Some weeks ago The Constant Gardener tagged me in a meme. The Sock doesn't normally do these but having read other people's answers with interest I had already been thinking what my own might be. Apart from that it fills the space between (hopefully) more interesting posts..
Which words do you use too much in your writing?
diminutive gardening god
Which words do you consider overused in stuff you read?
What’s your favourite piece of writing by you?
None of it. I don't feel I write, I blog which is a much more informal and chattier way of putting things across but in my case doesn't really qualify as 'writing'.
What blog post do you wish you’d written?
None of them. Sometimes I wish I had someone else's life but failing that I try and make the best of my own. The same is true of blogging - I find many other blogs interesting, informative, funny, etc. everyone has something different to offer. The joy of them is not just the postings of flowers and gardens but the glimpse into someone else's life, character and quirks. Wanting to write like them is like wanting to be them.
Regrets, do you have a few? Is there anything you wish you hadn’t written?
Having regrets is like wishing for another life - there is no point. I try and learn from what I regret but invariably don't. I almost always wish that I hadn't written whatever it is I have just written.
The one real regret that always comes to mind is that as an 8 year old travelling in Austria, my mother and I picked a load of wildflowers from a beautiful alpine meadow and pressed them in our hard-backed Austrian guidebook. About 15 years later I decided to make a collage and took these exquisitely aged and delicate memories of our holiday, glued them to a canvas and painted over them. Tragic! I just can't believe I did this.
How has your writing made a difference?
Blogging gives me a purpose, a focus and and an outlet for my imagination. The reason why I started blogging was because I love using photoshop and creating gifs and mini-movies which need an audience, no matter how small, because creating them into a void is pointless.
My blog is my escape and Arabella Sock is often more me than I am.
Name three favourite words
Huffety. Fat Rascal uses this one to describe people who have flounced off muttering to themselves, as in "they have gone all huffety". On googling to see if the word actually existed I found that Ian Dury and the Blockheads had a song called 'Huffety Puff'.
Utter. Such a great adjective it completely changes the description. An 'utter bastard' is so much more of a bastard than just a bastard.
Scrumptious. I thought I might as well stick with the 'uhh' sound but scrumptious is a lovely warm, friendly word.
…And three words you’re not so keen on
Staycation This must be the worst word ever and one that the media seemed determined to thrust on us this summer. This BBC reports states "the British seaside holiday, now known as the staycation". What normal person in the whole of Britain would actually use this word? Surely it should be a 'stoliday'.
Christmas. I just don't like the whole Christmas thing.
Whatever. Rudeness should always be more creative than one word handed out to the masses and now rolling off the lips of the unimaginative everywhere. 'Get-a-life' is another one.
Do you have a writing mentor, role model or inspiration?
I take inspiration from everything. People are endlessly fascinating although not always in a good way. Music inspires me and I always have a very clear image of the scenes the music is portraying for me. When I am working on a soundtracked mini-movie the audioline will dictate the next scene. In a different life I would have liked to work on music videos.
What’s your writing ambition?
I would like to be able to write well enough to actually say something serious occasionally.
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