Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns: Q&A #2




How's it going my gumdrops? As I already said in the last blog, I have been updating 2 of my Q&A blogs on my website, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.

Here is the previous Q&A blog, in case you missed it:

It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns: Q&A #1


This next Q&A blog was originally published on September 23, 2014, which was It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' 1-year anniversary.

How's it going my gumdrops? Today makes it officially 1 year, since I launched It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. I created this website, when I was still helping my uncle with his website's content. The content I wrote for him was never used.

Some of you from Xanga 1.0 and Blogster remember, that his shrew lied, set me up, and got me fired. Medusa claimed I was NOT doing my jobs. Yes, I pluralized "job" because he and I were the only people managing his company, until she destroyed it.

Anyway, I have my 2nd Q&A blog ready for you all to read. Your questions are in green and my answers are in orange. I hope you're pleased with my answers!

It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns Questions & Answers:

Richard: Are you a cat or a dog person?

Answer: I'm a dog person. 

My last dog (Lexi) was a Doberman/Rottweiler Mix. We had to put her to sleep 10 years ago because she was becoming vicious. In fact, I went to pet Lexi and she grazed my left temple. My grandfather also returned for an in-home hospice my college junior year. Lexi's vicious temperament would've made problems worse.

Mimikoko: With your love of music, did you ever try to learn a musical instrument(s) or sing?

Answer: When I was growing up, I was always required to sing in school concerts. By the time I was in middle and high school, I always ended up taking choir. In middle school, it was required to either take choir, or band.

I wanted to take guitar lessons but there weren't enough students for the sign up. Therefore, the class was dropped. I never had a chance to practice playing my old electric guitar. 

My electric guitar was bought for my 6th Christmas and had '80s Metal written all over it. It was black, shiny, and V-shaped. It was ruined in a basement flood at our last house ~16-17 years ago.

DJ Scott: Do you have any archives of past DJ work?

Answer: Unfortunately, no. 

During 11-12 years ago, I never had a chance to do an on-air promo for All Things Frightening, either. There was so much chaos happening in my life, 10-12 years ago. 

I juggled UW-Parkside's classes full-time, a radio show, being a part-time student at Carthage College, and other people's issues. This was along with post 9/11 racism. Post 9/11 racism was a major contributor to my own problems. I was just lucky if I could sleep.

Anyway, had my original boss stayed, I believe my promos would've been recorded. We already bonded over some Type O Negative.

DanniDarkness: Will you keep the Halloween colors? I really like them!

Answer: Thank you, Danni! I'm glad you enjoy my latest scenery! I actually changed it on September 1st rather than October 1st. I have It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns decorated for Halloween.

This current scenery will stay, until November.

I love to change my scenery with the seasons and holidays. Thanksgiving will be coming up next!

Jesse Steele: Which states have you visited in the USA? Also which states did you like visiting the most? Are there any states in the USA you would like to visit? If so, why?

Answers: Since my family used to always take road trips, I've visited quite a few states.

Illinois is next to Wisconsin (my state). I've also visited Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York (we had to drive through New York to get to Canada), and Delaware.

Most of my relatives live in Detroit, Michigan. I'm amazed the entire city of Detroit isn't my family.

I really enjoy visiting Arlington Heights, IL because it has a lot of Japanese companies and stores.

I haven't been on a Japanese field trip in 11 years. I started going on those field trips, when I was in 7th grade because my Japanese classes always went. By the time I was a college junior, I still went on Japanese field trips to Arlington Heights with my classmates. We always rode in coach buses, when I was a teenager.

Reaper69: Don't you think it's a bit hypocritical of those, who forbid Metal for it's horror and gore, but don't think there is any problem with the most grotesque of films. Art is art, is it not?

Answer: Yes, that is hypocritical.

We watch violence on the news, TV shows, and movies daily yet angry soccer moms and media watchdog groups are quick to condemn Metal. I've noticed over the last decade, that most Horror movies have Metal soundtracks. 

Horror and Metal go together much like PB&J, salt and pepper, etc. 

You want to know something even more hypocritical?

Last year, I bought a Halloween decoration for my office desk. My decoration is a witch house in the woods with pumpkins, skulls, crosses, bats, and a witch. She resembles the witch from The Wizard of Oz and she's making her brew. My uncle had no problem with me having it.

Then, 3 days before Halloween, he stormed into the building claiming, that his shrew flipped her shit over my Halloween decoration. They supposedly do NOT celebrate Halloween. I told him to his face, that Medusa was a hypocrite. This is the same shrew, who reads all those STEPHEN KING NOVELS and watches MORE Horror than I do.

Meanwhile, she goes to their church and wears this HUGE, sanctimonious, facade as a Christian woman. I told my uncle and the rest of my family, that Medusa only had a problem with my decoration because she saw HER OWN reflection in that witch. I'm just calling a spade a "spade." You know what I mean?

Marquis DeBlood: Glad to have you aboard! And congrats on your anniversary!! You seem to enjoy your Anime and are very particular about certain shows and what naught... What would you consider to be the best Anime series out there and why?

Answer: Thank you very much! I'm glad to have support from the Horror-Punks Community.

There's no simple answer because Anime has such a broad range of sub-genres. I enjoy Comedy, Action, Mecha (Mecha is still a part of Action except mostly war themed), Mystery, Romance, Horror, etc. Each Anime sub-genre caters to both genders, sexual orientations, and age ranges. 

I enjoy the darker and lighter themed Anime titles. I really enjoy NANA. 

NANA is like an animated soap opera, which mostly revolves around music, rival bands, and romance. The series has Music, Comedy, Romance, and Drama in it. There's even a love triangle/paternity test storyline. 

NANA is completely different from the stereotypical Shonen Jump Anime, that is marketed mostly towards the teenage boy. NANA's mostly marketed toward young women, who love music and romance.

Speaking of music and romance, there is another Anime about music and romance, that is mostly marketed toward men. Detroit Metal City is similar to Adult Swim's Metalocalypse. However it is mostly about this guy, who lives a double life as a musician.

The protagonist fronts this Death Metal band and is forced to live a notorious facade of supposedly killing and raping his parents. In reality, he is a nerdy Japanese guy, who loves writing Swedish Pop Music. 

I really enjoy NANA and Detroit Metal City because they are both romance and music oriented, which is very rare in Anime.

Amanda's Questions:

1) I know you have a minor in Creative Writing but what brought you to writing Horror? Was it derived from your interest in Japanese culture and the language or is that a stereotypical cliché of Japan?

2) When, you joined the Adult Swim group, you wrote on it being 'fascist' (my interpretation) and chauvinistic. I am NOT asking you your political views (LOL) but I'd be interested in what your perception is of the politics surrounding the shows on Adult swim.

3) You were also a Radio DJ, would you do it again if you could?

My Answers:

1) I actually started writing my own Short Horror Stories in 3rd grade.

My elementary school teacher at the time gave our class subjects to choose from throughout each month.

When it was October, we had to select a topic everyday and write Short Halloween Stories using that specific topic.

My elementary school teachers in general always loved, that I could take a simple topic and write a story about it. The more I think about it, I have been a Creative Writer for most of my life.

2) Adult Swim appears to be in a bigger rut than I realized.

I always knew the network had problems pleasing their main target audience (men). It's mostly spin. For example, the Toonami block is mostly Shonen Jump Anime and the titles are mostly from Funimation Entertainment.

There are several other Anime companies and sub-genres, that Adult Swim overlooks.

I am glad there have been more Seinen Anime titles with women as the leading characters. However, the network still fails to acknowledge its female audience.

I've read some of the female YouTubers' complaints about Toonami not airing any Shojo Anime. Adult Swim only wants to air Sailor Moon's reboot, which is the most irksome. I don't hate Sailor Moon. Although, it's NOT the only Shojo Anime to ever be released from Japan.

I think the main reason why the male audience wants to watch Sailor Moon so badly is because it has lesbian characters in it.

I'm not opposed to watching GLBT shows. It's just that most of us know there's a perverted double standard, when it comes to accepting lesbians.

In addition, the social atmosphere on Adult Swim's forum is mostly belligerent, territorial, misanthropic, and unwelcoming. There are some nice posters on the forum but the atmosphere rivals YouTube.

It is almost impossible to have a civil conversation without someone instigating a fight. Also, some veteran posters treat new posters like criminals. Rather than trying to learn more about a new Adult Swim poster, they assume THE WORST because the site is already swarming with trolls.

You have to prove yourself MUCH harder to them, in order to like or accept you. I believe the constant arguments, negativity, psychoanalysis, animosity, inferiority complex, and territorial behavior drove away their newer and older posters. That's besides degrading other posters. There is no respect for each other, including the moderators.

3) Lastly, I would love to be a Radio Show Hostess/DJ again.

I've applied to local radio stations throughout my 20's and they never called back. Regarding radio stations today, they only want to air dated and highly overplayed songs. That's when they're not airing the worst American Top 40 songs in existence. With the way technology is constantly advancing, more people will continue to podcast.

When I hosted All Things Frightening 11-12 years ago, I never heard of podcasting. Our college radio shows were heard both locally and online. I predict that sooner or later, traditional radio stations will become obsolete.

This concludes my Q&A on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. I want to thank my loyal friends/subscribers from Xanga 1.0, Blogster, and Horror-Punks.com for always liking and sharing my content! You don't know how much I appreciate it.

Since I mentioned Detroit Metal City, I'll leave you with the live action music video/theme song. Once again, thank you!


Detroit Metal City "Satsugai" [Murder] (2008)

Monday, April 28, 2014

It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns: Q&A #1



How's it going my gumdrops? I have been in the middle of updating 2 of my Q&A blogs on my website, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. Since I've been experiencing glitches and because the original version had a large amount of content, the Q&A blogs are being transferred to Blogger.

This Q&A blog was originally published on April 28th, 2014.

How's it going my gumdrops? As you already know, I mentioned last week, that I would publish my Q&A entry today on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. Here are the questions, that I've answered:

Mimikoko's Question: I was always curious about your Asian Studies. I fell head over heals in love with girlie J pop a few years ago and, a while later, with K pop. I was wondering how it was you came into Asian Studies and if you have managed to use any part of that in your daily activities or making a living.

Answer: I was exposed to Japanese in 6th grade. My middle school teachers taught 6th graders different languages each quarter. Once I started taking Japanese, I loved it. Japanese is a great challenge and a unique language.

I took my 1st entire year of Japanese in 7th grade and I continued all throughout high school. Some of my high school classmates labeled me "The Curve Breaker" because I almost always broke our classroom's curve. Not that my peers couldn't learn Japanese.

They reveled in being self-entitled, juvenile delinquents and making our teachers cry. They were such terrors, that our teachers annually quit. My classmates did this non-stop for 5 years (7th-11th grade).

By the time of my senior year, they removed Japanese from my high school. However, I took the initiative to contact 1 of our Japanese teachers and I took Japanese as an Independent Study. I wanted to become a Japanese Consecutive Translator/Creative Writer.

I took Spanish, German, and Japanese, during my college years. However, I always excelled in Japanese. I attended 3 colleges by the time I was 20 years old. This was besides hosting my own college radio show (All Things Frightening), while being a student at UW-Parkside and Carthage College simultaneously.

I finally settled at Carthage College because they had the Japanese Major. I had to change my major at the last minute to Asian Studies because the Japanese Major required students to study abroad for 6-12 months. I couldn't study abroad. During that time, we had 2 family deaths, family crises, and I acquired a severe bleeding disorder, that I have been cured of these last 3 years.

Anyway, having an Asian Studies Degree, I can be an Academic Advisor, Journalist, Writer, Teacher, Translator, work in Sociology, Politics, and even Media. It really depends on what he/she wants to do with a degree in Asian Studies.

I am somewhat at a disadvantage, since I mostly focused on the Japanese language. I learned about the culture and religions as well.

IL has more Japanese people and companies than here in WI. Regardless, I can still use my Asian Studies Degree, since I learned about other Asians, their histories, cultures, religions, architectures, and art.

Victor Da Silva's Questions:

1) What are your thoughts on the actor, who plays TOM (Steve Blum) from the animation block Toonami? Had you ever heard of him outside of shows you like? If so, do you have a personal agenda against him or had you not seen the shows he was on, aside from the elephant in the room, Cowboy Bebop? Have you ever met him at an anime convention in your area or were you too busy with other things?

Answer: I have nothing against Steven Jay Blum. I like and respect him as a voice actor. I have never met him or attended any conventions. I didn't know, who Blum was until Scryed aired on Adult Swim, 10 years ago. Back then, I was in college and barely had time, much less privacy. I never liked Cowboy Bebop and I still cannot understand the hype. Steven Jay Blum has voiced many characters over the years. I miss him as Orochimaru on Naruto and Naruto Shippuden.

2) If you were to unintentionally meet Jason DeMarco in real life and had one thing to say, what would you tell him and why do you need to see him face to face?

Answer: I don't need to see Jason DeMarco in person. I can take or leave him to be honest. Although, if I bumped into him, I would ask, "Will you ever acknowledge your female audience again, or are you going to keep blacklisting us from being a part of your viewer ratings?"

Marie Moore's Question: Why don't you put up any pictures of yourself?

Answer: This has been a common question over these last 3 years. I've dealt with trolls, cyber stalkers, opportunists, and sleazebags on social networking sites and forums within the last 2-4 years.

In fact, 4 years ago, I belonged to SOAPnet's General Hospital forum. A poster, who has fibromyalgia, had the audacity to make a mock prayer thread about my disabled mother. This was literally 1 day after my mother was released from the hospital.

My mother collapsed from strong medication, that her quack doctor prescribed and had a seizure. Not only that, but the poster also accused me of having a facebook account. Her friend impersonated me on facebook and claimed, that I insulted the poster with fibromyalgia behind her back.

4 years ago, I didn't have a facebook account. I didn't make my account, until 3 years ago. It was originally to re-connect with high school friends and classmates, since our 10-year class reunion was approaching. I purposely use my high school alias/alter ego name and pre-blocked past trolls, stalkers, defamers, high school bullies, frenemies, opportunists, womanizers, cat callers, exes, and people I can't stand. I bet I have 1,000 people on my block list.

I especially deal with cat callers and womanizers inboxing me for nudie pics, cyber sex, etc. Besides, I'm not someone, who requires a gajillion selfies, and I'm surely not desperately seeking validation about my sexiness like most people (typically women) today.

Since the time I was a teenager, I always hid from cameras. My birth name is on my Horror-Punks URL. Yesterday, some creep on Vivaldi.net cat called my old Yahoo avatar.

My Old Yahoo Avatar:



Jesse Steele's Question: Have you ever met any famous people in real life? If so, who are they?

Answer: Yes, I've met Elaine Browne (a former Black Panther) and Charlie Murphy (Eddie Murphy's brother). The Dave Chappelle cast was at Carthage College doing their stand-up comedian tour, 10 years ago. Also, Def Comedy Jam's Tony Tone did a skit about me 8 years ago, in his stand-up.

Tony Tone joked about my Demonia boots. My boots have a Steampunk/Fetish Goth appearance. He called me "Bigfoot from Wauwatosa" and claimed, that me and my college female friend could supposedly end the war in Iraq with her hat and my boots.

The month after we met Tony Tone, we met Eric Nieves. Since his show was before Valentine's Day my college senior year, he asked us women in the audience what qualities we looked for in men. I shouted, "HE'S GOTTA HAVE ALL HIS TEETH!!!" This made Eric Nieves spit take his water on stage, while laughing at me.

I have met several comedians, political, and public figures in person. I almost met Jamie Kennedy my college senior year, but my guy friend made me late.

I waited for my friend to return to campus, before Jamie did his stand-up. I was early for the stand-up but it was too late to meet him, before his show.

Thepowerman187's Question: In less than 700 words or so, tell us why you write the stories you do?

Answer:  I want to write something, that I think other people would be interested in reading. Some stories are about my past experiences, as well as other people's. I even add some twists to my stories to make them more appealing. The more I think about it, my work is mostly for the "Young Adult" audience, who enjoy Semi-Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Horror, and Thriller.

My grandmother nit picks about my non-"Christian" stories because she's more of a Bible fanatic. Meanwhile, my mother doesn't really care about what I write, as long as it's entertaining.

isolateX's Question: I notice you have more than one account to put out your work and recruit followers. What is your goal concerning all these accounts (not sure how many you have)? Is it to get your writing recognized? Will you be making another account like It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns or are you just satisfied with that one? Also, do you have any books written?

Answer: Please read It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' main page. I explain more about myself and my chapbook on this website. I have multiple accounts and It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns is mostly for writing exposure. I don't have all my stories shared on here. Although, I do have "Across The Street" posted on my "Horror" page.

Only members can view it. Most can view my blogs. Meanwhile, I don't plan on making another website, right now. I spend 8 HOURS managing It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns alone.

Anonymous Questions:

1) If you were dating someone, and one of your former friends was harassing them, would you tell them to back off, even if your partner had already blocked them? Would you still tell them to back off just to basically show your support to your partner?

Answer: Yes, I would. I would also block the frenemy afterward. The block list is my biggest Cyber BFF. It's also what I like to call my Cyber Shit List. I have more people on my block list than I do "friends." I don't care to be everyone's buddy, especially since there are so many crybabies and temperamental people online.

2) Would you continue to date someone even if you loved them but your personalities constantly clashed and you felt unfulfilled at times?

Answer: No, I have done the toxic relationships too many times, when I was in my 20's. The constant fighting and dating someone with jealousy issues is exhausting. That's not including dating someone, who's lifestyle, views, and interests are completely incompatible. The whole "opposites attract" is a myth.

If opposites really attract, why are there so many people, who are divorced and/broken up today? 
People DON'T have to date someone, who's exactly like them. However, if their lifestyles, views, personalities, and interests always clash, it's exceedingly rare, that those relationships will be long lasting.
3) What are your biggest pet peeves?

Answer: I could make a laundry list of my pet peeves. I'm known for my complaints around family and old college friends. What's been annoying me most recently are a few things:

1. I'm tired of dealing with people, who are my friends on Monday. Then, on Tuesday, they're not only because I said something they dislike.

2. This somewhat applies to people, who get defensive about something incredibly petty and

3. people, who love being in denial about their own pasts or what their asshole friends have said and/done. 
Regardless if it has nothing to deal with me, people really need to stop sweeping everything under the rug and acknowledge their faults. Nobody is perfect, but it doesn't mean we should NOT acknowledge our own faults.

4. Another pet peeve is pretending to support me and my website. If people don't want to join my website, that's their personal right. They are always welcome to visit the Guestbook on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
All the while, false supporters should NOT be surprised, when I do NOT support their views, hobbies, lifestyles, attend their events, "like" every selfie (whether they are drunk or sober in it) they post online, and whatever else they say/do.

5. Also, I hate whenever people drunk dial and/inbox me and expect me to not be aggravated. I hated whenever boozehounds drunk dialed me in college, when I was in the middle of sleeping. It is even more obnoxious now, that I am in my 30's and there are boozehounds (usually men) inboxing and arguing with me online, while I am in the middle of doing something and have already been warned.

I don't care how drunk they are. It only shows me and other people, that they can't handle their own liquor and/lives. Then, after their family, friends, co-workers, bosses, etc. lose respect for them, they want to whine.

Whenever I drank, I was never drunk. At the most, I was buzzed. Most people today only drink just to have an excuse to get drunk and rely on their liquid courage to say what they really feel about something or someone. I don't waste time dealing with drunken, cowardly, zombies. 

This is it for Q&A blog #1. Stay tuned for the next Q&A!