More questions and answers . . .

I have been sent 8 questions to answer by Creative Barbwire. As in the writing meme, I think it gives others an insight into the person behind the writer and as it’s Sunday and it’s a bit of fun, here goes!

1. If you could have any superpower, what would you have? Why?

To breathe underwater.


'To breathe underwater . . . '


I adore swimming and love diving, but hate scuba diving.  If I could breathe underwater, I could spend hours looking at the wonders of the ocean, swim with seals, dolphins, whales.  How wonderful!  I know I should wish for a humanitarian power, but just for once, I am leaving that to others.

2. Who is your style icon?

Gosh, given that I mostly live in jeans and since my husband retired we rarely have to dress-up, I don’t think I have an icon.  Hang on . . . (picks up last month’s Australian Womens’ Weekly and flicks to the fashion section) . . . anything classic’ll do.

3. What is your favorite quote?

‘Don’t bend the river.’  I worry a lot about things that cannot be changed.  In truth it is a wasted exercise.

4. What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

I love you anyway.  (Husband)


'I love you anyway . . . '


5. What playlist/cd is in your CD player/iPod right now?

I don’t have an iPod.  We have a nifty little sound system and when I am on my own I will play Cary Lewincamp.  Beautiful music.

6. Are you a night owl or a morning person?

If I motivate, I can leap out early and be glad.  Especially in spring and summer when the weather is wonderful.  But equally, I can have a bath, go to bed exhausted and then have to sit up writing or reading for ages because I can’t get to sleep.  I am bound my own limitations.

7. Do you prefer dogs or cats?

Oh heavens, dogs, dogs, dogs.


Count the dogs on the boat!


I’m sorry if I am alienating all the cat lovers but I love dogs.  Have two of my own and two grand-dogs belonging to my daughter, and until I had my accident was volunteering at the local Dogs’ Home.  Hopefully I can go back this week.

8. What is the meaning behind your blog name?

A mesmer is an enchanted act.  Simply put: like waving a wand or saying Abra Cadabra but more sophisticated.  It is something that Others are able to do in the world of Eirie in my novels.  Eirish mortals live in fear of a mesmer.  Because I am such a luddite, when I began to blog I decided I would need to be mesmered to remotely understand what I should be doing.  Thus I became ‘Mesmered.’

Now, to a few bloggers who are writers and might want to take up the challenge:

SJAT Author of the acclaimed Marius’s Mules, Interregnum and the just released Ironroot.

A Broken Laptop

Lexi Revellian

Hyaline Prosaic

I would list Lua from A Bowl of Oranges but she is currently on her way to England to study a Masters in Creative Writing.

And also Jane of All Trades but she is likewise taking a break as she settles into her new academic and writing year.