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Interview with the Contributors of Review This!
The contributors of Review This were previously interviewed and we thought all of our readers would enjoy reading our interview answers.  The questions were about the professional and personal lives of our Contributors here on Review This!  So, grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and enjoy watching each of us perform in the spotlight.  I have found, you just never know what someone will say!

It gave us a chance to chat and laugh together as we each answered questions for the interview.  


What Compelled You to Start Review This?
      Answered by Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

Honestly, we were all working on a different writing platform together and we needed a way to feature published articles in our specific category.  Review This was initially born to fill that need.  Sadly, that website shut down, but we were still writing and reviewing.  Therefore, Review This evolved into the independent review site it is today.  

As Contributors, we write our articles and reliable reviews based on first hand knowledge.   Review This! was designed and created to share those reviews with the world.  

It is also an opportunity for us to invite anyone and everyone on the web to join us here on our website of truly fun and informative pages, reviews of movies, books, music, recipes, crafts, photography, parties, baseball, home renovation, gifts, travel, and much, much more.  If we have experienced it, we will most likely write about it.



If You Could Watch the Sunrise with Anyone, Who Would that Be and Why?
    Answered by mbgphoto 

Sunrises are one of my favorite things to photograph so rather than a person I would say my favorite thing to have with me when watching a sunrise is my camera.  I am always amazed by the beauty of the sunrise. What particularly strikes me is the way that each morning brings a different view.  One of my favorite places to view a sunrise is over the ocean.  I love to see the sun as it peaks its way over the water. Here is a page I wrote on my adventures in photographing sunrises
  Plus An Answer by RenaissanceWoman2010

Photo by RenaissanceWoman2010
Living as I do on holy ground at the base of Dawn Mountain, the Navajo’s Sacred Mountain of the East, I would find it life-changing to share a sunrise with a Native American elder or medicine woman.  It would be especially breathtaking to do so on the summit.  To share such a spiritual moment with someone who deeply appreciates and respects the gifts offered up in this place at daybreak would be the experience of a lifetime. 
 RenaissanceWoman2010



What is Your Favorite Genre to Read?
  Answered by Wednesday Elf

Mystery, a puzzle to figure out, a problem to solve, a secret to reveal. Review This writers, when asked “what is your favorite genre to read,” basically said 'mystery' 

The Mystery Genre also includes 'suspense, thrillers, crime and espionage. Oh, I know, some said fantasy, romance, poetry and historical fiction. But doesn't each of those genres contain one form or another of 'mystery'? Even 'children's books' are filled with 'mystery' (mysterious secrets to discover, puzzles to complete, problems needing solving). So, the overall favorite genre choice is 'mystery'. Each writer below outlines her own choice. 
Wednesday Elf 


What is Your Favorite Book Character and Why?
      Answered by Dawn Rae

I have many favorite characters, which made choosing just one character a little difficult.  If I go way back, it could be Nancy Drew or Laura Ingalls Wilder. If I think about more contemporary books, I could say that my favorite is Perry in the Lottery by Patricia Wood or “the doctor’s wife” in Blindness by Jose Saramago. It is so difficult to choose.  Or so I thought.

Follow the River - Book (Mary Ingles)

There is a character who has stuck with me for many years, perhaps nearly two decades now.  Her name is Mary Ingles. I find myself thinking of her even when I’m not asked to identify my favorite character.

James Alexander Thom wrote a fictionalized version of the kidnapping and escape of Mary Ingles in Follow The River.  The story describes the capture of this pioneer woman by a band of Shawnee Indians and her subsequent escape that included a 1,000 mile walk to return home.

I read the book so many years ago that I only recall a few of the details; mostly her interactions with a Dutch woman along the way.  But I still find myself thinking about Mary when I hike.  Every time I hike the rough, thorny, and boulder-strewn Mid-Atlantic river trails I find myself thinking, “Oh my gosh, how did she do it?”  I thought of her recently as I struggled up and down the rough terrain along the Lefty Kreh trail along the Gunpowder River.  I brag when I hike three or four miles along a “long” trail.  The strength and determination she demonstrated during her journey stick with me to this day. That is what makes me choose Mary Ingles as my favorite character.  She has the kind of strength I strive to have.
Dawn Rae



What is Your Favorite Foreign Food?
     Answered by Heather426

Mexican food! 

Especially Tex-Mex.  I could eat it for every meal.  Grew up eating it several times a week and still love it the most. 
Heather426
   

What is Your Favorite Writing Snack?
  Answered by Wednesday Elf 

♫♪ Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks ♪ ♫

As the Baseball Fan Contributor for 'Review This' I realized that my favorite snack of 'peanuts' while writing must come from the well-known baseball song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. 

Peanuts are easy to handle one-handed, deliciously good, and actually good for you. Many health benefits are associated with the simple peanut. But there's something even better ~ chocolate. Chocolate-covered peanuts is the best snack of all. :-)

Of course, peanuts as a snack is just this writer's favorite. Other 'Review This' writers have spoken out on their preferred snack, as seen in the list below. RenaissanceWoman2010's favorite of 'fortune cookies' might contain one with a 'paraphrased' fortune something like this: “(Wo)man/Writers cannot live by bread alone. That's why 'snacks' were invented!”
Wednesday Elf


 Quick Answers from the Entire Team
Just for Fun! 


Contributor Favorite Book Genre Favorite Snack While Writing
Sylvestermouse Romance & Historical Fiction Potato Chips
   
Dawn Rae Psychological Thrillers and/or Noir Crime Fiction Unfortunately, it's something sweet (chocolate)
followed by something salty (chips)
followed by something sweet...followed by ...
well, you get the idea.
   
Mbgphoto Mysteries & Historical Fiction Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit Drops
   
Buckhawk Mysteries!!! Uh, duh,  Chocolate!
   
Wednesday Elf Mystery/Suspense Usually peanuts or a granola bar (with peanuts).
I know -- I'm a NUT.
   
Brite-Ideas New Age Spiritual/
Inspirational/Life
After Death
Glass of wine (sometimes) & a piece
or two of cheese or
a Banana dipped in peanut butter
   
BarbRad Romance & Detective Fiction Dark chocolate covered or salted almonds
   
Bev Owens Mysteries Cheese and crackers
   
Susan Deppner Mysteries, especially legal mysteries.
I started reading Perry Mason books in junior high
and have read all of them,
though none recently.
(Need to do something about that.)
Recently, corn chips which aren't quite as greasy
as potato chips (keeps the keyboard cleaner).
I often add a few dark chocolate chips to the bowl, too
   
Treasures by
Brenda
Fiction, LOL I do not eat while I write...though the idea is delicious.
If I did, my first choice would be potato chips.
   
Heather426 Mystery and Ancient History Tea and Chocolate
   
Olivia Morris Mysteries & Suspense - Combine the two and I'm
there all over it!
There is always a cup of coffee, hot and black on my desk.
My other favorite snack food is red licorice
although my other half does not equate that with licorice.
His has to be black licorice.
He calls mine candy!
   
Lou16 Thrillers, Whodunnits & Cozy Mysteries Chocolate and/or Potato Chips
   
Coletta Fictionalized History I get too involved in writing. I don't have time to snack.
   
Mickie_G Cozy Mysteries Anything that will not make crumbs
to fall in the nooks of the keyboard!
   
Decorating for Events Mystery (sub-genre is Espionage) Snack  is baby carrots!
I munch on them like chips!
Was hoping I could ditch my glasses for distances
but, alas, I still need them!
   
Renaissance
Woman
Mystery & Espionage Fortune cookies!!
   
MissMerFaery Fantasy A Yummy Mix I Make of Dark Chocolate
Buttons, Dried Cranberries, Almonds, Brazil Nuts
& Sunflower Seeds!
   


How Do You Keep Focused On Your Blogging?
  Answered by BuckHawk 

Fishing Cat Photo by Sylvestermouse
Fishing Cat Photo By Sylvestermouse
Pure necessity.  OK, that was the easy answer.  But, out of necessity came organization.  Knowing what I need to do each day, week and month helps me get started each morning.  I have right in front of me what I need to get accomplished in that work session.  At the end of each work session, I make sure I have in place what I need to get done in the next work session.

This way, I don't need to make any decisions when I get started.  Including the decision about whether to do something else or not.  When my work session starts, I have my list of things to do.  For me, staying focused is entirely about organization.  That organization gives me a "just get it done" attitude.  Then I get to check off my little box!  Oooo, fun!



What is Your Strongest Writing Strength?
     Answered by DecoratingforEvents

Relatability or being able to relate to my readers and them to me. In my writing, I don't want to sound like a newspaper or magazine article as in: "Just the facts, ma'am." I also don't want to sound too stilted or like I am talking too technically or above them. I want to sound like a friend and someone that wants to help by sharing my past experiences as well as my new ones. 

I think articles and stories that have the personal touch are far more popular with readers. The "internet age" has changed how, why and where we all look to for guidance, help and ideas. I want readers to relate or connect with what I am writing and using personal stories and experiences is my foundation. 

I write in a more casual and friendly tone for two reasons. I think it's easier for readers to relate to writing or an article that sounds like friends chatting. They aren't intimidated or made to feel they are being spoken down to -- I can't stand that myself! I also think it is easier to absorb the information and more quickly when the tone is casual.

Relatability and forging a connection with our reader should be a goal for anyone that writes online. Regardless of the topic -- a recipe, how-to, craft, particular ideas, miscellaneous help, etc. -- when an article is written in a 1st person point of view and relates the authors experiences like friends talking, it resonates better with readers. At least, that is my experience!
DecoratingforEvents


What Else Do You Write?
     Answered by Brite-Ideas

Although I haven’t written a new one in a couple of years (the Squidoo closing kinda tied up our time lol) - Poetry and Song Lyrics - Been writing poems since I was 8 years old - And since Thanksgiving is just around the corner for the USA, here’s the Thanksgiving poem I wrote at 8: 

Thanksgiving is a time of prayer, 
a time to thank God a time to be fair, 
when robbers give up robbing the banks, 
when we forget the bad done just to give thanks, 
when the army forgets all about war, when the world is all quiet and peaceful once more. 

(The words of an eight year old)
Brite-Ideas


 Quick Answers from the Entire Team

Each of the Contributors on Review This have extensive writing CVs.  Instead of giving you dozens of sites for each one, I have requested that each Contributor share a link to their current favorite writing site other than Review This!  Most of the sites listed here are actually owned by the contributor which shows that our team is made up of highly qualified reviewers and website administrators.


Contributor Link to Another Site Where They Write
Sylvestermouse Crafters Kingdom
Dawn Rae Treasures, Travels and Tales
mbgphoto Lighthouse Musings
Buckhawk Mystery Book World
Wednesday Elf Crochet, Crafts and Cute Critters
Brite-Ideas Funk This House
Bev Owens The House of Rumpley
BarbRad Books to Remember
Susan Deppner Recipes for Real People
Olivia Morris Grammie Knows How
Treasures by Brenda Movie Treasures by Brenda
Heather426 Best Sewing Machines for Beginners
Lou16 Lou's Designs


What is Your Favorite Holiday and Why?
     Answered by Bev Owens

 Christmas Magic Ceramic Ornament
For as long as I can remember my most favorite holiday has always been Christmas.  For me it isn’t just the actual day but the entire Christmas season that moves me each and every year.  I was always enthralled by the story of the Christ child being born in such humble surroundings, the singing of the angels, and the arrival of the Wise Men.  There is also the secular realm of Christmas which also moves me.  When I was very young, we would travel to the nearest “big city” to visit Santa and I was convinced that the man we talked to was in fact the real life Santa from the North Pole.  He had this twinkle in his eyes; even a young child could sense his joyful soul.  He was magical!  He was real and I believed. 

I think that one of the reasons that I love this holiday so much is that more than at any other time of the year we are witness to people being kinder, more giving and more loving.  I have never stopped believing in Santa (he is in each of us, you know).  I can still hear the “bell of Christmas” as clear and bright as when I was a little girl.
 
Bev Owens


What is the Best Gift You Have Ever Been Given?  (Something You Can Buy!)
     Answered by Susan Deppner  

The best gift I've ever been given was my own copy of Roget's Thesaurus. My parents bought it for me for Christmas one year when I was junior high school age and that meant so much to me. I knew that they knew I enjoyed writing and that I did well in English and composition classes in school, but I didn't know that they took my writing seriously. I remember studying the thesaurus for hours, learning how the words were cataloged and how to use the book to find synonyms or just to see how certain words were related to others. Not only did the tool help improve my writing skills, it motivated me to write more. For that I have always been very grateful to my parents who, as it turned out, knew me better than I thought they did.
Susan Deppner
  

If You Could Choose Any Vacation Destination, Where Would it Be and Why?
     Answered by Olivia Morris
Tower of David in Jerusalem - Photo from Morguefile.com
Tower of David in Jerusalem - Morguefile.com


My favorite vacation destination would have to be Israel. I have been there twice and would love to go back again. If I could find a way for someone to sponsor me there I would be gone in a heartbeat. There is so much history, geography, and climate that you just don't get anywhere else in the world. 

It is also holy ground, not only to the Christians, but the Jews and Moslems as well. I would love to know more about the country as a whole, it's people, it's traditions and it's history.
Olivia Morris


If You Could Turn Back Time, What Year Would You Choose?
     Answered by Treasures by Brenda

I love my current life but I would like to be a teenager again.  I was not a joiner when I was young and if I could do it over again, I would love to revisit the late 1970s and early 1980s and take the opportunity to join clubs, groups, etc.  Plus, there are a few choices that I made in those years that I would like to change.  Of course, I am a big fan of the pop culture from that time and it would be fun to see groups like Supertramp again!
Treasures By Brenda


What is Your Favorite Hobby?
     Answered by BarbRad

http://hubpages.com/art/Photography-Is-An-Important-Hobby
Look Closely at this Photo and You Will See Barb
Engaging in Her Favorite Hobby!
Although I love to read, I wouldn’t consider that my hobby.  My only real hobby is taking photo walks.  I love observing my world through a camera lens.  I notice more that way than I would just going for a walk. 

Why?  Because when I have a camera in my hand looking for things to photograph, I notice more of what I’m seeing.  I’ve never been a particularly observant person.  I’d make a terrible eyewitness for that reason.  The camera transforms my observation powers. 


When I starting writing online I was able to use my hobby to inspire my writing, illustrate it, and give me more ideas.  Now I’m starting to enjoy photography more and more for its own sake and I’m beginning to explore digital photo editing more.

BarbRad
 

What is Your Favorite Music Genre and Why?
     Answered by Lou16

80s Music - probably because I was a teen in the 80's so when I hear the music it has that nostalgic pull for me. 
Lou16


What Award Do You Dream About Winning?
     Answered by Bear Tale

Created on WriteOnIt.org
Growing up in the 1960s, I wanted to be a rock and roll singer. Never mind that I can't carry a tune in a bucket. So, I started writing songs at an early age in the hope that I would see my smiling face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. 

My dream never went away, but it has changed. I no longer want my picture on the cover. These days, I dream about writing a feature story that would make Hunter S. Thompson sit up and take notice. I want to see my byline on The Cover of The Rolling Stone so I can buy five copies for my mother. That would be the perfect lifetime achievement award for this starving artist.
Bear Tale





What is Your Most Memorable Blogging Experience?
 

http://www.reviewthisreviews.com
This is truly a very easy question for me to answer and I hope it would be the answer of all of the Contributors on Review This!

Right here, right now, with this fabulous group of writers and contributors.  They encourage me to keep working.  They make me laugh when I am melancholy.  They lift my spirits when I am ill and daily check on me to see if I am still among the living.  They share, teach, challenge and tweek me on a daily basis so I can truly be the best that I can be.  

But most of all, they are my friends and there is no greater blessing in this life than being surrounded by a supportive and uplifting group of friends.
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Cheers to you all and to the many memories we continue to create every day on Review This!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse







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10 comments:

  1. This is such a thoughtful presentation and idea, thank you Cynthia for arranging this and putting it together

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    1. I loved every minute of it Barbara! A big thank you to you and all of the Review This contributors for participating.

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  2. What lovely and fun thoughts from all the contributors on Review This!

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    1. They are lovely and fun thoughts, just like the contributors are lovely and fun friends.

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  3. What fun reading this has been. I love the way you've helped us get to know each other better here. Thanks for writing this.

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    1. It was fun hearing (reading) some of the answers! A few we might have guessed, but some were real shockers. I found myself laughing quite often.

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  4. This was a fun page! Love my fellow writers!

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  5. What a wonderful and thoughtful post. I'm so glad to know a little more about all of the talented writers on Review This. I'm honored to have you as on line friends and enjoy reading as much as I can from all of you. Congratulations to all of you for your contributions to this very informative site. Job well done!!!

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  6. Oh this is so much fun! Miss Mouse, you have done an incredibly nice thing by putting all of this together. I love it! It's nice to have a collage of faces that you know and care for. I am going to save this for a long long time. Such lovely people to work with and smile with and share with! Thank you so much.

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