Answering your questions

Last week I solicited questions from you to help me commemorate my 3-year blogiversary, this week. And you did, you helped! Thank you! The actual date of my blogiversary has come and gone (March 15), but that doesn’t bother me too much. I believe the celebration can be extended in either direction a week or so without great consequences — ever heard of a birthday week? I know some people who celebrate for a whole month! 🙂

  • Mrs. Chili asks:

    What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
    Oh, I have so much trouble choosing favorites of anything. I choose different kinds on different days. I love a good coffee ice cream, though.

    What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you in what you consider a professional context?
    I’d say it’s a toss up between “You’re a better editor than I was.” and “You’re the best editor I’ve ever had.”

    Do you have an animal totem?  If so, what is it and why do you think this animal either represents or informs your character?
    Nope, I don’t.

  • Florinda @ 3Rs blog asks:

    What book have you liked LEAST in the last six months?
    Of ones I actually finished, or do abandoned books count? If they do, Shadow Government. If not (if I have to pick from books I’ve made it all the way through): The Hidden.

    Do you review every book you read, whether or not it’s a “review book”? If not, how do you decide which books to review on your blog?
    In 2008 and 2009 I reviewed all of the books I read. Except knitting books and cookbooks. And books for work. And there are a couple titles I still haven’t reviewed from 2009 (yet). I’ve given myself a little grace this year, but I still really want to at least talk a little about all the books I read.

    Are you considering making any changes in your blogging habits or content in the near future?
    No, not really. I do have a couple changes I’ve already decided on that I’d like to get around to implementing. Soon. I’d like to be posting about my fiber (knitting and spinning) endeavors regularly. But this is part of what I just mentioned.

  • Diane of Bibliophile by the Sea asks:

    Why did you start blogging?
    I started blogging because I wanted a place to talk about words, books and language.

    How has your blog changed over the last 3 years?
    Well, when I first started my blog it was much more focused on journalism and grammar than being focused on books. Hopefully it’s improved, too. :p

  • Gautami of Everything Distils into Reading asks:

    Now which part of blogging you like best? And which part you like least?
    I like the interaction, the conversation. And I like having a record of what I’ve read. The least? The pressure to post, and the lack of time to get to all the things I want to post about.

    Which genre interests you more?
    I read rather widely, I think, and my taste is hard even for me to categorize. But: I like literary fiction and mysteries.

    Do you snack while reading? Or blogging?
    Of course I do sometimes. Not often, though. I’m much more likely to have a beverage at my side than a snack — it’s difficult to eat and type (or read).

    What is your favourite beverage?
    Another favorites question. I’m a voracious consumer of water. I love coffee. That’s pretty much all I drink nearly every day. But I like a wide variety of beverages. Spice of life and all that, eh?

  • Trish @ Hey Lady! asks:

    What’s your favorite TV show and why? Why do you like Gilmore Girls?
    Ack! So hard to choose! Does it have to be currently on the air? I like Bones, Chuck, Psych, The Office, NCIS. To name a few no longer with us: Gilmore Girls, Joan of Arcadia, Veronica Mars, Firefly. I’m sure I’m leaving some out.

    I like Gilmore Girls because it has great writing. And great characters. And a good story.

    Do you have an embarrassing moment you’d share with us?
    Um, no? :p Actually, in all seriousness, I can never remember these things.

    Any authors you consider panty worthy?
    I feel like I need a place to link that phrase to so people can understand it. Hm. Looks like it hasn’t been blogged. The quick version: Authors whose books you love so much you’d throw your panties at them. Well, I don’t think I’d actually throw undies at any author, no. But in the spirit, a couple authors I like that much: Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Beth Kephart. The list would be way longer if I felt I could include people based on only one book. But that would be rash.

  • Suey @ It’s All about Books asks:

    What five books are most important to you?
    That’s hard. But here’s a go (in no particular order):
    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
    The Story of the Stone, all 5 volumes, by Cao Xueqin
    True Grit by Deborah Meroff
    • the Bible
    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

    On a different day, some of my answers may be different. And yes, I know that’s more than five.

    Who’s your celebrity crush?
    I don’t think I have one.

    What books get you out of a reading slump?
    Good question! A good mystery usually does the trick.

  • Amy @ My Friend Amy asks:

    Have you ever regretted reading a book?
    As in, it was a waste of time? Well, either way, the answer’s probably yes. I can’t remember titles, but the first one(s) that sprang to mind were a couple books I read when I was 11 or 12.

  • Carrie @ Books and Movies asks:

    Have you ever written a letter to a celebrity?
    Nope, never have.

    If you could invite three people — living or dead — over for dinner, whom would you choose?
    Augh. That’s tough. Maybe: Anne Lamott, Flannery O’Connor Madeleine L’Engle and Dorothy Sayers.

    What’s your favorite word? Least favorite?
    I can never decide, alas. I started making word lists when I was a kid, but I’ve never really worked on one — and certainly never finished one. And even if I had, there wouldn’t be one that stood out more than others.

  • Jackie @ FarmLaneBooks asks:

    How has the blogging world changed over the last three years?
    That’s tough to say exactly. When I started I wasn’t part of the blogging community — at least, not the book blogging community. I didn’t even know it existed then. It definitely seems to have exploded in the intervening three years, though; there are so many new blogs popping up every day! I do know that it’s always in flux.

  • Mary asks:

    What do you miss most about your home in Siloam Springs?
    I miss the people most.

  • Sheila @ One Person’s Journey through a World of Books asks:

    How has your personal blogging changed since the beginning?
    This wasn’t really a book blog when I started. I also went through a phase when I started a separate blog for each area of my interest. I’ve since quit that, because I couldn’t really maintain more than one blog. I’d rather have one blog (this one) that’s a better snapshot of who I am, rather than just a piece of me.

    What do you really like about blogging?
    I mentioned this earlier, but I really enjoy connecting with other bloggers, with other people, with whom I have common interests.

    Was there ever a point you considered giving up blogging — if so when and why?
    I’m sure there have been moments I’ve considered it, yes. But for the most part, I really enjoy it, and I want to keep blogging.

    What advice would you give those of us who hope to someday have a three-year blogiversary?
    Make the medium work for you. If something’s not working, if you come to dread blogging, make the necessary changes along the way to make it better. Keep it fun.

  • Margot @ Joyfully Retired asks:

    I’d like to know more about you, the person. Could you perhaps share also something about spinning and knitting? I’d also like to know how many new words you’ve collected in three years and more about them.
    Such an open-ended question! I think I’ll leave that answer blank and let you ask more, specific, questions to get at this. 😀

    I don’t want to make this post even more gargantuan than it already is by adding a big chunk about my spinning and knitting. I really do intend to begin posting regularly on these topics, though, really! I’m registered to attend Yarn School at the end of April, so with a little luck that should facilitate a few posts, just by itself. Anyone have specific questions along these lines to get my started?

    I have no idea how many words I’ve collected! I didn’t start really keeping track and posting them regularly until early 2009, although I did post about them occasionally before then. All of my words *are* grouped together in one place, though (in alphabetical order), on my Words page That page also contains the rationale behind why I started keeping track of my new words.

  • Vasilly asks:

    What are a few things you’re learned over the years about yourself as a blogger?
    Another tough one.

    What is one of the nicest things someone has done for you? I was thinking about this for myself this morning, and it just made my day feel so much better.
    Wow, that’s a really difficult question! So many people have blessed me in huge ways over the years. The first that springs to mind, though: Paying for my tooth to get fixed.

    Do you have any goals about blogging or life for the next year?
    Yes. :p

    Oh, you want to know what they are? Well, then.
    • Stick to my reading plan. (So far: doing OK, but not perfect.)
    • Knit a couple (more) sweaters.
    • Knit toe-up socks.
    • Learn to dye fiber (Yarn School to the rescue!).
    • Learn some new (yes, I have a list) spinning techniques.
    • Get Maisie well-trained.
    • Keep exercise a part of my everyday life.

That was fun! If you have more questions (any time), ask away, and I’ll post more answers.

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7 responses to “Answering your questions

  1. I had so much fun reading this post! We definitely want to read more about knitting and spinning and see some of your work.

  2. This was so interesting. Great questions by so many , and interesting responses as well. Thanks so much

  3. Oh this is so great! I too love coffee ice cream 🙂

  4. Great job answering the questions! It was fun to get to know you better! 🙂

  5. Psych and Ella Minnow Pea? We are kindred hearts, for certain.

    So glad to know you via the blogging world!

  6. This is such a great post!

    I think I’ll have to read Ella Minnow Pea soon!

  7. Loved your answers. Sorry that I’m so behind that I didn’t get any sent!

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