We’re doing a thing, ladies and gents! Due to my recent lack of inspiration and determination with life in general, I’ve taken it upon myself to will some good vibes into my writing, and daily routine.
So, I’ve adapted a 30 Day Blog ‘challenge’ that I found on Pinterest during my lunch break (a link will be placed in the doobly-doo), which means there’ll be a new post every day for the next month! Oh, the fun we’ll have.
Without further ado…
Day 1- A recent picture of you, and 15 interesting facts
(This is the picture – a good start!)
The facts; the truth!
1 – I cannot stand the vast majority of sports. There is nothing more mood dampening than coming home to find my Dad sat in the kitchen, with his tablet, and the droning sounds of football blasting through the speakers: so boring, and with World Cup season around the corner, I’m tempted to just run away right now.
2 – Do we all have a dream job in mind? I assume we do. Firefighter? Nope. Police office? No. Fantasy fiction writer? Definitely, yes! To become a published author is the dream of many, and I would love to have my own book taking pride of place on my bookcase. I must say, I’m completely okay with this not happening, of course, for it’s just a dream; but you never know!
3 – Favourite food: lasagne. Call me fricken’ Garfield, for I share his love of this absolute classic, mhmmm!
4 – Talents: You may be surprised, but I am a surprisingly competent baker, when I put my heart into it. It’s been a while since a cake has last left my kitchen, but when they do, I’m extremely proud of how they taste.
5 – Accomplishments: Speaking of baking… My proudest, and most ridiculous accomplishment would be reaching the regional finals of a bake-off competition for my part-time job. Every one loved my initial outing at the instore selection, and to my complete surprise, I was selected to represent our little part of the retail world elsewhere, and at the age of 19 too!
6 – This has been only been picked up by one person, but I get really bad nervous hiccups: legit, they won’t stop until I’ve reached a level of ‘I’m cool, I’m okay’. Even then, they might reappear.. Oops!
7 – For the past few years I’ve worn a Celtic cross on a chain, mostly when I go out, but otherwise it’s hung up on my desk. There’s a sad reason why, really: it’s the only thing of my Grandad’s possessions that I have left now, barring some photographs. Is it bodged back together from where it broke when he had it? Of course, but I’m not going to fix it. It is what it is, after all.
8 – Favourite sports professional: You’re wondering ‘But Jake, you don’t like sports?’ and you’d be right. However, I have a severe soft spot for professional wrestling, mostly due to the stories that they tell, inside and outside, of the ropes: the pageantry and spectacle of the entrances, and music: the feel good moment when the underdog finally triumphs on the grandest stage of them all! The Undertaker is no underdog in the WWE, but his character and presence alone, as well as some absolute classic matches through the years, will always stand the test of time, and for that reason, amongst many, he is my favourite sports professional.
9 – Favourite book: I picked this book up a few years back as a random purchase in the ‘2 for £7’ offer at Tesco, but it did not disappoint me at all! The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson is a story about murder, revenge, adultery and wondering how far you will go to get back at those who’ve wronged you. I don’t want to spoilt it, but do give it a read if you can.
10 – This isn’t obvious about me at first glance. Yet, I have a strange obsession with stationery. Notebooks litter my room, I’ve pens falling out of my ears, paper flying everywhere: it’s ridiculous, but I’ve no intention to stop until I find the right pen for me!
11 – Someone I look up to: Myles Kennedy. Honestly, I feel like his music, his generosity and humble attitudes towards life just speak for themselves. The Alter Bridge vocalist is a consummate professional, whose lyrics speak to me on so many different levels. He approaches each project he’s involved in rather differently, adapting his style to find what works in a near-perfect fashion on a consistent basis. Myles is a wonderful humanitarian, also, and I have nothing but admiration and respect for him. God bless you, Myles!
12 – To anyone who knows how I dress, you may have wondered why I always wear the same jeans for everything. Well, fun fact, every pair of jeans I’ve owned since at least 2014 has came from the same place, in the same style, shape and colour: black, and skinny! No shame for having at least four pairs. No shame at all!
13 – Unlike people who seemingly bump into anyone with some form of influence or celebrity status, I have never in my life, as far as I know, met anyone remotely famous. Probably says a lot about me in how often I leave the house, really.
14 – This one amuses me for no reason. It has been my goal for some time now to have on my desk at work a Scrabble rack with my name on it, with a blank space too, for my full name has only seven letters in it. (You can fit eight tiles on a rack, hence the blank)
15 – Last, but not least, if I were to ever fall out with someone over food, it’d be because they can’t accept that vanilla milkshakes and just better than every other milkshake in existence. Period.