People collection

‘Remember that it isn’t always the sensational stuff that writers are looking for, it can just as easily be something that you take for granted like having raised twins or knowing how to grow beetroot. Mind you, if you know how to fly a helicopter or have worked as a film extra, do feel free to let the rest of us know about it.’

The above is a rather spooky practice, "people collecting", in which you are charged to provide five little-known facts about yourself on your blog, so that writers can have some research material. I don’t really get it — what are they going to do with the material and who are they anyway?, but I was tagged by Vampiress and Deep Thinker Marie and Clare of Keeper of the Snails via Sharon J, so who am I to object?

So, five little-known facts about me?

1. I have very big feet.

2. I read Lord of the Flies when I was 9 years old and couldn’t sleep for weeks afterwards.

3. I loved the movie "Charlie Bubbles" so much when I saw it as a teenager that I went back the next Saturday and sat in the cinema all day, seeing the movie three times (and the awful B picture twice).

4. My love of detective fiction originated with my childhood discovery of Sherlock Holmes– "The Dancing Men" was my favourite story and not only stimulated my interest in the genre but also in codes and puzzles.

5. I love Darjeeling tea – weak with skimmed milk — and most definitely not made with tea bags.

I am supposed to tag three people, who by the rules of memes will probably either not do it or have done it already, but here I go:

Rebecca (Bec Views); Amy (Amy on the Web) ; and Bonnie (Bonnie Writes).

5 thoughts on “People collection

  1. I bet they’re not bigger than mine! Size 10?
    This all started because I blogged about a list I keep that’s basically a list of things people I know have done (or still do) and that could be helpful to me when I need to research something. I’m a freelance writer you see, but I thought novelists would also find the idea useful. Caroline then suggested we get a ‘meme’ going where writers all offer 5 things about themselves that could be useful for either research purposes or just for inspiring character or story ideas. It quickly became popular and the list of those who have joined the ‘meme’ is on my blog.

  2. I got halfway through Lord of the Flies and was too scared to read on! I also love Darjeeling tea but my favourite is Earl Grey (and I get grumpy if I pay $3+ at a cafe for it and they use a teabag!!!!)

  3. Thanks, Sharon. I don’t suppose any of my points will be useful for anyone’s research purposes, but it is nice to be included.
    Quite agree with you on the cafes and teabags, Helen, the amount they charge for coffee and tea is a nerve — virtually all cafes seem to use teabags now and I’ve noticed instant coffee becoming more prevalent. I was shocked that it is in use on French motorway stops– if the French will put up with instant coffee then is there any hope for the rest of us?

  4. Well I am pretty shocked at that French instant coffee disclosure! My brother used to refuse to drink tea that had been made with a tea bag. He used to swear he could taste the paper.
    I loved Lord of the Flies but I was a teenager when I read it. I think when you read a book makes a lot of difference.
    I love this meme – I’m so glad Sharon J started it off – you learn so much about people.

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