Friday, September 24, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Valerie Ipson

Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.

Today's INFF is Valerie Ipson. She is a writer and an all-around fabulous lady. She also has a vinyl lettering business you can check out! Let's get to know Valerie!

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Valerie Ipson: Thanks!!

SME: I always seem to begin these interviews by talking about food. Today is going to be no different. *sigh* So I was pondering pie... Do you have a favorite type of pie?

Valerie Ipson: I'm always safe with apple. Never was a pie fan when younger, but I like apple.

SME: I'm so glad you mentioned apple. I was having a very heated debate with someone *ahem... myself* about which was the better pie: apple or pumpkin. I may have to ask my autumn INFF guests to cast their vote and I'll see which pie is the winner by Thanksgiving.

Valerie Ipson: Actually I do like pumpkin now. Forgot about that. My tastes are finally maturing. I'm very particular, though, must have the right amount of whipped cream or I say no to the pie.

SME: So what you're really saying is yes to the whipped cream. I can respect that.
So, do you have a vote? Or, like me, are you locked in eternal debate?

Valerie Ipson: I will have to say apple.

SME: Okay. One vote for apple. I'm excited to see where this poll goes.
So, my Friday Friend, you are a writer. What do you like to write?

Valerie Ipson: Like? I like to write in my journal but don't do it enough. I'm torturing myself by writing a novel.

SME: Uh oh. Are you and your writing not getting along right now?

Valerie Ipson: Revisions are fun!

SME: Please tell me you are being sarcastic about the revisions. See... revisions warrant the word "torture" for me!

Valerie Ipson: Yes, I'm being sarcastic about the fun part. Along that vein it's also "fun" to have your novel ripped to shreds by a critique partner. (But I love her.)

SME: Been there. It's especially "fun" when that critique partner is absolutely correct and you have to do more of those "fun" revisions.

Valerie Ipson: Yes. *sigh*

SME: *double sigh*
So... what's your favorite continent?

Valerie Ipson: Been pondering. would love to give a shout out to Asia since I LOVED living overseas in Israel, but North America has always been good to me, so I'll choose it.

SME: Well I certainly hope North America is appropriately grateful. *gives North America "The Look"*
Valerie Ipson: Actually I'm grateful to North America.

SME: Aaaahhhh... Brownie Points!!!
I have an excessively enjoyable game to play!

Valerie Ipson: Sounds good.

SME: I'm entitling it... actually I don't have a title for it. It's been one of those weeks. But, here's how it works. I'll ask you three questions about Autumn (since that season officially began this week), choose the right answer from amongst the choices I give you and you will be crowned INFF champion!

Valerie Ipson: Excellent.

SME: Question #1: Which of the following have pumpkin seeds NOT been used as a folk remedy for?
A. Freckles
B. Premature gray hair
C. Snake bites

Valerie Ipson: They all sound like possibilities. No D. all of the above?

SME: Nope

Valerie Ipson: I'll choose B, because I don't even know what that is!!! *winks*

SME: Premature gray hair is in fact the right answer!!! I, of course, had to look up what premature gray hair is, because I have no experience with that either. *wink, wink*

Valerie Ipson: YAY!

SME: Alright. Question #2: What is "Indian Summer"?
A. What they call summer in India
B. A folksy name for the ability of really spicy curry to make you sweat
C. A phenomenon in which the weather turns unseasonably warm for a short time in mid-fall

Valerie Ipson: Of course, the answer is C. In AZ that describes our our falls completely. Though it's not considered unseasonal and it's not short.

SME: So "Arizona Fall" might be a phrase meaning "a really long 'Indian Summer'"

Valerie Ipson: Right.

SME: The correct answer was, in fact, C!
Okay, last question: Why do leaves fall off trees in the autumn?
A. Because shorter days mean less sunlight and that causes the leaves to die
B. Because the colder temperatures kill the leaves
C. Because, quite frankly, they've been working hard all summer making food and looking all green and pretty and there's only so much you can ask of a leaf, okay. I mean... what more do you want, huh?

Valerie Ipson: Leaves do work hard. They are highly valued for their shade-providing abilities. I will have to guess B, though. I'm thinking they don't like the colder temperatures.

SME: That is sooooooo what I thought! Then I moved to a place that actually had fall and not "Arizona Fall" and I learned all these crazy new things. The answer is A?!?! What's that about? I guess Arizona gets too much sunlight for the leaves to change colors. Who knew?

Valerie Ipson: Makes sense, I guess.

SME: But, 2 out of 3 is enough to win. You are officially the INFF champion!!!

Valerie Ipson: I squeaked by with a win. I'll take it.

SME: Would you like to mosey on over to the portrait gallery to view your outstanding portrait??

Valerie Ipson: *moseying*

Valerie Ipson: How did you know I love my awesome blue shoes?!! I don't get to wear them much as there's not often a call for blue shoe-wearing, but I got to wear them here. Thanks!

SME: It was a guess. And I'm also clairvoyant. And really cool.
I drew you waving, because you're friendly--an important character trait in an INFF Friend.

Valerie Ipson: Yes. Hi, everybody!

SME: That brings us to the final question of the interview: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Valerie Ipson: 1. I'm thinking it's one of the very few I've done, so by default? Just kidding...other interviews will have a high standard to live up to!
2. Was reminded of the goodness that is autumn...pie, cooler weather, falling leaves.
3. Got to show off my blue shoes.
4. I got to finally be here with the infamous SME, a very coveted spot.
5. I got to send a friendly wave out to blogoland.

SME: Thanks for being my Friday Friend, Valerie!

Valerie Ipson: Thank you so much for having me!

SME: *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!

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Angie said...

I don't think I could chose between apple and pumpkin. Thank you ladies.

Zany G {Joyce} said...

What a fun interview, thank you for sharing it with us.

My vote is homemade Apple pie with vanilla Ice Cream on top! (Gotta have that ice cream!!!) yum yum, yummy yum!

~Joyce S. of Tumbleweed Lane

Elizabeth Morgan said...

The picture is so cool.

Judy Hall said...

I would definately count on Valerie as a good person to have a s a friend, Friday or any other day. I was her sister long before we were friends and both are great.

Apparently you believed the story that Mom and Dad tried to spread that kids don't like pie. I tasted one bit of the homemade cherry pie and I was hooked for life.

Everyone knows cherry is the best. However, for the sake of the vote. Apple with a crumb-top crust with vanilla ice cream is definately better than pumpkin with or without the whipped cream.

Jenn Wilks said...

What a fun interview! I love the random questions.

I do have to say, though, that I'm feeling quite sad for the poor, lonely pumpkin pie with nary a vote to it's name! My mom taught me the secret to an excellent pumpkin pie - double the spices from what it says on the recipe. Yum! A homemade, flaky pie crust made from butter and not lard or crisco (yuk!) makes a world of difference as well. And of course, add a generous helping of homemade whipped cream on top and you'll be my friend for life!

bethwood77 said...

I vote for apple pie, but my husband is partial to pumpkin, so we always end up having both.

Peggy Urry said...

Have to vote pumpkin pie...with or without whipped cream. Mmmm. Wish I had some right now.

Anna del C. Dye said...

Great interview, Girls. Love the portrait. I am not sure about pie. I can't have flour so I'll stick with custard. :)
Love the blue shoes Sarah, very stylish.

Renae W. Mackley said...

Glad to get to know you, Valerie. Sorry to Judy--cherry is my least favorite. I choose apple, unless there's pumpkin cheesecake. Okay, don't get me started. Love the random posts, Sarah. Thanks.

Jewel said...

Mmmmm... pumpkin all the way. It's so much more--Fall-y. (I know, that's not a word. But it is now that I made it up!). And I love the blue shoes! :)


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