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When You Set Words On Fire:

Do you prefer writing with black or blue pen? black pen, but I always tend to have blue on hand. Even though I don’t like it.
Would you prefer to live in the country or the city? I’ve lived in both. I love both. Now I am in between the two (otherwise known at the suburbs). I love the city because everything is there: food. art. congestion. conversations. excellent coffee. The country has all of this and more, don’t get me wrong. Sometimes it’s just a drag to get in a car and drive there vs riding your bike or walking.
If you could learn a new skill, what would it be? I would like to learn how to crochet. Paint my nails properly. Sculpt. Make something out of sheet metal. Play guitar.
Do you drink your tea or coffee with sugar? Of course. Two sugars for tea, one sugar for coffee (with cream).
What was your favourite book as a child? Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. Hands down. Fave book ever.
Do you prefer baths or showers? Always a shower *unless I’ve pulled my back, then a bath.*  If I take a bath without a shower first, I feel gross. I mean, you’re just sitting there. IN YOUR OWN FILTH. GAH.
If you could be a mythical creature, which would you choose? Dude, a dragon. Flying and fire? That’s a win/win right there y’all.
Do you prefer reading paper or electronic books? I’ve only read one book on my iPad and I hated it (not the book). I couldn’t focus. Couldn’t get comfortable. Didn’t enjoy it. Paper/hard back for life.
What is your favourite item of clothing? This gray pleather/leather skirt I have. Wear it year round. Dress it up, wear it with tshirts, boots, heels, flip flops. I take very good care of it, because I know I’ll never find another like it.
Do you like your name? Would you ever change it? I like it now. I was always jealous of people who could get coffee mugs or those bike plates with their names on it (this was pre internet days). Now i just spell it out and move on.
Would you ever want to be famous? If so, what for? I used to dream of being a famous poet. Now, not so much. I think we’ve all been exposed to enough reality tv to see what famous does to you.
Are you a restless sleeper? Nope. Not at all. I can fall asleep anywhere, at anytime. I sleep like it’s a sport and I’m the champion.
Do you consider yourself a romantic? Eh. Yes and no.
Which element best represents you? Water. Constantly fitting into the situation, at ease with new people, new situations. I just go with the flow.
Do you miss someone at the moment? I miss my friends back home in Tennessee. I miss those who aren’t here anymore. I miss those who have missed me.
Tell us about an early childhood memory. Riding my pink 10 speed bike down our dead end street and not paying attention to the grate. My wheel was just thin enough for it to get stuck and flip me over the handlebars. I don’t remember riding a bike much after that.
What is the strangest thing you have eaten? Horse meat. Baby octopus. Cod sperm.
What can you see outside your bedroom window? The neighbors house. And the house next to that. And the house next to that. Wet leaves. Empty trashcans and a flickering street light.
What are you most thankful for? All of it. Even down to the coffee I bought on sale.
Do you like spicy food? I like a slow heat. Not a melt your face off type of heat.
Have you ever met someone famous? Plenty of times. I always get that butterfly, rosy cheek type of giddy feeling. Then it passes. Then I walk away.
Do you keep a diary or journal? I used to, but not so much anymore. Maybe I just ran out of things to say. Maybe social media stole that from me. Or rather, I allowed it to.
What is your star sign? Pisces. That should explain everything.
Do you like your cereal crunchy or soggy? Who the hell likes soggy cereal? God. No.
Do you like reading? What was the last thing you read? I used to read often. Yknow, there are lots of things I “used” to do according to this survey. Shit. Anyway, currently reading: Bukowski, On Writing and 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

Do you like ice in your drinks? Crushed ice if it’s from the gas station, a few cubes if I’m at home and if scotch/bourbon/whiskey is involved, just give it to me neat.
What are you afraid of? The dark. Flying bugs. Haunted houses. BALLOONS.
What is your favourite scent? Woodsy/sweet smells mixed together.
Do you address older people by their first or last name? Last name. Mr. So and So, Mrs. So and So. You get the idea. Be polite.
If money was not a factor, how would you live your life? In a small loft apartment, overlooking Frenchman Street right outside the Quarter in New Orleans. I’d write. Read books. Sip coffee. Take long strolls and smoke cigars.
Do you prefer swimming in pools or in the ocean? The ocean until I become aware of where I am and what could come up and take my leg off.
What would you do if you found $50 on the ground? I’d be super excited, then look around to see if anyone else is looking around for $50. If not, I’d put it in my purse, drive to the yarn store and buy a skein of the good stuff.
What is one thing you would want to teach your children? To be kind to everyone. Even if they are dicks to you. Even if you cannot stand the sight of them. Even if they’ve hurt you in a way you’re not sure you’ll recover from. Be kind. It comes back to you.
If you had to have a tattoo, what would it be and where would you get it? I have several tattoo’s and, for the past five years, I’ve been waiting to get my pirate ship tattoo on my arm. I think I’m good to get it, seeing that I’m not pregnant, all the weddings are finished up and my birthday is in a few months.
What can you hear right now? The television, the radio and my son playing drums.
Where do you feel the safest? In bed, next to my husband, when we make one another laugh.
What is one thing you want to overcome/conquer? My fear of public speaking, my lack of direction, my scatter brain.
If you could travel back to any era, which would you choose? Jazz Age. End of story.
What is your most used emoji? The piece of shit one.
What is your favourite season? Why? I like fall right as it begins and spring right as it ends. Why? Because why not?
How would you spend your ideal day? Hot coffee. Jazz records. Knitting while snuggled up with the one blanket everyone fights over. A nap. A big pot of beef bourguignon simmering on the stove.
Describe yourself using one word. Weird.
What do you regret the most? That I didn’t pet Shamu when I was at Sea World when I was seven.