Welcome to week two of Quirky Question Monday! Today I have two more of my favorite authors to introduce:
First up is Maria Savva:
If you could date any musician, dead or alive (we’ll pretend the dead ones are still living), who would you choose and why?
Only one? [laughs] Actually, I do find myself very attracted to musicians. Probably because I love music, as much, maybe even more than I like writing; and the atmosphere at a gig—where there is such a buzz—makes me naturally attracted to the performers. (There have actually been studies done that say it’s very easy to fall in love when you’re at a concert — which explains the almost irrational adoration musicians, especially singers, seem to attract). I’ve never lost that teenage awe in regards to music and live gigs, especially rock gigs… and there’s just something about men with long hair [laughs]… I could list a few musicians I would gladly date, but I won’t because then I’ll end up sounding like a groupie. I’m probably a groupie in denial because I go to lots of gigs and find myself falling for many a musician, but I’ve never actually dated one. Your question is which musician dead or alive would I date? I would answer… any musician, dead or alive [smiles]. Does that make me sound desperate? Okay, so we have established that I am a desperate, groupie-in-denial.
Maria Savva is a lawyer and writer from the UK. She has published 6 books and there are more on the way. You can find her and her books at: www.MariaSavva.com
Next we have Jason McIntyre:
You are going to be living on a deserted island for 6 months. You are allowed to bring only 3 things. What will they be?
Let’s start with the process of elimination. Since everyone reading this would cry foul if my three things were my two kids and my wife, they get the axe straightaway. Sorry, dear family. And since there’d presumably be no electricity, my iPod and Mac can’t come. With the whole ocean at my feet, I would perhaps be interested in trying a different kind of surfing, anyway. Also in the interest of keeping folks from being bored by my answer, I can’t say I’d bring three items of survival gear, say a waterproof tent, good outdoor wear and matches. That’s just too prairie survivalist of me, isn’t it? It’s because I read “Never Cry Wolf” at least ten times as a kid, I suppose.
So let me look at this as it should be looked at: like a fun exercise. The point, I think, is to see what I would want to do for six months away from everything in my ‘real’ world, barring family melancholy and inclement weather and also presumably polar bear attacks (Hey, there were polar bears on the island in “Lost” so you can never be too careful). Since the question did state that I’d be ‘living’ on the island, I’ll assume I would have with me what I’d need to survive: cooking implements, the means to make fire and perhaps hunt and fish, oh and a way to keep warm and dry.
That leaves only the three items around which the question is designed. What to do, what to do.
I’d say that I’d bring books, but of course, I couldn’t bring enough to get me through six whole months. If each book counts as one item, I’m sunk at only three books and I probably have no burning desire to read War and Peace. “Really?” You ask. Yes. Really. So I won’t say books. I could say an eReader loaded with books, but then, that would probably be cheating since we presumed earlier that there would be no electricity. And without cheating enabled, if I brought an eReader, the screen would go dark long before I could finish two or three good ones. No recharging station means poor J. would have wasted one of his three item slots. Since I’m an efficient sort, I wouldn’t feel good about a 33% level of spoilage.
The problem here is that six months isn’t really that much time. I know, I know. Some of you are now thinking, “Well then, let me just perform a couple armed robberies wearing my Jason McIntyre mask and he can do the time for me.” Time is an interesting, subjective thing and the idea of ‘spending’ it is part of that. A day at a job you don’t much care for is much longer in passing than a fun day at the beach with a beautiful person in a nice bit of swimwear, isn’t it? What I mean when I say six months isn’t really that much time, I think back to my life as it was six months ago. Most of you could probably do the same and see that your life probably hasn’t changed all that much and you spend your days now in a similar fashion as you did in June or July of last year. Habit is part of why time seems to zoom by. Unless of course you were an average fellow in June and by now you’ve donned your McIntyre Mask ™ and decided to head on into a convenience store to grab yourself some cash — while pointing a gun. Life would be very different for you by now, that’s for certain.
So. Again. This is me digressing from the question. This is hard. I’ll try to picture it. Me: under the hot sun, sitting on the white sand with my nearly-as-white calves, my shaved head and my utter and complete boredom because some jackass back home pretended to be me while he took the 7/11 for all the cash in the register. My punishment? Seclusion on this damned deserted island for six long months.
I’ve got it! Sunscreen, a hat, and as much paper and pens as would be allowed.
After all, I’d have to write letters to my lawyer and the parole board, pleading my case. Then my psyche would be so damaged that I’d have to start my memoirs about being entangled in such a hideous injustice. To that fella who robbed the 7/11: Don’t worry. I’ll find ya.
As for the sunscreen and the hat? You figure it out.
Jason McIntyre’s profile picture and his threats to the masked bandit make him out to be tougher and more violent than he actually is. To get a sense of his wacky sensibilities, and his novel writing efforts, visit him at www.theFarthestReaches.com
These two authors have very different styles but somehow also managed to write a book together!
Here are their books on Amazon, both in print and in Kindle format:
You can also find Jason’s books, in ebook formats for all eReaders and computers, on Smashwords:
These two writers are quite amazing. If you haven’t read their work, I hope you’ll take the time to do so!
Thanks for reading!
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