Did you know that our Mel wrote a book?Â I certainly hope you did know that because you’ve already bought it and read it.Â I loved her book, Life From Scratch, and I was delighted to join the book tour for it.
So, here we go!
- If you had a year to do what you wanted, what would you do?Â Would you learn to cook or something different? Well, I kind of already am doing what I have always wanted to do.Â So I think I am ahead of the game there.Â But, if I had unlimited time for hobbies, I think I would take a cooking class, a photography class, and some kind of art class.Â For the art class, I am thinking something awesome, like glass blowing.Â It would be really fun to have some kind of unique hobby.Â And I have always wanted to take a real cooking class and learn how to do things properly, even though I am already a pretty decent cook.Â (Although, the beans in my bean soup today?Â Some of them were randomly hard.)Â For the photography class, that is mainly because I would like to know how to use my nice camera properly.
- Towards the end of Chapter 11, Rachel is reflecting on her relationship with Adam when she says â€œWhat I really want, more than any other birthday wish I ever made, is to meld what I know now with what I had then and build something entirely new in the processâ€¦something potentially wonderful again.â€ If you could go back to any time in your life and â€œmeld what you know now with what you had thenâ€ when would you choose and what would you do with the information you have? What would you tell yourself or what might you try to change about yourself and/or your life? If I could go back in time and tell myself something, I think it would be just to tell myself to stop worrying, it all works out okay in the end.Â Also, I’d tell myself to quit being so shy.Â I was really shy and withdrawn growing up and I didn’t get awesome until college.Â (And, yes, I am awesome now.)Â Part of it is that I went to a college where I really fit in well and was able to shine, where in high school, I was one in a class of a thousand and it wasn’t my demographic.Â (Spoiled rich kids that drank a lot and did a lot of drugs- which I never did.)Â I wish I had some of my current self confidence when I was growing up.Â Not that I am an extrovert or anything now, but through necessity, I’ve learned how to be the person to break the ice and make the first move in conversations.Â In high school and before, I was simply so shy that I would never say anything.
- How would you react if your blog hit the big time — if you had hundreds of thousands or even millions of readers hanging on your every word, if you won awards, if mainstream media wanted to interview and feature you? Are there aspects of blogging fame that you’d refuse? How would the content of your blog change? I’m not sure I’d want to have my blog hit the big time.Â I like our community and I like my readers.Â Honestly, I wouldn’t mind being a little more popular because I really love all the connections I’ve made through blogging and I’d like even more friends, but I wouldn’t want to be so popular that I started attracting the trolls and the fame.Â I would be reluctant to be interviewed by the mainstream media because I’d be afraid that I’d have one of those days where I am stupid and everything I say would be misconstrued.Â (Oh, I have those days, when I read comments on here and think “but that is not what I was trying to say AT ALL.”)Â So I would hate to have a bigger audience that wouldn’t be so forgiving of my stupid.Â (Because you guys are so very forgiving of my stupid.)Â And if my audience were huge, I’d probably censor myself more.Â I already do some censoring because I try not to write anything that I would mind anyone reading, but if I thought that people WERE actually reading (because right now, very few people I know in the 3D world read this blog), I would be worried about writing anything.
If you haven’t already gotten Mel’s book (Melissa Ford, Author, not the porn star with the same name) (look, I typed porn on my blog, welcome, spammers!), you should go immediately to your book store and get it or get it online at:
Seriously, it is a great book and totally worth reading.Â I’m not just saying that because I love Mel (which I do).
To continue to the next leg of this book tour, please visit the main list at Write Mind Open Heart.