the Unending Journey of the Wandering Author

A chronicle of the unending journey of the Wandering Author through life, with notes and observations made along the way. My readers should be aware I will not censor comments that disagree with me, but I do refuse to display comment spam or pointless, obscene rants. Humans may contact me at thewanderingauthor at yahoo dot com - I'll reply as I am able.

Location: New England, United States

I have always known I was meant to write, even when I was too young to know the word 'author'. When I learned that books were printed, I developed an interest in that as well. And I have always been a wanderer, at least in my mind. It's not the worst trait in an author. For more, read my writing; every author illuminates their heart and soul on the pages they write upon.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Fifty Questions

I got this over at Anna's blog, and decided it looked interesting. I wanted to head this post with the VisualDNA thing I've seen on some other blogs, but whenever I click on Get Your Own... it just takes me to a blank, black page, so I guess you'll have to settle for this.

1. Name one thing you could not live without:

I have chosen to define pen, ink, and paper as "one thing", since none of them is any use without the others.

2. Name something you'd love to never see again:

Hate propaganda of any type.

3. What color is your bathroom rug?


4. Did you ever wear braces?

Never. Probably should have, though...

5. Extrovert or introverted?


6. What do you make of all this Anna Nicole Smith saga?

It's sad when anyone dies (well, almost anyone) but I really don't think she was significant enough to make this much fuss over.

7. What's the population of the city you live in?

30,000+ and growing. shudder

8. Have you told a lie today?

Not yet; if I just said "no" that would be a lie, since the day isn't over so how can I be sure...

9. Name something you're good at doing:

Writing. I hope so, anyway.

10. Now, something you do badly:

Modesty. See above. Also, singing. Very badly.

11. Who do you share your secrets with?

Whatever page I'm writing on.

12. Who's your best friend?

Tristan Brighteyes, Hero. (My tiger cat.)

13. Do you lie about your age?

Why bother?

14. Confrontation or avoidance?

If it's over an important issue, confrontation. But I'd rather avoid battling over silly stuff.

15. What's the last film you watched?

Fifty First Dates, on DVD. At least, I think that's the last one. I don't watch too many films, so it's been a while...

16. What about books?

Beyond the Gap by Harry Turtledove

17. Do you enjoy eating sushi?

To me, that's the reverse of the question "Is the Pope Catholic?", or the question about bears and their habits - something you use to indicate an obvious, loud, and resounding, "No!". Example: "Would you like me to break your kneecaps?" "Do I enjoy eating sushi?"

18. Name a place you long to visit:

Most places I could possibly go, and many impossible ones, too. (Hy Bresail, the legendary Celtic land beyond the sea... the past...)

19. Now tell me somewhere you would refuse to go?

North Korea.

20. Do you believe in life after death?


21. Do you talk to God?

Not as much as I ought to.

22. Any regrets?

Oh, yes. Too many.

23. If you could be anyone else in the world for just one day, who would you pick?

There's nothing I could do that would really change the world in one day as anyone else, so why bother? Whoever you were, they'd just change things right back the very next day. I think that would be even more frustrating than leaving them the way they are.

24. Who would you never want to be?

Anyone else.

25. Why wouldn't you want to be that person?

I'd rather be myself.

26. Tell me something that makes you uncomfortable:

Performing in public.

27. Now, something you are completely comfortable doing?


28. Do you have a favorite childhood memory?

Reading The Hobbit while eating vanilla filled chocolate Pop Tarts.

29. Worst one?

If 17 counts as 'childhood', 15 May 1976, otherwise, second grade.

30. Think of a song that describes how you feel at this point in your life

I Got A Name - Jim Croce

31. What was the last social function you attended?

My son's wedding. In 2003. I don't do social functions often.

32. Is your life what you thought it would be at this point?

In some ways yes, and in some ways, not at all.

33. You can change one thing about your life right now. What would it be?

Without losing any of the cats I have now, my old cat, Sir Andrew Bugbane, would still be alive.

34. Is there anyone who knows everything about you? All of your secrets?

I'm not sure I know all of them myself; who ever understands themselves perfectly?

35. Is there anyone that you trust completely?

That would be God.

36. How did you find your way to your profession?

I didn't 'find my way' to it, it was a part of me since I was born, or at least as far back as I can remember.

37. Do you believe in life long monogamy?

I believe it's a good ideal, that some people are able to achieve, while some aren't. I don't believe in persecuting anyone, or pointing fingers, because they can't live up to an ideal.

38. What's your favorite food?

There are a lot of possibilities here: ham and eggs, at the moment.

39. Favorite alcoholic bevarage?

I don't drink; too afraid I'd turn out an alcoholic. My favourite non-alcoholic beverage is Virgil's root beer.

40. If you could talk to anyone in the world, who would it be?

Anne Frank.

41. What would you say to that person?

I'd tell her how sorry I was that the human race failed her so badly, and how much I admire the little writing she had time to do, and how very badly I wish I knew how to build a time machine so I could go back and get her out before she died. I'd let her know she was famous; that the Nazis didn't destroy her writing, her spirit, or her impact on the world. I'd tell her I hoped that made all she went through just a little bit easier. And then I'd tell her I knew just how little all that I said was, in the face of what she was dealing with...

42. What was the first concert you went to?

Olivia Newton-John (Making a Good Thing Better tour)

43. The last?

Gloria Estefan (I forget the tour; she did too many hits from too many albums...)

44. Are you a gadget guru? What kinds do you rock, if any?

Not in the high tech sense; I rely on my Pelikan piston fill fountain pens and my Moleskines... I'm pretty good with a letterpress, too.

45. What is the ringtone on your cell phone?

Just a basic ring tone; "Euro Phone", I think it's called.

46. Tell me 3 things you are afraid of:

Height, radiation / anything nuclear, and totalitarianism in any form.

47. Give me the names of your 3 favorite television programs:

Dempsey and Makepeace (British, from the '80s), Quantum Leap, Early Edition

48. What do you think is worse: having your heart broken by the one you love or breaking the heart of the one you love?

Breaking the heart of the one you love. Much worse. Having your own heart broken heals much faster.

49. Name a behavior of other people that you don't understand:

The whole mob hatred thing. It is just stupid, senseless....

50. What is something about you that you think others would not understand?

Why I've made some of the stupid choices I have, in the past.

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Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Ray, you HAVE to get out more, my friend. tee-hee!
What a wonderful witty read!
Now I know that much more about you. :-)

March 17, 2007 1:35 AM  
Anonymous wolfbaby said...

These can tell us so much about people sometimes. thank you for sharing!!!

March 17, 2007 1:26 PM  
Blogger RomanceWriter said...

Love this answer

Who do you share your secrets with?

Whatever page I'm writing on

March 20, 2007 11:25 AM  
Blogger Andres Carl Sena said...

I foud your blog via susan abraham's. i like your writing. thank you.

March 20, 2007 3:51 PM  
Blogger Cai... said...

"Would you like me to break your kneecaps?" "Do I enjoy eating sushi?"
lol... I love sushi :D
It's great to know more about the author behind the words...
Enjoy ur orange bathroom rug ;)

March 20, 2007 6:58 PM  
Blogger Ischelle said...

i like when people post things like this
it helps me get to know them very quickly and contains random subjects

thank you so much for caring

March 20, 2007 9:09 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Wonderful! Speaks volumes about you - all good.

March 21, 2007 10:54 AM  
Blogger david santos said...

Hello, Ray!
Good day for you

March 22, 2007 9:55 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I found your blog by reading a comment you left on another. I'm glad I did. Your writing sucked me in to the very end. I'll be back here! I'm copying those questions and giving my own answers on my blog..hehe I always love those things. I don't write because I'm good at it. I write because I can't help but too. You do both! What a wonderful gift!

March 24, 2007 8:40 AM  

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