Is copying and pasting images or information off the Internet plagiarism? Do you credit those whose work you ‘borrow freely’ or do you think the idea is repugnant? (Credit for this question goes to GC and Sue)

I think giving proper credit is an important part of being a responsible writer. I know how ticked I’d be if someone lifted my work then dropped it as their own so I try very hard not to be part of the problem. Now whether my credit meets proper MLA standards is another thing altogether.

Do you let sleeping dogs lie?

Mostly. Snoozing dogs always get rallied for that late night backyard pee since I’m really not down for a 6am wakeup call.

What’s the strangest pet name (for adults) that you’ve ever heard someone called?

Lover. I don’t think of myself as a particularly prudish girl but there’s just something weird about hearing someone say this. I tend to hear it in this long drawn out porn version: luveeerrrrrrrrr.

Do you like to dance? If yes, what’s your favorite and if no, why not?

Yes, but mostly in the privacy of my own home. I simply feel too spazzy to demand the dance floor in public. Anything with a good beat will get me boogying around the kitchen – right now Lizzo is practically on repeat.


November brings Thanksgiving to Americans. I know Canada celebrates Thanksgiving too, but I believe it’s in October. Does your country celebrate a similar holiday? If you’d like, share some traditions you observe around Thanksgiving or if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, what are some traditions you have?

Our Thanksgiving holiday revolves around family meals. Each year my family gathers on Thanksgiving Day itself. We make a traditional meal (turkey with the trimmings) and celebrate a birthday or two with some of Bee’s fabulous cakes, and for the last few years we’ve each named something we’re thankful for as part of the blessing. BrightSide’s family gets together on the Saturday following Thanksgiving for their own traditional meal (ham with the trimmings). I’m in charge of bringing the homemade pound cake – this is always Friday’s project as I’m recovering from my food coma and we’re putting up Christmas decorations. The “kids”/cousins (who now reach into their twenties) always pull names that day for Christmas presents.

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