The lovely and inspiring Lynne Fisher has nominated me for an award, thank you Lynne! Below, I’ve answered the 11 questions she set me; and then below that I’ve set 11 of my own that I’d love you (yes YOU) to answer. I’m not going to nominate anyone specific, but it would be great if any of you you felt inspired add your four penneth in the comments.
1.What do you feel is your greatest personal accomplishment?
I guess the thing I’m proudest of, that makes me happiest right now, is just that I am living life in the way that I want: doing a job I care about, spending my free time on things that are important to me, and friends only with people I love and respect.
2. What makes you feel joyful?
Writing, painting, time with people I care about, joking or connecting with just about anyone, walking fast with music playing, driving when the road is clear, when my job goes well, sushi, ice cream, gooey cake.
3.What makes you angry?
Cruelty and bullying, when people use intimidation to win an argument or get their way. On the more trivial side: my laptop has the CD drawer open button on the side just where I hold it to pick it up, so the CD drawer keeps on opening needlessly.
4.What is one law you could change if you could?
I’d legalise all drugs, but control the most dangerous ones – which I believe to be crack, heroin, coke, cigarettes and alcohol. I appreciate this would cause some ructions.
5.Where is your favourite place in the world to be?
The rainforest! The constant chirruping and calling sounds, the bizarre bugs, fungi and plants, the rain, the stars; the urgent clash and competition of life – so much energy, determination and innovation. I lived in one for a while, miss it constantly and visit whenever I can, but I’m a wuss these days and find the heat a struggle and the isolation a bit disturbing. I work with tropical plants to calm the need to go back.
6.What is it about your ‘favourite’ coffee shop that makes it your favourite?
I’m from the past, I’m afraid, and coffee shops don’t interest me. I like coffee and I like cake, so if someone takes me to a coffee shop and gives me these things I am happy, but the actual building I forget as soon as I leave.
7.If your house was on fire (God, forbid) what five objects/items would you just have to save?
Assuming all people get out? My laptop (annoying CD drawer and all), the art/writing project I’m working on, I guess some shoes and a coat would be useful. I have a load of photos/old diaries I would be heartbroken to leave, but it would take a few trips to get them out of the flat, so probably best to leave them.
8.Who would you prefer to play you in a movie?
I think, nobody famous. A homely, unknown actress with a spark in her eye and a sarcastic tone to her voice.
9.What are your strengths?
No idea really. I always try to do the right thing, until I forget or get distracted by cake. I’m good at arguing, although I suspect some would see that as a flaw. I don’t flinch when a cockroach runs up my arm (useful in my job). I have no interest in shoes (some definitely see that as a flaw.)
10.What do you wish you were better at?
Not getting lost, swimming, singing, knowing when to stay quiet, martial arts, tying knots, baking, remembering names, parallel parking, not panicking, paying attention, remembering birthdays.
11.What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned about blogging?
That you don’t blog in a vacuum, it’s more fun to connect with people than to just splurge out your thoughts and hope someone’s reading. And people on here are just surprisingly lovely.
My 11 questions for anyone who fancies answering them:
- When was the last time you laughed? What at?
- What’s the weather like where you are? How does it affect you? (In the UK we’re having a heatwave, everyone is half dead)
- What thoughts keep you awake at night?
- What conversations do you avoid?
- If you were invisible for a week, what would you do?
- What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever seen? (Things on the internet don’t count)
- If you could live the life of any character in a novel, who would it be?
- When do you feel most alive?
- You can have a penfriend from any time in history, who would it be? What kind of letters would you write?
- Do you ever feel like you haven’t a clue what you’re doing and you’re about to be found out? What makes you feel like that?
- Would you like your home country to introduce basic income (everybody gets paid enough to live on whether they work or not)? How would it change your life?
I’ve nearly finished the first draft of rewriting my book, so hopefully I’ll start blogging properly again soon. I’ve missed being on here, and many of you out there, I hope you are all doing great and life is beautiful. Even if you don’t feel in the mood to answer my questions, I’d love to just hear how you’re doing. 🙂