Questions from Shannon:

1. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Arrogance.  Plain and simple.  Humility goes a long way.

2. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


“Oh, patience is a virtue!”  Really?  Patience doesn’t get me any closer to the job of my dreams and it doesn’t put chapters on the page.  Patience does nothing but make me sit quietly while I get older.  Determination.  Perseverance.  Unflagging resolve.  Kindness.  Those are virtues I stand by.

3. On what occasion do you lie?

When it matters.  Like when my friend had cancer and her eyes were dull, skin hanging from her cheek bones, and all that remained on her head were the few strands that chemotherapy let her keep.  She asked me how she looked.  And I told her she looked just fine.
 4. Which living person do you most despise?Words

Johnny Damon.

 5. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I talk all the time and when I’m not talking, I’m writing.  I overuse every single word and phrase I can think of.

From Nicole:

1. If you were mute and you had to introduce yourself to another person using only a photo or painting, what images(s) would you use?

The photograph from Napatree Point that is the header on my blog.  Muted blues, ever-churning sand, a path leading to my favorite corner of the ocean in this world.  I’m not sure if it would convey everything about me in one fell swoop, but it would give someone the most treasured measure of my childhood.  That’s something.

2. As an author, what is more important to you: your personal satisfaction with your writing OR the number of people your words reach? Tell me why.

I’m assuming that you made the “or” in all caps so I couldn’t cheat and lay claim to both (damn it).  My personal satisfaction with my writing is important.  What I write – every single word of it – means more to me than how many people read it because it is a part of my soul (whoo, dramatic).  HOWEVER, if what I write remains locked in a cabinet forever, it doesn’t make me an author.  It doesn’t make me a writer to anyone but me.  I want this to be my career.  I want to make a living as a writer.  So who reads it matters.  And that’s okay, because by the time my words make it to someone else’s eyes, it’s passed my personal scrutiny.

3. At the moment, what is your greatest challenge? How do you intend to rise above it?

I need a new job – badly.  I am working diligently to find employment that fuels me to work hard and appreciates my creativity and ambition.  Medical insurance and my desire to not engross myself in another meaningless financial job fuels every morning of every day.  I won’t stop until I have this issue resolved.  But it is a daily challenge.  I look forward to when I have another task to focus on.

4. If you could go back in time, just briefly, what time period would you visit? Why?

I would visit the year I turned five years old, so I could remember one beautiful afternoon without diabetes.

5. What is your favorite part of your own body? Why?

My hands.  Small.  Nails haphazardly filed.  Cuticles slightly mangled.  Fingertips rough from vigilant bloodsugar testing.  A strong and calloused writer’s bump on my right ring finger.  Two cheap rings I bought at a little shop in Watch Hill.  White and soft in the winter, tanned and strong in the summer.  They exemplify how hard I work at everything.

Julia’s Litany O’ Queries to be answered in another post because otherwise, this post would have scrolled on for all eternity…  and I’ll give five to the first five, per protocol.  🙂