Two weeks ago I answered the questions by IM Fletcher and Deb who asked me related questions about my flight attendant days. Click here to see their inquiries and my responses.
Last week I answered questions about my Swiss background initiated by BereavedSingleDad, Cupcakecache and Joni of Home Place Web. To see those questions and answers, click here.
Remaining questions will be addressed on future Mondays so don’t despair if you haven’t seen yourself mentioned yet. There were 16 people in total who asked me things, and I did take my time to respond accurately and honestly, which you can imagine does take some time.
So here is the next group of questions:
Week of August 12 – part III: Questions about personal likes, social media and inspiration
Question by Alien Resort
Q: Do you like broccoli?
That’s the short answer. The longer answer (because I am a WRITER of WORDS after all) is that I prefer broccoli in raw, or very lightly steamed state. I like the crunch. I will however eat broccoli if it’s softer and mixed in with pasta or rice (risotto), but I may not purposely choose that dish in a restaurant. Broccoli soup is ok too, but again, I prefer the veg raw.
Question by WalkerCynthia of Making Peace with the Wrong Side of 40
Q: What’s your favorite color?
A: Green. But not all greens! 🙂 I like the sage-y, herby greens, and the deep, forest greens. Not the minty ones, like the hospital waiting room greens, or the pastel, baby ones. Not a fan. I like bold, bright or nature-inspired colours. I also like the blueish tint in green, like the aquas.
Question by Joan Enoch Writes
Q: How are you getting on with your memoirs?
A: I’m not. Boo. 🙄
It’s an interesting question because I thought my trip to Switzerland in early July, where my memoir story begins, would ignite the desire to continue. But it didn’t really do that. I think it will still come, but my brain is almost in overload right now. I get the distinct impression that I need time to decompress, and process, the trip, before I can tackle that memoir story again.
I have been writing oodles of other stories though, and even have a nom de plume, so who knows what lies down the writing career road for me. The memoir may or may not be a part of it…maybe I won’t even write it as a book but simply publish it online. I just don’t know yet.
Question by dfolstad58
Q: Do you have a favorite quote? Or two?
A: I like a lot of different quotes and not all of them are made by celebrities or dead poets or politicians or what have you. But one I like to revisit every once in a while is this one:
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
I tend to get down or depressed fairly often, and then the pessimism starts to take hold of me. This quote redirects the energy flow back to where it should be (or at least makes me aware that I’m on a downward spiral so I can attempt to stop it).
Questions by Walter
Q: What is your opinion about social media?
A: I like it. 🙂
I think social media can be a very good thing for people who can use it respectfully and with common sense. For me, a GenXer, it’s crucial to know my way around social media because I am raising young teenagers and I feel like I am better equipped to guide them, and keep them safe, by knowing my way around the social networks. But I also love it for myself. It is an outlet for me to express my creativity.
Q: Social media or blogs, what’s your preference?
A: Well, anywhere where I can write is where I like to go. For me, the blog(s) (I have several) have a weak spot in my heart. I’ve been blogging for 10+ years and still feel very fortunate to have such a fun and engaging community in my pages.
Q: Are blogs also a social network?
A: Yes. Some people prefer to write for the sake of writing and their aim is not to chase after stats (followers, likes, numbers). I am more drawn to the community aspect, the dialogue, the conversations. This is how we exchange information, perspectives and opinions. I have been fortunate so far that I have not had many trolls to deal with.
Q: Do you think they’re both similar or have differences?
A: Some people use twitter, instragram and other apps to expand their reach. For example, if you post a blog post and would like a larger audience to receive your latest post, you could simultaneously publish it across other social networks like twitter, facebook etc. Quite a few people do this, and I sometimes do too (with twitter mostly).
I have found that my audience in twitter is very different than my audience on my blog (or in facebook, tumblr, instagram or other places) so I have stopped cross-posting occasionally.
The blogs allow for more words to be shared. This is the part that is attractive to me.
The other apps have other focuses – instragram tells the story in pictures and fewer words (generally), twitter is more about links or very short sentences, pinterest is also more about picture, tumblr has its own life, youtube focuses on video clips etc.
So they share the main similarity – tell a story – but do it differently depending on the app.