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Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

 

I was on the 3rd day of a solo vacation, location Ticonderoga, New York located on the northern end of Lake George.  After a night at a local campground I head towards the French and Indian War fort on the southern end of Lake Champlain.  It is early, so I do what I normally do when what I am going to is not open, I  wander.  My meandering takes me to the Walmart for a few supplies and then I head downtown.  I am always looking for a comic books,  gun shops,  2nd hand stores, just kind of open to the universe and what may be around the next corner.

That is when I see some very distinct letters, gold in color on the side of building, Star Trek Original Series Set Tour, I pull in.  The building appears to have once been a store, possibly a small mom and pop grocery store in downtown Ticonderoga.   The sign on the door informs me it will not be open for a couple of hours.  I decide to stick with my original plan, see the fort first and then come back here.

The fort is very enjoyable, I  have a great talk with a reenactor who was lawyer but decided to give it up to do something he truly enjoys, that conversation lasted a  good twenty minutes while he cobbled together some hand made shoes for other reenactors.  The rest of the tour is interesting and educational, along the way I talked to a couple of people, another reenactor, the guy running the gift shop, I asked them about the Star Trek thing downtown, neither of them know much about it, except the fact that William Shatner was at it a couple of weeks ago.  Promising I think, maybe it is something more than just a few relics from the original show in glass cases with the theme music playing in the background.

I drive back downtown and park right out front.  It’s a Thursday in May, not the height of the tourist season yet so emptiness is to be expected.  I go in, pay the $22.50 for a ticket from a nice lady behind the counter and look at some items in the display cases while another tour of three people finish up.

Then it is just me and my tour guide (sorry I do not remember your name, and you never sent me an e-mail for those free download codes that I promised you.)  He is younger than me, very energetic and extremely knowledgeable.  He leads me to a double set of wooden sliding doors, I kinda feel like I am about to enter someone’s bedroom from inside of their walk in closet.  He pulls a string to open the doors and we walk in.

Do you know that feeling you get when you see that beginning credits for a long awaited Marvel movie,  or when Lucy walks thru the wardrobe and finds herself in Narnia, maybe if everything is just right on a summer day and you open a comic book after the cover has been burrowing into your mind all the way home.   That is how walking into this meticulously rebuilt set of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 made me feel, like I was transported to a place I had always dreamed about but never really believed I could get to.

I am a Trekker, I grew up on the re-runs, the adventures of Kirk, Spock and McCoy ignited my love for all things sci-fi, this was a couple of years before Luke, Han and Leia came along. (sorry George, Gene got there first.)   I daydreamed about being Captain Kirk’s nephew  at least a decade before Wesley Crusher moved onto the NCC-1701-D.

The first room on the tour is the Transporter Room, the gateway to all adventures off the ship, the place where trouble started, trouble ended, or stories took a dramatic turn.   If you were going to have a face to face with your enemies or your allies this where it happened.  By the time I got halfway thru the tour,   I admitted to the tour guide, that if I would have known how great the tour was I would have paid double.

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The rest of the tour is was as great as the first part, Kirk’s quarters, the Jeffery Tube, the Engine Room, and finally the wonderful, the fantastic, the place that every Trek fan would love to have duplicated in their own home, The Bridge.  I got to sit in Kirk’s chair, I got to look over all the buttons at Spock’s station, I got to examine Sulu’s console.  They even have the background noises playing as if operations were ongoing and the crew just stepped away for a second.

The only flaw I could see, and it is not really a flaw, is no ceiling.  This was the rebuilt set and they had to light the sets from above so that is to be excused and ignored.  Although I was told by my guide that they are thinking of putting a ceiling on the bridge because in one episode it was shown, so that is cool.

The big question you have to ask yourself when traveling, ‘would you go back again?’   This is different for different people and you have to weigh out your priorities when it comes to travel.  I love to travel and my goal is to see different things, new places,  and have diverse experiences .  Given the choice to go back and see things a second time versus seeing something I have never seen before I would most likely default to seeing the new thing.  There is something to be said to exploring a place fully of course,  I have been to Disney, Gettysburg, the Grand Canyon and Washington numerous times and I will go back to them at the drop of a tribble.  Other places like Hawaii, Las Vegas, Hershey, New York City, the Outer Banks I could go back to but it would not be high on my list.

The Star Trek Original Series Tour is a place I would go back to in a heart beat.  Probably not alone, I want to go back with my brothers who were right there with me on the floor watching that big old box set in the basement as Kirk fought the Klingons with a sword.  I want to go back with my buddy Scott who has talked to me for countless hours about science fiction and comic books.  I want to go back  with my daughter who has never watched an episode of Star Trek, but the tour brought me so much joy that she would probably enjoy it by osmosis.

The area around Lake George is gorgeous, majestic mountains and I would love to spend time on the lake, and Vermont is just a very short ferry ride away.  (Travel tip for the ferry:  If you go on a windy day, the water will be choppy and the ride across is a little rough and kind of fun.) There are countless little hotels, cabins for rent and campgrounds in the area and the summer weather is beautiful.

Oh and before I forget, they let you turn on the Red Alert from just about anywhere on the ship, I did it three times.

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Interview- Loraine Martian

This is an A.A. Forringer rarity, a person I know in person and I have contact with on an almost daily basis.  Ms. Martian and I work together and soon after I started working with her I discovered she is also a writer.  She is highly intelligent, imaginative and loves her coffee.  I hope you enjoy the interview, and like I told her, after my books are as popular as J.K. Rowling she can point to this interview as proof that she knew me back when I was an unknown (of course the reverse could be said if she gets successful  first and I am still an unknown).
   French fries- Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..?   What condiment(s) on them? 
I rarely eat fries, but when I do, I like crinkle cut if I can get ’em.
    How long have you been creating and why? 
I’ve been creating since I was a child.  I love acting, drawing, writing, crafting.  I’ve done at least one since I could walk and talk.
   What odor to you is the most pleasant? 
I think pizza.  Yes, pizza is the best smell.
    Favorite things to read?  What genre?
I enjoy Young Adult, classics and fantasy.
A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this? 
There was most likely a spider in the boat or a flying insect literally ATTACKED me, so naturally my only defense was the flail my arms and scream, “KILL IT!  KILL IT!”
What is the best thing about creating? 
I think it’s the satisfaction of getting what’s in my head out. 
How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?
Um… lots??
What is the worst thing about being a creative personality?
Along the same lines as the best thing about creating, the worst is when what’s in your head doesn’t translate the same when it’s out in the world, either when other people don’t get it or when I am personally not satisfied with what I created.
      If you could force one famous person to consume your stories who would you force, and how much would you force them to consume?
Well, since I only have one completed book, they wouldn’t have to consume much.  I would probably just be thrilled to have any famous author read and like my book, but most of my favorite authors are dead.
   How far do you hope your creating takes you? 
I am just happy when someone reads my book and has nice things to say about it.  I am not out for fame and fortune with my writing, art, or acting.  I do all those things for the pure joy it brings me.
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Interview – Gavin Aung Than

An interview with the cartoonist Gavin Aung Than who is from Australia so one of my standard questions about a groundhog went over poorly.   I have been a big fan of Zen Pencils for a couple of years.  I absolutely fell in love with the concept from the moment I discovered it, quotes tied with cartoons.  I have collected quotes for years and if you even do a nominal look at aaforringer.com you will notice that about 95% of the site is quotes.

I have bought his poster, Make Good Art, for my friend Ken and My Spirit is a Roaring Sea on canvas for my daughter and for myself two of his four books.

 

   French fries- Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..?   What condiment(s) on them?  

      Curly – ketchup, but not too much

        How long have you been creating and why?

   Since I can remember, always drawing. as a full time cartoonist – 6 years

    What odor to you is the most pleasant?

    That new baby smell my daughter had.

       Favorite things to read?  What genre?

Comics and novels. crime fiction – Elmore Leonard,  James Ellroy

   A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?

    I sat by and did nothing while the hole got bigger … and bigger.

   What is the best thing about creating?

   Having created something out of nothing, something that didn’t exist until i imagined it and then took action to complete it. it’s like being a god!

       How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?

            uh….

     What is the worst thing about being a creative personality?

       Getting asked to do random interviews when I should be creating 🙂

        If you could force one famous person to consume your comic who would you force, and how much would you force them to consume?

  Zen Pencils could change Trump couldn’t it …. nah you’re right, nothing can.

How far do you hope your creating takes you?     

   Being able to support my family is all I ask.

 

Eventually I will be buying some more of his posters and I will eventually be buying Creative Struggles.  And if Gavin ever makes it to the East Coast of the U.S. I will drive long hours, if possible,  to meet him and get him to sign his merchandise.

 

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Interview – Jack Spirko

Let me first start out by saying if it was not for Jack Spirko there would not be an aaforringer.com, I would probably not have three books or have made so many friends around the world that have come from this blog and my writing.   I had one book, Scouts Out, and it was sitting in my computer going against  Issac Asimov’s advice “you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer”.   I had started to listen to The Survival Podcast  mistakenly doing research into teaching Wilderness Survival to my Boy Scouts and was pulled into Jack Spirko’s orbit and was soon  listening every day (Since early 2010). 

2012, mowing my grass in my back yard and Jack was talking about building a website and paying to get your own domain name.  An idea strikes me, since my book is not doing anything else why not put it on a website at least then it would be out there in the world (attempts to get it published failed).   So I put the book out in by chapters and NO ONE reads it.  But now I  like this trying thing.  The reason I put out quotes every Tuesday and Thursday was because of Jack expounding consistency and new content (that and I love quotes, I had been collecting them in several Word Documents for years).

I start researching self publishing and do that as well, I get a minimum amount of sales, but this encourages me just enough to finish a second book, Q Runner, then Disconnect  and eventually, hopefully, soon a 4th. The reason I charged more for my book Disconnect then the first two was because of Jack talking about pricing of products.

By now I am hooked on trying, or taking a chance.    Flash forward to 2017, I have a side hustle (doing freelance travel/history articles) which pays a little bit, which is more than I had before, while doing something I love.   

Thanks Jack.  

Jack answered these questions sometime in the midst of his travels and being the Keynote Speaker at Liberty Forum in New Hampshire.   So I am even more appreciative of the work put into this while he was so busy.   

   French fries- Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..?   What condiment(s) on them?

             Since I attempt to keep my carb load very low and live on a mostly primal/paleo diet, I don’t eat fries often.  When I do I generally make my own and do a twice fried Japanese Purple Sweet Potato.  These potatoes are actually white fleshed with purple skins.  Twice frying them gets them puffy and crispy.  For a condiment we blend fermented Korean Chili Paste with home made mayo.  If something is going to be a treat you should do it right.

        How long have you been creating  and why?(and I consider being an  entrepreneur a creator) 

    I am most known as the host of The Survival Podcast and we will have our 10th year anniversary in June of 2018.  As to being an entrepreneur and creating anything from content to product, I’d say that goes back to at least my early teens.  As to why, I really believe that some people are just wired with entrepreneurial DNA.  It is not in our nature to conform to societies rules.  IE – “Go to school, get a real job, work hard, save for retirement in a 401K, etc.”  I actually have occasional nightmares where I am working a j-o-b.  I don’t wake up in terror or anything but in the dream I will end up thinking, how the hell did this happen, why am I here?  Fortunately at that point I tend to realize it is a dream and wake up.

     What odor to you is the most pleasant?

            Tomato plants growing with basil, in a garden, on a warm day, when they get hit with the spray of a hose.  In that moment I am 12 year old Jack Spirko in my Grandfather’s Garden for a few seconds.  I am also quite fond of the smell of burnt gun powder on a cold morning in the deer woods. 

      Favorite things to read?  What genre?

     Nonfiction, about whatever my current projects and interests are.  Specialization is for insects.

       A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?

       I was probably driving.

            What is the best thing about creating?

  Just that, creating itself.  Most people react and consume.  Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a bad thing, we need those folks, if no one consumed and reacted, creators would be bored and have no motivation.  But when I look at a product, a company or a podcast episode that will live past me and impact lives, I realize that creation is a power.  It is a power that can be used like any power for good or evil.  Finding something you can create that does good for the world is truly finding the path you were born to walk.  When you are on such a path your life is exciting, joyful and you feel unstoppable.  Don’t get me wrong there are still challenges, bad days, sad times, etc. you just find yourself more resilient in them, you have less of them and you have mostly great hard charging days.  In fact when I am having a shitty day, the fastest way out of it is to write an article, start recording a podcast, make a video or working on a business plan.  It is like an instant acting drug and it probably is addictive, but it is an addiction, that unlike others we should cultivate. 

    How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?

    You will have to ask the ground hog, I don’t speak for others, man nor beast.  What I can say about ground hogs is they are actually quite tasty and the best round to hunt them with is the 22-250 Remington.

      What is the worst thing about being a creative personality?

   Your friends list is going to be small.  Not the people you would consider loose friends, but the people you actually want to hang out with for a full day or go off on some adventure with for a few days.  The people who not only have your cell number but know they can pick up the phone and call you at any time. That even though you are the guy that NEVER answers his phone; you will answer for them and be there for what ever they need.  This in of itself isn’t bad, I think more people should have shorter friends lists, or do a better job of defining the word at least.  However, what I mean is, you are not going to fit in well with non-creative types, like not at all.

Again I am not putting anyone down but the average person constantly uses what I call a “language of limitation”.  Can’t, won’t and if are their favorite words, with phrases like “someday may be”, “it would be great” and “I just wish I could” linking them together.  To listen to this when you are creator is like a small torture.  Look, again I am NOT putting anyone down, the problem isn’t that you have to hear it, it is that in general you feel for these people but until they are ready to make a shift in life instead of excuses you can’t help them. 

It is simply that as creators we use phrases like, “how can I get this to happen” or “what if we try  ________” and we use them constantly.  If you think this way you are only going to be happy spending time with people in general that do the same.  When you find such people though there is an instant kindredship and brother/sisterhood that is hard to explain.  As you talk to such people you inevitably find out your pasts are so similar it is kind of spooky.  Recently for example I found that one such of my friends actually lived less than a mile from me many years ago, and it is quite likely that when working as a bouncer, I may have thrown him out of a local bar, perhaps even more than once.  We have been close friends now for a few years but just discovered this.

So you are going to struggle to fit in at times.  You are going to be in groups and just feel like a doctor surrounded by cancer patients while you are holding a bottle of pills that can instantly cure cancer but no one will take one from you!  I am absolutely serious about that, but the solid relationships you do build more than make up for it.

    If you could force one famous person to consume your podcast who would you force, and how much would you force them to consume?

  Well first, I don’t use force in any way other than in self-defense or the direct defense of others.  So I’d never force anyone to listen to anything.  However if I could convince one person to listen to my message it would be whoever is the current sitting President of the United States at the time.  I am anti political, so the answer would never change, don’t care if it is Obama or Trump or whoever is next.  The U.S. President has so much power to use force on so many people in the world and it is that ear, no matters who’s head it is attached to that I wish would hear more voices, any voices of those who crave a world where voluntary association is prized above all other things.

     How far do you hope pod-casting takes you?  A million subscribers?   

  Where ever it leads I will follow and be grateful.  When I had 10,000 subscribers I was often advised to “build a bigger tent” by people who didn’t podcast by the way.  To be broader with my message and philosophy so I could be “more successful”.  At that time I said, “I would rather have 10,000 people that love my message for its honesty and actually act on it than have 1 million that just listen”.  Since that time my audience has grown 15 fold, but I still feel the same way.  I don’t really care how far what I am doing takes me, and I am serious about that.

I could lose everything tomorrow and could do something as simple as start a pool cleaning business and make six figures doing it with say one part time helper.  So I am going to be okay and I know that.  So what I really care about is how far what I am doing pushes others.  I have to make money, we all do, it is how the economy works.  But my big pay days are always the emails from listeners telling me about the business they built, the debt they eliminated, the homesteads they have established.  Or say their political walks to agorism, libertarianism and voluntarism.  Every day I get such an email is a really good day, and I would say I get one a few times a week.  

So if I get to a point where I get one such email a day, I would have to put that in the win column!  At that point, barring personal tragedy, every day is going to be a really good day.  How many people can honestly say they have that to look forward to?  So if there is any metric, that I gauge my success by it is how many people I influence to find more liberty in their lives though personal action.


These are probably the longest answers I have ever received to my questions and my favorite was about being addicted to creating (which is the way I feel about writing now).  

I would also like to say that Jack has been kind to me before, reading one of my stories on his podcast, America’s Big Game and then allowing me reading my own story, We Need a Monster on his podcast.  

What is the The Survival Podcast about?  It is about preparedness for when things go wrong, and let’s face it something will go wrong it your life, the loss of a job, the death of a significant person in your life and local natural disasters.  The Survival Podcast is also about eating good food, and taking care of yourself and others,  the state of the world today thru a non violent libertarian view point, raising livestock (bees, chickens, ducks…), and building things into your life to give you peace of mind.   What The Survival Podcast is not about, giving into fear and anxiety, it is not about black helicopters and tin foil hats, and it is not about political parties (except when discussing how the try and divide people and keep us fighting each other). Here is a great example of his show.  

Just to prove how big and influence Jack has been on me, his name is listed on Influenced By  and I used his first name as the name of a character in The Genie and the Libertarian.

If you know have listened to The Survival Podcast for any length of time then you know who Steven Harris is,  he was interviewed about a week before Jack, his interview is here.

Next week Gavin Aung Thung, the New York Times Best Selling Cartoonist and creator of Zen Pencils.

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Interview – Steven Harris

I am honored today to introduce my readers to Mr. Steven Harris, a walking, talking, passionate encyclopedia of energy and energy related topics (producing your own, storing and using it wisely).  I was introduced to Steven Harris via a podcast I am subscriber to and anytime he is on the show I am always keen to hear what he has to say.    Steven Harris is an author, publisher and an expert in solar energy, generators, batteries, fuels and multiple ways to keep your lights on when your really need them.  He graciously took time out of his busy day and answered some questions for me.
 

French fries- Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..?   What condiment(s) on them?

Beer battered French fries at Churchill Haus in Churchill, PA or steak cut fries at Red Robin.  No condiments.  Why would I destroy a perfectly good french fry?

How long have you been creating  and why?(and I consider being an  entrepreneur a creator). 

  Probably since I was 2 years old and playing with blocks.  Why?  Because I was born a Meyers-Briggs ENTP and its in my nature, its what I do.  There are 16 Meyers-Briggs temperaments and the ENTP is the most creative and is known for its creativity.  Note: Temperament is NOT personality.  Its the way people are wired.  If you want to ‘Know Thy Self’ then take a temperament test.

What odor to you is the most pleasant?

   Success.

Favorite things to read?  What genre?

Brad Thor military spy thrillers.  Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Web Griffin etc…   and I read a lot of technical papers on the fields I’m working in.  I said to a person a few months ago that a persons wealth is not measured by his bank account but the size of his personal library.

A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?

 Eating too many french fries.

What is the best thing about creating?

Always doing something that no one else has ever done before or solving problems no one else has been able to solve. I’ve done this my whole career.

How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?

Depends on the weight of the vehicle that ran over it.

What is the worst thing about being a creative personality?

Not having enough life to do all of the things I know that can be done.   It’d take 10 life times and I’d still never run out of new ideas.

If you could force one famous person to to read your books or watch your DVDs… who would you force, and how much would you force them to consume?

Famous to me and famous to the public is another story.

Where do you hope your creative endeavors lead you?  An interview on Oprah or Ellen that sends your web site stats soaring?     

Implying that I’d like to be on Ellen or Oprah and have my web stats soar and thus my sales soar implies that I’m driven by vanity and greed.  I’m not driven by vanity in the least and greed is not in my nature.  Vanity is by far one of the most destructive personal traits a person can have.  The statement you made is actually insulting.

 

That is Mr. Steven Harris a man of deep knowledge about the world of energy, dispenser of wise and practical about how to keep you and your family safe, secure, warm (or cold depending upon the need) and dare I say happy in good times and bad.  I really enjoyed his answer about wealth and a personal library.  

The greatest and simplest thing that I think that you can do for your energy needs is in  his talk on How to Power Your House From Your Car with An Inverter,  at http://www.solar1234.com/  the 2nd item down at this writing. 

Thanks again. 

 

Next week Jack Spirko.  

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Interview – Jacopo Della Quercia

This is an interview with someone I follow on Twitter (who also follows me) @Jacopo_della_Q .  He is a writer with his stuff displayed at The Writings & Works of Jacopo Della Quercia.

I do not recall how I started following Jacopo on Twitter but I have enjoyed his posting there, and I just bought his book The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy.   I am up to chapter 3 and I am thoroughly enjoying it and really like the true historical footnotes in a fictional story.  

French fries- Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..?   What condiment(s) on them?

Steak.  I use ketchup on my fries (except for the rare occasions I’m having a burger overflowing with a cheese sauce.

How long have you been writing and why?

I have been writing for 8 years now. It started as a learning experiment. Now, it’s a fascinating, fun career!

What odor to you is the most pleasant?

My favorite odor is fresh mountain air.

Favorite things to read?  What genre?

I usually read non-fiction works for research, but I also love classics of every genre.

 A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?

I’m guessing I wrote for the boat to capsize due to the zeppelin crashing into it.

What is the best thing about writing?

When you’re a writer, you really can do whatever you want because it’s not somebody else’s book. It’s yours. I love the freedom of telling stories the way I want to. Sometimes I test new ideas, and other times, I try to make my readers appreciate little-known traits from past writers whom I admire.

How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?

A groundhog can hog all the ground it wants, unless a bigger, meaner groundhog comes along and takes it stuff.

What is the worst thing about writing?

Jacopo della QuerciaThere’s a lot of waiting in writing they can be unbearable. Waiting for your advances, waiting for editorial reviews, waiting for proposals to be accepted, and so forth. To me, the worst of all is waiting for inspiration. I have so many ideas that I’ve been working on and nurturing for years but have yet to funnel into proposals. It drives me crazy. But then again, some ideas, like wine, are only ready when they’re ready.

If you could force one famous person to read your stuff who would you force, and how much would you force them to consume?

I’m guessing someone who could help me sell a bunch of copies with one review, like JK Rowling. And honestly, I wouldn’t force my writing on her. I think she would really like ‘License to Quill’ if she knew about it! I also wouldn’t mind it if Donald Trump or Sean Hannity spent a month hating on ‘The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy.’ I imagine such criticisms would turn the novel into an overnight bestseller!

Where do you hope writing will lead you? Full time novelist? Twitter Millionaire?

Honestly, I just want to be able to make enough as a novelist to continue writing them at my own pace. It’s not a lot of money now, but honestly, I don’t need a lot of money to survive. If enough people read and review my work, it would free me to write as many as several books a year! I guess that’s everything. Thanks so much for the questionnaire! I had fun.

The man has done a  metric crap ton of writing for Cracked.com and here is the evidence.

Next week the remarkable Steven Harris.

 

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Interview- Maddie The Hun

This is an interview with my friend Maddie the Hun, @themadmaddie  who is also a writer with her stuff at  Stories by Maddie

I met Maddie just a few days before I left Philadelphia and we have been dare I say electronic friends ever since.  I also used her name as a minor character in my next book, Primary Collision.

  French fries- Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..?   What condiment(s) on them?

How can I choose?! I would say shoestring. No condiments needed – I also have dietary restrictions that prevent them

 

 How long have you been writing and why?

    I have been writing since around 6 years old – depends on what you consider writing. I always had stories in my head but not always the ability to communicate them.
What odor to you is the most pleasant?
      Ceder.

 

   Favorite things to read?  What genre?

   I don’t do a ton of reading. I enjoy stories by people – tales of how people endure huge challenges or daily life.

 

A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?

I was unable to stabilize it, obviously. 

 

What is the best thing about writing?

    It is a way to create whole worlds without boundaries.  When you can’t be creative, you can be technical. When you can’t be technical, you can find new words. When you can’t find words, you can create people. There is so much about the craft and study of the written word. 

 

 How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?

Just because it could, doesn’t mean it would.

 

 What is the worst thing about writing?

Nothing. It’s when you don’t write…no writing is bad or lost or bad. 

 

If you could force one famous person to read your stuff who would you force, and how much would you force them to read?

  I have no idea. I don’t know much about famous people…I wouldn’t force anything, either.

 

  Where do you hope writing will lead you?

I would love to be published – I think the work and labor would be fun and enlightening. But, if not, I still enjoy the practice. 
Well that is my e-friend,  Maddie.  To understand why I enjoy her so much here is Maddie telling about Karl the Jello.
Next week an interview with – Jacopo Della Quercia