A Bloggerly Post

About a month ago, I was tagged in a blog hop by Kelly at Making Monkey Soup.  This blog hop is a way to introduce bloggers and their readers to new sites and also to provide some insight into the tagged blogger (in this case, me).  I believe this started out for serious writers, but it has since devolved as I was tagged.  (I have no other explanation.)  I have put off answering the questions for a long time, so I hope that I have proven that I am not worthy to be tagged ever again.

Here are the five questions:

1.)  Tell me about your writing process.  Do you plan out what you’re writing or sit down and do it?  What was the greatest surprise about this writing process for you?

First and foremost, I need to make this disclaimer:  I don’t like to write.   Creative writing was one of my least favourite subjects in school.  I always got my papers back with lots of red ink on them.  My spelling was usually pretty good (if you don’t mind the fact that I spell things like the British).  I always seemed to struggle with the flow and keeping my audience captive.  As a consequence, I am very critical about my writing and don’t like to share with critical people.

I have exactly 30 blog posts sitting as drafts.    What gets published here is usually a heavily revised draft.  Other times I just sit down to write and hit publish before I get up again.

Considering how much of a chore I found my homework to be, I’m actually surprised that I have been blogging for three years.  I also can’t believe the amazing women I’ve gotten to know here on WordPress through the adoption tag.

2.)  What was your worst job?  (It doesn’t have to be about writing.)  Why?  What did you learn from it?

Right before I got married, I worked for a temp agency.  Most of my job placements were very short as I usually just needed to fill in for someone who was on vacation.  However, I found a long-term position at an insurance company that was supposed to last right until I got married several months later.    I was hired to help digitize their records.  This was my first experience at a hostile work environment.

I usually just kept to myself and did my work, but there was no privacy in the open space.  The women there were so caddy. They were always picking on each other, but that was unless someone had juicy gossip from their private life.  I guess the manager suspected that her husband was cheating on her, and a few of the women decided to help her steal the husband’s car.  I eventually asked for another assignment because I was very uncomfortable working with people who were so open about their possible criminal behaviour.  I remember wanting to stay as it took a while to get that job, but I don’t regret moving on.

I wish I didn’t stay there for as long as I did because I learned that better opportunities do exist.

3.)  If you knew that tonight would be your last meal for a week, what would you eat?

I would want my white lasagna.  It’s stuffed with vegetables and carbs, and it fills me up for a longtime.  I’d have a summer salad on the side.  If I weren’t pregnant in this scenario, I’d pair it with a Viognier from Potomac Point.  For dessert, I’d have a slice of warm apple pie (the kind with cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts) with some simple vanilla bean ice cream.

4.)  How do you feel about frogs?

Did you know that my childhood nickname was Polliwog?  And that it comes from the old English word polwygle which I’ve named my blog?  (Evidently I was pretty bad at crawling and reminded everyone of a tadpole.  With my name, it made a perfect nickname.)

I have frog statues and tchotchkes in my home, but I cannot stand to be around the real thing.  They are so slimy and squishy.  What’s with that?  How can it be stepped on AND be perfectly all right?  They just seem so unnatural as far as critters go.  Plus, they are rather noisy.

5.)  Where is your favorite place to chill out and why?

I like to sit at my dining room table where I spread out with my laptop, a notebook, and sometimes my knitting needles.  The wooden chairs aren’t all that comfortable, but I like the soft light from the window and the general ambience in the room.  I also usually have something baking or simmering in the kitchen, so I like to be close enough to check in on it.  Not to mention the proximity to the fridge…

Well, now I have to run off and make a cheesecake.  Before I let you go, though, I figure I need to at least continue the tradition of tagging three other bloggers.

1.)  Luanne of Don’t We Look Alike? also has a blogging site devoted to writing called… Writer Site.  I like the thoughtful exercises she generally posts at the end.

Now that I have an actual writer’s blog out of the way, let me recommend a couple of my college friends:

2.)  Sarah at Long Tall Yarn is really witty.  I love the way she knits words together and the stories she tells.

3.)  My anonymous friend at Yellow Flower Smile is also a gifted writer as she has a firm grasp of language.  I’ve given you a link straight to her poetry.


2 thoughts on “A Bloggerly Post

  1. I love the story of your nickname, so cute.

    Also, just for the fact that you used the word “tchotchkes” I will love you forever. One of my favorite words of all time. 🙂

    • The story behind the blog name is actually one of my many drafts. Maybe now I can delete it. 🙂 My husband taught me the word tchotchke. It’s so much better than knickknack.


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