Ally from The Spectacled Bean has tagged me for a meme. I’m supposed to answer the questions, then tag those of my readers who comment, and they can answer the questions on their blogs, and send it forward, and so on. I don’t have a problem answering the questions, though I’ll confess the book ones were a little difficult. I do have a problem tagging, because I don’t know if my most loyal commenters are likely to want to do a meme or not. Let’s start with the questions, and see where we get from there, shall we?
:: The Questions ::
Where do you do most of your writing/blogging?
My laptop computer, which Richard bought for my mom when she was moving to California. I inherited it when she died. It sits on our dining room table most of the time, though sometimes I have it on my lap in front of the computer, and sometimes Maya has it in her room writing papers for school. I put a big cushion on my lap, though, because I’ve decided that having a laptop right on my lap will probably give me ovarian cancer or something. I know, I’m paranoid.
What books were your childhood favorites?
The Little House books, The Narnia Chronicles, the Black Stallion books, and assorted books that were not parts of a series. Some favorites were: Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine, The Endless Steppe, Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl, The Forgotten Door, A Ring of Endless Light, and A Wrinkle In Time (I know, “Ring” and “Wrinkle” were both parts of series, but these were my favorites in the series’. Maybe. Maybe, actually, I loved them all.
Who is your favorite fictional character?
Oh, I know I should say Meg Murray, and truthfully, I do adore her. I could say one Taylor Greer, from Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees. She is a character who has stuck in my head for years. But if we’re being honest, I’ll admit that it’s Scarlet O’Hara, much as I fear I will lose your respect. She’s such a product of her age, racist and foolish and cruel in turn. But I love how she always does the most selfish thing when what’s at stake doesn’t really matter (coming out of mourning scandalously soon, dancing with Rhett at the fund raising bazaar, things that she has been raised to think are sins earning dire reproach), and yet, she always does the most generous thing when it matters a lot (staying to deliver Melly’s baby when she could have run, feeding the defeated soldiers as they make their way home across the south, though there is barely enough food for her family…her family, who she supports without complaining (much), when she could easily play the role of the Southern Belle and quietly starve.) She doesn’t see that she’s good, doesn’t really care that she’s bad. And she’s so immensely loyal. I love her.
What is your favorite time of day and why?
I’m not sure how to answer this one. Morning, because I have a lot of energy and I can go for a walk or whatever. Evening, because I like how the day winds down. I like cooking dinner, listening to music, having a glass of wine.
Have you ever Googled yourself and been surprised at what you’ve found?
No, there aren’t any surprises that I’ve found. Before I did the blog thing, I worked for awhile on my family genealogy, which meant going on some message boards and so on. So it’s mostly the genealogy and the blog, with some Facebook and LinkedIn thrown in for fun.
Who would play me in a movie of my life?
Laura Dern would be my first choice. She takes chances, she’s talented, and there is a resemblance.
One material possession I could not live without?
Could not live without? My contact lenses, I guess. Or my toothbrush. Boring, I know, but imagine going around with nasty breath all day, or being unable to see? No thanks.
Have you ever been naked in public?
Um…skinny dipping once when I was 19. Don’t tell Maya.
What is your dream car?
When I was younger, it would have been a Jaguar. Forest green with cream leather interior. Now, I covet a Mini Cooper. Not sure what color. Not that I’d say no to the green Jag, mind you. I am also very happy with both of our cars.
What/who/where was your first proper kiss?
My first boyfriend, Mike. I didn’t know him well at all, but my best friend was going with his best friend, so we were sort of set up together. It was in the parking lot after seeing a movie. I have no idea what the movie might have been.
Tagging: OK, here goes. I am going to go ahead and tag Nance and VGrrrl, though I don’t think memes are really their bag, baby. No worries if you ladies don’t want to play. :) I’ll tag Cherry and Issa, because even though they don’t stop by and comment often, I know they’re doing NaBloPoMo. Wait, Issa bailed. Oh well, Issa, if you’d like to do this one, consider yourself tagged. I’ll also tag Simon and Ben, because they stop by from time to time with a comment, and Jen for the same reason. If I didn’t tag you, and you wish I had, go for it. Let me know, though, because I don’t always get pingbacks…Wordpress SAYS it does, but it doesn’t.