Questions, Questions, Questions!

As you’ve probably noticed, I’m a sucker for blog challenges and….I have found a new one! I found this one through the same bloggers who always have fun features, namely Not A Punk Rocker and Part-Time Monster (Thanks ladies!!) It’s put on by Suzie81 Speaks who asks you to answer seven questions. Apparently Suzie did this last December, before my blogging time, and it was a big hit in the WordPress community. The idea is to meet new bloggers and get to know each other better. Sounds like fun to me. If you want to join in, visit Suzie81 to see the rules.

And now, the questions…..

1. How did you create the title for your blog?

I wanted to remain anonymous (most real life people don’t know I have depression), so I needed an alias, but I also wanted it to tell you a bit about myself at the same time. I made a list of possible names and then tried to find one that wasn’t taken on all the social media stuff. I have since thrown out the list of possibilities…the only one I can remember is Disenchanted Doctorate. I went with Somber Scribbler because it tells you what I blog about, living with depression and my doodles. I decided not to include the doctorate stuff because I wanted to connect with a variety of people, not just other students.

somberscribbler lettering

2. What’s the one bit of blogging advice you would give to new bloggers?

I am a new blogger, so I’m the one that needs advice! lol. I would say interact. Blog often and reply to comments. Also, have an “About” page…somewhere where I can go to learn who you are and what you are about so I can decide if I want to follow you or not. Twitter helps too.

3. What is the strangest experience you’ve ever had?

Strange doesn’t really happen to me…stupid, yes, all the time, but not strange so much. The strangest thing that’s happened might be my mother picking out my husband nearly a decade before we got married. If you want to hear that story, check out this post.

4. What is the best thing that anybody has ever said to you?

Hubby randomly saying he loves me or calling me his “pretty cupcake” are right up there!

5. When presented with a time machine, which one place and time would you visit?

This one is hard. Maybe I’d like to go back to Europe in the Victorian Era. I’m into Steampunk, so I’d love to steal some of the fashions from back then 🙂

Get in Gear

6. If you had to pick a new first name, what would you choose?

I like my name just fine, but if I had to pick a new one, it would be something short and easy to spell and pronounce. It was so annoying to have all the kids snicker as the supply teachers butchered my name. My name has also been spelled wrong in my yearbooks, on art show pamphlets and on contracts. Grrr!! I’d go with Ava. I think it’s pretty and it is unique (among my age group at least).

7. If you were a B Movie, what would it be called?

I have no idea……..Somber Scribbler? How original.


What would your answers be?

Catch up: Self-esteem Challenge

Surprise surprise! I completely goofed. I was on vacation for a week in NYC. I knew I wouldn’t have internet access. The friend we were staying with doesn’t have wi-fi. So, I wrote out my last self-esteem challenge posts ahead of time and set them to post on the right days. This was the first time I set posts to publish instead of immediately publishing myself. I set the date and time on each post, making sure to save changes….but I didn’t realize you had to hit publish too. Woops! So nothing published while I was away…doh! Since I’m a little tired of the self-esteem challenge, I published them all at once. You can find the entries here if you missed them:

Day 26

Day 27

Day 28

Day 29

Day 30

I’m not sure how I feel about the self-esteem challenge. I don’t think my self-esteem has improved, but it made me think about the good things about myself, which I appreciate and it did make me feel good at the time. Maybe I need to make a list of good things about myself (with no excuses) to refer to every once and a while to lift my spirits a bit. In the end, it was a good exercise and a good reminder that I’m not all bad.

NYC was fun. Maybe I’ll post more about it later. It was busy and awkward. We couldn’t have packed more in if we tried! It was go go go! By awkward, I mean four people crammed into a tiny apartment with a toilet that kept plugging for a week. For a depressed, anxious introvert, space and privacy are necessities! I survived though and have some fun memories!

I hope you all had a good week. I’m now off to catch up on your posts and tweets 🙂

Self-esteem Challenge: Day 30

This blog challenge was developed by If you missed the introduction or want to see a summary of all the questions, go here.


Day 30:
Are you happy with yourself?
Rate your self esteem on a scale of 1-10? Has your self esteem improved?

I am not happy with myself. Way to state the obvious huh? There are a lot of things I need to work on but, things could always be worse. So I am thankful that they aren’t.

My self-esteem is really messed up. I don’t know how to rate it. I’m a bit of a contradiction, maybe that’s why I am so stressed all the time. I don’t think too highly of myself and I give others more respect than I give myself, but I set big goals and expect more from myself than I do from other people. Don’t you need to have good self-esteem to set goals and expect success from yourself? How do you rate that? If 5 were average, then I would be below average, but not 1 because I set goals and expect success…so 3 maybe?

30 days!! I did it!! 🙂

Self-esteem Challenge: Day 29

This blog challenge was developed by If you missed the introduction or want to see a summary of all the questions, go here.

Day 29:
When you don’t feel good about yourself, what do you do to change that, if anything?
What do you think of your teeth and your smile? Do you like them and if so why? If not how can you view them more positively?

When I don’t feel good about myself, I distract myself. This usually involves cake, a movie or sleeping. It doesn’t always work and I guess it’s not the best idea either. Distraction is only temporary, it doesn’t deal with the real problem. Now if I only know the source of the real problem, then I’d be getting somewhere.

I am neutral about my teeth and my smile. There is nothing remarkable for better or worse about my teeth and smile. I have always wished my teeth were pearly white like the girls in magazines. I felt better when I realized most of those girls are touched up. 🙂


Self-esteem Challenge: Day 25

This blog challenge was developed by If you missed the introduction or want to see a summary of all the questions, go here.

Day 25:
Do you often compliment other people?
If you met a person that was just like you, would you like them? If so why? If not how could you view this person more positively?

When something about someone stands out, I definitely compliment them. I try to remember to do it every day, but some days I guess I just don’t pick up on things. It might have to do with my mood….if I’m stuck in my own head, I guess I’m not too perceptive. I think its important for a compliment to be genuine. I hate it when people compliment you on something, but they really mean the opposite. I find high school girls do this a lot. Thankfully most of them grow out of it, but there are always a few that don’t. I know a few of them. I never take anything they say seriously.

I think if I met a person like me I would like them. The parts I don’t like or think are pathetic about myself are not the parts that show often. I deal with my self-doubt and internal monologue everyday, but it’s not something that is apparent to most people on the outside….or at least that’s what I’d like to think.

ABCs of feeling good

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