Because we’re both writers, Jessi and I thought it would be fun to ask each other 20 questions. You can read my questions to her here + here. Here are the first 10 questions she asked me. Look for Part Two next week.
What’s the story behind the beginning of your blog? What prompted you to start it up?
I started my blog as a way to chronicle my life and my writing. It seemed like the most natural thing to do as a writer. I like that my blog is a sort of portfolio of my work all in one place. Plus, I hadn’t read many blogs about living life and looking for love with a physical disability, so I thought it would be neat to explore that area of my life, too.
Where were you/what were you doing 10 years ago?
Wow, that seems like so long ago. I was 19 and just starting college. I seemed so young then, and in a way, I was. I was bright-eyed and eager to immerse myself in college. Though it wasn’t without a bit of fear. I tend to be a worry wart and worried that I wouldn’t be successful in college. With some reassurance from my parents (and good grades on a few papers), my fears were put to rest
What do you think you’ll be up to ten years from now?
Now that one seems so far away! Yikes! I’ll be 39 – I just can’t bring myself to say almost 40. I hope to be writing for a magazine or newspaper, maybe even still writing a newspaper column. But, really, I just want to be healthy and happy and surrounded by my friends and family.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
For as long as I can remember, Europe has been at the top of my list. I’ve never been there, so I’d love to live in Italy or England. It’s funny because I always say I want to move away, but I think if I actually did, I would miss my hometown and want to come home.
If you inherited 1 million dollars today, what would you do with it?
Ahhh, money! Well, I’d give some to charity, maybe a suicide-prevention charity. Then I’d give lots to my mother because she’s done so much for me. And of course I’d probably take a nice vacation with the rest – cruise ship, anyone?
What is your biggest writing inspiration?
My life, actually. I always tell my students that there’s a story in everything, and I’ve really enjoyed writing about my life; it’s been very therapeutic for me, so that inspires me.
What is your favorite thing about the holidays?
I have so many happy memories of the holidays. My grandparents retired in Southern Alabama, so I spent my childhood Christmases there, and they were the best times I can remember. My grandmother made the best Santa Claus cookies – huge cookies in the shape of Mr. Claus complete with a coconut beard. She loved to bake, and you can never have too many sweets during the holidays, right?
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a newspaper adviser?
Having been editor of this paper when I was a student, it almost feels like I’m coming home again. I love introducing the new generation to the wonders of journalism. I love seeing them get excited about their articles or about interviewing someone. Plus, I like being able to say that I’m molding the journalists of the future…. 🙂
What inspired you to major in journalism?
Honestly, journalism seemed like the most natural fit for me as a writer. I’d been interested in journalism since high school, and I was lucky enough to work for my college newspaper, which made me fall in love with journalism even more. And of course I was sold when I watched All The President’s Men for the first time. I wanted to be Woodward and Bernstein.
What’s your earliest memory you can recall?
Hmmm, my earliest memory. I was a girl who loved her McDonald’s as a child, so my family spent many hours at the Oasis playing and eating. I even had my famous Smurf birthday party there. Good times, indeed.