Category Archives: Quizzes

When blue is a good thing

Simply because I haven’t done a blogthings quiz in like forever:

You Are Ocean Blue


You’re both warm and practical. You’re very driven, but you’re also very well rounded.

You tend to see both sides to every issue, and people consider you a natural diplomat.

Sure, I’ll take it.

What’s funny is, way back in the day, when I was applying for an ROTC scholarship (told you it was way back), I had to get letters of recommendation. Since I was already attending UW-Madison, I had the option of meeting with a dean. After a chat, he/she would write a letter.

Well, not everyone on campus or in the administration was supportive of ROTC on campus. Who did I end up speaking to? Yes, the dean who was most vocal about this issue. Because I’m lucky that way.

He also didn’t like the CIA recruiting on campus either, but neither did a lot of people. Once, some protesters were digging graves on the ROTC lawn–no, I’m not making this up–then heard the CIA was across campus. So they up and left, graves half dug. It was very surreal.

Anyway, I don’t know his feelings going into this meeting, but it’s pretty clear after about thirty seconds. He essentially told me his position, that he probably wouldn’t write me a letter, but I the opportunity to change his mind by telling him why I wanted to join the military and what good could come from that.

Words came out of my mouth. This I know. What those words were? You got me. I don’t remember a thing I said. I remember it was a beautful spring day outside his office window. I remember we were on Bascom Hill. I remember sweating.

When I was done, he stared at me for a moment, then said, “That was incredibly diplomatic. After the military, you might consider the foreign service.”

And dude, check it. He wrote me a great letter of recommendation.

And I’m sure there’s a moral tucked away in all this, somewhere, but I don’t know what it is.

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Raiders of the Last ARC

This week over at the Geek Girl’s Guide, we’re giving away the very last ARC of The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading, signed by both of us–sure to be a collector’s item, an one-of-a-kind.

As part of the fun, we’re also launching our What Kind of Geek Are You quiz, based on the characters in the book.

Now, you don’t have to be a teen to:

  • Visit the Geek Girl site
  • Enter the contest
  • Help us spread the word.

Remember, part of “young adult” is adult. It’s a short list of people we don’t want reading our book. Like Stalin. Yeah, him. I think it’s safe to say we don’t want Stalin reading our book.

And at this point in the game, we’re really only looking at awareness, rather than promotion or marketing. How do you know you want to read a book if you’ve never heard of it.

And hey, over here at Writing Wrongs, you get a sneak peek at the results, too. Below is my result. Big surprise, no?

Your result for The What Kind of Geek Are You Test…


You know the difference between a period, a comma, a colon and a semi-colon. You are on a first name basis with all of the characters in Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter and probably the Twilight books too. No one doubts your supremacy in English class, but your ability to diagram relationships or punctuate a social life can be … well, meh. Get your nose out of those books occasionally. Real life can have happy endings too.

See the other results here.

Take The What Kind of Geek Are You Test
at HelloQuizzy

Note of warning: The quiz host site may ask you for demographic information. You do NOT need to provide this to get your result or the code for posting the quiz on your own blog. In fact, I recommend you skip over it.

Now, what are you waiting for? Come on, you know you want to.


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Well, thank goodness for that

You Should Be Allowed to Vote

You got 15/15 questions correct.
Generally speaking, you’re very well informed.If you vote this election, you’ll know exactly who (and what) you’ll be voting for.

You’re likely to have strong opinions, and you have the facts to back them up.



It’s official. Blogthings says I can vote. I’m so relieved. Sorry for not blogging for a while. Work = v.v. crazy busy. Writing inspiration = v.v. nonexistent.


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Chariots of … water?

This is one of those quizzes that’s more fun to take than to read the (really, really long) responses. Go have a little Saturday fun.

Your result for Which Tarot Card Represents Your Higher Self? Test…

The Chariot

It is somewhat of a mystery why the Chariot, clearly a card of force and of control, should be of the Water element. But its attribution to Cancer is indeed valid because this card deals heavily with the emotions. Specifically, the Chariot is a card of emotional control; the power of the mind to shape the desires of the heart and direct them to meaningful expression. This is not the emotional control of the Emperor, who totally suppresses all of his emotions in favor of logic and reason. The man driving the Chariot knows that his emotions are not to be swept under the rug, but trained and used to his greater good.

The triumph over both positive and negative emotions is often shown by two horses or sphinxes of different colors pulling the Chariot. Though on their own they would run wild and untamed, going in whichever direction they chose to go, here they move only forward. So they still have some power, but this power has now been directed and focused by the man holding the reins. The chariot cannot move without horses to pull it, just as we cannot function without our emotions to drive us. But without the control of the chariot, the horses would run free, just as our emotions can run wild when unchecked and uncontrolled. Balance is needed.

The Chariot embodies the type of discipline that is necessary to gain control over the emotions, and this is why a military symbol has been chosen for this card. The purpose of the harsh conditions of the military is to develop the will and the ability needed to control emotions and put them to productive use on the battlefield. Only through the mastery of yourself can you ever hope to achieve mastery over others and your environment. The wisdom and the glory gained through conquering one’s enemies is nothing compared to the self-esteem you build through defeating your fear. Inner enemies are often tougher to defeat than outer ones, and thus teach you much more.

Through the application of emotional force we can learn to achieve our goals and desires much more quickly. For someone like the man on the Chariot, who is in total control of his will and his emotions, almost anything is within his grasp. In the Thoth deck, written across the canopy of the Chariot is the word Abracadabra, which may seem foolish at first glance. What is the stage magician’s catchphrase doing here – is there magic involved? No, there is no magic. Abracadabra comes from Hebrew, and it translates roughly to “What I have said will be done” or “As it is said, so it shall be.” Nothing embodies the spirit of the Chariot more than this word.

The appearance of the Chariot often shows a need to take control of your emotions and, instead of wasting energy grieving or complaining, use that energy to take action and to make changes in the world. Fear will cripple you unless, like the Chariot demands, you can acknowledge it and face it. Then you can use your fear constructively, for your own purposes. But this type of control is not limited to the negative emotions. In relationships the Chariot often shows how idle infatuation can be transformed into passion and confidence. Through controlling your emotions, the Chariot says, you will eventually learn to control yourself.

And once you have reached that stage, anything is possible! Once you have transcended your fears you start transcending your restrictions until nothing can hold you back from the success you deserve. The Chariot’s appearance is often the herald of victory through discipline and confidence, a moment where all opposition lies defeated. Great success and achievements will come to you if you master your passions and believe in the power of your will. Do not let anything distract or sway you from your goals, and proceed with the straight flight of an arrow. Nothing is beyond your ability if you believe in your own power. Abracadabra!

Take Which Tarot Card Represents Your Higher Self? Test at HelloQuizzy


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You are the music in me

Your Taste in Music:

Eighties: Highest Influence

Adult Alternative: Highest Influence

Alternative Rock: High Influence

Nineties: High Influence

Punk: High Influence

Hat Tip to Marianne for the quiz.

I’ve always suspected that whenever someone refers to “adult alternative” they mean “lame alternative.” I mean, is there a difference? Maybe it’s just me. I also realize the 80s were a long time ago, and I should do something about that.

Like learn to play Guitar Hero and put that knowledge to good use. Actually, Andrew’s guitar teacher likes Guitar Hero. He says it has renewed interest not only in guitar playing in general, but in music written for the guitar. He’s spent the past couple of years explaining to his students that this or that pop song doesn’t have a guitar part–it’s all synthesizer.

He seemed quite happy that Andrew wanted to learn how to play Iron Man and the opening to Green Day’s Holiday. Yes, this would be the 21st century version of a classical music education. What? You don’t know Bohemian Rhapsody? You heathen.

As an aside, Andrew’s guitar teacher also has a soul patch–omigod, could-you-just-die?

So, in the spirit of all that, I give you The Ramones, another band Andrew knows (I’m so proud *sniff*). Those of you who don’t want to listen to that last entry on my list (that would be punk), don’t click play, k?

Wow. The music video. She has changed over the years. No cgi for us. No, in my day, we didn’t have special effects. We made everyone wear their crappy Halloween costumes and we filmed up hill, both ways. Kids these days …


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Color my world

Got this quiz from Anno. It’s fun (although you have to go through a few “would you like this special offer” type pages).

You’re a CREATOR

Key Words: Nonconforming, Impulsive, Expressive, Romantic, Intuitive, Sensitive, and Emotional

These original types place a high value on aesthetic qualities and have a great need for self-expression. They enjoy working independently, being creative, using their imagination, and constantly learning something new. Fields of interest are art, drama, music, and writing or places where they can express, assemble, or implement creative ideas.


Suggested careers are Advertising Executive, Architect, Web Designer, Creative Director, Public Relations, Fine or Commercial Artist, Interior Decorator, Lawyer, Librarian, Musician, Reporter, Art Teacher, Broadcaster, Technical Writer, English Teacher, Architect, Photographer, Medical Illustrator, Corporate Trainer, Author, Editor, Landscape Architect, Exhibit Builder, and Package Designer.

* * *

Wow. Lucky that.

* * *



Key Words: Witty, Competitive, Sociable, Talkative, Ambitious, Argumentative, and Aggressive

These enterprising types sell, persuade, and lead others. Positions of leadership, power, and status are usually their ultimate goal. Persuasive people like to take financial and interpersonal risks and to participate in competitive activities. They enjoy working with others inside organizations to accomplish goals and achieve economic success.

* * *

Okay, I’m not actually seeing that second category so much. Then again … I have had my “I’m in charge here” moments.

Take the test and let me know who/what you are:

Color Career Test


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The Geek Girl’s Guide to Fonts

You Are Andale Mono

You are a geek, pure and simple.You spend a lot of time online.

In fact, you probably love the internet more than anyone you know.

You are picky about design, mostly for readability’s sake.

You are the type most likely to be irritated by a bad font.


This is so appropriate for a technical writer. Never witnessed a font war? Good times.

In other Geek Girl news, the manuscript is official and accepted and off to copy editing. I think Darcy is officially taking a nap. I know she deserves one. I’m officially going to watch some synchronized swimming.


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I am Latte Girl

I am Latte Girl. I conquer my opponents, not with strength, but with the subliminal suggestion they must flee to the nearest Starbucks for something hot and overpriced.

What Your Latte Says About You

You don’t treat yourself very often. You find that indulging doesn’t jibe with your very disciplined life.

You can be quite silly at times, but you know when to buckle down and be serious.You have a good deal of energy, but you pace yourself. You never burn out too fast.

You’re addicted to caffeine. There’s no denying it.You are responsible, mature, and truly an adult. You’re occasionally playful, but you find it hard to be carefree.

You are complex and philosophical, but you are never arrogant.

What Does Your Latte Say About You?

Quiz first seen at Marianne’s. Quote from my story Speechless, coming … uh … nowhere to a screen near you. I haven’t found a home for it. Of course, I haven’t tried. That would be part of the problem, not the solution, no?


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Me at 35,000

Your Personality at 35,000 Says…

Deep down, you prefer spending time alone to spending time with others. You enjoy thinking more than talking.
So true.
You don’t spend much time thinking about your place in the world. You are who you are – and people can just deal with that!

Yeah. Just deal.
Your gift is having a way with words. You know how to express yourself well.

That’s going to make this whole writing thing so much easier.

You are inspired by what is unknown. You are drawn to the exotic.

 It’s why I’m a technical writer.

 It’s very easy for you to feel happy. You can find peace with any situation.

Peace out. 


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I’m a little bit country

You’re Ecuador!
It’s been said that you’re worth your weight in gold. But maybe you’re just worth the wait. In any case, you have some friends who’ve been waiting for you longer than any human would find to be reasonable. At least you get them to sometimes come out of their shell. Much has been made of your most inaccessible traits, and there are those who feel they could learn about the whole world from these. You could never quite get over your distaste for lima beans.

Take the Country Quiz II
at the Blue Pyramid

Except we love lima beans around here. They’re called “wish beans,” because if you happen upon one in your mixed veggies (not wedgies), you get to make a wish. It’s supposed to come true, too.


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