Saturday, June 21, 2008

Not tagged by Jon

The lovely Jon didn't tag me for this - I stole it from him.

What were you doing 10 years ago?
We’d just moved to Buckinghamshire. My children were four and two. I began a two year, two day a week art and design foundation course. Mondays and Tuesdays were my favourite days of the week. The rest of the time I was Mum.

Five things on your to-do list for today:
Write my 100 words a day
Fill out the Bupa health forms
Pick up Daughter from a party
Deliver Daughter to the next party
Clear up my pigsty like desk

What are three of your bad habits?
My tendency to ‘switch off’ when things don’t interest me.
My propensity to contemplate trying not to write.

What would you do if you were a billionaire?
Help out family.
Buy a lovely home.
Buy more handbags.

What are some snacks you enjoy?
Fruit bought on the street.
Dim sum in Sampeng Lane in Chinatown.

What were the last five books you read?
Storyteller by Kate Wilhelm (just because)
Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna (because a review in The Times interested me)
The Last Secret of the Temple by Paul Sussman (for Book Club)
Floor Sample by Julia Cameron (because she interested me)
Pillow Talk by Freya North (because it won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2008)

What are five jobs you have had?
Data inputting – I was sacked for not being fast enough
Director’s Assistant in a property investment company
Assistant to the Director and Deputy Director of York Archaeological Trust
Administrator in higher education
Currently volunteer ‘webmaster in training’ for a charity

Five places that you have lived?
Kent – Ahh, the garden of England. I grew up here and it’s the setting of my current WIP. About a woman who, having exiled herself from her family, returns home from Bangkok for her father’s funeral to face the issues from which she ran away.

Hull – I was a student here – and remained to work in nearby York while Boyfriend, now Husband, finished his PhD. It was a fab place to be: beer was cheap; pies were cheap; housing was cheap - I bought my first home for £27,000 - and left considerably fatter than when I arrived.

Poole, Dorset – Another great place to live: the New Forest, the Purbecks, the sea and sandy beaches all on our doorstep. We moved there newly married for Husband’s first proper job and it’s where we had our children but god, how I miss the sea, still.

Bucks – We moved here for a proper grown up life - for Husband’s job which had him commuting into West London. Still a stunning part of England: gorgeous landscape but maybe a little neat and controlled after the wilds of the sea.

Bangkok – Well that one came out of left field, didn’t it? A simple text message arrived one Friday afternoon while I was standing in Ottakars bookshop in High Wycombe. ‘I’ve been offered a promotion in Bangkok.’ I texted back: ‘Blimey. And?’ and Husband wrote back: ‘So we need to talk tonight.’ I’m about to start my fourth year here and we’re hoping for a fifth so Son can complete his GCSEs, and then, who knows? (Well, actually, I do, but I'm not telling you because Husband doesn't know yet)

I don't always tag others but in this case I will: Leigh, Zinnia (though I'm not sure if she does tags), Jen, Helen and Fiona.


SpiralSkies said...

Ooh, cool, I'll definitely do that one.

I's amazing getting these extra insights into people's lives. You are a meanie though, teasing us with that last snippet. Where are you going. where are you going?????

Oh, go on, tell us first. Your husbandly one would understand.

Helen said...

ooh I like the sound of this one...something for me to do next week.

KatW said...

Loved getting to know you :-) And now I have some new books to check out as well! Kat

Caroline said...

I will title my post: Not tagged by jj :( sob!


I love these insights mememememes.

ps - where you going next? I won't tell anyone. Promise :)


Lane said...

All these little bits about a persons life - love 'em:-)

So what happens after your fourth year???

(ps am reading Floor Sample at your recommendation. Very good!

Debs said...

I love reading these. What an interesting life you've had so far too.

JJ said...

Jen, Excellent, I look forward to reading yours.

Helen, Good, can't wait.

KatW, Memes are great, aren't they?

Caroline, so did Rachel! Lol, you both made me laugh.

Lane, I do too. I love memes. I hope you don't live to regret reading that on my rec. It's end is not as good as the first third. Let me know what you think.

Debs, thank you. Do steal it if you wish.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Hi JJ, I mostly don't do tags because they usually contain too many identifying details - and this one would certainly fall into that category. Sorry...

Leigh said...

Thanks for the tag, JJ. I've been and done it already ('already', she says, two days later).

What is it, then? What happens next????
God, you can write a good hook, can't you?

Angie said...

Doh, you left us hanging at the end there. What next? Pretty please?

I'm very intrigued by the one-sentence description of your book (nice job sneaking it in there!). Can't wait to hear more.

wordtryst said...

I enjoyed these. And you do the cliffhanger really well...:)