So apparently my last interview meme so traumatized all but a few of the stalwart of you that despite my bared soul...you ran away screaming. Or maybe not "despite," maybe "because of." ;) LOL
So I am challenging myself to use four or less sentences to answer Emily's interview questions.
If you would like me to interview you (and if nobody asks, so help me I will...ummm, I don't know, err...write mile long posts of self-deprecation and crying) send me an email at j pippert at g maildotcom. And then be patient. For a long time. Because I will get to you. When I'm not gallivanting. ;)
1) You write about the business you are trying to build, but you don't talk much about specifics. Please tell us about the business you are trying to start and how it is going.
I recently published a children's book about autism. I announced it a while back on my blog and linked to the author's blog. It has been a real learning curve running this solo versus working out of a publishing company, where I had a team of marketers, copyeditors, proofreaders, and junior editors to help out. I'm proud of the product we've produced and the wonderful reviews and feedback we've gotten. Sales and interest are good, so I am trying to hire a marketing company now to take it to the next level.
2) If you could live inside a book for a week, which book would it be and why?
This one is tough; and each of my favorites I end up rejecting as, "oh, ick" because I tend to like a lot of adventure, dramatic, or mystery books. Because I so crave something non-stressful just now, I'll go with Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery. It was my favorite as a young girl, Anne is fairly settled into life, and I think time on PEI at the turn of the last century would be fascinating. Plus I'd get to just hug those characters. (And oh my brevity rule is killing me here. So much more to say. Maybe a post someday.)
3) How are the books on your selves organized?
Within an inch of their lives. First sort: by author and genre. Second sort: visual (group series in chronological order, sort by spine design, height). I organized too quickly the other day and two books that ought to be side-to-side are split, with an unmatched one (but same author and series) in between. So out of visual and group order sequence. As a psychological experiment on myself I'm seeing how long I can hold out fixing it before I shout ARGH and fix it (so far? one and a half week ut I'm irritated every time I look at it). Nobody else would think it looked weird, but I know.
4) A fairy godmother grants you one gift for each of your children. What would you choose and why?
(Ahhhhhhhh brevity, the new song by John Mayer, very angsty.)
Patience: wisdom, primarily to know it's okay to need to learn...we all do, our entire lives, which means there is always a teacher for us, so use your wisdom to know this and recognize a good teacher for you when you find one (and take their constructive commentary with grace and learn from it, rather than letting it emotionally slay her). (I'm hoping this comes with a side-effect of longer fuse, too.)
Persistence: Tough for one so young. I'm hoping hers comes with a longer fuse too.
You know, each time I was pregnant a Natalie Merchant song stuck in my head---my wishes for my babies---so let me lift portions from that:
Natalie Merchant / Indian Love Bride ©1995
they say I must be one of the wonders
of god's own creation...
o, I believe
fate smiled and destiny
laughed as she came to my cradle
know this child will be able
laughed as my body she lifted
know this child will be gifted
with love, with patience and with faith
she'll make her way
people see me
I'm a challenge to your balance
I'm over your heads
how I confound you and astound you
to know I must be one of the wonders
of god's own creation
and as far as you can see you can offer me
In this song, I feel and see myself as a person and a mom, and my wishes for my kids who I love so much more than myself---"know this child will be gifted with love, with patience and with faith she'll make her way"---so I'll use Natalie's words. I wanted to sampler stitch them to hang on the wall for each girl but just uhh never got to it (as these things go sometimes).
5) If your health were better, what would you most like to do that you cannot do now?
Ahh so many things. My to-do list, home improvements that have been back-burnered. I'd get back to my former level of volunteering, and socializing.
But mainly, I'd do more with the kids.
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