Blogfests are a curious phenomenon I'd never heard of until I started lurking around a lot of writer's blogs. I've always been intrigued, but intimidated by them. Well, yesterday I stumbled upon an interesting blogfest at the blog One Significant Moment in Time and was just in time to enter. The idea was to answer a series of questions, the same questions that typically are asked by James Lipton on Inside the Actor's Studio (though I admit I've never seen that). I liked the questions and I want to expand my blogging horizons so I decided to join in. Welcome therefore, dear reader, to my very first blogfest entry!
1. What is your favorite word?
Ancient. I've been a lover of ancient civilizations, particularly Egypt, since childhood. Once upon a time I thought I wanted to be an archaeologist (another good word) but it was not to be (mostly because I'm too lazy for that sort of thing). But the word ancient conjures up all sorts of delightful possibilities every time I hear it. The exotic allure of that which is gone but still leaves it's mark on the world... I can't resist.
2. What is your least favorite word?
Moist. It's one of those very uncouth sounding uncomfortable words. I just dislike the sound of it. I maintain that I am never moist, though sometimes damp.
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Music. Music of various kinds stirs my soul like nothing else. Music is capable of eliciting all sorts of emotional responses in me. The right song will put me in just the right mood and the right melody with set off an avalanche of inspiration. One of my favorite pieces of such music is Beethoven's 7th symphony 2nd movement. It reminds me of the Music of the Ainur from Tolkien's The Silmarillion.
4. What turns you off?
A lack of and/or bad logic, often combined with intellectual dishonesty. I'm with the professor from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. "What do they teach in schools these days?" Well, I wasn't taught logic either, I somehow managed to pick it up through reading and luckily had a natural affinity for it. But no one learns it anymore and it's amazing the sort of flawed thinking that goes around as a result.
5. What is your favorite curse word?
I am one of those rare people that can never curse unless I'm REALLY mad and even then I feel bad about it. It was just the way I was brought up. Cursing makes me feel uncomfortable. But I do say the word "curses" instead quite a lot, like some sort of cartoon villain. "Curses! Foiled again!"
6. What sound or noise do you love?
The voices of my children. Two of them are still toddlers and their words are precious. I especially love it when I hear them conversing together in their half English, half toddler gibberish language. And when they are all laughing together in play it's like the chorus of heaven.
7. What sound or noise do you hate?
Whale song. I don't know why, but that sound just freaks the crap out of me.
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Well, my current profession is "mother". After I finish writing my novel, I'll be trying my hand at "self published author" and see how that goes.
9. What profession would you not like to do?
Most anything else. I'm not a career type woman. I love being home with my kids.
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
"Well done, my good and faithful servant." But I've got a LOOOOONG way to go for that.
Well, now you know more about me than you ever wanted to. Now, in keeping with the spirit of the blogfest, I am off to check out the other entrants.
Edit: Whew! I actually got through all 120-some entries. That was very educational for me, as a new blogger. I saw over 100 different blogs with all kinds of different formats and looks. I got a good idea of what attracts me in a blog and I hope that will help me to gradually make my blog more attractive. I find I mostly prefer blogs that aren't too cluttered and busy and that have a more personal feel to them. I also prefer it when the blogger doesn't try so hard to sound professional and lets plenty of their personality into their blog aesthetics and posts. All in all this has been a fun experience. I found several new blogs I want to follow along with and even picked up a few new followers myself! Thanks, Nicole, for hosting.