September’s humour month on my blog concludes with author, Rebecca Treadway. My funny history with Rebecca began with a discussion about tenses. Yes, to writers, that is funny. She wanted to know why I had changed from past tense to present tense in one of my short stories. From there, she told me I should write erotic poetry, and I ended up dedicating my first erotic poem to her.
I imagine Rebecca can convince most people to do anything. Her quick wit and humour is what attracted me to her, along with the fact that she speaks her mind and is multi-talented. She designed my book trailer and numerous book covers for other authors—she knows her stuff, and I’d strongly suggest you hire her!
Find out more about the wonderful talents of this amazing woman, and please welcome “Empress of the Dark,” Rebecca Treadway.
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In Rebecca’s own words
I’m an artist, writer, periodic book trailer maker and blog ranter on all things classified as dark, surreal, macabre or bizarre in addition to Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, and Hong Kong Cinema. My current work in progress is a series of stand alone, urban dark-fantasy novels, the first is I Chiang, which I hope to unveil on my writer’s website in mid-October. Meanwhile, I work as the Art Director for Angelic Knight’s Press, an independent publisher of horror, and I work freelance on the side in illustration, design, and book covers. My website and portfolio to that end is www.atrtink.com
Stay tuned for more news about I Chiang!
Inside Rebecca Treadway’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? To be content in the moment, whatever it may bring. I know it sounds fatalist but I do not believe in “perfection” and happiness is both fleeting and a state of mind.
What turns you on creatively? Music is a major mood maker in my writing. Classical, Ambient and Opera bring out my inner mind’s movie theatre. I’ve written epics that way 🙂 Creatively as a whole? I would tip my hat to nature and the patterns within everything that tell a story or ask to be illustrated.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I have a bad habit of putting “Well” or “Meanwhile” ahead of a verbal sentence. “Well are we going or not?” “Meanwhile, I’m taking off to the store” Anytime I trip up – from dropping a utensil in the kitchen, forgetting to do something – or stubbing a toe. It’s always “Ah Shit!”
What quality do you most admire in a man? Honesty – especially to himself.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? The same trait, as well as the “go-getter” women who, for want of a better word “act like men”. Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga and Madonna are such examples, imo. In the real world, women like you 😉 [Eden] You are much too kind, thank you.
What is your greatest regret? I was moving out of State via the U-Haul and I had a “community cat” -named Moocher (he hung out with about 5 different neighbors lol) but I was most responsible for him for 11 years. He was already experiencing some kind of ailment and the Vet couldn’t figure it out without expensive tests no one was willing to contribute for. He had trouble eating, was drooling a lot and tearing his fur out. It was awful to watch. While having a yard sale two days before the move, I picked him up – he sat on my lap. I know the neighbor’s mean well and everyone claimed they would look out for him, feed him, etc – but he was always a spitfire and when he looked up at me I could see it in his eye. He said “Let me go”. Rather than have him waste away or get hit by a car, or some other demeaning situation he didn’t deserve – I asked my Dad to take him to the animal shelter and report him as a “stray”. I put him in a box and my Dad drove him over there. Now anytime that cat got in a car and passed his territory – he would yowl like crazy. Dad said he was silent the entire time. The SPCA told him they would keep him for five days and if no one adopted him out, they would euthanize him. I don’t regret doing that – I regret not having the balls to take him to the SPCA myself and tell them what an extraordinary cat he is – and with a little care, more than likely he’d be good to go again for five more years in another family. Maybe someone noticed him and did that, I won’t ever know – but either way – he would be around people that cared enough to end his misery quicker and cleaner than being on the street. It still makes me cry sometimes.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I need to get over the fear of success. That manifests as procrastination.
What is your greatest fear? That would be from Metallica’s song “One” – Unable to speak, see, move around – completely conscious that the world considers me a human vegetable – and unable to have anyone pull the plug.
Which living person do you most admire? Jack McCallum. Her blog is http://evilpixieblog.blogspot.com/ – she’s an entrepeneur and business owner of her own HR Management company, a professional photographer, and all around Renaissance woman (she fixes her own vehicles for example)- all the while taking care of a younger sister with developmental disabilities and helping out her mother, too. I wish I had a ton of money to hire her for something I’d make up. Either way, I’m having her on my team whenever my big dreams reach fruition. She is incredibly strong on so many levels, I respect her to no end.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I have that side fantasy of wanting to be a movie actor. I can go around shooting people, slicing heads off with a sword, spitting magic from my fingers or robbing an item from the Louvre with my high-tech cat burgling gear!
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A Grizzly Bear.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Maintaining, for the most part – despite the trying times of the past few years – my sanity, sense of humor and ‘rightness’.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Seemingly intelligent people who consistently act stupid or ignorant so they can get out of doing “the work” – Most politicians come to mind.
What is your greatest extravagance? My SLR Camera. I’m not a very extravagant person but I like electronic gadgets. I’m still in love with my Wacom graphic’s tablet.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Hang-glide! I’d love to experience what it’s like to fly as organically as possible. Falling out of an airplane in a parachute, in my opinion – is not it.
What is your present state of mind? Stressed out, but also excited about the opportunities in Indie Publishing – and all of the fabulous people I’ve met the past few months – sometime I feel like a kid in a candy store with Chocolate ADD.
What are some of your favorite curse words? Cursing is an art form that requires not only an extensive vocabulary but a tone and pitch to the delivery that few possess. Some can practice it and not truly achieve the sublime eloquence of crude that someone, such as Dennis Leary in his heyday, excels. He takes mundane objects or situations and turns them into caustic, funny rants I adore. (The French language and croissant rant comes to mind) So in my list of favorites words: cretin, miscreant, vile, filth, bastard, asshole, prick, and assorted everyday words I string together in one eloquent delivery. I’m not content with “Fuck” despite its many variables. The best “one liner” I heard was a friend who threw it out on spur of the moment as a teenager and you could hear a pin drop. Penis wrinkle. For some reason, even though I think it’s funny – most of the men who receive that juvenile insult to this day get really offended. Probably because his friends laugh.
What is your motto? That which does not kill me, makes me laugh harder.
Thanks so much, Rebecca for your candor—I loved your answers! I invite all readers to ask her a question or leave a comment.
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