Seven Questions From Suzie

Suzie is holding a link up/community experiment. She’s asked 7 questions, and they’re fun sorts of questions, and bloggers are taking her up on the challenge. Well, it all looks terribly fun, so I decided to get in on the action myself. Below are my answers to Suzie’s questions:

1. How did you create the title for your blog?
One night I wrote a series of poetry, bad bad poetry, but one of my favorite concoctions was the term “Part-Time Monster.” I used it as a Twitter handle for a while, then committed online suicide, then returned with it for this blog. I couldn’t have imagined, then, how my life would change on the way to finishing that degree and getting ready for another one. I am so very many things, all cobbled together like Frankenstein’s monster

2. What’s the one bit of blogging advice you would give to new bloggers?
Resist the urge to just start up a blog and immediately start publishing. Spend time working through design. Spend time deciding exactly what you want to accomplish. Spend time creating a backlog of posts and photos before you begin publishing. Essentially, spend lots of time working before you begin publishing. Then when you hit a busy part of the year, you’ll be able to pull from already-written texts or edited photos, making the entire ordeal less stressful.

3. What is the strangest experience you’ve ever had?
Well, that’s a tough one. I’ve had lots of strange experiences—I seem to attract them. And some of those strange experiences are negative—like the time I attracted the wrath of another blogger and was blogged about incessantly for a week or so or the time that my significant other’s ex-girlfriend stalked me around the Internet. But I’d rather talk about a happy strange experience: how I met my husband.

I went to a party one evening, a birthday party for my friend Lyn. She and I attended MUW together as undergraduates and were friends, and we stayed in touch once she moved to New Orleans to get a job as a graphic designer and I moved to Hattiesburg to pursue my master’s degree. I’d just finished my master’s degree and was a newly divorced, single mother when I went to her birthday party, mustache-bedecked (befitting the theme of mustaches). There, I met her older brother, and we immediately hit it off. We exchanged contact information, but because of the distance between us, it took months before we started dating. Years later, we’re married and happy as can be. It’s funny how life works.

4. What is the best thing that anybody has ever said to you?
That’s a difficult one. I have a husband who says lots of wonderful things—probably far more than I deserve. I think, though, that the day a student came in and told me that she got into nursing school and thanked me for helping her with her application was one of the best moments I’ve had—it was a moment of really seeing that what I do really and truly affects other people.

5. When presented with a time machine, which one place and time would you visit?
Also tough, because I wouldn’t want to change anything that could cause major paradoxical issues. I think, though, that I’d like to visit The Eagle and Child while The Inklings were there and bar-tend, or at least listen, while they talked.

6. If you had to pick a new first name, what would you choose?
My brothers wanted to name me Scarlet, and I’ve always thought that would be a cool name. It’s probably what I’d choose, though Harper runs a close second.

7. If you were a B Movie, what would it be called?
Part Time Monster: The Anxious Adventures of a Graduate Student

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