Me! Me! Me! (Meme)


Gord posted a meme where he answered five questions from someone else, and then invited others to ask him for five questions to answer. I asked (“I too am an egomaniac”) and got my five questions.  You may ask me for five questions–directions are at the bottom of this post:

1. I often imagine about what kind of a person I’d have been like if I’d grown up in Malawi, or the Maritimes, or in Northern Canada, all places I’d lived in as a young child. What kind of person do you think you’d be if you’d somehow ended up growing up in Korea?

Great question, Gord–I’m encountering “deep thought” waters with this opening question. If I’d somehow ended up growing in Korea, I think I’d end up a high achieving person without an outlet for rebellion. And without that rebellion, I think I would not be writing, and thus very unfulfilled. Basically, I think I’d be unhappy.

I think I’d still be the same person, just with a very different life outcome and life behaviors.

Hrm. Great short story idea.

Now I’m thinking some more about this question. Maybe I’d BE happy, since I would be surrounded by other individuals in a comformist society, and there would be implicit understanding in a homogeneous society. Certainly, I wouldn’t feel racism in the same way as I did growing up in the United States.

And certainly, I’d be surrounded by tons of family and have a great support system.

2. How would you describe, in a blurb, the best and worst stories you’ve ever written?

The best short stories always come in a burst of magic from inside of me, as if they’re already composed and gestated. The worst stories I’ve written were, in hindsight, for other people, and not for myself. The more self conscious I am, the worse the outcome.

Um. Does that count as a blurb? It better.

3. Since your stroke, you’ve reflected a lot on yourself and what you’re learning about yourself from the experience. But what, if anything, do you think people close to you have learned from it?

This question has brought a new perspective to my recovery. I think the people close to me have learned how flukey life is. I have certainly bonded with those close to me during recovery.

4. What’s the worst thing about the contemporary mainstream literary scene?

I’m not much in the scene, and that probably speaks for how I must feel, subconsciously, about it. I’m not sure what is “worst,” but I do think that the literary scene is highly conceited and self-absorbed. I can’t help but think “the scene” as it is these days, must take away from the art of writing.

That said, the literary scene is a necessary part of the “business” of literature and selling books. So what can we do about it?

This, from someone who doesn’t really participate, so take my words with a grain of salt.

5. If you eventually turned your back on writing, for one or another reason, but wanted to keep on being creative and artistic, to which other outlet for creativity would you end up turning?

I think I would keep up my photography–though the thought of never writing again fills me with horror. How would I survive, psychically?

Now, you:

1. Leave me a comment saying, “I too am an egomaniac.”
2. I respond by asking you five question. You will answer them, because you like talking about yourself.
3. You will update your blog
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.



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19 responses to “Me! Me! Me! (Meme)

  1. Ha! Wonderful!!! (gord, those were great questions for Jade)

    I too am an egomaniac.

    Ask away!

  2. Hey Susan…here are some questions:
    1. What do you like about blogging? How has it affected your creative writing, if at all?

    2. Do your children read your stories? Why or why not? If so, have they always read them? Are there any stories they have not read?

    3. Describe the story you are most proud to have written.

    4. As a hapa adoptee, you have had your share of unique revelations and experiences. What do you think you would be like if you had lived with your birth parent/s? Or if you had lived with adoptive parents who were not Japanese?

    5. If you did not write, what would you do with your spare time/life?

  3. I, too, am a lego-maniac.

  4. And fascinating answers here. I’ll go another round, if you have questions for me, Jade, as I am definitely an egomaniac. 🙂

  5. Hello Duke…

    Here are some questions:
    1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where it would be and why?

    2. You write with passion, and you are an MBA student. Where do you see yourself going with your writing as you progress with your business career?

    3. You just went on a long trip–what is the most striking thing you saw? Describe. Why was it striking?

    4. What, if anything, would make you stop blogging cold turkey?

    5. Would you recommend business school to others–why or why not?

  6. And Gord–here you go! 🙂
    1. You are a sci fi genre writer. How have you experienced being a sci fi writer in the realm of the (sometimes very snobby) creative writing world?

    2. How has being in Korea informed your creative writing? Has it at all influenced your writing?

    3. What has been your best experience about being an expat in Korea?

    4. Here’s a random one: cat or dog? Which one? Why?

    5. What do you miss most about the United States, while living in South Korea? Describe. Why?

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  8. Jade, thanks for those questions. They were really provocative and great.

  9. cat

    Hi…I just discovered your blog–have returned after taking a break from the blogosphere and am thrilled I found you. I’ve only just begun to catch up on your archives–love your unique voice and take on life.

    With much chagrin, I cop to being an egomaniac as well…question at will. 😀

  10. Me three! Egomaniacs united.

  11. Hi Cat

    Here you go:
    1. What was your first memory in life? Describe.

    2. Describe a perfect day for you.

    3. If you could choose another name for yourself, what would it be? Why?

    4. What is your favorite place in the world? Describe. Why?

    5. Why do you blog?

  12. Stephanie! Glad to have you join the club.

    Here are your questions:
    1. What are the worst and best parts of having been in a (mainstream) MFA program as a sci fi genre writer?

    2. What is your favorite book–why is it your favorite book?

    3. Where do you go for inspiration as a writer?

    4. Do you love sunsets or sunrises more….and why?

    5. What is your favorite memory? Describe.

  13. ChaEsq

    I am, in both good and horrific ways, an egomaniac. ASK ME THINGS!

  14. Ooooh. Hi ChaEsq. 🙂 Here you go:

    1. If you could live anyplace in the world, where would it be, and why?

    2. Describe a perfect day.

    3. You have been on a journey towards personal fulfillment, and you have been detailing that, to some extent, on your blog. What, if anything, was the catalyst (or precipitating event) for this journey? Describe.

    4. I noticed that sometimes weeks go by without a blog post, and other times, you blog almost everyday. This makes me curious–what drives you to blog? What makes something blog-worthy? And what factors keep you from posting on your blog?

    5. What is the most fulfilling thing about being a lawyer? Why? And what is the least fulfilling? Why?

  15. heh

    what if i’m a megalomaniac?

  16. heh: just confirming…so are you asking to participate in the meme?

  17. Then here you go, heh:

    1. What made you decide to blog? And why do you blog anonymously? Why “heh?”

    2. What brought you here to this blog? What kind of blogs do you generally read, if at all?

    3. Which season of the year do you adore the most? Why?

    4. If this was the last day on earth as we know it, what would you spend it doing?

    5. I gather that you are Korean (American?), having read your blog. What do you think some challenges for the Korean community in the country you’re living (America?) might be?

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