February 16, 2012

TAG! I'm It!

I've been blog-tagged, which is sort of a first for me. Think of it as a get-to-know-you activity between blogs. Now that I'm 'it', I'm tasked with answering the 11 questions that have been given to me, to come up with my own 11 questions, and to tag 11 other bloggers with the questions. Savvy? This is who's to blame who tagged me: 

(be sure to visit his blog)

So these are the 11 questions that Colin chose for his 'victims subjects' (← his words, not mine):

1)  Which fictional character would you love to invite over for dinner?
Where to start? There are far too many, so I'm just going to go with one who kind of fascinates me: Saba from Blood Red Road by Moira Young. I love accents and I could sit for hours and just listen to Saba speak. One of the criticisms of this book was that it was written in a Southern sort of dialect, but I thought that made it so much better. I could actually hear Saba's voice in my head, which was awesome (and no, I don't normally hear voices in my head). Plus, she's kind of kickass.

2)  Think of one person you aren’t able to see for whatever reason (distance, availability, etc.) you would love to meet up with. Who is this person? This can be a famous person, a relative, a literary agent–anyone, as long as they are alive. 
I'd love to have an honest-to-goodness heart-to-heart with Queen Elizabeth II with no hovering security or covert purse signals to said security to get me the heck out of her presence. It would be fascinating to hear about her life from her own lips and to really understand what it's been like to be a monarch for so many years. She's a really neat lady. And she loves corgis which are so cute.

3)  Which “classic” novel do you think least deserves that title?
I'm going to have to go with Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Not only do I despise this book, I think this commentary on human nature and civilization falls short for one main reason: it's a bunch of dudes dumped on an island. For me to buy into the themes of this novel, Golding would have had to mix things up and throw in some females for good measure. Oh, and while we're at it, let's have a mixture of adults and not just teens (tweens?) and littluns. To make the point valid, I think he needs a better representation of humans removed from society. Bleh! Enough about that.

4)  If you could be any historical figure, who would that be and why?
Again, there are too many to choose from. If I had to choose, I'd want to be someone who made some kind of important impact on history: William Wilberforce. Not only was this inspiring man a philanthropist, he was was also one of the driving forces behind the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire. He dedicated his life to this pursuit and actually saw it come to pass only days before his death. If you've never seen the movie Amazing Grace, you definitely should. Like now.

5)  Where in the world would you most like to visit, and why?
County Armagh and County Monaghan in Northern Ireland and Ireland, respectively. Many of my ancestors hale from these locales and I'd love to track down info about them at the source.

6)  If you were a crayon, what colo(u)r would you be, and why?
This ended up being a tougher question than I thought it would be (for a fun time, check out this list of Crayola crayon colours). I was tempted to go with Mountain Meadow because I had this dream once... Kidding. If I had to choose just one (thereby eliminating Alien Armpit and Sasquatch Socks) I'd go with Thistle. Why? Thistles are a beautiful shade of purple, they have lovely flowers, and they are the national symbol of Scotland (read the legend here). They're prickly but pretty.

7)  Let’s pretend you have J. K. Rowling’s bank account. What’s for dinner tonight?
Because I'm a total cheeseball romantic, this is how it would all go down: I'd fly the hubby and I first class to Paris where we'd have a candlelit several course French cuisine dinner overlooking the Eiffel Tower. For dessert? Some kind of spin on the traditional but tasty crème brûlée (obviously). 

8)  Coke or Pepsi?
Definitely Coke. As in, regular Coke. None of that crap that replaces sugar with chemicals that could grow an ear on the back of a lab rat. Why trade something bad with something worse?

9)  Tea or Coffee?
Both. I drink coffee first thing in the morning and if I'm meeting people for coffee. I drink tea in the afternoon and often while reading a good book. My mom, sister, and I also like to do high tea (more aptly called 'afternoon tea' because it includes dainties and scones) when we get the chance.

10)  Think of your favo(u)rite band or song from the 1960s or 1970s. What/who is it?
I think I'm going to say Creedance Clearwater Revival (aka CCR). Who doesn't love their songs?

11)  When/if you get “the call” from an agent, who will be the first person you will tell?
My husband would be the first person I'd tell the very second I got off the phone/email. After that I'd call up my sister because she's been there for the entire journey thus far and knows my stories almost as well as I do. My parents would definitely come next (I do feel bad ranking them third).

So sorry for the length of my answers. One day I'll be able to write a post that isn't 42 miles long.

And now for my 11 questions (I borrowed some of Colin's and from the list he was given):
1)  What is your current WiP about (in one sentence)?
2)  What is the best book you've read since the beginning of 2012?
3)  If you could trade places with any book character who would it be and why?
4)  Where would you go on vacation if money was no obstacle?
5)  What is your favourite quote (it can be from a book or from someone living or dead)?
6)  What is your favourite book couple and why?
7)  If you were stranded on an island, which three items would you want to have with you?
8)  What two characters would you like to see duke it out (NB: this doesn't have to be physical)?
9)  Do you have any special talents or hobbies?
10)  Would you rather live under the ocean or in outer space? Why?
11)  What song from days gone by do you absolutely love (let's go with before the year 2000)?

... And here's where I kind of let the ball drop. I feel like I've been forcing awards on people who, while they appreciate the recognition, are really too busy to have to deal with everything it entails. I'd love to know more about all of you, and as such I'm inviting any one of you to answer these questions and then leave a link (in the comments below) to your blog. It's definitely a good time trying to come up with answers, but can be time-consuming so it's not for the faint of heart.


  1. These are great answers, Jaime (which is one of the reasons I picked you, of course--I knew you'd have fun with these questions). :)

    And I completely understand your reasons for not listing 11 people. There were a couple of people I didn't tag because, based on their blogs, I figured they might be a bit too busy (e.g., Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling... J/K). Anyway, I hope lots of people take you up on the challenge. It does take a little time, but it's fun, and a nice break from whatever you're currently doing... :)

    1. Thanks, Colin. This was definitely a lot of fun :) Another reason for not passing them on to another 11 people is that you and I have a lot of the same people as followers/that we're following. Hard to come up with others that haven't been tagged already (or that I didn't just give a blog award). I hope people take up the challenge :)

    2. Oh--and I only just noticed... 99 followers!!! So cool and exciting!!! It deserves another exclamation point.!

    3. I know, right?! I wonder who magic number 100 will be? Almost makes me want to celebrate this individual with a Book Depository giveaway. Hmmm...

  2. Fun questions/answers! Lord of the Flies would definitely rock with girls in it. :-p

    1. It might kind of be like Libba Bray's Beauty Queens meets William Golding's Lord of the Flies :-) Now that could be interesting...

  3. I would absolutely love to meet Her Majesty too! :) Great answer.

    1. She has seen so much in her lifetime. I think she's fascinating :-)

  4. I would live under the ocean, absolutely!
    My current WIP is a mostly-contemp YA inspired by the Faust myth--I won't say a reimagining, because I diverged too much. I'm actually not sure what to call it!

    1. I'm not sure which I'd choose. I can't swim and I'm terrified of outer space (which is bizarre because my current WiP takes place in space lol).

      Oo, the Faust myth. That's definitely intriguing :-)

  5. I agree 100% with Lord of the Flies. Ew, it's the worst book ever. And I'll be doing that same Will Ferrell running around in circles move if I ever get "the call".

    1. There are so many things that I find disturbing and that I dislike about that book. I had to read it three separate times for school, which was pretty much torture.

      I have no idea how I'd keep my cool if I ever got 'the call' :D

  6. Ha, love this! I've avoided Lord of the Flies so far. Now I'm off to watch Amazing Grace. :)

    1. I say keep on avoiding it as long as you possibly can. And I really love Amazing Grace. Such a great story and I'm a big fan of Ioan Gruffudd, who plays William Wilberforce :D

  7. Coke! Ireland! Great answers, Jaime... Verrrry fun ;)

  8. My ancestors are TOTALLY from Monahan county too!!!! Sadly that's as far as we know and we were told without the parish we won't have much luck. Name is Madill, at least it was after they got to America. They came in the country through Canada down into New York, eventually getting to South Dakota.


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