Sunday 5 June 2011

Tag, I'm it!

Thank you all so much for the kind messages yesterday. Today I'm feeling much the same, but my attitude is more upbeat. Which is good news, because self-centred pity gets old after more than a day.

The lovely Kate Larkindale tagged me, which means that I have to answer some questions and pass it on. So here we go...

Do you think you're hot?

Of course I don't, I'm Irish. We're generally a self-deprecating lot. If someone gives you a compliment, we consider it impolite to take it at face value. We have to argue with the person, repeatedly insulting ourselves and driving down our self-esteem. Here's an example:

Non-Irish person: 'You look really lovely in that dress.'
Irish person: 'This old thing? I have it ages. It's horrible, really.'
Non-Irish person: Yeah, well it sets off your skin tone.'
Irish person: Really? I think I look really pasty. Like I have some type of disease. A contagious disease.'

So no, I don't think I'm hot. If I did everyone here would think I had 'notions above my station', a term used for people who think too highly of themselves.

Upload a picture or wallpaper that you're using at the moment.

This is something I have everywhere at the moment, because I need all the motivation that I can get. In typical me style I have bitten off more than I can chew and am struggling to get one book out on submission, another edited and to write 50,000 words of my current WIP before I go on holiday on July 2. Sensible is not my middle name. As a matter of fact it's Nicole.

When was the last time you ate chicken meat?

I had a lovely chicken burrito from one of my favourite Mexican places yesterday. I like my food spicy, and they do frozen margaritas. What more could you ask for?

The songs you listened to lately

I'm a big fan of Florence and the Machine. My favourite songs are Howl and Drumming Song, so I played those today. I also love Bjork, especially her Vespertine album.

What were you thinking as you were doing this?

That I married a geek. My husband is currently painting more models for one of his Warhammer armies, and I just realised I know the names of a lot of them. I can tell a night goblin from an orc. I'm a normal 24 year old woman, I shouldn't be able to do this. Then again I write YA urban fantasy, so we're probably well matched.

Do you have nicknames? What are they?

The only person who has nicknames for me is my husband. He calls me 'C' or 'kitten'. Some people call me 'Chris' occasionally.

This is the part where you usually tag eight people, but I don't want to burden anyone by making them do this. I found it quite fun though, so feel free to take the questions and answer them on your blog.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. It's a bank holiday here, so I have no day job tomorrow. Woot!


  1. I love your response to the first question. You made me laugh today! =)

  2. I am glad you are feeling better today! I also liked your answer to the first question. I will keep that in mind when (and if) I ever get to Ireland!

  3. Very funny and a nice break on this work-sloggy morning! My daughter is quite a bit Irish and we have an Irish last name. She tends to be quite down on herself...maybe it's genetic? The trouble with being American is we're supposed to be all optomistic and Can Do, and at heart we're all very insecure...

  4. @Helen: Really? Here in Ireland America is viewed as the land of confidence, interesting that there's still some insecurity there.