Interview: a meme on me

This one’s for you, Mr. Thayer. I got it from Jared this weekend.

Three screen names that you have had: Raindream, Blackberry, JDennum (I’ve heard some talk about anonymity in online discussions and how it can shield people from responsible dialogue. Someone can use a screen name to hide behind and type whatever nasty or hateful things they want. That makes sense to me, but a person could do the same under a normal, but false, name. I could comment under the name Larry just as responsibly as I could my own name, and what would you know? What do any of us really know about each other, save what we choose to reveal? So, screen name or real name, we should blog and discuss things with respect for each other.)

Three things you like about yourself: sense of humor, imagination, and place of birth

Three things you don’t like about yourself: lack of discipline, fear, and anger

Three parts of your heritage: born and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn; a few generations removed from Irish and Scottish immigrants; I just received an antique dinner bell used by my great grandmother at every meal–it hangs on the wall and needs a leather strap to ring the bell.

Three things that scare you: failure or success, I’m not sure which; my darkest self; things in my face

Three of your everyday essentials: coffee, computer, telling my small family that I love them (I’m sorry that sounds sappy. I’m being honest here.)

Three things you are wearing right now: black ECCO dress shoes, which I love; smooth 10k gold ring; green pants

Three of your favorite songs: “God Have Mercy on Me,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Mo Run Geal, Dileas” (My Faithful Fair One)

Three new things you want to try in the next 12 months: I could probably list three different ice cream recipes I want to make in my hand-churner this summer, but instead I’ll answer, um . . . what is “new”? Let’s see. Publish a short story. Um, drive too far for a family vacation? I don’t really want to do that. What’s a third . . . start lit-blogging for real?

Three things I want in a relationship: common ground, love, and honesty

Two truths and a lie: I look younger than I am; One of my books is worth $330; I drive a Honda.

Three things you can’t do without: Wouldn’t those be “everyday essentials”? How about faith, hope, and love?

Three places you want to go on vacation: New England, the U.K. and Ireland, and Guatamala

Three things you just can’t do: whistle, program in code, run a business

Three kids’ names: Ring, Stu, Dante

Three things you want to do before you die: write three novels

Three Celeb crushes: Ingrid Birgman, Grace Kelly, and Dante’s Beatrice