Now, apparently I have to answer 11 questions from each of these ladies, and I am supposed to disclose 11 facts about myself.
Here are my questions for you:
How many books (on average) do you read each year?
I’m not reading as much, now that I’m writing, but I probably read about 25.
What’s your zodiac sign?
What would you consider to be your greatest achievement in life?
I represented a 30 year old man who had been institutionalized since he was 14, and had never had a lawyer fight for him. I told him his case was triable, and we tried it. He got the only Not Guilty he had ever gotten, and his social worker cried with him as the verdict was read. I was proud that I could do this for him.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
British Isles, to see friends on Jersey and the Isle of Man, and on the mainland, and to visit my ancestral bailiwick, Alsop-en-le-Dales.
What do you enjoy more, watching TV, watching movies or reading? Why?
Reading. There are many more worlds for me to find in books, and they excite my imagination in a way that performers never can. Books are my friends.
Have you ever won anything? If so, what was it and how did you win it?
I once won $400 at the lottery. It was far less than I ever spent playing the darn thing. I no longer bet.
What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?
I was rear-ended twice, ten years apart, by two different men, both of whom hit me going in excess of 30 mph while I was legally stopped in traffic.
Would you want to be famous? Why or why not?
Yes and no. I value my privacy very much, and don’t want to lose it. But I would love people to know my name as the writer of good fantasy novels. It’s a double-edged sword.
Have you ever read a book that once you were done you had to read it again right away? What was it? What made it so great for you that you had to read it a second (third, fourth…) time?
When I got the last Harry Potter book, I was home by 1:30 am, and had finished the book by 7 am. I slept about four hours and then read it again. I read it the first time to find out what happened, I read it for the second time to find out why.
What is your favorite beverage?
Do you prefer hot or cold weather? Why?
You shouldn’t ask this when our temperatures have been so far below normal this year. I’ll say hot. But if you ask me in the summer I’ll say 55 degrees is about right.
Who or what inspires you as a writer and as a human being?
As a writer, I have been inspired by Jane Austen, Patricia McKillip, and Charles de Lint. As a human being I have been inspired by Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the current Dalai Lama.
What motivates you to get out of bed every morning?
The cats want their breakfast!
If you could change one thing in your past, what would it be and why?
I would not have married right out of college. I was too young to understand what I was getting myself into, and I didn’t marry a person who was transparent or particularly honest.
If you were a superhero, what would be your power(s) and why?
I wouldn’t be one. I like to think that I have been a regular hero in my life for some people, as people have been heroes to me. We don’t need special powers to be heroes, we need compassion, empathy and a giving nature.
What’s a moment in your past you are now able to laugh at but couldn’t at the time?
If you could live anywhere on Earth, where would you choose and why?
Where I am, Burlington, Vermont. Because it is home.
What’s your biggest worry right now?
That people won’t like my books.
What is your best physical attribute?
I have long white hair.
What is your best characteristic?
What is your worst characteristic?
Do you remember your dreams? How does that affect you (or not)?
I have vague recollections only, like a sense of deja vu, and sometimes I clearly have related dreams a few nights in a row, and then I can almost remember them.
So, now I have to give 11 facts about myself.
I was 5’9″ when I graduated from high school.
I was 5’10” when I graduated from college.
I was 5’11” when I graduated from law school.
I was measured at 6′ when I was 30, but am only 5’11” now.
I run around the Burlington Writers Workshop in slippers I knitted myself, either my psychedelic Mary Janes or my sock monkey slippers.
I am mentor to an eight year old girl in a reading program at my local elementary school.
I have four cats, all under the age of 3.
I am allergic to penicillin.
I broke my arm a year ago slipping on ice that my landlord did not remove from the mailbox area.
I write Double Dactyl poems, and am over halfway to having enough to publish a volume of them.
Four of my poems will be published in the 2015 Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop which will be launched on April 3.
Okay, now I’m supposed to nominate 11 bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.
Here’s the deal. I only know a few, and I’m not likely to put any of them through this. Not even for an award. The buck stops here. A friend whose blog is Alfred’s Almanac started a new award this past year called the No Strings Attached Award. That’s the kind of award I like. Unfortunately, he has more than 200 followers so I can’t give him this award anyway. But there are too many strings attached to this award, and the paucity of candidates for the award is shown by the similarity in the lists of the two women who nominated me. I am not alone in being nominated twice. For all I know, I’ll wake up tomorrow with more nominations. It has got to stop.
So thank you, Renee and M.J., for the nominations. Here are my answers to your questions, and 11 silly facts about me (even if I fudged the numerous height ones).