Tagged Again & Cool Questions

Welcome to Deep-Fried Friday! Yum. I’ve been tagged again to answer some questions, this time by The Midnight Novelist, Karen Rought.

I should warn people generally that I’m that girl who broke the chain in high school. You know, when someone sent out letters and you had to rewrite the whole thing and find seven more people to give it to or you’d have eons of horrible luck. Yeah, I threw away the letter.

Thus, I will never get oodles of good fortune, fifty-six pairs of panties, or the prayers of monks in Nepal because I’m a chain-breaker. Why? Chalk it up to laziness, I suppose.

Plus a good dose of curiosity. After all, I was promised in that chain letter that I would be bereft of joy, never experience the love of a decent man, and my girl parts would shrivel up before I reached age 30. I HAD TO KNOW: Would that all come true? I was willing to offer myself up as the test case, the guinea pig, the rat in the maze, the girl in the padded experiment room. All for the sake of curiosity.

Which is why I am not ignoring Karen’s questions, because they are curious ones. Cool ones. Wonderful questions that I’m happy to answer. So why not?

1. What book or series can you read over and over again without getting bored?

This is a hard question because I eventually get bored with almost anything over and over. That said, I might pick a children’s book. I could read Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches the Egg over and over or maybe Owl Moon by Jane Yolen or Animalia by Graeme Base.

If I had to pick adult fiction, perhaps I’d go with C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces — a fascinating retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche.

2. If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be?

I kicked around a few ideas and decided that my other dream job would be Communications Director for the Bayard/Lamb White House. I’d love to stand behind that lectern and explain the common sense approach to governance of the Foxie with Moxie team. Journalists, beware! I am quick-witted and ready to spar.

3. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life?

Have children. Don’t tell my kids, but I don’t always know what the heck I’m doing.

4. If there was one fad that you could bring back from when you were a kid, what would it be?

Leg warmers. Seriously, how cool were these?

5. Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life?

I’m of the “it takes a village” philosophy, so this one is so tough. Can I pick a Bible person? Sure, I could go with Jesus as the ultimate inspiration, but I can’t picture myself living up to the Big Man. But the Apostle Peter: I take heart from him. He had all this passion and a desire for a mission in life and chalked up numerous failures. But he never gave up. He screwed up, learned something, and tried again. That stick-to-it-iveness inspires me to keep going.

6. If you could take a trip to any foreign country RIGHT NOW, which one would you choose?

This answer has been the same for years: Israel. Yes, I know that seems crazy to many. However, having heard and read Bible stories since childhood, I do indeed want to see these places in person. I want to walk where Jesus walked.

7. What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had?

Sports. I’m a rather petite woman, so power has never been my forte. I wanted to be able to serve an ace in tennis or hit a home run in baseball. But I’m not that strong.

8. What TV show are you most addicted to?

After discussion with my husband, it was agreed that I would watch Gilmore Girls every day if it were on and I had time. I love the rich characterization, the brilliant scripts, and the quirkiness of the series. (Admittedly, the last season or two dropped in quality.)

9. If you were stuck on a deserted island, name three objects and three people you would want with you.

Thank goodness I have a family of four. I would take my husband and two children. As for objects, how about a deck of cards, a blanket, and a broad-rimmed hat? That’s a lame list, I  know. But every cool thing I could think of would break eventually or require batteries or an internet connection.

10. If you could be any animal, what would you be?

Black panther. Sleek, fierce, beautiful.

11. What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about describing yourself in Me, in One Word Only. The word I chose was passionate. I don’t have an opinion about everything, but when I do commit to something, I am passionate about it. I would have myself no other way.

Now comes the tagging part, which as I confessed earlier, I stink at. So how about 11 questions, and commenters pick 2-3 favorites to answer? (You can certainly answer more than that, if you wish.)

1. Do you like your own name? Why or why not?
2. What’s your favorite thing to shop for?
3. What was the best concert you attended?
4. What’s the last book you purchased to read?
5. Do you have any phobias? If so, what?
6. If you had to pick a color to describe yourself, what would it be?
7. What’s the strangest dish you ever ate?
8. Do you have a nickname for your beloved? Can you share it?
9. What’s something you did as a teen that your parents still don’t know about?
10. Compare and contrast the use of animals as symbols of deeper conflicts in Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and George Orwell’s Animal Farm. 😉
11. Are you a chain letter keeper or breaker by nature?

So there you have it. Answer away! And check out Karen Rought’s blog. She came up with cool questions because she’s a super-cool writer and worth following. Thanks, Karen!

A note on another fellow writer/blogger: Jillian Dodd has a bet with CJ West that she can get 5,000 comments on his blog. If she does, West will make an appearance on an upcoming MANDay on Jillian’s blog. It’s a friendly bet and I think Jillian can do it. Let’s help her get to 5,000 by commenting HERE.

16 thoughts on “Tagged Again & Cool Questions

  1. Thanks for the MANday shout out!! My hubby’s nickname is Scotty. The last two books I bought were CJ West’s, Taking Stock and Lorna Suzuki’s, A Warrior’s Tale. Something I did as a teen that my parent’s still don’t know about. There’s probably too many things to choose from, but I broke into our small town’s pool at night with a guy. A really hot guy. We had to climb the tall fence, I may have had a bit to drink, and I still have the scars on my wrists from the top of the fence.

    1. You broke into your town’s pool? I hope your fun was worth the scarring. The words “really hot guy” let me know why you did it! LOL. Thanks, Jillian.

  2. Love getting to know you better!!! 🙂 Love the leg warmers. LOL!

    2. What’s your favorite thing to shop for? SHOES!!!
    5. Do you have any phobias? If so, what? I hate spiders. And swimming where I can’t see bottom freaks me out.
    6. If you had to pick a color to describe yourself, what would it be? Duh…PINK!!


    1. I’ll kill the spiders for you. Actually, I just pick them up and put them outside.

      You could combine your loves and find some great pink shoes! While you’re at it, bedazzle those babies, Natalie. Thanks!

  3. Awesome answers and awesome questions – thanks Julie!! For my questions I’ll go with…

    2. Favorite thing to shop for? Gadgets are definitely top on the list – I love neat little things that make life more interesting. As far as clothing goes, probably dresses. I never buy them, but they’re just so fun to try on!
    5. I’m afraid of a lot of things, but one of the biggest: big bodies of water. I’m fine with swimming pools, but dark bottoms and fish give me the willies!
    11. TOTALLY a chain letter breaker. Yep, totally.

      1. Got it, Karen! I love dresses, and with the maxi craze, you don’t even have to shave your legs if you don’t wanna! 😉 Two commenters already with issues swimming in natural bodies of water. I LOVE swimming in the ocean, rivers, lakes, whatever. I just don’t think about what’s in there. In fact, I figure it’s safer than whatever some toddler did in my neighorhood pool. Thanks for the questions & answers!

  4. I’m glad to get to you know you better!

    1. Do you like your own name? Why or why not? There was a time when I didn’t because it was a very common in Brazil (I had tons of friends called Juliana), but I like it now. And it means happiness, could I wish for me?
    2. What’s your favorite thing to shop for? BOOKS (and jeans pants!).
    4. What’s the last book you purchased to read? Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass (last week).

    1. Juliana/Julie – great names! I didn’t know your name was common in Brazil. Shopping for books is a wonderful thing. I wish I could go in a bookstore someday with a $1,000 budget. Aaaah. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Loved this, especially your funny, quirky, fast-paced intro to the meme.

    I’ve never seen Gilmore Girls, but I’ve heard good things about it and am always looking for something to add to my Netflix queue. Maybe I’ll give this show a try!

  6. I had fun reading your me-me. LOL

    My 2 questions:

    2. What’s your favorite thing to shop for? Antiques
    4. What’s the last book you purchased to read? Guns and Roses (a mystery anthology presented by Murder She Writes)

    And I’m a chain breaker by nature. I don’t want to impose on anyone who may not want to “play.” I have always been one of those people who are content to sit on the sidelines just watching everyone else. I don’t like it when people take it on themselves to force me to participate. For some reason, getting a chain letter feels like someone trying to force me to participate. (And I have enough sense to know it isn’t personal. I have to coach myself not to react as though it is.)

  7. Yep, I break all chains. I can’t help it.

    Phobias – heights (there’s a story behind this, I wasn’t always like this) and I don’t love spiders.
    My favorite thing to shop for is BABY CLOTHES. They’re so sweet and tiny. 🙂

    Last of all, you saw the link to the best concert I ever went to. LOL…U2 with a cameo by Davy Jones. Just about tied with that were the Rolling Stones at Faurot Field in Columbia, MO.

    1. What’s unfair is that my dad saw the Rolling Stones in concert, not me. I’ve heard they’re great.

      And baby clothes are adorable. Thanks, Jenny!

  8. Great answers, Julie. And good for you on breaking the chain! Let’s see, phobias – claustrophobia. Can’t stand closed in spaces. Last book purchased was Lisa Gardner’s Say Goodbye.

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