Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I've Been Tagged!!

The super cool Jennifer Hillier has tagged me to answer 19 questions about myself. I feel so loved! And I'm passing on the love to four bloggers below, per the question tagging rules.

But first, a quick reminder to check out me and Colene's SPD Blogfest! Linky sign-up thing here!

1). If you have pets, do you see them as animals, or are they members of the family?

I have two dogs, three cats, three horses, and if my son has his way, soon a lizard. They are definitely members of the family, my animal children.

2). If you can have a dream come true, what would it be?

Well, you guys can guess this one. I want to get an awesome agent and publisher and publish awesome books that become international bestsellers with movies made after them. That’s all :~)

3). What is the one thing most hated by you?

Hmmm. Haven’t really thought about the one thing I hate. Probably the utter lack of humanity shown by so many humans throughout the world that commit horrible atrocities on each other.

4). What would you do with a billion dollars?

This one I have totally thought about, in great detail. I’ll say the selfless stuff first so you feel all warm and fuzzy before I get to the selfish stuff. I’d probably contribute to or create organizations to assist with world hunger, the environment, women and children in third world countries, animal rescue, and political awareness. I’d give a ton to my family. I’d have fabulous homes in New York, Paris, France or Italy, somewhere tropical. I’d travel everywhere, really get to know the world. Go on some crazy shopping sprees. Definitely have a private jet for all that traveling.

5). What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?

Music often helps. I’ve had a pretty intense week already, so yesterday I turned on some Usher in my car really loud until it was vibrating through my skin and rattling my heart. I just let it wash away everything else.

6). Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?

Being loved is awesome, but having my son and experiencing truly unconditional love for the first time ever was and continues to be the most amazing thing in my whole life.

7). What is your bedtime routine?

I go to bed really late (11 or 12) even though I have to get up at 6:30 for work. I usually blog, write or read until I have to make myself go to bed.

8). If you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your partner?

I met my husband when I was a bank teller and he was a financial crimes investigator for the local police. He came in to interview me about a customer opening up fraudulent accounts.

9). If you could watch a creative person in the act of the creative process, who would it be?

Wow, this is tough. Maybe Prince, Natalie Merchant or Quentin Tarantino?

10). What kinds of books do you read?

I'm trying to broaden my range of genres, but my faves are what I write: urban fantasy. Something with a kickass heroine and magic.

11). How would you see yourself in ten years time?

Well, I’d like to be writing full time and earning a decent living doing it. I want to have traveled to a lot of cool places. I want to still be healthy and happy and have a healthy, happy family.

12). What's your fear?

Death. Mine or a close family member.

13). Would you give up all the junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to visit space?

I don’t really eat much junk food, so sure.

14). Would you rather be single and rich, or married and poor?

Married and poor. Relationships have always meant more to me than money.

15). What's the first thing you do when you wake up?

Let the dogs out, then check my Droid for emails from you guys!

16). If you could change one thing about your spouse/partner, what would it be?

For his sake, I wish he could relax and enjoy life more.

17). If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?

I love V names, so maybe Victoria or Verona. Or a cool hippy name like Raven (which also has a V!).

18). Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?

No. I start out with a pretty open heart with everyone; I’m overly trusting and optimistic about human nature. But if someone screws me over, while I may or may not keep them in my life, I don’t tend to forget or trust them again.

19). If you could only eat one thing for the next six months, what would it be?

Fruit. Strawberries, mangos, pineapples, raspberries, kiwis. Ha, see how I got away with all that under the umbrella of fruit?

Alright, I'm passing the torch to:

Colene Murphy at The Journey
B.E. Sanderson at The Writing Spectacle
Joann Swanson at It's Dark, Dark In Here
Jai at Jai Joshi's Tulsi Tree

And I'd love to have everyone share their answer to what creative person they'd love to observe in the creative process!

Also, I want to say thank you to N.R. Williams for the You Make Me Smile Award and Maria McKenzie for the Making Smiles on Faces Award!

Yay! I guess I'm doing decent in the smile department. Maria and N.R. both rock in this department, too, so go give them a visit! To all of my followers, I pass these lovely awards on to you! Please choose one or both.

Happy Wednesday writer friends! We're over the hump now :-)


  1. What a lot of fun stuff to learn about you, and good job with the awards!

  2. Congrats on all the love and the awards.

    When I had my kids (dogs) they were definitely my children. I even have pictures of them around the house. I miss them so.


  3. Oooh Alexia! I loved this sneak peek into your life. I'm glad I tagged you! Thanks for doing it.

    Tell you what: if we're ever both billionaires, we'll go on those crazy shopping sprees together! I could use a billionaire shopping buddy. :)

  4. Oh, I love the story of how you met your husband. Too cool!

  5. Quentin Tarantino? Now that would be interesting!

  6. Loved reading your answers, Alexia and getting to know you better.

  7. Thanks for tagging me, Alexia! I LOVE the story of how you met your husband. So intriguing!


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