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10 Questions and 8 Great Links

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I thought it would be fun to interview all of you. I’ve written a few questions that you can answer in the comments section. Of the 10 questions, I’d love it if you would choose 3 or more to answer…or choose all 10! who are you

I’m dying to know these few kooky things about you…I’ll start:

1. What’s your quirkiest trait?     Whenever a family member leaves the house, no matter how old, I have to say ‘be careful driving’ otherwise I fear they’ll have an accident and it will be my fault. Yes, my grown kids give me the eye roll. :)

2. What are your 3 favorite scents?     Lilacs, my man fresh from a shower and shave, fresh-baked brownies

3. What is the best thing you ever wrote?     My current short story

4. What is your favorite line in a book or movie?     Madeline Kahn’s line as Empress Nympho, “I love quick time harch.” from Mel Brooks’ History of the World. To link to the short movie clip, click HERE.

5. What theme song fits your life right now?     Sunday Morning, by Maroon 5. Listen to it HERE.

6. What’s your best feature?     My blue eyes and auburn hair

7. Where would you go if you had a time machine?     I would go to the year 2040 to see how my kids and grandkids made out in life.

8. What superpower would you like to have?     I’d like to fly–makes traveling cheaper and it would be a glorious feeling

9. If someone wrote a book about you, what would the title be?     The Woman Who Found Mr Right

10. If a movie was being made of your life, who would play you?     Sandra Bullock

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8 Great Links

On Publishing:

CJ Lyons of No Rules-Just Write has a very important link for you. You’ll be whisked away to the home of Brian Felsen of BookBaby where you can download a complimentary copy of Part 1 of 5 Secrets of Successful Authors. CJ is one of the contributing writers!

Slush Pile Hell...One grumpy literary agent, a sea of query fails, and other publishing nonsense, is a hilarious blog by a literary agent. You’ll laugh out loud at some of the crazy query’s this agent receives!

On Writing:

The brilliant Victoria Mixon gives us something to think about when it comes to blogging and books in her post, 2 Things to Consider About Blogging & Books.

In Elevate Your Story Through the Sublime and Subliminal Use of Sub-text, the amazing Larry Brooks of Story Fix offers this observation: “An under-appreciated truth: in a world full of genre-based fiction and character-driven mainstream stories, sub-text is perhaps the most differentiating and inherently powerful aspect of storytelling.” This is a MUST-READ! It’s Larry, after all!

On Social Media:

Judy Dunn at Cat’s Eye Writer gives us some relief from being overwhelmed with blogging in her post, When Blogging is Seriously Hard. How many of us have cut back on blogging or chosen topics that are easy to write? Judy helps us figure out what to do when we hit a wall in blogging.

Joanna Penn hosts Steven Lewis from Taleist.com  who offers some help with the overwhelming feeling we have about social media in his post, Why Don Draper Won’t Take Your Excuses.

Fun Stuff:

DIY Tutorials is a very cool site! The folks there have gorgeous images of their creations and they’re easy…like a cool way to hang your high heels on your wall, or a no-sew curtain with script writing on it! Oooh, there are so many terrific things I’m putting on my list! Get yourselves over there and check it out!

Need to get organized at home? Then you need to go visit Arianna Belle-Organized Interiors! Beautiful photos of practical ideas for every room!

AND…I had to add just one more…The Girl Who Ate Everything is a fab site for recipes. She has several on Pinterest, but TONS on her website. Great photos and easy directions. Omigosh! So much yummy food!

After you’ve answered the questions, please pimp your blog, a specific post, your book or that of a friend or all of those choices!

You know I love hearing from you, so please gimme some comment luv!

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Discussion

  1. Tameri Etherton  March 15, 2012

    I”m so sorry I missed this last week. What a fun post! Since my brain is fried from editing, I’m going to demure answering the questions now and I think I’ll do a post on this because I think it’s so brilliant! You know, I will admit that I used to think I’d travel back to Elizabethan England, but I loved your answer so much that I would do that as well. Go forward and make sure everyone was well.

    Totally love this.

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    • Marcia  March 15, 2012

      No worries, Tameri. Glad you enjoyed it! I’d be afraid of getting in trouble and suffering the horrible kinds of torture they inflicted on people back then. Don’t know why that was the first thought that came to mind about that era….weird.
      Looking forward to your post of questions!

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  2. showard76  March 7, 2012

    This is fun, rather than answer here though I’m going to post it on my blog too (tomorrow) and see what my followers come up with as well! :D

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    • Marcia  March 7, 2012

      I’ll have to go see it tomorrow…have fun!

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  3. Natalie Hartford  March 5, 2012

    FUN Marcia – love getting to know you better and fantastic links! I can’t wait to visit them all.
    What’s your quirkiest trait? For such a bad-ass growing up, I sure do like to follow the rules now.
    What’s your best feature? I’d like to think my hair. It hasn’t always been but is now.
    If someone wrote a book about you, what would the title be? You mean she didn’t end up in jail?
    If a movie was being made of your life, who would play you? Jennifer Lopez

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    • Marcia  March 7, 2012

      Haha, Natalie! A badass, huh? Funny how we change as adults.I can totally see J Lo as you! thanks for playing!

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  4. jennifer tanner  March 4, 2012

    Coffee, jasmine, beef chow fun. Best thing I ever wrote…my next book. I love Slush Pile Hell! I’d love to have the power to fly and avoid the security lines at the airport.

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    • Marcia  March 5, 2012

      Jen, thanks for playing!…hmm…jasmine, love it! Flying would be awesome!

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  5. S.J. Collins  March 4, 2012

    Fun!
    1. What’s your quirkiest trait? Like you, I compulsively tell loved ones to be safe for fear that nothing short of a zombie apocalypse will transpire, all because I neglected to say so. I also have to script every phone call I make or else I’ll be stuttering, stammering mess.

    2. What are your 3 favorite scents? Rain, baked goods-and yes, gasoline.

    3. What is the best thing you ever wrote? What ever I’m in the middle of writing.

    4. What is your favorite line in a book or movie? Way, way, waaaaaaaaay too many to just pick one.

    5. What theme song fits your life right now? Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine

    6. What’s your best feature? Physical: My green eyes. Personality: Passion.

    8. What superpower would you like to have? Perpetual endurance….or perfect visual memory.

    10. If a movie was being made of your life, who would play you? Emma Stone

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    • Marcia  March 4, 2012

      I love your answers, S.J.! I just can’t relate to liking the smell of gasoline. :)
      Never heard of Florence and the Machine…heading to you tube to check it out. Thanks coming by!

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  6. Roeshel  March 3, 2012

    Marcia – it’s so fun getting to know you better! Thank you so much for the shout out – that was such a pleasant surprise and so sweet! I wish I had time to play along but maybe next time! Such a crazy week! Have a great weekend!

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    • Marcia  March 3, 2012

      You’re very welcome, Roeshel! Thanks for coming by and I hope to see you again.

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  7. Christopher Wills  March 3, 2012

    Thanks for ruining my writing session :)
    I thought I’d just check out a blog or two, as one does… Then I clicked on your link to “Slush Pile Hell”. I read all 14 pages. I had a great time laughing out loud. But it ruined my writing session.
    So a plea. Please make future posts dull and boring and don’t include any links except to things like watchpaintdry.com or similar so I can get on with my writing :)
    3 Kooky things about me;
    1. I pick worms off paths and put them onto grass because they don’t have eyes (I think) and thet wouldn’t find it without my help.
    2. When I start a Crossword or Sudoku I have to finish it which sometimes means I spend a very long time in that little room everyone has in their house. If I’m in a rush I have to force myself to not pick up a paper when I go to the little room
    3. I love dunking biscuits in my tea and I assess the quality of a biscuit based on how likely it is to break and fall into my cup of tea.

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    • Marcia  March 3, 2012

      Oh, Chris! *wiping the tears of laughter* You’re awesome! So sorry I ruined your writing time…not. Glad you enjoyed a fun respite from writing and that you stopped by here to do that. Good to see you! Now get back to your writing!

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  8. Lara Schiffbauer  March 3, 2012

    Thanks for sharing such fun questions! I have too many quirks to name just one…I would go back in time, but I’m not sure where, because there’s so many interesting times in history I’d like to visit. And I’m definitely checking out the Judy Dunn Link!

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    • Marcia  March 3, 2012

      You’ll love Judy Dunn’s blog…the queries are hilarious! Thanks, Lara.

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  9. Diana Douglas  March 2, 2012

    Marcia, I notice you didn’t list horse manure as one of your 3 favorite scents. Is it number 4? I actually understand, because the smell of horse manure usually leads to horses and horses are pretty awesome.

    1) My quirkiest trait– I nearly always have a small green parrot hanging on me, (My neighbors think I’m a little strange) but I also talk to the Universe and paint my grout.
    2) My best features– My eyes and my ability to shrug off stupid stuff that doesn’t matter.
    3) My wannabe superpower– The ability to remember everything.
    4) Favorite scents– Coffee, fresh laundry & toast.
    5) Favorite line from a movie– Make my day.
    6) The best thing I ever wrote. It’s a toss up between The Devil’s Own Luck & The Tattooed Angel. The Devil’s Own Luck should be out on Amazon soon. The Tattooed Angel will be out in about 6 months. My best blog is probably my last one– Pennies from Heaven
    I couldn’t pass up this golden opportunity to pimp my stuff!

    Thanks for such a fun post!

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    • Marcia  March 3, 2012

      I’m happy you pimped your writing! Yay!
      We’re destined to be friends…you understand my love of the smell of horse manure. It smells like fresh cut hay to me and not as odorific as cow manure. It’s a fresh country smell. And I love horses. Came close to buying one several years ago. Yes, it is #4.
      Are you planning blog tours for your books? I’d be happy to be a tour stop, if you do.
      Thanks for participating!

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  10. Jess Witkins  March 2, 2012

    Aww, fun to learn more about you, Marcia. I’m betting that some of those links you shared are from pinterest aren’t they? LOL

    What’s my quirkiest trait? I quote movie lines…a lot. If I could time travel, I’d go back to the 20′s and hang out with F. Scott Fitzgerald and beg him for a role in the The Great Gasby. If someone made a movie about me, I’d hope Julia Roberts played me cause we share red hair and big teeth. :D

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    • Marcia  March 3, 2012

      Yes, the Fun Stuff is from Pinterest. Might as well give credit to them instead of just lurking at their sites, :)
      I love that you quote movie lines. I would, too, if I had a decent memory for trivia.
      Fitzgerald was an odd duck if I remember my research correctly. You’d have a ball goofing on him. Thanks, Jess!

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  11. Angela Orlowski-Peart  March 2, 2012

    Fun questions and answers, Marcia. I would love to play but I’m typing this on my iPhone and that’s not an easy task :-) But I’m going to check out the links, especially DIY Tutorials and Slush Pile Hell!

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    • Marcia  March 3, 2012

      Great! Thanks for coming by Angela!

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  12. Bridgette Booth  March 2, 2012

    I always love your links, Marcia! I’ve already clicked through on two.

    Neat game. I’ll play:
    What is the best think you ever wrote? Whatever I just submitted. Honestly, when I get a rejection I always wonder – what? what? and then it quickly becomes the WORST thing I’ve ever written. lol.

    What superpower would I like to have? I’d like to have the ability to take what I’m thinking in my head and poof! it be done. I think the dishes need to be put away. Poof! Done. I watched a lot of Bewitched as a kid. I think I’d done well with a twitchy nose.

    What is quirky trait? Like you, I tell everyone to be careful. I’ll call them or yell out the door in order to “seal” them with it. My younger daughter – not yet a driver – asked me once, “Do you think they walk out determined not to careful?” lol! I really do think though that it plants the idea of being careful in their minds. ha!

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    • Marcia  March 2, 2012

      Love your daughter’s question! Yes, it protects them in some way.
      Oooh, yeah, I’d love that superpower! We could write books sooo fast! thanks, Bridgette!

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  13. Donna@Gardens Eye View  March 2, 2012

    Great questions and fun stuff Marcia…I also say ‘Be careful” to my hubby when he leaves :)

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    • Marcia  March 2, 2012

      Glad you enjoyed it, Donna! Thanks.

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  14. Ali Dent  March 2, 2012

    Love the game, Marcia.
    What superpower would you like to have? I want mine to be like Legolas, a subtle knowledge about unseen things, perfect shot with my bow and agility.

    If someone wrote a book about you, what would the title be? The Woman Who Overcame

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    • Marcia  March 2, 2012

      Your book title fits, Ali! Cool superpower…you could travel stealthily throughout the universe being all-knowing.

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  15. Barbara McDowell  March 2, 2012

    Oooo! I love list games. I’ll play. :-) Great mashup as well, Marcia!

    What are your 3 favorite scents? – Coffee, gasoline and also baked brownies.

    What’s your best feature? – Physical, I’d say my eyes and lips. The other would be my sense of humor. Makes life way fun.

    What is the best thing you ever wrote? – Back when I wrote proposals for accounting firms, I wrote a reproposal for current work paired with request for new work that was masterful. It won $900,000/year ongoing. For my writing, there are several I’m proud of. Most recent would be a short story I finished that shows my growth as a writer. It is amped up with a strong plot, disturbing tension and a well-rounded villain.

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    • Marcia  March 2, 2012

      Gasoline, Barbara? Really? I guess that’s no worse than me loving the smell of horse manure. :D I agree on your best features and *high five* on the writing!

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