Getting To Know Them….

 

 

 

Monday we announced the three new SisterWives who bravely agreed to join our fold, so we thought it might be nice for all of you to have a chance to get to know them a little. Aside from the posts they have written here, these women are a powerhouse of talent in writing. They can write bold, funny, thought provoking, and take your breath away posts, but we can learn about their writing by visiting their blogs.

We came up with some questions, and our new chicks graciously answered them because they’re writers, and what do writers like to do? Talk about themselves. Oh, wait…is that just me?  Well either way, let’s get to know some interesting facts about our new girls. What do you say?

Okay, stroll on my friends….

 

Michelle:

  1. What was your biggest triumph (drunken or sober)?

Leaving bad relationships. All three times. I was probably drunk for the second and third one. 

  1. What is your favorite movie and why?

Pulp Fiction and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, because they are just so quotable. 

  1. Three things on your bucket list that you want to check off STAT.

Making a bucket list

Visit the Northwest of the United States. 

Fit into the jeans that are taunting me from my closet. 

  1. How tall are you?

5’2″ 

  1. Things that make you go hmmmmm…

Other people’s sense of humor. Not ALL other people. I’m just surprised by the things some people are willing to laugh at. 

The fact that Bruno Mars isn’t a TV show. (I thought it was until about a week ago).

Closing my mouth and forcing sound through my nose…. 

  1. If we were snooping in your drawers and found something you didn’t want us to see, what would it be?

The one and only porn DVD I’ve ever owned. A friend recommended it. It’s horrifying. Seriously, disturbing and gross and I don’t understand how people could possibly find it a turn on. I also don’t know why it’s still in my drawer and not in a landfill somewhere. 

  1. What was the last thing you ate when nobody was watching?

I can’t recall a single time that I worried about people watching when I ate something. Although, one time, I ate my granddaughter’s last fruit rollup. Does that count?

  1. Last book that left you with a book hangover and why?

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. Probably because I stayed up until the wee hours to finish it.

  1. What song can you listen to over and over again?

“London Calling” by the Clash just to hear Joe Strummer crow.

  1. What’s your catch phrase?

I don’t have a catch phrase. I guess if I had to pick something it would be ‘what the fuck’ ‘what the actual fuck’ ‘fuck you, motherfucker’ or ‘have a nice day’. 

 

 

Gretchen:

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  1. What was your biggest triumph (drunken or sober)? 

Biggest lifetime triumph: Having the body cast removed when I was 13 after wearing it for six months post back surgery. I felt free and invincible. Biggest recent triumph: Hitting the “Publish” button. Every time. Biggest drunken triumph: Breaking into my college football stadium at 3am with my friends and singing the Star Spangled Banner at the top of our lungs. The best part was the cheers and clapping that followed because some other students had broken into the Press Box to hang out.

  1. What is your favorite movie and why?

I gotta break this down into categories:

Best romantic movie: Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Darcy. I love brooding romantic types)

Best 80’s movie: Pretty in Pink (Ducky singing Otis Redding is one of the coolest scenes ever). 

Best Suspense/Intrigue: The Usual Suspects (Kevin Spacey is hot and the ending is one of the best in history). 

Best animated movie: Fantastic Mr. Fox (“What the cuss? This is a real cluster-cuss” plus George Clooney and Meryl Streep)

Best Movie in recent years: Pirate Radio (Philip Seymour Hoffman could make any movie amazing. Awesome soundtrack, and who can beat a story about an illegal radio station in the ’60’s in the middle of the North Sea) 

Best Don’t Judge Me Movie: Fame. I wanted to go to the School of the Arts. I wanted to break out into spontaneous “Hot Lunch Jam” in the cafeteria. 

  1. Three things on your bucket list that you want to check off STAT.

Write my book. See Led Zeppelin live. Which one’s more likely to happen? Hmmmm….

  1. How tall are you?

A statuesque 5’5″. And yes, that can be statuesque, dammit!

  1. Things that make you go hmmmmm…

Math. People who don’t like music. People who are rude to waiters. Hot Dogs. Teenage boys (at least mine). The whole Japanese youth celibacy thing. 

# 3, above. 

  1. If we were snooping in your drawers and found something you didn’t want us to see, what would it be?

I’m so boring.

  1. What was the last thing you ate when nobody was watching?

Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn. The whole bag.

  1. Last book that left you with a book hangover and why?

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. It was set in Charleston, S.C. – one of my favorite cities. The story was breathtaking and heartbreaking. The characters became so real and I missed them when the book ended. And I love historical fiction.

  1. What song can you listen to over and over again?

“Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” by The White Stripes. Because Jack White is the definition of genius. The beat. The guitar. The vocals. Seeing it live is like… like… euphoria.

  1. What’s your catch phrase?

Whatchu talkin’ ’bout Willis?

 

 

That Shameless Hussy:

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  1. What was your biggest triumph (drunken or sober)?

Why are we specifying drunk or sober? I believe that when you are drunk, by its very nature it is called an Incident. Or at least it is when I do it.  I’m gonna make e’rybody cry and flap their little hands but the publication and subsequent exposure of “I Do Not Owe You an Explanation” was a really big deal for me. I was proud of that piece. I would say it was “cathartic” but I recently realized that word also means “accelerates defecation.” Such a pretty word, ruined forever.

  1. What is your favorite movie and why?

It is called You Cannot Have a Favorite Movie Because They Are All Different.

I loved The English Patient. Crash (not the kinky car wreck one). Love, Actually, Nobody’s Fool, with Paul Newman, which nobody has seen. Closer. Oh, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  And The Professional. See?

  1. Three things on your bucket list that you want to check off STAT.

You can tell I don’t think about that stuff.  Another tattoo. One that I did not choose by covering my eyes and pointing. That’s so pedestrian.  Is this a serious bucket list? Or a no-holds-barred bucket list ‘cause those answers are totally different, in that the second one involves violence and adult themes. For the first one, aside from the tattoo – I’d like to write and publish a novel.  I’d like to adopt a beagle from the project that frees them from research labs

  1. How tall are you?

I am five foot 9, who asked this question? It was a tiny person, wasn’t it? (Ahem….a certain 5’3″ SisterWife was just curious.)

  1. Things that make you go hmmmmm…

What motivates people.  Specifically, people who think they are immune to the Glass Houses/Stone Throwing concept. That’s an adage for a reason, folks.  Unwarranted character assassination is one thing – but people who figuratively “die by their own sword” – I always find that fascinating. I assume they must be consumed with self-loathing. 

  1. 6.If we were snooping in your drawers and found something you didn’t want us to see, what would it be?

Hang on. I’ll go look.

Ok, I’ll admit only to….One book of bad erotica. Terrible erotica. Not even so bad it’s good.  I have no idea why I still have it.  It’s like someone asked Good Housekeeping to write a story about a dominatrix.  There’s even a remark that the main character followed in her mother’s footsteps.  I don’t wanna know that!!!

  1. What was the last thing you ate when nobody was watching?

Well. Yogurt. I’m home alone all day. But I ate mayo when I was pregnant and I can eat half a bar of cream cheese by itself without breaking stride. 

  1. Last book that left you with a book hangover and why?

Richard Russo “Bridge of Sighs” His prose…I always fall in love with his characters, his perspective.  Here:

“Don’t even the best and most fortunate of lives hint at other possibilities, at a different kind of sweetness and, yes, bitterness too? Isn’t this why we can’t help feeling cheated, even when we know we haven’t been?   The line of gray along the horizon is brighter now, and with the coming light I feel a certainty: that there is, despite our wild imaginings, only one life. The ghostly others, no matter how real they seem, no matter how badly we need them, are phantoms. The one life we’re left with is sufficient to fill and refill our imperfect hearts with joy, and then to shatter them. And it never, ever lets up.”

  1. What song can you listen to over and over again?

I get song crushes.  Right now I’m being stalked by the 1974 Shel’s Houseboat version of “Sylvia’s Mother.”  A week ago, it was “I’m Coming Down” by Five Finger Death Punch.

  1. What’s your catch phrase?

Bloody hell.

 

So there you have it. Our new girls are clever and more than a little cute. Let’s have a conversation in the comments about these new interesting facts that we’ve just learned, shall we?

 

 

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