Monday, March 26, 2007

Caren's LATE Wild Weekend Meme

Because I feel slightly sorry for myself, I am chiming in even though the weekend is well over. So there!

What was the last wild thing you did?

Wild, huh? Okay, it wasn't too wild, but I did a bit of Bono stalking when I was in NYC two weeks ago. My best friend has been in the U2 fan club since she was 13 (she's 38 now) and is wicked obsessed. So, here is one of the pictures I took of Bono's apartment on Central Park West. Bono and Alli live in the right-hand tower on the top two floors. How do I know this? Um, I mentioned the obsessed friend, right?

What is the next wild thing you're going to do?

Gah! We have to plan this stuff? What ever happened to spontaneity? Well, I suppose you could count the trip my husband, daughters and I are taking to Switzerland this June. We will be in the back of beyond in the Swiss Alps at the WAGGS World Heritage Site Our Chalet. No doubt it will be great fun, but those Swiss are pretty serious about the mountain climbing and hiking and whatnot. I am fully expected to rappel and do high ropes courses. I will, but I'm getting a bit long in the tooth for all that. Plus, my husband seriously needs to bench press something more than a box of Girl Scout cookies before this trip. I am, however, First Aid and CPR certified just in case. 'Nuff said.

Name the last three books you read.

The easy question! Susan Elizabeth Phillips' "It Had To Be You"; J.D. Robb's "Innocent In Death"; and, Susan Elizabeth Phillips' "Natural Born Charmer". I've gotten on an SEP tear since NBC. I may have to read her entire backlist!

Favorite first line of a novel.

Garp's mother, Jenny Fields, was arrested in Boston in 1942 for wounding a man in a movie theater. "The World According to Garp" by John Irving

Famous last words/Most satisfying ending to a novel?

Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them. "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

Bronte or Kinsale?

I am such a Bronte girl!


I have to choose? Well, since I'm on a major SEP kick, you know she wins!

Most boring read?

Anything issued by the federal government.

Most times you've read one novel?

I have no idea how many times I've read "Dragon Song", "Dragon Singer" and "Dragon Drums" by Anne McCaffrey, but it has to be at least ten each. I read them first when I was about 12. I don't think I've duplicated that level of devotion to any books since. A close second would be "The Forgotten Beasts of Eld" by Patricia McKillip. Read that one when I was 12, too.

The writer you'd most like to be and why.

Never thought of it. But, probably I would like to be any of the Bronte sisters. They were all so brilliant and intensely emotional. Exactly what I would love to bring to my books.

Paranormal Romance or Historical Romance?

Definitely historical. There are some wonderful paranormals and Heaven knows I cut my teeth on sf/fantasy! But I get so completely lost in a rich historical. Which is, of course, why I write contemporaries.

Linda Howard's Son of the Morning or Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code?

Linda Howard, of course. The Da Vinci Code was like a serial novel, only all slapped in one cover. You could practically hear the cliffhanger music at the end of each scene. Clever of him to trot that trick out, but the slapdash treatment of Christianity left me cold at the end of it. I give him lots of credit for achieving such acclaim, but I think it was more timing and razzle-dazzle than great writing. Feel free to throw things at me.

Sorry to be the lone tardy poster and break all packer rules. That and the Bono stalking will probably get me tossed off the blog. Be kind! No Bonos were harmed in the research for this blog post...


Aunty Cindy said...

Sorry to be the lone tardy poster and break all packer rules. That and the Bono stalking will probably get me tossed off the blog. Be kind! No Bonos were harmed in the research for this blog post...

Caren, you CRACK your ole Aunty up!
No Bonos were harmed! HAHAHAHA! Were Cher, the late Sonny and all their various off-spring included?!?!

And since WHEN would stalking a HUNK EVER get anything but vociferous support from other Packers?

jealous that I didn't get to go to NYC with you and even MORE jealous about the trip to Switzerland!
Aunty C

Caren Crane said...

Aunty C, let me know if I should bring you chocolates - or mountain climbers - from my trip! I doubt I will run into Bono in Adelboden (which is the back of Switzerland's beyond), but I may if I can get back to NYC. Hey, don't we have an RWA conference there in a couple of years? Can't wait! Packers stalking rockers in NYC. Sounds a likely scenario to me. Ha!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Heehee, Bono-stalking. Sounds kinky, doesn't it? :> Caren, I LOVED all those McCaffrey books and I thought I was the only human to have ever read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. I loved that book. My tattered, much loved copy is still around somewhere. She's still publishing, did you know? I have her latest. I also read anything McCaffrey writes. :> Excited for your trip. You'll have to bring some pictures of you rappelling with you when you come to Dallas. You could bring a hunk or two as well...Snork! J.