Motherhood & Words

The lovely Moonlight Ambulette memed me. The original post is here.

1. Hardcover or paperback, and why?
Paperback, because holding a hardcover hurts my wrists. And I like to carry books in my purse and a hardcover would definitely put me over my current fifteen pound limit.

2. If I were to own a book shop I would call it…The Queen B, but I’m not exactly sure why. That’s just the first thing that came to mind. Do you think anyone would shop there?

3. My favorite quote from a book (mention the title) is…Oh, it’s too hard to pick a favorite, but I love this from Lisel Mueller’s poem “Curriculum Vitae” (Alive Together):

“Ordinary life: the plenty and thick of it. Knots tying
threads everywhere. The past pushed away, the future left
unimagined for the sake of the glorious, difficult, passionate

4. The author (alive or diseased) I would love to have lunch with would be …I think (today) it would be Katherine Ann Porter. I’ve been thinking of Pale Horse, Pale Rider so much lately.

5. If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except from the SAS survival guide, it would be…Well, if I didn’t have my reading glasses, I could only read in short spurts or I’d end up with a perpetual headache, which doesn’t seem like the best thing to have on a deserted island. But assuming I had my glasses, I think it would have to be some big fat anthology. I really love Short Fiction by 33 Writers: 3 x 33, edited by Mark Winegardner.

6. I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that…Would hold my book at an angle so I could read in bed lying on my side. Maybe it could also turn the pages when I clapped.

7. The smell of an old book reminds me of…my dad’s study.

8. If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would beChristo, I’ve no idea.

9. The most overestimated book of all time is…I’m not sure I can say “of all time,” but I just didn’t understand the hoopla about The Corrections. Seriously, everyone I know loved it. I couldn’t deal. Just couldn’t deal.

10. I hate it when a book…is twelve chapters longer than it should be.

Okay, now I’m tagging a few folks: Mardougrrl, This Mom, Susan, Vicki, and Camera Shy Momma.


I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. k on October 5, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    I don’t suppose Georeg Bernard Shaw’s –The Complete Guide to Shipbuilding–counts either. I would probably have to pick something lamely classic like Shakespeare. But what I would really want to bring would be a blank notebook.

  2. mandy on October 6, 2007 at 6:58 am

    Yes, The Corrections! I didn’t think of that one. Oh, how I rue the day I bought that book for five dollars. Oh, five dollars. Where you now?

  3. Mardougrrl on October 8, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Ooh, this will be fun and I’ll do it today. And YES, I can’t agree more about the Corrections. I was just thinking about this one a few days. Franzen had no compassion for his characters…the whole thing was so meanspirited!

  4. Susan on October 8, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks for the tag- I just did it, although I had to steal your book invention; it was just too good.

  5. moonlight ambulette on October 14, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    oy kate, you remind me of the most terrifying thing ever — what if i were stranded on that desert island without my glasses! i wouldn’t have to worry about not being able to read, i can tell you that much. you know why? because i’d be dead, that’s why. completely, 100% dead. i can barely take two steps without my glasses. ugh!

    oh but anyway… this is great! i love reading this. thanks for responding!

  6. K on October 14, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    I watched like two Twilight Zones but the one I remember is the one in which, I think, Burgess Meredith finally gets his wish to be sealed, alone, for all eternity in a vast library. At that point, his glasses break.