Meet Bravewarrior (a self-interview writing challenge)

My avatar pic taken in 2012 with my Booger Boy, Axel
My avatar pic taken in 2012 with my Booger Boy, Axel | Source

Interview myself? Are you kidding me?

As is true of most writers, I’m not comfortable talking about myself. But part of becoming known as a writer is to go outside your comfort zone. So, here I take the leap and hope there’s a net at the bottom to catch me if I fall.

I hesitated in taking this challenge. However, I saw many of my writer friends jumping on the trampoline without a safety net, so I thought, “hey, if they can do it, so can I”!

Here’s where the challenge begins: Availiavision, aka Jennifer Arnett posted it here.

When I was a kid, if you dared me to do something I stepped up to the plate, whether the dare was stupid or potentially dangerous. Have I lost my oomph? Have I lost the dare-devil that has taken me through decades of unknown paths? Had I not done so, I’d not be where I am, so why stop now?

Can you hear the conversation I’ve been having with myself over this challenge?

If I can talk to myself, why not interview myself? No reason, you say? I agree.

So, here we go….

Me in 1959. I'd grow to become Bravewarrior
Me in 1959. I'd grow to become Bravewarrior | Source

Some background

You can read about my professional background on my profile page (click the link below my avatar), so I won’t repeat myself.

Instead, I’ll tell you some things you don’t know.


Date of Birth: March 3, 1957

Time of Birth: 9:03 p.m. (that means something in my astrological chart)

Place of Birth: Madonna Hospital, Denison, Texas

Height: 5’2”

Hair Color: Brown, Gray, Silver (chestnut before age set in)

Eye Color: Blue

Ethnicity: American born of Italian, Irish, English, Scottish, German, and Cherokee heritage

Education: High school honor grad, 30th out of 300 students

Certifications: 1983 TV/Radio certification from Brown Institute, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Second in class


K, now that we’ve got stats out of the way, let me put on my “I’m-someone-else-hat” and get on with the interview.

Actors Studio questions

Writers are actors who hide behind the screen of the written word, so this should be a piece of cake. Just so you know I’ve covered my eyes so you can’t see me! LOL

What is your favorite word?

I’d have to say my favorite word is juxtaposition. I love the sound of the word. When we were young, my dad would have us learn five vocabulary words a day. And, I mean young. I was thrilled that my peers had never heard of the word, let alone knew what it meant. It’s a really big word with a simple meaning, yet it’s rarely used in conversation or text.

What is your least favorite word?

At the risk of being flagged, my least favorite word is penis. I simply don’t like the way it sounds. I much prefer the slangs when addressing that part of the male anatomy. It just doesn’t sound right to use the proper word. Especially when you’re telling someone they’re being a ____!

Hello, God!
Hello, God! | Source

What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?

Many things inspire me in those areas:

  • Hearing the birds greet and begin a new day
  • Sunrise
  • Sunset
  • Music
  • Smiles
  • Seeing elderly couples walk hand in hand
  • Nature
  • Seeing the sun’s rays reach down through the clouds and the trees. Every time I see that I say, “hello, God!”
  • Rainbows
  • Hugs
  • Not being the first to say, “I love you”

This certainly isn’t all that inspires me, but it’s what comes to mind foremost.

What turns you off creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?

  • Arguing
  • Judgment
  • Negativity
  • Boys who feel the need to show their boxers. Pull your damned pants up!
  • People who constantly complain

What sound or noise do you love?

I have to answer this question from the memories of a little girl. Sure, I have favorite sounds now as an adult, but I doubt they’ll last as long as this one:

My favorite sound is the car slowly rolling over a rock-paved drive-in theater. My folks would put us in our pajamas and Mom would pop a big brown bag full of popcorn. To this day, I pop corn in a pot. No microwave popcorn or air-popper for this little girl!

What sound or noise do you hate?

I don’t know if hate is the right word, so I’ll translate the question to, what sound or noise grates on your nerves?

Without a doubt, fingernails scraped on a blackboard grates on my nerves. It gives me the willy-nilly heebie-jeebies.

What is your favorite curse word?

In my neck of the words, it’s called a cuss word. And I’d have to say it’s the F-word. It just fits into so many conversations and really gets the point across. It might not be lady-like, but what woman is lady-like when she’s cussing??

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?

At age 57, I’m not thinking of attempting any other career than the one I’m trying to get a grasp on, so I’ll answer this from the perspective of a much younger me.

When I was in high school, I spent some time with Mongoloid children and adults. Their unconditional and honest love was heartwarming. I think I’d like to work with kids who have a harder way to go than the rest of us.

What profession would you not like to do?

At one point in my (younger) life, I thought about becoming a nurse. However, I can’t stand the sight of blood and don’t do well with severed limbs, etc. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I don’t react well.

I have such huge respect for our medical professionals. They are much bigger people than I can ever think of becoming.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

“Welcome, Shauna. You done good.” Of course, he wouldn't use bad grammar, but you get my gist.

Me in 2005
Me in 2005 | Source
Could Julia Roberts play me in my autobiographical film?
Could Julia Roberts play me in my autobiographical film? | Source

Challenging questions

These are questions that Jennifer asked us to answer should we accept her challenge. I think these may be the hardest questions of all to tackle.

In the film version of your autobiography, who would you like to play you?

I’m thinking Julia Roberts would do a good job of portraying me and the many facets of my life. She’s pretty, but can pull off being a bad girl. I spent much of my twenties and thirties being the bad girl that surprised you because of my petite stature, intelligence, and good looks. I’m not being conceited, but I was able to walk in all crowds from the elite to hard-core biker because of my looks and intelligence. Julia Roberts is versatile enough to pull that off. The only thing is she’d have to have her co-stars wear elevated shoes to make her look as short as I am! Plus, she’d have to wear blue contacts.

My 1936 Sterling upright piano is collecting dust. I could kick myself for quitting lessons
My 1936 Sterling upright piano is collecting dust. I could kick myself for quitting lessons | Source

What quality or talent do you wish you could cultivate?

This isn't really a fair question, because I can cultivate anything I wish. However, one thing I wish I would have kept up with is playing the piano. I was given lessons by a concert pianist at a very young age. However, I was a rebel and quit because my mother enforced my daily hourly practice. Had she left me alone, I would have been fine because I loved playing the piano. It was being forced that rubbed me the wrong way. Now I know I cut off my nose to spite my face.

Who is your favorite fictional character ever?

This is a tough one. I don’t really have favorite characters, but I do have favorite authors. However, I need to think outside of the books that line my shelves in order to answer this.

When I really think about it, I’d have to say Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. She had to overcome separation from her family, fear of the dark woods, yet still found the strength to help the Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, and The Scarecrow find what they were looking for. Together, they battled the Wicked Witch of the West, the flying monkeys, and the huge, scary presence of Oz himself. Yet, she never lost faith. She found her way home. To me, Dorothy is the epitome of faith, love, and strength of character.

If you could have the career of any author, who would it be?

Dean Koontz, hands down. He’s my favorite author. I’ve read almost everything he’s written, from when he penned himself as Dean R. Koontz to present day. There’s only one book I didn’t care for; that’s a pretty good track record. He’s not predictable. He’s not gory. He deals more with the paranormal than plots so scary I can’t sleep at night. He stays out of the limelight, yet everyone knows who he is. He’s humble and successful. That’s what I’d like to achieve in my writing career.

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What inspires you?

I've already answered this. Basically, life inspires me. Emotions inspire me. You have no idea how many times I've gotten up out of bed and started a poem or an article based on the hurt I was feeling at the time. Fortunately, I don’t publish them. Writing them down releases me and that’s all it takes for me to resume my comfort zone. I choose to write pieces that uplift, inform, or send my readers into a fantasy world.

When did you first realize you were a writer?

When I was in 7th grade, our teacher asked us to write a story based on the Dragnet series. She gave us some prompts. We were to use a baseball bat, garbage can, sneaker, and a dollar bill. Rather than use those prompts as props, I turned them into characters, with each speaking in the first person. I got an A++ on my story. I wish I still had the composition book, because I could really gain from reconnecting with my creative self at that age.

And now for something a little different

At this point, I’m to come up with my own self-interview questions. Come on, Jennifer, you’re really pushing it, aren’t you?

Okay, remember what I said about dares? Hmm. Give me a minute (or a day) to think.

What is your biggest regret in life?

I really only have one. I don’t regret most of the decisions I made in life because I learned and grew from them. However, there is one:

I regret having stepped out of my copywriting career in the 1980s. I was successful and had a blast. I was good at what I did. I wrote TV commercials that were aired on local network affiliates. I had it made.

Had I stuck with it, I would have naturally morphed into today’s market and technology. Instead, I have to learn all over again. I have no contacts and absolutely no clue about the editing end of television media, whereas I once did. I was not only a copywriter, but an assistant producer. Too much time and way too much technology has come to be since then. Plus – stupid me – I never thought to save my copy or get dubs of my TV commercials. I could kick myself in the ass!

I would have been much better off today, if I hadn't gotten out of copywriting/broadcasting in the late 1980s
I would have been much better off today, if I hadn't gotten out of copywriting/broadcasting in the late 1980s | Source

Are you willing to interview yourself and share with us?

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What advice do you have to offer to those who are considering writing as a career choice?

I have three words: Go For It. If it’s in your mind and in your heart, it’s something that needs to be nourished. Write whenever you can and whatever comes to mind, even if you don’t share it. And save everything you write. You never know when you’ll need to call upon your work.

Create a new crowd of friends: writers. Get advice, opinions, critiques; do whatever you can to have your love of writing encompass your world. Learn what you can and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You only lose if you don’t try.

Out of curiosity, why do you call yourself Bravewarrior?

Simply put, because I am. I don’t mean to be snotty, but I’ve never let anything get me down or hold me back.

To be honest, I became Bravewarrior when I was about nine years old. I lived in Philly from age eight to the summer before I entered ninth grade. Across the street from our row house was an empty lot filled with trees and black raspberry bushes. I’d squish the berries and apply them to my face, as Bravewarrior or I’d use the berries to make dinner as a Cherokee squaw.

It wasn’t until 2011 that Bravewarrior gained a presence and went from imagination to reality. You can read how I became Bravewarrior by clicking here.

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Conclusion

This was difficult at first, but very enlightening in the end. Jennifer, I thank you for creating this challenge. I would recommend everyone give this a shot, even if you don’t post it. You’ll learn a lot about yourself.

Peace,

Bravewarrior


Shauna L Bowing

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well, you were a hell of a lot better student than I was in high school. It's amazing I graduated, and then it's amazing I ended up a teacher. Great interview....loads of fun and great information. Thanks for taking the challenge. I think we all appreciate it.

love,

bill


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Way to go, Sha! Great interview! I didn't know how you got the name bravewarrior, I kinda guessed...and I was right! :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sha......I'm so glad you faced this challenge. Superb job, GF. You're absolutely correct: For as much as I constantly "talk to myself," this should be a piece of cake....Thanks so much for the encouragement.

I'm seriously thinking about going for it. (Keep in mind I mull something over for a long long time.) have no clue why I do this, so don't ask.

I thoroughly enjoyed your self-interview....interesting, honest and educational. Pictures are great. What a little cutie you were as a child!!Still have that impish smile!...Peace, Paula UP++tweeted & pinned


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Bill. I was one of those odd-balls who actually enjoyed doing homework. High school was a breeze because I'd already learned what they were teaching (as far as English and Math) in Catholic school. Which justified - in my book - my rebellious behavior. It didn't affect my grades in the least.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Linda, I guess Bravewarrior is kinda self-explanatory, but there's more to it than the obvious. I'm glad you liked the interview. It was actually fun.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Paula, I mulled it over for days. At first I didn't even consider stepping up to the challenge. Then I had a little talk with myself. My inner 'me' won.

I hope you do accept this challenge. There's a lot more to you than meets the pages of HP.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Awesome interview with yourself, Shauna. I thought I was short, but you beat me with 2 inches. I can see some of myself in you. Together we would have wreak havoc. Voted up, daring, and the works... :)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Martie, from the conversations we've had, you and I would have been hell-on-wheels - or is that heels? Tee hee.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Hi Shauna! Love the story that goes with your favourite noise; isn't it strange how sounds evoke memories?

The best Dean Koontz story I've read is 'From the Corner of his Eye'. I thought it was amazing and hadn't read anything like it before.

This is such an entertaining and amusing run through your life and thoughts.

Hope your weekend is a great one!

Ann


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ann, I love Koontz. The only book I didn't care for was Tick Tock.

Sounds and smells spark memories for me. One of my favorite smells is freshly mowed grass. For some reason, it takes me back to my childhood, even when I mow my yard today. Funny how that works, huh?


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

Well done! Nice to get to know the other authors on the site. I love the explanation of your writing persona.

I've never read any Dean Koontz; I'll have to look him up!

Interestingly, we share the same birthday--except that I'm 9 years older, and was born in San Francisco, CA. ;-)

I, too, have a certificate in TV broadcasting, (general), and produced and hosted my own (live) show on cable access for 3 years, but I did it backwards. LOL I was already volunteering at the station, and had put the show into production when one of the other volunteers told me about the class I could take at a local jr. college. ;-)

Voted up, interesting and awesome.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

DzyMsLizzy, that's too cool that we share a birthday. I have a second cousin who was born on my birthday, as well.

For a few years of my life I lived in Atwater, Ca. I was very young. I went to nursery school there. Now they call it Pre-school. Same thing, right?

It sounds like you've had an interesting career. It doesn't matter that you did it backwards. What matters is that you did it and have an accomplishment under your belt not many people can claim.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm glad you did.


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

Great interview, Sha!

Sounds like you have had a very interesting life.

Aren't you glad that you moved around some.

TX., PA, FL., and probably a few more states that were not brought up.

Well, I am pleased to read about different author's lives.

Like you, I gave up on the piano. Could kick myself.

You did a very fine job, here, Sha!

DJ.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

DJ, I've lived in Texas twice, Alabama twice, Washington state, California (and these were all by the age of 6), York, PA; Philly, PA; several towns in NJ, and about 10 towns in Florida.

I've lived in Florida since 1976. From '76 - '87 I lived in South Florida. I've been in Central Florida since 1987 and in the house I own since 1995. I'm 'bout tired of moving. Next move will be ashes to ashes, dust to dust!

Yeah, I could kick myself for giving up the piano. I bought my upright at a thrift store, had it tuned and restrung. This was shortly after I bought my house. My intention was to take refresher lessons. There it sits. It's become a (scratched-up) resting spot for my cats. Shame on me!

Glad you liked the interview, DJ.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Great interview Shauna! I love getting to know other hubbers stories. I like that you went with your heart and had the confidence to try something out of your comfort zone. Thank you for sharing...


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ruby, if live was easy it wouldn't be worth living. I have to remind myself of the risk-taking attitude I had all of my life, which seems to be waning. Now is not the time for me to be afraid to jump.

Thank you for reading and commenting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

It's great to meet you Shauna. Great self-interview. This challenge was an excellent way of making us writers open up and reveal ourselves to each other. You have certainly had an interesting life and career and we're certainly a cute little girl (haven't changed much in fact


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

John, you're too kind. Notice I don't offer a pic taken in 2014? I hate having my picture taken. You have to catch me off-guard to get a good one. At least, these days anyway.

If I could turn back time, I would turn it back to what I once looked like, but keep me in the mindset I'm in today. I've mellowed out quite a bit and that's a good thing. I've also marshmellowed out a bit and that's NOT a good thing!


Vickiw 2 years ago

Shauna, I think you are incredibly brave to do this! I would not be able to.

It's amazing how we learn new things about each other all the time.

The questions provided a blueprint for you to follow, and that was really interesting, as it didn't cramp your Shauna style at all!

Thank you for sharing this with all of us. Wow.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Oh Sha, I think we are "sisters of the skillet" as my Mom used to say. Many things in common...everyone knows not to dare me because I certainly will then do it!

I love Koontz too. King is my favorite but I like the way Koontz wraps up his books and doesn't leave you hanging like King does.

I love the way you wrote this whole thing making it and you interesting. Almost as much fun as a drive-in movie! You certainly are a Bravewarrior and great writer.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Alright. Way to go Sha! Yes. Julia. No doubt.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

Hi Shauna, You and I have come to know each other a little better than some, and now it is so nice that you have shared yourself with the HubPages world. You are much braver than I, my friend. I don't know that I would be able to do that, in my present situation.

This venue is an excellent way for HubPages writers to get to know the person behind the writing. I'm glad to read more about you and see your beautiful photos. You and I have lived in many of the same places, as we have discussed, but since I'm 10 years older than you, we agreed that it was unlikely we would have crossed paths. Oh well, at least we were in the same city at some point :)


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Sha. That is some interview. You have meet every challenge along life's highway and have gone a great distance. So good to hear some of the dreams and aspirations that have set you on your course.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

wow! This interview is really good! :-) bravo! I just want to gently squeeze those adorable little baby cheeks on you at age 5? So cute! And now look at you! You should have much Cherokee pride in yourself for all you have accomplished as a woman and just as a great human being!

Now sweet lady. There are no excuses you hear!? Find yourself a piano instructor to help you re learn piano! As far as your copywriting career goes. I know of one incredibly beautiful and courageous woman who happens to believe that one should "just go for it"!

Maybe I could juxtaposition you together.

Then we can have a party ( my treat of course) to rejoice with you once you accomplish the dream. :-)

I think Julia Roberts would want you to be her in a movie. You have lots of hutzpa (ba). Shared, up all the way!

Blessings & hugs! :-) sorry so long..just wanted you to know how much I really enjoyed this. ((((((((((((( bravewarrior )))))))))))


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

I am so thrilled you have participated in this interview challenge, and it is a challenge to interview oneself indeed. What a precious child you were with those big baby blues and you are certainly one beautiful woman. It is refreshing to read of such a brave woman as yourself, and that you have dared to be the woman you are, as that is how we learn and grow into the women we are indeed.

I have to mull things over too, so I am thinking about this challenge. I am pretty much an open book already on HP and, like you, I would not want to repeat myself, but try to add something that I have not already written about myself and life.

Bravo!

Up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Blessings always


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Sha,

I love learning even more about you. The story of your 7th grade teacher's influence on you is beautiful.

With you, Martie and me...we could be a spiral staircase, as I am the tallest...coming in at 5'8" (LOL)!

Great set of questions and well answered, my friend! Love, Maria


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Dip Mtra 2 years ago from World Citizen

Honest. That's what I felt after reading this. Great interview!


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misterhollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

LoVed this hub. I've often thought of doing something like this! Great blueprint. Voted up!


Ghost32 2 years ago

Nice work as usual, Sha. FYI, my vote is (so far) the lone "No Way Hose-A!" when it comes to self-interviewing. Not an issue here, of course, my time as a Hubber having come and gone, but were I to slip up and be a mite too truthful in a self-interview, I could find myself in super-hot water. Unless, of course, the statute of limitations has run out in seven or eight states....


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Melinda Longoria 2 years ago from Garland, Texas

Bravewarrior, I found your interview to be very interesting and I'm glad to know you a little better. ;-) Sincerely, Mel


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Vicki, I found the questions challenging. Some were quite easy while others required some thought. That's what took me so long to decide whether or not to interview myself. I'm enjoying reading what others have posted. It's nice to bring our writing friends to life and learn about the people behind the words.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Mary, "sisters of the skillet". I like that. I've never heard it before! I miss drive-in movies. I don't know why most of them have shut down. It's a much more fun way to see a movie. More comfortable, too.

Thanx for sharing a bit about yourself here.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Rebecca, you're the first one to comment on my Julia Roberts choice. I'm glad you agree!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Rachael, it's interesting that you and I have lived in some of the same cities. Maybe that's what brought us together. Whatever the reason is, I cherish our friendship. I hope you know that.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Mike. It's always a treat to hear encouraging words.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Jo, you make me chuckle. I'm tickled you used juxtaposition in your comment. I was 2 1/2 in the cheeky picture, not 5. But go ahead and pinch away!

Thank you for your wonderful comment!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Faith, I hope you give this challenge a shot. The questions provided allow us to offer more than we do through the normal course of our writing. I'm pretty much an open book, too, but these questions are pretty unique. Jennifer did a good job of putting them together.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Maria, I had no idea you're that tall! See, I learned something new about you, too my friend! How cool is that?


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Dip, there's no point in conducting an interview without honesty. Especially when you're interviewing yourself!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Misterhollywood, (love your screen name), give it a shot. It was great fun. But the credit for the questions goes to Jennifer. It's her blueprint. I merely followed it.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ghost, you're too funny. I certainly wouldn't want you to find yourself in hot water! I hope you and Pam are doing well, my friend.

Thanx for stopping by!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Melinda. It's nice to see you back in the saddle!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Shauna: You did great job on this interview. I so enjoyed reading it and I now know you a little better! I love that you worked in copy writing and broadcasting - what a great writing career you have had. It shows in the many diverse hubs you publish here. I also pop my own popcorn out of a pot rather than microwave. I hate the microwave stuff! LOL!

So good to read about you from your own words. You did a great job on this challenge.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you for your kind words, Suzette. Recently, I've been using coconut oil when I pop corn. It's much healthier than corn or vegetable oil. I just may have to pop some later today.

I'm glad you enjoyed my self-interview. Thanx again.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I'm just not sure anyone would want to read about an ole' gal from the South who has had many occupations (Jack of all trades, master of NONE)!! I did enjoy reading about you, though. Thanks for sharing all this!

I think you should take up the piano again, I have played all my life and it is an important part of my life.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Mary, I think a Jack of all trades would make for a fascinating interview. I've held many different positions myself, I just didn't mention them here.

Taking up piano again is a matter of lack of funds. My piano needs tuned and a couple of keys stick. Then there's the cost of lessons. It's just not in the cards right now.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I love anyone who can curse with the best of them but cleans up well. You're a beautiful lady and were a gorgeous little girl as well. Don't have regrets, don't look back, just forward. You are the person you are today because of the choices you made, good and bad.


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Iris Draak 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

Shauna, this was great. I'm glad you interviewed yourself. It's so much easier to get to know people when we know their backgrounds and what makes them tick. My mother used to pop huge paper bags of popcorn to take to the drive in movies and like you, I always pop corn in a pot. I eat it several times a week too. :) And "Watchers"....one of the best books I've ever read. I cried like a baby in the end.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Flourish, the only regret I have is leaving copy writing when I did. Other than that, all my choices - both good and bad - have been building blocks.

Thanx for your support!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Iris, it's been many years since I've read Watchers. It was one of the first of Koontz' that I read. I'm definitely hooked on his novels.

I love that your mom popped corn to take to the drive-in. It was always an adventure. Those are some great memories, aren't they?


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wayne barrett 2 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Way to go my friend. And now I know so much more about you. I've read a lot of Koontz, and you know me, I love horror. Keep up the good work my dear.


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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

You are indeed a brave warrior to step into this challenge Sha! Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading this but like you, I also don't like the sound of fingernails being scraped on a blackboard. Ewww....now, it's in my head. Damn!

Good hub! Good job! Keep it up and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Love from the sky~


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Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

Awesome, indeed. Very interesting and inspiring interview. Your experiences are great. Really a Brave Warrior. And your advice to writers is good. Keep on writing, whether publish or not and store a copy.

Voted up and awesome.


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Chriswtmj 2 years ago from Norwich

"Boys who feel the need to show their boxers. Pull your damned pants up!"

:-D :-D You and me both, sugar!

Seriously though, Shauna, I'm a little concerned; I'm not so sure I believe you when you state you gave up playing piano for being a rebel:

'pianist - penis'. Very similar to my ears. Loves playing, hated the word?

;-)

Only joking. Better not to regret too much though, you've done pretty well for yourself.

The commercial stuff as well, wow! I have to say, I also regret having lost lots of my early years writing stuff. Makes you wonder what we were thinking at the time. Or maybe we weren't thinking at all.

Brilliant interview, my friend xx


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hey, Wayne! It's great to see you. It's been a long time. Glad to hear you're a Koontz fan, too.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Cris, I think the only other sound I hate more than fingernails on a chalkboard is that of Japanese motorcycles. The high-pitched whine is really annoying.

Glad to stopped by. You should give this challenge a try.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Venkatachari, it's so important to save all your work. I learned the hard way. I'd be much better off in my writing endeavors today if I had copies of my TV commercials. Lesson learned!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Chris, in my case I wasn't thinking at all. I lived for today and never thought about the future.

Leave it to you to equate pianist with penis! ha ha But that tells me you pronounce the word properly (pianist). Most people don't.


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Homeplace Series 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

Shauna, I'd love to see Julia Roberts play you in your movie, for sure!! ;-)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx, Dr. Bill. It's fun to dream, isn't it?

I really enjoyed your self-interview. You're a very interesting person.


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Chriswtmj 2 years ago from Norwich

Oh yes. I never thought of that. Massive fail on the joke-front. Next time :-)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Chris, it only would have been massive fail to those who don't know how to properly pronounce the noun for "one who plays the piano"!


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I'm glad you decided to interview yourself! This hub is interesting, enjoyable and informative. Thanks for introducing me to Dean Koontz. I'll investigate his work.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Alicia, Koontz is awesome if you like that genre. The Amazon link above can take you his other works or you can Google him. I actually prefer him over King.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great interview and enjoyed reading and getting to know more about you, thank you for sharing this.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you for stopping by, Vellur. It's always nice to meet new faces!


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Thank you, Shauna, for sharing YOU! This was so interesting and compelling to read!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Glad you stopped by, Randi! Thank you so much.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I love how you came to name yourself Bravewarrior. You have such a fresh positive view of life and one that inspires others to appreciate the simple things that make us happy. Thanks for a peek into your life.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Shauna, I loved reading about you. You are a real interesting person. Yes I too will take the challenge and do the interview, but it will take some time.

Voted up UABI and will share

Blessing to you dear friend.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Dianna, thank you for your kind comment. Too often we overlook the simple things life, where real beauty lies. All we need to do is open our eyes and look around us.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Shyron, I look forward to reading your interview. It's fun learning about the people we interact with online!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Congratulations on taking the challenge and doing such a great job at the interview. You've presented things that made me think about my own childhood bravery, tenacity and staying power with your innovative questions and frank answers. Interesting that you were born in Texas. So were my Mom and brother. I discovered quite a bit about you from this. Well done!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Peg, we all have stories to share that have led us to who we are today. I'm glad you enjoyed my self-interview. It was fun to do.


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Hallo :)

Your interview answers were very interesting and even though some years have passed , you remain beautiful inside and out. I like your honesty and drive, and I have a feeling your individual story has a very long and fruitful tale still to be told. I hope you are well.

Anna.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, your comment has touched my soul. It's been a while since we've connected, but this is the best reunion ever.

I hope you're doing well. I miss you.


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

I miss you too. Check your messages.x


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Will do, Anna!


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sgbrown 24 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

You did a wonderful job with this! I also took piano when I was young and like you, rebelled against practicing for that hour every single day! I enjoyed learning more about you and I remember the piece you wrote about why you call yourself Brave Warrior. (You truly are!)


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bravewarrior 24 months ago from Central Florida Author

Sheila, I'm flattered that you remember my Bravewarrior piece. It's really good to see you back. I read your Gorilla post today, then went on to read about Zoe, the Blonde Zebra.

Can you still read music? Do you play?


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Nell Rose 24 months ago from England

Hiya, this was fascinating! I also love Dean Koontz, in fact I am reading Relentless as we 'speak' lol! I have read all of his other books but somehow this one got away from me! You are one tough cookie Shauna, and I love it! especially the bit when you said you could talk to all walks of life from high ups to bikers etc, sounds like me! I love the name bravewarrior and how you came by it too, great read, and lovely to learn all about you!


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bravewarrior 24 months ago from Central Florida Author

Nell, the more I learn about you, the more I see we have a lot in common. You told your own story through life, on your terms. I have a huge amount of respect for that.

Glad to find another Koontz lover. I think he's tops in his genre.


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Nell Rose 24 months ago from England

He is isn't he? I found three books in the charity store, one I had read before, but bought anyway and two others, he is much better than Stephen King. we would get on really well if we met, and what laughs we would have! I loved reading this, have a great evening, nell


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bravewarrior 24 months ago from Central Florida Author

Nell, I agree. I like Koontz better than King. I started with King, but once I started reading Koontz in the late 1980s I was hooked. In my opinion, King has too many novels under his belt that just didn't capture my attention. I can't say that about Dean Koontz.

Yeah, you and I would have a blast. We could start by dancing!


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Nell Rose 24 months ago from England

lol! yes dancing, having a drink and a 'chin wag' as we say over here!


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

Love your conversation style loaded with lots of wit. I can relate to your writing from your emotions, and then keeping them to yourself. Great personality. Great article.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

MsDora, that's a huge compliment! You've blown me away! I'm so glad you liked this post. I hope to see more of you.


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Nadine May 23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

That is truly an out of the box Idea , having an interview with yourself. I saved your date of birth, time and place for my training in the human design charts that I'm investigating for my novel characters, but I love do yours ( with your permission) for my next post on 'The Human Design'.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Nadine, you have my permission. It will be interesting to see what you come up with. Awesome. I look forward to reading your post!


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Eiddwen 23 months ago from Wales

A wonderful interview Sha and voting up up and away!!!

Happy new year to you my dear friend and lots of love from Wales.

Eddy.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Happy New Year to you and Dai, Eddy. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your grandbabies and kitties!


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aviannovice 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Nice to know more about you, Sha!


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Deb. Why don't you give this challenge a shot? I'm sure it will be fascinating!


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B. Leekley 23 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

I am very impressed, both by the work in progress you you have created and by this self-interview.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Brian. it's great to see you here!


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cam8510 21 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Okay, I'll be the first to say it.....I love you Bravewarrior, for seeing this challenge through and revealing so much of yourself with humor, candor and excellent writing. This was a lot of fun to read.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida Author

Aw, thanx, Cam! I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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shanmarie 21 months ago from Texas

Juxtapose- what a great word! And your resson for choosing Dorothy as your favorite character caused me to look at her in a new light. Thanks. Wonderful interview and interesting to read.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida Author

Shanmarie, thank you for reading. I had to really think about the favorite character question. Then Dorothy popped into my head. She really is the epitome of strength and all the good that people possess.

Thanx for the great comment!


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

I started my interview a couple of months ago. Never got around to finishing it. Or the 5 other hubs I started at one time. Maybe one day. So many ideas, so little time. Anyway...stopped by to say hello! :)


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida Author

I can relate, Linda. I have topic ideas strewn all over my office. I've even started a short story and got stuck. Too many ideas and not enough follow-thru. I'm still trying to figure out how to find a happy medium.


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Kylyssa 20 months ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Thank you for sharing this look in the mirror with us. It's fascinating to see what kind of person is behind the words we read.


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bravewarrior 20 months ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you for stopping by, Kylyssa. It's always fun to see what makes our writer friends tick. Glad you took the time to read and comment.


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Nadine May 20 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

I loved reading your own interview. Well done. I have started on my own in a draft, but I like the questions you asked yourself. That suddenly reminded me of an genuine interview from a radio show. If I could ever find it I could use it! Thanks for sharing your story.


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bravewarrior 20 months ago from Central Florida Author

Nadine, I look forward to reading your interview. From what I've learned of you so far, you're a very talented and interesting person. Thanx for the great comment!


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SusanDeppner 19 months ago from Arkansas USA

Wow, you did a great job with your interview, Shauna! I'm much less willing to share so many facts about and facets of myself, even if I cover my eyes so you can't see me. You are, indeed, a brave warrior. So nice to know you!


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bravewarrior 19 months ago from Central Florida Author

Susan, I am who I am. I cannot hide, for if I do, I hide from myself. I've gained some awesome friendships on this site and I owe them the real me. I'm an open book. It's why I write. I initially wrote poetry as a means of discovering myself and working through my emotional growth. It wasn't until I was comfortable with who I am that I published my innermost thoughts in the form of a poetry book.

I'm honored that you've read this and felt compelled to leave a comment. I see you are now following me. That makes me proud. I will come over to your corner shortly.

Thank you so much!


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Joyette Fabien 19 months ago from Dominica

I think in writing this hub you have lived up to your name 'bravewarrior'! I'm not sure I could be that brave. Maybe I could take your advice about writing, but not posting it. Ha ha! It would probably be quite refreshing. Thumbs up!!!


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bravewarrior 19 months ago from Central Florida Author

Joyette, try it. We eventually end up learning about each other anyway, so why not give it a shot!


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FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

I got a laugh when I reread this because of your honesty about your favorite cuss word. Bravo for that. I can get pretty creative with it as well. I bet you add some margaritas and we could really have some fun.


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bravewarrior 16 months ago from Central Florida Author

Flourish, if you'd asked me a couple of months ago, I'd jump at the chance to share margaritas with you. Now, it would have to be iced tea or something. I quit drinking on June 13th.

Glad you got a chuckle though. Yep, it's still my favorite (and most used) cuss word!


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PegCole17 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello Bravewarrior, I dropped back by to refresh my memory of these traits that make you who you are. Amazing to read about your broadcasting history and copywriting experience. I believe that each of us is who we are because of what we've been through. You certainly have a varied background which lends itself to many writing prompts. I liked the story about the school writing challenge. Back in those days, teachers inspired students to read and share their imagination through writing.


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bravewarrior 2 weeks ago from Central Florida Author

Peg, I'm so glad I was born in the fifties, otherwise I would have missed the great education the sixties and seventies offered. Teachers were creative and encouraged their students to be as well. That was long before computers and calculators were part of the classroom landscape.

Thank you for reconnecting with this post. Very much appreciated!

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