Ordered to Down Time: A quiz to keep me “quiet”


My friend Harley posted this quiz today and I had such fun reading her answers I’m doing the same. I’d love to read yours, too. 🙂

1 – Write the first sentence of a novel, short story, or book of the weird yet to be written. She flickered the lights off and on with the twitching of her fingertips for the sheer entertainment of giving her brother a migraine.

2 – Without looking at your watch: what time is it? 7:45pm

3 – Look at your watch. What time is it? 7:49pm

4 – How do you explain this — or these — discrepancy(ies) in time? Time is the biggest fallacy of all. There is no discrepancy.

5 – Do you believe in meteorological predictions? Barely. I give more stock to my horoscope in the news paper than I do the weatherman.

6 – Do you believe in astrological predictions? By and large, though I won’t go so far as to plan my life around them. They’re a tool like anything else.

7 – Do you gaze at the sky and stars by night? As often as possible! My second word as a baby was Moon.

8 – What do you think of the sky and stars by night? I’ve always been mesmerized by the sky, stars and especially the moon. When I still had a big yard I used to sleep under the stars during the summer as often as possible. I miss that immensely.

9 – What were you looking at before starting this questionnaire? I was checking email.

10 – What do cathedrals, churches, mosques, shrines, synagogues, and other religious monuments inspire in you? Not very much. I enjoy their beauty and the details of their structures. Beyond that, nothing. I rather avoid them.

11 – What would you have “seen” had you been blind? I think I’d have “seen” people more for who and what they are. I also think that I’d have trusted my intuition and psychic abilities much more and faster than I did.

12 – What would you want to see if you were blind? I would’ve wanted to see the hearts of those around me.

13 – Are you afraid? Not really.

14 – What of? My biggest fear? Being alone in the world.

15 – What is the last weird film you’ve seen? One I watched this morning: Air Raid.

16 – Whom are you afraid of? I can’t signify specific people or groups. It’s on an individual basis.

17 – Have you ever been lost? Yes

18 – Do you believe in ghosts? Yes

19 – What is a ghost? The soul of a deceased person trapped in this realm.

20 – At this very moment, what sound(s) can you hear, apart from the computer? My fridge is running… for it’s life by the sound of it!

21 – What is the most terrifying sound you’ve ever heard – for example, “the night was like the cry of a wolf”? A stranger pounding on my door ceaselessly while I was in the bathtub.

22 – Have you done something weird today or in the last few days? Depends on what you call weird?! I was crawling around on the floor in my jammies chasing Ruffi getting him to howl earlier tonight. Is that weird?

23 – Have you ever been to confession? Once. It was a horrible and terrifying experience for an 8 year old who had absolutely nothing to confess. I hate Catholocism above all Christain faiths!!!

24 – You’re at confession, so confess the unspeakable. Nope!!! I don’t believe in confession or the benefits of it.

25 –Without cheating: what is a “cabinet of curiosities”? I’d call this my Toy Box.

26 –Do you believe in redemption? Absolutely not. It’s hog wash!

27 – Have you dreamed tonight? I dream every night

28 – Do you remember your dreams? Most of them.

29 – What was your last dream? I’ve had strange dreams which I can’t really sort out or make sense of lately.

30 – What does fog make you think of? It’s fine as long as I’m safe in my house with the lights on and the curtains closed.

31 – Do you believe in animals that don’t exist? Lame ass question. Existence is another fallacy. Don’t get me going on a philosophical rant.

32 – What do you see on the walls of the room where you are? Teal floor length curtains, a painting made for me by a friend, a painting done for my mother by her friend, a photo of a Ford Thunderbird on metal which Daddy & I picked out together (our first home purchase) and lastly…. my favorite coffee mugs and a vase my mom made ages ago on a shelf.

33 – If you became a magician, what would be the first thing you’d do? Things I’m not willing to write on WP.

34 – What is a madman? Anyone who thinks they’re totally sane.

35 – Are you mad? Of course, we’re all a bit left of center.

36 – Do you believe in the existence of secret societies? Yes, though I don’t give them much creedance.

37 – What was the last weird book you read? Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

38 – Would you like to live in a castle? Duh!!! Caveat is having modern conveniences like indoor plumbing, heating and cooling, carpeting, etc. None of the middle age castles we all know of.

39 – Have you seen something weird today? LOL Actually, yes. I’ve watched a great deal of the original Batman series today. The level of kink in that show is WEIRD!!

40 – What is the weirdest film you’ve ever seen? Caligula, by far.

41 – Would you like to live in an abandoned train station? Don’t see why not. The idea of turning an odd building into a home appeals to me.

42 – Can you see the future? Yes.

43 – Have you considered living abroad? Frequently!

44 – Where? The list is long. The most common places have been Germany, Ireland or Norway.

45 – Why? I’d love to truly experience another culture. Secondly, the crap going on in the USA is beyond what I’d like to live with any longer. Heading to a foreign country which aligns much more closely with my beliefs is extremely appealing.

46 – What is the weirdest film you’ve ever owned? I have no idea.

47 – Would you liked to have lived in a vicarage? Nope.

48 – What is the weirdest book you’ve ever read? I haven’t got a clue.

49 – Which do you like better, globes or hourglasses? Hourglasses.

50 – Which do you like better, antique magnifying glasses or bladed weapons? Bladed weapons.

51 – What, in all likelihood, lies in the depths of Loch Ness? Nessie, of course!

52 – Do you like taxidermied animals? If they’re done well, sure. I’ve talked about having Ruffi taxidemied when his time comes.

53 – Do you like walking in the rain? Sure, so long as it’s warm rain and I can take my shoes off immediately when I go inside.

54 – What goes on in tunnels? My father told me that if I weren’t quiet in tunnels the monsters would eat me. True story!!!

55 – What do you look at when you look away from this questionnaire? My stove and torn apart kitchen. 😦

56 – What does this famous line inspire in you: “And when he had crossed the bridge, the phantoms came to meet him.”? The Ferryman who takes you to the next realm after death.

57 – Without cheating: where is that famous line from? I may be wrong, but my first thought is Dante’s Inferno.

58 – Do you like walking in graveyards or the woods by night? The woods before a graveyard. I’m hand pressed to enter a graveyard at all. Though recently I’ve been asking Daddy to visit the old one here in town.

58 – Write the last line of a novel, short story, or book of the weird yet to be written. He layed in bed wondering what just happen, is real or not… would he ever know.

59 – Without looking at your watch: what time is it? 8:24pm

60 – Look at your watch. What time is it? 8:24pm

8 thoughts on “Ordered to Down Time: A quiz to keep me “quiet”

      1. 🙂 Glad someone likes them. The only thing I’m actually afraid of… thunder. A good rainstorm with thunder will have me shaking trying to avoid the sound with lights on in the house, curtains drawn, TV turned up really loud so I can’t hear it. I’ve been known on more than one occasion to climb in bed and pull the covers over my head almost in tears. It’s not sooo bad when Stephen’s home, but it’s not great. Poor little Ruffi is nearly as afraid as I am. It’s a pitiful sight. lol And yes, I’m aware that thunder is just a sound.


      2. lol I know this is so unrelated but when we were kids my parents took us to church A LOT. (Thankfully they stopped when I was like 10. Nothing against religion but my parents were cray cray)

        Whenever there was a thunderstorm my mom would tell us that god was angry with us. I can understand the fear of thunder. I spent the first ten years of my life in great fear of thunder!

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