I was intending to publish a Writing Workshop post today but when Raewyn Hewitt’s Tagging Thyme post dropped in my inbox yesterday I thought answering some very random questions might be more fun. (It being Sunday yesterday I was also having a very lazy day so this seemed like the easier option!) So, on with the randomness…
1. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten in public?
Kokoretsi, a Greek delicacy (although I have to say that’s a matter of opinion). It was during one of my first visits to Greece with Nik and we were at a fair where this withered old man and his wife were grilling skewers of kokoretsi – basically liver-filled intestines. The smell was intense and the taste of liver was even stronger mixed with the chewy texture of the intestine. I’m glad I tried it once but never again.
2. If you had to go on an adventure, with elves, dwarves, or hobbits, who would you take and why?
I’m team hobbit all the way! Apart from the fact that hobbits live in hobbit-holes, which in themselves are cosy and homely and very appealing (and lovely to return to after the adventure), my dog, Frodo, with his big furry hobbity feet is named after the one and only Frodo Baggins. So although I’d probably have more chance of survival on an adventure with an axe-wielding dwarf or the magic of elves, I’d opt for a hobbit every time.
3. You are at a rural retreat lodge somewhere deep in Wisconsin or Canada. You are approached by a taxidermist who hands you a stuffed badger and asks you to put it in your lap. What do you do next?
There’s a taxidermist in my family history on my mother’s side so I hope I would react calmly and with interest at the taxidermist’s skill with the badger. However, given the circumstances and the remoteness of the location and the fact that having a stuffed badger randomly handed to me is a little creepy, I think I may freak out, chuck it back at him and leg it into the woods (which in itself is probably not a wise idea).
4. If you were given biscotti, would you prefer it with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Ooh, biscotti dipped in a mug of coffee (prefably a caramel latte) until it goes soggy.
5. In your opinion, who is the funniest man or woman alive today (comedian)?
Michael McIntyre is always very funny, and Eddie Izzard is always clever with his humour.
6. If you were given thirty seconds on television to say something, what would it be?
First of all I’d go bright red and look flustered and unless I’d had time to prepare I’d probably mumble something inaudible… otherwise I’d suggest that all the lovely viewers read my novel The Butterfly Storm when it’s published in the summer…
7. What is your idea of the most romantic date setting ever?
Somewhere with a view: by the ocean, a mountain, or a lake.
8. If you could go on one date with a movie or television star, who would it be and why?
Russell Crowe but only if he was in character as Maximus from Gladiator.
9. What is the worst song you have ever heard?
Mr Blobby or anything by Jedward.
10. If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?
I’d be happy living anywhere by the sea, probably in Greece where there’s the bonus of sunshine and Mediterranean cuisine.
11. Who – in your opinion – was the greatest person to ever live?
If anyone fancies continuing the randomness and taking a break from what you should really be doing with your day, then copy the questions and have a bit of fun answering them. Oh, and let me know of course so I can have a read.