I'm not new to talking, sharing ideas, or stating my opinion, especially stating my opinion! After all, I taught elementary school for 30 years! However, my audience has typically been smaller,just family, the classroom, or just talking to myself!

My blog has two goals: be an outlet for sharing thoughts on writing children's books and the path to publication (got my fingers crossed that I'll get there) and a place to chronicle my journey of losing my sight. Sometimes I imagine these two paths will overlap .

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Write From the Soul

Picture courtesy of http//lydiakang.blogspot.com
      A Late Start to a Day of Blogging 

Sometimes I discover great blogs and great ideas a day late. This time, I hit it on the exact day. One Significant Moment At A Time is having a blogfest today. While I might be late to join the fest, I can still participate in the fun. The following questionnaire has been used, frequently, on the program, The Actor's Studio, but it was originally developed by French journalist, Bernard Pivot for his television series.

Who knows....maybe you'll learn something new about me. Or yourself when you think about the questions.

What is your favorite word?    

 Friendship is one of my favorites. Having friends and being a friend is part of my essence.
 What is your least favorite word?

Intolerence. I find it upsetting when people are intolerant of the differences between us. 
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Music can really activate the creative side in me as well as the spiritual. Usually it's quiet, peaceful music but I've been known to find rock n' roll and Motown songs to be a spiritual experience!  

What turns you off?

Bullying. It's. Just. Not. Acceptable. I dealt with it personally as a child and as a teacher, I was compelled to help students who suffered through it.  

What is your favorite curse word?

I wouldn't say I have 'a favorite', but but I use sh*t the most frequently. (I know... bad girl.)  

What sound or noise do you love?

The sound of a young child laughing. Just writing about it makes me smile. Who could be mad when a toddler giggles?! (Okay, so now you know I'm a teddy bear.)  

What sound or noise do you hate?

Screechy sounds on a chalkboard *shiver*. Oh, and when I was younger, the sound of a teakettle whistling endlessly drove me crazy. Now? Not so much.  

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Well, I've been a teacher for many years, I was a pharmaceutical sales rep, now I'm a writer. Hmmmmm.... I once fantasized about being a professional dancer. 'Course that was 30+ years ago and *%#^ pounds ago!
What profession would you not like to do? 

Although I greatly respect these professions, I could never be a doctor, nurse, police officer, firefighter, coroner, or mortician. Blood, guts, and dead people creep me out.  

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Well, I'd just be glad to talk with my Dad again. I miss him a bunch. However, if the Big Guy or Girl were to meet me and make a statement, I'd like to hear that I lived a purposeful life and helped others. I think that's a good way to close out the book.

Anyone care to share a few of your  responses to these Qs? 


  1. Hello! I'm thrilled you decided to sign up for the blogfest and that I got to discover another great blog. It's wonderful to meet you!

    Bullying is on my radar right now, with a son in middle school. Such a hard thing to witness and tackle.

    Loved your answer to #10 -- these have been my favorite responses to read!

    Thanks again for playing along!

  2. I loved the dancing comment...I wish I could have had lessons as a child! I also write for children and am learning about the world of publishing.

    ~Carla @ carla-jansen.blogspot.com

  3. I liked your answers! My son was bullied just this year (4th grade) and it was a really awful experience. Bullying just stinks. Liked your #10 too. I'd love to talk to my mom and my daughter. <3


  4. You're a sweetheart. Bullying is atrocious and I hope my baby never goes through it.

    My mom always wanted to b a dancer, too:)

  5. Finally making my way over for the blogfest! Sorry I'm late visiting.

    Loved your favorite word! Great response. And I'm with ya on the blood and guts; I am so thankful there are people out there who can handle it because I absolutely am not one of them.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - it's nice to "meet" you.

  6. Great answers, Gail! When I was younger I didn't like the whistling teakettle either. I'm still not a fan! It's so high-pitched and drives me nuts, lol.

    Being a dancer would be a wonderful profession!

    Have a terrific weekend, Gail!

  7. I chuckled at your blood and guts comment - dead people creep me out too.

  8. # 81 here, boy That was a good year - lol

    I like your answers - Woolly bully - is a good song though -lol

    I know it does hurt, but the bullies in life do make us stronger. Even the bad has a spark of good if you allow it.

    I was a late poster too, so I am still poking around everyone's answers.

    I love your number 10 - for me the one is my grandma who I haven't gotten to see since I was 4. Love lasts forever and when we feel it here, I think they feel it there. We must try to feel only love for them - not sorrow - I would hate to hear from Grandma about how I mess up Granddads backswing every time I rage at how I miss them. grin
    Great to meet you!

  9. I saw that blogfest! Such a good idea. Fun to read your answers :)