And in case you are wondering, this is not the end of the questions. There are more than eleven! Imagine that.
9. Who would you like to play you in the movie version of your life?
Well let’s see, that’s a tough one for me. A younger Sandra Bullock would have been great for a younger me. Kathy Bates would fit for me now. Someone with spunk! And I think I should be pared with The Rock. I don’ think that’s unreasonable.
10. What book do you go back to re-read over & over?
This answer has changed over the years. I get fixated on different books the same as different movies. They offer me different things. I love to read and re-read the Stephanie Plums. I figure it’s the combination of a few things. First, she knows she’s not a great bounty hunter. Steph has some luck and goes with her gut and I like that. She also has these two alpha males who have a certain amount of respect for her. They know she’s not the best at everything, but they let her take the lead when it’s important to her. They trust her. I like that trust and respect. They also think she’s hot – I like that too. Who wouldn’t want to have the respect of a handsome and capable man? I would.
I also tend to re-read Faking it and Welcome to Temptation by Jenny Crusie. As many of you know I think she’s the master, no goddess of romance writing. Crusie has a lot going on in her books. Her female leads do what they need to do to make their lives work. They take on responsibility at not small personal sacrifice. And they are rewarded for their sacrifice with the love of a great man. Crusie is very satisfying to read.
11. If you could attempt anything and know you wouldn’t fail, what would you do?
Go into space. Sing on a stage in front of a million people. Promote world peace. Talk to our nations leaders about the importance of health care and safe lives for our children. All our children, not only the privileged children. Not to say that there aren’t privileged children who struggle with abuse. There are.
And I really think we need a different model for dealing with addiction. Read Gabor Maté, MD In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. It’s an excellent book. And I learned a lot from Maté.
If I knew I couldn’t fail, that I wouldn’t get tongue-tied or totally forget words, or what I was talking about advocating for children would be high on my list. If I thought anyone would listen to me, that I could get Obama’s ear – actually more than Obama people would need to listen and understand on both sides of the aisle.
I’m getting down off my soapbox now.
Also if I knew I couldn’t fail, that I’d still be able to pay the bills, I’d quit the day job and focus on writing. That enough for today? Yeah, I thought so too.