This week's interview is with Ocean Girl
who writes the blog, Live High .
Drawing by Lissa at The Memory Of Rain.
Thank you for the interview
A very warm welcome to you and your followers
I have wondered about it. I am an accidental blogger. There is The Inconsequential Blogger, and there is the Accidental Blogger and that is me. "Jason Mraz has a blog, " and so in google for his blog that I came across Create A Blog, It Is Easy And It Is Free.
Why do I blog? In order to find the answer, I looked at my first post "There Is The First Time" and in it I said, " There's the first time to everything. First time for me to blog. It feels like exposing skin. Throwing myself out there into the universe. Don't want to go that far. Do want to be picked-up."
And so I believe I blog to reveal myself. I blog to be picked up.
See him as a giving tree, see him as matter, matter of fact he's not a beast
No, not the devil either, always a good deed doer
Well, it's laughter that we're makin' after all
Live high, live mighty, live righteously, let's take it easy.
My poignant desire was to Live Righteously, and Live High.
(Very noble goals)
I own the stage to express myself, to be creative, to tell stories, to challenge myself. I could write dramas, play poems, make slide shows, share musics, moan and groan, rant and bant, publish pictures, make comments, give critics (smiles). I could make friends, visit friends, welcome comments . . . . . . . and I could tell people I have a blog. I could declare I am a blogger.
What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?
No advice. The learning process is the most exciting part of blogging. Exploring and trying and learning. Go ahead make mistakes, no one is going to criticize you. The first comment I received from my blog buddy Keats The Sunshine Girl in my very first post was "Do not fear! I'm also a newbie and I'm enjoying blogging. It's a friendly world out there. So go for it!"
What is the most significant blog post you've ever read?
There was a post by a retiring blogger that stated her reason as "there is so much living to do" and it stuck in my hair like a chewed gum. It made me wonder and question.
(I wonder who wrote that one! Anyone know?)
There are significant posts and there are significant comments and the one comment that I take as a good advise is "It is a good thing to remember the past as long as you are not yearning for the past." by Secret Agent Woman of Blogging Incognito, when I said I do not want to live in the past in my post "Fragmented Reflection".
So, want it or not, I can't resist the community of blogland and one way or another all posts I've read are significant to me because they are significant to their authors and the following words of Jason Mraz come to mind.
A squirrel in the tree is he watching me
Does he give a damn?
Does he care who I am?
I'm just a man, is that all I am
Are my manners misinterpreted words or only human?
Made of flesh, made of sand, made of you and me
The planet's talking about a revolution
The natural laws ain't got no constitution
They've got a right to live their own life
But we keep paving over paradise
What is the most significant blog post you've ever written?
Each and every one of my blog post is significant to me. Each carries my thoughts and prayers. Each carries my yearning and my longing. I put effort and sweat in each post. Not a single post goes out without my worries and concerns like a mother sending off her child to college. (And today is my first son's first day in college).
Perhaps the most significant post is the one yet to come. My life is embossing.
If you were to suggest two blogs for roasting who would you pick, and why?
Freshness Factor Five Thousand by Jason Mraz. Why? Because I would love for him to say yes.
The second recommendation would be my endless and revolving list titled "The Call Of The Wild" on my sidebar. Why? Because every blogger has their own engaging style, their knack to vivify.
That concludes the formal aspect of the interview but it would be nice to get to know you a little better while you are slowly turning on the roasting spit. So while you are screaming in agony above the open fire here are a few more questions for you.
Pick three things you can't live without (no you cannot have ice cubes to cool you down)
And here I thought I was invited to a party, didn't know I was the one being roasted.
Let's see, I am a 'yachtie' by nature and all we need is a floating boat. When we are on land, we long for the ocean. As a matter of fact, there is really not much we need and it can be quite a trial to put on clothes and wear shoes again in order to rejoin society.
If we were to make a movie about blogland, what would it be and who would you cast in the leading roles?
Gilligan's Island in Blogland, The Movie
Gilligan - OneStonedCrow at OneStonedCrow, just for my wonder to see how he would be at sea.
Skipper - Dave Hambidge of Hambo Central, but he had since move house to Code Ochre; to see what can ruffle his feathers.
The Professor - none other, Lisleman at A Few Clowns Short, he is Inspector Gadget but we'll test his acting talent.
The Millionnaire - Cuban In London at Cuban In London, actually he is Professor Langdon but let's see if he can act.
Mary Ann - I can't decide between Maureen at Island Roar or Rowe at Societe Amore, both ladies are wise and witty.
Ginger - I want to be Ginger but for aesthetic reason I'll pass the role to Jill of Elemental, My Dear .
Still I have to find roles for Unknown Mami and Heather, and Sonya and wonderful Yvonne and Cloudia, The Urban Cowboy and Jai Joshi and sweet Lucy and Tina and Anita and funny-beyond-words Jeanne. Most importantly I have to find a leading role for Steven Anthony Litchford of No Excuse, No Explanation, Life In A Fish Bowl.
(Golly! That's a huge cast - I think we need Cecil B de Thrill for this one!)
Maybe I will make a second movie, Charlie's Angels In Blogland - Cruising Throttle.
If you could live your life again who would you be, and why?
I have to keep moving forward, I could not slack and loose focus even for a moment to wonder what if I could do this all over again. I am a widow, I hope that explains a little.
You have been given a wonderful talent from above. This causes you to make your mark on humanity and be world famous. In which area would you prefer: a best selling novelist, a brilliant artist, a gifted musician, a fantastic singer, a charismatic leader, anything you choose, and why?
My only wish is to make my mark on my children. I am sorry but I cannot even fake an answer. But but but, being Simon Cowell on American Idol looks like the funnest job on earth.
(He's funny here too! In little old UK)
If you were an ice cream cone, which flavour would you prefer and who would you most want to lick you?
Okay I'll fake this one. I am an ice cream cone, I don't care what flavour I am, I'll just let myself melt.
Describe in one sentence your perfect day.
A day that has 24 hours in it.
(Yes - there NEVER seems enough time to do ANYTHING!)
If you were a fictional writer which one would you be and why?
Which fictional author surrenders to God, has a loving husband and wonderful children, that is who I would be.
(Bless you for those answers)
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I pray I am not embarrassing myself on this prestigious evening of The Sunday Roast.
I answered the questions with honesty and integrity. I am so proud and most honoured to be here and to be in the Roll Of Honour with Joanna Jenkins of The Fifty Factor, Charles Gramlich of Razored Zen, Baino of Baino's Banter and Eternally Distracted of Eternally Distracted. And recently Technobabe of Technobabe's Adventures.
And I wonder why one most amazing and unique writer is not here, I somehow feel that he had politely declined.
(And we all know who that is don't we, Brian of Waystation1. They are screaming for you, Brian. Rather like they did in the film, Gladiator, when the whole arena shouted, "Maximus, Maximus, Maximus". but in blogsville they are shouting "Roast 'im Eddie, Roast 'im Eddie, Roast 'im Eddie! LOL.
Don't worry Ocean Girl, Brian is writing it, and . . . . so is sweet Marguerite LOL.
We may be very old people when their roasts arrive but they are doing it . . . honest.)
And on the Roast too I was introduced to many wonderful bloggers including my Italian tutor Lakeviewer of Sixty Five What Now (I know I had been missing classes).
And I thank you Eddie.
And finally if you have answered all these questions I invite you to ask me one in return - it's the least I can do. OK fire away!
Eddie, I had been enjoying The Sunday Roast for quite some time and leaving my comments and at the same time dreaming of being on The Roll. May I know how did and what made you choose me for this Sunday? Thank you again, Eddie, from the bottom of my heart.
You see, Ocean Girl, I have a degree in ESP! LOL
No, actually I have learned to 'read' people and I somehow know when a potential 'victim' is keen to feature on the show. I must say it is a great pleasure, and it gives me a buzz, to post a roast for someone like you, who is so enthusiastic and wants to appear - so really the pleasure is all mine. I looked at your blog and liked it and noticed you had a good following, wrote interesting posts which received a good number of comments . . . . . . and thought, "That's my girl! . . . . people will find her roast interesting". So there! hope that answers your question!
Are there any others out there, dieing to appear on the roast? I am running a bit short.
There are several routes onto this column. There are those who are recommended. There are those I have visited and like their blog and I discern they will write an interesting and/or humorous roast. Also there are those who have I have got to know by their regular commented on my posts and I look them up and make a judgement, and then invite them on the show. I have found some beauties this way!
Today's Sunday Roast with Ocean Girl is the 122nd in a weekly
series of interviews with bloggers from around the world. _______________________________________________
This interview will feature in The Roll of Honour
for all published Roasts. To view press HERE
Click on The Microhone Picture on My Blog to see The Roll Of Honour of all previous roasts.