Favorite genre of book?
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Teen drama...Goth Vampire novels... its a toss up between those two.
I like most genres since I studied English in college I have grown to appreciate any book as long as it's intriguing. I usually go for comedies, historical works, or historical fictions.
Non-ficition, usually political commentary.
Erin #5 (Me):
This is a hard question for me because I think I lean toward literary fiction rather than a specific genre. I used to love sci-fi/horror/thrillers like Stephen King and Dean Koontz’ books, but my tastes have changed a lot over the years. When I want to relax with a book that doesn’t tax my brain too much, I usually choose a good mystery. I read just about everything though.
Describe the most comfortable shoes you own.
I have two... the first is a set of Brooks running shoes that I got special molded inserts for and that's absolutely changed the game of exercise, but that's more about the inserts than the shoes. The most comfortable shoes I currently own are these knee-high slightly wedged Jambu leather boots. They look very legend of Zelda or kinda hunger games esque. Sort of a lot going on, but they are the most comfortable thing I own so I end up wearing them all the time. Perfect for my aesthetic.
A pair of Nike running shoes. They are soft and made to cushion each step. They are light-weight. The two downsides are the laces won't stay tied and the knitted-cloth material allows for water to drench my feet if it's raining or snowing.
I have a pair of Crocs I wear around the house like slippers. :) They're brown and white.
Tan moccasins with a bow
Erin #5 (Me):
I have a pair of brown suede Mary Janes— they are Earth shoes that I purchased from a TV shopping network more than a decade ago. I had never bought shoes that cost that much before, but I had a lot of foot pain and was looking for anything that would work. The bejeweled lady on the shopping network promised these were the most comfortable shoes I would ever own. And they were. Unfortunately, they are about at the end of their life.
Erin #1: Pens. Always. G-2 Pilot preferred.
Erin #2: Pens. Specifically, sharpie's fine tip. They don't smear, which is amazing since I'm left-handed.
Erin #3: Pens.
Erin #4: Pencils
Erin #5 (Me): Pencils. Generals Cedar Pointe #2 pencils—the come pre-sharpened, and I always have a stash on my desk.
What is your most vivid or favorite memory from childhood?
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I have a lot of them... I guess the first that pops into mind is. When I was only about 3 or 4 I was in ballet and we had a recital. We were wearing this outfits my grandma had made. They were all white with like a plaid stomach and red and green tutu and shoulders. So much glitter. And in this dance there was a part where all the dancers were sitting on stools in a line. And there was one little boy in the middle. And he pulled my ponytail during the dance, after which I was supposed to turn and then chase him around. And of course I loved that, because I thought he was so cute. Typical me, chasing down the cute boys with fierce eyes and a big smile.
I think the most vivid memory is the door destruction mentioned in response to question 3. Everyone in my family likes to bring it up to new people and I have to try to defend my actions.
The one and only family vacation we ever took, sailing my dad's boat from Chicago to Holland, Michigan.
Winning national beam champion
Erin #5 (Me):
I have a memory of being around five and lying in an orange or red tent with one of my cousins. The sun is shining through the fabric giving the light a 70s photograph look. . It’s hot and my hair and clothes are stuck to me. I’m in that in between state of sleep and awake. I can hear voices outside- my parents and aunts and uncles. I hear my grandmother’s distinctive laugh. I think we are in the park. I get the sense we were napping in there to keep the sun off of us, but I remember still feeling the tightness on my nose of a sunburn. Not sure if it’s a real memory or not.
The first line of the book you are currently reading. If you aren't reading a book, the first line of the report, article, flyer, billboard, etc.
"Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town."
The book is the one I'm proofreading, so I can't legally share that one. The book right next to me: "a man sits in a room, manipulating his kneecaps." -Bonk by Mary Roach
"truly when I was a kid back in the fifties I believed that all of life could be like one long and perfect summer day."
Erin #5 (Me)
“My father grew up in a log cabin in Taylorsville, Kentucky.”
-My Father the Pornographer, A Memoir by Chris Offutt
If you were told you needed to quit your job today and find another career, what would it be?
Dream life? Wedding planner or own my own bed and breakfast. Reality? Food service.
I would be a writer or editor. I'm currently proofreading on the side, hoping to eventually make that a career.
Something in the non-profit/advocacy sector.
Erin #5 (Me):
First off, I wouldn’t need anybody to force me to quit my day job. I’d be on that in a heartbeat. My dream career would be as an editor at a small independent book publisher. Reading all day (good or bad) collaborating with authors to get their best work, and helping to polish manuscripts. I know this job doesn’t exist in the real world, at least not for me, but I can dream.
Describe your hands.
Knobby joints, but soft and small. Short nails, chipped black polish. Tons of rings. Strong, sharp, rounded movements.
My mom calls my fingers alien. My hands are long and somewhat slender. I worked outside for a year and couldn't wear gloves, so I ended up with frost bite. I now have issues with circulation and gauging temperatures.
I have "man hands" and hate having long fingernails, so my nails are always trimmed short and I never wear nail polish. The only jewelry I wear daily is a gold claddaugh ring on my right ring finger.
Erin #5 (Me):
My hands have always seemed a little masculine to me. My palms are wide and my fingers kind of thick. I have hairy knuckles and freckles. The last year I’ve gotten some age spots and my already flimsy nails have gotten more brittle. My cuticles are torn and I have a small hang nail on my left pointer finger. I wear a simple silver wedding band on my left ring finger that is too big and slips around when my hand are cold. My tips of my pinky fingers turn inward at the top joint and my right middle finger has a thick callous where my pencil sits when I write. They aren’t pretty, but they’re strong and soft.
Ankle socks, tube socks, trouser socks, no socks?
Ankle, preferably black or multi colored
I have a pretty large collection of socks. I'll wear any of the listed, but I prefer the short socks that can't be seen over the shoe.
Erin #5 (Me):
No socks. I like socks in theory, but I prefer to be barefoot- no socks and no shoes.
It would be interesting to find out how being an only child shaped a person differently than if they had siblings.
What are you afraid of?
Does your favorite movie say a lot about you?
Can you play an instrument? All of the Erin's can—kind of.
Words. There are millions of them, but do you have a favorite?
Do you hate chores? Can you choose just one? I know, it's hard. What's the one chore you absolutely hate doing?
Question #5 in Project Homonymous. If you could be a fictional character, who would you be?
Maybe you had a job, or just got some birthday money- but what was your first purchase?
What did you do growing up that got you in trouble?
What does the soundtrack to your life look like?
Five Erins with 30 free minutes, what do we do?