Regarding animals would you prefer not having them around or having domestics pets, farm animals, or seeing them in nature or the zoo?
I adore animals and I stay with my sister’s at the moment who has three cats. I adore them and I love cuddling them and playing with them but they are house cats because of where she stays and I feel sorry for them a lot. They like to sit and stare out of the window at the birds and two of them would escape out of the window if they could (my favourite, the boy has escaped several times – he gets scared when he gets to the path though and comes back). I sometimes take him outside in my arms to let him feel the air and smell the world but sister thinks that is not fair on him. He loves it though. I guess I just feel that it must be horrible to be confined somewhere and to never get to be outside. I tend not to go to zoos very often because it upsets me. Perhaps the animals are not unhappy, but I am quite intuitive and often feel that they are not happy. I much prefer to see animals in nature. I would get a cat myself, but only if I was in a place where I could let them out, then it is always their choice to come back and to come inside when they want to.
Are you a collector of anything?
Probably the only thing I really collect is books. I would love to have a big library one day. I especially like really old books and collect them at charity shops.
If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?
Hmmm. That is definitely the question that preoccupies me the most, but I wonder if it might do something really bad to you if you found out. So… I think it would be good to know, not the future, but what you are capable of, to be able to see if you could be this or that if you worked really hard at it. I would like to know what my true potential is. I mean if I could know that if I did this, that and the next thing I would definitely be successful, it would be easier than every now and again wondering if I am kidding myself on and I really have no talent at all at what I am doing and would truly succeed and be happy if I did something else. For example if I could know that if I put all of my efforts into photography instead of writing, I would be successful at that or if I knew that if I gave up my job and focused all of my time on writing I would succeed. I suppose that would take a lot of the challenges of life out, I guess it is just self belief that I struggle with the most like most people.
If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to?
I have a couple of weaknesses for the finer things. One of them is most definitely food and wine and eating out in expensive restaurants (which I cannot afford to do right now). I could happily go out for dinner every night and always enjoy the most expensive red wine and food. I also love clothes and fashion and always pick out the most expensive thing in the shop first. I don’t love those things to the extent where I spend all of my money on them or get into debt for them though – there are other things I prefer to spend my money on – travel and experiences and I would choose to visit another country I hadn’t seen than a designer bag or a glass of champagne and a lobster (although it would be nice to be able to do both).
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I am grateful that I achieved some goals. I finished the first draft of my manuscript and I reached 100 followers on my blog. I am looking forward to a trip to Edinburgh for a PA Conference and to going for a long walk in my home village and to start editing my manuscript.