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Monday, 6 July 2015

Question of the Month (July 2015)


This is the second installment of Question of the Month, where answer a question... of the month. I guess that was pretty obvious.

This month's question is:

"What are three things you'd do tomorrow is fear wasn't stopping you?"


  1. Write something to completion.
    I don't care what it is - a play, a novel, a movie, a TV show... I just want to be able to say I've done it. What I'm worried about is that I'll spend three years working on it and then try to sell it and no one will want it. It would just sit there collecting dust, or the computerised equivalent of dust.
  2. Put my name out there more.
    I try to get myself into the jobs that I want, but I can't shake the idea that I'm just an inconvenience to potential employers. It stops me from really getting out there as much as I could.
  3. Ask out girls.
    I've tried making an effort on this one, but I've found that if I ask someone out that I've known for a while, it's made the relationship awkward at least for a little while. If I ask out someone I've just met, they think I'm creepy. I can't win there.

On that cheerful note, if you'd like to join the bloghop, there's a linky list below. We post on the first Monday of every month. Next month's question will be

"If your parent or child committed a major crime, would you turn them in?"



50 comments:

  1. Just joined and posted my post. A good idea for a blog hop.
    Yvonne.

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  2. How about asking out a girl you met two weeks ago? Think that would be a good compromise?
    Writing something that will just sit in a drawer - welcome to every writer's reality!

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    1. I can't do that to the relationship so soon :P

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  3. These are good questions! I may try to get in on this next month!

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    1. We'd love to have you! Just sign up on the list and you'll get an email with the next question sometime this month :)

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  4. Every single writer goes through that, but can't be deterred. lol yeah, creepy is not something you want to come across as.

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    1. I've come across as creepy before. It's not fun.

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  5. I used to have that fear of asking out girls and I can imagine what you're going through. Marriage fixed that problem for me.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  6. Not to be a dick, but a girl will only brush you off immediately upon meeting you if she's not attracted to you. Think of that whole Fifty Shades of Grey bullshit. It's romantic and charming when the suave, handsome man of her dreams does it, but when someone she's not attracted to does it he's "creepy". So don't give up on asking out new girls, just remember that they won't always be attracted to you. It happens. However, it doesn't actually make you creepy. It makes them assholes for trying to imply that you're a "creep" for asking them out.

    Their loss, anyway. You're a good looking dude with a killer sense of humor and an awesome personality (no homo. Well, maybe a little).

    Also, finishing a novel is a great feeling all in itself. Even if it just sits, saying you completed it is something that no one can ever take away from you.

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    1. No dickness taken. I get it, but no girl I've ever been attracted to has ever been attracted back. I genuinely feel like any advance I make is unwanted. Thanks for the kind words though, hopefully I'll start to believe it enough so that it shows through ;)

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  7. Oh, Michael, you can do all those things. Write the novel (or whatever) and enjoy the feeling. You might be surprised how it is received, or becomes something great. You never know! You have unique skills and a great personality. Any employer would be lucky to have you. And, girls, well, we like to be asked. Keep it casual at first.
    I'm working on my answer this morning. I'm actually on vacation, but sneaked a few moments for myself. Give me about an hour, and I'll have it up.
    Cheers!
    Mary, at Play off the Page

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    1. Yeah the writing's probably the easiest to take care of. That's interesting about keeping it casual - I used to laugh when people talked about "this guy I'm kind of seeing. We're not partners, just... I don't know, it's complicated." But the last time I tried to go straight to "We're a couple now," I ended up scaring the girl off.

      I'm on vacation too :) I wrote this and scheduled it before I left.

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  8. Finish that book or script. You can do it. And you'll find the right woman. You seem so bold in your adventures, I expected you would be the same in your relationships. Your other fear is kind of like mine, putting myself out there. This hop is a great idea.
    Susan Says

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    1. Thanks Susan :) Yeah with everything else I do it tends to either work out great or be a great story afterwards. But with dating, it's always a disaster. So I've kind of developed that mindset that I'm just an inconvenience.

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  9. I like everyone has a fear of rejection, but some get over it easier. It's tough. I hate rejection, but I keep on trying. You can and will finish that book. Just keep at it. As far as jobs go, I'm cluess. As far as relationships, I don't know much either. I don't believe in luck, but I do believe I have been blessed in my relationships. My husband is my best friend and people still ask us how we make it work. The right person will come along.

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    1. I have no doubt that once I am in a relationship I can make it work. It's just getting into the relationship that's the problem :P I'm glad to hear you and your husband are in such a good place though :)

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  10. I still think you should try online dating and then blog all the juicy details. Hehe :)

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    1. I actually did start an account on a dating website. Every day I get emails saying they've found someone I might like. Every day I look at the person's profile. I haven't found one I've been interested in yet.

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  11. Wondering if we are good enough is probably universal or at least extremely common. I like the advice some commenter had about keeping things casual when it comes to asking out girls. Maybe find a shared interest like movies or hiking so the idea is doing something fun together without the pressure of a "big date".

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    1. That is a good idea, there a couple of things I can think of that would be better than just having dinner at a restaurant.

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  12. I know just what you mean about the relationship turning awkward. I was in love with my best friend while growing up (a boy lol), but never fessed up because I thought it would destroy our friendship and make things weird. Sad thing is, we aren't friends anymore.

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    1. Aw, that's sad and adorable at the same time :) I wonder what would have happened if you;d asked him out...

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  13. Hi, Michael! I just learned about your hop thanks to Alex's site and I think it's such a fun idea, I am going to sign up for next month. So nice to meet you!
    And I can sure relate to the awkward dating! Ugh.

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    1. Yeah Alex is the best for getting to meet other bloggers. Pleasure to meet you :)

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  14. Ah, I'm sorry you haven't had any luck with the ladies :( I sometimes think about if my other and me were to break up.. how that would go. He's been the only person I've been with since graduating high school and that environment is MUCH different from mid-twenties. Like, how does date? I wouldn't have any idea.
    Dude, participate in NaNo in November! With the encouragement and all that, you may be able to finish something! The 3rd year I did it, I completely completed a novel and it set off a chain reaction where I finished three other novels I was working on.

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    1. Wow, that's interesting! I did try NaNo once, I got about three days in before life beat down the door on me. But I recently discovered I still had the file of what I'd written and when I reread it, I was like "Hey, this is pretty good!"

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  15. Reading your blog is like a book of short stories, and a total success, I might add. Hang in there; you can do it.

    Believe in yourself!

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    1. I did consider turning my New Experience Challenge into a book, but apparently publishers don't like taking on things that are already in the public domain :P

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  16. I feel like you do a good job of asking out girls from what you've said! You definitely seem to push the comfort zone. And getting your own name out there more is definitely something that takes guts.

    I would definitely move to a new city without a new job if I was being ballsy, which I'm not. ha.

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    1. Nice, do you have a particular city in mind?

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  17. Lots to fear at my age (let's call it over 50) - I'd like to try stand up comedy. I'd quit my job. I'd like to try piano - but I'm totally tone deaf with no rhythm. What the heck - let's train for a marathon as long as we're conquering fear. Hope you are well - and you're young - just go for it.............

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    1. I'm fascinated that you'd like to try stand-up. Is it the fear of bombing that's stopping you?

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  18. Those are HUGE challenges you have set yourself. I am confident that you will get there though. Probably more confident than you, which might be some of your problem.

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    1. Haha yes, you might have nailed some of it there :P

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  19. You just haven't met the right girl yet! Keep on meeting as many as possible. There's a lid for every pot, as they say.

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    1. Meh, I think most people would at least be able to get a date :P

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  20. Can't say I have fear stopping me from anything. As far as asking girls out, when you meet the right one, it won't be such a daunting task.

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  21. How did I miss commenting on this? LOL.

    Michael, you are an active, fun guy. Some girl is going to see you and say, "that's for me." You might have to wait a bit, but it will be worth the wait.

    Looking at your list, I see no reason why you can't do #1 (I'm in that boat, too). Sure, it may collect dust in three years - there's always that possibility.

    I'm reminded of my friend who was offered an appointment in an organization; it was very prestigious and respected - so was she. The term of the appointment was three years. Her problem with it was her age and she said, "I don't know if I should accept - I'll be 75 in three years!"

    I commented, "Won't you be 75 anyway? What will change if you don't do it?"

    So, buddy: get writing. I'll expect a mention on the dedication page (ha ha ha).

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    1. That's very profound! Of course, a lot of credit has to go to Cherdo ;)

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  22. Karaoke. Looks like a lot of fun, but I can't sing worth a damn so it's always stopped me. (Except for in front of my family in the car lol) I'd probably bungee jump too, just to get over my fear of falling. (Your skydive almost sent me into a panic attack hehehe)

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    1. Ah see I'd jump at the chance to do both of those and with karaoke, I often do. I'm doing karaoke tonight actually...

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    2. You are? Hopefully a video will be posted of your karaoke event ;)

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    3. I've got photos, but I don't think there was any footage :P

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153564460989739&set=a.159074579738.143727.548694738&type=1&theater

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  23. You've written lots of blog posts and completed them. If you can blog, you can write all those other things you are wishing to do. You could start a private blog and write there the things you're dreaming about. Maybe the familiar format will give you a place to start.

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    1. I've considered actually turning some of the things I've published on this blog into a book.

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    2. Great idea, Michael! I enjoyed reading your answers. Re the girls, I guess you have to ask out girls you don't know either too WELL or too LITTLE :D

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    3. Thanks for the advice, I'll try and take it on board :)

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