Question of the Day 5-25-2018

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Are you a Clutter-Freak or a Minimalist?

It depends on what day and time and month and week you ask, but overall I am a Minimalist. I wasn’t always one, not even close. In the last 6 – 10 years, however, I have purged my entire life and continue to do so. I used to be a Clutter-freak of Clutter-Freaks, almost as bad as my Ex. You note I said almost. When I cleaned out his crap after the separation, I discovered I was not in the same Clutter-Freak class as him, not by a million miles. He left all his clutter to me, by the way. Thanks.

Since then I have purged my life of most of my clutter. I used to have thousands of books, in ever crack and corner and shelf of the house. I have since gotten rid of 95% of the books, keeping only the ones I love enough to read again. Even so, every few months, I purge the books again, getting rid of more. My question now is, do I love this book enough to keep it in my house? Do I want to look at it or do I want to just remember it once it is gone?

Most of the time when I get rid of a book, I don’t regret the loss. If I do, as has happened maybe once or twice, I just find it online and buy it again. In this day and age of on-line bookstore, Ebay, Half.Com and Amazon among endless others, there are few books one can ‘t find just by looking.

As I said, I purged my entire house. I pulled everything from the attic, sorted, tossed and then put the remainder back up. I sorted and purged Christmas items as I decorated and undecorated. The same with all the other holidays.

The only thing in my house which hasn’t been purged, is my model horse collection. I have sold some, but purging no. I’m not to the place where I can do that yet. Maybe one day. And, if not, I have a friend in the model horse world who will sell my collection once I am gone so my family doesn’t have to deal with the issue.

Right now, I am living in the Clutter-world of my kids, who definitely take after their Father more than me in this regard. And they bring their clutterness out into the neutral parts of the house.

My oldest, however, is getting ready to move out so I am hoping I can tame the Clutter again. It doesn’t help that the contents of her room are now taking shape in my living room, waiting for June 1.

Wish me luck in re-claiming my house back from the Clutter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Question of the Day 5-24-2018

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If you had to wear a warning label, what would it say?

Mine would have to say:

Warning – Danger Ahead!

Why? Let me count the ways.

  1. I am an author. See below for dangers associated with such a profession.

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2. I am an English Major (substitute Grammar Police).

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3.  I am just generally crabby at times.

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4. I am an introvert so I have no interest in being with anybody else 24/7/365. You will not be the most important person in my world.

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5. I am an introvert. Again, I feel no need to see/phone/text/or anything else with anybody else 24/7/365. Get used to it.

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6. I have a sense of humor that most people either don’t understand or don’t expect coming from me.

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Any questions???

 

 

 

 

Question of the Day 5-23-2018

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Right now, I am a half and half person. I want to be a morning person. I like getting up early and getting things done. The obstacle to this great goal is I go through phrases when I can’t go to sleep at night. Then I wake up late and on and on and on.

I am in the middle of one of these phrases right now. I can’t go to sleep until late. I  wake up late and have no time to do more than shower and dress for work. When I get home from work I have, at most, two hours to eat, feed the critters, walk the dog and do anything I need before I take my medicine at 7:00. When I take the medicine, I am wiped out and unable to do anything, but, of course, sleep.

Getting up late also means my goals of writing for an hour and exercising in the morning are going nowhere.

I know I am bitching and complaining and should, instead, be searching a solution. I just haven’t found the right one yet.

So, as of now, I am a half and half, half-morning, half-night. It will be interesting to see where I wind up.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

 

 

 

 

Question of the Day 5-22-2018

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Have you even fired a gun?

I am not a gun-person. Yes, I might like to learn to shoot, just in case, but I have no wish to own a gun. I am not a hunter. I don’t have a problem with hunting for food, but I do have a huge problem with sports hunting. That is another topic for another day.

I don’t understand gun freaks and I am not sure I want to. I’m not a believer that all guns should be banned. That’s ridiculous. And impossible. But I do believe that gun owners shoulder the responsibility to use their guns wisely and to prevent them from falling into hands which should not hold them.

Just today, I was reading a story about a toddler (2 years) who was accidentally shot by her/his older brother (4 years).

Read that again. A 4-year-old shot his younger sister/brother in the chest with a gun which must have been readily accessible. The 4-year-old ‘thought’ it was a toy gun.

The toddler died.

I cannot even imagine the pain on that family. I don’t want to imagine it. I don’t want to know. I don’t want to even pretend I understand in order to write a poem or a story about the accident.

This, for me, is the reality of guns.  Some people say it isn’t the gun which kills, but the person holding the gun. Well, that 4-year-old has no concept of the gun as a real weapon. Even thinking it was a toy gun, a 4-year-old is too young to understand the reality of life and death. Death means never coming back. A 4-year-old can’t grasp that.

And, not only a 4-year-old. I’d say that well into their twenties, many people don’t comprehend the concept of death as forever.

And, once the trigger is pulled, it’s too late.

Game over.

For every child or adult who will be killed by a gun in the next 24 hours….. please don’t let their lives be ‘Game Over.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question of the Day 5-21-2018

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 What compliments do most people give you? Do you agree?

I have had many people tell me how nice I am, but I don’t always feel nice. Not as much anymore, but I used to feel like a fake. I couldn’t understand how people couldn’t see how fake I was. I remember standing there wondering how the heck they could all be so blind. Then again, back then, I felt like a fake most of the time.

 

 

 

 

Question of the Day 5-19-2018

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 What might an author do to turn you off their books forever?

Simply stated, kill off a favorite character. Killing characters is a plot device like many others, a way to move your story forward and up the stakes in your reader’s hearts and minds. I know killing off a character can make or break a story and I respect any writer’s right to do what they will with their own characters.

Character death is part of being a writer, but there is a limit to what I, as a reader, will accept.

Take Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series. I loved those books. Note the past tense. I couldn’t read them fast enough or praise the author high enough for the plots, the characters, the humor, the mysteries. Everything. I loved everything.

Until, she killed off my favorite character.  I haven’t read a single one since. In fact, I’ve gotten rid of the rest of the books in the series because I am not going to read them.

The character? Kisten Felps.

And before you say anything, I know his death was part of the plot and its meaning will probably be explained.

The truth is I don’t care.

He’s dead. I’m gone.

The Grant County Series by Karen Slaughter is another series which, for me, ended abruptly. When Jeffery Tolliver dies, I was, first, kicked in the gut by his death and betrayed by the author for killing him off, then, once over the shock, done with her books. I know why Ms Slaughter killed him off, but that doesn’t matter. His death went too far for me and there is no coming back.

I have tried to read some of her Will Trent series since, but I just can’t trust her enough to get lost in the story. I am always waiting for the other shoe to fall.

I just don’t feel safe reading her books anymore.

Are there any authors whom you have stopped reading because of something which happened in one of their books?

 

Question of the Day 5-17-2018

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 If you could change your name, would you? To what?

I’ve never really thought about changing my first name. As a teen-ager I probably hated my name – Connie – and loved other names like Sarah, but I don’t remember wanting to make the change.

In fact, I like my entire name. Connie Gaylord Swift Knotts.

If I had to change anything, I would drop the Knotts and go back to my maiden name. I seriously thought about gong back to my maiden name when I got divorced. The reason I didn’t was my kids. One was just starting college when we separated, the other was in High School. They were both so confused and hurt and angry about the divorce, that I didn’t want to make it harder. Frankly, I don’t think I could have dealt with anymore right then myself.

I still think about legally dropping the Knotts, but it doesn’t seem to matter as much any more. If I did change my name, it would be for my writings to be authored by CG Swift, not CS Knotts.

Then again, I’m not really sure it actually matters.