Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What I Really Wanna Know

I'm having an idea and with any luck you're going to help me. Is there a question you want me to answer?

My, that sounds self-involved.

And yet, I stand by it: Is there a question you've always wanted me to answer? I cannot help but think I've covered most of the waterfront about my personal life that I'm comfortable airing. And yet, the Quinn Cummings Seemingly Endless Blog Book 2009 shook loose some really good questions from you all. Better than I would have gotten from most reporters.

So I come to you again. Anything you want to know?


Blogger Emily said...

Has Lupac come back yet?
And how do Anne and Diana get along w/ Daughter?
Oh, and is daughter still dissecting internal organs?

3:18 PM  
Blogger malialou said...

A few nights ago The Goodbye Girl was on TV & I couldn't have been more thrilled. I still vividly remember when I saw it for the first time in the theater with my Mom. I thought you were so awesome, all smart and sassy. I'll admit,I tried to style myself after you for a few smart-mouthed years (Wow, I sound like a dork). Anyway, I love the movie and was stoked to watch it again.

While watching the movie my roommate & I started talking about Marsha Mason, Richard Dryfus, Neil Simon and you. Out of curiosity I Googled (that's a verb now I believe) you and found this wonderful blog! I've ordered your book and can't wait to read it. Thanks!

As for my question - What was it like to be nominated for an Academy Award at such a young age?

3:39 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

What are you reading, and what have you read recently? I always want to know what bloggers are reading.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If given the chance, is there anything at all in your life that you would have done differently? And how do you think that would have changed the person you are now, if at all?

Kim in San Diego

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Another Emily said...

Maybe I'm imagining it, but I seem to recall at one time you mentioned having a crazy-hard exercise routine. I'd love to know the details!

4:39 PM  
Blogger Weird in edgewise said...

What is a jar egg?

5:31 PM  
Blogger Weird in edgewise said...

Ew. I just googled it and found your Sept. 21 posting. I have indeed seen jar eggs, but I have never and will never eat one.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Which are your top ten favorite blogs to read?

6:55 PM  
Blogger TheHappyHomemaker said...

Have you ever lived in a place other than California? Do you have any desire to move from California to another place? Why or why not??

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Judy S said...

When you're feeling totally overwhelmed, your muse is screaming for attention but the blank computer monitor sends all coherent thoughts to places unknown, what do you do to calm yourself so that your muse can return, secure in the knowledge that your life is no longer a field full if IEDs?

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Kris said...

I'd also love to know what your favorite blogs are. I have a handful I read every few days and yours is in that group. They're diverse; a mix of funny writers, design blogs, celeb gossip and geeky stuff. I find them relaxing and I love the glimpse into others lives.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous RobinRaven said...

I'm a reporter for a vegan blog now, and I'm trying to think of intelligent things to ask an all-natural CEO tomorrow. I'm blank, but this is more fun. Hope these questions aren't really dumb. haha

When may we expect the next book? (No pressure.) ;)

Do you like Olivia Newton-John? (I've seen her in concert seven times, and I noticed you mentioned her in your book.) So I was wondering. haha

Who are your favorite authors?

What would make you consider acting again? What actors do you admire?

What was your favorite place to travel to on the book tour?

Do you ever listen to "This American Life." I noticed you referencing the channel before, and I'm so taken with that show lately. haha

Alright, I think that I've used up more than my allotment of questions. hehe My brain is fried tonight, so my apologies if they're on the silly side.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Philip said...

What's that one book (or that collection of books) on your shelf that you just look at and say "Why on Earth did I buy this?", but then it sits there unread anyway because while you don't really have the idle time to read a book you're not sure you were ever interested in in the first place, you hate the idea of parting with a book you haven't even -tried- reading yet?

(Mine, for the record is Coin Locker Babies by Murakami Ryu.)

2:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to know more about your own education. I love how smart you are and how solid and sound your writing is, too---what was your educational path?

6:01 AM  
Blogger Delightfully Healthy said...

I asked my husband this question the other day, and it started an interesting conversation (although possibly it's because we're geeks): If you could be any age right now, how old would you choose to be? Would that change based on whether you could have your current knowledge/wisdom/experience or not?

6:45 AM  
Blogger Sara J. Henry said...

Ah, what a can of worms you have opened! (You are a brave woman.) And you won't have to wonder about blog topics for some time to come. :-)

6:55 AM  
Blogger Dlschkngrl said...

I have to agree with the others- What are your favorite blogs? Yours is the only really funny blog I read.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...


I don't think of you as a 'former child star' but realize that's what you did (many) years ago. It seems we hear about former child stars all the time and how 1) hideous their lives turned out and/or 2) their relentless pursuit to regain that "star" status (I won't mention any names, but we can all name a half dozen off the top of our heads). So, what made it possible for you to move on from acting and find a contented life? What in your experience let you skip the "Biggest Loser", "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here" or "Quinn Cummings Totally Wacky Topsy Turvy Life" reality show? What do you think when you see some of the sad or desperate or embarrassing things some of these folks are doing? Since we know you are thinking about reality shows - your recent post about marriage and mirage proves this - you must have an opinion.

On a happier subject, I don't recall you discussing how you met consort. Did you two meet cute?

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Chris in NY said...

I miss L.A., having spent the first 28 years of my life there. What are your favorite (offbeat, quirky) parts of the city.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you living in the house you mention buying in your book? I loved that story - we bought a 'fixer-upper' 3 years ago that we're still working on. Your description of hunting for drawer pulls just had me rolling and I can totally relate!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Eris said...

What happened with the hole in your head?

Did you ever climb Mt Whitney?

Did the shelving in daughter's room finally get built?

What lipgloss do you currently use?

Is Lupac in Boca Vista with her cat friends enjoying retirement?

Are you still opening drawers in your kitchen with butter knives or did you put handles on them yet?

Is the toilet paper roll in your bathroon still a point of contention in your relationship?

How is your mother?

What are you currently reading?

Did you ever buy another pair ot Korkeese shoes or is one lone shoe still holding service on the bench of many things?

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you get married?

Too personal? I feel like I know you, having read your books and blogs. I think you need a wedding.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No questions. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. With all the crap that is on the internet (it is beginning to rival the crapfest that is cable television) I can always count on you to make me laugh, smile and think, not an easy task sometimes.

12:57 PM  
Blogger yogahz said...

Have you figured out how to get knitting gauge yet?

1:00 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

A woman standing in line behind me at the grocery check-out just had a pedicure complete with French tips on her toenails. Why did she do this? I would ask her, but she was talking on her cell phone and I didn't want to interrupt. The reason I am asking is that she said it was all the rage in LA. Well, we live in a little bitty town in Illinois, but I try to keep up. Thank you in advance.

Oh, and I think I had the word verification for lunch a couple weeks ago at an eclectic (it was on the sign) restaurant in Anchorage.


3:52 PM  
Anonymous Paula said...

What does your house REALLY look like? From reading, I am imagining a small, cluttered and dark bungalow with old vinyl flooring, laminate counter tops with metal edges, chipped paint on the kitchen cabinets, lots of coats and boots cluttering up the back entry way and lots of cat hair. Is this true?

10:47 PM  
Blogger Quirky said...

Are you still doing the Latin? I haven't seen a translation lately, and I enjoy our crazy Roman family.

Also, I second the question about meeting Consort.

And how about one of those weird off the wall ones like, "If you had to choose an animal to represent you based on your personality alone, what would it be?" (My sister and I play this game all the time...she's an eagle. I'm a frill necked lizard. Your turn).

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is your dog's breed? I remember reading about how your dog and thinking that it sounded like a Weimaraner, personality-wise.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Bridget's Blog said...

How about homeschooling? I am sure lots of interesting stuff will come up...

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know your acting days probably seem long ago, but what are some of your favorite memories of those days? Any funny stories about other actors you worked with?
(ps - I could have been your child doppelganger - I loved Goodbye Girl and Family and most people commented how much I looked like you back then. I also housesat in the early 90s at the house whose exterior was used for Family in South Pasadena. So weird.)
Anyway, love your blog - just discovered it recently!

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Ckoei said...

Do you drink your tea tainted or true?

4:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've asked before, but since you've given us this opportunity to ask again: Any chance "GG" will be re-released on DVD with commentary? If you don't know of any plans, is there a way for us to influence the decision?

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preface- I love children's books even now (as an adult). Were books influential to you when you were a child? What were your favorite books- why? Did your favorites change over time (once you were past the easy reader stage)? Do you have any interest in reading books with your daughter, like a mother/daughter book group that seems the rage now. If so what titles would you want to tackle?

8:53 AM  
Blogger Juli said...

You've mentioned being a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Of course, this time of year, we all know that you get to vote, and you've mentioned taking this seriously and trying to watch the relevant movies.

What else does membership entail? Does the Academy have a speaker's bureau for people interested in technical questions? Do you have seminars on the latest in SFX? Do famous costume designers give talks about how they made the decisions they have? Is there a private club with great drinks and a hot tub?

I've always wondered.

7:18 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

What are yout thoughts on having a unique writing voice? Do you feel you've found yours?

10:25 PM  

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