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Monday, September 21, 2015

100 NONSENSICAL QUESTIONS (WEEK NINE) ~ because I’m just too busy to blog something serious!

Question #9: 
Which would you rather be?


This week’s argument comes from
a return guest blogger ~
Dennis Crosby from 

Welcome back to the blog, Dennis!

The argument:

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. So…a vampire, a lycan and ghost were sharing an apartment…
Wait, what? Oh, yeah that was a TV show. Ok, how about this one? So…a werewolf and vampire fell in love and…

Huh? So that’s been done too? A lot?

I suppose the simple truth is, vampires and werewolves go together like peanut butter and jelly. Honestly, even better than peanut butter and jelly because these days everything is organic, gluten free or some soy substitute. Throughout the horror genre though, there are no characters more recognizable than vampires and werewolves. They are simultaneously beloved and feared. But, as with every dynamic literary and cinematic duo, there exists the inevitable question:

Which would you rather be?

For some of you, on the surface, that may seem to be an easy question to answer. But you’ll need to take some things into account first. You see, you have to consider the many variations on these characters. For some authors and screenwriters, not all vampires are immortal. Some simply age slowly and are impervious to most basic injuries, but they can be killed if the attack is severe enough. In other cases, the more traditional cases, they live forever, but have limitations like sunlight, silver and wooden stakes. Then you have your emo-vampires, vampires that live off of your life force, and one that inexplicably lives on Sesame Street and is allowed to roam a neighborhood full of children without any consequences.

With the lycans, or werewolves, again, not all are immortal. In fact, it seems more common for them to have a normal lifespan, only with a fuller, more…interesting life. Traditionally, they would only turn on the full moon and they could only be killed by silver bullets, which had to remain in the body to keep the creature from regenerating. These days, werewolves are a tad more integrated. Their animal senses are heightened to superhuman levels even in human form and they can change at will. Hell…some can even change certain body parts without having to shift fully. In some cases, they become full wolves, while in most cases, they become some bipedal hybrid of human and wolf.
So, to make it easier, I’ll give you a more refined choice. If you choose to be a vampire, you are endowed with immortality, super human strength, agility, senses and speed, BUT, you cannot go out during the day and can only survive on blood which you must consume every evening to survive. If you choose to become a werewolf, you are not immortal, you have limited use of your werewolf abilities in human form (heightened strength and senses are still stronger than humans but not as strong when you’re in wolf form), you can change at will except during a full moon when you change whether you want to or not, and you must endure an excruciating amount of pain when moving from one form to the next. There’s no magical, “Twilighty” shape shifting going on. There will be bone snapping, popping and elongation. Your teeth and jaws will move and your nails will extend as your hands turn into claws.

Morphine will not help you!

Now, I’m certainly not trying to sway you to one side or the other. But which would you choose?  

Tessa Dawn replies: And since my guest blogger didn’t make a clear choice, I will have to do it for him. :-) 


Easy peasy.

The winner is…VAMPIRE

(But be sure to register your vote or post your own nonsensical question or suggestion in the comments below. Who knows? I might just run with it. J) 

And now, it's time to return to my day job: writing Dark Fantasy Fiction & Gothic Romance!

Please tune in next week for another utterly-mindless, nonsensical question!  

Until then...


Disclaimer: I really am a thoughtful, contemplative, fairly educated person. :-) I have a BA in Psychology and an MA in Nonprofit Management, and I write a wicked, dark, edgy, action-packed story...but I just don't have time to blog. Oh, and I  will interrupt this mindless nonsense (from time to time) to post about new releases, upcoming books, videos, contests, or other various teasers...just so you know. :-)

Sunday, September 13, 2015


As the caption says, I WANT YOU ~ readers, fans, and folks who don't necessarily consider themselves writers ~ to take over my "100 Nonsensical Questions Blog" with a few short paragraphs! (And of course, other authors & bloggers are also welcome, but this is for ANYONE who is interested.) :-) 

I’m looking for readers, fans, and folks who like to have fun to answer some really nonsensical questions, such as...

Ham or Cheese? 
Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck? 
The Lone Ranger or the Power Rangers?

On my weekly 
100 Nonsensical Questions Blog 
The posts are meant to be silly & fun!

Your name (or some "title" of your choosing) will be mentioned on the blog, along with any link of your choice (including "no link" if that's what you prefer).  You may link to your FB page, website, Instagram…you name it, and your post will appear on the blog for one full week! Plus, I will share each blog on FB & Twitter. 

Please take a look at previous blogs before making a decision (they’re listed at the end of this post) ~ you might be surprised at how short, easy, and fun these are! AND ALL WRITING-LEVELS ARE WELCOME! There is nothing serious about this. :-) 

Step ONEChoose ONE of the TOPICS listed below, then tell me your choice RIGHT HERE (in the comments). I'll cross it off the list, so others know the topic is gone. 

Step TWOSend an email to author(at)tessadawn(dot)com with "Guest Blogger" in the subject line and your ready-to-go "argument" (already written) pasted in the body of the email.

Step THREEProvide your name and hyperlink (exactly as you want it to read). For example: "Please refer to me as Miss Mary Jo and link to" I will then introduce you like this: "Today's guest blogger is Miss Mary Jo" (while hyperlinking your name to that site). 

Step FOURAdd a short disclaimer.  For example: "Hey, T, you have my permission to use this any way you want!" 

THAT'S IT. THAT'S ALL. I will assign a week for your topic, format it for you, and post it when it's time! You are free to share it anywhere you'd like.

1. Whatever topic you choose, simply share your thoughts "for" and "against" each choice, then choose one of the two. (Again, please check out a few of the sample blogs at the end of this post ~ it's super easy.)
2. There are only two choices with each topic -- for instance, orange or blue? While your favorite color may be green (LOL), you are being asked to compare JUST orange against JUST blue (each against the other) and choose the better of those two options. The answer may sometimes be a tie, and who knows, green or pink may soon appear as a topic...  :-))  
3. Please keep it friendly & fun (non-political-racial-religious and rated PG :-)). I reserve the right to avoid anything I might find inappropriate for a general audience. ;-) But I'm really not worried... 

That said, here is the list of TOPICS still available... 

Chuck Norris or Bruce Lee?
Flowers or chocolates? (best romantic gift)
Goldfish or Hamsters (best disposable pet for children ;-0)?
Pie or Cake?
iPhone or Android?
Puppies or Kittens?
Gilligan or Maxwell Smart?
Lone Ranger or Power Rangers?
Betty Crocker or Chef Ramsey?
Rain or Wind (which is worse)?
Up or Down?
Dracula or Frankenstein?
Mercury or Saturn?
Car or Truck?
Night or Day?
Cow or Pig?
Sun or Moon?
Cash or Charge?
Fruit or Vegetables?
Trees or Bushes?
New or Old?
Hamburgers or Hot Dogs?
Martinis or Margaritas?
Football or Baseball?
(OR please propose your own topic!)

(including those submitted by guests)

Week one: Mosquitoes or Flies (most annoying insect)?

Week two: Dinosaurs or Huge Gorillas (best in blockbuster movies)?

Week three: Noah or Moses (biblical character with most swag)?

Week four: Batman or Superman (coolest dude)?

Week sixGuest Blogger: Dr. Seuss or Walt Disney

Week sevenGuest Blogger: Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck

Week eightGuest Blogger: Ham or Cheese 

Technical Issues: If you have any trouble posting to the "comments" below this blog, please contact me via email or facebook, and I will gladly post a comment for you, especially if you would like to reserve a topic. :) 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

100 NONSENSICAL QUESTIONS (WEEK EIGHT) ~ because I’m just too busy to blog something serious!

Question #8: 

Ham OR Cheese? 

This week’s argument comes from 
a wonderful lady and guest blogger
Carrie Champion from Ogden, Utah. 

Welcome to the blog, Carrie!

Carrie's argument:

On one hand, Ham evokes memories of family dinners and the Christmas season. It’s delicious (in my humble opinion) and comes in a variety of forms, chops, sausage, hocks, pork and beans and many others.  Not only that.  Did you know that on the Apollo 13 mission, the crew managed to create a functioning CO2 filter out of duct tape and glazed ham??  Movies and books have starred our porky little friends. Wilbur or Babe anyone??  No one can deny how cute and sweet they are, and people keep them as pets too.  On the downside, it is a known fact that pork products can shorten your lifespan because of the cholesterol and artery clogging properties as well as the process of slaughtering them is horrible.  But, if you find yourself in a natural disaster FEMA does keep a reserve of 3.6 lbs of canned ham for every person.  Take that as you will.  A pig encased in some gelatin in a can?  I’ll pass but, if you’re into that who am I to judge?

On the other hand, you have Cheese.  Cheese comes in so many varieties and forms. From the Swiss to the French there is something there for everyone!  Nachos you say?  Grilled cheese sandwich?  How about some shredded parmesan on your spaghetti?  The options are endless. And not only that, it’s practical too.  Wisconsin uses cheese to de-ice roads!!  They recently tested a combo of cheese wastes with rock salt to prevent roads from freezing.  How brilliant!  But, I wouldn’t go throwing your shredded Colby-jack on your driveway in the winter; somehow I don’t think that will work out to well for you.  On the downside and I am talking way down, there is actually a cheese with maggots in it (no I am not making this up, ewwww).  It’s called Casu Marzu and they purposely leave holes in the cheese so the flies can lay eggs and the maggots can eat the cheese, their subsequent excretions aid in the fermentation process (yeah, I bet **gag**) and  soften the cheese that lends to this cheeses’ unique flavor.    I think I’ll stick to my cheddar thank you.

So you see, there are good and bad things about both.  But, my vote is cheese. The options are endless, and in my humble opinion cheese goes with everything.

And the winner is…


(But be sure to register your vote or post your own nonsensical question or suggestions in the comments below. Who knows? I might just run with it. J) 

And now, it's time to return to my day job: writing Dark Fantasy Fiction & Gothic Romance!

Please tune in next week for another utterly-mindless, nonsensical question!  

Until then...