"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats."
- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Am I the only one who has categories of friends? You know, you really like A and you really like B, but you know if you ever get A and B together, fur will fly, heads will roll and the countdown to world destruction has started.

Tameri Etherton is not one of those friends. I could get her together with anyone else I know and not worry about the outcome. She's hysterically funny and smart as a whip and honestly true and will suck you into her funny-smart-cool-honest universe in the best possible way.

This is her birthday week, and this is her blog: A Cup of Tea and Sorcery. She's playing a game of Get-To-Know-Me and has tagged everyone who tunes into her blog. Here are the rules:

  1. You must post the rules. (check)
  2. Answer the questions and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged. (kind of check, I’m using the same questions)
  3. Tag eleven people and link to them. (again, kind of check. I’m opening this to everyone. It’s Tameri's birthday week, so I'm following her lead.)
  4. Let them know you’ve tagged them. (consider yourself tagged!)
If you could live in a fictional world, where would that be?
Probably Alice's Wonderland. When I was a kid, I enjoyed thinking about what life would be like on the other side of the mirror, or if the house was upside-down. As much as I am organized and logical, I romanticize the topsy-turvy life.
Do you read in noisy or quiet places?
I can read anywhere, as long as people leave me alone to do it. Yes, that includes noisy places, and even while I'm watching TV. The worst place for me to read is actually in bed. I can't concentrate for some reason.
What was the first book you ever read?
I'm sure I don't remember - my mom used to buy me these weird books about children and young animals (puppies and colts) where the moral of the story was always about being happy that you're normal. Gah, who wants to be a happy normal? The first book I REMEMBER and took to heart was Call of the Wild by Jack London. Even though it ended sadly, the adventure was worth it.
If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Waaaa! Don't make me choose! Can I have The Lord of the Rings trilogy?
Favorite author?
Difficult choice. I'm all over the map, stylistically, from Willa Cather to Dean Koontz to James Thurber. And then there's Ray Bradbury and Erma Bombeck and Raymond Chandler and... forget it. I don't play favorites with my children either - oh, wait, I only have one of those.
Do reviews influence your choice of reads?
Only if they are in-depth examinations of what worked and what didn't.
Fiction or Non fiction?
Have you ever met your favorite author?
I've met Ray Bradbury, which was a real treat. And, upon meeting Val McDermid, I blurted, "I love you!" Which is awkward, since she's gay and I didn't mean that kind of love.
Kindle or Paperbacks?
Either. I don't care about the delivery mode, just the words.
Classic or Modern Novels?
Classics - if you include pulp fiction as "classic."
Book Groups or Solitary Reading?
Believe it or not, I've never been in a book club. I'd like to try it someday. In the meantime, I'm a solitary gal.
OKAY, it's your turn, if you want. I'd love for everyone to play along, because I'm uber-curious about everyone. If you do this, leave me a comment with a pointer to your blog, so I can go find out what makes you tick.
In the meantime, I'll leave you with a Merrie Melody about books.

1 comment:

Tameri Etherton said...

Oh geez! I'm totally blushing like a Geisha on her first tea service thingy. You are way too kind.

Love your answers! I'm always so curious about people, too. I hope everyone plays because it's a little like peeping into their lives.

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