“I’ve been working on this for hours now… It’s too much to find questions and people (that would be like 100 people if I did these correctly) to tag in it. So maybe I’ll go with a cop-out and say “Hey, if you want to answer any of these questions, then go ahead! I nominate you!”
– Life of Chaz
Wow! Reading Chaz’s award catch-up post, I realize just how many of these are buzzing around out there. I confess I was tagged once and didn’t respond in any shape or form, even to say ‘thank you’. I still feel guilty. It happened just as I was screaming around the house getting ready for a rare family vacation, and at the same time was retreating mentally, which meant I probably wouldn’t respond to anybody online for a long while. I’m not sure what that was about, and it’s years ago now. Perhaps I can make up for it a bit?
From Chaz’s post I picked out 15 questions I could answer, along with a couple of short lists at the bottom.
1. What qualities do you like most in others and why?
A gentle sense of humour, genuine interest in others, patience and tolerance (though not loud and confrontational… I mean a quiet understanding of people with a willingness to listen and think).
2. What qualities do you like most in leaders and why?
Direct and discreet honesty. Supportiveness; tolerant sense of humour. Strength and determination (obviously!) but no blind arrogance.
3. Describe one moment in your past that you would say changed your entire life.
Becoming more aware of people outside my little bubble… I won’t say how that happened. 😛
4. What qualities do you look for in a friend?
Kind sense of humour, predominantly positive outlook, friendly patience, chattiness and responsiveness (though I don’t require that they write every day — life can be too disruptive!) A good conversation is balanced between two people… if it’s too one-sided, you feel frustrated and unheard, and the friendship is likely to founder.
5. What’s your favorite book?
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien — I read it four to six times AND it was first to mind, so I really have to nominate that. There are other frequently read and loved books too, but I’ve only been asked for one…
6. What advice would you give a new blogger?
I’m not much of a blogging personage, but I believe in caution. We don’t have the protections professional journalists do, so I’d say everyone on social media should read Blogging and Tweeting Without Getting Sued (Mark Pearson).
7. Are you a book person, digital person, audio person, or combo person and why?
Combo without the audio. I’m too deaf to listen to audio books. Amazon probably can’t understand why I never respond to its emails about the audio books I could download! eReaders are amazing because you can have access to a huge library without cluttering up your house with paperbacks or visiting the library. The town library doesn’t even have a smattering of what I could read on Kindle. Yet I have a big collection of books in print… cookery books, textbooks, some poetry, art and photography books, comic books and some old sentimental paperbacks.
8. Do you have a particular reading spot?
A solid and comfortable Parker Knoll sofa protected by a bright throw, with my feet up on a huge padded footstool. It’s also my favourite blogging spot.
9. Who is your all time favorite author?
Tove Jansson. Does that contradict The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) as ‘favourite book’? Well, I’ve thought about it, and both my answers are still the same.
10. What’s one insecurity you have about yourself?
My speech is very, very quiet and I pronounce a lot of things wrong (born severely deaf). I hate speaking, so clam up if I’m not comfortable with someone or in a particular situation. I’ve been amazed, on the other hand, how I can prattle away at a total stranger, one I’ve taken to for no reason that I know of… other than that I like them and they seem kind.
11. What’s one exotic animal you wish you could have as a pet?
Albino hedgehog. I don’t know if that counts as ‘exotic’, but it should.
12. What is one thing you can’t live without?
I’m torn between iPad and wheelie shopping trolley…………
13. What’s the best thing you’ve learned or experienced from blogging?
What my own writing strengths and weaknesses are. Also that the vast majority of people are kinder than you fear. 🙂
14. If you’re not blogging what are you doing?
Cooking, laundry, housework, shopping for groceries, feeding the cats, taking the rubbish out and putting out bins for the bin men, walking outside with camera, reading other people’s blogs, having coffee in town, chatting with friends, listening to music, watching TV or DVDs, reading the news, watching YouTube videos (mostly about Brexit), writing in my private diary, composing the odd weak haiku, editing photos and (when I have time, which I haven’t lately) digital art.
15. What’s the last record/album/mp3 you bought?
I bought two together — Rumours by Fleetwood Mac and 1989 by Taylor Swift.
‘One Lovely Blog’ tag: Share 7 facts about yourself.
1. Aargh! The Mini-Beast is here. (Snow whirling past window).
2. I hate excessive swearing and sudden bodily references (e.g. ‘he has balls’ or ‘all that shit’) because they genuinely distract me from the point that’s being made. 😛 I’m not a prude… it’s partly because it points to strong negative emotions, so when you feel that someone is angry or aggressive, your brain promptly clouds up and you want to retreat. Message lost.
3. I have brown eyes.
4. My best friend at university said she can never ‘read’ people with brown eyes, whereas it’s always clear what people with blue or grey eyes (like herself) are thinking. I’m not so sure about that, because people have a horrible habit of knowing exactly what I’m thinking without me saying a SINGLE WORD! Phweee.
5. A recent discovery in the local supermarket: stonebaked wholemeal pitta breads. They aren’t big tough ones… they’re soft and full of flavour.
6. In my blog’s side bar are the posts I’ve recently liked… more about that further down.
7. We’re having chicken, carrot and courgette bake for supper tonight (homemade, of course!)
‘Listicale Tag’; prompt given: Top Five Favorite Villains (in no particular order):
1. Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman’s character in The Fifth Element)
2. Bill (Oliver Twist)
3. Any villain played by Alan Rickman, like in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves
4. Count Olaf (as played by Jim Carrey in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events)
5. Gru (Despicable Me)
Blog posts I recently ‘liked’ in WordPress:
This isn’t a tag, though you can run with it if you like. 😛 I mentioned it above as one of my ‘facts’. I read and ‘like’ so many posts that they must disappear quite quickly. By tonight, the five at the foot of ‘Posts I Like’ in my sidebar will almost certainly be gone:
1. Other People’s Lives (Strange Codex)
2. Being Preachy Doesn’t Sell (James Harrington’s Blog of Geek and Writing)
3. A Short Analysis of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s ‘The Rainy Day’ (Interesting Literature)
4. The Part of Me (MW the Mermaid)
5. Dealing With Anger (Discovering Your Happiness)