Getting to Know You Challenge

The lovely Sadje who resides over here has tagged me in a challenge which involves answering some probing questions. I presume that my answers have to be honest so this could be a tricky one but I’m not going to back down from a good old fashioned challenge so here goes:

The lovely Sadje who resides over here has tagged me in a challenge which involves answering some probing questions. I presume that my answers have to be honest so this could be a tricky one but I’m not going to back down from a good old fashioned challenge so here goes:

1. Name a moment in your life when you felt you were most courageous.   

I was going to say carrying on living without my husband or moving to the South of France but I never actually felt courageous during those times. I didn’t take my own life when I desperately wanted to because I couldn’t bear to hurt those who love me and I moved to France because I knew I wouldn’t really live again unless I made a big change but I didn’t feel courageous in either case. OK, I’ve had a cup of tea and given it some thought and I think I felt courageous when I walked across burning coals during a Tony Robbins seminar.

2. If you had to choose only one breakfast cereal for the rest of your life, which one would it be?      

I have porridge with almond puree for breakfast every morning so I guess I’d stick with that. Oddly I don’t really like porridge but I work out a lot so I eat it; just as well I don’t have a massive interest in food!

3. When have you felt the most scared? 

The day I found out that my husband’s cancer was terminal

4. If you could sing like any musical artist, who would you choose?

Lara Fabian, her voice is absolutely magnificent. For those of you who don’t know her, here’s a video for you:

 

5. Do you collect anything? 

Do shoes count?

6. If you could live inside a tv show or movie, what would it be? 

Boston Legal without a doubt (yes I still have a crush on Alan Shore)

7. Have you ever had a reoccurring dream? If so, what was it?  

A dream? No. A nightmare? Yes, two in fact. In one I was standing on top of a tiny platform hundreds of feet in the air and in the other I was being strangled. If any of you know how to interpret dreams…..actually no forget it, I don’t want to know.

8. What’s your Zodiac sign?  

Taurus the bull which is pretty much the most boring sign in the Zodiac; apparently we are: dependable, generous, down to earth, patient, independent, stubborn, self-indulgent, lazy, possessive and frugal (which doesn’t make a lot of sense if I am also supposed to be generous). I don’t have a lot of faith in astrology but I am actually all of these things except patient and frugal so perhaps there’s something in it after all.

Right, I’ve thought long and hard about who will be the one person I’d like to tag and therefore know more about and I’ve narrowed it to about 25 so I am going to throw it open to anyone who wants to take part ;O)

Lisa

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Weekend Fun!

There I was quietly minding my own business when Fandango tagged me for some weekend fun! Yes, I wondered that for a minute as well but, no, he was challenging me to answer some fiendishly difficult questions and then pass the baton on to 3 unsuspecting others. Obviously it’s no longer the weekend but who I am to deny his request so here goes:

There I was quietly minding my own business when Fandango tagged me for some weekend fun! Yes, I wondered that for a minute as well but, no, he was challenging me to answer some fiendishly difficult questions and then pass the baton on to 3 unsuspecting others. Obviously it’s no longer the weekend but who I am to deny his request so here goes:

1. What are your three favorite movies?

This took some thinking about as, due to my advancing years, I have seen many, many movies but these are my top 3:

Dangerous liaisonsDangerous Liaisons: I loved the evil machinations of the Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich, who I had a huge crush on by the way) and the Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close). For me, it was a brilliant example of the lengths some people will go to in the name of ‘love’.

Life of BrianThe Life Of Brian: I’ve watched this film about 30 times and it still makes me laugh. It was deemed blasphemous when it first came out but, damn, it’s funny!

Interview with the vampireInterview with the Vampire: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Christian Slater and Antonio Banderas all in the same film – what’s not to love!

2. Toilet paper rolls: over or under?

Definitely over. Under results in the paper going round and round and ending up on a heap on the floor – sheer madness!

3. What’s you favorite fish? No, not the kind you eat, the kind you keep in an aquarium, assuming that you don’t raise fish in an aquarium in order to eat them.

Angel fish without a doubt. The first time I saw them in the wild, so to speak, was when I was snorkeling in the Caribbean; I just said ‘wow’! This was a bit of a mistake as saying ‘wow’ necessitates unclamping one’s mouth from the mouthpiece of the snorkel; whilst I didn’t actually drown, it’s a memory that’s stuck with me ;O)

After a quick run around the playground, I’ve tagged:

Brandewulf because he’s an interesting chap and I really want to read his answers

Mike because he was one of the first people I followed and I’d like to know more about him

Ivor because he’s feeling poorly at the moment and I hope this may help to take his mind off things

These are my questions for you guys:

  1. If you were walking alone in a forest and an unarmed alien stood before you would you try to communicate or run away as fast as your legs could carry you?
  2. If you were told that all the music in the World would be destroyed save for one piece that you could keep, what would it be?
  3. Have you ever laughed so hard that you snorted [beverage of choice] from your nose? If so what was the cause of the hilarity?

There you have it guys so over to you and enjoy :O)

Thanks once again to Fandango; despite this not being the weekend, it was certainly fun ;O)

Lisa

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Hocus Pocus Questions…

It would seem that I have been tagged! No don’t worry I haven’t been arrested or anything; it was the lovely Rory over at A Guy Called Bloke  who tagged me for some Halloween jiggery pokery. This fantastic bit of fluff and fun was originally created by Kim Chance and Destiney Murtaugh….

It would seem that I have been tagged! No don’t worry I haven’t been arrested or anything; it was the lovely Rory over at A Guy Called Bloke  who tagged me for some Halloween jiggery pokery. This fantastic bit of fluff and fun was originally created by Kim Chance and Destiney Murtaugh….

So here we go with the questions:

Sarah, Mary, & Winifred Sanderson: Being a witch is hard, but so is writing. If you had magical, witchy powers what aspect of writing or what part of the process would you magically skip over?

I would have a spell that immediately brought to mind the word that I was searching for. Honestly, the amount of time I waste , staring into space while my brain rummages around trying to find a lost word is unbelievable. 

Max and Dani: What relationships tend to be at the core of your books? Friends? Family? Romance?

This would be the book that is definitely within me but hasn’t yet left the confines of my mind right? The core relationship would be the darker side of romance, the shade of grey between the black and white of good and evil ;O)

Amuck, Amuck, Amuck!: How do you approach the chaos that is drafting? Are you a plotter, a pantster, or a combo of both?

An idea pops into my head, I roll it around for a while until it has gathered enough words and then put digits to keyboard; I’d like to say that there is a plan or at least some logic but there really isn’t.

I Put a Spell on You: How do you deal with book ideas that want to pull your focus from your main WIP? (Work in progress)

Once I have an idea my focus doesn’t shift from that until all the necessary words are where they should be. Saying that, as I write short pieces or poetry it’s easy not to be distracted by other ideas, cups of coffee yes but other ideas? No.

Thackery Binx: Things aren’t always what they seem–Think back to when you first started writing to where you are now. How has your process transformed from then to now?

As my early experience with writing was in a professional capacity (I was CEO of an internet based company and wrote content), my first blog posts were not representative of me or my personality. As time has gone on I have opened up and made myself vulnerable and now I have far more confidence as a writer and far fewer inhibitions.

My Lucky Rat Tail: Do you have a writing ritual? If not, what are some of your favourite writing tools?

Absolutely! I have a very strong cup of coffee and a shower as those two things are, apparently, what my mind needs to get its arse in gear and come up with some ideas…

Boooooookkk: Favorite Writing Craft Book?

I have never read a writing craft book. I probably should but I just tend to wing it and hope for the best.

Another Glorious Morning: Do you enjoy writing in the morning? Or do you prefer the evening, like Winnifred?

Definitely in the morning. I usually start between 7am and 8am, right after breakfast.

The Black Flame Candle: What’s one of the biggest mistakes you’ve made so far in your writing journey? OR What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you cannot write objectively, the people who read your work have to feel that there is something real there. Writing without emotion is like coffee without caffeine – possible but a bit pointless.

Billy Butcherson: What’s a trope that most people hate, but you love and would like to see “come back from the dead”?

[quick Google search for ‘trope’]………[reading about literary tropes]……….[comes across trope in the urban dictionary]. Yep, I have no idea how to answer this question.

Come Little Children: Songs that give you a “hypnotic” focus when writing? I.e., fav songs on your writing playlist

I never listen to songs when I’m writing but to meditation music (often with the sound of rainfall which is ironic as I hate the rain).

Well, that got the old grey matter going and now I need to think of some nominees…..give me a minute while I have a coffee……

Right, here goes, I’m going to tag:

Lucy Brazier at Secret Diary of Porter Girl because she is actually a published writer and will therefore probably give far more sensible answers than me.

Brian Lageose at Bonnywood Manor because you just never know what he’s going to say next which is always important when you are asking questions

The Stories in Between. I can’t give you a name here because I don’t know it but I love this writer’s work; I’m hoping that he’ll answer these questions so I can learn a little more about the man behind the stories…..

My thanks again to Rory; I hope you’ll pop over and check out his blog as he’s a great guy….and a bloke.

Have a great day everyone :O)

Lisa x

 

Freedom of Expression. Tag! Attitude!

Good morning everyone, I hope you’ve had a good start to your day ;O) Yesterday, the lovely Richa, creator of fun and inspiring iScriblr, nominated me for the Freedom of Expression challenge; how could I say no to that! This is a first for me so I’m very excited and a little nervous (really hoping I’ve understood the rules!). At the end of the post I’ll be nominating 3 other bloggers who I really respect and admire and I hope that they’ll pick up the challenge. Here we go guys:

Good morning everyone, I hope you’ve had a good start to your day ;O) Yesterday, the lovely Richa, creator of fun and inspiring iScriblr, nominated me for the Freedom of Expression challenge; how could I say no to that! This is a first for me so I’m very excited and a little nervous (really hoping I’ve understood the rules!). At the end of the post I’ll be nominating 3 other bloggers who I really respect and admire and I hope that they’ll pick up the challenge. Here we go guys:

“I really hate to have to say this to you but your attitude sucks!”

The anger and disappointment in her voice was more than clear

“What do you know? You don’t know what it feels like to be me!”

She knew she was being unfair but stubbornness kept her going

“No, you’re right, I don’t, but I do love you, I just want what’s best”

She was still angry but trying hard to diffuse the situation

“If you want what’s best, you’ll just accept that I’m getting married”

The tears were coming, she was frustrated and hurt

“I can’t! He’s just not right for you. Please don’t do this to me”

Pleading now, she was desperate for understanding

“This is not about you. I love him and I want to be happy”

Defiant again, she turns away, back straight and rigid

“But he doesn’t love you………not in the same way, you know that”

She knew the words were almost cruel but they had to be said

“No, I know it’s not in the same way but I really need him”

Defiance gone she is smaller, more vulnerable, lost

“You don’t need him, you’ve got me……..Mum…..please”

She opens her arms, tears streaming, eyes begging

“He’ll never replace your Dad, you know that, but I’m lonely”

They embrace gently with mixed attitudes of hope and despair……

I am now passing the baton over to 3 wonderful bloggers:

Wendi at simplychronicallyill as, despite having to deal with many problems of her own she is unfailing kind, considerate of others and a real inspiration

Billy Mac at goodtobealivetoday because he is funny and charming and fighting his own battles on a daily basis

Darren at artyplantsman because he is a kind a gentle soul who made me feel truly welcome when I first became part of the WP family.

These guys really inspire me and I hope that they’ll do the same for you.

Lisa x