Mar 9, 2016

Get Up Offa That Slump: A Blogging Extravaganza - An Interview with Myself

Hiiiiiiiiii, wonderful people of the universe! Welcome to DAY ONE of Get Up Offa That Slump: A Blogging Extravaganza! This extravaganza is three-week long partay consisting of blog posts that will hopefully do a number of things: get you back into blogging and remind you how fun and creative blogging can be. To learn more about this shindig (all the cool kids are doing it, just an FYI), you can check out the introduction post here and join in anytime!

Now, for today's festivities:

Here's the promptI know what you're thinking: Umm, Rachel...what the hell? But trust me on this. I did this a couple years ago (you can see my post here) and it's actually really, really fun. And I think it's a fantastic way to kick this giant blogging party off. People will get to know the person behind the blog, and you'll have an entertaining new post.

And now, here's an interview...with myself.

Rachel: What's your name?

RachelFire-breathing Bitch-Queen.

Rachel: No, seriously.

RachelThe Fire-breathing Bitch-Queen.

Rachel: I'll wait.

RachelFine. It's Rachel (no "shell" or extra a) Patrick (like the holiday).

Rachel: What's your middle name?

Rachel: Awkward or Procrastination, pick your poison.

Rachel: How old are you?

RachelToo old to go trick-or-treating and go on the cool canoe ride at the fair. But I'm really five. With the language of a French, potty-mouthed sailor.

Rachel: Is your hair really silver?

RachelSilverish. I've already bleached it like four times but this damn color doesn't want to stay or be vibrant. I like to have fun hair and long nails.

Rachel: Where do you hail from?

RachelI like to call it Neverland or the Enchanted Castle or Morganville, Texas, but most people would tell you it's really just Washington. (And yes, it rains here. And no, it's not D.C.; we were Washington first, the bastards.)

Rachel: You like imaginary places, don't you?

RachelFictional people, too. But I like to call it fiction we wish was non. They're awfully real to me.

RachelWhat are you doing right this second?

RachelThe Sorcerer's Apprentice is on TV, Journey's in my ears, Boom Chicka Pop sweet and salty kettle corn is in my mouth, and I'm watching my hedgehog Odair (yes, after that Odair) walk all over my room.

RachelDo you have many pets?

RachelLet me give you the play by play. Three dogs: Ruger (Hound Dog), Bella (Boo Boo Bear), and Benji (Neaner Nah). Two cats: Big Kitty and PeeWee (real name O'hara). One hedgehog: Odair. Two guinea pigs: Gus Gus and Jaq Jaq. And one betta fish--I think my sister named him Finn?--who waits like a dog for food.

RachelSo you're an animal lover?

RachelI'm going to school for writing--I want to be a YA author--but I originally wanted to go for zoology. I'm very passionate about animals and I would love to work with exotics. For now I'm satiating my thirst by training to be a volunteer at one of my local zoos.

RachelDo you have any pet peeves?

RachelLET ME EDUCATE YOU. First: it's oragutan, not orangutang; there's no g at the end, so don't say it. Secondly, everything isn't a monkey. They're all primates. That's broken down into great apes (gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos, humans), lesser apes, old world monkeys, new world monkeys, and prosimians (lemurs!). Here, have a chart.

RachelIf you could eat anything right now what would it be?

RachelThe first thing to pop into my head was LASAGNA. And then BACON. But I also need dessert.

Rachel: Besides reading books and blogging about them, you...

Rachel: Take pictures of them and try not to get drool on the covers.

RachelAre you currently obsessed with anything?

RachelObsessed or OBSESSED?


RachelAnime. Specifically films from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. At the end of last year I watched Howl's Moving Castle (my favorite), and now I have to watch them all. My favorites so far have been Spirited Away, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and From Up on Poppy Hill. I also watched Wolf Children, and people have been recommending me more. GIVE ME ALL THE ANIME (and oh my gosh, Netflix, why don't you have any of the anime I want).

Rachel: What is bae?

RachelThe Throne of Glass series, even if it pisses me off sometimes, and CHAOL FOREVER.

Rachel: What's your kryptonite?

RachelPeter Pan retellings. Blame it all on Tiger Lily. I would also recommend Never Never, Hook's Revenge, and Wendy Darling: Stars.

Rachel: I heard you have a evil twin.

RachelIt's true. Her name is Begonia. That was also my name in Spanish class in high school. But Begonia's been around since elementary school, when someone brought in a class photo from preschool and I said that wasn't me but my evil twin Begonia. Since then she's been making messes all over the house, and it was her, not me. (But I definitely do have twin nephews and they're super cute, as evidenced on the left).

Rachel: I also heard you're a vampire.

RachelNo comment, although my eyes are sensitive to the sun, I am pale, and the sun burns me more than it tans me.

Rachel: I think we should wrap this interview up, don't you?

RachelSure. But wait...who are you?

Rachel: I am you.

RachelThen who am I?

Rachel: You.

Rachel: This is weird.

What would an interview with yourself look like? Be sure to link up if you posted! That everyone can go check it out. (:


  1. Peter Pan retellings are my favorite, too! Tiger Lily started it all over me and now I canʻt stop. I recently bought Never, Never and Unhooked...hopefully Iʻll get to them soon.

    This was a fun idea! Linked my interview up.


    I'm attempting to do this now! YAY!

    Aditi @

  3. This is great! Not only do I get to learn about you through your answers, but I also get to learn about you through your questions. Consensus is you're hilarious! I laughed so much while reading through!

    I love the way silver hair looks on you! I have to say that was a trend that I didn't (and honestly still don't) understand, but it definitely works for you.

    Aw! All your pet babies! You're such a gentle caring being for taking in all those animals!

    OMG Studio Ghibli movies are amazing! I've only seen like five of six. SPIRITED AWAY is my second favorite. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is my absolute favorite and I highly recommend it as your next viewing. :-D

    Peter Pan retellings are incredible! I loved NEVER NEVER, which was told from Hook's perspective. I own TIGER LILY, but have yet to read it as everyone says it destroys them. I'm waiting for a time when I need a good cry.

    I really, really enjoyed your interview! So great getting to know you, Rachel. Also, a huge thank you for creating this blogging event. We're only one day in and I'm loving it thus far!

  4. You're adorable. I think Begonia and I would be BFFs.


  5. Thank you for the primate rant!!!
    I love Spirited Away so much! First saw it when I was little > lifelong Ghibli love.
    I need to check out some Peter Pan retellings too, they sound really coole!

  6. This is so fun. I had no idea that it was orangatun - I have been pronouncing it wrong forever! I love Spirited Away but my favorite is Whispers of the Heart. It's adorable!

  7. Yep, taking pictures of books is basically a pastime for me too! lol Love the interview!

    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

  8. Great interview, I too think my middle name should be procrastination. :)

  9. The was very informative and entertaining. So glad you created this blogging extravaganza. I'm new to blogging / book blogging and was looking for a way to get better and more active. Looking forward to this event.

  10. First of all, you're adorable.
    Second of all, "And no, it's not D.C.; we were Washington first, the bastards." EVERY SINGLE TIME I tell people I used to live in Washington, they say "DC?" NO. WHEN did that become the default? The state was there first and it's so much bigger!

  11. This is awesome! So funny, and completely relatable - I am just a tad OBSESSED.
    I love the monkey chart, and I agree *ENTIRELY* that people need to learn how to pronounce orang-utan. WHERE IS THE G. (well, the second one at least.)

    You've really made me want to invest in a pet hedgehog now. Also, I'm now hungry for some lasagna. *check's freezer, has none, is too lazy to make it myself, cries eternally*

    I'm thinking of making a Q and A soon too:

  12. First off THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this wonderful thing you put together!!

    So Fire-breathing Bitch-queen,

    I love that you have so many pets! I have 1 dog but he gets enough attention for 6 dogs.
    Lasagna and Bacon, both fabulous. How would bacon taste in lasagna? I am very curious now...
    My poor baby Chaol!!! It hurts my heart so much.
    Thank you for sharing about your evil twin. I will have to keep my eye out for her ;)

  13. I'm really enjoying this Blogging Extravaganza! Thanks for coming up with the idea! WOW! You have soo many pets! I really want to get a cat, but my mom's terrified of animals in general. Also your nephews are so adorable! I hope your evil twin makes more appearances this month – I'm excited to get to know her better! ❤️

  14. Thanks for hosting this fun extravaganza! I totally get in a rut posting and not having any fun with it. I am excited to play along :)

  15. Oh man anime? I can give you some great anime recommendations. Some of them are on Netflix too! Have you thought about Crunchyroll? They're a legal anime streaming service and the money they make actually goes to the creators. They have some great shows on there.

  16. My son wanted to be a Zoologist until he junior docented at our zoo for three summers (to fill his community volunteerism requirements for high school). He said zoo keeping involved to much poop. Ha ha! However, last year he decided to change his major from Biochemistry to a straight Biology and I thought I heard him telling someone he was thinking about Zoology again. Yay, because I want to pet all the furry baby things! I think he wants his emphasis to be in genetics so that some of his Biochem credits transfer. And yes to anime, I have a slight addiction to it too. Spirited Away was my gateway movie. :)

  17. I will be joining in on the extravaganza for the first time on Friday. :D


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