I really want this blog to be personal but I didn’t just want to womble on randomly about myself, so I went in search of some ‘get to know me’ quiz questions!
Here they are – hopefully you’ll get to know me a bit better this way.
1. Are you named after anyone?
Pretty sure my parents just liked the name, but I think there was a bit of influence from Cathy from ‘Wuthering Heights’. Which I thought was lovely and romantic until I read the book and realised I was named after a not-very-nice-crazy-lady!
2. When was the last time you cried?
Oh, goodness. I cry constantly. Probably a week or so ago for no reason whatsoever.
3. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
I think so! But I’d be friends with the version of me that my nearest and dearest know.
4. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
It has been known…
5. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Like most of us I tend to firstly judge people on the ‘vibes’ they give out – but actually I’ve often been wrong. People I’ve thought were rude at first have become my dearest friends! So I try not to set too much store by that. I do notice whether people smile a lot and I pay attention to how they treat other people. I would not look kindly upon someone who was rude to a waiter or shop assistant, for example.
6. What is your eye color?
7. Scary movie or happy endings?
Both have their place but… I do love a scary ending.
8. Favorite smells?
Baking bread, fresh cut grass, fresh lemons.
9. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost point of South America. I traveled there just before university.
10. Do you have any special talents?
I think I do a fair impression of a few singers. My speciality is Dolores O’Riordan of Cranberries fame. And no I will not do it for you.
11. What’s your zodiac sign? Do you believe in it?
It’s cancer. I don’t believe in horoscopes but I do rather like all the ‘origin stories’ if you can call them that. The tale goes that the plucky little crab Cancer took on a giant by nipping his ankles.
12. What are your hobbies?
I sing in a jazz choir and love yoga, all kinds of crafts, writing, salsa dancing when I can. But traveling and reading are my favourite things to do.
13. Do you have any pets?
No, we’re not allowed to keep them in our flat. But I consider myself a third parent to my family dog, Pip.
14. What do you want to be when you grow up?
For YEARS I really wanted to be a journalist, and when I was little I used to make my own newspapers with my own stories. Nowadays I dream about being a writer and living in a little cottage on the cliff, where I can write reams and reams of novels listening to the waves crashing on the rocks.
15. 3 things that make you happy?
Travel, family, and that feeling you get when you’ve just totally kicked butt after working really hard on something.
16. What’s on your mind?
Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about how to carve more time out of my day for writing. I haven’t quite got to the bottom of that one to be honest.
17. One word that describes you?
18. What are your favourite quotes?
“A change is gonna come” – Richard Powers, ‘The Overstory’
“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum” – Margaret Atwood, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
19. Are you an extrovert or an introvert?
Bonafide introvert. I’ve learned to embrace it though – I wouldn’t change it.
20. What’s your favourite thing to eat for breakfast?
Sweet things! An almond croissant, thick toast with butter and jam, or maybe french toast with maple syrup.
21. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Barcelona! I adore that city, and it would be a good chance to brush up on the old español. There’s just so much history and culture there, not to mention the fact that it’s absolutely beautiful.
So there you have it, all about me in 21 questions! Hope it lets you see a little bit of the ‘me’ behind the shelf.