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Divorce

A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there’s less of you.   Margaret Atwood

Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt FRSC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, and environmental activist. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke AwardPrince of Asturias Award for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award several times, winning twice. In 2001, she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.[2] She is also a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada’s writing community.[3] Among innumerable contributions to Canadian literature, she was a founding trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize.[4]

Atwood is also the inventor and developer of the LongPen and associated technologies that facilitate the remote robotic writing of documents.[5] She is the Co-Founder and Director of Syngrafii Inc. (formerly Unotchit Inc.), a company that she started in 2004 to develop, produce and distribute the LongPen technology.[6] She holds various patents related to the LongPen technologies.

While she is better-known as a novelist, she has published around fifteen books of poetry. Many of her poems are inspired by myths and fairy tales which interested her from a very early age.  Atwood has published short stories in Tamarack Review, Alphabet, Harper’s, CBC Anthology, Ms.Saturday Night, and many other magazines. She has also published four collections of stories and three collections of unclassifiable short prose works.

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Interview Questions

Going to be sending out this list of questions (with some adjustments) to people I consider interesting and they will (I have no doubt) answer them in an remarkable style.  I will most likely  be posting them every Saturday.   Anyone that reads this and wants to answer the questions feel free to e-mail, aaforringer@gmail.com, me your answers (and maybe a short bio along with a link to whatever you are promoting).  Why am I doing this, well I have been working on my next book so much I have not created any original content lately and I feel as though my followers are not getting their moneys worth.  

 

French fries- Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..?   What condiment(s) on them?

How long have you been creating/writing and why?

What odor to you is the most pleasant?

Favorite things to read?  What genre?

A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?

What is the best thing about creating/creating?

How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?

What is the worst thing about creating/writing?

If you could force one famous person to read/view/watch your stuff who would you force, and how much would you force them to consume?

Where do you hope creating/writing will lead you?

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Write

Who’s ever going to write a film in which I get the girl? Me!   John Cleese

John Marwood Cleese (/klz/; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the late 1960s, he co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the four Monty Python films: And Now for Something Completely DifferentMonty Python and the Holy GrailLife of Brian and The Meaning of Life.

In the mid-1970s, Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers, with Cleese receiving the 1980 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance. Later, he co-starred with Kevin KlineJamie Lee Curtis, and former Python colleague Michael Palin in A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures, both of which he also wrote. He also starred in Clockwise and has appeared in many other films, including two James Bond films as R and Q, two Harry Potter films, and the last three Shrek films.

John Marwood Cleese
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Funeral

If any of you cry at my funeral, I’ll never speak to you again!   Stan Laurel

Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer and film director, who was part of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. He appeared with his comedy partner Oliver Hardy in 107 short films, feature films, and cameo roles.

Laurel began his career in music hall, where he appropriated a number of his standard comic devices: the bowler hat, the deep comic gravity and the nonsensical understatement. His performances polished his skills at pantomime and music hall sketches. Laurel was a member of “Fred Karno‘s Army”, where he was Charlie Chaplin‘s understudy. With Chaplin, the two arrived in the United States on the same ship from the United Kingdom with the Karno troupe.  Laurel began his film career in 1917 and made his final appearance in 1951. From 1928 onwards, he appeared exclusively with Hardy. Laurel officially retired from the screen following his comedy partner’s death in 1957.

In 1961, Laurel was given a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award for his pioneering work in comedy. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. Laurel and Hardy ranked top among best double acts and seventh overall in a 2005 UK poll to find the Comedians’ Comedian. In 2009, a bronze statue of the duo was unveiled in Laurel’s home town of Ulverston.

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Revealing

Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.    Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady MallowanDBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English crime novelistshort story writer, and playwright. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world’s longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and six romances under the name Mary Westmacott. In 1971 she was elevated to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.

 

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Thought

11 June 1963

Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.   John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American statesman who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and much of his presidency focused on managing relations with the Soviet Union. He was a member of the Democratic Party who represented Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate prior to becoming president.

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Appropriate

 

We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.    Davy Crockett

David “Davy” Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) was a 19th-century American folk herofrontiersman, soldier, and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet “King of the Wild Frontier”. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the Texas Revolution.

Crockett grew up in East Tennessee, where he gained a reputation for hunting and storytelling. He was made a colonel in the militia of Lawrence County, Tennessee and was elected to the Tennessee state legislature in 1821. In 1825, he was elected to the U.S. Congress where he vehemently opposed many of the policies of President Andrew Jackson, most notably the Indian Removal Act. Crockett’s opposition to Jackson’s policies led to his defeat in the 1831 elections. He won again in 1833, then narrowly lost in 1835, prompting his angry departure to Texas (then the Mexican state of Tejas) shortly thereafter. In early 1836, he took part in the Texas Revolution and was killed at the Battle of the Alamo in March.

Crockett became famous in his own lifetime for larger-than-life exploits popularized by stage plays and almanacs. After his death, he continued to be credited with acts of mythical proportion. These led in the 20th century to television and movie portrayals, and he became one of the best-known American folk heroes.