On a Mission of Discovery

Megan at Invisible World has challenged me to tell more about myself. So here goes. 

What is your Myers Briggs personality type?

As I haven’t taken a Myers Briggs quiz in a while, I did. And I got INFP: The Mediator.

INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the INFP personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.

What is your zodiac sign?

I’m a pretty fair Taurus.    


What does your name mean?

As a matter of fact, I just happen to have a handy dandy work tool to help me out with that.  

 It says April means ‘awakened,’ from the Latin. 
What Hogwarts house would you be in?

I got Hufflepuff here

But my results are pretty close to each other:
Hufflepuff – 12
Gryffindor – 11
Ravenclaw – 10
Slytherin – 10

What are your learning styles?

I took the quiz, and got some pretty clear results.  

Are you more of a left brain or right brain type of person?

This quiz says I’m 75% right brained. 

What is your blood type? 
I’m A+, and I’m sure I can still readily draw a unit from anyone eligible. But this is what it’s supposed to mean:

• Presence of mind, serious, patient, calm & cool;

• Coherent character, can be relied on & trusted, but stubborn;

• Plan everything out beforehand, and carry out tasks with seriousness and consistency; 

• Try to be fair and find the ideal outcome to any situation;

• Tend to keep themselves separate from others, especially those who don’t share their opinions;

• Tend to try and keep their emotions and thoughts hidden from others, and share them only when comfortable.

 Close enough. 

What career are you meant to be in?

Quiz results: 

 I could probably be a therapist. 

Which Divergent faction do you belong in?

The quiz says: Dauntless. 

What is your birth order?

I’m the oldest of four. Megan, as the oldest also, offers these traits as commonly found among oldest:

  • People pleasers
  • Natural leaders
  • High achievers
  • Conformist
  • May be bossy or a know-it-all
  • Are often very organized and prompt
  • May be overachievers
  • They may behave in a very authoritarian manner, especially towards younger siblings
  • May seek attention – in both positive and negative ways
  • Often controlling
  • May become compliant and nurturing

But since most of that is more my younger sister than me, I’ll take the quiz. Which says I’m a natural leader even though I answered that I wouldn’t volunteer and I would just get the damn coffee. Whatevs. I’m a complaint people pleaser, at least. 

Phew! That’s a lot of linking and copy/pasting on my phone at work. And I know the images aren’t going to look right, but I may fix them when I get home. Feel free to answer yourself! 


NaNo Tag

Here’s a NaNoWriMo tag from Amanda McCormick!

  1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo? I’ve officially participated the past three years, but four years ago I got all gung ho about it and then it didn’t happen. 
  2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo? Well, I don’t remember exactly, but four years ago I read something about it somewhere–I know, super specific–but I didn’t realize it was something you actually went somewhere to sign up for. I’d figured that out by the next year.
  3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo? It didn’t have a name, the poor thing. But it was about a suicidal alcoholic, apparently–I just went and read what I wrote in 2011. I’ll have to revisit it after this year’s NaNoWriMo.
  4. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year. This year, I’m writing Pictures of Myself, about the importance (or unimportance) of memory.
  5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? Write!
  6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why? Not yet, but I haven’t finished just as many times as I have.
  7. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write? Dreams, actually. When I do write down scraps of dreams, they tend to work out well.
  8. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels. Dear Diary, I feel a little silly writing that, but I’ve always wanted to.
  9. Why do you love writing? Because it’s the greatest thing ever! Because it’s fun, because I’m good at it! Because I love writing.

Halloween Book Tag

Stephanie shared this Halloween Book Tag, and in the spirit of continuing to rest my brain while still posting daily, here we go!

👻 Favourite scary must read for Halloween: I generally read whatever calls to me; I don’t think I’ve ever read a scary book for Halloween. I’m in the midst of three or four right now, but the last book I read a page in is Killashandra. Not scary.

🍭 Scariest Book Cover, Like Ever. This is a tough one. I can’t possibly remember all the book covers, even of the books I’ve read. If you go read Michelle’s original post, she chose Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but I really had thought of it before I read her post. I will say the scariest image I ever got from reading something was the end of Robert Bloch’s Enoch. Oddly enough, there’s a character named Enoch in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

👻 If you could pick any author to go trick or treating with, who would you pick? Harlan Ellison. He seems so charismatic and fun to bullshit with.

🍭 If you could dress up as any bookish character for Halloween, who would you be? Cirocco Jones, but the one from Wizard, in a serape. But I’m afraid I haven’t the nose to do her justice.

👻 If you could find anything, from any book, in your trick or treat stash, what would you hope to find? A time belt.

🍭 In what fictional world would you like to go trick or treating? Stephanie said the Shire, and I just can’t beat that.

👻 What book villain would you not like to meet alone in a dark alley on Halloween? They’re a pair, but Croup and Vandemar from Neverwhere.

🍭 Would you rather dress up as a vampire, zombie, werewolf or a shadowhunter? A zombie, because there’s so much latitude as far as appearance.

👻 Pick a candy (just one) from Harry Potter that you would love to find in your stash. I googled, and I pick Ice Mice. They sound so cool. Hear your teeth chatter and squeak!

🍭 What is your favourite Halloween candy? I used to love candy corn, but now I don’t. Cadbury makes Halloween Creme Eggs now, so I’ll go with those.

Feel free to participate!

Authorly Bucket List Tag

Megan from Invisible World has totes tagged me–I know right? Two challenges in one week, crazy stuff!

The rules are simple: I list three to seven writing related things that I’m really bad at and then list three to seven writing related things that I want to try.

I am not the best at:

  1. Dialogue tags. It is so hard for me to find that happy medium between too many and too few. I feel that dialogue, in general, is just not my strong suit. I read a blog post once that helped my confidence on this front tremendously–but I have no idea where I read it. Still, I’d rather tell you about a rock rolling through the woods than give you a nice happy convo, in spite of what you may gather from Strange Bedfellows. Jeez, those guys talk so damn much. Just shut up already and get on the road, am I right?
  2. Suspense. As I learned when my heart fell when I read the assignment for that one flash fiction competition. I’m not good at writing suspense. I’m straightforward, and I like to be funny, even when I’m morbid. I’m sure suspense can be funny–I just can’t pull it off. It’s against my nature. This lacking on my part kind of falls in with my whole philosophy on fiction, though: it’s for fun. It’s for entertainment. I deal with enough stress and suspense in my daily life, so I don’t want to deal with it when I’m trying to escape from that. Don’t get me wrong, I will read a good suspense novel and enjoy the heck out of it, but I suck at writing it.
  3. Naming characters. It is the very rare occasion that I immediately know what someone’s name is supposed to be. It is also rare that I come up with it after a few seconds of thinking about it. I don’t think I have enough names in my head; I even have to search and search when I go to a name generator for the right one. Ian names the pets in my stories because he’s good at pet names. He names all the real ones we have.

I want to try:

  1. World building. I grew up on science fiction and fantasy, and yet, I don’t write them, for the most part. I’m going to blame this on the fact that I do not prepare. I’m not inclined to plot and plan and chart and connect everything together. I don’t outline. I write like smoke; my stories float into the world, finding the path they’re destined to follow as they travel, not before they get there.
  2. Editing. I know, this sounds crazy, right? With everything I’ve written, surely I have some kind of editing cred under my belt. But I feel like I don’t, really. It’s only in recent weeks that I’ve done anything as (I assume) completely normal as moving sentences and paragraphs around in a piece. I’ve always laid down the story as it’s meant to be read, first time every time. While this method does involve a lot of stopping and starting during nonfiction, for me, it doesn’t at all during fiction. It just comes out, and it’s near enough to right that I leave it. When I finish something, it isn’t a draft; it’s finished except for the bit of copy editing I didn’t notice the first time through.
  3. A crown of sonnets. After finishing Writing 201: Poetry yesterday, I’m inspired to write more poetry, and two days ago, I learned about the crown of sonnets. It sounds pretty daunting, but I’ve done so many different and previously daunting things this year already, why not? Although I’ll certainly save it for after NaNoWriMo.

Now, it’s time to tag someone else; I’d love to tag someone who would get as much personal growth and motivation out of this as I did, but honestly, I’m not sure who would. And really, I got nearly as much out of reading others’ lists as I did out of writing my own, so I would love to read any and all of your takes on this. Everyone gets a tag!

And while you’re at it, what do you think I could improve upon, and what should I give a try?

Twenty Facts

Cheryl tagged me to post 20 Facts about myself, so here goes!

  1. I think Michael Keaton is the best Batman.
  2. I miss phlebotomy sometimes. I was a great sticker.
  3. I hated onions as a child, but now they’re one of my favorite vegetables.
  4. I am very particular about my socks. They must match, and the line must be straight across the top of my toes.
  5. I’m gettin’ real tired of ants invading our home.
  6. I love signing up for free stuff online.
  7. I am not the kind of person who can stick with the same hairstyle for years, or even months.
  8. My favorite nut is filbert.
  9. I read all of my mom’s recent issues of Cook’s Country cover to cover when we visit.
  10. I am a procrastinator.
  11. I lived on a sailboat with my parents for a while, when I was still an only child.
  12. I would rather swim in an ocean than a lake.
  13. I read all three Fifty Shades books.
  14. I am going to hike the Appalachian Trail one day.
  15. I abhor corruption, be it corporate, government, whatever.
  16. One of my most vivid memories is finally seeing the lights of Edmonton, AB in the distance after days of driving from New Orleans.
  17. I have been trying to figure out what a movie from my childhood is for years. I don’t remember the title. It’s live action and animation, set in Australia, features a kangaroo, a wombat, a kookaburra, and is not Dot and the Kangaroo.
  18. I am not a fan of glitter nail polish. The removal is not worth the look, mostly because the look is not that awesome.
  19. I have five different kinds of mascara in my makeup bag right now. And I use them all.
  20. I read between one and eight books a week. Usually less than half are new books. I am a huge fan of rereading.

Better late than never, right Cheryl?

Do join in if you’d like. I love reading people’s lists about themselves.


A month ago (sorry!) strugglingwithbipolar tagged me for the 11 questions game.

The rules:

1. Post the rules that are a part of this game
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them! (but of course)

Now, my answers:

1. When did you start your blog? Why? I published my first post here on August 6, 2011. I’d already been dealing with infertility for five years at that point, but 2011 was the year I really started to need support from someone besides my husband. I joined an online support group at inspire.com, but, well, there were too many bitches. I was already reading a couple of blogs, so I started my own.

2. Who is the most influential person in your life? My husband, of course. Even on the days when my not-entirely-healthy issues have me desperately needing his approval.

3. If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go? Today, I’d go to Washington, DC, to Arlington National Cemetery to see my mom’s parents final resting place. If I could save it until August 5, I’d go to Rhode Island for my grandmother’s memorial service.

4. What is your favorite breakfast food? I love breakfast food. But just one, I’d pick biscuits and gravy, when you butter and grill the biscuit halves before spooning the gravy over top.

5. Do you have different songs you listen to based on different moods? The short answer is no. Now that I don’t spend 50-60 hours a week in my car, I rarely listen to music. I don’t have any background noise on when I’m home alone, and only seldom when it’s just me and our daughter. However, when I’m in the car by myself, if ‘Panama’ comes on the radio, you can hear me coming from, well, a long way away.

6. What is the one thing you want most but don’t know if you’ll ever be able to receive? A constant sense of security in myself, in my life, in my relationships. I want to not fear the other shoe dropping.

7. Do you promote your blog on Twitter? I automatically post links when I publish, but I don’t shamelessly self-promote constantly like a certain friend of ours. My husband will immediately know to whom I’m referring.

8. How many blogs do you read regularly? 30 exactly. And probably 10 or so occasionally.

9. What is your favorite TV show or movie? Of all time, Alien Nation. Currently loving Community, we just finished season two.

10. If you could work in any career field regardless of ability or training, what would it be? I would…make pizzas. Seriously. I love making pizzas. And cutting and boxing them.

11. What is your favorite sport? If you don’t like sports, what is your favorite game? I like to play softball or basketball, but I’m not really a fan of watching anything unless someone I love is playing.

Now! I will freely admit that I’m wimping out on tagging anyone. I have backslid quite a bit with my self esteem, and I’m afraid anyone I tag will be disgusted and hate me forever. In fact, just saying that has me cringing in fear. I’ve got to get back on the wagon.

On another note, the same lovely and talented strugglingwithbipolar nominated me for a Liebster Award. Okay, maybe not an entirely different note, because I’m scared to nominate people for that one too. But I will sing the praises of my nominator, and strongly encourage you to check out her blog. She truly inspires me to keep fighting. Thank you!!