Today the lovely and talented Jane Bretl, of Jane, Candid, a must read blog for anyone with a heart connected to their brain, will be joining us here at Miscellaneous Yammering for Ten Questions Tuesday.
K: Good Morning, Jane. Thanks for coming in to see me! I like your top, that's a great color on you.
J: Thanks, Karen for inviting me here! I'm glad you like my jammies.
K: Are you ready to get started?
J: Ready to rock steady!
Ten Questions for Jane Bretl
K: Which of these are more you?
Chapstick or Lipstick? HAIR Bands or hairbands? Leather sandals or leather pants? Broccoli or Cauliflower?
J: Actually, I have mixed feelings when I admit to doing book signings. I never dreamed that having a short story published in an anthology gave me the permission/expectation/right to actually sign books in a bookstore. My friends and I joked about it! Then I continued to find more and more examples of author signings for anthologies all around the country. Some publishers encourage it more than others. I also learned from authors like Joe Konrath that many booksellers like to have signed copies that can be displayed -- they sell faster. The savvy bookseller is always looking for ways to market the titles for better sales. I know personally I am more likely to buy a book if it is signed by the author. Apparently others feel the same way, even if Said Author is only on page 34-38. So, it was a learning experience. Now I know what to do the next time I appear in an anthology. I will be more confident and put myself out there for formal book signings, at least locally. For now, it was a thrill just to sign the stock on hand and see the clerk put the "Signed By Author" sticker on the front cover.
K: Best bumper sticker you ever saw?
J: "Lord, please make me the person my dog thinks I am." I also liked "Alternative Energy: the best Homeland Security" -- it stopped me in my tracks while walking through a parking lot. I still have "Vote like the fate of the world depends on it" on the back of my car, along with the darwinian ichthys fish sprouting legs.
J: The "eating something I've grown" is still an experiment in process. I find the most joy in growing a riotous tumble of color and beauty that I can look at every day. I also enjoy growing a show that makes people stop and say "whoa".
Did you immediately invent something to prevent this from happening to others? And if so, is it marketable? (can I get in on that?)
J: I scooped her up, nuzzled my nose in her soft white fur and told her not to get eaten by a coyote. She went back outside several hours later. You are welcome to split the profits with me 50/50.
J: Cook foods with ingredients that touch each other that are palatable to my offspring. And make mean people look deeply into a mirror. And bestow waists on women who lost theirs. That's three powers -- can I be that super?
K: I know you have an aversion to frogs...which was almost a deal breaker for our friendship btw....so Frogs in ponds wouldn't be your reason for walking in nature...what do you look for that delights you when you go out awanderin?
J: My favorite thing about hiking is the opportunity the journey provides to take photographs. Frequent stopping slows the cardiovascular effect, but boosts my soul.
J: No, I am hardly even a closet singer. I did use my extremely pregnant belly to accidentally knock over a large pyramid of canned goods in a grocery store, but only once. I say accidentally in case any of you thought I might have done that on purpose. Anyone who had never felt 12 months pregnant, for example.
J: Sorry, I would have to have control of the remote to be channel surfing... I have the enviable position of the lone female in a sea of menfolk. It is worth not having the remote.
J: I think that was at birth when I said, "Phew! Now that that's
J: Thank you, Karen, for including my yammerings amidst your miscellany. You are a funny lady.