Endless Chains

Remember chain letters? I suppose only if you are from a certain generation. I hated them, but had guilt if I didn’t follow through, thinking about all the people anxiously awaiting the arrival of their recipes, or whatever the chain letter promised. The premise was that you received a letter with a list of people and addresses. You had to respond, add your name to the bottom of the list, and mail it all off. Supposedly you’d end up with hundreds of new recipes if no one broke the chain. In reality you might get one or two, which always told me not many suffered from guilt.

These days, in the blogging world, chain letters have been replaced with the Liebster award. Which is basically a chain letter to introduce other blogs and learn a bit about a person. Having just been ‘nominated’ for this award, I now have guilt. The rules are, you link back to the person who nominated you, answer eleven questions, nominate eleven bloggers, and ask them eleven questions.

To ease guilt, I was nominated by ‘Simply Sam’ at http://www.sschroth53.wordpress.com. I’m going to answer her eleven questions below. I’m also going to add eleven questions. However, I’m not going to nominate eleven bloggers. Instead, I’d rather have a conversation and see who wants to answer some or all of the questions, and what those answers might be. So consider yourselves all nominated, and enjoy the guilt.

Simply Sam’s questions for me:
1. Favorite thing about blogging. Meeting new people, learning from them, stretching my imagination from conversations.
2. Favorite thing to write about. Mountains, forests, wild country. For me, the setting creates the associated stories.
3. Most interesting place you’ve been to. Dunnet, Scotland.
4. Favorite book. Come on, that’s like asking a starving person their favorite food. Can you really only have one favorite? I think not.
5. Favorite author. Similar to #4. Elly Griffiths, the late, great Elizabeth Peters, Meg Gardiner, Patrick McManus, Gary Paulsen…
6. Favorite genre. Mysteries
7. Favorite season. Spring or fall. Here in the mountains they’re the same. Some sunny days with underlying chill, clean fresh air, fat raindrops.
8. Favorite food. Anything related to bread, unfortunately.
9. Day or night? No preference. If it’s dark you’re supposed to be asleep. If it’s light you’re supposed to be up. Makes for long days in the summer.
10. Prefer the movie or the book? Depends on the book and the movie, and how well both are done.
11. Pets? In the past year I have gone from ducks, chickens, cats, dogs, a turtle, and a horse, to a cat, two dogs, and the turtle.

And my questions for all of you (pick one, some, or all and let’s chat):
1. What makes a book speak to you? (the characters, the plot, the setting, etc.)
2. What form does your creativity take? (writing, art, cooking, running, etc.)
3. What influences your creativity, makes it slam to a stop, makes it sing…?
4. What is courage, to you?
5. What is fear, to you?
6. Do you prefer crowds or solitude?
7. Why? (see #6)
8. Define ‘family’ and what that means to you.
9. Tell me one thing you are curious about that you hope to one day answer/see/do, etc.
10. Did something in the past week make you laugh out loud (not just smile)?
11. Can you answer the question, ‘who are you’ without telling me what you do?

The photo below is taken on a cousin’s farm. We rode that road on ATVs for a long, long time. The road seemed endless. Rather like chain letters and guilt.

A chain letter road?

A chain letter road?

4 thoughts on “Endless Chains

  1. Hah, I see that once again chain letters have generated silence. 😉 I’ve rather ruthlessly ignored some that have been sent to me lately, even though I love the senders and hate to think of neglecting them. I’ll answer your question 6. I prefer small groups and solitude to crowds — or what the word “crowds” makes me think — but there is a Chinese phrase (I only know it in Shanghainese, where it’s pronounced something like “naw mong”) that refers to a bustling, active space, and I do like that, which is one reason I love cities.


    • A couple friends told me the questions were too hard and I assumed that’s why no one responded, but maybe it was the ‘chain letter’ headline! I find it interesting that you like the city and bustling space, which seems like such a contrast to your simple, elegant living space. You have the best of both worlds.


      • I do very much enjoy the best of both worlds, though I think I could happily go a bit more urban. Yesterday we were in San Francisco and I said, “I kind of miss the skyscrapers. I think they add visual drama,” and Erik said, “I like seeing sky.” I think Erik would be delighted to live in a more remote setting, surrounded by the outdoors. I would too — for a short while. Ultimately I think I’m more productive when there’s urban/cultural/extrovert stimulation. And so we compromise.

        By the way, I thought my youngest sister was going to move to Seattle, but her plans have changed. So I won’t have family in Seattle after all. But I got pretty excited to visit there so we might still take a trip sometime this summer — and come see you, if that happens? If that sounds like fun, I will be in touch about our plans as they evolve. 🙂


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