Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tag -- You're It

I was given this lovely little Tag session by Terry Towery over at A Writer of Wrongs.

Where were you five years ago? (Hopefully I've learned from my mistakes of the past.)

1) I was blissfully in love with my new daughter. (Thank God, because the rest of my life was shit.)

2) My ex had just thrown me and our daughter to the curb for the second time. (That's a long sad story.)

3) I was living at the beach. (Oh to go back.)

4) I was on welfare. (Yeah, sometimes life sucks.)

5) I didn't care about anything except my lovely angelic Monster Baby who was breastfeeding like a baby gorilla. (I couldn't care about anything because the little monster was sucking the life right out of me. Kidding, I love her more than life itself.)

Where do you want to be five years from now? (There's a difference between wanting and needing, and if you want something you will always want it, if you need something it has a better shot at manifesting.)

1) I need to be published with three books behind me and four more on the way.

2) I need to be living in a great town with an awesome school district.

3) I need to have some serious cash in the bank.

4) I need to be close to the ocean.

5) I need to be healthier.

What is on your to-do list today?

1) Finish this blog post.

2) Finish critiquing the remaining chapters for a friend of mine.

3) Try and get the next scene written for Genna -- she meets a new man!

4) Tackle the dishes and the laundry.

5) Play with the dogs.

What are your favorite snacks?

1) Watermelon.

2) Chocolate chip ice cream.

3) Pretzels.

4) Watermelon.

5) Peanut M&M's.

What would you do if you were a billionaire?

1) Donate half to charity. What would I do with a billion dollars? I don't need that much.

2) Buy one house as a home base and rent out houses in places I want to live for awhile -- Provence, England, Ireland.

3) Buy a new truck - Chevy/GMC long bed, regular cab, manual transmission. Gotta love a stick.

4) Put half the money in investments that will last.

5) Pay off all my debt. (Which isn't that much but it's enough.)

(As an aside I'd like to say with a billion dollars I'd hire a hit man to take care of my ex- but I don't really think I can say that on a blog. Besides the fact I could get in really big trouble, I think God might have something to say about it too. And Karma. So with a billion dollars I would make him disappear, like in the bowels of the deepest darkest Amazon jungle.)

I would like to tag

Sarah Jayne Smythe


Nicole Ducleroir


E. Elle

I've tried to think of people who I've seen haven't been tagged yet.

And don't forget about tomorrow's post for Genna -- something dreadful is about to happen.


Amy Jo Lavin said...

I love how you wrote your five year plan in terms of "I need." You have great goals!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Ooh ya! There are a lot of mosquitoes in the Amazon...and crocs...and poison dart frogs...and humidity... LOL

I loved your answers, especially to the billionaire questions. It's always great to get to know you even better! And yum! to watermelon!

Have a great day!

Terry Towery said...

You're awesome, Anne! Thanks for playing. :)

Piedmont Writer said...

Amy Jo -- I forget where I read that. When you want, that's all it is, wanting. When you need, it's a life thing, like you need water, food and shelter.

Nicole -- And let's not forget canibals, or pythons or anything else that will eat a human.

Terry -- Right back at cha'.

Patti said...

Sounds like you've come a long way. This is a great exercise in seeing how far you've come and where you want to go. And I love peanut M&M's, almost too much.

Cynthia Reese said...

Amazing, isn't it, how we're completely different people -- and yet, essentially much the same -- than we were five years ago.

Crimey said...

Piedmont Writer (Anne), thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. I've seen you around on the blogosphere as well, and nice to e-meet you.

Sounds like life had it's up and downs for you, like most of us. Here's another fellow writer wishing you the best.

laurel said...

Maybe the "kill him with kindness" idea would be better than the hit man for dealing with the ex. Buy him a nice place on some extemely remote island (say, off the coast of New Zealand) and set up some business for him--on the stipulation you never hear from him again.

DL Hammons said...

You need to make your ex a character in one of your books...then you can do with him as you wish! :)

Ann Best said...

Dear, dear Anne: Life sometimes does indeed "suck." I don't blame you for thinking violent ex thoughts. I like what Laurel says. Set him up, then GOODBYE. You're a good lady. Taking good care of your daughter. And keep writing. (You deserve all the awards on your sidebar!!)

Elaine AM Smith said...

Don't make your ex into one of the characters in a book *when* you become successful he'll find a way to scam money from you by proving what an influence he has been in your life and writing!
Put him behind you - and pass wind! ;)

Piedmont Writer said...

Patti -- We'll found out in five years just how far I've come.

Cynthia -- I like to think of it as my 'core' values. The other stuff changes.

Crimey -- Nice to e-meet you. Thanks.

Laurel -- Tried the kill 'em with kindness thing one too many times. He's a BIG FAT JERK and I'm being kind when I say that. He deserves to have a rotten life. After what he did to me, even the jungle isn't far enough away.

DL -- As tempting as that sounds, he doesn't deserve my even thinking about him. As non-violent a man as I think you are, if I even told you half the stuff he's done, you'd go beat the crap out of him.

Ann -- Thank you Ann. That's very sweet of you to say.

Elaine -- Believe me, he's already tried to scam money off the book. And it's not even agented. Yes, he's that bad. I like that, pass wind.

Matthew Rush said...

It's always fun to read these and learn more about other writers. Thanks for sharing Anne.

I hear you on the truck. I would love to be able to afford to own a GMC.

Shelley Sly said...

Great answers, Anne! I know how sucky life can be, but I'm glad you have your Monster Baby. :)

And... (you knew this was coming) Genna meets a new man?! *Sits on edge of seat*

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you have an interesting past, Anne. Thanks for being willing to share little hints of it with us. :o)

Thanks for the tag! I did this a couple posts ago so you should still be able to see it on the main page, if you're interested.

Crystal Cook said...

I really love this tag game. It's so fun to get to know all this about you.

I love how you changed them to needs, cool :)

Portia said...

Wow, you are a strong woman—and a mom to make your daughter proud. I like your attitude--need makes things happen, right? :-) And I like DL's idea. It would be really fun to kill your ex in a book, wouldn't it?

Piedmont Writer said...

Matthew -- silver grey with step sides. yeah baby.

Shelley -- She does meet a new man, but not tomorrow. Tomorrow is something different.

E. -- Sorry, I hadn't seen it, or sorry, hadn't remembered it. My brain is mush.

Crystal -- Somethings you just want, and some things you just need.

Portia -- Thank you Portia, that was really sweet. Killing him on the page wouldn't be enough. He'd find a way to make money off it.

Christi Goddard said...

I think you and I should become filthy rich and just hang out on a beach all day.

With our laptops.

Tess said...

so fun to gain this insight on people...I've seen this meme floating around this past week and have enjoyed learning a bit. We usually stick to all things writing (or at least, I do) and so a more personal post is sometimes refreshing.

Here's raising a glass that all your goals and dreams come true!!

Susan Fields said...

Ooh - a new man for Genna! Those are fun scenes to write.

Peanut m&m's are one of my favorite snacks too - yum!

Lola Sharp said...

You crack me up, love. Nicole made some valid points. ;)

Fate's a fickle bitch, she'll have her wicked way with the ex.

Thanks for tagging know I adore you. Alas, I was tagged and posted it earlier this week.

Have a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend!!

Tara said...

Teehee. Gotta love a stick...oh sorry, my mind is usually in the 9th grade gutter for some reason ;p

Thanks for the tag, I'll do it sometime next week...

sarahjayne smythe said...

I love your list. And I really love that even when your life was not what you wanted it to be, you still found some way of looking up and out for something good and going on. Very cool.

And thanks for tagging me. :)