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Open Mic Wednesday 5/23/12

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It’s Open Mic Wednesday. What’s on your mind?

  1. Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:44 pm

    You know the drill . . . jump in on an ice breaker or start your own discussion!

  2. Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:45 pm

    Are you a quick decision maker, or do you need to take your time and think through all possibilities?

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:23 am

      Decision making is my nemesis. Some are easy, but for most, I almost wish the decision was made for me. I think that’s why editing is so hard, too: is this the right word to convey the exact meaning without overuse…

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:25 am

      Decision making is my nemesis. Small ones are easy, but some I wish could be made for me. It’s probably why editing is so difficult, too. It’s just one tiny decision after another. Right word? Meaning conveyed smoothly? Did I overuse that? Can I say it more smoothly?

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:53 am

      In most things I would take my time to work out the best possible course.

    • Audry permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:39 am

      Ugh! I can agonize over the smallest thing FOREVER. So when I do decide, I like to ACT right away. Otherwise, I’m likely to start reconsidering and I’ll end up going through the whole thing again!

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:12 am

      I used to be more impulsive, but I’m trying to learn to think things through before jumping in. It doesn’t feel like I’m getting anywhere, though. Just feels like I’m procrastinating.

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:37 pm

      With an ISTJ personality type, I am forced to be a decision maker—indecisiveness stresses me out! However, my personality type doesn’t allow me to make decisions on an emotional or knee-jerk basis. I need facts, processes, procedures, precedents—and a good idea of what the outcome of each possibility will be. So while it may seem that I’m indecisive or have trouble making decisions, it’s actually that I’m just taking the time go gather all the facts and weigh all the options.

  3. Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:45 pm

    What’s your favorite amusement park?

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:53 am


    • Michelle permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:29 am

      King’s Island

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:54 am

      Haven’t been to alot but I like Dreamworld on the Gold coast.

    • Dora permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:16 am

      Magic Kingdom–Childhood memories are revisited every trip.
      King’s Island–very close to home.

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:05 am

      Cedar Point!

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:41 pm

      Opryland! It doesn’t exist anymore (there’s a mall there now), but it’s the only amusement park I was taken to as a kid and then chose to go back to as an adult—the year I moved to Nashville, which is the year before it closed.

  4. Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:46 pm

    What is the first album/cassette/CD you ever bought as a kid/teen with your own money?

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:43 am

      Probably something from the New Kids on the Block.

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:56 am

      I think it was a Young tallent Time one it was a group of kids who were part of a childrens variety show. But I just remembered it was a single and it was actually Filex the Cat. I think the first LP other than the young talent time ones was Bay City Rollers.

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:08 am

      Wilson Philips ~ still love ‘em.

    • Dora permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 11:46 am

      Probably Jack Wagner. Too long ago to remember

    • Anne Payne permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 4:17 pm

      Probably a Donny Osmond album :)

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:47 pm

      1983—Air Supply “Greatest Hits”

  5. Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:47 pm

    Has anyone ever thrown you a surprise birthday party?

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:44 am

      My mom tried to once, but no one could come. It was the one year my birthday fell on Easter Sunday.

    • Michelle permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:30 am

      LOL, no! Laughing because today is my birthday.

      • Audry permalink
        Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:49 am

        Happy Birthday!

      • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:49 am

        Happy Birthday =)

      • Dora permalink
        Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:17 am

        Happy Birthday. It appears Kay threw you a surprise party.

      • Amanda Stephan permalink
        Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:10 am

        Happy Birthday, Michelle! :)

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:58 am

      Firstly Happy Birthday Michelle.

      Yes my friends thought they would be clever and throw me a 21st surprise party. Invited me for tea a day or so before I think it was and when I got there there SIL was there too and they had organised a party tea. The joke was on them as I am about 10 days older than my friend not a year and 10 days so she got the year wrong. It was a fun night.

    • Audry permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:48 am

      Yes! It was pretty low-key, but on my 30th birthday it was about dinner time and we had no food in the house. My husband asked me if I was ok with pizza, so I was sitting upstairs on my computer looking at the menu for a new “specialty” pizza place and reading off possibilities to him, and getting a little annoyed because he didn’t seem to be paying attention, when the doorbell rang. He went down to answer it, and a minute later I heard him call out “honey could you come down here?” I went down and almost my entire family (my parents and 8 of my 9 siblings with their assorted spouses AND little tiny kids) were standing in the living room and started singing happy birthday. They’d parked down the street and walked so I wouldn’t see the headlights, and I still have no idea how they all got into the living room so silently with 2 or 3 babies in the group. It was a TOTAL surprise. The funniest thing is that we’d been at my parents’ house earlier that day, and I SAW the cake in my mom’s cake-taker sitting on top of the fridge and almost asked what it was for, but it never even entered my mind that it might be for me. Also, I mentioned to Jeff after we left their house that my mom had said “happy birthday,” but it was weird that she hadn’t given me even a card much less a present because that just wasn’t like her.

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:53 pm

      For my sixteenth birthday (which fell on a Sunday), my two BFFs (Wade and Wendy) arrived at my house at 5:30 a.m. and got me out of the bed. They drove me up to the Mesa on the west side of Las Cruces, and we had breakfast (donuts and muffins washed down with Dr. Pepper) while we watched the sun rise. That was the year we did surprises like that for each of our birthdays, trying to be as creative as possible.

  6. Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:47 pm

    What is your favorite crayon color?

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:46 am

      Midnight blue.

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:59 am

      right now I would say royal blue.

  7. Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:48 pm

    Is Tic-Tac-Toe a fun game or a waste of time?

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:48 am

      It’s a way to pass time if you’re really bored. There’s always that slight chance that you end up with the move that sets up the guaranteed win. Personally, I prefer Spider Solitaire.

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:01 am

      in school it was fun and with kids its fun.

    • Audry permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:49 am

      Waste of time – nobody ever wins!

  8. Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:49 pm

    What was the last time you were on a subway?

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:50 am

      Late summer 2005. My husband and b-i-l and I went to New York, not knowing that subways aren’t exactly wheelchair friendly – nice 2″ gap between platform and car and most stops have only stairs…

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:00 am

      In Melbourne probably 2 and a half years ago.

      • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:38 am

        this morning! i commute to work here in toronto by subway every morning! which means that when i travel i love checking out the subway systems to compare! london, uk has a great one, loved montreal’s and vienna’s is on the honour system. found the NYC subway way too filthy :) i remember writing to the toronto transit after a trip to boston to point out that they flashed signs telling you what doors to go through :)

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:38 am

      Twenty or so years ago, when I lived in the DC Metro area.

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:55 pm

      Same for me, Lori. The last time was the DC Metro in 1995 when I still lived in Northern Virginia. In fact, it’s the only subway system I’ve ever experienced.

  9. Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:49 pm

    When is the last time you colored in a coloring book or drew a picture—without a child being present?

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:52 am

      It’s been a few years. I used to draw really pretty sunsets.

    • Audry permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:37 am

      I draw pictures a lot, but the last time I colored in a coloring book…. um, I had one in college and used to color sometimes for a stress-break :D that was a while ago!

    • Audry permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:02 am

      In Rome at the end of March. It was SO crowded I literally couldn’t push my way on! And my husband was already on and didn’t know where we were going… I was so worried the doors would close and he wouldn’t know where to get off and I’d never find him (we didn’t have our phones because they’re Verizon and don’t work in Europe). Luckily though, he and another guy somehow managed to PULL me onto the train before it left.

      • Audry permalink
        Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:02 am

        rats, this was supposed to go on the subway question…

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:00 pm

      Last time I colored without a niece or nephew was probably 10–12 years ago. For stress relief when I was working full time and in college part time, I bought a coloring book and a huge box of crayons. Drawing, I’ve done much more recently—I have a sketchbook in which I sketch images of my characters when I have severe writer’s block.

  10. Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:51 pm

    Other than black or white, what color do you wear most often?

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:52 am


    • Michelle permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:31 am


    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:03 am

      In winter I have more red sweaters and in summer I would wear more blues.

    • Audry permalink
      Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:36 am

      in summer, I wear a lot of tops in the magenta/ purple range

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:39 am

      Green or brown.

  11. Jane Squires permalink
    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:32 am

    I just stopped by Adina’s newsletter to check you out. I know I have been to your site before but it has been sometime.

  12. Audry permalink
    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:55 am

    Hi Kaye, I think I remember you saying once that one reason you’re not a huge fan of books written in first-person is that when the hero/ heroine is in a dicey situation you always know they’re going to “make it” – they have to, they lived to tell the story! Well I thought of that recently because I just read a book that was written in first person where the narrator DIDN’T make it! They kicked the bucket near the and another narrator took over for the remaining couple chapters. Very unexpected but it actually did work. (If it wasn’t you who said that about first person narrators always living to tell the tale, it’s still kinda interesting.)

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:09 pm

      No. I really don’t want to hear this… lol
      A friend told me this before, but then an editor just rolled his eyes at the sentiment. Guess it depends who you ask.

      Do you feel angry at the author if they kill the person you’ve come to care for? I read an Angela Hunt book where this happened. Though I loved the story, I felt the loss almost ruined the experience. Like a real-world happily ever after as opposed to the one we really want.

      • Audry permalink
        Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:32 pm

        I’ve read a few books where a character’s death really bothered me. One of them was a series (that’s still being added to) where one of the main and well-loved characters was killed off at the end of the 13th book in the series! Talk about losing a character you’re attached to. I do understand why she did it – and as a way to keep throwing her poor characters into difficult situations, it was probably a good decision, but I’m not sure I’ve gotten over it yet :)

  13. Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:57 am

    Kaye, If you get the ION channel, they are having a Criminal Minds marathon Memorial Day- I feel a Thomas Gibson fix on it way

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2012 11:17 am

      It is one of the few channels I still get (now that I’m on broadcast-only, no longer paying for cable)—however, I have the first six seasons on DVD, so I can marathon whenever I want, and without commercials! (Of course, this weekend, I’ll be working on the revisions/edits to Follow the Heart, so dear TG will have to wait . . .)

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