Writer Q & A Tag

I’ve been nominated by the lovely Aila Stephens for The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award / Writer Q & A Tag, and now that I’ve recovered enough from bronchitis to get back to work, I can finally (I hope) do it justice.

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.

Thank you, Aila! You’ve given me my blog post for this week, and your questions were fun to answer.

2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.

3. Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10)

4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.

Aila’s Questions:

1.) What object is closest to the left of your computer and how could you use it in the zombie apocalypse?

Oops. It’s an outlet strip, which has four cords plugged in. Unless I can detach them quickly and beat a zombie’s head to a pulp with it (which would take too long, anyway), I’d have to reach farther and grab hold of a chair to whack the nearest one. The knife block is in the kitchen, several steps away from this chair. I’d have to be quick.

2.) You’re in the woods; it’s dark. Suddenly a branch cracks on the ground only a few feet behind you and all the little hairs on your neck stand at attention – what is the *first* thing you hope it isn’t going to be?

My first thought is a bear — especially a grizzly fresh out of hibernation. We’re like walking sausage to those guys, and I am not good at climbing trees (unless the branches are low enough).

3.) What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Something with good chocolate, ribbons of caramel, and tiny chocolate bottles filled with liquor — rum, brandy, Bailey’s, Kahlua,… I’m flexible with that, to a point.

4.) What known (doesn’t have to be well-known) superhero would you be, and which of their villains would you most want to face?

This is the hardest question for me, because I can’t think of any known superhero that I’d actually want to be, and I’m in no hurry to face any of their villains, either. If I could give myself a superpower, it would be the ability to control the wind and to make my own. I’d use it to fly (carry myself on the wind), to suck a fire right out of a building and starve it of oxygen (extinguishing it), and to blow villains right off their feet and make it impossible for them to leave the wall I have them pinned against by wind force — until the police arrive.

I don’t know what my superhero name would be, if I had one (maybe “Gale” or “Cyclone”?).  I can’t give a name of a particular villain, either, because I’ve made up the superhero, but I haven’t developed her enough to give her villains to face.

5.) What charitable organization is closest to your heart, and why?

The one that first comes to mind are Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. I met a young nun working at her House for the Dying in Vatican City. The nuns there tended those who would otherwise have died alone in the streets. It was a lonely life, and the nun I met was having doubts about her vocation, but she tended the forgotten souls there day in and day out, treating them as she would want her own loved ones to be treated.

6.) What is your absolute favorite thing about yourself?

I love that writing comes so naturally, because it’s been a big help over the years. I can’t help wondering these days if my mental function is already on the decline, and I think writing keeps my mind working decently. It’s a large and essential part of my own mental health plan.

7.) What is your favorite season and why?

I love the fall more than any other season. For one thing, it’s always a relief from the oppressive heat and humidity of summer, and for another, I love the leaves changing color and falling and being swept around by the wind. That last bit is why I tend to put off raking for as long as I can get away with. Plus, raking feels pointless when the oak trees on our property hold onto so many leaves, letting them go in batches throughout the winter and finally unloading the rest in spring to make room for new growth.

Spring is my next favorite season, and then winter. Summer is my least favorite.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I honestly don’t know. I know what I enjoy doing, but while I’ve received some compliments on my work — writing, crocheting, and baking — I don’t know that that means I actually have talent in any of these areas. But I’m not giving them up (especially writing).

9.) What were your three favorite posters that hung in your bedroom as a teenager?

I don’t remember having any posters on my wall when I was a teenager. I didn’t have much on my walls, and nothing really sticks out in my memory other than an 8 x 10 image with a Bible verse that someone gave me. I must have liked it enough to hang up, but I don’t know where it is, now.

10.) You’re a guest at a well-attended party, what are you most likely doing?

If there’s alcohol, I probably have some, unless I’m driving myself home. In any case, I’m probably thinking about how long I have to stay before I can graciously excuse myself (if necessary) and leave.

On to rule number 3!

I need to nominate up to 10 other bloggers to answer questions of my own making.

I’ll have to list my nominees in a follow-up blog post. I hope to have a list of them posted later today or at least by the end of this week.

My questions:

  1. Do you keep a written list of goals? And if so, do you post them somewhere you’ll see them every day? Or do you prefer to keep it digital and stored in Evernote or something like that?
  2. If you could have a magic coffee maker or teapot that would make your favorite caffeinated (or herbal) drink any time you wished –without your ever having to buy ingredients for it, what would that drink be (doesn’t have to be the same exact drink every day. I’d get bored of the same thing, eventually), and how do you picture the actual coffee maker or teapot (For example, do you immediately think of the those food and drink makers on Star Trek TNG and Captain Picard saying, “Tea. Earl Gray. Hot”?)?
  3. As a general rule, when you’re working on the first draft of a novel or short story or nonfiction book, do you prefer to type or write by hand in a paper notebook or notepad?
  4. Have you ever ruined a computer or electronic device by spilling something on it? (Full disclosure: I spilled wine on my laptop the other day, and my husband managed to get all the wine out of its insides, but he had to physically disconnect the permanently addled keyboard, so I’m typing this on an external keyboard plugged into one of the USB ports.)
  5. Are you a morning person or more of a night owl? What time of day is the best time for you to write?
  6. Do you need silence in the room where you write when you’re working? Or do you work better with music or white noise (anything but whining or sudden screams of “OW!!” which jolt you out of your writing zone and make you belt out something like, ‘What the hell?!” or “What?! What’s going on?”)?
  7. What do you love most about blogging or about your own blog in particular?
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world (not necessarily for the rest of your life), where would it be?
  9. If you had to choose between being able to communicate (and read) in any language instantly (without having to study the language) or being able to go anywhere at the speed of thought, which would you choose?
  10. Would you rather be effortlessly persuasive or deeply empathetic? Or would you rather rid the universe of adverbs?

Thanks again, Aila, for tagging me. This was fun. 🙂



6 thoughts on “Writer Q & A Tag

  1. Thank you for tagging me!! This one does look like fun, but I don’t think I’ll have time to answer all those questions and come up with new ones! I’ll make a note of it in case my workload suddenly clears up 🙂
    Great answers, I enjoyed reading through them 🙂


    1. Thank you!!! And no worries if you can’t take this on right now. Let me know if you decide at a later time to write a post for it, so I can read it. 🙂 Have a great day and a great weekend!!


    1. That is really good to hear, because now that I’m home from work, you’re on my list of people I want to tag for this. 🙂 If you’re able and interested, I’d love to read your post for this, too. Thanks so much for commenting, and I hope you accept the nomination, though I’ll understand if you have a full plate already and need to decline — or, at least, put it off for now. Have a great week, and let me know if you’re game, so I can read your post. 🙂

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