Questions 3: Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral

No idea about this one

No idea about this one

I’m working hard on a book and this week has been horrific in terms of distractions and all around suckage.  So I didn’t really know where to go with this.  The last couple of ‘Questions 3’ were author based, but I couldn’t think of a topic from that arena.  Decided to go with the classics and just see what ensues.  Seems the questions go from normal to wacky here.

  1. If you could have one animal power, what would it be and why?
  2. Why do you think vegetables get such a bad rap?
  3. What is your opinion on rocks?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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40 Responses to Questions 3: Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral

  1. 1.) Too many to choose from. Chemical warfare, built in armor, sonar. I suppose I’d choose something all terrain like a wolverine.

    2.) Because they aren’t as much fun as the other food groups. Except for beans, beans are fun.

    3.) I’m in favor of them. Great for throwing at vegetables.


  2. I once read a scifi novel that starred rocks. To be fair, they could melt at will, were sentient and grew out of the rock phase at some point, but it was interesting. It stuck to memory because it had a strangely sexual scene, with the protagonist getting his kicks from melting around another rock (rock sex rules, it turns out).


  3. Oloriel says:

    1. Hm, that’s a tricky one. I am gonna be all romantic and say flying aka to have wings.
    2. They often look ‘funny’, smell ‘funny’ and taste ‘funny’ 😀
    3. Love rocks. Especially fantasy related. There is a race in the video game Master of Orion, I bloody forgot their name, but they are rock people and they don’t require food, so they are a blessing to play ass. No workers whining for corn every 2 seconds, and I can build my fleet in peace! (yep, this is a pretty silly first association to the mention of a rock…)


    • Oloriel says:

      Play ass? I hope this goes to show you are probably not the only one feeling tired and making silly spelling mistakes and such, so hang in there! ( and I’ll go wash my face and wake up, construct additional pylons!)


    • 1. We talking bat, bird, insect, or gliding beast? 😀

      2. I’m guessing funny isn’t good here.

      3. I remember playing second game of that series. Vaguely remember the rock people and think I used them a few times. Never really thought about their asses.


  4. L. Marie says:

    My answers:
    1. If you could have one animal power, what would it be and why?
    The power of flight like that of the eagle. Flying would be fun (though dodging planes wouldn’t be).

    2. Why do you think vegetables get such a bad rap?
    Because they’re not sweet and we’re told that they’re good for us. But actually, I love vegetables—asparagus, sugar snap peas, spinach. Yum.

    3. What is your opinion on rocks?
    Got nothing against them. Some are quite beautiful. There are so many varieties. I used to collect rocks when I was a kid. I still look for interesting rocks. Some of the kids I know collect rocks because of what they’re learning in school.


    • 1. Good and classic. You sure you don’t want the elegance of a pelican? 😛

      2. Those are some of the ones I like too. Good point on it being regarded as healthy. We don’t seem to be a society that takes that as a good thing.

      3. I had a rock collection for about a month. Then I found marbles. How did you search for rocks? Or did you let fate guide your feet?

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      • L. Marie says:

        Ha. That would be hilarious!

        When I was a kid, I was always digging around in the dirt, looking at insects, rocks, and seeds. So I usually found something interesting. When you’re that low to the ground, you usually find something in the dirt. 😀


      • I went after insects because we had a lot of rocks in the backyard. Not so much now. The pillbugs/rollie pollie bugs/waterbugs were always my favorite.


  5. If you could have one animal power, what would it be and why? I would like the sense of hearing of the most sensitive animal. I could then overhear interesting conversations and make up stories about them. Right now my eavesdropping is too obvious.
    Why do you think vegetables get such a bad rap? I think if you get right down to it, vegetables just don’t look all that good. When compared with fruits they almost look like mutants. Take (urp) squash for an example. No one in their right mind would say, “Oh how pretty.”
    What is your opinion on rocks? I love rocks. They are some of my closest friends. They never criticize my work and always are there to help when I need them. I never have to go looking for them either. They just sit and wait for our next discussion.


  6. 1. If you could have one animal power, what would it be and why?

    I think having great hearing or eyesight would be cool. Birds of prey can see small rodents from hundreds of feet in the air and my dogs can hear sounds much before I do.

    2.Why do you think vegetables get such a bad rap?

    It depends on the vegetable. Corn on the cob, for instance, is popular. I think it’s because we’re told to eat them when we’re young and kids don’t like being told to do something.

    3.What is your opinion on rocks?

    Rocks rock. They are likely the first tool and the first weapon used by man.


    • 1. Enhanced senses would be great. They can be used for a lot of every day things. Though I’m not entirely certain what enhanced sense of touch would do.

      2. Good point. Seems to typically be the green vegetables that get scowled at. Peas and broccoli get no respect.

      3. Also the first chair and bed. 😀

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  7. Helen Jones says:

    Hi Charles, sorry to hear your week hasn’t gone as planned. Hope things improve 🙂

    Okay, here are my answers:
    1. The farsight of an eagle
    2. People never respect what’s good for them
    3. I like them when they roll.


  8. I’m gonna go with #2, Why vegies get a bad rap. Partly, I think, that we usually cook them too hard. Sometimes they have to be cooked hard, like for canning, but it does change the texture and flavor. To see what I mean, compare the color, flavor and texture of canned peas to frozen.

    Also, our palates have become accustomed to intense sweetness, salt, and fats in our foods. Raw vegies have no fat or salt, and the mild sweetness hardly compares. Plus some of them, like carrots, are hard and crunchy. Not familiar to modeern eaters of very processed, softer foods.

    As someone who grows my own, when weather permits, I think vegie-haters don’t know what they’re missing, but you just can’t tell people these things.


    • I remember trying baby food peas with my son and the smell was terrible. I tried to eat some to get him to and couldn’t stomach them. It’s only recently that we got him to eat peas again.

      It’s interesting that you mention ‘raw vs cooked’. I know plenty of people who will only eat veggies when they’re cooked. I’m kind of like that with most kinds. Other people will only eat them raw. It always seems to come down to texture too. Something is too mushy or too hard.

      My family never had any luck growing vegetables. Squirrels, rabbits, and birds kept destroying everything. All we have are two strawberry plants and that doesn’t always work.

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  9. 1 – Night vision – don’t know why – it was the first thing that popped into my head (I don’t like the dark!)
    2. Beets me!
    3. They make great diamonds 🙂


  10. Oooh, good one! 1. Animal power? I’d like to slink and lope like a wolf. I love the grace and devastatingly beautiful way they move. Saying that, I think I would prefer to be able to hibernate like a bear, sleep has not been my friend of late! 2.Vegetables get a bad rap because most people don’t cook them properly and serve wilted, slush with all the goodness boiled out of them. I am a meat lover, bring on the bloody steak and roast chicken, but serve them with perfectly cooked winter greens, carrots cooked in butter and orange juice, succulent roasted squash or delicate asparagus and samphire! I’m hungry now, Charles! 3. Rocks are cool. We should discuss agate etc another time, sadly – I have to go as baby Daisie is crying and the others need attention. Best wishes from Baldy 🙂


    • 1. I like the hibernation idea. Though I plan society for my sleep deprivation more than my inability to sleep. I could do it if I didn’t have responsibilities and bills to pay.

      2. I’m not that big a fan of cooked vegetables. In Chinese food or crispy cooked asparagus are pretty much it. Maybe it is the penchant for overcooking that causes it.

      Have fun with the kids.

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