Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursday Thirteen

Here are 13 questions (the list originally was 15, I left off the last two) to ask yourself, which will set you in the direction of your life’s purpose:

1. What gives me energy?

A. Activity pursuing and investigating a question. Writing. Learning. Playing music. Reading, studying.  Intense intelligent conversations. Tai Chi. (Cleaning the house most definitely does *not* give me energy.)

2. What excites me?

A. Learning something new, finding answers to difficult questions.

3. What kind of ideas come to me in the shower?

A. Poems, lines for stories, plots, opening sentences. Songs. Answers to questions.

4. What kind of things do people always ask me about?

A. How I find ideas. How I live "a writer's life" (whatever that is).

5. What kind of conversations do I have with those closest to me?

A.  Intense and personal. Discussions of religion, books, ideas, philosophies. And lately, unfortunately, a lot about health care.

6. What do I do with my free time?

A. I write, read, play guitar, take photos, and play video games.

7. What topics do I regularly read about?

A. I read about writing - journaling, plots, types, etc. I also read personality and psychological books, fantasy, mysteries, and I prefer strong heroines, not wimps.

8. What recurring dreams do I have?

A. I have night terrors that I would prefer not to discuss.

9. During which experiences in my life have I felt the most alive?

A. When I am chasing a story for the newspaper, when I was doing a lot of reporting work.

10. What unique interests, or abilities, did I have as a young child?

A. I was interested in writing and reading, as well as archeology, geology. At one time I had a great collection of quartz rocks.

11. What would I be doing if money were no object?

A. I would be in school getting a Ph.D., and traveling.

12. What would I be doing if I absolutely, 100%, did not care about what other people think?

A. I would be getting my Ph.D., writing lots of stuff, including a book called "Dumbass Doctors and What You Can Do About Them," and telling doctors to kiss my rear end on my way out of their doors. I would also travel.

13. What is on my bucket list?

A. Writing a book, going to Egypt, England, Scotland, and Ireland, and dying without debt.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 382nd time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. Can you believe I've never played a video game? And I barely ever take a shower! This really has got me thinking.

  2. Can you believe I've never played a video game? And I barely ever take a shower! This really has got me thinking.

  3. I talk to myself in the shower. It drives my family nuts. They've asked who I have in there with me.

  4. What a great idea of a post. I like your list of questions--I get excited about solving things, too. If you don't mind I'm going to keep a copy of your questions.

  5. I have some of my best ideas in the shower :)

  6. I may revisit this when I'm "helping" Crazy Sam compose the Saturday 9. Hope you don't mind.


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