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I am a writer, blogger, website owner, and a former DJ/Radio Show Hostess for my own radio show at UW-Parkside's 101.7 WIPZ. I was not only a DJ/Radio Show Hostess, but also have my own chapbook bound at Carthage College.

In 2012, I hand wrote 3-4 additional short stories. Revising, expanding, re-binding, and publishing my chapbook with more recent short stories are major goals. In November 2013, I made Writers Cafe's front page under the category, "Writer's to Watch." On May 24, 2016, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the former bassist of White Zombie, Sean Yseult.

My official website is currently through Webs.com. You have a MUCH greater chance of contacting me on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns than anywhere else.

Speaking of blogging, I am currently a blogger on Blogger and on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. 

To learn more about yours truly, take a tour around my official website.

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)