The magnificent Shannon Noel Brady over at Pointing Telescopes has nominated me for The Sunshine Blog, which is why you all get this strange and spontaneous post. I’m still not entirely sure what The Sunshine Blog is BUT I had a fun time answering the questions and then coming up with my own. Here are the Sunshine Blogging rules, according to the other posts I’ve seen:
Step 1: Thank the lovely person that nominated you.
Step 2: Answer the 11 questions aforesaid lovely person asked you.
Step 3: Nominate some other folks and ask THEM eleven new questions!
One: What’s your earliest memory?
I don’t have a distinct earliest memory. My memories started around age four, and so I have a whole mess of them jumbled together from that age. Here are several:
Pretending to be Belle by borrowing my mother’s little blue Bible and a hand-basket to carry around the house, imagining I was about town.
Being afraid of the neighbors’ dogs. Not because I didn’t like dogs, but because they barked so loudly it hurt my ears. I loved riding my tricycle on the wooden deck behind the house, but only if I was sure the neighbors’ dogs weren’t going to come out unexpectedly and startle me.
Sitting in a child-seat on the back of my father’s bike as he and I rode through the neighborhood to visit the library.
Two: What kind of hat best represents your personality? Any kind! Top hat, jester bells, a sombrero… (Even if you would never wear it in real life.)
This is my lampshade hat. Someday, I intend to install a little bulb and a pull chain in it, so I can turn a light on every time I have a cool idea.
Three: What’s something that other people are fine with but totally bugs you?
Eating pancakes without putting butter on them first.
Four: Something that you’re fine with but totally bugs other people?
Five: Favorite dessert?
Chocolate chip cookies. My mother has this amazing recipe and anytime I make them I think, “Ah, yes – nine dozen cookies should last me a loooooong time.”
But no. They never last long at all.
Six: What’s the one sentimental item (not a living creature or practical object like a phone, etc) that you would grab from your burning house if you only had time to grab one thing?
The cross-stitched quilt my grandmother made and gave to me before I left for college.
Seven: Favorite animal when you were 6?
Horses. Hasn’t changed.
Eight: Favorite pastime when you were 16?
When I was 16, I lived on my parents’ farm and while I enjoyed many things: long walks through the fields and bike rides over country roads and writing club and our small-town library and work at the family shop and gardening, my favorite pastime was to sit on the front porch swing after dark and listen to music on the Walkman CD player. I’d watch the wind in the spruce branches and the fireflies dancing down by the creek, and I’d imagine strange universes and epic battles and magical characters.
Nine: You’ve just met a stranger. What’s something that would make you immediately like them if they started talking about it? (BESIDES books or writing, that’s too obvious!)
Old movies. (Think Hatari, Singing in the Rain, The Great Race, Ben-Hur, Charade, Laura, and The Wizard of Oz.)
Ten: What’s your computer wallpaper?
Something Star Warsian.
Eleven: Invent a superhero persona for yourself!
I already have a superhero persona: she is called “Shadow” and she is a ninja-type crimefighter, usually sidekicking for her best friend, who is also a superhero.
And we’re done! In order to pass this on, I will nominate Angela’s Anecdotes, The Excited Writer, and Isabel Mae. And now, your questions:
- You are feeling sad and think losing yourself in a story will help. What story cheers you up?
- You decide to listen to some music for inspiration while writing. What kind of music is this? Alternatively, you decide silence is the best inspiration. What sort of silence do you like best?
- Who (or what) is your favorite monster?
- What’s something that appears in stories that makes you groan and think, “No, no – not this again“?
- What’s something that appears in stories that makes you grin and think, “Yes, yes – this! More of this!”?
- What is one thing you like or enjoy that you never expected to like or enjoy?
- You get to design your ideal writing-space. What’s it like?
- What’s the last book you couldn’t get through? What made you quit?
- Your television sometimes comes to life and sucks you right through the screen. Which show do you wish you’d end up in?
- On a dark night, you decide to carry something with you for self-defense. What is it?
- The zombie apocalypse everyone jokes about has finally happened. Where do you go?
Thanks again, to Shannon at Pointing Telescopes.
Have a lovely night!