It Never Gets Old

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Of course, after I posted The Last 11, I got tagged again!  This set of questions come from a blogger that inspires me so much with his travels, photography, and poetry.  There’s no way I could turn it down! My thanks to RedJim of notyethere for thinking of me and sending a very unique set of 11 Questions.  Once again, I’ll leave the game open to anyone who wants to play.  Leave a link or answers in the comments if you want to play along.  Have fun!

1. Sea or Mountains?


Mountains.  I live in a place surrounded by mountains and I never cease to be amazed at their beauty.  Besides, I’ve never been much of a beach person.

2. Sky blue or Fire red?

Sky blue, but can I have a few clouds?

 3. The Film or The Book?


The book. Always the book!  As much as I love movies, they can never tell a story quite like good old-fashioned printed words on paper.

4. Summer or Winter?

Winter.  I love snow, fireplaces, hot café mochas, and a cat snuggled in my lap.


5. Sounds, smells, pictures or touch?

Pictures.  I’ve always been a very visual person, both in reality and in my imagination.

6. Wild woods or Manicured park?

Wild woods.  I spent a huge part of my childhood in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where the trees are thick and ferns grow tall.  I’ve never seen anything more beautiful.

7. Do you know where North is without a compass?


No.  I am directionally challenged to the degree of total embarrassment.

8. Paper map or GPS?

Paper map.  I’ve done a lot of traveling in my life and I can honestly say a paper map has guided my every move.  They are far more reliable and they never need a power source.

9. Notebook or Laptop/Ipad/Tablet?

Aside from GPS, I’m a total gadget geek.  I use both a laptop and a tablet.

10. SLR OR Automatic?

Automatic.  Though I wish I knew a bit more about how to use SLR.

11. Leap of Faith or Logical leap?

A little bit of both.  I’m a big believer in balance.  There are moments in life that require logic and moments where the only logical thing to do is take a leap of faith.

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c.b. 2012

The Last 11

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Who knew you could be tagged back on 11 Questions??  One of my favorite blogs, random acts of writing (+art) threw a curve ball and sent me these questions.  Seeing as I’ve already tagged 22 bloggers for this game, I’ll leave this set of questions open for anyone who wants to answer them.  Pick and choose what you’d like to do and leave answers or links in comments!  Have fun!

1. What was your favorite pastime when you were young?

Reading.  I always had my nose stuck in a book and I still do.

2. What do you do for play now?

I’m not one for sitting still.  I have a number of hobbies that range from arts/crafts, running, movies, baking, and reading.  However, most of my days are filled with writing when I’m done with my day job.

3. What is your favorite book of all time?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

4. What’s the best movie you’ve watched lately and why?

The last movie I went and saw was Beauty & The Beast in 3D.  I loved it because it’s one of my all time favorites and it was nice to see cell animation back on the big screen.

5. If you could make one change to your life, right now, and have it stick, what would it be?

While I’m getting better, I wish I had a little more faith in my writing.  That inner critic is able to speak much more often than I’d like.

6. What is your most memorable meal?

When I was in Aberfoyle, Scotland, I stopped at a little deli and had the best sandwich ever!  It was stuffed with various lunchmeats, cucumbers, and some kind of “magic” sauce.  For dessert I had a peanut butter, chocolate, graham cracker square – I have yet to come up with a good enough adjective to describe how good it tasted!

7. What do you miss most about being a kid?

Nothing – everything I loved about my childhood is still part of my life today.  It’s important to me to stay young at heart!

8. If you could go back in time and tell yourself one thing, what would it be?

This too shall pass.  This would have been especially useful during my teenage years.

9. You find a $50 bill but you have to spend it right now—what do you buy?

A gift card to a bookstore.  That way I can decide what books to buy later!

10. What are you doing today?

Morning: Running the track with my students.

Mid-afternoon: Teaching classes

Evening: Writing up a storm.

11. What are you most grateful for, right now?

This morning the sun was out and it was absolutely beautiful outside.  The best part is I got to enjoy it.

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c.b. 2012

Tagged Again!

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Getting tagged once was fun, but twice is even more fun!  🙂  Many thanks to Jenna Cooper for including me in another round of 11 Questions.  Her blog is absolutely beautiful and one of my new favorites.  Give her a click!

1) Redvines or Twizzlers?

Twizzlers.  Providing there’s no chocolate available.

2) With your iPod/MP3 on shuffle, what’s the first song that comes up?

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

3) What’s your least favorite book you ever had to read for school?

The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain.  It’s blasphemy, I know, but I couldn’t get through it to save my life, (and I still can’t).

4) You’re the producer for turning any one book into a movie, which do you choose?

Everything Matters by Ron Currie, Jr.

5) What’s your favorite youtube video?

The Simon’s Cat Channel as a whole, but TV Dinner is my absolute favorite.

6) Who did you look up to when you were thirteen years old?

My grandpa.  For as long as I can remember he’s shown me the value of kindness and patience.

7) Which food do you wish you could rid the planet of?

Bean sprouts.  They are so gross.

8) Why did you decide to start blogging?

After finishing my first novel, I found myself with a lot of extra time.  I still had the passion to write, so I created a blog as a way fill the void.  Since then, blogging has come to mean much more than that as it has given my muse a tremendous jolt and I’ve enjoyed meeting so many new and wonderful people.

9) Do you cry over books/movies/TV shows?

All the time.  Especially if an animal is involved.

10) What’s the one thing you believe in with all your heart?

I believe deeply in the importance being yourself.  The moment you try to be like everyone else is the moment you lose your voice.

11) Flowers or chocolate?

Chocolate.

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Due to the fact that I’ve been tagged before, I’m going to use the same questions I posed before and tag 11 more bloggers.

My Questions:

1) What book have you always wanted to read, but still haven’t gotten around to it?

2) What classic book do you feel is overrated? Why?

3) What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book?  Least favorite?

4) Where is your favorite place to write?

5) Pen or pencil?

6) What was your favorite toy as a child?

7) What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

8) If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one ability or quality, what would it be?

9) What are five songs you hate to admit you love?

10) Where is your dream destination, (or place you’ve always wanted to go)?

11) What are the top five things on your bucket list?

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Tag! You’re It!

If you choose to take on the challenge, please post a link leading to your answers to my questions. Have fun and pass it along to 11 more bloggers.

Michele Venne

Loving Arizona Living

Tattered Past

That’s Not My Table

random acts of writing (+art)

The Everyday Epic

Bonnie James

Leila Gaskin

Natalie Sharpston

Rough Water John

Sky Diaries

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c.b. 2012

11 Questions . . .Tag! You’re It!

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Guess what? I got tagged!  I’ve seen this game all over wordpress and blogspot, but never had the chance to play until now!  Many thanks to Daisy Carter, a fellow Writers’ Platform Building Campaigner, for sending the challenge of 11 Questions my way.  Her answers to the questions she received are definitely worth a read!  Give her a click!

Photo by Belinda van Steijn, Clipart.com

1) Favorite villain and why. 

Voldermort.  Aside from Maleficent, he’s the only villain that made me shiver with fear.  Both in the books and in the movies, I was afraid for Harry.

2) What’s the last book you read?

The last book I read was History by John H. Arnold.  It was the first non-fiction book I’ve read in quite a while and first history based book in even longer, (besides the books I use for teaching!).  Fact-based reading was a nice change of base, but now I’m hungry for more fiction!

3) If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

The Regency Period just so I can see the world the way Jane Austen saw it.

4) Would you rather have an unlimited gift card to your favorite bookstore or a publishing contract but never be allowed to read any other books?

I firmly believe that in order to write, reading is absolutely necessary.  While a publishing deal would be dream come true, I don’t think I could give up reading.  I’d rather keep my books and keep writing for the sheer love of it.  With an unlimited gift card to a bookstore, I’ll be set for life with all the reading and inspiration I’d ever need.

5) If you were an animal what would you be?

A kitten who has just discovered catnip.

6) What’s your very first memory?

I remember hanging red yarn across my grandma’s living room.  My sister and I were pretending to hang laundry on clotheslines, so we strung at least a dozen lines from one end of the room to the other.  I thought my grandpa was going to have a heart attack when he saw what we did.

7) Suzanne Collins, JK Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume and John Green call.  They all want you to come to their house for dinner, but all on the same night.  Whose dinner invitation do you accept?

Stephanie Meyer.  Not only do I love Twilight, but her journey as a writer has always been very inspiring to me, (see The Autograph Ninja).  Besides that, she lives relatively close to me, so it would be super easy to get to her house.

8) You discover a planet.  What do you name it?

I’d call it Vantar 2 for the simple fact that it has a nice Star Trek: The Next Generation ring to it.

9) What world/nation/city/place from a book would you most like to visit?

Henry David Thoreau’s cabin from Walden.  I love the woods and the idea of gleaning wisdom from nature and solitude.

10) Here’s a million dollars.  How would you spend it? (Note: I said spend.)

I’d buy a small flat in a London suburb.  I’ve always wanted to live there and that million dollars could easily make it happen.  Anything left over would go straight to a few animal shelters that desperately need the help.

11) On which reality TV contest or game show would you be a contestant?

Jeopardy.  I don’t think I could win, but it’s the most quiet and calm of the game shows.  Plus, I’d probably learn something in the process.

Thanks for thinking of me and sending such fun questions!

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My questions:

1) What book have you always wanted to read, but still haven’t gotten around to it?

2) What classic book do you feel is overrated? Why?

3) What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book?  Least favorite?

4) Where is your favorite place to write?

5) Pen or pencil?

6) What was your favorite toy as a child?

7) What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

8) If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one ability or quality, what would it be?

9) What are five songs you hate to admit you love?

10) Where is your dream destination, (or place you’ve always wanted to go)?

11) What are the top five things on your bucket list?

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Tag!  You’re It!

If you choose to take on the challenge, please post a link leading to your answers to my questions. Have fun and pass it along to 11 more bloggers.

Callie Kingston

Stephanie Allen (My Personal Fairy Tale)

W. Chaser

Diane Gillette (Happy Writing)

Melissa Maygrove

Bridget Straub

Jenny Keller Ford (The Dreamweaver’s Cottage)

Rebekah Loper 

Susan Rocan (mywithershins)

Sara Biren (Crow River Writer)

Christy Farmer

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c.b. 2012