I've done something similar several years ago on a different blog, but it feels about time to do something fun and random like this again. So here goes!
Give 11 random facts
Answer 11 questions
Tag 11 bloggers
Give these bloggers 11 questions to answer
1. I like going barefoot in the balmy seasons, but my feet hurt, so I generally wear shoes. I hope that my sis and I can fine tune our shoe-making technique to create the perfect shoe for me, and let me open up my range of activities! (Did I mention I have the greatest youngest sis ever?!)
As it is, I moderate the foot trouble by staying off of them most of the time.
2. I know how to butcher out farm animals, and have done so. So I'm a lot more knowledgeable about what it takes to break a fictional bone, or snap a fictional neck than most writers are, and when books mess this aspect up, they lose major points in my estimation!
3. I can to small talk just fine, and have done so more times than I can count. But I really enjoy a conversation when both people can get deep into exploring some resonant theme, and I can learn something new, even if it's just the other person's perspective. That is time well spent!
4. I have too many WIPs to work on... (over 20) which should not surprise any one, so maybe that doesn't really count. In other news, my new resolution is to finish more of them, stat; so I'm looking forward to accomplishing that goal!
5. I am constantly dissatisfied with my art works, but I keep trying to improve anyway. My expectations are kind of unrealistic, but my favorite style of paintings are those that look more realistic than photos, so I'm always comparing myself to that, and falling dismally short!
6. That being said, several people have placed enough faith in my to have me do art for them, for gifts and illustrations, and this is emboldening me to no end! I'm actually starting to get really excited about my possibilities of hugely improving in this area to where I can create "blow you away gorgeous" cover art. Can't wait!
7. I do not like hot, spicy foods... too much garlic powder can ruin a dish! But I love vinegar-dill pickles, and sauerkraut, which some people can't seem to understand. I guess I've just got Germanic taste-buds, not South of the Border stuff!!!
8. I have had my age mistaken to be about ten years older than I was, ten years younger, and once a sales lady said "Your sister is so smart!"
I smiled, "Yes, she is." I said, "And actually, she's my mom."
I guess I just come across as ageless... no body gets it right! ;-)
9. I have a 5.5 lb chocolate poodle who makes me smile when I'm blue, and Belgian Tervuren farm dogs who are so amazing to train, they are a joy. I and my sis have trained them (to varying degrees) and it's so marvelous to watch your work blooming into impressively obedient dogs! It's one of the things that really make me smile, big time.
10. I've tried journaling or diary keeping, but there were too many interesting things going on to stop and write them down, it seemed. I did once keep more of a "log" when we first moved to Nebraska, and that is interesting to look back on from time to time. I kind of wish I did more of it, because they're be interesting too, but I don't take the time.
11. I love looking at my carvings, which are all so miniature many of them can sit on a penny. And I carved them with a Swiss Army knife, so that's kind of an accomplishment. (Mostly out of pine, but some other woods given by a woodworking friend.)
My collection of them is unfortunately rather small, since I gave most of them away to friends as I made them. And my carving days are kind of passed at this point. But the ones that I have make me smile on the rare occasions that I run across the little box of them when we're cleaning the room.
1. What’s the last sentence you wrote in a story?
“Hey!” the serving girl hurried forward with a wave. “Hey, this girl needs help. I told her you could get her away from here… the old lady wants to hold her for ransom.” (From Thaw: Winter Queen)
2. What was the last movie you watched?
We're in the middle of the Search for the Medallion... we got halfway through last night, then paused it and went to bed. Looks like we'll have company tonight, so we'll have to wait under tomorrow night to find out if they make it out of the waterfall pool!
3. Do you have a favorite quote?
4. Favorite food?
Not really, anything with potatoes and butter is a good start! But then pasta is sooo good too, and chocolate... chocolate counts as a food, right? Yes, I guess those would be my right-off-the-top-of-my-head top three favorite foods.
5. Have you ever seen a shooting star?
No, don't think so. I spent most of my childhood with poor eyesight, so seeing anything was kind of a trial for me. On the bright side, this made me rely heavily on the other senses when dealing with people, so I've got a highly developed "sense of intuition" when it comes to meeting new folks. basically, I think I just pick up on all the subtle clues most people miss 'cause they're too busy looking!
6. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three books, which would you bring?
The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1950's edition. Those things are treasure troves of seriously useful stuff, and that's what I'd want on my side in any adventurous type deal. Like Sherlock Holmes said, knowing where to look it up is half the battle of intelligence.
7. In real life, which appeals to you more: futuristic, modern, or old-fashioned?
If you mean Futuristic, as in sci-fi? No. If futuristic, as in beyond this mortal veil, when Good shall reign supreme? Yes! Absolutely, I can't wait!
8. In fiction, which appeals to you more: futuristic, modern, or old-fashioned? (Other worlds count.)
I like them all. Especially the futuristic ones, because there are fewer mistakes... at least that jump out at me. Knowing what I know, most historical authors mess up the time period or realism pretty badly somewhere or other, and it just ruins it for me. (One recommendation: Samuel Shellabarger books, are terrific historical fiction. Read them! Start with Captain from Castile... a heart pounding adventure novel that is really factual.)
9. What’s the strangest thing hanging on your wall in your room?
Hmm... depends on you definition. If peacock feather draped off the bookshelves are strange, that might be it. If a globe suspended from the ceiling by a copper wire holder family members fashioned by hand, then maybe that. Other then that it's just regular stuff... paintings/drawings I have done, shelves full of art supplies or books.
10. What’s your favorite bird?
My favorite bird might be the turkey, 'cause it's seriously good to eat. Or it might be the dove, 'cause those are so, so elegant and beautiful in every movement. There are a lot of flashy, colorful birds too, but once you go there you could be lost a long time! Oh! What about the Cock o' the Rock? Totally orange bird all over! Very pretty.
11. Robin Hood or King Arthur?
Robin Hood, hands down. I read the book as a teen, the real old fashioned book with the Olde English wording and it captured me in a way few books have. "Out upon thee, scurvy varlet! A murrain take ye!"