I’m a thirty-nine. What’s your score?

March 13, 2008 | 11 Comments

no peeking!We already know I compulsively take online quizzes. Here’s one from my e-mail. Rumor has it Dr. Phil did this test on Oprah, but I have no idea whether or not that’s true. It’s still fun enough, ten simple questions, so grab a pencil and paper, keeping track of your letter answers to each question.
Answers are for who you are now — not who you were in the past.   Have pen or pencil and paper ready. Don’t peek, but begin the test as you scroll down and answer.
Ready? Begin.
1.   When do you feel your best?  
         a)  in the morning
         b)  during the afternoon and early evening
         c)  late at night
2.   You usually walk…
        a)  fairly fast, with long steps
        b)  fairly fast, with little steps
        c)  less fast head up, looking the world in the face
        d)  less fast, head down
        e)  very slowly
3.  When talking to people you. .   
        a)  stand with your arms folded
        b)  have your hands clasped
        c)  have one or both your hands on your hips
        d)  touch or push the person to whom you are talking
        e)  play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair
4.   When relax i n g, you sit with .  
          a)   your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side
         b)  your legs crossed
         c)   ;you r legs stretched out or straight
         d)  one leg curled under you
5.  When something really amuses you, you react with… 
         a)  big appreciated laugh
         b)  a laugh, but not a loud one
         c)  a quiet chuckle
         d)  a sheepish smile  

6.   When you go to a party or social gathering you…  
        a)  make a loud entrance so everyone notices you
        b)  make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know
        c)  make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed
7.   You’re working very hard, concentrating hard, and you’re interrupted…  
        a)  welcome the break
        b)  feel extremely irritated
        c)  vary between these two extremes
8.  Which of the following colors do you like most?  
        a)  Red or orange
        b)  black
        c)  yellow or light blue
        d)  green
        e)  dark blue or purple
         f)  white
        g)  brown or gray
9.  When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep you are…
        a)  stretched out on your back
        b)  stretched out face down on your stomach 
        c)  on your side, slightly curled
        d)  with your head on one arm
        e)  with your head under the covers
10.   You often dream that you are… 
         a)  falling
         b)  fighting or struggling
         c)  searching for something or somebody
         d)  flying or floating
         e)  you usually have dreamless sleep
          f)  your dreams are always pleasant
1.  (a) 2     (b) 4     (c) 6
2.  (a) 6     (b) 4     (c) 7     (d) 2     (e) 1  
3.  (a) 4     (b) 2     (c) 5     (d) 7     (e) 6
4.  (a) 4     (b) 6     (c) 2     (d) 1
5.  (a) 6     (b) 4     (c) 3     (d) 5     (e) 2
6.  (a) 6     (b) 4     (c) 2
7.  (a) 6     (b) 2     (c) 4
8.  (a) 6     (b) 7     (c) 5     (d) 4     (e) 3     (f) 2     (g) 1
9.  (a) 7     (b) 6     (c) 4     (d) 2     (e) 1
10. (a) 4    (b) 2     (c) 3     (d) 5     (e) 6     (f) 1
  Now add up the total numbe r of points.

OVER 60 POINTS :  Others see you as someone they should handle with care.  You’re seen as vain, self-centered, and who is extremely dominant.  Others may admire you, wishing they could be more like you, but don’t always trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with you.

51 TO 60 POINTS :  Others see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality; a natural leader, who’s quick to make decisions, though not always the right ones.  T hey see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once; someone who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement you radiate.

41 TO 50 POINTS:  Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who’s constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who’ll always cheer them up and help them out.

31 TO 40 POINTS:  Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest.  Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who’s extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expect the same loyalty in return.  Those who really get to kno w you realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over if that trust is ever broken.

21 TO 30 POINTS:  Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy.  They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder.  It would really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then, usually decide against it They think this reaction is caused partly by your careful nature.

UNDER 21 POINTS:  People think you are shy, nervous, and indecisive, someone who needs looking after, who always wants someone else to make the decisions & who doesn’t want to get involved with anyone or anything!  They see you as a worrier who always sees problems that don’t exist. &nbs p;Some people think you’ re boring.  Only those who know you well know that you aren’t.

My sister the maniac

March 10, 2008 | 5 Comments

cell phone pic - Jupiter Chair in Park CityIt’s my little sister’s birthday today. She’s a maniac on the slopes, but I’d follow her anywhere.

Lori is the first to read all my books. She’s an expert reader, too, and a PR specialist, getting all her friends to race out and buy them. She spotted the error on page 175 of Snowfall at Willow Lake, something I hope can be corrected in future editions.

Home Before Dark is dedicated to her, a teacher and orientation and mobility specialist for the visually impaired. Other than my daughter, she’s the only person I’ve known every moment of her life. Good thing we get along, eh? Tell me your sister stories!

the grocer’s apostrophe

March 08, 2008 | 2 Comments

photo by nicnac1000 posted on flickrHow much do we love that phrase? I hadn’t heard it before, but it perfectly describes the nails-on-blackboard annoyance of randomly misplaced apostrophes. Or apostrophe’s, as our eponymous grocer would say. [Any grocers out there? Is this phrase disrespectful of grocers?] I figured I wasn’t alone in my crusade against apostrophe abuse. There’s even a flickr photo group documenting some of the worst offenders around the globe.

Daddy Take My Kidney, Lover Take My Heart

March 04, 2008 | 1 Comment

That’s the working title of The You I Never Knew, in case you’re wondering. Finding the right title for a book is always tricky, and sometimes the results are just downright odd. The Bookseller Magazine awards the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title. Readers are encouraged to vote here.

The shortlist for the 2007 prize has been announced, with the winner to be announced on March 28. The nominees are:

  • I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen – Jasper McCutcheon
  • How to Write a How to Write Book – Brian Piddock
  • Are Women Human? And Other International DialoguesCatharine A. MacKinnon
  • Cheese Problems Solved – P. L. H. McSweeney
  • If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs – Big Boom
  • People Who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood – Dee Gordon

Previous winners of the award include Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice (1978), How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art (1989), High Performance Stiffened Structures (2000), Living with Crazy Buttocks (2002). There’s a complete list here.

3:46 a.m.

March 01, 2008 | 4 Comments

please buy this book - all proceeds go to charityMy publisher is reissuing More Than Words and I hope you’ll buy a copy. I won’t make a penny from the sale but I don’t care. This project is more important than book royalties, which all go to charity. My proceeds are for Cottage Dreams, founded by the incredible Seana O’Neill. I’m so glad I got to do this project, and I love the reissue. I adore my two co-authors, Sharon Sala and Emilie Richards. Maybe it’s hormones, but I got all choked up over this reader feedback, sent via my web site. The time stamp was 3:46 a.m. 

A contact form has been submitted via the s22529.p716.sites.pressdns.com web site.

comment:        I have had a very stressful year with my 19 yr old
daughter and brain cancer. Reading the More than Words selection
now as I lay beside her. Thank you.You and Fern
Michaels have gotten me thru this year. L** C*******

Note: Cottage Dreams is always in need of contributions. You can donate here. Also, the reader above posted a link to her daughter’s story (via Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital) and a benefit fund for her daughter. Please e-mail me via my web site if you would like to send a contribution there.