My boss sent me this article last month and the last section of questions really struck me. Totally normal thoughts from a person I’ve barely heard of, yet I was fascinated.
Maybe I’m just nosy (pretty convinced this is why I love weeding through thrift stores) but maybe it’s because as a writer, there’s often an innate desire to share your thoughts, so it’s only natural for other writers to choose to read them.
After I read it, I decided that maybe I’d like to be a little bit famous one day. Not recognizable-on-the-street famous, and definitely not can’t-leave-home-without-makeup famous, because that sounds awful.
If I scripted my own notoriety, I’d want to be known for my profound advice and witty observations, but only to the extent that people would read my responses to arbitrary questions in magazine interviews. And maybe, young women would write down inspiring bits of statements I’d made, and tack them to their cubicle half-walls. And miscellaneous strangers would follow me on Instagram (still safe, since I’m not easily recognized, see above).
I think that’s the extent of fame I would be able to enjoy and handle.
In the meantime, here are my own responses to some of the questions Seth so artfully answered:
A few questions just for the fun of it …
Who (or what) has been your greatest teacher?
My parents. Oh my g-d my parents, hands down. They are the smartest and most loving people I know. My dad’s instilled in me the real meaning of maintaining a good perspective in life; my mom taught me, from a young age, what it means to be kind to everyone you meet, and to always follow your passions.
What’s your biggest aggravation or pet peeve at the moment (writing related or otherwise)?
People who can’t efficiently move through TSA at the airport, bad morning DJs and Christian Mingle commercials.
Choose one author, living or dead, that you would like to have dinner with.
Gabriel Garcia Marques.
Do you have a motto, credo or general slogan that you live by?
It’s all relative. My brother has this tattoo and I’ll get my own version one day. It’s the only truth in life that will get you through every challenge.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
Besides attending a Red Sox World Series game? Well. I suppose being happy most of the time in an absolutely mad world is success.
If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go (cost or responsibilities are no object)?
Singapore, to see my bro and sis-in-law.
What would you like to do more of in the coming year?