Saturday, July 11, 2009

Will I Never Learn (C'mon, C'mon)

I've been very pleased with the questions so far on the QUINN CUMMINGS BOOK BLOG TOUR 2009. This has been that most unexpected of things, fun. Now, I need you. Come on, ask me something. For those people who have written to me and said, "I'd like to ask you questions but I can't think of anything witty," just ask me stuff. I promise you that your questions are plenty witty and my answers will involve cats. Or toast. I've been feeling like writing about toast and no one has asked me the right toast-centric question. So I'm just going to have to work toast into other topics.

Don't think I can't.


Blogger Unknown said...

Ok...toast it is...what degree of doneness suits you? What's the best toasting bread? Are you a fan of English muffins? How about melba toast? What is the ideal topper for your toast and lastly,If you had to serve a wine with your toast which wine goes best with which toast?

Peace - Rene

Love your book! Picked it up yesterday and have had a hard time putting it down!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Sara J. Henry said...

Rene - it's time for you to host Quinn! C'mon, don't be shy - ask her to visit your blog, and she can answer your questions there!

3:43 PM  
Blogger Felicia said...

Do you like toast-flavored jelly beans? What about jelly-flavored toast with beans?

What's your desert-island food? Is it toast?

Is there any food where you like the food itself, but hate anything flavored like that food (i.e. I like oranges but I hate orange-flavored (insert noun))?

Is there a preferred method for purchasing your book? (Where I can throw more revenue your way instead of to the big, bad, middlemen?)

4:52 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

toast and cats...

does lupac like toast? what is the people food that lupac demands when you are fixing it?

5:15 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Do you prefer dogs or cats? Does Daughter prefer dogs or cats? How old is Lulabelle? When did you get your first pet?

Oh, and can I ask about tea? What is your favorite brand? Favorite flavor?

LOVED the book. I'm the one who read it twice so far. :)

5:53 PM  
Blogger preppyplayer said...

I guess because i feel like " toast " after a long weekend at another lacrosse tournament I will throw a few questions at you!
Being the mother of five, I often wonder how it is to only have one child. Can you give me the pros and cons?
Also, are sports a part of your family's life?

6:18 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I do have a question, but am only half way through the book and want to wait until I finish it asking. Don't want to look like a real dork by asking something you may very well have already published.

In the meantime, I would like to say that you recently provided one of my all-time favorite "small world" moments. I had been reading your posts about the foster kitten...while also talking with a neighbor/friend about the new kitten he had just adopted. As time went on, my friend lamented the way his 28-pound cat was not becoming fond of the new baby (who was not making itself particularly easy for the 28-pound Original Resident to warm up to). And then you posted about the return of the kitten...because its new 28-pound sibling didn't accept it. And the next time I asked my friend how the new kitten was doing, he told me they had to return it. And I finally (probably much later than anyone reading this now) realized that it was the SAME CAT! Not to make light of the poor feline's plight or that of those who have been trying to help, but it did tickle me.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous rebecca said...


When you think of all the meanings of toast, which is your favorite? And why?

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

Her Quinness,

On my blog I often discuss matters related to a person's creative side. Many people who are gifted with strong creative talents often deny these talents by saying "That's just playing around," or "That's not really important," or "I'm not *really* all that good at that, so why try?" This is often tied with fears related to the outcomes that may occur if creativity is pursued.

In your experience, has there ever been a time when you denied the creative side of yourself, and if so, how did you come to reconcile those feelings and move forward? Involving your creativity at this point in life, do you have negative feelings regarding the results of your efforts, and how do you deal with them?

Lastly, what's the most creative way you have ever come up with to prepare toast? And, if you had any negative feelings after completing your masterpiece, did it help to have some lap-tea?

Love you're writing. I'm constantly telling people to check out your stuff.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Okay. Here is a toast question. Or questions.

Let's start with restaurant toast. I prefer to put butter on my own toast. It may be a genetic trait, but so be it. Why do waitpeople have such a problem with that? You can not tell me that some chef in the back is going to throw a pot across the room or invoke a Gordon Ramsey snit fit because I prefer to butter my own toast.

Now, on to home toast. Twice through the toaster on the light setting. Period. Paragraph. End of discussion. Unless you wish to discuss it. Oh, unless the toast is leftover pound cake. Once through will do it.

By the way, I walked straight into a board today while telling a friend about the wonderful time I had reading your book. I couldn't stop laughing long enough to decide if I was hurt or not (I was not), so kept on with my story.

Word verification: flerte
The spelling preferred by those who think mullet haircuts will be back in style any day now.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous kim said...

Just finished your book. Bravo. I felt at times you were describing my life. I thought I was the only one clumsy enough to break my own nose!

10:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Quinn, Sara is right, I should invite you over to do an interview at my place. Quite frankly, I was ill prepared and too nervous to ask! But now that I've read your book I think it'll be fun...which is nice.

Peace - Rene

5:58 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

I just got the book; I preordered it on Amazon a few months ago and it arrived on Thursday. It's in the trunk of my car, since I'm taking a class and am not allowing myself to read for pleasure until my research paper is finished. So perhaps my question is already answered in the book: What did you read when you were a child and when you were in your teens?

8:35 AM  
Blogger Rachael said...

What ever happened with the Latin? I enjoyed your take on the Oxford series (if I recall correctly), perhaps especially because I didn't enjoy it myself.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Miss Cavendish said...

Hi Quinn,

Maya I request a modest blog interview? As the tag line to my blog is "literate style," I have two questions in kind.

First, what are your most memorable clothing/hair/accessory moments in fiction or nonfiction? They can be stylish, hilarious, jaw-dropping, etc . . .

And second, what do you wear when you write? (This is not to be taken in the spirit of creepiness! The lovely Anisha Lakhani answered it too, chez moi.)

I'd love to publish your answers, along with your book cover/image of you(?) on my blog. Here's my email:

And as I'm in PEI for a month, where the waves are high and the internet connection low, I'll check my email as often as the weather permits!

5:30 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

How about answerings the Proust/Pivot/Lipton Questionnaire ?

I keep waiting for someone to give my answer for "what profession would you not like to try" - tollbooth collector (shudder).

The ten questions Lipton asks are:

What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate?
What is your favorite curse word?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to do?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

12:45 PM  
Blogger Felicia said...

First, I finished your book this morning and thought it was great. I'm pretty sure no other writer has succeeded in making me laugh out loud within one page of a book before. Thanks, and kudos.

Second, a question: why did you rename Daughter? I'm so used to reading about Consort and Daughter, that throughout the book I kept having to remind myself who "Alice" was. This probably speaks to my utter stupidity, since it was only repeated a few thousand times within your book, and every time it made my brain fart a little.

9:01 PM  

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