Eleven Questions (One & Two)

in Entertaining nonsense and profound thought, Writing Life

I stole this from Jenny Crusie. Only she has way more than eleven questions. And I think I’ll only do a couple at a time – so as to stretch it out and use up more blogs.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Oh and don’t worry, I’m still working on the other suggestions you gave me. I just have a short attention span.

So here we go:

1. What book do you wish you’d written?

Oh God, I wish I’d written any number of books. The Bean Tree by Barbara Kingslover. Actually anything by Barbara Kingslover. Anything by Angela Thirkell or Jane Austin  or Agatha Christie. The Moon Spinners by Mary Stewart.

What I really wish I’d written is a better version of Moonlighting in Vermont. I was very proud of Moonlighting until I started doing readings. Reading out loud to people made it very clear to me that I could have done it better. Actually, reading my own work out loud is very painful. I’m editing in my head the entire time.

2. What are you most likely to be doing when you Really Should Be Writing?

Reading blogs. Trying to be present on the internet so people will buy my books. I’m failing miserably at that, by-the-way.

Lately my kids resurrected solitaire so I’ve been playing a lot of Spider. Reading email. Surfing the web. Sleeping. I sleep through my five am write and exercise alarm regularly.

Then there is work. I work when I should be writing almost everyday. Dang employers. Why is it that bosses expect you to do what they want you to be doing at work? Isn’t it enough that I show up there?

So there you go. Question one and two answered. aren’t you glad you came here today?

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie January 4, 2011 at 2:35 am

I’m always glad to come here.
Nothing I can think of that I wish I’d written, just wish I could write poetry. The prompts that Glynis puts up are a good way to learn, but then she sometimes gets complicated, and adds math, and I’m lost again.
I’m usually reading when I should be writing. My writing has dropped off in the past few months, mostly I’m working on my blog. But that’s been really fun, so it’s not actually work (and ya know, I don’t get paid for it anyway). Oh hey, I really AM writing! LOL!


Lora January 3, 2011 at 9:02 am

I wish I had written everything by Ann Patchett because she is so brilliant. Also everything by Jennifer Weiner because then I would be a fantastic chick writer AND be able to call my truck the WeinerMobile.

When I should be writing I’m checking out designer clearance sites like ideeli.com and hautelook thinking that if I would ever get off my butt and lose weight I might actually fit into some of this. So instead of writing I torment myself.

Was I not supposed to answer these? Was I supposed to comment on your answers? It’s early.

I’m sure it’s hell for any writer to read aloud from her work. I cringe at the very thought.


Kate January 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

Of course I want you to answer the questions – what fun is it otherwise?

Oh, Jen Weiner, yep she’s good too. Except what happed to Canny’s, Cannie’s? guy. I listened to good in bed and the sequel on audio so I don’t know how she spelled Canny. But the end of the second book killed me.

So now I’m afraid to read her other stuff.


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