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Writer's Interview: Shauna Bowling

Updated on October 17, 2016
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In an English course at Villanova University in 1981, Maria interviewed her mom, who likened her to Barbara Walters. She never looked back.


Meet bravewarrior....

Shauna, also known as bravewarrior, has a writing style that ranges in subject from her Green Tips Series to musings on her life philosophy, as in Lift Yourself to the Music.

Hoping you will enjoy this interview with Shauna as much as I did:

Bridge to the Dream
Bridge to the Dream | Source

The times I'm most creative are ....

I can't give a definitive answer to this question. My creativity hits me out of the clear blue, or the dark rain... Oh, here I go, I've started already! Ok, I'll try to be cereal - I mean serious!

So many different things spark my creativity: sights, sounds, smells, people, conversations, music, animals, dreams and the biggest spark, I think, comes from Mother Nature. I'll get a first line to a poem or a title or theme in my head and have to quickly write it down. I keep a notebook with me wherever I go. My home office is littered with notes jotted on scrap paper and stickies.

Unfortunately, one of the times I'm most often hit with a creative thought is in the middle of the night when I'm sleeping (or trying to sleep!). It'll wake me up. After I push whatever song is in my head (I always have a song in my head each time I awake thru the night and when I finally awaken in the morning!) my mind reels with the writers thwack that knocked me out of my sleep. Annoyingly, it's usually 3:00 in the morning and I have to get up for work in 2 1/2 hours, so I don't wake up enough to write it down. (I need my beauty sleep, dontcha know!)

I guess what I'm trying to say in my signature blithering way, is I'm creative all the time! My subconscious never sleeps and is pretty loud when it wants to get my attention!

The times I'm most joyful....

I don't know if "joyful" is the right word for me. Uplifted, happy, bouncy, silly I think are better words to describe that emotion in me.

As me alone, when I'm outside taking in the flurry of nature or listening to music or dancing or singing (I sing all the time, even at work. When I'm not singing, my boss knows I'm not "right"!) and not feeling the stresses of life, I'm uplifted and happy. I'm uplifted when I'm writing. When people who've read my writings tell me I'm a good writer and should write, write, write I'm on top of the world! Oh, so uplifted! Bringing my soul forth and bursting through the stresses society has placed upon us, sets me free. That's one of the times I feel the most joy.

Another is when I've been toiling in my yard, working on a plant bed. At the end of the day, when my body aches and I'm sweaty, looking at my beautiful creation (ode to Mother Nature) leaves me as proud as an artist who has transferred his thoughts to canvas.

When people ooh and ahh over my cooking and/or baking, my heart swells with pride! I'm one of the few from-scratch cooks I know, besides my mom. Knowing my efforts have pleased the palate pleases me to no end!

As to me, the mom, when my son and I share conversation as adults and friends, when he admits I'm a great mom (those moments come far too seldom with a 20 year old!), when he hugs me (which is actually all the time) and tells me he loves me too, after I squeeze his knee three times (private signal we've shared all his life) I feel utter happiness. Then we'll have times when we are both so silly and laugh so hard our stomachs hurt! We have the ability to make each other laugh. And we laugh a lot! Those are the times I'm most bouncy and silly. And yes, joyful! Those moments reinforce my life decisions.

Ok, you got me, Maria. I guess I do have joyful moments!!

Something I'd like to learn to do...

I'd like to learn the nuances of the new media. When I was a copywriter in the 80s, there were no computers ( for copywriters), no SEO's, no tags and the video was left up to the camera crew and video editors. In today's environment, you need to create the copy, the story board (both of which I did as a TV commercial copywriter) incorporate marketing catches into your copy, edit, add video, know how to layout/create a web page, etc. It's overwhelming! When I wrote copy, I wrote copy. If it was to be aired on TV, a media producer took care of that. Today, we write for the Internet! That requires a whole lot of learning new tricks! What kills me, is many freelance sites want to pay you $1/500 words for all that! WTF! Are you kidding me??

My dream is to be published. In print. Be paid, not pay to be published! Shoot, I don't have the money to pay someone to publish me! And can I really in my heart feel a sense of accomplishment if I go that route? I don't think so. Until I got back into writing a year age, I didn't even know there was such a thing!

I want to be the writer whose books you buy in the store because the author has come out with something new and she's got you riveted! Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Grisham, Iris Johansen, Robin Cook, Tami Hoag. People still read actual books! I do! In fact, I collect hardbacks of my favorite authors.

K. I'm ranting now, but I NEED, not want, to learn the new media because it is obviously the stepping stone I need with which to acquaint myself in order to have the tools to re-build my creative resume on the climb to achieveing my dream as I see it.

My secret talent ...

Whoo boy, you might not want to know this. It's a good thing many of the friends I've made on HP will probably never meet me face to face, but here it is: I can seem as if I hear everything you say, and even respond intelligently and appropriately, yet not hear a word you say, because I've left this realm. I travel outside myself constantly. I have most of my life on automatic pilot. My job. The way to work. Everything that has been conditioned and has nothing to do with Shauna, the person. I maintain my societal duties. I pay my bills on time. Everything is on a schedule. Automatic pilot. That allows my "being" to go where it may in order for my soul to be free.

Cheyenne | Source

Best gift I ever gave someone ...

I sent my brother a set of top of the line canvases and acrylic paints, which is his medium of choice, when he was down and out. He had no money to buy his wares. His release is art. I gave him that release. He was elated and has created some of his most masterful works of art since. In fact, the painting I hope is included in this interview, "Cheyenne", was painted by my brother. He again challenged me to write the story behind his art. I wrote my piece called "Forbidden Love" in answer to that challenge. I urge all of you to read it and look at the piece. The picture in my short story is actually a rough he'd sent to my cell. He put it on canvas and surprised me by having the finished piece sent to me. "It belongs to Sha", he told my dad who was ready to hang it in our parents' home.

My brother is color blind. Look at the amazing colors in his art! In fact, when he challenges me to write a story to accompany his artwork, I use his interpretation of color to help me tell the tale. I know his perception of hues. This is what makes his art so amazing. He brings my most creative efforts forth when he challenges me!

I'm rambling again, but see? The best gift I ever gave served more than the recipient.....

Best gift I ever received from someone ...

Strength. My parents gave me personal strength. I've never known them to show when times were hard; we always had what we needed growing up. Mom would make our clothes, the curtains for the windows and always served yummy from-scratch meals (to this day, I am a from-scratch cook!). I was raised with strict morals. I was always the rebel, but when push came to shove, I remembered what had been instilled in me, grabbed hold and moved on.

I've dug more than one hole for myself, rebel that I am, but the strength which has been embedded in the person called Shauna, overcame every time. No one to blame but myself. But self-rehabilitation has been and is to be attributed to the strength I witnessed, with which I was raised and absorbed.

I love you Mom and Dad! You were never at fault, but what you gave me, saved me!

If you peeked in my closet, you'd be surprised to find ...

Ha ha! You'd find a pair of jeans I wore in the 9th grade. They're hip huggers with the backs of the bottoms worn out (because I wore them barefooted) and patches I'd sewn on the ass! The snap button front has a peace symbol on it! Too cool! I refuse to give them up! They fit me about 10 years ago, but no more. I paid $9.99 for them in 1971 and they've not disintegrated! I hope Maria has included pix.

My dream dinner date ....

Oh my goodness! I don't think you're asking with whom I'd dream of having dinner, but just in care you are, it would be Yanni. I could go into a whole yada yada yada about that, but that would probably turn into a hub.

My dream dinner date would be dining outside at a seafood restaurant on the water, where boats dock. Party on or off the boat! My plate would consist of escargot as an appetizer, then clams, oysters, lobster tail, Maryland blue crabs and/or Dungeness Crab as the main course. Live music on deck and salivary orgasm moving me to the music. Holy Mackerel! You wanna see Shauna go? Give her music and shellfish.... Ooohh Laa Laa!

My favorite vacation spot .... paradise destination ....

We're talking fantasy, right? 'Cuz I've never had a vacation. Well, one - my first cruise (for my 55th birthday) and it was a bomb, so we won't go there.

I don't know. I love the water and I love mountains. I think I'd probably have to take two vacations per year to satisfy my yen. Since I've never actually taken a vacation in my entire life, I'd have to live both and more. When I've become a famous writer and can venture out of my checkbook, I'll let you know!

Something I fear....

I fear not living my dream of being a successful writer. I don't mean writing for HP (which I love and probably will never leave) or earning pittance on the internet. I want to write for print. I'm old school and want to attract old school readers. My love for writing came from and still belongs to those who turn pages consisting of actual paper and keep reading until the end. Those who look for the next edition from their favorite author. I want to be the author whose books avid readers collect. I want to write. I want to be printed on paper. I want readers to turn my pages and want to keep going..... I want to be a part of literary history that never dies. I don't want to claim fame thru the internet and have the next OS not be compatible with what I've posted. No sir, I don't want to reach my dream via the internet. I want readers to turn the pages to my soul!

What I most despise in others...

Lying and hypocrisy. I don't think I need to go into detail; it's self-explanatory.

Something I got rid of and never missed...

My last husband!

Bridge of Water on Bridge to the Dream
Bridge of Water on Bridge to the Dream | Source

Some advice to my younger self...

You'll reach a point early in your life where you're living your dream. Don't mess it up by doing drugs. You'll find much later, after having raised a family, you return to that dream, but time and technology will have made it much harder to pick up where you left off. Live for today, but make sure you can see tomorrow. Make your choices count and move you forward, not backward. Be true to yourself.

The best part of getting older...

Is knowing you've grown out of self-destruction, have learned from your mistakes and have the opportunity to be all you are and more. In knowing you still have the chance to reach for the stars. Having life's experiences to share, stories to tell. Knowing who you are and liking yourself. In my case, having rose-colored glasses that still fit!

And don't forget the senior citizen discounts! Ha ha!!

Best advice to a new writer...

Don't doubt yourself. Spit it out. Go with your first instincts when putting your thoughts on paper. Don't edit your thoughts. Trust what you put down the first time because that's what comes from your heart. Gain technological knowledge, but always trust the sentiment and meaning that urges you to pick up your pen. Trust yourself. Creativity is not something you learn in school, it's a part of your soul and cannot be fine tuned by anyone but yourself. Your day will come; believe in that, spread your wings and fly!

My favorite book and why...

I don't have a favorite book. I do have a few favorite authors. Dean Koontz is at the top of the list. I've been reading him since he was Dean R. Koontz. I love his style and the way he paints pictures in my head. He writes in a way that I rarely anticipate the endings of his books accurately. He's spell-binding, creative, never dull. I'm always looking forward to his next book.

I have, however, learned the hard way not to watch any of his books turned into movies. He doesn't have the creative license over his movies, as does Stephen King (he allows no deviation from book to cinema). Every Koontz book-turned-movie I've seen is nothing like the book. To me, that's a sacrilege!

What subjects / genres are you best at writing/ about ?

I guess that question would be better answered by my readers! You tell me, what are the pieces or categories you most look forward to reading from me? When notified Bravewarrior has posted a new hub, which titles/ genres compel you to click on the link?

I love writing poetry; I've written well over one hundred poems. A first line will pop into my head and it just flows until my thought culminates. I also love writing short stories, although I need to hone that skill, as they tend to be more objective than subjective, as in poetry. I enjoy writing "green tips" because they offer something people can use; my words don't end at the end of the piece, they carry on into the readers' lives (hopefully!). I write what I know and research what I don't. I live by, or at the very least, try the tips I offer. I can't give advice if I don't have experience backing that advice. I try to add humor to my green tips in order to make them more personal and fun to read.

What would be a subject/ genre that would challenge your current writing efforts? Or are you perfectly happy with where you are...

I would like to expand my creative "spurts" into the area of writing novels. In fact, I have a couple of ideas in my head and have put the beginning thoughts on paper. "How I Became Bravewarrior" is the prelude to one. I have plans of publishing my poems, but I'm well aware poetry books are not best sellers.

In order to become the writer of my dreams, my desire is to write something the reader doesn't finish in a few lines. I want to enrapture my reader and take him/her on a journey through my mind. I want to occupy someone's bookshelf, as my favorite authors occupy mine.

I'm satisfied with the variety of my writings. I'm one who has many skills due to my ever-active mind. I bore easily. I need variety in my life and I think that's reflected in the all-over-the-place topics of my writings. I don't want to be predictable. I want my readers to wonder what I'll come up with next!

Can you take us to your favorite piece of writing on HubPages by you...

My favorite poem is "A Father's Love - Poem for My Dad", which I wrote this year for his birthday. He loved it and now knows how deeply I love him.

My favorite creative piece is "How I Became Bravewarrior". It will be the prelude to the novel I plan to write.

Tell us a song that is all about you... and why?

I think the song that most describes my idealistic nature (my ever-present rose-colored glasses!) is "Imagine", by John Lennon. When this song plays, all must be quiet; the words need to be heard. I'm a left-over hippie with an idealistic soul.

John Lennon - Imagine

Thank you again, Shauna....

I cannot think of another friend that I would rather dedicate one of my favorite songs to than you... so here is: "Flower in the Sun" by Janis Joplin.

Thanks for this interview and the inspiration you bring to my life.

© Maria Jordan (revised September, 2016)

Janis Joplin: Flower in the Sun


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Shyron and Sha,

      I appreciate you stopping by to check out this wonderful interview of our "Shauna". I also love her name, shared by your lovely granddaughter. Hoping you check out Sha's poetry book - I know you'll love it as I do.

      Love, hugs and peace to you both, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Shyron, thanx for the wonderful comment! Since this interview was first posted, I actually published the poetry book I spoke of. In fact, Maria has added an Amazon capsule to the book. It's called Hearts and Rainbows - a Poetic Look at Life.

      Thank you for your interest. It means a great deal to me!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Maria, I so enjoyed reading about Sha, I prefer to call her Shauna, as that is my granddaughter’s name. She/you have painted a picture of a wonderful complicated woman, who knows herself very well.

      I will be one of those collectors of Shauna's book. Just let me know as soon as each one if published. Yes I am one of those readers.

      Lots of blessings and hugs.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Iris, So lovely to meet you and thanks for stopping by this awesome interview of our Sha. I have heard some wonderful things about you and thoroughly appreciate the changes you have helped Sha make with her website. I look forward to checking out your writing as well.

      Sha, I'm happy that you are allowing yourself to write where your heart leads's working for you!

      Happy Monday to you both! Love and hugs, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Iris, you're too kind. I just can't pigeonhole myself into one niche. I've tried and I became bored quickly. That's never good for a writer. I'll stick with whatever strikes my fancy. Hopefully, my readers feel the same you as you regarding my diversity.

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      Cristen Iris 

      6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Maria, I feel like I know Shauna fairly well but your questions did indeed pull even more out of her. I enjoyed this thoroughly. And best of all, I agree 100%, Janis Joplin and Shauna are a very good fit. I was delighted that you ended the piece with that dedication. It was perfect. :)

      Shauna, there is so much to say but to answer your question about the types of articles that you post that I am most inclined to click to read-all of them. One of your greatest talents is your variety. I really like that I know what to expect in general from you (your voice) but the topics change and keep me engaged.

      So many of your answers to the questions overlap my own experience as a writer and my creative process. We are kindred spirits in many ways. And your description of your parents and their strength and your brother and his creativity were so sweet.

      Maria, it was nice to meet you, and I appreciate that you introduced me to more intimate details about my friend, Shauna.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi Dana and Sha,

      It is delightful to see you both clicking like old friends...that is one of the best parts of these interviews to me.

      Thank you both for your kindness, support and friendship. Hugs, Maria

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      Dana Strang 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      Shauna - Those are qualities I admire greatly in a person. Good for you! I really look forward to getting to know you better and reading more of your work! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Dana, I'm so glad we are getting to know each other. I wear my heart on my sleeve and hold no punches when I speak. I mean what I say and I say what I mean. Sometimes that offends people, but at least they know where I stand. I speak the truth!

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      Dana Strang 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      I KNEW IT! When I commented on Shauna'sother interview I said that he questions we very different then mine, yet we don't seem to be that different. Well, these answers are so much like me! Go figure! :P That is the great thing about your interviews Maria, the person shines through regardless of the questions. Because the way you ask them bring out the true person... What a great intervies of a great person!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks for stopping by, spy...I could not agree with you more!

      Aw shucks, thanks, Sha!

      Happiest and Healthy 2013 to you both, dear friends! Hugs, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Spy! I think you're pretty amazing yourself! Maria did a great job with the questions, didn't she?

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      hello Sha!! wonderful interview for the second time around!! Glad i found this. @Maria, thanks for posting this about Sha! she's really an amazing person.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Peggy, You are so MOD to discover my LINCs...(get it...hee-hee, oh, Sista, I KNOW you watched the Mod Squad and was it Peggy Cole or am I just bleary...??) Sha, Help me out...?

      Anyway, two of my favorite Sistas are in the SAME SPACE so I can be PLENTY PECULIAR with impunity! Love you both, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Peg, you make me blush! Definitely check out Iris Johansen. She has a series where the main character is a female forensic archeologist. Good reads.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Another great read, Maria. Nice to meet Shauna and to find the perspective series tucked neatly within the hub as a bonus. Shauna, I love the same authors you do Steven King, Dean Koontz, John Grisham, Robin Cook, Tami Hoag. Happy to discover a couple of new ones to investigate, Iris Johansen and of course, you.

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      8 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Yes, thanks for asking, Shauna. We were actually taking a trip and was supposed to return on the day of the harricane, but extended our stay when we found out about Sandy! Didn't want to wait at the airport all this time. Things are not too bad up here. We are not close to the shore and I think that helped :)

      Have a great night.....

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Lizzy, I am glad to LEARN that you are home and SAFE, as I know Sha will be...May both of you LOVELY SISTAS have a peaceful night.

      Hugs, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Lizzie, your comment is most heartwarming! I see you are from the northeast. Did you make it thru Sandy OK?

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      8 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Oh, wow!! What great answers..... I think you have beaten all those men in this interview, LOL, LOL..... not that I am being bias or anything ;)

      I see the passion in her writing, and her love of telling as is! Shauna, you are a great writer, just need to venture out to the printing world.... And it won't be long before I will be laying in the couch with your best seller in my hand :)

      Thanks Mar, for showing us little bit more into Shauna's world...... The Brave warrior! Hugs to you both wonderful ladies.......

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi Y'all,

      Bravewarrior, I want you to BUTT in as much as possible BECAUSE this is your time to BLOSSOM and BENEFIT from all who do...and will grow to love you.

      Ruby, You REALIZE some of us cool chicks grew up with the same RADIO.

      mhatter, I am MIGHTY glad to be getting to know you better.

      Martie, You MANAGE to say the MOST MEANINGFUL and MAGICAL MUSINGS...

      Eddy, I am ETERNALLY grateful you came back to HuPages.

      Linda, I LOVE my two gal pals from Orlando LAND...

      Auspoof, I am pleased to make your ACQUAINTANCE. So happy you stopped by.

      Gypsy, You have been GENEROUS in your support of this series.

      Thanks to y'all and have a lovely day. Hugs, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx for the comment, Gyps. I keep forgetting this is Maria's hub, not mine, so if I butt in, please forgive me. I'm enjoying the hell out of the comments and I think that is Maria's intention; to get to know those we may not already. What an idea she had, huh? Bringing those of us together. We need to have a hub picnic!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Enjoyed this interview much. Love Shauna's passion for writing. Enjoy her hubs much and it was delightful to get to know more about her. I do have some specific times when I am more creative but I agree with Shauna when creativity hits you it hits you. Hugs.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Yes, John, they are! Thank you for your crows!

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      8 years ago

      My Dear Sha,

      What a beautiful piece of writing. When we (yes we) said f it to the corporate world it was the best thing either of us has done.

      Fly now with my crows, your dreams are just now beginning .

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      It was great learning more about Shauna, my fellow Orlandian!:) What a beautiful gift you gave your brother and he does have quite a talent.

      My last husband was too funny!! I also have a pair of pants from way back, my parachute pants that I refused to purchase, but it was peer pressure, I can't seem to part with them yet. Funny!! I enjoyed your interivew. TY Shauna and MM!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Alway Exporing, I am very pleased to have you aboard my rose-colored ship. Poetry is my first writing love; it comes easy to me. Thank you for your comment.

      Mhatter, as always your comments get me thinking.

      Martie, I guess it all depends on which one of us is older! I'm proud to have you as a friend. You're funny, creative, caring and know where that automatic pilot button is!

      Eddy, you are sweet. I mean that from the bottom of my heart!

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      8 years ago from Wales

      Another brilliant gem so I can only say Brilliant!!!!

      I am humbled to have such amazing friends on here in my true hub family ;this is what I truly believe we have become on here.

      Enjoy your weekend and take care.


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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      In this interview I saw even more of myself in bravewarrior - the Automatic Pilot. Well explained, Shauna!

      I do believe we humans are only able to love - unconditionally and without feeling threatened - those who reflect our own true selves. We are each other mirrors. That is why I clash with people reflecting my own unacceptable traits and tendencies.

      Shauna, you honestly take a lot after me, or do I take a lot after you? Whatever, you make me feel proud because you are one of my friends in this virtual world where only writers have a chance to survive. I wish you ALL of the best. One of the reasons why I keep writing as a hobby and not a career, is because of the poor remuneration. The world of writers is like a desert. To survive in there, one has to be tough and brave.

      Shauna IS for sure a brave warrior.

      Thanks, Mar, for another excellent interview. Voted up and pinned.

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      Martin Kloess 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      I wouldn't have picked up on some of this. Another great interview. Thank you for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, I couldn't comment until I listened to John and Michael..I miss them both more than I could ever convey. I must say that I am more impressed reading the second Getting to know Bravewarrior. I am thrilled that she writes poetry. I am on my way to following her. Thank you Mar, If not for you, I would not have known her..Thank you both for a delightful interview...Cheers..

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Mickey, You are a MAN who is MIGHTY fine in selecting cool women, just a bit of a MIX-UP when it comes to MUSIC... Imagine that?

      Sha, Your SONG lyrics are SOME of the most creative...Your comments to those who love you are SOME of the SWEETEST.

      Hugs to you both, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Mickey, if we can find a way to throw tomatoes thru cyberspace, that might be the reaction. I know you prefer music without words, so buy the sheet music and play it on your guitar. Make up your own words. I happen to love them. They are completely idealistic. They fit perfectly with my rose-colored glasses!

      I'm playing with you - and not so much. Send me what speaks to you. I'll listen.

      How's this:"Imagine no condemnation. Imagine no frustration. Imagine all the people laughing their asses off.... We'd no longer be obese or have food obsessions. Imagine life without difference, what could we bitch about. Love each other anyway, no matter what they have to say, Imagine all the people living like dogs and cats. You hoo hoo hoo hoo, you may say I'm mangy, but at least you'll pay attention to me. Imagine all the people as totally hairy and maybe you'll hear me!"

      How's that? Better? Ha ha. Yanking your chain, Mickey. You know I love you.

      P.S. You really don't like John Lennon's "Imagine"? I'm hurt!

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      8 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Shauna ~ and I hold you in my heart as very special as well . . . you've always been nothing but encouraging and supportive - I think I have some hubs, that I thought were fine, well done, even a bit special, that you have the only comment on . . . when you send some little bit of yourself out there, and there is nothing, no response at all, well, it's a kind of a sad feeling - you've rescued me from that more than once. Thank you.

      Now, Shauna & Maria - should I do a hub on why I don't at all like "Imagine" when everyone else in the world does? (that would be a very popular hub - 'why I hate John Lennon's "Imagine", the anthem of peace and brotherhood')

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      My, my, my, my, my! I am so glad I agreed to both interviews. This one actually asked questions closer to my heart. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to bare my soul, Maria! It's been a long and winding road (oh, shoot another allusion to music!, Imagine that! Ah, shit, I'd better stop now, huh?) and I love where I am today. I had a damn good time getting here and I wouldn't change anything. After all, I never would have met all of you whom I love with all my heart!

      Car51 where are you? I think I need to go into your profile and follow you on your own winding path. You've made me smile twice in one day!

      Janine, as billybuc will tell you, I say it like it is; sometimes to the point of embarrasement! I am who I am and I'm not ashamed....

      drbj, I came to Central Florida from South Florida. Perhaps you can relate to the times of the 80's?

      Bill, my dear, dear friend. I actually had goose bumps reading your comment and have them still. I cannot tell you what you mean to me. I wish you weren't clear across the continent, but I know why you are. I envy the nature you have available with each step you take. I love you my friend. You have been my mentor and a strong source of support, along with helping me along my new path. I love you soooooooooo much! Please have Bev give you a bear hug from me!

      Ignugent17, hello! I am here, wide open!

      Mickey, I'm glad you think I'm cute, but if Eric Clapton had written "Imagine" I bet you'd be singing a different tune, huh? You're such a card. I think you are the first person I followed on HP. You're right, your in-depth hubs on blues musicians is what attracted me to you. Now I also love your bald head and the fact that you can cook and cuss like a sailor! Ha ha. You have a special place in my heart, Mickey. Plus, I have a few loose hanging PA roots. York and Philly. Good memories!

      mcbirdbks, I am so shy I almost didn't agree to Maria's two part interview. Just kidding. I'm shy at times, but not when it comes to speaking up for who I am and what I believe!

      Becky, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed.

      Paula, are we not followers? Perhaps I know you so well thru Bill that I assumed? Oh, shit we know what that spells! Guess I'd better get busy and quit making an ass out of (not you) and me!! As far as "something I got rid of and never missed", they were interruptions in my life. Who needs 'em?! That's what they make toys for!!! (did I say that? - You bet your sweet bippy I did!!)

      Thank all of you. You have made my day. Maria - oooohhhhhh. I'm glad Mickey brought us together, lady!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Becky, Thank you for happening BY on this BEAUTIFUL day.

      Paula, Thank you for PROBING into both of Shauna's POWERFUL interviews.

      Your comments are wonderful and hugs to y'all, Maria

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Wow!...and more wonderful things to learn about Shauna? This is giving it all you've got, girl! I applaud your openness and candor.....I hear you about that "something you got rid of never missed!" LOL I don't know too many women who can't relate to that one!

      I get the strong vibe that you will achieve your shine with the glow of a winner......Bless you!

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Wonderful interview with Bravewarrior. Enjoyed it a lot.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh my...marcoujor is finding MERRIMENT in some of these MIGHTY fine comments about my buddy, Sha:

      Car51-- Hoping it is CLEAR that Shauna is answering two sets of questions, as all of the participants COULD do...

      Janine, You are true blue and a JOY to be friends with.

      drbj, You are DETERMINED to DELIGHT me and make me DESPERATE for November so I can catch up with no further DELAYS on my reading and you are most DEFINITELY high priority!

      Bill, If I may BE BLUNT, I just knew you were the coolest cuz Shauna told me...but now I see for myself...!

      ignugent, I am not surprised you are IMPRESSED with Sha, as I am...

      Mickey, I cannot IMAGINE that you are serious about what you know full well and good is also one of MY favorite songs... In fact, I am MUSING about a Perspective of how Leslie and I can present it to Sha in dance form...

      Mike, Bravewarrior is MERELY as shy as I am...and you are a MIXER!

      Sha, come out and play SOON... Hugs to y'all and thank you for your wonderful comments, Maria

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      8 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I see Bravewarrior is the shy, quiet type.

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      8 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      . . . and she's cute too.

      It's kind of funny how Shauna and I first met when she followed a couple of my hubs on music, and then she goes and picks as 'her' song John Lennon's "Imagine" - my most hated piece of music . . . but I still adore her of course.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this hub. I enjoyed reading your interview. Bravewarrior, I am glad to know you more. :-)

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Maria, Sha is one of my best friends on HP, so naturally I'm going to love this hub! What a class act this lady is; unlike many who talk the talk but in no way walk it, or who say one thing and do the opposite, this lady is true blue and I love her for it. There are some phonies on HP but Sha is not one of them.

      Bravo for a great interview about a wonderful human being.

      Love to you, Sha!


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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Another rare, revealing and reverent interview, Maria, about Shauna, the Bravewarrior. Brava, m'dear.

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful interview about Bravewarrior and totally enjoyed learning more about her here. Her answers were so in depth and truly felt like I got a chance to get better her head from that. Great job as always and have voted and shared all over, too!!

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      8 years ago

      Well, Bravewarrior's passion for writing is evident in her responses to TWO interviews -- both equally enjoyable to read! Hope Shauna is successful in pursuing her dreams!


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