Blogging A to Z: “Q” is for Questions

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I have a meme to fulfill, a challenge issued by a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pens comrade, Emaginette.

The idea is to answer the sender’s 11 questions, then come up with your own 11 questions and pass them along to 11 bloggers. They in turn answer your questions and link back to your site when done.

Here are the QUESTIONS Emaginette has issued forth to her eleven victims:

1. Favorite celebrity. What about them do you like best?

Toughie since I like so many, but let’s go with Tina Fey. I like her because in many respects, I am Liz Lemon, her character from 30 Rock.

2. Favorite animal, real or not. Why?

I love the kittehs. They are independent but sweet and cuddly too.

3. Favorite type of weather or climate. What do you do when it you are in your element?

I enjoy a good thunderstorm. I don’t feel guilty for being at my computer writing when the weather’s bad and the sound and light show adds a little spice. We don’t get much thunder and lightning in the Pacific northwest, though, not like we got in New Mexico where I used to live.

4. If you could live the life of anyone in a book, who would you choose and why?

This is a double-edged sword. All good characters undergo serious conflict in the course of the story, so anyone I pick will have either had an unhappy life or lived through some pretty rough times. For the sheer grandeur in scope of her story and the power of her love affair, I’d have to chose Claire Fraser from the Outlander series.

5. Who was the first character you fell in love with?

Mary Stewart wrote a book back in 1976 called Touch Not The Cat. I adored the heroine’s childhood friend, Rob Granger, in that book. I had just discovered gothic romances back then (in utero) and had been devouring works by Ms. Stewart (including her Merlin books), Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney.

6. What is you favorite food? Any special ingredient to make it taste just right?

I love really good New Mexican food, but my favorite is blue corn sour cream chicken enchiladas with green chile sauce.  Yummy! Of course I love almost all sweets but I’m on Weight Watchers so I’m not going there. Chiles (red or green, depending on preference) are de rigeur in New Mexican cuisine. Sadie’s Restaurant in Albuquerque makes a killer guaco chicken taco that when paired with a huge margarita on the rocks, is a culinary orgasm.

7. Of all the stories you’ve ever read, watched or heard, which five did you like best?

I’m gonna cheat a little bit and make one choice Aesop’s Fables–I adored those stories as a kid. To that, I’d add:  Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, The Three Musketeers, and Outlander.

8. If you were to jump into your car right now, where would you go? And why?

Probably to Barnes & Noble. They have a Starbucks and I love to get a nonfat latte and peruse the books and dream.

9. Is there a moment in your life that you would change? How would it turn out this time?

Hard to say. All of a life’s puzzle pieces are so intricately linked through chains of cause and effect. Change one and what else might suffer? I could say, for example, that I wished I’d let cute boy A know I liked him back in high school. But if I had, what of the Silverback and the two boys we have today? Would I have had a career? Would I have become a writer? It’s so random that I’d have to say the stakes are too high to gamble losing something more precious than what I would gain.

10. If you were given a large sum to donate to any cause you wanted, where would it go?

Probably to cancer research, breast cancer specifically. My mother is a three time breast cancer survivor and she had two siblings and an aunt also die from cancer.

11. Did you find this fun? Would you do it again?

The questions were very thought-provoking and made me reminisce about my life, so I’d have to say yes, I enjoyed it! I don’t like tagging other people though so I’m going to cheat on that part as you’ll see as you read farther.

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So my 11 questions are:

1. The men get asked “boxers or briefs”? The ladies answer panties or thong? (you aren’t limited to those two choices however)

2. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate?

3. Olympics YAY or Olympics NAY? Explain why for either answer.

4. If you could have been born and raised in a completely different country than your own, which one would it be and why?

5. What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read? Why?

6. If you could be an Olympic athlete, what sport would you excel at?

7. Would you rather be critically acclaimed or a pop culture phenom?

8. What superhero power would you choose for yourself?

9. Tell me a word or grouping of words that makes you cringe and why?

10. If you were were forced to give up one of your senses for a million dollars, which would you choose and why? (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste)

11. Name three things on your bucket list.

Now, for the last part of the meme…

The first eleven people to read this post are tagged!  Ha! Told you I’d cheat.

Thank you, Emaginette!

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Please be sure to visit more A to Z Blog Challenge participants today! Here’s where you can find their names and link to their blogs. The topics are endless.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

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5 thoughts on “Blogging A to Z: “Q” is for Questions

  1. Thumbs up to: Claire’s life in Outlander – Jamie is Yum with a capital Y & non-fat lattes at the bookstore.

    K, I’ll play:

    1. The men get asked “boxers or briefs”? The ladies answer panties or thong? (you aren’t limited to those two choices however)

    Really now – THONGS! Panty lines are just so unappealing.

    2. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate?

    Dark

    3. Olympics YAY or Olympics NAY? Explain why for either answer.

    I LOVE the Olympics. I feel so patriotic during the games. I still remember staying up late to watch Mary Lou Retton stick her vault.

    4. If you could have been born and raised in a completely different country than your own, which one would it be and why?

    Monaco – The citizens of Monaco have it made.

    5. What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read? Why?

    Stephen King’s Misery. It was so descriptive and creepy.

    6. If you could be an Olympic athlete, what sport would you excel at?

    Oh, this is a hard one because I am not athletic. I’ve been contemplating ordering the Brazilian Butt Lift but that would mean I would have to…you know…exercise.

    7. Would you rather be critically acclaimed or a pop culture phenom?

    Pop culture phenom – definitely

    8. What superhero power would you choose for yourself?

    Invisibility – how fun would THAT be?!

    9. Tell me a word or grouping of words that makes you cringe and why?

    “gotten” – I just don’t like that word

    10. If you were were forced to give up one of your senses for a million dollars, which would you choose and why? (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste)

    Well smell would knock out taste, right? Still, that’s what I would choose. I need all of the others.

    11. Name three things on your bucket list.

    1. Travel to the Amalfi Coast
    2. Write a Bestseller
    3. Design a line of OPI nail polish using my book titles as shade names.

    Wow – that was fun!
    ~S

    • Great answers! Not much of a “gotten” fan either. It grates. Love your idea about a line of OPI nail polish. What color would Marooned in Miami be? Sunshine-y bright or stormy dark?

      • “Marooned in Miami” would have to be a dark and stormy shade of maroon. I see “Sara’s Smile” as a bright yellow-orange. “Lusted in Las Vegas” is a bright sparkle blue. Finally, “Satin Rose” would be a deep red. See I have it all planned out! I’m just waiting for OPI’s phone call….

  2. Fun! Here goes:

    1. I love ya Claire, but I’m pleading the fifth on this one 😉

    2. Dark chocolate! My current fave: Green and Black’s 85% dark. OM NOM NOM

    3. YAY Olympics because I love watching skilled people from all over the globe, especially ice skating and gymnastics. But NAY to the rigid and persnickety rules that interfere and limit the artistry of things like skating (I’m still upset that Kurt Browning didn’t get the medal he richly deserved in ’94. I still love you Kurt!)

    4. Gosh, it’s hard to pick just one country – there are so many places in the world I’d love to see, and so many different cultures I’d love to experience.

    5. Do you mean scary as in “It’s scary how this thing got published despite doing every Don’t on the Writer’s Checklist?!” well, it’d be quite the list. 😉 Honestly, I’m not into horror at all, so I guess my answer would have to be Lovecraft – “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” and “The Colour Out of Space” always left me seriously creeped out.

    6. in my dreams, I’d be an Olympic level figure skater (I would say gymnast if it weren’t for the ballet-induced turnout that I’ll never shake). But since I have a dislike of activities which could crack my head open, in reality I’d probably have to settle on being a sprinter.

    7. Depends. Does being critically acclaimed pay as well as being a pop culture phenom? 😉

    8. Just one? OK, probably invisibility. Though teleportation would be pretty sweet. BAMPH!

    9. So many to choose from… In TV, lately the phrase “dead to me” is everywhere. Also, people who substitute a glottal stop for consonants like D’s and T’s – so “important” becomes “impor-enh”, and “gotten” becomes “gah-en”, etc. And you thought it was annoying before!

    10. I’m rather fond of all of my senses, so this is another toughie. I guess it’d probably be smell, because no way could I do without sight, sound or touch. I could lose taste, I suppose, but really, what’s the fun in that?

    11. A) See Sequoia National Park. B) Learn to play an instrument. C) Travel to as many countries in Europe and Asia as possible.

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