Friday, February 17, 2012

11 questions tag!

I've been tagged by C.M. Brown to answer eleven questions she posed, and then write eleven for another eleven campaigners to answer if they so choose! Here's my answers:

1. How do the stories you write about come into fruition? I think about what stories I would like to read but can't because they haven't been written. Usually philosophical themes are woven in regarding whatever I've been thinking about lately. Other than that, it's wide open...oftentimes when I'm in the car I'll zone out and things will pop up that I'll want to write about.

2. Do you think you are the type of person who plans for every eventuality, or do you prefer to live life how it comes, without any organisation? I always have a running list of short- and long-term goals. I don't like to plan for eventualities because if they're bad, I don't want to create them by planning for them, and if they're good, I don't want to put so much energy on it needing to happen that I sabotage it. That said, I like to set the energy for how my life unfolds--thinking of how I would like to feel about myself in the future rather than exactly what I want to happen--and I like to think through the bad things that could happen in order to release any fear attached to those situations that might make them manifest through my resistance. 

3. What is your favourite song? I don't have one. Different songs at different times will evoke an emotional response in me. But maybe I ought to stop being non-committal and wishy-washy. I'll say Bjork's "Army of Me."

4. Do you sing it loudly to yourself? I'm afraid I don't do much loud singing nowadays--the only thing I sing a lot is a lullaby when getting my son to nap. 

5. Are you still friends with anyone you went to secondary school with? A few friends from junior high, and a couple from high school, but none of them are very close. Most of them are on Facebook so I know what's going on with them, but I don't keep in regular touch. I still really like the boyfriend I went out with when I was 15, but I haven't seen him in at least seven years.

6. What would be your dream job? A couple elements of my dream job I already have--being a mom and writing! However, it would be nice if I actually made money off the writing. And I like variety, so other parts of my dream job would include being Christian Bale's Rolfer and massage therapist, growing exotic and medicinal mushrooms for profit and mycorestoration, and being an eco-home designer and builder. On top of that I would like to be a heavily influential consultant and Jungian therapist for all the world leaders. Hey, it's my dream job so why not?

7. How often do you speak with your siblings? The sister closer to me in age, maybe once a month. The other, once every two years as she's rather in her own little world.

8. If you were an animal what creature would you like to be? I really wouldn't like to be an animal, as there aren't any that humans don't consider as objects for human use. But since I can choose any, I'd want to be one that talks and has a human brain in it. Maybe a sphinx or a harpy. Nobody bothers harpies.

9. What is your favorite food? Hard to pick one. I have an addiction to sugar and in particular mangoes, but does that make sweet things among my favorites, since I usually don't feel good after eating them? By sheer quantity and versatility, I think my fave food would have to be the Almighty Egg, fresh from my chickens.

10. What piece of technology could you not live without? I try not to be dependent on any. But I would be very sad without my computer.

11. Do you have a favourite piece of furniture? My bed. I try not to be attached to furniture any more than technology.

The questions I would like to ask:
1. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to? 
2. Which Greek or Roman (or other culture's mythological) deity would you be (either who you'd like to be or who you most resemble)?
3. Would you like to marry a Vulcan?
4. Would you choose immortal life with the elves, or a human, mortal life with the one you love and a child-to-be?
5. If you had to write fan fiction, what fictional world would you choose to write in?
6. Do you believe in any conspiracy theories?
7. What do you consider your best quality?
8. What do you consider your worst quality?
9. Do you ever feel over-exposed on your blog?
10. If you were to reincarnate, what would you like to be?
11. What is your biggest pet peeve?  

Now, the campaigners I am tagging:
1. Christopher Ledbetter
2. Writer Steps
3. My Imaginary Beings
4. The Writer Coaster
5. The Accidental Novelist
6. The Capillary
8. Lara Schiffbauer
9. Shanjeniah
10. Another Author
11. Alexia Chamberlynn


  1. I get a lot of ideas in the car too :)

    Mangoes are my favorite fruit, and eggs are absolutely magical! You can do SO MANY things with eggs.

    Thanks for tagging me! I'll have to whip up some answers...

    1. Cool! I'm looking forward to reading your answers!

      I really like your profile pic by the way.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, if I were going to be an animal it would have to be one that turns the tables on humans...but not one that a hero kills like a minotaur.

  3. Thanks for joining the tagging game Colleen, I also love mangoes too, even though eggs are my favourite food. So far everyone who has answered my tag have chosen their bed as their favourite piece of furniture, interesting! (Please understand that I live in Australia and we spell words differently than you guys in the US and f a v o u r i t e is spelt like that here, no pun intended, just covering my ability to write!)

    1. :) Yes I know you know how to spell! Frankly I think Australian/British spelling is more elegant-looking than American--like "civilised" and of course "favourite." And since I'm not in the US any longer, I could actually switch! but I'd have to break some pretty strong habits and would probably confuse myself.

  4. JOIN THE PROTEST and switch off the two word verification on your comments, which tries to prove you are not a robot! It is easier to use comment notification, awaiting owner approval, than have followers turn away because they find being a human too hard and too difficult, especially late at night when your eyes don't want to work!

    1. Hmm, I didn't even know I had that turned on. Blogger makes it really hard to change it, too. I had to google it and apparently it can't be switched in the new interface (at least I couldn't find how)--I had to go to the old interface to make the change. I'll see how it goes--I may turn it back on if I get spam.

  5. Thanks for tagging me! I love the questions you ask, too, so I can't wait to answer them, which will be on Sunday. I'm wondering what you do when you get an idea in the car. Are you able to remember it, or do you have to write it down somewhere?

    I didn't know my verification was on either, until a friend told me. I turned it off several months ago, and at first I received a couple of spam, but blogger always caught them in the spam folder. I haven't gotten any since. I turned comment notification/owner approval for posts more than 7 days old, and it seems to work pretty good!

    1. Heh. Since I started living here (in Brazil) I'm never the one driving--I'm sitting in the passenger seat with a pen and a notebook in my hand. I'm not sure I can quite zone out enough when I'm driving to get writing ideas.

      I'm looking forward to seeing your responses!

  6. I come up with ideas in the car as well. :P They're good places for inspiration, oddly enough.

    Great answers to the tag!

    1. Thanks GE! It's weird about the car. Maybe because it's so utterly boring driving that it leaves a lot of room for stuff to happen. I also like learning languages on CDs while I drive. :)

  7. Ooh, fun! Thanks for tagging me. I'll post answers later this week! The campaign is off to a fun start for sure...

    1. I'm looking forward to seeing your answers! :)

  8. Phew. Another tag I missed. ;-P I already answered seven.

    1. Hee hee...there does seem to be a lot of overlap in questions. I was thinking about tagging you actually, but I did notice you'd already received quite a lot!

  9. Nice answers! I'm a bit of a sugar addict myself ~ learned it real young with piling a mound of sugar on my Cheerios! I'm new to this campaign thing, but am really enjoying it, so, Tag! You're it again! Visit my blog for a list of my eleven questions then link it back to me! Look forward to getting to know you better! ~Theresa Sneed author of No Angel and its forthcoming prequel, From Heaven to Earth

    1. Mmm, sugar and Cheerios!

      Thanks for the tag! I'll be answering soon. And visiting your blog even sooner!

  10. oh, gee, I broke the chain. I didn't end up doing this. I overthink these and generally don't do them. how's this for answers:

    Dr. Dinsmore; Gaia or Athena; no; mortal; Robyn Hobb's Rain Wilds; some; can go with the flow; hate to not know something; yes; reincarnated back in time to an author in the 1980's; ignorance (even my own)

    1. I was sort of thinking that the tagging game was a little like a chain letter. But there is no bad luck for not answering! I think your answers are excellent and I love concise. I'm a big fan of Robin Hobbs too...Rain Wilds seem a bit scary though. I think I'd stay in the Six Duchies.