ON WRITING

“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Blog Tag - A few things about me you didn't want to know...and I'm not an alcoholic!

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I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged by my dear friend Ann Best Memoir Writer. Then I'm to tag three of my friends. Watch out!

I love connecting with the friends I've made through blogging, and Ann is one very special blogging friend. Thank you, Ann, for trusting me with these questions. BTW I can't wait for Ann's book to arrive! I have it on pre-order. Check it out in my sidebar .

Here are the questions:

If you could go back in time and relive one moment, what would it be?

Flying up the Cote D'Azur on a dazzling winter's day. The pilot cruised over the French Riveria while I was jumping up and down in my seat with excitement as I noted the jewelled cities down below after we'd cross the snowy Alps and southern Provence - there's St Raphael, there's St Tropez, there's Cannes, there's Antibes, there's Nice, there's Monaco, back to Nice. Woo hoo! I relive that perfect moment whenever I go into my dreamy travel zone.

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?

Hm, I don't want to be incredibly boring. I would like to come up with something excruciatingly funny or with shock value, but I live by the philosophy that no experience is wasted, so everything I've done, whether considered bad or good has gone toward making me who I am. (I was going to study journalism after school, but went into teaching instead. What a fantastic experience! And I studied journalism externally just a couple of years ago - who said you can't have your cake...)

What movie/tv character do you most resemble in personality?

I've always thought I was a bit like Meg Ryan in type, but I'd much rather she grew old disgracefully rather than succuming to the needle or whatever she does these days. Pressure! Pressure! Maybe I'm channelling Diane Keaton whom I also adore - 'This is my face. Get used to it!' (from the movie The Women with Meg Ryan.)

If you could push one person off a cliff and get away with it who would it be?

I'm sorry, there's no way I could even consider this. I couldn't even throw a robot off a cliff (unless he didn't do the vacuuming properly, then I might consider it, hmmmmmm.)

Name one habit you want to change in yourself.

Oh this always leads me to food and drink. I've conquered my alcohol addiction, ha ha, now I wish I could conquer chocolate, but how can I? That's asking a bit much!

I'm adding a disclaimer! Some people have taken me literally, whoops! No, I've never been an alcoholic. I've just cut down my one glass of wine a day by half by adding tonic water, big drinker that I am! You can hold off the AA books for now...thanks for your concern...that's what I get for being a joker!!!

Describe yourself in one word.

Kind.

Describe the person who named you in this meme in one word.

Inspirational.

Why do you blog? Answer in one sentence.

I originally started blogging when I returned from overseas travels in 2004 and wanted to write about my experiences with the view to writing a travel memoir/narrative in the future, but of course now I blog because I love the friends I've made and I learn so much and this had to be a very long sentence.

Now I have to name at least 3 people to send this meme to and inform them. I have so many lovely bloggers I could pass this onto, but I'll pass it onto 3 Romantic Friday Writers who have supported me in mine and Francine's latest project of getting romantic flash fiction out there on a regular basis.

kittiehoward

Joy Campbell

Laura Bambrey 

Looking forward to what you have to say, ladies, and everyone else who'd like to tell me about themselves. How would you answer these questions?



31 comments:

  1. My dad and I drove up the French Riviera back in 1998. It was nice, would have been nicer if we hadn't been sick of each other already :P

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  2. We're similar in that we both believe no experience is wasted. Hmmmm, Meg Ryan. Interesting. I would love to see the world like you have, how exciting!

    And I don't think I could push anyone off a cliff, either.

    This was fun to read, thanks for playing along :) Have a great week!

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  3. I blog because I wish to connect with others.

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  4. It was enjoyable reading about you. Well it's so true, we all blog and then make blogging friends. Thanks for giving more insights into you!

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  5. Congratulations to Ann!

    I'd LOVE to go to the French Riviera. There are so many placed I'd love visit.

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  6. We already knew you are kind. Wouldn't it be fun to go back in time and change something. I'd do it. Where to begin?

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  7. How I miss travel. *sigh* Someday I hope to return. The French Riviera is lovely. I also love Italy. Thanks for sharing these answers with us.

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  8. How lucky you are to have been to the French Riviera.

    I find the image of a robot flying off a cliff kinda funny!

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  9. I'm with you on not changing the past. I think we've all had bad things happen and we could so easily say we'd change the events that led to them. If I did that, though, I wouldn't be the same person.

    I like your description of yourself. So true.

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  10. The past is the past. Yet, I'm with Faulkner who said: The past isn't dead, it isn't even past. There is truth in this too.

    I'm so glad you responded to my tag so I could learn these details about you! (I just sent you an email.) I adore Diane Keaton, too. And Meg Ryan. So if you see yourself a bit like them--no wonder I responded to you! LOL

    Oh, that stunning picture of the French Riviera. I picture such scenes that I've seen in my mind, too. Maybe now I can see this one, but not of course the way you do. It looks SO awesome!

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  11. Kudos to you for overcoming the alcohol. I hear that's a beast.

    And I agree with Stephen. We can tell you are kind, and I don't even hardly know you. ;)

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  12. Great learning more about you, Denise. I think you're more than kind. You're a really good person!

    Thanks for the tag shout-out. I'd love to play along, this Friday when I post.

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  13. Most don't know who they'd push off a cliff but as a mystery writer, I probably would push a few characters off and see if the murderer could get away with... well, murder. Great answers.

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  14. Hi, Denise,

    Congrats on being tagged. Sorry I haven't been around. Trying to sort my life back in Chicago, and now I'm coming down with a cold. I guess the severe temp change did me in.

    Good luck on the Romantic FLASH FICTION. Thanks for thinking of me. I am really not a romantic writer per-say, but I might give it a whirl not this Friday but next.

    I have a guest spot coming up this Friday that I need to answer questions for this week.

    I'm glad I got the time to drop by and say HI. I've missed visiting.

    Michael

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  15. Life's too short to cut out chocolate :0)

    Great post.

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  16. I love Meg Ryan too. I must admit, there are times I get concerned for you when I read a post and then I realize it's all a joke. Such a tease!
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

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  17. Lovely answers - Oh the riviera, divine! Thank you for sharing more about yourself.

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  18. Great answers! And the The French Riviera looks gorgeous.

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  19. Hi All: Thanks for the comments. I'm working my way back to you. Sorry for those I've upset by my joking around.

    Denise<3

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  20. Now I want a robot maid. :) It was fun to learn more about you.

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  21. your chocolate needs you, Denise :P

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  22. ...I've read countless Blogger questions in my time, but the one about pushing someone over a cliff? Yeah, awfully curious who came up with that one. Loved your answers, L:)

    EL

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  23. I loved you answers!
    I have to say I particularly your one word description of yourself!

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  24. I love reading about blogger friends and loved your sense of humor:)

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  25. LOL! Great to read your answers. I could see the tongue in your cheek when you wrote about alcohol before i read the disclaimer and I admire you for having no urge to throw anyone off a cliff. ;O)

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  26. I love your sense of humor. I love blogging because of the connections we make with others. And also because I learn, I get to be creative, and I observe so much more in nature and around me than I otherwise would.--Inger

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  27. How would I answer these questions? The same way I do almost everything: not at all seriously.

    Though now I want to go to Cote D'Azur (and eat a bunch of dark chocolate). Thanks for sharing, Denise!

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  28. AT least some of you get my sense of humour. Phew, that's a relief. I was not happy to think I had to be straight at all times!

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  29. Here I am visiting you!! It's fun to know more about you :) Someone tagged me but it was when my internet was down and I now I don't know who it was.

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  30. Please check out short story slam and join us on next Thursday.
    Bless you,
    Love your blog and writing talent.
    xxx

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  31. What great answers! I am now DYING to go to the French Riviera - gorgeous!

    And I'm with you - couldn't even push a ratty vacuum off a cliff.

    The tv/star is a hard one... I'd like to aspire to Lorelei Gilmore. Her wit and here-I-am-world attitude is awesome. :)

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