Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bernard Pivot Blogfest and Legalized Insanity

Thank you to Nicole at One Significant Moment at a Time for hosting this Bernard Pivot Blogfest.  You know, when I think of Behind the Actor's Studio, I always think of the Robin William's episode where he took complete control of the show.  That, and the SNL spoofs.

Anyhow, the premise is to participate in a questionnaire as if I were being interviewed by Mr. Lipton himself.  Not being as animated or high as Robin Williams*, I will just stick to the questions. 

  1. What is your favorite word?  Spelunk
  2. What is your least favorite word?  You sure you want to know this?  Okay... well, you strangers who don't know me now will think I'm quite foul when I'm only occasionally foul.  And, if I were on the show, the word would be bleeped out.  Ready?  Oh, I can't do it.  But it starts with a C.  The last letter is a T.  The two letters in between are N and U, not necessarily in that order.  I hate that word.  Got it?  Good.  Moving on. 
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Feelings of accomplishment (whether it's a well taught lesson or a scene that almost wrote itself).  Songs by Duran Duran and A-ha.  Wilson Creek's Almond Champagne.  Spa treatments.  Good cheese.  Down time. Critique group meetings.
  4. What turns you off? Issues hanging over me like the sword of Damocles.  For example, right now I have a massive amount of grading to do.  Things not going as planned can get me so stressed out I get sick to my stomach.  Yeah, I need to address my anxiety issues.
  5. What is your favorite curse word?  I say Jesus Christ a lot.  Why?  Because years ago I decided the "Lord's name in vain" was really open to interpretation (a sentiment supported by my religious studies in college) and it really offended my mother back in the day because she took it very seriously. 
  6. What sound or noise do you love?  I love the sound of rain and wind against the window.  I live in the desert in So. California, so it's a rare sound and always brings me back to my childhood.  White noise machines don't work the same way.
  7. What sound or noise do you hate?  Any gagging, slurping, mucousy sound.  It may very well make me vomit.
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I would like to be a full time, well paid, prolific romance novelist. :)
  9. What profession would you not like to do?  Anything with customer service.  I did my time and no longer have the cheery disposition to smile at jerks.
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  "Erin, I understand your doubts and lack of faith.  Heck, I gave those characteristics to you and would have been disappointed if you had chosen complacency.  Plus, it says a lot that you were a good person without the dangling carrot of salvation.  So, remember how I said I'd never leave you or forsake you?  It's true!  Come on in to paradise." 

    This is only section one of the episode of Behind the Actor's Studio listed above.   Robin Williams doesn't even give Mr. Lipton a chance to ask a question.  Well worth watching

    *Disclaimer: I believe this episode happened long after Robin William's drug issues.  "High" merely worked to describe the behavior.


    Michael Di Gesu said...

    Hi, Erin,

    Interesting answers. Your answers really opened yourself up to us. I feel I know so much more about you now.

    This truly is an enlightening questionnaire.


    Jennifer Hoffine said...

    Thanks for including the Robin Williams...I had to stop myself from watching the whole show.

    I almost picked "serendipity" (someone else's word) and "spelunking" as my favorite words (close to yours)...writer's minds must think alike.

    Margo Benson said...

    Fun answers - I like your God one!

    Customer service is popular as a NOT!

    Unknown said...

    Oh cool, you added the Robin Williams video! I was wondering if you knew his #2 answer was also, you know, the one you chose. And, I know it's wrong, but I drop the F-bomb around my mother, not too often, but just because her reaction is so comical to me. I can actually "hear" her cringe on the phone. I'm terrible, I know. Please don't judge me. :))

    Loved your #10 answer!

    Thanks for playing along!!

    Jen said...

    Spelunk! Great word (and tons of fun to boot!)

    Your answer to number 10 is beautiful. It made me smile.


    Michelle Gregory said...

    great answers. nice to get to know you a little better.

    Ellie Garratt said...

    Spelunk - what a fantastic word! It was great getting to know you a little better.

    Bernard Pivot Blogfest

    Sylvia Ney said...

    New follower and fellow blogfest participant here. I completely agree with #7. Just reading it makes me a little sick - Yuck! If your interested, my answers are:

    Unknown said...

    Spelunk, champagne, the wind and the rain - great answers :D

    Kari Marie said...

    I love Robin Williams! Your answers were great! Spelunk is a wonderful word.

    mary said...

    You sure do seem to vomit a lot :)

    Deborah said...

    So glad I stumbled across your blog, I loved this!

    J.L. Campbell said...

    I'm with you on number four. Hate having things just hanging over me. Don't like sounds that have anything to do with mucous either. Gross!

    Really liked that conversation with God

    HowLynnTime said...

    I am twinners with you on two. I also like the F bomb. And I have been ask not to return to certian churches who think JC is taking the name of God in vain. Funny they found no amusement to my asking how exactly you take an Unspeakable name in vain? When I mentioned that YhWh is actually pronounced Ya-Hooooo and an internet company now has it trademarked -they were also not amused. I think someone stole one of the eleven commandments - cause I didn't get the "Thou shalt not rile up the Jesus-nazis" (they take offence to that too) and the "thou shalt not have a bit of humor" just did not make it into my bible. It may be defective beings it tends to tell you one thing here and the opposite a few pages later.

    I also get hit with the If you have to bribe somebody to like you....they are not your friend factor. I get God - but some of his stalkers are pretty scary!

    Lol thanks for sharing your great answers!

    Lola Sharp said...

    Champagne, spa treatments and cheese = perfection. :)

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend,

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