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Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey


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Welcome Book Blogger and Writer Barb Vitelli #wouldyourather

Today I’m so excited to welcome my friend, book blogger, writer and YouTube star, Barb Vitellli. A couple of years ago, we connected through WordPress and we’ve shared a lot of laughs, particularly on Twitter. Be sure and check out her YouTube channel, she is a pro! Thanks for playing along, Barb!

Would you rather be able to freeze time or travel in time?

That’s tough because the best times are the ones you want to remain in forever. But the realist in me knows that having strong memories of those times is the best way to “freeze” time. So, I think I’d much rather travel in time, to visit, but not live in the worlds my parents and grandparents and great grandparents lived in. I’m not sure I’d want to travel to the future, though. I’d rather focus on my life now and not worry about what may happen years later. (And that’s coming from a planner – how ironic!)

Would you rather be the funniest person in the room or the most intelligent?

Well since I’m in the solid middle of both of those categories, this is pure fantasy, but I’d much rather be the most intelligent person in the room. Constant jokes in a room wear me out, so I wouldn’t want to do that to other people. If I were the most intelligent, though, I hope I’d have a sense of humor too!

Would you rather speak all languages or be able to speak to all animals?

It would be great to understand all languages, but I’d rather be able to speak to all animals. Since there’s always a way to translate world languages, thanks to people who do speak more than one, I’d be fascinated to know how animals communicate with each other, as well as understand what they really mean when they “speak,” look at us and move about. I always felt that even our goldfish, who lived (and grew to huge proportions) for close to nine years, was telling me something when I approached the tank.

Would you rather live in an amusement park or a zoo?

I would much rather live in a zoo. I don’t really like amusement parks – they are much to manic for me. And while I liked going on all the rides when I was a teenager, a ride on a huge roller coaster in my twenties scared me so much I haven’t been on one since! But living in a zoo, as long as it was caged, would be a great way to work on my “animal speak.”

Would you rather have someone clean for you or have someone cook for you?

Since I much prefer cooking to cleaning, my answer will make no sense, but I’d rather have someone cook for me. I’ve been cooking for my family for twenty-five years and slapping a meal together can be tiresome when life gets busy. It’s kind of weird, but you know how people always straighten up before a cleaning service comes? I think I’d be like that and I would be uncomfortable having someone going through my things, or commenting on my decorating tastes. But a nice soup or plate of something hot? I’ll take it!

 

Barb Vitelli (aka Book Club Mom) is a book blogger and a part-time Reference Librarian at a public library in Pennsylvania. She spent twenty years as a stay-at-home mom, raising four sons, something she values as the job of a lifetime. Four years ago, she returned to the outside work world and has blended her book blogging with a new library career. You can find her on WordPress, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube (new videos coming soon!) at these links:

Book Club Mom on WordPress
Twitter @BookClubMom
Facebook @BookClubMom
Book Club Mom on YouTube


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Welcome Author Annika Perry #wouldyourather

Today I’m excited to welcome our friend and writer, Annika Perry. For those of you who know Annika, I’m sure you’ll agree she is one of the kindest and most generous bloggers you’ll ever meet. We connected many years ago, and now I feel as though we’re old friends. I was excited when she expressed an interest to play “would you rather.” I think you’ll enjoy her answers as much as I did.

Would you rather be able to freeze time or travel in time?

Without a doubt, I’d rather travel in time! Ever since reading ‘The Time Machine’ by H G Wells as a child I knew here was the perfect way to travel although I realised it came with its own inherent hazards. Avoiding these I would visit various eras across time. The major world events, whilst of interest, would not appeal to me as much as seeing ordinary people over the centuries, millennia!

Would you rather speak all languages or be able to speak to all animals?

I’ve always had this disconcerting feeling that animals are a lot wiser than us; that whilst humans flail around trying to make sense of our existence, animals have found harmony and joy in their lives! However, I would still rather speak all the languages! Although I am fluent in three languages and I have studied four more, I long to learn more foreign languages as I find them totally fascinating! It is rewarding and exciting to talk to people in their own language, often learning so much more about them, the cultures, capturing the nuances of humour, thought and emotions. Language itself is a delight … a play of words and just imagine this ability across all languages of the world! Heavenly!

Would you rather have a lifetime subscription to Netflix or an unlimited gift card to Starbucks?

I feel I must be one of the few people never to visit Starbucks! As I don’t drink coffee of any kind, I would rather have a lifetime subscription to Netflix! Actually, I sort of do since I’ve been a customer from its early days! Time-travelling series ‘Timeless’ was my latest favourite show there. The ironing would never get done without Netflix and its latest entertaining programmes!

Would you rather live in the middle of nowhere, with no people or stores within a 10 mile radius, or live in a busy city?

The peace and tranquility of nowhere beckon me and I’m imagining a cabin in a forest by a lake or a house on the ocean shoreline. The fresh morning breeze would welcome me as I stepped outdoors to enjoy the beauty of nature around me. Yet, there has to a caveat … my loved ones would have to live here too! Also, there is only so much quiet I can take before needing to pop over the ten miles radius for a dose of city life, culture, shopping and restaurants! The best of both worlds! In fact, living in a small countryside village, not too far from a couple of cities and London, I’m already in an ideal location for me!

Would you rather never be able to write or never able to read?

From the very first post of the series, this question filled me with terror! It seemed the most impossible one … how could I ever choose between the two? Thinking about this calmly when faced with the words, discussing it with family and friends, I realised there never would be a conundrum. Having read constantly, ferociously all my life, I cannot imagine a life without books, without the ability to read. Reading is my constant … my joy, my saviour, my friend! My guiding star, my laughter, my tears. My source of learning, my source of enjoyment and relaxation! Whilst writing means to the world to me, reading offers me the universe and beyond!

 

About Annika Perry

Annika Perry is a full-time writer, blogger and book reviewer. She was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and raised near Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

Annika received her BA Honours Degree in German Language and Literature from the University of Leeds.

Her initial employment was as a journalist followed by many years as an agent in the timber trade.

She was awarded first prize in Writing Magazine’s Short Story Competition in 2014 and also shortlisted in an Ink Tears Short Fiction Contest.

‘The Storyteller Speaks’, a collection of short stories, flash fiction and poetry, was her debut book.

‘Oskar’s Quest’, a beautifully illustrated and enchanting children’s story, is her second published book.

Annika Perry lives with her family in a small village in North Essex, England.

Links:

Blog: https://annikaperry.com/

Twitter: @AnnikaPerry68

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17498437.Annika_Perry

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Annika-Perry/e/B0789NNWFX/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annika-perry-5a9ab8a6/

Author Website: https://annika-perry-author.com/

Blurb for Oskar’s Quest

Oskar is afraid of adventures.

Yet one day he finds himself on a mysterious island which needs his help. Join Oskar on this unexpected and magnificent quest, where he finds not only courage but so much more…

“It’s light, extremely enjoyable and very gripping.” Esther Chilton – author & editor.

Perfect for ages 3 to 6

‘Oskar’s Quest’ on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oskars-Quest-Annika-Perry/dp/1712401408/

‘Oskar’s Quest’ on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Oskars-Quest-Annika-Perry/dp/1712401408/