Sponge’s Birthday Interrogation! (In Other Words: I Have Survived My First Year Of Blogging And I Made You Ask Me Questions So I Could Talk About Myself)

Hello, world.

I am a small, persnickety creature, and my purpose in life is stories.

Also I deserve cake and ice cream and a blimp full of presents because it is MY BIRTHDAY.

I am somewhat amazed at myself for not murdering my dear little Sponge before now. But here we all are. District 13 is alive and well, and so am I! So where is the cake?

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In honor of this occasion I asked you, dear friends, to ask me questions, and this post is all about answering those questions.

So without further ado, I present you with the Sponge’s Birthday Interrogation:

If you could choose the soundtrack for a book/movie, what songs would be on it? (Tanya Goffy)

I thought you’d never ask.

My movie is about a boy who runs away from a severely deranged family life to join the circus but accidentally joins a murdery one and there is also a girl who sells burritos. (Before you start trying to make an OTP, guess what? They are actually siblings.) There will be lots of family issues, wacky nonsensicalness, morbid humor, and angst. Much angst. And of course, music.

Here be a list:

Dead (lyrics snippet: I didn’t apologize for/ When I was eight and I made my younger brother/ Have to be my personal slave) Genius, right???

Oh! Carol (Don’t ask me why this song is here. It just is.)

You Still Believe In Me

Icarus

I Want to Be a Clone

The Abandoned Castle of My Soul

The Shadow Proves the Sunshine (lyrics snippet: My heart is darker than these oceans/ My heart is frozen underneath)

Bullets

Come Home (lyrics snippet: There once was a girl/ Who’s now just a ghost)

This may seem like a lot of songs, but this is me restraining myself.

I’m sorry if any of these songs grate upon your nerves, but some of them are just made to do that. Man, now I actually want to make this movie.

If you could have a gigantic metaphorical billboard, what would you want it to say? (Annie Xia)

Probably this poem by Shel Silverstein:

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Either that or this:

Hello, my name is: Bill

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Were there other name contenders for your blog? (Annie Xia)

Yes. Originally I was The Story Parasite, but I figured Sponge was more appealing. So I went with that.

What’s something awesome that you’ve discovered recently? (Annie Xia)

Schwachkopf means moron in German.

It is more fun to have recommendations thrown at you or to throw recommendations at other people? (Annie Xia)

As much as I love getting recommendations from thoughtful friends and sea urchins, I must admit that I would rather throw books at people. I love throwing books at people. And throwing movies. And Broadway shows. Because obviously everyone needs to share in the joy I have found.

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Me gently recommending my favourite book to my friends

The weirdest character name you have ever come up with (Chelsea)

Hm. That’s hard. Perhaps Sqiddermund? Or Confused Pizza? Though actually one of my characters came up with that one on his own, so it doesn’t really count. I had a character named Smylled Grimly once. That was pretty weird.

The weirdest character you have ever come up with (Chelsea)

That’s a really difficult one to narrow down. I have a lot of insane characters.

For now I’ll go with Lochinvara, who is obsessed with snail-hunting, so much so that she faked her own death, abandoning her son and husband, so as to pursue her passion fully. Also the terms of endearment she uses are rather bizarre. “Midget banjos,” “stocking stretchers,” and “fine young clams”  are a couple of examples. Yeah, she is essentially completely nuts.

Cisco that is seriously messed up

Your favourite song? Why? (Chelsea)

FAVOURITE SONG? ARE YOU TRYING TO TORMENT ME?

Are we talking pop music? Broadway? Movie scores? I CAN’T JUST PICK ONE.

But I can give you a smattering because I’m nice.

Broadway: What Have I Done? from Les Misérables, because I love Valjean’s inner struggle and the evolution he undergoes throughout this song.

Pop/Contemporary/Rap etc : Mansion by NF, because…these lyrics just get to me. The part about fear? It’s all such a vivid description of the horrors inside of our minds. “My mind is a home I’m trapped in/And it’s lonely inside this mansion.”

Movie scores: Fairy Dance from Peter Pan, because James Newton Howard is a master and this is one of his pieces that has been with me the longest. It’s haunting and beautiful.

(Also as a side note, Switchfoot is practically my absolute favourite band, so if you want more songs (because I haven’t thrown enough music at you yet in this post, clearly) just go listen to everything they ever wrote. Because it’s genius.)

Why are you a sponge? Why not a celery stick, or a spoon or a colander? (Chelsea)

I chose a sponge because of the idea of a sponge soaking things in, in the same way that I soak in stories. Except that’s not even accurate because I am so picky about which stories I soak in. But even so. That’s the reason.

If you could only eat one type of chocolate for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Chelsea)

Why would you ask me something like this? I guess I’d say Lindor dark chocolate truffles? But why???

What kind of food do you like to eat regularly? (whether you do or don’t) (Somewhat Reserved)

Tacos, Pizza, Cheesecake, Animal crackers, Salmon

What is/are your favourite book genre(s)? (Somewhat Reserved)

It used to be fantasy, easily. Now I will read contemporary, fantasy, magical realism, science fiction, historical fiction, etc. I don’t have a favorite genre, unless Really Great Books counts as a genre. I like well-written, amazing literary masterpieces from most genres. (Just not horror. Or romance. Ugh.)

Do you often use your library? (Somewhat Reserved)

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Me when someone mentions a library

Yes! But not even as often as I would like to. I frequently check out books from my library, but sometimes I go weeks without seeing its face and that makes me morose. I don’t know what I would do without its assuring presence. I live within walking distance of my library, for which I am continually thrilled.

Do you write your first drafts on your PC or by hand? (Somewhat Reserved)

I have tried both, and I prefer to write first drafts by hand. I like the feeling of a pencil in my fingers, and paper can make me unreasonably excited. I find that I can concentrate better for a first draft on paper, then I can copy it into the computer to start the serious editing. (Editing? Ha, ha, this hardly ever happens, but you know, it’s a nice idea.)

What one song do you think sums up your life? (Middle Earth Musician)

Honestly?

The World is a Very Scary Place

Pretty much.

(Or More Than Useless by Relient K, maybe?)

What fictional character do you wish was your friend in real life? (Middle Earth Musician)

Um. Possibly Herbert Pocket from Great Expectations (THE BOOK, mind you, not any of those horrid film adaptions). He has a big family and his quirky cheerfulness would offset my moodiness nicely.

Have you ever created a fictional character that you absolutely hate? (Middle Earth Musician)

Oh, absolutely yes. So many…

I hate Lucinda for being one of the most brutally thoughtless mothers ever.

I hate Mercedes for destroying and then murdering Winston, who was a sweet child and would never hurt anyone.

And I hate Princess Emily for being one of the most totally boring humans on this planet, and any other planet, known or unknown.

What movie\tv show have you seen that you wish you hadn’t? (Middle Earth Musician)

Teacher’s Pet (2004)

This movie traumatised me as a small child and I STILL HAVEN’T RECOVERED.

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Me attempting to escape the terrors of my past

Favourite random quote (Middle Earth Musician)

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally- and often far more- worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” -C.S. Lewis

I love this quote so, so much.

What is something you have written that you’re proud of? (The Temperamental Writer)

Zindor realized that his feet were on the ground, but none of the rest of him was. So he was still standing up.

Who are your top five favorite super heroes? (The Temperamental Writer)

  1. Quicksilver (Evan Peters) Sorry, MCU.
  2. Spiderman (Tobey Maguire) I’m loyal, okay? Sorry (again), MCU.
  3. Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) The first movie was better. Just saying.
  4. Vibe (Carlos Valdes) I can’t believe I’m putting him on this list, but…I’m putting him on this list.
  5. Alfred (Michael Cain) Don’t you dare tell me Alfred doesn’t count as a superhero.

What are your favorite books you have read so far this year? (The Temperamental Writer)

Is Magneto the most brilliant and powerful mutant ever? (The Temperamental Writer)

Nope.

Are you an actual sponge. (Katie)

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What accent do you wish you had? (Katie)

SCOTTISH. Probably.

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What’s your guilty pleasure in stories (love triangles, the chosen one, whatever trope is normally looked down upon that you actually like)? (Katie)

Honestly, I have to say the Chosen One deal. It can be totally botched (and has been countless times) but I really like it when a character is thrust into something huge and terrifying rather than pushing their way to the center of the story through sheer brilliance and skill. I guess I am kind of drawn to clueless wimpy characters, though I know a lot of people find this type of situation annoying to no end.

In Conclusion

I cannot thank all of my awesome and dedicated followers enough for putting up with me for this long! It’s amazing! You are the best, every one of you, and you all deserve ice cream and your very own caribou.  I have so much fun reading your comments and getting to know you. There are so many different kinds of people in the blogging community and you are all fantastic humans! (Because, despite my general fear of humans, they are fantastic.)

Special thanks to those of you who submitted questions! This post was a blast!

Cisco bless your heart

AND NOW-

Plot twist- it’s my turn to interrogate YOU now. Didn’t see that one coming, did you? I have created a small survey for you to complete- if you so wish: Sponge Needs You

Help me figure out how to keep my Sponge in good health- and fun for you to read!

Thank you all muchly again! You are all awesome! Having this blog in the past year has been a wonderful experience and I am thrilled to share all my random obsessions with all of you.

Your support in this first year has meant a lot to me. I look forward to exploring more stories with you in years to come.

Happy writing!

23 thoughts on “Sponge’s Birthday Interrogation! (In Other Words: I Have Survived My First Year Of Blogging And I Made You Ask Me Questions So I Could Talk About Myself)

  1. Haha. I’m first!

    And I definitely found it hilarious when you mentioned that the boy and girl were siblings xD

    I also write with a pen and paper for first drafts but change it up when it comes to school xD

    And you’ve read Cait’s book already like what?!

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    1. Congratulations on being first, my friend!
      Ha, ha, yes, I like to thwart the possibility of romance whenever I can. I am just evil that way. 😉
      I know, I am so on top of things! Actually this is the first time (I think) that I have ever bought I book that came out in the current year I happen to be living in. I don’t usually keep up on current books AT ALL. Half of my favourite authors are dead. But yes, I read Cait’s book and though it wasn’t the best book ever, I actually really enjoyed it, and for me that is pretty impressive.

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      1. I recently checked my library’s website and they’re ordering copies so I quickly placed a request. And I guess if a person who’s hard to impress likes it, I might really like it myself.

        Also, I like to crush romance. I haven’t really written many stories but I don’t have romance in any.

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      2. Yay! Well, after you read it I would love to hear what you think and maybe we can pick it apart together- because naturally even though I liked it I still have some complaints.
        Huzzah, a fellow romance crusher! Wow, that sounds so violent.

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  2. *pats caribou’s head*
    Whilst Quicksilver is obviously the best superhero/mutant ever, Magneto surely is second best??? No???
    And Lochinvara is definitely… interesting *coughs* *shuffles sideways*
    Alfred is definitely a superhero, I support this. More a superhero than Batman ever was, anyway 😀
    Also, I visit the library twice a week (yes, this is how good my life is 😀 )
    Enjoyable interrogation 🙂

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    1. Caribou are under represented in the blogging community. I take it upon myself to amend this.
      Of course Quicksilver is the best. Magneto is quite amazing too, I must admit, though I also really like Professor X and for me the two of them tie for second place.
      Yeah. Lochinvara. She…um… has issues.
      Yay, I am glad you support Alfred’s superhero status! He is definitely more of a hero than Batman. 🙂
      Huzzah! I am happy for you that you get to visit the library so frequently. It is a glorious thing to have a library.
      Thank you so much for reading, and for your questions!

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  3. Why did you have to mention Peter Pan. Now I’m sad again. Did you know that Peter Pan is based on the author’s 13yr old brother who died in a skating accident? He and his mother developed a complex where he would become the brother and didn’t grow up.

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    1. I am sorry to grieve you. I did hear something about the author’s brother dying, but I didn’t know it was in a skating accident. The tragedy is what makes Peter Pan such a haunting character. He is so cheerful and full of himself and seemingly heartless, and there is something appealing about not growing up, but when it comes down to it there is something terribly wrong about it and you realize that the only way for Peter Pan not to grow up is for him to be dead. It’s weirdly dark, and it makes sense that it is based on such a horrible thing.

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  4. Okay, I read one of your posts way back when and I’ve been searching your blog ever since. I’m so glad I finally found it because I’m just fangirling over this entire post.

    After Sqiddermund and Confused Pizza, I’m sure I’ll be irrevocably obsessed with anything you write. Also, you have great taste in music. I used to be obsessed with Switchfoot and this post is going to send me spiraling back into their songs. What Have I Done? is one of the best soliloquies ever and I’m here for it being one of your faves. I do feel slightly betrayed by you not choosing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, but agree to disagree.

    Anyways, Happy Blogversary! *sends virtual ice cream* I’m going to spend the rest of time reading your other blog posts and flailing over them.

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    1. Wow, thanks muchly, I am thrilled that you are enjoying my blog, and congratulations on finding it again! I had no idea The Story Sponge was sought after but it makes me happy. 🙂
      I love music so much, and I am glad that you approve of my taste. Switchfoot is amazing! So much of their music is really introspective and I love it.
      Haha, yes, I am happy to agree to disagree with you on that, though I will say that Tom Holland is a close second for me as Spiderman and if I hadn’t known Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman for so much longer Holland might knock him out of the top spot.
      Thank you so much for the virtual ice cream! I greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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  5. AHHHH HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY. Please tell me someone showered you with icecream- figuratively, not literally. Thank you for answering my questions. I love your answers, especially the Shel Silverstein poem. Hahaha, Confused Pizza and fine young clams. I would say that Really Great Books is a genre. It’s just very debatable what books belong in it. You can walk to your library? NICE. Princess Emily sounds like someone I would never want to meet except to see how boring somebody can actually be. The C. S. Lewis quote is a very good. Ahh, The Hero’s Guide!!! Wait, I can’t believe I haven’t thought about Frederic and Duncan missing from the cover.

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    1. Thank you, my friend! Indeed, I was showered with ice cream- figuratively.
      You are very welcome! I enjoyed answering them. Isn’t that Shel Silverstein poem amazing?
      Yes! That is very true. Categorizing Really Great Books is exceedingly subjective.
      Yes, I can walk to my library and it is glorious! I’m spoiled now and I cannot be parted from it.
      Haha, no, I personally never want to meet Princess Emily ever again. She is a blight upon my past.
      C.S. LEWIS. How is that man so brilliant?
      Well, truthfully they are on the BACK cover of the book, so they aren’t entirely not present. They are just on the front. So. I have issues with that.
      Thanks again for your questions and for your comment!

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  6. Congratulations! Well done on keeping the sponge alive!
    And you’ve read A Thousand Perfect Notes!!! That book’s amazing!
    I love the gif for throwing books at people as well. Because when you’ve read a great book, the most important thing is making sure everyone else reads it too, right? (I’m sure my sister has read books I love just to make me shut up about them, actually). 🙂

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    1. Thank you, I am quite proud of myself. 😉 Ah! You’ve read A Thousand Perfect Notes too! It is indeed quite good.
      I know! It captures the concept quite expertly. It can be so hard to contain one’s enthusiasm when one has stumbled across a work of literary genius. One must force everyone else to read it too. But then being obnoxious isn’t always the best tactic? With siblings it can work though because it’s harder for them to escape. 😉

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  7. Love the lilo and stitch GIF!! Me when I tell ppl (more like dictate) what they should read. Also animal crackers are the best (especially the kind with the pink and white frosting plus SPRINKLES) Switchfoot is AMAZING and I love listening to their music! Great post and congrats on having your blog for a year 🙂

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    1. Oh, I know, isn’t it just so fitting? I am happy to hear that you relate also.
      I am glad that you appreciate the greatness of animal crackers and SWITCHFOOT. We should eat animal crackers AND listen to Switchfoot and then the day would be just about perfect.
      Thank you so much!

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  8. HAPPY SPONGEY BIRTHDAY!! *sends sponge cake just to be aesthetically correct* 😂 Also I loved reading your answers (YOU’ER SO FUNNY) and completely agree that Alfred is, indeed, a superhero and the saviour of the world, let’s be real here. I also cracked up at Schwachkopf…do *I* have anything to do with that? *looks innocent* (Adnfasdkaljd and thank you that ATPN is on your list, going to go die of happiness now be right back.)

    (And Scottish accents FTW.)

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    1. THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH FOR THE SPONGE CAKE, FRIEND. And I am so happy that you love my answers. 🙂 Of course Alfred is a superhero, we all need to appreciate him more.
      Haha, yes, I can attribute my newfound German insults knowledge to one C.G. Drews, and for that I am quite grateful. Huzzah for A Thousand Perfect Notes!!! (Also I hope you have a resurrection plan after the dying of happiness bit because we still need you.)
      FOR SCOTLAND.
      Thanks muchly for the comment! You are so supportive!

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  9. AH THIS WAS AN AWESOME POST AND YES ALFRED IS TOTALLY A SUPERHERO. *nods emphatically*

    Wow, that C.S. Lewis quote is amazing. I need to remember that one. 🙂

    I wish I had a Scottish accent too…I’m 3\4 Scottish so I should have the accent…but I don’t…:-(

    Lochinvara sounds like an extremely strange character…now I want to read her story. XD

    I took your survey!!! Happy Blog Birthday, and may there be many more to come! *gives you the blimp full of presents you requested and a large cake* XD

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    1. Aw, thanks so much, I am glad you enjoyed it! Also I am pleased to hear that you support Alfred! He deserves much praise.
      Isn’t it a fantastic quote? I am so passionate about good books and how they don’t have to be complicated and this quote sums up so much amazingness! I am in awe.
      Indeed, that is a tragedy. You should at least have 3/4 of a Scottish accent…
      She is indeed strange. Her story is stranger still. It’s mixed up with a lot of other strange people and it’s a HUGE mess. But it’s fun. 🙂
      Thank you muchly for taking my survey, I greatly appreciate your input and support!!!

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