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Tag… 16, July 2007

Posted by babychaos in General Wittering, Humour, Life and living, Light Fluff, Play, Who am I?.

I have been tagged by my Mr Howdle (dying man’s daily journal)… I have to post the rules and then give you the gen… Right, here goes…


  • Post the rules first.
  • If you are tagged you have to tell your faithful blogging public 8 random facts about yourself in a post on your blog. It can be habits, an idea, facts or just um… stuff.
  • At the end of your post, choose eight other bloggers you’d like to know something about and tag them.
  • Leave a comment telling them you’ve tagged them and that they will need to read your post on your blog.

Thing 1

When I was a wee nipper, my “party piece” was to wee in the basin. I don’t know why I found this amusing, maybe it was a case of “because I can” or perhaps it was the budding surrealist in me. One day, I did it and laughed so much I pooped. My audience were so horrified they showed my mother. I was roundly spanked and confined to my bedroom for the rest of the day.

Thing 2

I was once invited to join Mensa. My IQ was one point off Genius level. I think that says everything about me you need to know, I can do a lot of things pretty well but nothing well enough to really stand out. It used to bug me but then I changed my mind. I am very obsessive about the things I enjoy and if there was only one I’d be able to talk about that one thing and not much else.

Having seen people like this interviewed on TV I realised that God, in his mercy to others, gave me more than one interest to stop me boring the world into infinity and beyond. As a result of this, I’m not the brightest or most exciting spark in the box but I am probably am a lot more interesting than I might have been.

Thing 3

I used to be a stand-up comedienne. Brave? Nope, just desperate for attention! Well… desperate to become a writer actually. The material was poems, my own.

Everyone knows your chances of having your writing published are a lot better if you are already famous for something else first. Since the chances of seeing poetry in print, unless you self publish, are negligible I thought I stood more chance of having my work published if I became a famous stand-up comedienne beforehand. I’m not sure whether this shows realism about the publishing industry or naievity about the world of showbiz… probably a bit of both.

I did get kind of hooked though. If you do a stand-up set and it goes well, few things touch the high. It’s difficult to have more fun than that with your clothes on… or even, sometimes, with your clothes off.

Then again, if you have a day job and you’re so wired you can’t go to bed until 4 am each morning something has to give! I never earned more than meals and free drinks but it was so good when it went well that it was worth all the times I bombed. In the end I came to live here and not knowing the local psyche – or any jokes about crops, I decided it was time to sit down. You can only be funny if you know your audience. I learned a lot from stand-up… principally, when to duck.

Thing 4

There is NO Thing 4.

Thing 5

I don’t know what I’m for. No, really, I’ve no clue. I know what I enjoy but that’s not quite the same is it now, people?

It wasn’t always like this. When I was young I wanted to be an animator or make the props for Dr Who. Unfortunately when I came to study only a few places offered a course in animation. An entry requirement for all of them was to have maths o’level.

Eventually I realised I had a choice. I could carry on doing dead end jobs for the rest of my life while I tried to pass a maths exam or I could study for a different degree and start my career before I hit 40. I scratched “animator” off my list of dream jobs and did a degree in history of art. I got a 2:2 which was not enough to get into the BBC… which is where I had to scratch Dr Who props maker off the list, too. Even so, I still have bit of a thing about bubblewrap.

Thing 6

I am very susceptible to guilt. When I was about 9 I persuaded a small boy in the park to let me see his penknife. I stuck it in the ground and broke the blade for no reason other than that I could. I felt awful immediately – especially when my brother told me off for being a leetle sheet – which I was being. I am wracked with guilt to this day and I still wish I could go back in time and either stop myself from being such an arse or apologise to the little lad and give him another penknife. So if you’re reading this and you were scarred for life when some mean little girl in a stripy top broke your penknife down the Rec, I’m really sorry.

Thing 7

I have written 3 novels, one of which I’m prepared to own up to writing and two of which I wish somebody else had written… I am working on a 4th and 5th, kind of in tandem – one is a bit of a chicklit thing – not something I’ve tried before – the other, like the preceding three, is humorous fantasy fiction.

There is no commercial point in my writing, if you write the kind of stuff people like Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams write, you have to be a genius… but often being a genius isn’t enough, you have to be a lucky, lucky bleeder, too. Even famous people admit it.

“I’m lucky. Hard work is the key, but luck plays a part.”

This from about the 4th highest grossing pop musician of all time. I think that’s kind of it, I have to be a genius AND lucky. Damn! I can’t even get my head round the hard work bit!

Yet even so, I still write. I write because – for all my cynicism – I hope, possibly even believe, that I might yet learn to turn a phrase like a genius but mainly, I write because I have to.

I use music. I stick a CD on, let my mind wander and then, when it comes back, I write down what its seen.

Thing 8

I have two jobs, a bit like two sheds, only not. Both of my jobs are things I love to do; painting and writing. I can’t do one alone, I have to do the other as well. However while the painting is for me, really, the writing tends to be corporate puff, for others. Actually, that’s one thing I do know I can do, I’m bloody good at corporate puff, especially if it’s replying to complaints or explaining how something works. I once had a statement read out on Watchdog. They went away.
Thing 9

I like cheese. Other women like chocolate or ice cream to the point of obsession… I like cheese. Especially those runny ones with rinds like orange corduroy which smell of pooh. Ok so I do like chocolate, a lot, when it’s over about 60% coco solids but on the whole I can take it or leave it, I don’t even eat sugar, I eat fruit sugar, instead. I’m still lardy though and that is because I love cheese… (gromit). So while other women know their lard is mostly chocolate and ice cream, I know mine is pure cheese… well, with a bit of wine thrown in.

Thing 10

If I had to go back and live over again there are few things I’d change.

Thing 11

I have dyscalcula. That’s why I can’t count to eight properly.

So… I have excluded people who are already tagged and some of the ones who I think won’t approve of this, it is a bit chain-lettery after all, isn’t it? I’ve left others on – despite the fact they are unlikely to approve – because I’m hoping you will go take a look at their blogs.

Right then. Without more ado, a bunch of people I would like to see complete this challenge are… Joe Drinker, Brian Hewitt, Lea Alissa, Chrisfiore, Mark Kenney, Mrs Metaphor, Pen and Ink….less




1. JoeDrinker - 16, July 2007

Oh, I see how it goes. I came up with a list of 50 random things, and now I have to disclose eight more?

This blogging thing seems to be personally revealing than I had hoped.


2. mrsmetaphor - 17, July 2007

At first I was like, “Oh crap” but the inner artist child in me who desperately loves recognition came back with “hooray!”

I’ll work on it tonight…hee hee…

3. babychaos - 17, July 2007

Joe! Sorry…. mwa ha ha haaaargh! Mrs M, I thank you!



4. Mrs. Nicklebee - 18, July 2007

Oh fun! I’ll have to think really hard to come up with 8 more things. A couple of the things you shared jogged my memory though.

Thinking …

5. babychaos - 18, July 2007

Looking forward to it Mrs N!



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