Question of the Day 6-4-2018

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What are five things which make you laugh?

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As for comedians –

Kathleen Madigan

Dara O Briain

Michael McIntyre

Joe Lycett

Danny Bhoy

If  you happen to watch any of the comedians, enjoy!

 

 

Question of the Day 6-3-2018

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What is the best book you have read this year?

The best book I have read this year (so far) has been The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I had been trying to read this for several years, held back by my odd habit of not reading any of the books over which people are gushing. I did, however, come across it on CD and listening to the words opened up a whole new world.

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I was prepared not to like the book. In fact, I was sure I wouldn’t like it. Not just that I’d been trying to read it and failing, but that I hadn’t even opened the cover in my attempts. How good could it be, right?

But, from the first word of the CD set, I was hooked. I found myself reaching my destinations but staying in the car to hear more.  I found myself YouTubing clips from the movie. I found myself drawn inexplicably into the world of The Road, horrified and yet never wanting it to end.

I rejoiced with each victory and groaned with each defeat. And I cried at the end.

The Road is one of those books which, if you haven’t read it already, you need to read before you take another step along your own personal road.

That’s it. Just read it.

Question of the Day 6-2-2018

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What was your favorite summer vacation?

My favorite summer vacations were always to the beach. Starting in high school and until my mother was unable to make the trip some 15 to 20 years later, our family always went to North Myrtle Beach. My parents and their friends would rent a cottage and everybody would come for the week. In high school I took a friend. In College and after, my boyfriend then hubby. Then us and the kids, too.

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I miss going to the beach for a week each summer. I miss the years which I cannot get back. The opportunities missed or just ignored. Or forgotten.

I hope, one day, to go back again.

Question of the Day 6-1-2018

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This was actually the Question of the Day for 5-26-18, but once I started thinking about the question, I realized that – in order not to be flippant – I needed to seriously think about my answer. Who do I see?


Who do you see when you look in the mirror?

I see myself, but how do I know it is really me? We don’t see ourselves as other people see us, so what do other people see when they look at me?

I know other people’s opinions shouldn’t matter, but they do. Not so much to my sense of self, but to how their vision reflects my own. Theirs will be different, of course, but I am always fascinated to see myself from another perspective. What if other people see me totally different? I don’t plan to change to suit others, but I want to change any negative perceptions. What if I am coming across as a total idiot and I don’t even realize it?

Maybe because I carry so many different characters inside, I am never sure if how I see myself is actually the truth. Who’s truth? Mine? Theirs?  Some unknown watcher?

I know I can simply ask other people, but I have found the answers are usually guarded and not helpful. Which I understand, but it still doesn’t help build the multi-dimensional construct of Me.

During the last few years, I have continued to wrestle with my image problem. In 2016, a medicine I had been taking for years was tripled instead of doubled. I stopped taking the medicine after a week because I knew something was wrong, but what I didn’t realize was how this mix-up would shape and control my life from then on. For one thing, the experience has changed my brain permanently, as much as I try to pretend it hasn’t. I can’t do the things I used to do. I used to be ultra-ULTRA-organized, but now I can barely organize myself.

Every time I thought I was over the effects, back to normal, I would realize just how wrong I was.

For the last two years, I have had a fleece blanket on my bed to lay on and a fleece blanket to cover me. I couldn’t deal with anything more than two blankets. On Saturday, I got the impulse to make the bed, sheets and all. A real-made bed. As I was doing so, helped by ever-faithful Evie, I realized this would be the first time in two years that I would have sheets on the bed.

This made me realized how changed I still am, even as this seems a step forward. I am trying slowly to get my life back together, to remember who I was before the medicine mix-up. Maybe I am not so normal after all. Maybe I will never be the same normal as before.

Maybe I was never normal.

Which leads me back to the question: Who do I see when I look in the mirror?

Who do you see?

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?