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Happy 100 Posts (Stories, Poems, lives lived?)

A little bit about me

By Donna Fox (HKB)Published 6 months ago 5 min read
Top Story - October 2023
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Happy 100 Posts (Stories, Poems, lives lived?)
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Hello All,

To celebrate my 100th story on Vocal I have decided I would do something a little different than my usual fiction. So what could be more different than my normal stuff than to write a purely non-fiction piece?

Now, it’s relatively well known that Donna Fox is my pen name and I use it because I enjoy my anonymity. That being said, I am also one of those people who enjoy getting to know the author behind some of my favourite stories.

So I thought I would lift the veil so-to-speak and share a few personal details for those of you that are interested. Now here are ten facts about me in no particular order and for no particular rhyme or reason, other than I thought it would be fun to share!

Fact #1: I am Canadian, born and raised in Alberta. Currently, I live in Calgary, but was born in a little city called Lethbridge and was raised in a small town south of that, called Taber. 

By Hermes Rivera on Unsplash

Fact #2: My favourite food of all time is chicken, specifically chicken wings. My favourite flavours are honey garlic and honey dill, they go best with a mug of beer on the side. (That being said, wing Wednesdays are my Kryptonite.)

By Tyson on Unsplash

Fact #3: I have 6 tattoos. They are mostly scripts of sayings/ things that are important to me and one features my favourite animal. If you are interested, i have pictured/ descriptions below. If not, skip to fact #4.

I don't have a picture of my first one, all I can really say it does not photgraph well and is on my thigh. It's peterpan quote that says: You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That's where I'll always love you, that's where I'll be waiting. And it has tinkerbell's shadow by it.

Picture taken by Donna Fox

This is my second one, a fox and a teal balloon. I feel like it's pretty self explanatory of what it is.

Picture taken by Donna Fox

This is my third tattoo, it's my favourite quote from my favouriet movie. (refernce fact #10 for better understanding)

Picture taken by Donna Fox.

This is my fourth tattoo, it says ASB and has a band that goes around my finger. I have this because my job isn't exactly wedding ring friendly with all the diaper changes and occassional human excressions I have to clean up.

Picture taken by Donna Fox.

This is my fifth tattoo, a rose with a quote from Alice in Wonderland.

Photo taken by Donna Fox.

This is my sixth tattoo, which I actually share with my husband. We both got this on our thighs and for those of you unsure, this is a blood troth (from Fantastic Beasts/ Harry Potter) with a Harry Potter quote: Until the very end.

Fact #4: My favourite colour is teal, that beautiful mix of green and blue. There’s just something about that mix that speaks to me on another level. But if teal isn’t available (like in the heart emojis) I will often lean towards blue, green or purple. 💙🩵💜💚

Fact #5: My favourite season is winter. I know that’s an unpopular opinion but there’s just something about curling up in front of a fire with a cup of tea and a good book. A cat on my lap or sitting beside me while I pet them and enjoy the crackling of the flames just sounds like utter bliss to me!

By Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Fact #6: My favourite music genre is pop-punk/ punk-rock/ heavy metal. Think like Avril Lavigne and/ or Nickelback. Both of them are Canadian artists/bands, which isn’t necessarily by design but I do love a good coincidence.

Fact #7: Being Canadian, of course, I have a favourite hockey team and no it’s the Calgary Flames (funny because I live in Calgary). My team is the Philadelphia Flyers, I grew up watching them with my dad and it’s one of my favourite touchpoints with him now that I live in a different part of the province than him. I continue to watch them I love their fiery attitude and their reputation as the Broad Street Bullies, there’s just something about watching grown men beat the crap out of each other that brings me joy!

Ahhhh.... the joys of the city of brotherly love! 🧡🖤🤍

By Daniel ODonnell on Unsplash

Fact #8: My favourite animal of all time is the fox, specifically the red fox!! If I could legally own one, I would! (And yes this is where I got the inspiration for my last name, which is part of my pen name.)

I squeal everytime I see one unexpectedly or if i get a gift with a fox on it!! It's a bit of an obsession really! 😅

By Amanda Frank on Unsplash

Fact #9: By day I am a Special Educational Assistant/ Teacher for children who have Down syndrome. Before this year I worked only with children who were of preschool age (2.5 to 5 years) but this year I took on another contract to work with all age ranges within our agency. So now I happily work with children from 2.5 to 18 years of age, which is a lot of fun for me.

Fact #10: My forever favourite movie is Lion King the animated version from 1994, with James Earl Jones, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Matthew Broderick. I can without shame admit that I have easily watched it over 100 200 300 (yeah, sure that’s believable) times. If I had to do a rough estimate I’d say I watch it at least 3 times a year as an adult and as a child I watched it easily once a month. (I’m 28 now so if you’d like to do the math, by all means!!)

Well, that’s the first ten things off the top of my head that might help you all get to know the author behind the work/ pen name!

Thank you for reading and as always I relish in your engagement so please feel free to leave some feedback or perhaps ask a burning question you’ve always wanted to know. But I will caution you that somethings are best left a secret, not all knowledge is power nor are all truths what you want to hear.

Forever Yours,

Donna Fox

Aka HKB

Authors Note:

This was another post inspired by the lovely Dharrsheena, as she suggested I do something special/ different for my 100th post! So thank you again my friend for inspiring me!

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Donna Fox (HKB)

Thank you for stopping by!! 💚💙💜🩵

If you are interested in longer works by me, I have two books published on Amazon.

Jogger's Trail and Fox in The Hole.

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  • Heather Hubler5 months ago

    So glad you decided to tell us more about you! This was wonderful, and I knew right way where all your tattoo quotes were from :) LOVE the Peter Pan one. And what an amazing profession you've dedicated your skills to. Congratulations on your achievement and Top Story :)

  • Congratulations, Donna!

  • ThatWriterWoman5 months ago

    Thank you so much for this Donna! I knew some of this but the insight into your life is so interesting!! I adore that back/neck tattoo (I love them all but that one really stands out to me!) - the scene in the Alice in wonderland animation where she paints the roses red always stuck with me! I agree with chicken wings! Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately!) we could never share a plate because those are my least-liked flavors! Once plate of BBQ chicken wings for me, please! I love how you love foxes so much!! They are wonderful creatures! <3

  • Matthias Evans 6 months ago

    Beautiful tattoo.

  • Paul Stewart6 months ago

    Thank you for this, Donna! Was very nice to learn more about the woman behind the awesome poetry, fiction and encouraging and thoughtful comments. Loved this and glad it got Top Story, congrats! Also. Wings for life. I love chicken wings. Your tattoos are cool too!

  • The Dani Writer6 months ago

    A lovely share and delve into more of you Donna! Well done for a Top Story!

  • Abdullah6 months ago

    Great one

  • Gerald Holmes6 months ago

    I loved this , Donna. It was great to get to know you a little better. #9 tells me all I need to know about you. Congrats on the Top Story. Also one of my favourite meals is chicken wings with a jug of beer, pure comfort food.

  • Nice😁♥️💯✌️🎉📝Congratulations🥳💬

  • Caroline Craven6 months ago

    Great to know a little more about the person behind the fab stories! (Ps.. saw two foxes on my walk along the bay tonight. The dogs freaked out!)

  • Chloe Gilholy6 months ago

    Great facts and worthy top story. I love your tattoos.

  • JBaz6 months ago

    What a great insight, I am back to say congratulations on Top Story

  • Novel Allen6 months ago

    This was unique and different. It is a lovely tribute to yourself, your stories, foxes, colors, tattoos (ouch) and your life filled with such surprises. Congrats on a colorful Top Story.

  • Cathy holmes6 months ago

    Congrats on the TS. Philly, eh? That's a surprise. Ahem. Go Leafs go! Also, I was shocked, shocked I say, that you love winter being from Alberta. It gets bloody cold out there! Seriously though, thanks for sharing.

  • Libby Laraib6 months ago

    Loved to Know about you..🙂 Congratulations on your top story...

  • Rachel Deeming6 months ago

    Great to learn more about you! I lived in Calgary for over three years and miss it every day. I am also Canadian. I know. It's not obvious but I hold dual nationality. How about that? Congrats on reaching 100 stories and congrats on TS!

  • Kendall Defoe 6 months ago

    Nice work... And as a fellow Canadian, I will ignore Fact #6. 😁🇨🇦

  • Donna Renee6 months ago

    I love it!!! I love foxes so much too 😍😍😍

  • Alexander McEvoy6 months ago

    Woohoo!! Top story!!! Well deserved friend :)

  • Celia in Underland6 months ago

    Congratulations on your 100th post! Loved reading about the writer behind the pen name! Foxes are very beautiful! 🤍 Oh and also congtats on Top Story!

  • Judey Kalchik 6 months ago

    Lovely to get to know more about you! Congratulations on the milepost occasion!

  • Grz Colm6 months ago

    Congrats Donna and nice work. Great to get to know you a little more! I love that quote from Peter Pan you have. I actually don’t remember it, but I like the Disney movie..but I have never watched anything as many times as you have. ☺️👍

  • Heyyyyy girly! Congratulations on hitting the big 100! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊 1. I only knew you're from Canada but it's so nice to know more details! 2. Lol, you just told everyone how to bribe you 🤣🤣🤣 You're so adorable! 3. Whoaaa, your tattoos are so cool! And colourful too! I love that most of them are Disney related. Oh and that Harry Potter one was so magical. Pun intended, lol. My favourite is the rose tattoo because of that quote. Though I liked the Peter Pan quote, there's just something about red that I cannot resist, lol. 4. Your favourite colours are so calm and soothing. Like the sea and the forest. I'm the complete opposite as mine are ❤️🖤🤍 5. I would just fall over and die in winter! No I've never experienced winter but even if the aircond is set to 26°C, I'll be freezing, lol. I just cannot stand the cold 🥶 6. Avril Lavigne is the Queen!!! But I kinda prefer her older albums. Under My Skin, Let Go and The Best Damn Thing. 7. Sorry, I know nothing about sports because I've just never been into it. But I do like chess, though. It's my brain sport 🤣🤣 8. I am neutral about foxes but I cannot stand the sound they make! They sound veryyyy close to a human baby and you know how I feel about babies, lol. So it's nothing against foxes. Also, now I wonder if your patronus is a fox? 9. Now that you're working with a wide age range, which age group is your favourite? As in the easiest to work with? 10. What Lion King is to you, The Little Mermaid is to me. But I don't think I watched it as many times as you, lol. You're a hero! A Disney hero! I was so excited to learn more about you! Thank you for doing this D! 💖

  • This was wonderful. Really enjoyed getting a little glimpse behind the veil. Congrats on 100 posts!

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