It’s been soooo long since we had coffee! I’ve missed you! But alas, it is not possible to sit down and drink hot beverages out of pretty mugs in zero gravity. You see, Robin and I were on a space mission for the Blogging A to Z Challenge. Our theme: 3, 2, 1… BLASTOFF to Stellar Writing! Every day except Sundays we wrote and posted writing tips to help your stories lift off and reach new heights. All-in-all, it was a successful month! For the details, check out Robin’s Mission Debriefing and this list of all our A-Z posts.
Now we are back to our regularly scheduled programming, with me posting on Mondays, Robin on Wednesdays, and alternating Weekend Coffee posts between us. We’ve even got a couple guest bloggers lined up this month – Natacha Guyot, who just released the book A GALAXY OF POSSIBILITIES, and Shawn Griffith of the wisdom-laden blog DownHomeThoughts.com.
Speaking of Shawn, he has nominated WriteOnSisters for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thanks, Shawn! In this blog hop, the nominator creates original questions for the nominees. As we sip our tea/coffee, Robin and I will mull over our answers to Shawn’s questions…
1. What is your Quest?
H: I have two. The first is to be a best-selling author. Obviously. The second is to be capable of executing a kip, cast-to-handstand and giant on the high bars by the time I’m 40 (just a few years away). It would look like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x89uM45VZ_g. Admittedly, that last part (the giant) might be pushing it (it’s really hard), but dream big, right?!
R: My main quest is to raise some kick-ass kids. I know my boys have a ton going for them already, but I see every day as a challenge to help them grow stronger.
2. What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
H: What??? I feel like I’m back in high school and this is a trick question on a math test, and my answer is sadly blank. Robin, can you answer this?
R: This one stumped me for a few minutes too, but eventually it sunk in. Not much Monty Python and the Holy Grail in my house lately; I’ve moved over to reruns of other British comedy shows like Red Dwarf and Absolutely Fabulous. I’m a total freak for Patsy and Eddy.
3. Why or why not is character important to you?
H: Because I’m a writer, I immediately thought this question referred to fictional character. Then I realized you might be asking about my own character, which I don’t think about very much since I’m too busy developing my novel’s heroine’s character. Both are important to me because I believe growing and changing is an essential part of being human, but clearly I’m neglecting my own character development. Now I feel I need to go rectify that…
R: I took this meant to mean personal character, at least that’s how I’m answering it. I started dating my husband because he was the most decent, loyal and ethical person I have ever met! My choice was not popular at the time; our friends thought we were too different to make it work. Now those same friends are all divorced and working on second marriages, or in some cases second divorces. I’m reminded everyday of the value of character.
4. Is it okay to lie, even a little white lie?
H: I believe it is, though I am really bad at lying and sometimes wish I was capable of delivering a “kindness lie” but I just can’t. PS – Please never ask me if I think your newborn baby is cute.
R: I’m a mom; white lies are in the job description. Who can look down into the tear-stained face of their bloody kid and not tell a lie? When my youngest almost died two years ago, I stood beside his hospital bed reassuring him that everything would be “okay” and smiling down at him so much my face hurt for two days. But I will never lie about writing! If someone asks me what I think, they should expect the unvarnished truth.
5. What is the hardest thing you have ever had to do?
H: When I was 25, I broke up with my boyfriend of six years. According to my small town friends, I had it all – a handsome, smart, considerate man with a good job who loved me, wanted to marry me and was my best friend. But for no reason anyone (including me) could understand, I was unhappy. So I took the leap and broke it off, and discovered the life I wanted to lead – and it was definitely not marriage+kids+suburbia. The lesson: lifestyle is an extremely important factor when deciding who to spend forever with!
R: Can I say these questions? Way to put me through the wringer, Shawn! : ) I’m an absurdly private person. I don’t naturally embrace social media or instantly think of witty things to say the way some people can. Plus my kids have been cyber bullied and that makes me wary. Starting WriteOnSisters was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Running a blog is unnervingly public, and I still fight the impulse to lurk.
Wow, now you know so much more about me and Robin! Without further ado, we nominate Melissa Barker-Simpson, Sue Coletta, Sara Letourneau, and Jann Alexander. Here are your five questions:
What book, show or movie do you wish you’d written?
If you wrote fan fiction, what would you write for and why? If you already write fan fiction just say why.
What famous author (living or dead) would you most want to team up with to write a book?
If you could have one day to use a time machine to go forward or backward in time, where would you go and why?
Have you ever written anything that you wish you hadn’t?
Of course, you don’t need to be a nominee to answer the questions! Drop us a line in the comments. We’d love to get to know you better!
Thanks for stopping by for coffee. It’s been great catching up!
If We Were Having Coffee is a blog hop inspired and run by the lovely and talented Diana at Part Time Monster. Please drop by her place for coffee. You can also see what other bloggers are up to by checking out her hashtag: #WeekendCoffeeShare on Twitter.