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Q is for (Eleven) Questions and Lonely Eleven

A to Z Blog Challenge: Letter Q       Blog Game: Eleven Questions       

Bonus at the end of this post: Lonely Eleven

I was just tagged by justjacqui2 in a bit of foolishness game called Eleven Questions. And as luck would have it, I have been tagged a second time by Mike Schulenberg. His questions are different than Jacqui’s, so I will answer his as the *drum roll* Second Eleven.

How handy. The letter Q in A to Z Blog Challenge is coming up here. I can check off two three birds challenges with one post.

And that also gives me one more item to add to my blog post on “10 Best Procrastination Techniques for Writers” (which I am putting off until May): get trapped tagged in one more blog challenge.

This Eleven Questions challenge requires three things:

  1. Answer the proposed set of questions. (Okay, but short answers they will be. I’m not seeking literary prizes!)
  2. Ask 11 new questions. (Easy. Guaranteed.)
  3. Identify 11 friends former friends blogger acquaintances bloggers who might will might answer the questions. (Okay: Sue, Mary, Ellen, George, Sabrina, Sarah, Lola, Henry, Tina, Angie, Robert. If your name is on this list, you are tagged!)

Seriously, this is sorta fun. And it did give me an idea for the A to Z letter of the day: Q for Questions.

First, I have to answer Jacqui’s questions.

1. Would you rather be trapped in a sanitarium or a Stephen King novel?

I understand that a sanitarium is a quiet resort in the mountains or by a beach where people go to rest. That sounds good to me. The beach would be fine. You think I am crazy enough to be trapped in a Stephen King novel? No way!

2. What’s the one thing that makes you smile no matter what?

Kittens, half-grown kittens, cats, YouTube videos of kitties, Simon’s Cat cartoon books….whatever, kitties always, always, always make me smile. (I wonder how my poor, non-cat-loving friend, Mo, puts up with me!)

3. What do you like most about yourself?

Do I have to answer that? Really, I don’t want to embarrass myself with the length of my list compendium catalog.

4. What is your greatest fear?

That I will get inundated with tags in the 1000 Quickie Question Quiz. I hear it’s going viral. Watch out, it might get you, too.

5. How do you want to be remembered?

I want to be remembered when my friends make plans for their next trip or cruise. I’ll be ready to go when you are. Anytime. Anywhere.

6. Where do you want to be five years from now? Ten years?

Five years: At a nice beach anywhere in the world. Ten years: At a nice beach anywhere in the world. I just need to make sure I can plug in my computer somewhere.

7. Ninja or Samurai?

Ninjas are turtles. They like beaches. So I guess I’ll go with the turtles ninjas. One problem though. I posted a video of an attack turtle giving a passel of kitties a very hard time. My ninjas have to be pacifists. No fighting with my kitties! Or else!

8. Pick two: happy, humble, famous, rich.

Happy and humble. They both start with the letter H. Happy, Humble Heck has a nice alliterative ring. (I’ll add those qualities to my catalog in question 3.) Famous and rich don’t rhyme, and they are not alliterative words. They just wouldn’t go with my personality.

9. What is your favorite piece of music? 

Recently I have been singing the Hallelujah Chorus a lot–at church, in the shower, in the car. So that must be my favorite piece of music for now. Next week, I will be singing something else.

10. If you were a fictional character, what would be your fatal flaw?

Like Colombo, being enough of a smart alec that people won’t take me seriously. Really!

11. Telekinesis or pyrokinesis? Why?

I rather like the idea of telekinesis. Maybe I could get someone (my husband?) to pick up the broom and sweep the floor or open the dishwasher and empty it.

Now for Mike’s Eleven:

1. If you could live in a fiction world, where would that be?

A world where I would have to learn a new culture and language. I would prefer to live in a nonfiction world and learn a new culture and language in Italy, Spain, or France. I’d like a little kitty there, please.

2. Fiction or non-fiction?

I prefer nonfiction (memoirs, history, travelogs), but I also read a lot of fiction (mystery, suspense, crime, historical fiction). I read a lot, but I wish I had even more time to read. My TBR pile is enormous. And even my Kindle is getting heavier with all of my selections.

3. Do you read in noisy or quiet places?

I can read anywhere. I can read and carry on a conversation. Of course, I won’t remember what you say, but no matter.

4. Do reviews influence your choice of reads?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. A good review will make me go and buy the book. For nonfiction, intriguing titles catch my attention. I recently read Indigo, In Search of the Color that Seduced the World by Catherine E. McKinley and loved it. I found it on the New Books shelf at the local library.

5. Audio books or paperbacks?

Both. I like audio books in the car. Paperbacks at the beach. My Kindle the rest of the time.

6. What was the first book you remember reading?

I remember reading all the stories in my basal reader in school–before the class read them round-robbin. Yes, I went to school a long time ago. And I loved the stories in the basal readers. Well, except for the Dick and Jane stuff.

7. Favorite author?

Poet T.S. Eliot, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

8. Classic or Modern Novels?

Probably classic novels.

9. Have you ever met your favorite author?

When I was in college, I went to Boston to an event where T.S.Eliot read his work. That’s where I met Old Possum and his Practical Cats. There was a big crowd, so I didn’t meet him personally.

10. Book groups or solitary reading?

Both. I belong to a book group in my church, and we meet once a month. I also read a wide variety of material on my own, mostly nonfiction.

11. If you could read only one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Something timeless, that encourages strong values, with memorable selections, some poetry, some prose, some biography, some history, some intrigue, maybe a few murders, maybe some philosophy, religion… Hmmm, that sound remarkably like the Bible.

Now for eleven questions to be answered.   This means you: Sue, Mary, Ellen, George, Sabrina, Sarah, Lola, Henry, Tina, Angie, Robert. Anyone else, feel free to answer! I need some new people to pick on in challenges friends.

Really, I would like to get to know you. Seriously.

  1. What is the name of your blog?
  2. What is the address of your blog?
  3. What is the logline of your blog?
  4. What is the theme of your blog?
  5. How long have you been blogging?
  6. WordPress, Blogger,Technorati, Weebly, or Hub?
  7. What do you love about your blog host? What do you hate?
  8. Which blogger challenges have you been hit with bombarded tagged with?
  9. Do you like mayonnaise or mustard with your blog?
  10. What do you wish you could do over with your blog?
  11. What was your biggest mistake on your blog?

BONUS TIME:

Now, for those of you who have hung in there this far, here is a little treat: one of my favorite Sesame Street cartoons: “Lonely Eleven,”  by Amanda Heck and Mari Jaye Blanchard.

Mari Jaye did the illustrations and Mandy (my step-daughter) wrote and sang the lyrics. Heck, it’s a good cartoon, even without cats. Really. Seriously.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBJbhu35Ejw

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14 thoughts on “Q is for (Eleven) Questions and Lonely Eleven

  1. I had no idea there was a whole other set of 11 questions floating around out there. Great job answering all of them 🙂

    • Thanks, Mike. I think the original directions (somewhere many blog generations ago) the responder was supposed to ask new questions. I think that makes the task harder. So many of us have answered various questions now, it’s hard to find newbies.

  2. Thanks for the correction. I added more to my About page, too. I’ll get to that Liebster business in May if that’s OK. No more tags for me right now, deep in revisions, too. Questions – is a good Q post!

  3. The kittens are cute!

    What is the name of your blog? Linda Adams’s Blog

    What is the address of your blog? http://garridon.wordpress.com/

    What is the logline of your blog? Writing Without a Net

    What is the theme of your blog? Still working on that. But watch the posts in the next few weeks. I’m going to be trying an experiment. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time but have not been sure how to approach it.

    How long have you been blogging? More than five years

    WordPress, Blogger,Technorati, Weebly, or Hub? Word Press

    What do you love about your blog host? What do you hate? Love – No captchas! Hate: Their current access page. It allows for quick posting, but it’s actually hard to get into the background settings!

    Which blogger challenges have you been hit with bombarded tagged with? Figuring how how to get passion into the blog without veering into privacy areas and coming up with topics.

    Do you like mayonnaise or mustard with your blog? Both.

    What do you wish you could do over with your blog? I don’t really have any do overs.

    What was your biggest mistake on your blog? That I followed the direction of many writers — try to be an expert on writing and blog how-to’s. There was a point where I was starting to think, “But how is this going to attract readers?”

    • Hi Linda, I’ll be looking for your new theme. Good luck with it. And five years of blogging. Wow, that’s great. I don’t like the quick posting page either. In fact, I try to sneak around it. I put in a title, then I “save draft.” That lets me go to the page I like to work on.
      Thanks for answering the eleven questions!

  4. Just my two bits. I wouldn’t mind being trapped in a Stephen King novel. Just as long as I’m the bad guy.

  5. What is the name of your blog? David C. Cassidy’s Blog (dull, yes, but I can remember it this way)

    What is the address of your blog? http://www.davidccassidy.com

    What is the logline of your blog? Because life is a really good story

    What is the theme of your blog? Writing (thriller/horror), Photography

    How long have you been blogging? Month or so (newbie!)

    WordPress, Blogger,Technorati, Weebly, or Hub? WordPress
    What do you love about your blog host? What do you hate? I really like pretty much everything about wordpress, but: I HATE THE FACT THAT YOU CAN’T RENAME FILES IN ITS LIBRARY. Seriously, they can’t FIX THAT?

    Which blogger challenges have you been hit with bombarded tagged with? Just learning my way around everything! No time! No time! No time!

    Do you like mayonnaise or mustard with your blog? Mustard. It’s spicy.

    What do you wish you could do over with your blog? Start it about 10 years ago.

    What was your biggest mistake on your blog? Not starting it 10 years ago.

    • As a fellow newbie to blogging, I share your sentiments. The time commitment is big, but with that spicy mustard, it becomes a little more tolerable. I started a blog several years ago, but the topic was too narrow (GED strategies), so it never went viral. In fact, it never got off the start line, but oh, well. My current blog is more fun and seems to be doing better.
      Your blog name is good…and I like your logline. I wish I could get my logline going.
      Thanks for commenting!

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