Answering Questions…

So, these questions come via Teresa of the Haunted Wordsmith, and I came across them on Melanie’s blog Sparks… Go read her answers, they’re interesting, as always. 🙂 

What is the strangest/awkward name you have read in a book? I’ve read many many books in my life times — thousands of books.  Those have had many strange names in them. I also have a bad memory, especially for names. I can’t recall any of those names now. 

What is the first thing that pops into your head when you read/hear “schweddy’s balls?”  That someone has made up a swear word. Like “Good God!” or something. 

If you could shrink or enlarge any animal to dog size so you could have it as a pet, what animal would it be?  A bear. Though  a bear might be just as bad at dog size as they are bear size. But it might be interesting to have a miniature bear. 

What is the worst thing someone could do to you at your funeral?  Attend a funeral for me.  I don’t want one. I want a wake. I wish to be cremated and my life celebrated, rather than my passing mourned. 

You’re walking in a graveyard checking out the names on the headstones, and come across your name…what’s going through your head?  That someone else had my name and they passed on. If you google my name, this one and my former, you’ll see that I’m not the only person with this name around. It wouldn’t be impossible to find a gravestone with my name on it.  It might be curious about it for a moment, but that’s it. The only thing that might be creepy would be if it bore my name, my birthdate, and a death date in the future, and “Loving wife of Doug ___” That would be creepy. 

What is one book that makes you go fan girl/boy?  I don’t do fan anything.  

What is the oddest name/nickname you’ve ever been called? “The other one”. As in “Are you [my sister’s name] or the other one?” That was my pseudo nickname throughout high school. I wonder if other identical twins have the same one?

Have you even been mistaken for being the opposite sex?  Not once ever. My hips are way too wide.  Oh, online I have been. Apparently I have a masculine way of “talking” online. But I don’t know if that counts. 

How many chickens would it take to scare you?  There would have to be a lot of them and they’d have to be acting strangely. Chickens really are not that frightening. 

If they started making blankets with spider silk, would you buy one?  Spider silk is strong, but it’s also sticky — which is how it catches flies. I can’t even imagine how they would make blankets out of it. If they succeeded in making one that was strong, warm, and not sticky, yeah, I’d buy one… so long as it wasn’t too expensive.

If you could replace one body part with a younger version, what would you replace? My back. I’d like a back that doesn’t hurt all of the time. 

You have the power to switch characters in a book…which two characters would you swap and why?  I tend not to rewrite other people’s works, so I will leave all characters where they are. 

Have you ever relieved yourself in public (not in the woods/camping/hiking)? Outside of camping and hiking? I cannot remember doing so. I have a vague recollection of a parking lot many decades ago and being drunk… but it’s fuzzy and may or may not be reliable.

If there were no ethics, what experiment would you like to conduct? I am well past my experimenting days. And ethics will always be a thing.

Holiday books or holiday movies? Which holiday? What are we talking about? And honestly I don’t think one medium is better than the other no matter what. It depends on the author of the book and/or who is making the movie. Some movies are pretty good no matter what holiday we’re talking about, and some books will tug at the heart strings.  And then there are bombs in both mediums. So yeah, I don’t really prefer one over the other. 

The Devil's Panties's portrait.

What is the creepiest thing you have ever heard someone say?  So, it may not be the creepiest thing I’ve ever heard anyone say, but it’s the first thing that came to mind with this question… When I first moved to Virginia back in the 1990’s, I lived with my dad for a while. This was back in the age of answering machines. And one day I came home and this message was on the machine: Hey Willow, listen, we all hope that some day you’ll become a decent person. It was creepy because I didn’t recognize the person’s voice who left it. I didn’t know who “we all” was, and I didn’t know what they meant by “decent person.” 

What holiday gift would you give the following characters: Hannibal Lecter, Jigsaw, Freddy, Jason, Michael Meyers, the Nun?  I’m assuming you (question asker) mean some kind of winter holiday gift.  I don’t give winter holiday gifts to anyone but my immediate family. And while I’ve heard of some of these characters, I only know one them — Micheal Myers. And why in the world would I give him a gift?  What has he done to earn one? 

What is the scariest thing that has happened to you in December?  I ended up in the hospital almost dead from complications of pneumonia and bronchitis — this was back in 1996 or 97. It’s also how I found out that I have asthma. I spent two weeks in the hospital before I left against medical advice — because the longer I stayed in the hospital, the longer I spent away from work… no work = no pay. Plus I had no insurance, and… yeah. Anyway, not being able to breathe was pretty frightening.   I was going to mention my psycho ex trying to kill me, but that was the end of November, not December.

I like breathing, breathing is good

If your high school English teacher met you today, what would they say about your blogging?  Well, I don’t even remember my high school English teacher, so I don’t know.

What blogger would you like to swap sites with for one day?  I like reading other people’s blogs. I don’t really want to write any of them. 

8 thoughts on “Answering Questions…

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  2. purpleslob

    Oh no!! “The other one” sounds so depressing! Sadly, I had to relieve myself on road side when I was pregnant. There were too long stretches between rest stops!! That answering machine message WAS creepy!! The strangest name in a book was in a Harlequin, when the writer completely switched the heroine’s name midway thru. I really think 2 different people write it, or different personalities! It was very disconcerting!
    Oh definitely the back!! With a strong back, I could better ignore the knees and hips!


    1. Willow Post author

      I used to read Harlequin romances a long time ago. I wrote one as well, when I was about 20…. I wrote it by hand, gave it to a friend of mine to type, and never saw it again. hahahaha! I wonder if she ever sent it in under her name?

      You mentioned that two of your relatives are twins. Ask them if they ever got “the other one” as a “nickname”. Weirdly, my sister wasn’t every asked this. So she claims. ^_^

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      1. Melanie B Cee

        Unless it was Winnie the Pooh. Now HE isn’t frightening at all, and they’ve actually miniaturized him. (whimsy speaking out there)… Bears COULD be (theoretically) cuddly IF you could separate them and their bearish natures. But what fun would that be?

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