“I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.”
After spending more time editing lately than I thought was humanly possible – seriously, how is it that each subsequent round takes even longer? – my brain has decided that it needs a break from anything writing-related for the rest of the day. That means, instead of a normal post, y’all get a Q&A today. I remember filling out surveys like this all the time back in college, usually over on LiveJournal, MySpace, or Facebook, and figured it would be fun to do one on the blog, too. Here we go…
1. What is your favorite month?
Is is strange that I’ve never really had one? Different months are special for different reasons. April is when spring really starts to blossom, July is filled with the kind of summer memories that make you feel like all is right with the world (well … not this year, not by a long shot, but normally), and December is overflowing with all the love and light of the holiday season. Really, each month is great in its own way. How’s that for a non-answer to the first question? Ha.
2. What is the best candy to get while trick or treating?
As a kid, I always used to eat the Nestle Crunch and Kit-Kat bars first. Now I’m a fan of Whoppers and candy corn, and often grab a bag during the after-Halloween sales.
3. What kind of pen do you use?
The better question here would be “what kind of pen don’t you use?” For as long as I can remember, I’ve been one of those people who writes with a myriad of pens – every color of the rainbow, every kind of ink you can imagine. In fact, I distinctly remember my 11th grade AP History teacher teasing me about writing my notes in a lime green pen that was so bright-light he couldn’t understand how I could even see it. I liked using different colors, though. It helped me study. Today, I use those different colors in my writing journal. Each story gets its own. So does each character. It helps me to literally see their personalities as I work.
4. You go to a new Italian restaurant. What is your go-to order?
Same thing as my go-to order everywhere: plain pasta. Go on, laugh at me. Most people do.
5. If you could choose to have any celebrity’s hair, whose would you choose?
Hmmm … Megan Ward (for a shorter style) or Laura Wright (for a longer style). Ooh, or maybe Ellen Pompeo, especially when her hair’s all wavy. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a superpower that could give us any length and style we want at any given time?
6. What’s your favorite board game?
Scrabble! Hands down, it’s the best game ever.
7. What’s your favorite television show for each day of the week?
Monday – Dancing with the Stars
Tuesday – Dancing with the Stars
Wednesday – X-Factor
Thursday – X-Factor, Grey’s Anatomy (though this week’s episode upset me so much that I’m tempted to boycott from now on!), and Private Practice
Friday – Does General Hospital count, even though it’s daytime and not primetime?
Saturday & Sunday – HGTV (especially Bang For Your Buck!)
8. Do you read newspapers?
Yep – sometimes online and sometimes the hard copy.
9. Would you tell everyone the name of your baby before he/she was born, keep it a secret, or not choose until after they were born?
I have had a list of names for my future kids for years now, though recently there have been some new additions to the possibilities. I think I’d like to wait until the baby’s born to find out boy/girl – except that must be SO difficult, when the little one is growing inside you and you have the option to know ahead of time – but either way, I’d keep the name a secret until the baby arrived. How fun must it be to announce your son or daughter’s name?!
10. What was your major in college and did you end up using it in your career?
I double majored in Print & Video Communications and Elementary Education, with a minor in Arcadia’s Honors Program. The journalism degree is important for my freelancing, and even though the type of writing isn’t the same, I think it comes into play with my novels, too. It sounds corny, but I really believe that the more you write, the more experience you have, and the more you grow. I may have switched from writing news articles and broadcast commercials to crafting characters and storylines, but the love for it is still the same.
Your turn! Answer one – or more – of the questions in the comments, or link me to a Q&A post on your own blog!