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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Weekend Wonder: *M*

General Questions…

Name: Mary
Penname: *M*
A sentence or two about yourself: I am a Twenty-something, Newlywed, Grad Student, Mental Health Worker, List Writer, Elephant Obsessor, Coffee Drinker, Bookworm, Rain Reveler, Thrift Store Peruser, Amateur World Traveler, Occasional Running Fanatic, and Overall Blessing Counter.
Link to blog: www.elephantsrainboots.blogspot.com
A sentence or two on what your blog is about: I love making lists (or rather, I love crossing things off) and became obsessed with the idea of making a life list. So I made a list of 100 things I want to do before I go and started my blog as a way to record my progress. However, I also blog about random things that are unrelated to my list.

Book Lover Questions…

What is your favorite book and why? This is a hard one, but I think I have to go with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Sorry to go all 9th grade reading list on you, but it really is such a perfect literary work. The characters, the plot, the style. I love everything about that book. I’ll be honest though, I don’t think I fully appreciated it until the 2nd or 3rd time I read it. So if you haven’t read it since the 9th grade, give it another try!
Other favorites? Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Mama Day by Gloria Naylor, Generation X by Douglas Coupland, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
What’s your favorite genre to read? Realistic fiction is usually my preference, although I’ve also dabbled in science fiction and other genres.
Where do you like to read? Coffee shops! Preferably cool, comfy independent ones.
Do you prefer paper books or ebooks? Paper books, there’s nothing like flipping the pages! However, I did receive the nook for Christmas. I haven’t had the chance to use it yet (too much reading for classes), but maybe it’ll convert me into an ebookworm.
Do you prefer to buy or borrow books? Borrow for the initial read, but I like to own my favorites.
Do you stop reading when you are tired or when you hit chapter breaks? I stop when I’m tired. Sometimes the next chapter is just too far away.
When you finish a book do you usually keep it, throw it away, sell it, or give it away? Never throw it away! Do people do that? Depending on the book, I do any of the other options.
What helps you decide on a book? (Book reviews, suggested by friend, by browsing the shelves, etc.) Hm, I’ve done all of the above in the past but lately I’ve been asking my well-read friends for recommendations.
Do you prefer to read a book that stands on its own or is a part of a series? I prefer a really good book that stands on its own, but back in the day The Baby-Sitter’s Club was my absolute fave! You know you read them too!

So You Want to be a Writer questions…

A few sentences about your writing: What do you write (blog entries, novels, poetry, etc)? Why do you write? I used to write short stories and prose. I even participated in nanowrimo once and completed the piece, but I never submitted it. Lately my blog entries are my only outlet for creative writing.
Did you always know that you wanted to write? I always loved reading and wanted to be able to do for other people what books did for me. So, yes, I always wanted to write.

Favorite Questions…

What’s your favorite food? My mom’s cooking! She is sooo good! I especially love her eggplant parmesan
Favorite color? Blue?
Favorite song? It’s really hard to pick just one, but I’d have to go with “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes.
Favorite movie? It’s a Wonderful Life, classic.
Favorite TV show? The Office

Random Questions…

If you developed a superpower what would it be and why? To see into the future! Because I am the most impatient person you will ever meet! Seriously, it’s a problem.
What did you want to be when you were little? I wanted to be a writer, haha.
What is the answer to life? What was the question again?


  1. Love your blog...first-time visitor.

    Stopping by from the Weekend Creation Blog Hop.

    Stop by my blog if you like.


  2. LOVED Babysitters club books! haha, those were great ;) Congrats on the bloscar nom. Best of luck!

  3. Very nice to meet you *M*! I'll check out your blog and follow : )

  4. I STILL love the Baby Sitters Club! I was addicted to it when I was kid. I own most of the series, and I am determined to buy the rest of the books I don't have (and read them, since I outgrew it before it was over). Same with California Diaries, which was a sort of spin off.

  5. Great to meet another blogger/writer. I'll pop by your blog now.

    Sorry to have Aubrie absent. Weird without your input on these comments? Hope your managing to do all your college work.

    Shah. X

  6. This is a fabulous feature and a great interview! What a lovely paying-it-forward kind of space. That's my favorite kind! :)

  7. WELCOME to all the newcomers and a great big thank you to *M* for joining in on the Weekend Wonders and giving us her great answers!

    I've since lots of nanowrites, but I have yet to meet someone who actually completed a piece. That is so HUGE!!!! I big congrats on that!


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