1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read the player’s blog.
4. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.
What were you doing ten years ago?
Let's see... gardening, working at the newspaper, easing my children into elementary school and raising a puppy. I hadn't started writing yet but I was having fun on The Internets.
What are five things on your to-do list for today?
- Watch movies.
- Do laundry.
- Take a nap.
- Make supper.
- You may have guessed today is a holiday, so there's nothing urgent on the agenda. I guess writing should be somewhere in there, huh?
- Chips. Anything salty and crunchy.
First, I'd fix up the old shack and either sell it for a pittance or give it to my kids. Then, I'd buy a historical home (fully renovated with all the modern conveniences) in the country with lots of land, and a couple of horses. I'd get up early every morning, clean the stalls, make my flavoured coffee and sit on the back deck with my laptop to write. If it's too cold, I'll move to my custom decorated writing room with its walls of books and little fireplace, and write some more. I might feed people, but maybe I'll hire a cook.
I suppose I'm supposed to say I'll give a big chunk to charity, so I pick that one that rescues retired racehorses bound for the meat market.
What are three of your bad habits?
- I interrupt people when they're talking, often trying to finish their sentences if they don't just get on with it.
- I chew my gum like a cow.
- I talk to myself.
- Antigonish, Nova Scotia
- Mallorca, Spain
- Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Pierrefonds, Quebec
- Waitress at the Zellers Skillet Restaurant. I lasted three weeks. I just couldn't handle remembering all those orders. For months after I quit, the smell of vinyl made my stomach queasy.
- Sales clerk at a camera store. I sold cameras, film and photofinishing.
- I ran the video transfer machine - a newfangled piece of technology my boss at Henry's acquired. It took VHS video of super and regular 8 films, and I added appropriate elevator music.
- I was the Advertising Department at the same camera store. The Prez gave me a list of equipment and prices, and I had to provide the artwork and advertising copy to design ads that went out to the three national newspapers three times a week. I was also in charge of the budget to buy the ad space. It was interesting and challenging at first, but got boring afterwards.
- After a six-month contract designing ads for our newspaper, I was dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Classified Department. The position was totally out of my comfort zone. Although I'm a pantster when writing, I'm a list maker at work. If I can't work my way through my daily tasks until they're finished, I'm at a loss. Working as a classified sales rep requires a lot of multi-tasking - something I'm not good at. Besides, I hate phones. Fortunately, I went to another position in the art department, so I'm content for now.
- Point of Departure by Laurie Breton
- Souvenir by Therese Fowler
- The Liar's Diary by Patry Francis
- Lottery by Patricia Wood
- Persuader by Lee Child
I don't have an iPod, but the first season of 30 Rock is playing on the DVD.
I'm not tagging anybody but it's a great meme so you're free to do your own if you haven't already.