31 Day Blog Challenge Day 2

Oh, look, here we are again! Day 2, day 2, what to do with you?

blog challenge

“20 Facts About You”


Well, I did a post about this a while back. Would it be cheating to refer you there? Yes?


How about a theme? Creative endeavours for $400, Alex.

1. I don’t usually write poetry, but I once wrote a poem about meatloaf while I was drugged up in the hospital. The food, not the singer.

2. My creative spirit/muse/inspiration/whatever seems like an uncomfortably real entity at times. I know he’s not, but really, he’s the only person I have available to bounce ideas off of. I know that I’m talking to myself, but it works.

3. I customize dolls and My Little Pony, but I can’t do it while I’m writing. Like, I can’t do both in the same day, or even week. My brain can only handle one form of creativity at a time. This is sometimes a problem, as it takes forever for me to switch tracks.

4. I’m always surprised when I read over something I wrote and find that it’s actually good. To me, that’s the best feeling in the world. I don’t feel proud of myself often, but I do at those times. REALLY proud.

5. My dad introduced me to Fantasy novels by way of Xanth. I had fantasy movies and fairy tales in my life before that, but those were the first novels I read with magic and adventure on that scale.

6. I blame the aforementioned books for my fondness for terrible puns. I can’t help it, they make me laugh. I try to avoid them in my own writing, but sometimes I still catch them in edits. Sneaky little buggers.

7. I really started coming up with my current world when I was in bed with headaches. I needed something to do with my mind, and reading hurt too much. I knew before then that I was a writer, but this is how I learned to find my own stories.

8. I’ve developed scenes for my stories while I was lucid dreaming. I can’t do it anymore (not napping much, out of practice), but I’ve had a few plot breakthroughs that way. I found it both creepy and amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚

9. My husband won’t read anything I write. This used to piss me off, and then I stopped caring. It’s not personal, he just doesn’t like reading novels.

10. Yes, I married someone who doesn’t like reading novels. I love him anyway.

11. English was my best class in high school, followed by theatre, art, and history. I think all of those things help me as a writer.

12. I crave external validation, but I don’t trust it. Sometimes I wonder if I’m a terrible writer, but because of Some Reason (perhaps some mental difficulty, maybe a terrible accident, I don’t know), people act like I’m good at it because they want me to feel good about myself. So they pat me on the head, leave nice comments on my blog, hope I never find out the horrible truth.

13. I may be slightly paranoid.

14. I enjoy photography and would like to learn more about it, but I can’t afford a good camera, and I don’t have the time or the memory space (in my brain) needed to learn what I’d need to for me to do it well. I have a friend who’s a fantastic professional photographer, and I’m very envious of her skill. Seriously, I want to marry my husband again so we can get pictures like these.

15. Even if I did have the money for a great camera, I’d prefer to use it on laser vision correction. My eyes suck, yo.

16. Back to writing: I’m terrible at naming things. People, places, stories. It’s just bad.

17. I love writing short stories, but almost never seem to find time to do it.

18. I totally use writing as an escape from reality. I’m delighted when other people can use my stories for the same purpose.

19. I need to be caffeinated before I can write, but I have to be de-caffeinated before I can paint, because I get shaky hands.

20. If I could change one thing about myself and my creativity, it would be to increase my ability to focus. I love having so many stories and characters buzzing around in my head, and I wouldn’t change the way I see the world, but I do wish I could just sit and work without my mind wandering so much.

Whew! There, twenty more things about myself, and with an impressively low number of off-topic points. Feel free to comment, but I know you’re just doing it to be nice. Stop lying to me! *sob* ๐Ÿ˜‰


About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with five cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. www.katesparkes.com www.tanithfrost.com View all posts by Kate Sparkes

10 responses to “31 Day Blog Challenge Day 2

  • L. Marie

    Oh okay. I’ll get off your husband’s case since he brought you crab legs that time. And he’s generally pretty awesome. But I’m still hoping he’ll read at least a page of your novels.

    Listen, many writers think they’re horrible. That doesn’t mean you are. I wrote in a post that an author who had over 100 published books still wondered if her manuscript was any good.

    Your friend takes gorgeous wedding photos!

    • Kate Sparkes

      Doesn’t she? I won’t even talk about my own wedding photos! If I had the money, we’d definitely have a huge shindig, and I’d get me some dress pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

      And yes, he DID get me crab legs… still, it took me a long time to get over that, probably because my writing is such a huge part of me. But hey, every great character has to have a big flaw or two…

  • Michael Carnell

    Interesting to see someone else doing this challenge too. Trouble is, I find your answers for more fascinating than mine. Try to keep that to a minimum, will you?

  • Nagzilla

    Number 12 totally resonated with me. Number 13 too, but that’s a whole other issue. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Michelle Proulx

    A) As long as your husband’s proud of you and supports you … I guess you can let the no-reading thing slide ๐Ÿ™‚

    B) I LOVE Xanth!!! Such a fantastic series, although I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read the newer books. Sigh. One of my favourites was Man from Mundania. I’m just so amused by how incredibly normal Grey Murphy is, and how he refuses to believe in magic, but is willing to try because he’s in love with a girl who does believe. So romantic ๐Ÿ™‚

    C) I get that way all the time when I hear positive feedback about my writing. My though process goes as follows: “Awww, thanks for the compliment! I feel so warm and fuzzy! But wait … why would you say such nice things? Do you really mean them, or are you just saying that because you don’t think I can handle the truth? I do smile a lot and make jokes … so you could easily think I’m too fragile to handle what you really thought. Oh God, you didn’t like it at all, did you? Time to go stick my head in the sink and turn on the cold water …”

  • ioniamartin

    I can’t believe you managed 20 facts that were interesting. My facts are like: I’m Ionia. It starts with I.

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