Joleene Naylor, fellow author and writer of the Ramblings from the Darkness blog (cool name, by the way), has challenged me to do the Love/Hate Challenge. What I have to do is write ten things I love, ten things I hate, and then challenge ten other bloggers to do the same (don’t you just love these meme things?).

Alright, here I go Joleene. First, ten things I love:

  1. Anything scary or terrifying (come on, you knew that was going to be up first. I’m nothing if not true to my values).
  2. Manga and anime. I’ve been a fan since I first watched Pokemon and Sailor Moon as a kid, and even though I don’t spend as much time with either format today, I’ll probably be a fan throughout my life.
  3. Places filled with a rich (and possibly bloody) history. These windows into the past are so powerful, giving the appreciative viewer the chance to reflect on not only where they’ve been and where they’re going in their life, but where the world has gone and where they may go someday. Plus these places usually yield up awesome ideas for stories and occasionally are haunted.
  4. A good joke. If you can make me laugh or I can make you laugh, then all is right with the world.
  5. Cats. Enough said. Also, today is National Hug Your Cat Day, so go and do that.
  6. Dogs. Also enough said. Also, National Hug Your Dog Day is the second Sunday of September. Thought you’d like to know.
  7. Music. My tastes run in a number of directions, from classical and meditative music to metal and J-Pop and everything in between. When I’m listening to music I like, I’m transported to another world, and it’s one where everything is calm, wonderful, and able to stimulate my senses and my imagination. Where would I be without music? Actually don’t answer that, I’d rather not know.
  8. Sweets. I have a powerful sweet tooth, and satisfying it is no easy task. It’s actually led to some excess wait I’ve been trying to get rid for a while now. Still, can’t help myself. That’s just how things are, I guess. Now give me some chocolate cake!
  9. Moscato white wines and wheat beers. Plus every now and then a sweet cocktail like a Long Island Iced Tea or an Electrified Lemonade. Never all at once, of course. That’s just dangerous.
  10. And of course, settling down in the evenings to watch some good TV. Doctor Who, Sleepy Hollow, and Law & Order: SVU are particular favorites of mine. I cannot wait for the next seasons of any of these to start!

Alright, there’s the things I love. Time for the things I hate:

  1. Really bad horror films or novels. It really gets me when you get so excited for what looks like a scary good time and then you’re let down in the worst possible way. At that point, I want to find whoever wrote the story or made the film and shout at them, “What were you thinking when you made that piece of crap?!” And this leads me to my next item…
  2. The Friday the 13th remake. Honestly, that was a pile of shit that Michael Bay threw at us. I’m pretty sure the director and writers were going through a sexual dry spell when they made that movie, and that’s why they placed so much more emphasis on getting all the girls naked and showing them having sex while the guys got drunk and high and swore every other word, rather than making a legit Friday the 13th film. It’s the only way I know how to explain the abomination inflicted upon us.
  3. When people are totally prejudiced or ignorant. Honestly, that really gets my goat when people don’t use their God-given brains or close their hearts over tiny differences between people. It’s even worse when they know they’re being ignorant or prejudiced, they just don’t care. That shows real callousness on their parts.
  4. Idiocy in government. Unfortunately there’s a lot of that no matter where you go. Totally sucks, right?
  5. When people continue to defend the Duggars. Really people, if it was anyone who wasn’t famous who had molested those girls, everyone who didn’t belong on a sex-offender registry would be condemning them and wishing them a nice vacation in Hell. Yet the Duggars are famous, so clearly we must accept that their son made a small mistake and he’s really a good Christian and worthy of forgiveness. I’m going to have to beg to differ.
  6. The price of things. It’s expensive to pay for living space, for basic services, for food, for transportation. Not to mention to pay for entertainment. It’s insane.
  7. Spiders! Especially big ones where you can see each individual feature on their ugly little faces! *shudder*
  8. That NBC cancelled the Dracula TV series (if I were to be convicted of a capital crime, it would be for trying to avenge this dreadful wrong).
  9. That I never have enough time to write or edit or publish. I’ve got so many different projects just languishing, waiting for me to get around to them. And yet I’m often stuck on a single story for several weeks at a time or more! I wish I could find more time to be as prolific as many other writers out there.
  10. And finally, I hate it when I have the components for a good story in my mind, I just can’t make them connect to create a story that’s original, interesting, and scary. And when those components are swirling in my head for days and I still can’t connect them, it annoys me even more. What a pest.

Alright, I’ve completed the challenge. Now to nominate ten bloggers and let them know:

That’s all for now. Just a reminder that there’s six days left till my big birthday sale, where you’ll be able to check out my books at discount prices from June 10th-June 14th. Get excited!

  1. Victo Dolore says:

    It’s actually Behind the White Coat rather than Behold… ;-P

  2. Nice lists! I love this kind of thing because you can learn a lot about a person. I like that you love cats and dogs. And horror. 🙂

  3. Great lists – I hugged my cat – well one of them. She did not seem to appreciate it but I hope the others will be more receptive.

    RE: Dracula – YES!!!!!!! I had a bad feeling about it’s life expectancy a few episodes in when it was obvious that it was an intelligent show and felt very “British”. For some reason we can’t have that in this country very often 😦

    • Yet we have so many Doctor Who fans…
      Wish I had a cat to hug. I’m pet-less right now. 😦

      • I think the difference is it’s labeled “British” so the right people were attracted to begin with – like when they started selling twilight to the masses. It’s real audience is teen girls. Most of them liked it, but the general audiences didn’t because it wasn’t their cup of tea… Also as much as I love Dr. Who, the new series is a bit “dumbed down” and then of course you have the “the doctor is hot!” Fans…. I worry about what will happen now that he’s not.
        I have five cats, two dogs, and the turtles. You can come hug any of those Lol!

      • I actually know a few people who are happy the Doctor isn’t hot anymore. They just wish Steven Moffat would cut it out with all the gimmicks he puts into his scripts. That’s what’s hurting the stories!
        I would love to hug your pets! But aren’t you thousands of miles away from me?

  4. Hey there, thanks for nominating me and giving me such great examples with your love/hate-list. I’m not sure when I’ll get to it, but I’ll try my best 🙂

  5. Pat Bertram says:

    okay, I’ll sort of accept your challenge since I hate these things but love that you nominated me. See? I’m already in the spirit.

    How do you know Dellani Oakes? Strange to see her name here.

  6. Adan Ramie says:

    I feel the same way about the Duggars, Rami. I can’t believe people are still on board with them after all the horrible things they’ve done, and all the horrible things they’ve said. They’re really terrible people, and I’m glad they lost at least some of their “fans”.

  7. Just seeing this today. 🙂 I’m in the process of moving to Montana, so it’ll be hit and miss online until mid-July. I will try to get to this challenge on my blog this week.

    Yep on the sweet stuff. Especially chocolate. That’s my weakness. The writer in me understands exactly what you mean on the last two things you hate. I hate those, too. How I wish writing a book was easy.

    • Don’t we all. Good luck with the move to Montana. I hope it all goes well. And don’t push yourself to do the challenge if it causes any problems. It’ll be here when things get calm again.

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