Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Book Blog Tour: Lisa

Lisa asks:

What is your favorite word?
Diaspora. A melodic word for a rotten thing.

What is your least favorite word?
I have a few. Slacks. Mushroom. Soup. So, it stands the reason "I need slacks to eat my mushroom soup" is the ugliest sentence I can imagine.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Quiet, solitude, knowing everyone in my life is happy and engaged without necessarily having to be in the same room with them.
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Noise, chaos, confrontation. Of course, the quiet and solitude I think feeds me leaves me with nothing to write about and the bumping up against people gives me the impetus to write, so never ask me what I need, because I'm wrong.
What sound or noise do you love?
I've never thought about it before, but I like the sound of Velcro opening. I mean, I like lots of other sounds, including the sound of my kid laughing and the pets snoring (The cat has an epic snore) and Consort sleep-chuckling, but Velcro was the first one which came to mind. So it gets first billing.
What sound or noise do you hate?
The sounds of a car accident. Even when it's faked for a movie, i want to run from the room screaming. Probably comes from having been a participant in that sound in real life once too often.
What is your favorite curse word?
It is a compound word and it involves the word "Rat." It's a little off the main drag, as far as obscenities go, but I like it.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
On some level, I feel as if I'm still attempting the career I have, so I'm loathe to add a new learning curve, even theoretically.
What profession would you not like to do?
Meat packer. Telephone solicitor. Secretary of the Treasury.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

"Don't worry, we know you tried your best. We're going to let you work at the cat-rescue place up here."


Blogger Unknown said...

I'm with you Quinn on hating the word "slacks".

And Mushroom soup.

Great interview, Lisa!

Peace - Rene

6:00 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

I love the last question and answer. May it be so.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Aren't words fun? I have become somewhat addicted to word verification. So many make sense.

Take the one for this post:

wilint That could/should be a wonderful word.

ex: Sir Baritone knew his life as a knight had reached new heights as he shook his head and watched the shadows of the wilints on his armor waft in the breeze. Sir Baritone was all about image.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

@Rene -

I can't take credit for the questions, as this is the "Proust Questionnaire". I submitted to Quinn the version that came to me via:

-James Lipton, who adapted it from

-Bernard Pivot who based it on one answered by

-Marcel Proust, who filled it out in a "confession album" a popular sort of autograph book in the late 1800s.

So really - some anonymous scribe for a publisher in the Victorian era deserves most of the credit. The interesting part about its widespread use is the ability to compare the answers (hmm did Angelina Jolie mention slacks or toast in her answer ?)


1:50 PM  

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