“You’ve been tagged!”
Those were the words in the mysterious message I received from Claudia del Balso. I visited her blog to learn more, and discovered that this is a way to meet other bloggers and to introduce interesting blogfolks to each other. Of course, there are rules to follow:
1. Post the rules. 2. Tag up to eleven bloggers by posting links to their blogs, and let them know. 3. Create eleven questions for the people you’ve tagged. 4. Answer the questions your tagger posed for you. 5. Have fun!
Thanks, Claudia, for tagging me, and including me in some fine company. I’ve been checking out my fellow tagged bloggers, and enjoying each one.
I’m tagging nine bloggers who probably all know each other already. It can’t be helped.
J.A. Pak: The Writing Blog
D.D. Syrdal: Filling Spaces
Mark Stratton: AGGASPLETCH aka Radio Nowhere 1
Melissa Dominic: Broken Nerves
Magen Toole: Eonism
Christina Nguyen: A Wish for the Sky
A. D. Joyce: Sweepy Jean Explores the Webby World
Fabio Fernandes: The Cogsmith
Quirina Roode-Gutzmer: The Mind’s Eye – Der Himmel des Geistes
Here are my eleven questions for the bloggers I’ve tagged:
1. When did you start your blog?
2. Do you blog often, or is it difficult to find the time and inspiration?
3. What’s your favourite snack food?
4. What is one really strange thing that you would like to do or try?
5. Do you edit while you write, or write first, edit later?
6. If you could change one major thing about yourself, what would it be?
7. What’s the next book on your To Be Read list?
8. What are you reading now?
9. If you start a book and you don’t care for it right away, how many pages do you give it before you stop reading?
10. What is your favourite time of day and why?
11. Do you have a favourite style or genre of literature?
My answers to Claudia’s questions:
1) What’s your favorite classic (book)?
I have so many favourites. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulac Archipelago, Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, the works of Albert Camus, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, several works by Toni Morrison, most of Hermann Hesse’s works, The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass, Godel, Escher, Bach, by Douglas Hofstadter, Beowulf, and I can’t overlook Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and so many more.
2) Whose writing style would you like to emulate?
I don’t try to emulate anyone.
3) Have you taken workshops to hone your writing?
I’ve met with other writers to discuss the craft of writing and to listen to their opinions and feelings about my writing and how to improve individual pieces.
4) Do you have a mentor?
5) Which is your favorite cuisine?
Most Asian cuisines.
6) Which is your favorite season?
7) Which genre do you write/read?
I’m an eclectic reader. Much easier to list what I don’t read: romance, graphic novels, and a few others. I write mainly non-fiction (literary, travel-writing, and articles), poetry, and short stories (mostly slipstream).
8) If you had the chance to run off with one of your favorite characters, who would it be?
9) Which song brings you to tears?
I’m generally not moved to tears by songs.
10) Have you used someone else’s secret in one of your stories/books/poems?
Not yet! *evil laughter*
11) Do you believe in soul mates?
Yes, but so few find each other.