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If you've been reading my blog for any time, you know that I love memes, quizzes, prompts, anything that gets me thinking and writing about things I would not have thought of on my own. I can't remember where I saw this because I've had the questions in a draft on my computer since April.
1. What is your favorite book? Why?
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It isn't just Shelley's writing, though I certainly enjoy how the story unfolds but I love what this book has brought into my life. I love the weirdness and the madness and the questions it raises about intention and creation. It's a novel I've read numerous times and each time, something new emerges.
2. What song brings you back most viscerally to a moment in your history? Where does it take you?
There are oh so many songs that snap me right back to a certain time and place. I've written about a few before. "One Headlight" by Wallflowers takes me to a night on the river with my friends, a night that involves everything I can imagine about being in my twenties, about long weekends, about summer and having very little responsibilities. I remember singing loudly to this song as we crossed the bridge on Friday and a little more quietly as we sang on the return trip on Monday, as we returned to reality, I suppose. There wasn't anything particular about the weekend that I remember; It just recalls for me all the quintessential Mobile summer nights, my skin hot from a day in the sun, drink in hand, watching one of the guys we hung out with chase a girl around the yard, G's brother sulking in a corner, smoking. I remember the air, thick with the promise of rain, the way that it turns cool in mid-August if you catch the breeze just right on the water. I remember thinking that I never wanted THIS, to end. There's a part of me still there, on the edge of that river, toes on the shore, refusing to move. My shoulders are burned and each time my hair hits them, I shiver.
3. Who is your favorite character in fiction?
I wrote a bit about my literary heroines last year and I'm going to stay true to that list and say the first character who came to mind: Brett Ashley from The Sun Also Rises. Here is part of what I said then: Brett knows herself; she knows her mind and her heart is too easily changed. She knows love is difficult and life is even harder. She makes the most of it and I refuse to fault her for that.
4. What is your favorite food? What about foods you abhor?
Lately, it's been goat cheese. I really love blueberries this summer, too. I really, really don't like onions.
5. Are you a morning or a night person?
I used to be much more of a night person. My mother says I never wanted to sleep, afraid I would miss something. I love a cool, fall night somewhere you can see the stars. But as I've gotten older, I've begun to appreciate the morning more. But I'm still grumpy and annoyed in the morning; I don't know that I'll ever truly convert to being a "morning person" but I'm no longer a night owl, either. I'm more like an afternoon person. Around 4, I really start to get energized. Of course, my schedule is entirely screwy now that I'm in a different time zone and not really in an established routine.
6. What is your default font when you write on your computer?
7. How many siblings do you have?
1, a brother who lives in north Alabama with his wife and adorable daughter
8. What season do you like best?
Fall, without a doubt, as seasons go. I like the Summer because it means a break in my work schedule but I don't love it as a season. Fall is where it's at for me.
9. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A racecar driver and then, a writer.
10. If you practice yoga (even sporadically) what is your favorite pose?
I used to do yoga more but when I practice now, I especially enjoy one of the stretching poses, bounded angle I think it's called.
11. When was the last time you cried?
A week or so ago, while watching a movie
12. When was the last time you laughed?
I laugh a lot. But I laughed really hard at a silly text message exchange a few days ago. Thinking of it now makes me smile.
13. What technology/device would you not want to live without?
That's a tough one. I suppose I could cheat a little and say streaming technology. I love that I can stream Amazon and Netflix movies and TV shows through my PS3 and I would never survive without Spotify.
14. Red, white, mixed drink or beer? What's your go-to?
I don't drink alcohol much anymore. I like red wines like Shiraz, especially. I'm not a huge fan of beer but I'll indulge with Strongbow cidar every now and then. My go-to mixed drink is So-co and Cranberry. Don't judge me.