As you may or may not know, I’m a big fan of SparksFromACombustibleMind. Internet friends, she allows me to be neglectful, and only show up when I’m mostly a functioning adult. We’re friends over on the facebook place, too, so we’re in contact even when I’m being moody and don’t feel like talking at all.
I tell you all that to tell you this, I tuned in today after months of neglect, spent some time perusing the various blogs (with a nod to Marilyn Armstrong’s pets, as originally queried by Sparks), and that landed us here:
So, in lieu of actually talking to anyone (that will be a separate blog, later), I’m here to answer Sparks latest questions via Fandango’s post. Here goes:
1. Okay, you write a blog, so do you also play word games of any kind? Yes. Scrabble. Words with Friends. Boggle. Anything with words works for me.
2. Do you have any other type of creative outlet besides writing? Yes, although those juices have dried up as of late with the cancellation of all of our shows for the year. Mostly, I draw, paint, make jewelry, take pictures and garden. With ADHD, I’ve got started projects all over the house, and it’s driving the houseguest crazy to the point where my inability to do just one thing from start to finish is now irritating me, too.
3. Do you listen to anything while you write or does it need to be quiet? Must have noise. Right now, I have “The Song of Bernadette” on the TV for company. Can’t stand it to be quiet, as I can hear myself breathe (think Darth Vader) and every little quiet noise gets on my nerves.
4. Are you an avid book reader? Used to be. As of right now, can’t read much due to eye strain / diabetes, so I’ve mostly switched over to audio books. As I run through all my favorite new authors, I’m revisiting childhood favorites such as Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonsinger series.
5. Name a country you would love to visit if the world wasn’t shut down because of the virus. Any place warm and happy. I loved Australia / the Great Barrier Reef, and I’d love to be able to visit there again (pipe dream). Otherwise, I’d like to go to Fiji or American Samoa. I’m always happiest on a sunny beach with pristine water.
6. Have you ever written a poem about someone and gave it to them? No. Poetry isn’t really my thing due to dyslexia. If I can hear a poem I can enjoy it, but my ability to enjoy written poetry is very small. Something as simple as, “I smell the sea, and the sea smells me” (which we all sang as we were getting closer to Cape Cod’s beaches in the Summer, LOL) is about my compositional limit.
7. Is there an author (living or dead) that you would love to sit down and talk to for an hour? Oh, so many. Zane Grey. Patricia Briggs. Charlaine Harris. Laurell K Hamilton. Stephen King. Dean Koontz.
8. Have you ever met a fellow blogger or interacted off WordPress? Yes. Although it’s hard to get over my shyness, I do try. Facing your own hangups is something we all must get over. Regardless of the stress / nerves.
9. Cake or pie? Pie. Chocolate Pudding with whipped cream.
10. Coffee or tea? Neither. They both taste like dirt to me.
11. What is the strangest movie you have ever seen? Oh, so many ! The ultimate worst is somewhere among, “The Man Who Fell to Earth”, “The Groove Tube” and “Last Tango in Paris”. The Man Who Fell to Earth was fascinating, but apparently I was one of only 45,000 people in the world who thought so. The Grove Tube was a huge embarassment and a mistake (we were supposed to be seeing a double feature, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid plus Spies, and they substituted the raunchiest movie I’ve ever seen – never mind seeing it WITH MY MOTHER – The Grove Tube, and 46 years after the fact, I’m still scarred. It was hysterically funny and gross, but so explicit for my 14 year old brain to handle WITH MY MOTHER of all people, never mind the fact that it was my treat!). As for Last Tango, it was a dare, and I thought it was a complete waste, although Marlon Brando and the butter scene scarred me for life.
12. What lessons have you learnt from C-19? People are crazy. And I’m related to what feels like half of the craziest.
13. What values do you live by? Come as you are. Do no harm. Don’t tease others. Help where you can. Kindness and good intentions fill in a lot of gaps when you mess up.
14. What is your favorite movie? It would have to be JAWS. Incredible score. Perfect setting for Summer fare. A bit of a thriller. I can watch it again and again and see something new.
15. Whom have you loved unconditionally? If not for my Mom, I don’t think I have. I care for / love lots of people, but boy am I judgy !
16. Your dreams in life? I don’t know if I dreamed much of anything. I was more about escaping what I had. It’s turned out ok overall.
17. Do you like citrus flavoring? Not really. Does Lime Jello count? I like lemon cookies, too. But that’s about it. Oh, unless you count the pineapple I use when making teriyaki chicken. Found a new recipe for making BBQ chicken by cooking it in a watermelon (which I also dislike), but since the Teriyaki chicken is so delicious with pineapple juice, I think I’m going to be foolish and try cooking the watermelon BBQ chicken later this week.
18. What is your remedy for the hiccups? To stop talking and exercise my diaphragm muscles.
19. Are you lucky? My friends say I am when we’re in the casino. I really don’t know, as I budget to lose. To me, luck involves lots and lots of money to have lots and lots of adventures. Since that’s not my life (I spend all the money I’ve been fortunate enough to win), I’d have to say that I do ok and it comes out about 50-50 for win or lose at games of chance.
20. Barefoot or wearing something on your feet? Never barefoot. I even wear swim shoes !