Never look a gift horse in the mouth – Share Your World 2015 #10

Share Your World

I love Cee’s weekly Share Your World challenge, and since I found myself with a few free hours this morning, I’ve been juggling a few posts. One is for a guest spot (thanks for your patience, Eloise), and the other (I do enjoy to state the obvious), is Share Your World – so let’s get on with it!

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own?

I do have a flashlight, or a torch here in the UK, but I usually forget to change the batteries! I could use the ‘assistive light’ on my phone, but I prefer candles. Power-cuts can be fun, and oddly romantic in a way. There’s something to be said about conversing in the glow of candlelight. Of course I wouldn’t be saying that if the power went out halfway through a writing session!

You are given $5,000 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $50,000 and one contains $500. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?

The simple answer is, I’m not much of a gambler and I rarely look a gift horse in the mouth!

What’s your first memory?

I don’t remember my exact age, but my first memory (or one of) is trapping my hand in a shop door – it was a large department store. I was taken to a medical room which, looking back, was probably a storage cupboard with a first aid kit. But what I remember most is being allowed to venture into places unseen. I soon forgot the injury and basked in the attention! Let’s be honest, we all enjoy going where we’re not supposed to, or finding an excuse to explore areas normally out of bounds. As an interpreter I get to do that all the time; police stations, theatres, work places – it is certainly a fun part of my job.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something?

I suffer from insomnia, so staying in bed to count sheep would probably drive me to commit serious harm – the sheep wouldn’t be simply jumping over a fence! I’m kidding! I normally write, or read, or obsess about my waning brain function.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful I hit my deadline and published Heart of Fire at last! I will be taking part in a blog tour shortly, so that’s exciting. In the coming week I’m looking forward to finalising my other novel for release – The Contract. I’m also working on my new serialised fiction endeavour, the above mentioned guest post, an Arrow recap and my A to Z posts. Somehow I have to find time for my day job!

Thanks for stopping by.




Wonderful reading more about you Mel 😉 Hoping you’ve been well!!

Good answers. I can totally identify with that reaction to getting a behind-the-scenes peek at things.

Hi Mel, thanks so much for sharing this week. I sure enjoyed reading your responses. I bet you have been to different places as an interpreter.

How exciting that it’s all go with your writing! I can’t wait to learn more about these projects and to check out the blog tour 🙂

So true–about the flashlight/torches. I can never find one that works so I have lots of candles. They always work. Interesting info, Mellisa.

I can identify with your flashlight/torch battery problem. For emergencies, I have a wind-up flashlight in my car. It’s a good thing I haven’t had a real emergency, because if wound madly for what seems like a quarter of an hour but probably isn’t it has all the power of an overworked and exhausted firefly.

Great answers to these 😀

I’m not much a of gambler or risk taker either, think I would have kept and been very happy with the money I got!

I’m not much of a gambler, either, so I’d probably take the 5K (especially if I didn’t have to fork any of it over to taxes.) I try to keep batteries in flashlights but invariably, they are dim/nearly dead when I need them.

I appreciate that the first question asked about loss of electricity and not loss of “power.” We always have some kind of power, even when we have no electricity. I enjoy lighting candles and practicing my guitar or singing.

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