questions as well as your answers. Glad you would choose super intelligence. We need more smart people.

Jay Noel said...

Heidi: What are you talking about? I have nightmares to this day.

Emily: I really might post them back on here. It's fascinating.

T.S.: Yes, you're right. You can't escape it!

Alex: Everyone should take it once they're in their 30s. That enzyme is what gives ALL of your organs energy to function.

Susan: It is expensive, but so is a heart transplant. It also helps avoid migraines.

Rusty: Thanks man! We also need less stupid people.

Kelley said...

Ooo, you and I are on the same page with The Hunger Games. I do think they are good books but the third Course I read it in two days so it was definitely good. :)

And I love 'thinking about helping other'. Love that. This world would be awesome if we did that all the time.

Aguilar Elliot said...

Damn the Exorcist got me too when i was that age.

Jay Noel said...

Kelley: Just finished Mockingjay. It was pretty good, although the final 25% was so-so. It showed the big weakness with writing 1st person POV.

Aguilar Elliot: I know. It messed me up. I have an old friend that saw it a little younger and needed to see a psychologist!!!!

i'm erin. said...

1. I am a closet Skrillex fan...and Kaskade. Ever listen to that DJ?
2. Your heart story is insane and my heart feels for your a non creepy way.
3. What harm could it do is seriously crappy advice. Some guy told me that once and it led to one of my most humiliating moments ever for me and another poor schmuck.

Peace to your mother.

Ciara said...

I TOTALLY agree on what you think about The Hunger Games. I LOVED book I, book II was a little slow, and book III I understood, but didn't love as much.

Lydia Kang said...

The Exorcist scared me so badly. To this day, I can't really read or watch horror. I'm a total chicken.

Being Korean, I've experienced my share of Karaoke nights...but it may be that the Filipinos have the Koreans beat in that department!

M Pax said...

I love your new avatar, Jay. I get ideas from mythology, too. It's great fodder. Sorry to hear about your heart issues. Take care of yourself.

The scariest scene--which makes me scream every time--to me is in Psycho when Norman turns his mother around. I love that movie.

Jay Noel said...

Erin: Oh yeah. I also like Tiesto and BT - great music to workout to. Word up.

Ciara: I wanted to get to the end, and it was a big letdown. What if Mockingjay had been written from Gale's perspective. Or better yet, 3rd person omniscient or even limited/episodic???

Lydia: I love horror movies, but Exorcist is just in another league. Koreans are pretty karaoke happy too, I must say!

Mary: Thanks. My son did it for me! Yikes, that movie was super scary. I think Hitchcock had a little psycho in him to have written such a freaky book.

Pk Hrezo said...

I love kareoke and painting in kids rooms too. My son's old bedroom I did a mural that looked like you were looking at space from the Millennium Falcon. I'm doing a mermaid scene on my daughter's new bedroom. :)
Glad you overcame that close call!! Wow.

Elizabeth Twist said...

First off, I have to agree with M Pax - your new avatar is just fabulous.

These are wonderful answers. Each one is like the beginning of a great conversation.

I'm glad you put up a further post on Mockingjay. I liked the series, but agree that it would have been stronger if the narrative perspective shifted for the final book.

I will just say yes please to posting more stuff about your past life regression.

Jay Noel said...

Elizabeth: Thanks! I'm not sure about the past lives stuff. It could be a big turn off for some people - but it is an intriguing topic!

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