Let’s Have Some Fun!

I saw this on Cara Putnam's blog and had to steal it.  If you want to play along, the rules of being tagged are simple: answer the questions provided and then tag 11 others. 

1. Book or movie and why?

I love movies, but I think I have to say that I prefer books. I can take them anywhere with me (especially with the advent of Kindle and iPad) and get to participate (via my own imagination) with the author in creating the world of the story.

2. Real book or e-book?

Do I have to choose? I love the feel and smell of real books, and definitely prefer the real thing for reference materials and generally most nonfiction. But I do love my Kindle and my iPad, and the ability to carry a whole library with me everywhere I go.

3. Funniest thing you’ve done in the past 5 years?

Although I spend a lot of time laughing with family and friends, I honestly can't think of a single funny thing I've done. If any family members or friends read this, help me out — leave a comment below about something funny I've done. But be kind, please.

4. How would your best friend describe you?

Reliable, I hope.

5. How do you put yourself into the books you read/write or the movies you watch?

I'm working on my first novel, and although the story is intentionally not about me or my life, in order to minimize research I've used some of my own history as a starting point. So the lead character is a professional woman (but not a lawyer, this time anyway) who comes from the Pacific Northwest and moves to north Texas, and she's married to a musician. 

6. Favorite kind of car and why?

This depends on the weather. I love, love, love my little copper red Mazda Miata convertible when the sky is blue and the sun is shining. I feel like a racecar driver when I get to take that baby through all six gears on the stick shift.

7. Would your choice party be a catered meal or a BBQ out back?

I don't actually care for the taste of BBQ, but I'd still say a BBQ out back. Nothing more fun than a relaxed, casual get-together with good friends.

8. What’s your favorite season and why?

No question: Spring! The sights of the trees leafing out and the flowers blooming, the sounds of birds through open windows . . . nothing better.

9. What specific lesson have you learned – Spiritual, educational, occupational?

Spiritual: God will wait as long as it takes for us to reach out to him. Time means nothing to him.
Educational: I can learn from the most unlikely people and situations.
Occupational: There is not enough money in the world to compensate you for a job you don't love.

10. Besides writing, what’s your favorite thing to do when you get some extra time?

Spending time with my family — there's never enough time for that.

11. What’s one place you can be found at least one time every week?

My office in Dallas.

Want to play? Post on your blog or Facebook page and leave a comment here so I can find your answers!