Monday, July 6, 2015

July 6: Question of the Month!


Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined (that sweet thunder from down under) started this blog hop with these words:

"Your readers would like to know a little more about you. Show them who you are by taking part in the Question of the Month bloghop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here. Sign up on the list (on Michael's site) to join the fun ;) With every question, remember that the important part is explaining your answer. And please, if you have any suggestions for new questions, share them in the comments section. I bet you've got some great ideas for us."

This month's question is: 
"What are three things you'd do tomorrow if fear wasn't stopping you?"

That is a tough, introspective question. Good job, Michael. Now I'm tormented...(lol). Here I go:

1. Plunge into a new business. 
Why don't I do it now? Because I'm afraid of sinking a lot of money into something that might fail...I do want to retire someday, ya know? Above all else, I'm a realist. Failure is always a possibility; I'm just not sure I'm willing to fail. 

2. Sell my house and move somewhere totally different from anywhere I've ever lived. Europe...India...New Zealand...Australia...Japan...the Caribbean even! You get the idea. Why don't I do it now? Part is fear, part is family. You can't just run over to the kids or Mom's house if you live on the other side of the world. Of course, if I win a big lottery, I'm gone. Hubzam, pack your bags. We'll send for the family once we've settled (and I'd come back eventually).

3. Write a book and try to get it published. 
I've always dabbled in the craft, but I have no specific talent as a writer. Years ago, when I was actually working on a book privately, I let a family member look at a draft of the first eight chapters. It was conditional; it wasn't to be passed around. The next thing I know, several family members were asking when they could get the next chapters. I was horrified and embarrassed.

 If you look on my laptop, you'll find a folder marked "novel" and there's a lot of information, character descriptions, several chapters and re-writes, etc. Short stories are in another folder. Fear (and inexperience) keep them on the laptop.

Well, there you go! Now YOU answer today's question and link your post to the MD
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40 comments:

  1. For me it would be...

    1. Plunge my money into the stock market, and make a killing.

    2. Sell my body to acquire more money for stock buying, and ammunition buying.

    3. Right a wrong. But then again, they say two wrongs can't make a right, and we're back to that killing (in #1 and #2) again. And, heck, I haven't got that many family members left now as it is.

    I guess I'll just leave well enough alone.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. 1. I wish I knew where to plunge it in the stock market - I'd do it!

      2. It sounds like you don't want to sell your body, you just want to rent it out.

      3. By posting your three fears, you have righted a wrong. It's just wrong to have a post that doesn't include you.

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  2. I'm totally with you on the business thing. I got some advice on an idea I had of starting a laser tag league. I was told that I'd have to expect to lose money over the first two years. That put me off.

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    1. I know what you mean. We've worked pretty hard for what we have and I can't make myself risk it. It's my security for the future.

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  3. Excellent answers, Cherdo. I'm sort of sympathetic to McCarthy here --#3. If two wrongs don't make a right, what about 3 or 4? Is anybody working on this?

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    1. That would be an excellent job for you, Geo.! I assign you #3 and #4! Ha ha ha.

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  4. You should open that file and keep writing the book. Just don't share it with any family members.

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    1. (It wasn't supposed to be carte blanche...I was just getting an opinion or at least I thought.)

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  5. Good morning, dear Cherdo, and hello again to Michael D!

    If you are taking suggestions for new questions, I offer the following submission:

    Where is Jimmy Hoffa buried?

    Today's questions was (and I quote) "What are three things you'd do tomorrow if fear wasn't stopping you?" Your answers fascinated me and I can relate to them.

    My #1 answer would be as follows:

    1. Plunge into Lake Junebug. Why don't I do it now? Because I'm afraid. Let's just leave it at that.

    I read your #2 answer with great interest, Cherdo. It reads (and I quote) "2. Sell my house and move somewhere totally different from anywhere I've ever lived." Dear, friend, can I interest you in a fixer-upper in Central Florida? Coco will feel right at home because it already has pee stains and smells like dog and cat. For further details, please e-me.

    I also read your #3 answer with great interest. It reads (and I quote) "3. Write a book and try to get it published." Dear friend, if Erma Bombeck can publish 15 books, you can publish at least one. Go for it!

    Happy Monday, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. Jimmy Hoffa may be in the loft of my barn. It's been so long since I've been up there that I can't remember what is up there. You know that that means? It means I don't need anything that is up there.

      Now for your fears....

      1. Lake Junebug may have sharks...you just don't know.

      2. Yuck. If I wanted that, I'd just stop letting Coco out. And I'm sorry, by the way.

      3. Erma is a housewife idol. I can't put myself in that list!

      Happy Monday and have a great day!

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  6. Grass is always greener though, until you're there. I'd rather just visit the spots and then come back haha

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    1. Notice I didn't say I'd live there permanently...I just want an authentic experience.

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  7. I don't think I'd have the guts to open a business either. Too much investment is needed, for something that might very well fail.

    Fear is one thing, but you can shake that whole inexperience thing by keeping up the writing. Publishing something or even sharing something doesn't make you any more or any less of a writer. Even if you just write for yourself, that still counts.

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    1. You're sweet...hiding behind beer and showers. I love it.

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  8. The good news about #3 was that your family asked for more. That's got to be encouraging if they liked it right?
    I have always wanted to open a non profit thrift store with proceeds helping animals and the elderly. I don't because I get a nice paycheck I'm not ready to give up yet.

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    1. Well, that's true...

      I'd do an animal sanctuary in heartbeat, if I had the dough. I'd even do a kennel that pampered critters till their Mama got back.

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  9. Great answers, Cherdo!

    In my case:

    1. I would go for a long stay in Europe.

    2. Do a postdoctoral.

    3. Get married and become an honest woman.

    4. Write a book.

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    1. Those are do-able! :-)

      (BTW, nothing about getting married makes you honest...).

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  10. Leaving the kids behind will stop me from moving to places I'd like to be. That sounds like good news about your novel. Go finish it.
    Susan Says

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    1. "Susan says..." ha ha ha. Do you have a brother named Simon?

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  11. Cherdo, I'll have to give this some thought...my mind is too befuddled at the moment to consider the answer!

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    1. Befuddled? You're never befuddled, Linda!

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  12. 1 and 2 are big issues for me. I'm trying to make changes in my life and fear and other circustances make it quite difficult. I think you'll finish your book and publish it one day, but you might keep it a secret from your family.

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    1. You'll know, Toi, when I post a request for ideas for a pen name...

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  13. How about shave Donald Trumps head? Maybe a bald Trump would just go away. ... Probably not.

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    1. If he'd hold still, I'm not afraid to do that. Nair shampoo would work, too.

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  14. They clamored for more chapters and that was a bad thing? Of course, I don't push my published works too hard on family, because my writing material doesn't match up too well with my persona. Cursing, violence and all sorts of disturbing things. What can I say? Still waters run deep and all.

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    1. Well, I suppose not...I just wasn't ready for that attention.

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  15. I think you're lying about having no talent. You do have talent! That's clear just by reading your blog posts. I can see how having family members reading your work when they weren't supposed to would be embarrassing but the fact that they wanted to read more is a good sign. You can take a writing class to brush up on skills. More than that, just write! See where your unfinished novel takes you.

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    1. Coming from you, Chrys, I'm humbled. Thanks for the kind thought. :-)

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  16. You have a great point and I'd love to live in the Caribbean with my Dad! I'd learn to swim, paint a masterpiece and research Alzheimer's cures! Keep writing choice blog posts, and I hope you have a dope morning Cherdo

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    1. I could totally see you with the wind in your hair, digging the Gulf!

      Thanks, Maurice!

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  17. What is interesting is that your family wanted to continue reading your book! They wanted to know more so, to me, that's a good thing isn't it? If they started making fun of it or something else not very nice then i agree-write the book but don't tell them. My 3 things? 1. I always wanted to live in Europe ever since I was 16. One day, I might just do it...you never know. 2. I thought of a business-a 3 in one-book store, European cafe and film theatre but I know what it means about having a business so that dream is not a dream of min. I do get the risk and so do you. 3. going back to school & taking art history or travel and work in that field like a museum or travelling. Nice to think but I have a great job and I am needed here right now-dam-responsibility gets in the way

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    1. Oh, no one made fun of my feeble writing attempts (at least not that I'm aware). That would have really upset me more than embarrassment.

      Surely you have family in Europe! You've got a leg up on me, girl!

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  18. I like to think that at this point in my age...er, life, if I am scared of it, there's probably a good reason. However, let me just offer, "Ride on a roller coaster and actually enjoy it rather than praying God would just fling me off".

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    1. Excellent point.

      I used to LOVE roller coasters and scary rides. Somewhere along the way, my body decided it was a bad idea. A car accident left me with a bad case of whip lash and I think it has lingering effects. The next time I went on a roller coaster, I was ridiculously dizzy and nauseated; my neck and upper back felt awful.

      So...you're coastin' alone, buddy... I admit I'm worn out.

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    2. Excellent point.

      I used to LOVE roller coasters and scary rides. Somewhere along the way, my body decided it was a bad idea. A car accident left me with a bad case of whip lash and I think it has lingering effects. The next time I went on a roller coaster, I was ridiculously dizzy and nauseated; my neck and upper back felt awful.

      So...you're coastin' alone, buddy... I admit I'm worn out.

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  19. I'd love to parachute out of an airplane, but the only way I could do so would be if it was on fire.

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  20. You're cute, Michael. How old are you?

    Love,
    Janie

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  21. Finish that book! Do it now! If I can finish a book (though it hasn't been published yet - working on it!) you can too!!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo