Monday, September 10, 2007

Tagged after all

Well, I've been holding out against this tagging lark - otherwise how can I go on complaining about the tendency to want to know about writers' lives (rather than their books), as I do on my other blog? But now Jen at Salt has tagged me, and what can you do but comply when your publisher tags you, and anyway she makes it such fun, so I'm giving in:

"Each player starts with eight random facts/habits or embarrassing things about themselves. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog."

Here goes:

1. My mother once dressed me up for a village fete as a summer salad, and what this did for my self image may be a matter for the psychiatrist's chair. (I was only four, but I can still remember in a physical way the shock of cold when she placed the necklace of cucumber slices round my neck.)

2. I recently sat in a cooling bath for an hour and a half (mercifully dressed in a strapless dress) while a film director and cameraman decided on the shot they wanted. By the time they had finished I was a wrinkled prune.

3. I sing to myself without knowing I'm doing it, which made my children want to walk ten steps behind.

4. I talk to myself, too - or more accurately, I mouth the stories I'm writing - which makes my children still not want to walk with me at all.

5. A lost skill: I can't cook any more, I'm always too busy writing to practise.

6. My feet are so big that when John first met me he bought me Fats Waller's Your Feet's Too Big.

7. I'm crazy about cabbage, and never get enough as no one else likes it. What's fantastic about North Wales restaurants is that they serve it up!

8. Something that still makes me blush: I once agreed to use clippers on the head of someone about to go on holiday with a brand-new girlfriend, an event he was somewhat nervous about. I sneered at his worry that I might drop the guard, and then went and did just that and made a bald stripe up the back of his head.

Now I have to tag eight others:

Sally Lawton
Caroline Smailes
Debi Alper
Amanda Mann
Clare Sudbery
Lucy Pepper
Nicola Monaghan
Charles Lambert


Anonymous said...

Ah, sorry, I'm afraid I did this meme a few weeks ago - and I can't think of another eight things!

Thanks for thinking of me though.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, thanks for really going for it!! Great fancy dress, thank for that - I'm always stuck for ideas. And cabbage IS the best - I nearly put that on my list!!

Elizabeth Baines said...

Ah well, it was worth a try, Clare - I'm off to look at the one you did now!

Jen, I can't believe I have a cabbage friend!

Debi said...

So, lets see if I've got this right.

You're ... a large-footed, wrinkled prune cabbage patch doll masquerading as a salad in a bath while singing and talking to yourself and wondering why no one will walk with you.

Thanks for tag - I've also done this before but my answers were less vegetably.

Elizabeth Baines said...

That's about right, Debi!

Charles Lambert said...

Well, I've done it but I can't think of enough people to tag! I'll try and find the other four over the next few days.

As you'll see, I've come down on the embarrassing side of the scales