Here’s another meme doing the rounds. Shadey left me some questions so here are my answers. If anyone else wants to ask me stuff, feel free.
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-I’ll respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
-Update your journal/blog with the answers to your questions.
-Include this explanation and offer to ask other people questions.
1. Have you ever attended a writing group or/and had written work published?
I have never been to a writing group, no. I do go to a book club in a chocolate shop, though. We drink hot chocolate and fancy teas and eat cake and sometimes we argue about the books we read. Yes I have had a few things published that are non-fiction related to work, and I have to get a lot more published really (have several chapters and papers I’m working on when I’m not simming at the moment). As for fiction, no, I used to write a lot as a kid but have only really got back into it with the simming story community. I would love to write a novel or screenplay one day but I don’t know if I have the patience or a strong enough idea to pursue.
2. Do you have any phobias?
I hate the telephone, like really hate it. Text messages are fine, or a brief call to friends when I’m in the shop to ask if they need anything, but calling my doctor’s or a business or whatever makes me panic and it takes ages to work up the courage. I’m not entirely sure why – we never had a phone growing up so maybe that’s it. It just seems such a deficient medium for communication and lacks the extra cues you get in face to face, or the ability to think and edit you get in written or digital communication.
I had a phobia of fire which my parents reckon goes back to seeing the Bradford City football ground fire when I was about four or five. I am less phobic now but still not entirely keen. I won’t have a gas oven or a microwave because they give me the fear and I am afraid of explosions and bombs (I guess the influence of the IRA?). I also really, really hate heights. My dad is scared of heights too and my brother isn’t keen so maybe it’s hereditary.
3. What did you want to be when you grew up?
Lots of things. A teacher, an author, an actress, a pop star, a journalist… I’m not a pop star (though I love music) but the other things are still a part of my life in some capacity or another.
4. What is the furthest away from home you have ever been?
I went to Colorado in January for a conference, the first time I have ever been out of Europe.
5. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Well I hope I will finish my PhD and publish books and papers – they will probably be the biggest achievements, especially if they are well received. But as they’re as yet unfulfilled I would say a) passing my driving test, b) recovering from a serious bout of depression in my mid-twenties and rebuilding my life after some pretty devastating circumstances (sorry, that’s rather heavy!), c) buying my first car (I dreamed of owning a house and car since I was little, one down, one to go) and d) Doing well at my degrees, particularly my MA (which I did during the period alluded to in b).