Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.
-Bridgekeeper, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Okay, so really it’s more like “these questions eleven” than “these questions three.” And instead of a mystical bridgekeeper with wild hair and skin in desperate need of a soothing ointment, we have the delightful and always-pleasant Tami Clayton, who was kind enough to think of me when it was her turn to tag people for some sort of question-themed blog game.
But I couldn’t pass up a chance to deploy a Monty Python and the Holy Grail reference, now could I?
As the cosmos itself is governed by rules that orchestrate the spinning of worlds and the effects of time and gravity, so is the Game of Eleven Questions™:
- Post the rules.
- Answer the questions.
- Pass the questions on to eleven people by tagging and linking to them.
- Let them know you’ve tagged them.
Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I am not afraid.
-Lancelot, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
1. If you could live in a fictional world, where would that be?
I would totally live in the fictional world where my work-in-progress is set. Then I’d know more about what it’s like and what happens there, making it easier to finish my novel. I’d be able to come back, right? Maybe via an octopus-drawn chariot that travels between the worlds?
2. Fiction or non-fiction?
I read mostly fiction, but lately I’ve been mixing in more non-fiction because learning more about Chinese history, mythology, and philosophy benefits my WIP.
3. Do you read in noisy or quiet places?
Quiet places. It’s hard to read where it’s noisy, such as inside an erupting Icelandic Volcano. Apparently I should know because, according to Klout, I am somehow influential in the subject of Icelandic Volcano–perhaps because I might’ve once flown over one in a plane.
4. Do reviews influence your choice of reads?
Not really, although when considering a new purchase, I like to skim reviews to see if a book is generally considered good. Mostly the mood I’m in at the time influences what I read.
5. Audio books or paperbacks?
If these are my only two choices, I’d have to choose paperbacks, but my preference is for ebooks. Even better would be sitting in an oaken hall, warmed by flickering firelight while the northern winds howl outside, listening to the elder tell tales that were ancient even when he first heard them as a boy. But ebooks are good too.
6. What was the first book you remember reading?
I suppose that would be Frog and Toad Are Friends, a collection of harrowing tales full of adventure and intrigue.
7. Favorite author?
8. Classic or Modern Novels?
Modern novels, although I’ve been reading the Chinese classic, Journey to the West, because it feeds my WIP.
9. Have you ever met your favorite author?
That would be the favorite author I don’t have, so no
10. Book groups or solitary reading?
Solitary reading. I’ve never been in book group, so I have no sense of what such an experience would be like. Is it like a gladiatorial combat?
11. If you could read only one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Bridgekeeper: What… is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
King Arthur: What do you mean? An African or European swallow?
Bridgekeeper: Huh? I… I don’t know that. Ahhhhhhhh!
-Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Now I must choose those who will next confront the Bridge of Death and answer the questions
three eleven, even though most everyone I know is probably tagged already:
- Sheila Pierson
- Lara Schiffbauer
- Gloria Richard
- Janice Heck
- Ellen Gregory
- Rabia Gale
- Sonia G Medeiros
- Kim Griffin
- Kirsten at Write a Book with Me
- Amber West
- the bridgekeeper
Thanks for the tag, Tami!
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Would you like to answer the bridgekeeper’s challenge and answer some of “these questions three?” Do you have a favorite Monty Python quote you’d like to share?