Welcome to the return of Friday's Five, my weekly feature in which I ask a fabulous blogger 5 random questions.
Today, I'm visiting with Stephanie from Steph in the City. Steph is a middle grade/tween novelist and longtime blogger. She started blogging on MySpace, where she was one of the top 10 most popular bloggers, and eventually moved her site over to Blogger, where she regularly publishes thought-provoking posts. Stephanie's house was one of the many Nashville homes flooded in May, and she and her husband are still in the process of restoring their residence.
1. Congratulations on your recent wedding! You know that we old married farts want to hear that married life is sooo much better than single life. So, tell us, how has this first year of marriage been treating you?
Married life is better than single life . . . for me, anyway! I think all of us function differently, but I personally am better in a stable, loving relationship. I wasn't very good at being single and I DEFINITELY wasn't good at dating!
2. I was very sorry to hear that your home was damaged in the Nashville flood, and from what I understand, the destruction throughout the city was quite massive. To tell you the truth, I only knew about the devastation from your blog and one other Tennessee blogger that I read. Any thoughts on why the flooding was mostly ignored by the media? Or was it just me not watching enough TV news?
The day after Nashville flooded, two major news events happened that took attention off of us. One was the big oil leak in the Gulf. The other was a Times Square bombing scare. Plus, there was no looting, no whining about not getting help. We just brushed ourselves off, picked up a bottle of bleach and and a pail, and got to work. Plus, floods make for boring news. It wasn't like Katrina, where they could show exciting hurricane shots. The dam broke, the water came in, the water went back out. If you lived in Nashville, you couldn't get away from flood coverage. It was 24/7 for those first few days. But the rest of the world was watching the Gulf.
3. You are a novelist, so I'm presuming you spend a lot of time offline working on your books. I'm really glad that you still take time to write your blog, and I'm curious about what you receive from the process of blogging that keeps you posting?
I love to write. When you really get down to it, that's what writing is all about. Blogging allows me to post something that hundreds of people read every day. I get instant feedback from a percentage of those people. The only difference between blogging and being a published author is money, when you get down to it. You're still sharing your words with others.
4. At the risk of sounding like a doofus, I'm going to admit that the only place I've visited in Tennessee was Graceland. I literally drove straight to Memphis, toured Elvis' former home, and then left the state. I would love to go back some day and explore Tennessee. Any recommendations on must-sees?
Normally I'd suggest Opryland Hotel
in Nashville, but it was flooded! You have to get to the Smokies
, if you get a chance. It's beautiful there! Memphis is my least favorite part of Tennessee (and many others agree with me). Graceland is fun and so is Beale Street
, but the city in itself just doesn't have the beauty that East and Middle Tennessee have.
5. What did you have for dinner last night?
We have been working on our house so right now we still don't have a stove or kitchen sink. I've been washing dishes in the bathtub, no lie! Last night we grilled out hamburger steaks (the flood didn't get our grill!) and I microwaved some packaged Bob Evans macaroni and cheese. It works out pretty well. Tonight, I'll go home to a construction zone as the guy is going to be there the rest of the week finishing our cabinets . . . that's my life! But I'm just glad to not be hanging drywall at this point.
Thanks, Stephanie, for taking the time to chat . . . now get back to work. You've got a book to write, a blog to update, and a house to renovate. As for me, I'm going to take a nap and rest up for next Friday's Q and A!
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