Maylee’s Questions and #ROW80

One of my favorite fellow ROWers, S.J. Maylee, honored me with a Sunshine Award and the 11 Random Question meme. S.J. has been so helpful to me in both encouragement and accountability. I feel with her the kind of camaraderie that makes A Round of Words in 80 Days and the writing community so beautiful and beneficial. Thanks, S.J.!

I answer her questions below.

What book had the biggest impact on you as a kid? Well, that would be the Bible. But I’ll pick a fiction book for this question: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. That was the first book I remember reading that showed me how a story could place you in a whole other setting and you could understand someone else’s experiences through their eyes.

What is your favorite time suck? TV shows. I used to love watching movies, but there are quite a few wonderful shows now that I find myself wanting to keep up with. I did finally pare down my must-watch list a few weeks ago.

If you were in a movie who would you like to star with? The actors I would most like to star in a film with are dead. R.I.P. Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis, et al. While I’m tempted to name some amazing actress like Meryl Streep or Judi Dench to watch them work, I think I’d rather have fun on the set. How about starring with Will Smith? I just think he’s a cool guy.

OR I could star with Kevin Bacon, thus closing my three degrees of Kevin Bacon to one!

What is your favorite past time? That’s a hard question because it depends on my mood. I’m pretty much always happy to be singing or reading, though.

What is your favorite drink,  it can be Alcohol or non-alcohol? Coca-Cola in a glass bottle with pure cane sugar.

Tell us three things about a favorite character you’ve created. Annie Lewis was my first main character (from Grace & Fire, a mystery). She’s also addicted to Coca-Cola; is fascinated with fire; and possesses a six-year-old secret that could wreak havoc if discovered.

Which author influences you most as a writer, and in what way? Dr. Seuss. No, really. There’s something about how Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, was able to get an important point across while engaging in whimsy (e.g., The Grinch, Yertle the Turtle) which reminds me that stories can be both profound and fun.

What was the first thing you remember writing? I wrote a poem when I was 9 years old:

Sweetly sings a mockingbird
In a green-leafed tree
He sings a song I’ve never heard
The mockingbird and me

What is on your bucket list (things you want to do before you die)? When I turned 40 (a few years ago, thank you very much), I wrote a list of 40 After 40–forty things to do in my life after I reached that milestone. Here are a few items from that list:

  • Travel to the “Holy Land”
  • Host a costume party
  • Ride in a limousine
  • Sing the national anthem at an event
  • Shoot a real gun
  • Own a gazebo

If you were to write a “Thank you” note to someone you’ve never actually met, who would that be and why?

I had to think on this one for a while.

David Auth, Ph.D., inventor of NovaSure. Look it up, if you really want to know. Let’s just say that his research and development improved my daily life.

Your favorite TV show? I’ll give two: Castle because I love mysteries, I love Richard Castle’s personality, and the tension is great; and Hart of Dixie because I can relate to the urban girl, but I love the characters in this small Southern town with that quirky feel you got with Northern Exposure or The Gilmore Girls. In both of these shows, there is also a terrific supporting cast of characters.

That was fun!

ROW80 Update

Editing: SHARING HUNTER, young adult contemporary novel.

  • Complete full rewrite. Progress on the first couple of days, then nada, zip, zero.
  • Revise using Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS system. Not yet.
  • Deliver to beta readers. Waiting on first two above.



  • Write two short stories. Wrote some, but not on short story. Still a thumbs-up for writing.


Non-writing goals

  • Exercise twice a week. Gotta get back into this one this week. My injured calf muscle finally feels a bit better.
  • Sort through photos and complete at least one album. (I stopped scrapbooking five years ago, and it’s piled up into a big mess. Moving into digital albums.) Took more photos over the holidays! Here’s the view from Mount Magazine in Arkansas:

So what are you writing? And how’s the view? Give me the lowdown on your progress and find other ROWers HERE!

12 thoughts on “Maylee’s Questions and #ROW80

  1. Aw, you’re so sweet. I’ve so enjoyed cheering you on. Glad you had a chance to answer the questions, it was fun. Coke as you describe it is my hubs absolute favorite. I love Coke too, but I don’t have a preference. Even though I’ve been on the healthy journey now for over a year, coke is still a regular drink for me, however my portion size is much smaller these days. Castle and the Hart of Dixie, cool. I watch them both too, but I’m still not caught up on Grimm, boo.
    You moved forward in a crazy holiday week, good for you. Thanks for sharing the great picture. Take it easy this week on your calf, ease into it and listen to your body. I don’t want to read next week that you’ve re-injured it. Okay? 🙂 Have a good one.

  2. Fun to read your responses to those 11 random questions — and to find a ROW80 update. Thanks for the reference to Margie Lawson’s “deep edits” (I looked her up. Do you use her colored markers?). Your comments are well organized, helpful, and you ARE making progress.

    1. What I’m finding about Margie’s method is that it’s worth highlighting at least for a while. Once I started seeing my tendencies with the colors, I was better able to edit on screen to what I needed to do. I also think that once I’ve edited for a while with her tips, I will start writing the first draft with more punch. For instance, I can already tell that I’m “backloading” sentences with power words more. Hope that helps!

      Thanks, Beth!

  3. LOL I had the same edition of Little House as a kid! It’s hard to get to the writing with all the holiday distractions. I managed to finish my NaNo book – 4000 words short! So I’ll be going in to flush out some dropped threads now, rather than waiting until revsion. Have a great week, and good luck with yours!

  4. Love the LHOP series and Hart of Dixie is on my DVR every week! I also love Gilmore Girls & Northern Exposure. I wonder if it’s the small town thing? I grew up a military kid so I think I’m curious about it. 🙂

  5. I loved reading all of your answers! They were really interesting. And I have to know about the fact you’re still only three degrees away from Kevin Bacon? That’s awesome! Also loved your poem, so cute (and really good for only being four lines!). I agree about Dr. Seuss too – profound and fun. It’s something I really want to work on.

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