Thursday – A Little Personal – Sunshine Award

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Charles Yallowitz nominated me for this award. I have been pretty much an award free blog unless someone wants to give me a prize, food, or money. I thought about avoiding this with some excuse like a broken finger, working on a big project, or having trouble with my computer. Then I looked at the questions connected with the award and happen to enjoy Charles’ books and blog. So I said what the hell I might as well do the questions. Now as to naming other sunshine winners, I will do it, but they are not obligated to acknowledge the award or answer the questions. So let’s go. Here are the questions: (A reminder Charles is a fantasy writer, so his questions by custom are a little fantastical)

  1. If you could have only one enhanced sense, what would it be? I think I would enjoy having an enhanced sense of hearing. As I get older sounds become a little more muted and I would love to be able to catch a question on the first ask. Of course, it might help is others wouldn’t mumble when they speak. With enhanced hearing I could do away with the “huh” factor.
  2. Are you going to eat that? Yes I’m going to eat that, and I would appreciate you taking that dirty dagger out of joint of dragon, (notice the tie into Fantasy)
  3. Do you think a stubbed toe or a paper cut hurts the most? I think it is the paper cut. Since I’m a writer and have paper editions of my books, I believe paper to be part of my family. A cut by a member of the family is the unkindest cut of all.
  4. What is the one thing you wish someone told you about being an artist? I wish they told me how to get all the paint out of those little tubes. You can stand on them and still not get it all. Those suckers cost a bundle. Wait…your’re talking about writing right? Oh, in that case, I wish they would have told me how hard this job is. When I considered being a writer, I thought it all looked so easy. Write a little, drink a little and answer fan mail. No mention of hours alone, word struggles, book promotion, and reviews.
  5. The protagonist of your latest book is at your door.  Is this a good or bad thing? What will you do? I will open the door and invite him in for a drink. He is a good guy and although a little confused about what is going on, a brilliant person. It would be a good thing.
  6. Is there one aspect of your personality that you’d never wish on a fictional character? I think a fictional character would be driven mad by my need for perfection. The sad thing for the character is the fact that perfection is seldom reached so they would be driven in pursuit of a rarely accomplished goal. I’m totally comfortable with it as I have been this way my entire life and believe it to be a personal challenge.
  7. What animal would you want as a totally tame, will never hurt you pet? I would love to have a lion. I have always admired their dignified air and the fact that they look like they would enjoy a nice scratch behind the ears. I happen to love cats, and this would be a logical extension of my current crowd.

Here are my award nominations


Kim Cox

Sally Cronin

Michell Clements James

Dan Antion

Teagan Genevieve

Linda G. Hill

Here are the questions:

  1. Have you ever fallen in love with a character (Yours or someone else’s)?
  2. What is the hardest part of a story or an article for you to write?
  3. Do you ever get into a “writer’s block” situation and if so how do you get out? If not how do you avoid it?
  4. What is the best part of being a writer or blogger?
  5. How do you keep yourself motivated to write?
  6. Do you need noise or quiet when you write?
  7. What is the way you celebrate when you write something that makes you proud?


  1. Good answers. Those tiny paint tubes are so frustrating. Was in art club for Middle School and they drove me nuts. Fresh ones would spit stuff out as soon as you opened them while old ones required a person to have Hulk-like strength in their thumbs to get the last out. And I thought toothpaste tubes were a pain.

    1. I don’t know what happened. This post was to go next Thursday. *sigh* Thanks Charles

      1. I was wondering about the Double Feature. WordPress Imps strikes again!

      2. Yeah I would have liked Frankie’s post to stand on its own. Oh well too late now.

      3. I don’t know. Something about him being paired with a Sunshine thing isn’t too bad.

      4. He would like that.

  2. Oooh, prizes!
    So, what, I have to supply my own questions after I answer yours, or do I answer Charles’s?
    I’m confused.

  3. I’m with you on the paper cut, John…especially if it’s a file folder that gets you.
    Well deserved award…congratulations!

  4. Congrats, my friend! Love the questions and answers! Paper cuts are most definitely more painful…but not as painful as standing on Lego! Oh boy! That’s a killer! 😖

  5. Well done, John!

  6. John, how lovely. Thank you for thinking of me. I got a kick out of your answers.

    I don’t know if it’s love, but I definitely have a big crush on one of my unpublished characters. I’m so infatuated with the guy’s uniqueness that I’m trying to figure out how I can protect him (besides copyright). I get conflicting information on whether it’s possible to trademark a fictional character, and I really don’t want to pay for a trademark attorney… Now, that’s close enough to love, isn’t it. 😀
    And right now, the pet would be a dragon, so it could melt the oncoming blizzard! Mega hugs.

    1. I am not sure of the character trademark situation but know Bugs Bunny is trademarked so I guess it is possible. Nice choice of pet. Hugs

  7. C.o.n.g.r.a.t.u.l.a.t.i.o.n.s., John. Woo hoo. Fascinating answers too. 🙂

  8. Congratulations! I am glad you decided to participate as your answers were insightful and clever! And I would go along with having a lion as I am a cat lover. They are so very majestic!

    1. I think I had Frankie on the mind when I chose the cat.

  9. What fun! I love your answers, John. Regarding #1, my mom (92 years old) won’t admit that her hearing is (finally) starting to fail. She complains that everyone is talking more softly these days. lol. (Yeah, she’s kidding but she won’t get hearing aids. We just have to speak up.)

    1. Ha ha ha. I’ll have to remember this one. I know how busy you are and appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

      1. I want to visit you more! Another funny thing: I’m my mom’s youngest and I wear hearing aids. My other sibs don’t. Oh, the irony!

      2. Seems ironic until you remember that only those who can take a challenge are given a challenge. You are probably the strongest.

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