Today I am participating in the Community Networking Meme started by Tom Baker from his blog Morning Erection. Although some people have already done the meme (seriously people, read the rules of participation next time, geeze! haha), I am one of the many who are posting this at the exact same time. Click here for the rules of participation if you are interested to see what the dealio is (because it’s just easier than me posting the rules as well), and check the bottom of the post for the Master Meme Blog List (which I will try to update a few times on the post date to make sure I have all of them). I love internet memes, but unlike most of the ones out there (it’s over 9000, Lolcats, David after the Dentist etc), this one is really interesting, and is a really great way for people around the world to branch out and get to know each other. So with that, I hope you enjoy, and now on to the questions!
Community Networking Meme
1. If you could interview anyone on your blog (alive or dead) who would you chose and why?
J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of my favourite television show Babylon 5. I would love to get the chance to meet him, let alone interview him – there are a lot of questions I have about the show, and I think it would be a great way to branch out to fans of the show as well. Also, as a writer, I’d like to ask his advice, maybe find out how he started, his biggest inspirations, and for any tips he can give aspiring writers.
2. What do you feel is your strength as a blogger?
I think my biggest strength as a blogger is the fact that I think my posts are “weak” so to speak; with that I always put a lot of extra effort into my posts, spending as much as several hours trying to fix up one sentence that doesn’t sound right, or finding the right photo to accompany it. I think that this makes my posts a bit more polished, and I think (hope!) that my extra efforts go noticed by my readers. Additionally, I feel that I can have a unique voice which has trickled in from my day-to-day life; I like to use colourful language, and I can be a little silly when I speak, and I think it translates well into my blog, making my posts more interesting.
3. Can you share a little bit about yourself that you have not already mentioned on your blog?
Well I’m fairly open on my blog – probably more so than I am with people I know well in real life. Trying to find something worth sharing is a hard thing. I suppose just a few small tidbits: my favourite book is a three-way tie between “The Book of Negroes” by Lawrence Hill, “Dune” by Frank Herbert, and “The Shining” by Stephen King. I wear size 8 shoes, my favourite colours are green, purple and brown. I have a very big fear of being on open water – so to get me on a boat you’ll have to drug me or drag me kicking and screaming (I’m kind of like B.A. from the A-Team – except not as black and cool, although I do like to fight foo’s yo).
4. If you were forced to change the name of your blog, what would you change it to? Why?
If I had to, I’d try to change my blog to a name that was unique (which is almost impossible). There’s a few other “Over a Cup of Coffee”s out there, so that’s kind of a drag. I may go back to my first idea which was “I’m Right, You’re Wrong, So Deal With It” – something about that title just makes me giggle.
5. What do you think is the most fulfilling part of being a blogger?
I think on some level to be a blogger you have to be a little narcissistic. I know that sounds awful, but for me I spend a lot of my time worrying about others, talking out others problems, listening to others. As much as I adore that, because I do, sometimes it leaves me high and dry. And with a blog, people are coming to read what I have to say, what I think, and I hope that they genuinely are interested and that they care. I suppose the most fulfilling part of it is that it’s given me the opportunity to branch out and meet people online that are amazing, who have similar interests, and don’t feel obligated to read what I have to say because they know me – they actually want to. And likewise, I’ve been able to find people who I really care about a wide variety of topics, and are just genuinely amazing people. It’s just a wonderful feeling to get to know someone with so many similar interests and that actually give a shit (pardon my language), when they don’t really have to – but they want to.
6. What would you do with your last day if you found you had only one more day to live?
I’d spend it with the people I love. I’d try to say goodbye to all the people who I really genuinely love. I’d probably go get a coffee from my favourite coffee shop, hang out with some friends, go to a restaurant that I love, and watch some of my favourite movies. And honestly, part of that last day would probably be me wallowing in self-pity and crying before I go do all those awesome things – I mean, who wouldn’t be a little distraught?
7. You’ve been doing medical research for decades and have finally found a cure. What was it that you found a cure for and why did you choose this particular ailment?
If I could find the cure for one ailment, I suppose it would be Ondine’s Curse, which is also known as congenital central alveolar hypoventilation syndrome. This ailment is the result of a malfunctioning autonomic nervous system; victims of Ondine’s Curse are unable to breathe spontaneously, and must be conscious of every breath they take. The name is derived from the story of the water nymph Ondine. She fell in love with a woman, and forfeited her immortality to be with him as he had pledged his undying love for her. She ended up finding him in the arms of another woman. With that, she cursed him, declaring that because he had pledged his love with every waking breath, he would die the moment he fell asleep.
I chose this particular ailment because it sounds absolutely dreadful, and because it’s one of those ailments that people don’t know much about, and isn’t on the top of the list for ailments that are in the most dire need to be cured. I guess I find things that are a little odd more interesting, and I always feel bad for the people that kind of get forgotten, or the underdogs.
8. What is your most guilty pleasure?
You know, I don’t really have one that jumps out at me. I suppose eating when I’m upset, or something that is bad for me – but everyone has those moments. If I had to pick one I suppose it would be watching a marathon of a TV show, like Friends or CSI; it’s completely useless, unproductive, and lazy, but I love to do it once in a while.
9. Answer only one. What is your favorite book, movie or TV show?
Only one? Pfft! I suppose I’ll answer for movie. My favourite movie is a tie between The Color Purple and The Usual Suspects. If you haven’t seen these movies, then simply put: you suck. Well, just kidding – you don’t suck, but seriously, go watch them.
10. What do you think is the very best smell in the world? The one smell that can take you back to a time and place of a very vivid memory in your past?
I don’t think it’s any surprise to anyone that my favourite smell is coffee. To some it is quite off-putting, but something about the dark, rich, pungent smell of a fresh pot of coffee just sends chills down my spine. To me, coffee is comfort – the smell transports me to times when I would sit with my friends, laughing at something completely moronic while drinking at a local coffee shop. If I had to pick another, it would be garlic. Garlic, roasting in the oven, sautéing in a pan, it doesn’t matter. Garlic reminds me of home – not that my house always stinks or anything, but we love garlic here. It just reminds me of my family.
Master Meme Blog List
- Morning Erection
- Over A Cup Of Coffee (tis I! Huzzah!)
- Scent Of My Heart
- Femininity iMagazine
- The Liminal State
- Connoisseur of the Feminine Physique
- Fraudulent Mind
- Iron Cook: American
- Humanity vs. The Apocalypse
- A Rose Is A Rose
- Morpho Designs
- That Chick Person
- Finding The Humor
- Just Kissie
- My World Is Getting Smaller Every Day
- What’s Up With That?!?
- The Past To The Present
- Coffeeboi Streetwalker
- Chatterbox Dude
- FreshLittleHands Blog
The Following were posted on a different date…So look for something in late November, around the 27th or the 28th!
- Lady Grinning Soul
- Ellas Devil
- Princess Wannabe
- Bud Weiser
- Marites, Pinaylighterside
- Misc. Ramblings
- The Gal Herself
- A Housewife Little Abode
- DIXIE CHICK
- Bag of Thoughts
- Chie Wilks
- Sanctuary of my Emotions
- ai Ne
- HOOTIN’ ANNI
- In the Company of Me
- Kamikazee Girl
- Shaz- sexy
- DJ Kathy A
- Candy – soulistic. org
- Mary Anne’s Musings
- The Peregrinator
- Hearts Make Families
- Postcards Crossing
- Shy’s Mixed thoughts
- Jigs Blogged Life
- Captured Memories
- I. Shall. Blog. About. It
- jared’s mum