Back in October, I was tagged in the popular Q&A Tag by WordPress author Jason A. Meuschke. Thank you for nominating me, Jason. I had a lot of fun with this.
Simple rules to follow
- Thank the blogger who nominated you.
- Answer the questions you were given by that blogger.
- Nominate 10 bloggers, give them 10 new questions, and let them know they’ve been tagged.
The questions I received, answered
- Cookies or cake? (your choice of flavours)
Are you ready for this? Neither. Yup. But going back to my youth, it was both, preferably homemade. I mean, how do you decide between warm, gooey cookies loaded with pure semi-sweet chocolate chips made to perfection using real butter and demerara sugar versus a European family recipe for cake made with five of the purest ingredients?
- You’re able to visit with any one person in history for the next 2 hours. Who is it, and why?
It would be J.R.R. Tolkien. I’d pick his brains about his linguistic knowledge and how he developed the ideas for his books.
- If it could be anywhere you wished, name your ideal writing spot and your least ideal.
Ideal: A house on an uncrowded Great Lakes or ocean beach—a perfect place for morning walks on the sand to get the blood and ideas flowing. Views would include sunsets, crashing waves or glassy surfaces, seagulls calling, and a warm, moist breeze.
Least ideal: A cold, windowless room.
- Name your dream job or, in case you’re doing it, name the one job you’d always like to try.
Well … the real dream job would be working at home as an author or guitar teacher. However, I think I would miss the contact with the world I currently have in my very rewarding job as a reading/writing/math teacher at a specialized clinic for students with learning disabilities. Probably half and half of each would be perfect.
In another life, however, there’s this dream job.
- You just became the last animal you read, or wrote, about. What are you and are you now in danger?
I don’t usually read about animals unless it’s with kids, but I can relate to the life of Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
I am at the point after the crash into the cliff, in a world where existence is enhanced by knowledge and travel is controlled by thought. Having transcended the world that came before—and myself—there is far less danger.
- E-book or physical book?
This is not really an either/or, since each has different pros and cons (too long to post—I’ve made extensive lists). I use both, but for different purposes. I have emotional attachments to physical books, though.
- You wake up and find yourself in a remote area of the most recent book you read/are reading. Beside you is the one tool you’re happy is with you. Where are you and what is that tool?
I’m in the Northwest Territories in the Nahanni/Liard Rivers setting from the book Far North by Will Hobbs (1996), which I’m reading with several junior high boys who prefer realistic fiction and outdoor survival to the fantasy and dystopia we’re inundated with these days. My most valuable tool is the fire starter cube.
- Can you change a tire on your vehicle?
In theory, yes. I’ve assisted and seen it done. I wouldn’t want to do it at -30°C in the dark on the side of a highway covered in black ice, though.
- Your next story/blog post is guaranteed to be a massive success that will change your life forever. As often happens, success comes with a cost. What will your newfound success cause you to lose?
I’m old enough and have done a great deal of thinking and soul searching about my priorities and beliefs, so I don’t believe I would lose myself. I’ve got close friends I would not lose just because I became successful or famous.
What I would lose if I were to become very successful is the stress of just scraping by in life.
To my knowledge, J.K. Rowling’s life turned very much for the better when she became successful.
- List three things about yourself that you haven’t told your readers before now.
- I used to be a fitness buff, ran 8 km races, and wanted to train for a half marathon and eventually a full marathon. I also wanted to run the Jasper-Banff Relay, but we needed 8 runners.
- I wrote a few very amateur songs when I was in my teens.
- Born a writer and compelled to create characters and stories since my earliest preschool memories, I daydreamed in class (but got good marks because I could prioritize). I also quoted real conversations around me to get samples of authentic dialogue, which I took home on torn pieces of paper or napkins and kept in a box for reference. (This was in the pre-personal-computer and smart phone days.) I also took notes on vocabulary, slang, and social scenes. I spent time in woods and fields in all kinds of weather doing “research” for writing.
Now for my blogger nominees
Readers, you may want to check out these websites/blogs:
You are my potential nominees. You may post your answers here in the comments or create your own blog post, as I have done.
There is no time limit on this Q&A Blog Tag. Please do not feel rushed or even obligated to take part. Currently, some of you are marathon writing for NaNoWriMo and others are publishing books. We all have busy lives, especially at this time of year.
Your questions are
- Country or city?
- For writing: silence, music, or other?
- What/where is your favourite writing retreat?
- What do you consider to be the most meaningful book to you and why?
- Can you write in a language other than English? If so, what is it?
- Would you like to live in the past, present, or future? If past, what is your favourite time period in history and what do you like about it?
- Spring, summer, fall, or winter?
- What is your dream goal or dream job, if you’re not already doing it?
- Have you ever wanted to do anything “out there” like skydiving, spelunking, deep sea diving, or visiting Antarctica?
- Would you go to the moon or to Mars?
Added notes, November 21 and December 17 — responses from those I tagged
Thank you for participating!