It gives me great pleasure to introduce a lady who is a consistent follower of The Sunday Roast and I wish to publicly thank her for her support. I don't think she has missed one roast since I started in October last year. Now who is she, you might wonder? Oh! go on then! It's Christmas according to her photo so I will give you a clue! It's her commenting calling card: you have all seen it:
Now we are getting warmer!
. . . . and don't they make a lovely couple?
who writes the blog, SueAnn's Journey .
Thank you for the interview, SueAnn
A very warm welcome to you and your followers
I started blogging to showcase my artwork. Nothing more; nothing less. Then it reached out and grabbed me. I ended up on a path that I was totally unfamiliar with and I had no idea where it would take me. Still don’t! It became so much more than showing pictures of my artwork. The process of making my art and personal stories caused my blog to evolve. Linking me to people from all over the world and actually getting to know them. And to realize they were actually interested in what and how I was making art. This still blows me away.
What's the story behind your blog name?
I suffered from Agoraphobia and my house became my world. I found it extremely difficult to get out of the front door. All I wanted to do was wander around the five rooms of my house. I called it, “The Journey of Five Rooms”. Living room, dining room, master bedroom, guest bedroom, and my studio. Through all of this, I clung to my art. It was and is who I am. It took me ten years; but I finally made it out of the house. My journey was complete. Now I take journeys with every piece that I work on, be it baby doll, sculpture, photo or mixed media. Hence, SueAnn’s Journey!
What is the best thing about being a blogger?
The ability to share my work and the process behind it as well as meeting bloggers from all over the world. I have met some fabulous people! And it still catches me by surprise with the close ties I have developed in sucha short period of time.
What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?
It has been said so many times before. “Be yourself”, share what you know; be it stories, poetry, photography, recipes, art or whatever. Visit other blogs and make sure and leave comments. Leaving comments is a way of getting to know your neighbors. You introduce yourself and let them know of your blog. And don’t be afraid to ask advice. Learn by example!
What is the most significant blog post you've ever read?
Diane Irby from Good Morning Glory always moves me. Her honesty and openness softens my heart. She has two special needs children (one is a teen so she gets double brownie points) and her courage and tenacity blow me away. I can think of several posts that have brought me to tears! And posts that made me laugh out loud. She is definitely worth a visit.
What is the most significant blog post you've ever written?
I don’t know about significant; but the most fun post was the Halloween party sponsored by Vanessa at Fanciful Twist. It was entitled Happy Halloween! Vanessa is so fabulous and such a creative and talented lady! I just love her.
If you were to suggest two blogs for roasting who would you pick, and why?
Margaret of Nanny Goats in Panties She has a rich sense of humor and is deliciously wicked! She always puts a smile on my face. Many times I have spewed coffee all over my keyboard reading her ramblings. Definitely worth a visit. Kristina of Pulsipher Predilections a Snuggie Queen!! Her quote from Erma Bombeck is “When humor goes, there goes civilization”. And she definitely lives by that motto. She also makes me laugh out loud. Can you tell I like to laugh? Go visit Kristina…she will make your day.
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)
My God and my laughter
My art and my vast array of supplies!
My husband and family; which includes five grandchildren whom I adore.
If we were to make a movie about blogland, what would it be and who would you cast in the leading roles?
The Nightmare before Blogmas! With Diane Irby of Good Mourning Glory as Sally and Brian Miller of WayStationOne who would be perfect as Jack!! He is a great storyteller and the role of Jack suits him to a “T”. And last but not least, you dear Eddie as the Town Mayor…the mayor with two faces!! The “I am here to please you” face and the “I am going to make you pay” face!! LOL!! Jack (Brian Miller) would be intent on taking over blogland on Christmas Eve. He would have everyone eating out his hand. Everyone but Sally (Diane Irby); she would be most hesitant. The Mayor (you) would see this as a perfect opportunity to rule a new kingdom and would be all for it. In the end, Sally mounts a counter attack and rescues blogland from Jack’s corrupted ways and the Mayor sees he must be content just ruling the tiny kingdom he has. The End
(Two faces . . .eh! Empire building . . . eh! Well I suppose I should rule over a very tiny kingdom! LOL . . but no chance of that Mrs Bluelights around! LOL)
If you could live your life again who would you be, and why?
Heidi Klum…need I say more?
(Heidi Klum - oh yes please and can I have your telephone number? LOL)
If you were an ice cream cone, which flavour would you prefer and who would you most want to lick you?
I would be Butter Pecan and I would love to have Johnny Depp and Robert Downey, Jr. licking away at me for sure!!!!
(Now we know your secrets LOL)
Describe in one sentence your perfect day?
Get up early (3 to 4AM) and have coffee ready and waiting. Read blogs and write one of my own posts. Eat my breakfast, shower and dress and head out into my studio. Work in my studio all day with breaks for lunch and a snack. Hubby home at 6PM; eat dinner and talk until bedtime. That is my perfect day!
(Gosh! That is really early! I can't get into second gear until 8am)
If you were a fictional writer which one would you be and why?
Charlaine Harris! After spending time reading her novels; especially the Sookie Stackhouse series, well she is just having way too much fun in her head!! I want to live there!
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I was in high school and had on a pencil skirt and blouse. I borrowed the skirt from my good friend, Bonnie. Walking down the hall, a boy named Eddie (of course) started teasing me about something...I forget what. I kept telling him to leave me alone and he wouldn't. So I swung my foot towards him to kick him and when I did that, my skirt ripped up the back seam. My entire backside was exposed! And I had no slip on...so undies were showing! I was mortified!! I made my girlfriend, Bonnie, walk behind me as I went to the ladies room. What a way to start my morning at school that day!! Sheesh!!
(OK blame Eddie again!! Great story! Hey folks, do you like the new question?)
What does family mean to you?
They mean the world to me, in fact everything. I am most fortunatel to have a lovely wife whom I married 37 years ago. Unfortunately she has secondary cancer and we are not sure how long she will remain with us - I love her very much as indeed I do my daughter and son. Time flies by so quickly -it seems yesterday the children were babies . . . and I was a young man . . . sob, sob.
My pleasure SueAnn - great to have you on the show.
Today's Sunday Roast with Slommler is the 114th in a weekly
series of interviews with bloggers from around the world. ________________________________________________
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