5×5 With The Hook: Jewels

Welcome to Wednesday, folks. Rob Ford is still raging, new comic book are on the shelves, and people are still scratching their heads raw pondering the question, “How can the government let The Biebs  roam the world free, terrorizing an unsuspecting populace? What am I paying taxes for?”

To sum up, the world is still spinning, and with each revolution comes the opportunity to reinvent oneself. Or at the very least, evolve.

And so, in the spirit of evolution, here is a brand-spanking-new blog feature…

5×5 With The Hook

The premise I simple; The world is a hard place to live in these days, so I’m going to do my part to lighten the mood. I’ve cast a wide net and some cool folks have found themselves caught up in my particular brand of madness. I’ve asked the hard-hitting, deep, whimsical, offbeat questions and they’ve answered. 

My first victim? 

This chick. The one on the right with the perky smile and those eyes that suck you in like a black hole of cuteness.

She’s the driving force behind her own patch of the blogosphere, According to Jewels.

Her genius helps make The Indie Chicks both fearless and definable. In short, she’s long on creativity, sass and a boundless sense of humor. Now that you’ve been acquainted, let’s begin, shall we?

1)  Do you like to wear hats?

This is a trick question. I want to love to wear hats. I think they’re great but unfortunately my giant dome and the fact that my hair is so thick and curly makes them fit horribly on my head. I’ve found one that works for me and yes, I love wearing it.

2)  You’ve accomplished quite a bit in your writing career so far, what’s the dream goal? The brass ring?

 Firstly, thank you for the accolades. I still have a lot of writing goals to accomplish. Every time I conquer an old one I add at least 2 more to the list. Right now my goal it to be published in a print publication, which is coming true with the special edition print version of The Indie Chicks magazine. Of course once I had that in the bag I became determined to get published in magazines I don’t own. I also want to be a novelist. I have always wanted to write novels for adults as well as young adult science fiction/fantasy series. Once I have those under my belt it will be getting on the New York Time’s Best Sellers List, Book Club circuits, doing book signing tours, selling the movie rights to my novels, and making a cameo in a film based on my novel. So you see, once I hit a goal I make a LOT more. Without a dream, a goal, and a game plan I feel lost. I’m nothing if not driven. 

 3)  Your favorite superhero movie?

 I am pretty sure any love you had for me will be lost when you realize I’m not into superhero movies. Unless Jennifer Connelly in The Labyrinth is a superhero for saving her baby 1/2 brother from David Bowie, aka the Goblin King. In that case, definitely her. 

 4)  Chick flicks: Fun and inspiring to watch or a blight upon humanity?

I’m the consummate Indie Chick, totally badass and a hardcore go getter, and I still love a chick flick. Here’s the thing, it’s not the chick flick that’s the problem, it’s the chicks out there who mistake it for reality. There is nothing logical, real, or remotely worthy of modeling your love life after in those movies but they are fun. I can get behind a mindless escape for a bit, a good cry that time of the month watching one, and don’t get me started on the romantic comedy genre. 

  5)   Justin Bieber: Threat or menace?

Menace. An absolute freaking menace and he needs to be stopped. I can’t publicly admit that I’d pay money to put out a hit on him…but I will say the thought has crossed my mind.


Told you she was cool.

That about wraps it up for this inaugural edition of 5×5, boys and girls. I want to thank Jewels for being so generous with her time and let’s face it, Jennifer Connelly is definitely a superhero if an Indie Chick says so.

I’ll be making the rounds searching for more victims soon, folks, so watch your virtual mailbox. Send me to the spam box and I’ll send The Goblin King after you….

Be well, my friends.

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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91 Responses to 5×5 With The Hook: Jewels

  1. 1jaded1 says:

    Great feature!

  2. It only takes one hat to make a hat wearer. I’m glad Jewels found the right fit.

  3. TJLubrano says:

    How fun is this and yes to hats! Well, beanies in my case. Is this considered a hat?

    I love Jewels! She really inspires me to be a better entrepeneur and to be a better writer and being there when I realize I slightly ranted about stuff. I think Jewels is a superhero of her own. 🙂

    • The Hook says:

      She is indeed!
      I know the term “spare time” has no place in your world right now, but if you’re doodling you should create a superhero look for Jewels. I’d love to see what your creative engine could come up with.

    • TJ, I want to be able to carry off a beanie but I just look like I’m 12 if I try. haha.

      Thank you so much for naming me among your inspirations. You are too sweet to me. And while I KNOW how busy you are I’d NEVER say no to being a super hero haha.

  4. Nice. I think the biggest problem with The Biebs is that the press insists on identifying him as Canadian – “Canadian Pop Star Justin Bieber did this…” blah blah blah. No one went on about Britney’s nationality when she was shaving her head and throwing off her clothes. Don’t tar the country with the Bieber Brush!

  5. MissFourEyes says:

    “eyes that suck you in like a black hole of cuteness” that is the sweetest thing. And I have to agree 🙂

  6. Great interview! And I totally agree – Justin Bieber is a complete menace to society. And to music. And to all that is happy. 😉

  7. List of X says:

    As long as Bieber continues to perform, I have no faith in superheroes

  8. susielindau says:

    So very nice to meet you Jules! Congrats on your publication. I will check out your blog!

    • Thank you Susie! Please don’t judge me by my personal blog, I’ve had little to no time for it lately. Feel free to check me out at The Indie Chicks though and it’s a pleasure to meet you as well.

  9. The Cutter says:

    Labrynth was pretty bad ass back in the day. They showed it to our 4th grade class, and one of my classmates got pretty freaked out by it.

  10. I’d have Bieber done too, if it wasn’t a crime….
    I love this idea!

    • Way to let a twisted girl down when your blog was not what I thought it might be. haha. Good to know when the time comes to take him out I have a willing partner. What was that movie? The Purge, where you get one night of charge free crimes…if that ever comes to fruition I’m looking you up and we’re going hunting.

      • The Purge, a sick movie, sick, very sick, but wqhen you stop to think of how “good” would be for some cases, it’s isn’t that sick anymore.
        I’m sorry my blog fooled you, but just so you know you are not the only one. I’m sure several teens come to me (eww) seeking porn, I know it, I can see the search terms.

    • I haven’t seen it because I’m terrified of scary movies! As for strange search term finds…I’m the queen. I get a lot of people looking for anal porn and all because I exposed young stupid people for a new drinking trend called “butt chugging”. Sigh.

  11. djmatticus says:

    I think I’m going to allow the Labyrinth answer… while not technically a superhero movie it still works. 😉

  12. Katie says:

    I have the same problem with hats, coupled with the fact I have a small head (which I never imagined would ever impact my life in any way).

  13. Jennifer says:

    I saw something in the paper the other day, didn’t read it, the title was enough. Australians are not welcoming Beibs to our country for concerts. We have many wrongs here, but that has to be a good thing. And go Jewels!!! Even though I have I idea who you are.

  14. stephrogers says:

    This is an awesome idea, you’re so cool.

  15. Lucky Wreck says:

    Hahaa! Nice! I am looking forward to seeing more of these!!

    • The Hook says:

      I’m preparing another one right now – while being a dad, husband, an author slowly writing another book and occasionally breathing.
      I hope the results are equally pleasing. This one worked out well, I think. I’ve approached a few people who have been too busy, too big to reach or simply to disinterested to respond, but in time I’d like to reach all my loyal readers and friends.
      Sooner or later, I’ll come knocking, all right?

      • Lucky Wreck says:

        I think it is a fabulous feature…especially since your cool factor is pretty high…the chances of learning about more cool stuff is pretty good 🙂

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  17. Marisa says:

    This was a delightfully fun read 😀

  18. Kat Spindler says:

    “The one on the right with the perky smile and those eyes that suck you in like a black hole of cuteness” wins the Interbutz for Most Accurate Description. I must disagree with the hat thing though because I am sure that I have an adorable pick of you in the Flyers hat I gave you around here somewhere…

    • haha! My hair was wet from the Polar Bear Plunge and thus was not as huge and unwieldily under a hat. I must agree though, I did like that picture.

      And The Hook’s description totally made me blush!

  19. Let’s not forget that Jennifer Connelly was in Ang Lee’s god-awful version of “The Hulk.”

  20. abeerfortheshower says:

    Great interview. I’m glad to know me and my big head are not alone. I still haven’t found a hat that fits me properly. If not because of my gigantic head, then because of my thick, hat-resistant hair.

    • I am pretty sure mine is a combo of the two. The perfect hat is out there for you somewhere. Don’t give up the search. Thanks for stopping by to read and sticking around to comment.

  21. Shelburbia says:

    Can we write in the questions? Or are you tailoring them to the subject? Here is a suggestion: “What is your second favorite thing to peel?”

  22. Shelburbia says:

    Also- was searching for you on facebook and found THESE ladies. Talk about lightening the mood. https://www.facebook.com/crochetobsession13

  23. Jo Bryant says:

    Oh Hook…this started my morning on such a good note. As for the ‘Biebs’…he is coming here but they cancelled concert number two and tickets on a local site are selling for under what they were originally bought for…if they sell at all. Seems even NZ has lost the Bieber Fever…at least something is going right here…hehehehehe

  24. Indie Chicks rule! Thanks for this post, both of you. Fun stuff. 😀

  25. Cayman Thorn says:

    1- Yes, I can dig the hat wearing thing. Now that I shredded up all my lonesome dove hazel on account of Shane from the “Walking Dead”: . . who made such a thing look SO cool. Sad thing is, the bastard is dead- twice!- so really, even Mel Gibson would be hard pressed to deliver him the payback I’m thinking on..
    2- Hey, I’m sleeping with her.
    3- Welp, he hasn’t come along yet. Cause not a single one of those SOB’s has figured out how to tell a woman that the closet is holding way more shoes than it was intended for. So, there’s that.
    4- I have watched more chick flicks than Bruce Jenner. The difference being, Kris Jenner wasn’t holding a Magnum to my Joan Rivers-looking like mug in the doing.
    5- More menace than Dennis. Let’s introduce him to Rob Ford at last call. Please.

  26. Very cool! Always wanted to know more about the Indie Chicks. She should go far! Thanks for the intro

  27. I Am Jasmine Kyle says:

    Jewels thanks for coming by this old codger’s place and sparkling and classing up the joint! LOL It was getting funky round here!

  28. Mynx says:

    This was great. Personally I love hats in the summer and I doubt that Jewels would anything but fabulous in any hat she chose to wear.
    Count me as a new follower 🙂

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  30. becca3416 says:

    First off, Hook, you couldn’t have picked a more interesting and incredible subject for your first 5X5. Julie is a Jewel*. A gem. A fucking diamond.

    Now, Julie. We were instantly connected when I met you in NYC, but now, after reading this. I know it’s true love. Your answers to #1 and #3 seemed to come straight out of my mind, into yours, and onto this page. I have one and ONLY one hat I wear. Damn curly hair. But I’ve learned to embrace it. Sometimes. In that ONE hat.

    Also, I can’t wait to read the IC Magazine PRINT style in one, long, wine-filled night alone on my couch while Justin Bieber does NOT play on my radio. 🙂

    All around wonderful post and wonderful guest.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, babe! I couldn’t have fallen any harder for you than I did in NYC but you keep making me try. You’d look freaking adorable in a hat, but I hear ya, finding one that looks right is torture. I swear if I ever lose the ONE hat, I’m just giving up.

      When you have your wine and IC PRINT mag night, I want that turned into a YouTube video complete with commentary about the lack of Justin Bieber! 😉

      So, Hook, when will we see Becca here???

      • The Hook says:

        First off, Jewels, thanks for bringing Becca back to my little corner of the web; she’s been too busy conquering YouTube, organizing BI, and raising funds for Movember to drop by.
        I’ve missed her.
        Secondly, she has her questions and I’m sure we’ll see her sometime in the next two months. Should be a blast…

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