Friday, April 29, 2011


(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 guest is a simply wonderful human being. Jessi Young grew up in the same neighborhood I did and our families were like peanut butter and jelly--stuck together and quite happy about it! Jessi is a mother with four lovely little girls and a fabulous husband and a flare for drama... on stage, of course. *wink, wink*

Let's get to know the lovely Jessi!

SME: So, welcome to INFF!

Jessi: I feel very special!

SME: As well you should. Every once in a while, my INFF guests are people I already know. I have known you pretty much forever!

Jessi: As long as I can remember... I have no memory of a time when the Millers and the Elys didn't coexist.

SME: We are like the yin to each other's yang.

Jessi: I have nothing funny to say... and now I'm just trying too hard.... but yes, Yin and Yang...

SME: I would have to say that among the highlights of our shared childhood were our summer theater series, where we performed various plays we wrote, blocked & costumed. We, of course, performed them in our living rooms. Talk about classy.

Jessi: Is there any better memory ever? so many comedic moments and yet, I don't think any of the plays were intended to be comedies. Like "Cinderella"... it was like a cross between a nickelodeon road show and an SNL skit...
and when you say "we" blocked and costumed... you are sharing the credit, but you were always the brains behind the outfit...

SME: And by that you mean I was bossy. I'll admit it.

Jessi: Or I mean the only person over the age of 10.

SME: This is true. Age had a lot to do with it. (That's sounds a lot better than "I was Miss Bossypants")

Jessi: Miss Bossypants is a title that I think all oldest sisters hold and maintain through out their lives.
I don't think I even knew what blocking was at that point in my theatrical career

SME: What I think is fabulous... you and I both went on to use what we learned... I write and you do a lot of work helping to stage performances for high schools. Who would have guessed back then?

Jessi: Yes, I don't think anyone would've looked at our performance and been able to imagine the um... um.... Well, I've been able to make a lot out of such a little smidgen of "talent".

SME: I believe what you are saying is, no one watching what we came up with back then would think we would ever have any idea what we were doing. I agree. Completely.

Jessi: But, it all started with you... Miss Bossypants, Talent Scout, Theatrical Coach, and Educator....

SME: Ah... the memories. I especially like how we forced our siblings to participate. Poor kids.
So, do your girls show signs of following in our very impressive footsteps?

Jessi: Absolutely.... they spend a lot of time at the high school with me and they think they belong on stage with the performers.

SME: My daughter quite regularly posts announcements about the plays she will be performing in her room that we are "required" to attend.

Jessi: It is very confusing for them... they can dance and run around with them during rehearsals and then when it is time for the actual performance... well, they have all had a turn at trying to climb up the stairs and do their "favorite part" during the show...

SME: You have to tie them down to keep them off the stage, I bet.

Jessi: It is so fun! Not, tying them down, but seeing them love to perform....

SME: So, Jessi... traditional INFF question: What's your favorite continent?

Jessi: I feel very unqualified... considering I've pretty much only experienced one-- first hand but, I would have to say I've been very interested in South America recently. Documentaries on the Mayans, etc.

SME: South America doesn't have a lot of votes... I'm sure it greatly appreciates the shout-out!

Jessi: Happy to do them the favor...I think a shout out from me probably holds a lot of value

SME: You better believe it does.
Now... I have fantastic game for us, if you're interested!


Jessi: Interested and intimidated... let's do it!

SME: With the big Royal Wedding this week, I have created a game I am calling "Royal Trivia" -- not the most creative title, but whatever -- I'll ask you 3 questions relating to the royal couple & give you three possible answers. Get the answers right and you will be crowned INFF Queen!

Jessi: Wow, I'm like the official Non-Expert on all things Royal Wedding, so this will be perfect!

SME: Perfect!! Non-expertness always makes the games that much more enjoyable.
Alright, question #1: When he is eventually crowned king, HRH Prince William will be the tallest monarch the country has had in how many years?
a) 250
b) 181
c) 704

Jessi: well if everyone is a monarch for about 50-75 yrs. each that would meant that a, 250 years would mean roughly 5 kings/queens- so that isn't too hard to believe... I guess 75 year monarch would be pretty long... especially 250 years ago.

SME: Wow. You just used logic to come up with an answer. That may be an INFF first.

Jessi: I don't know that it did me any good.

SME: It didn't. The answer is C. King Edward I currently holds the record as tallest monarch (at 6'2"). The prince is 6'3". Not too shabby.

Jessi: Wow.

SME: Question #2: How closely related are the royal couple?
a) 3rd Cousins 4 times removed
b) 1st cousins 12 times removed
c) they're getting married---so it can't be too close. Right? Right?!

Jessi: I'm hoping for c. It sounds the least... uh, well, c.

SME: For this question, I would have accepted either B or C. So, ding, ding, ding. You are correct. It all comes down to the last question, then.

Jessi: You are too kind.

SME: Around here I am known as "The Queen of Kindness" (actually, I'm not, I'm just going along with the whole "royal" theme)

Jessi: I'll have to call my mom to find out exactly what 1st cousins 12 times removed even means. You can be Queen of Kindness as long as I become Queen of INFF.

SME: Okay. For the win...
Question #3: After the wedding, between Kate and her stepmother-in-law (Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall) who will have to bow to whom?

a) Kate will have to bow to Camilla
b) Camilla will have to bow to Kate
c) They'll probably just high-five

Jessi: Is this where I get my phone a friend?

SME: *coughs in a way that sounds strangely like "A"*

Jessi: I would think A. And I had already decided, A, so full credit, please????

SME: Oops. *coughs in a way that sounds like "B" (and looks embarrassed)*

Jessi: awwww shucks, I meant b??????

SME: Yes! B!!!

Jessi: I'm queen of BAD LOGIC and you are queen of making jessi say "OUCH.... BURNED"

SME: You win! *cue coronation music and the stately arrival of the INFF crown*

Jessi: How do i look? With the crown and all?

SME: Fabulous!

Jessi: Do i get flowers too? Or is that just beauty pageants?

SME: Perhaps you could have a scepter.
I have a lovely portrait of Your Majesty, if you'd like to peruse it with your royal eye and give it your nod of approval.

Jessi: I'm so completely excited about this... the highlight of my rule thus far.

*draws a portrait worthy of a Royal Portrait Gallery*

Jessi: That is EXACTLY what I'm wearing today too!

SME: Wow. That just changed the entire tone of this interview.

Jessi: The shoes, of course. And I'm ALWAYS wearing my hair.

SME: Phew.

Jessi: So, 2 questions for you!

SME: Okay.

Jessi: How long do we "have ta" wait for another one of your books?

SME: "Seeking Persephone" is slated for release early this fall!

Jessi: That is one that I'm sooo excited to read! Can't wait!

SME: It is a really good book.

Jessi: And one more question.... completely self absorbed/insecure...
Our interview... Was it seinfeld or full house?

SME: Perhaps we can throw that question out to the readers to answer in the comment section--an informal poll, if you will.

Jessi: Oh, the genius of Sarah!

SME: *nods her head in acknowledgment*
Well, one final question for you, the one we always end with: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Jessi: 5. my one year old stayed asleep the whole time!
4. my 4 year old just barely started begging me to get off the computer and get her a treat
3. when is the last time i sat down and had a chat with lifelong friend and amazing author Sarah?? (I think it was at the cave park.)

SME: Ahhh, the cave park!

Jessi: 2. I've been crowned queen of INFF (whether or not I am actually qualified may be challenged, but I'm more than happy to release my birth certificate if Donald asks me very nicely)
1. Oh ya! It is the ONLY blog interview I have ever done. (happy to benefit from Sarah's desperate need of friends)

SME: Amen, sistah! Well, thanks Jessi for joining us for INFF. It's been fab!

Jessi: Completely FAB!

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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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

It's Wednesday. Let's go walkabout.

(I'm bringing along a few of my mates as I wander through the vast wilderness of the publishing industry, learning the ins and outs, and having a grand adventure.)

Walkabout, Week 87:

I've been pondering lately why I choose to write romance. Romance novels, and the authors who write them, are stereotyped probably more than any other genre: the novels are often dismissed as "literary pornography" (which, in all honesty, far too many of them are), those who write them are looked down on as the bottom-dwellers in the pond of the publishing world.

When I tell people I write romance novels, the looks on their faces generally register somewhere between horrified and offended. I might as well tell them I hock stolen goods on a seedy street corner or sell used cars with sawdust in the engine. One would think I had just announced my life's ambition to corrupt youngsters and undermine the fabric of America.

Don't get me wrong--I have no doubt that the romance genre contains works that would bring a blush to Hugh Hefner's face. But that's not what I write. Not even close.

So why would I choose a genre that inevitably brings that kind of book to a person's mind, especially when it isn't what I write or read?

Last year I was asked to present the award at the Whitney Awards gala to the winner of the Best Romance category and, as my introduction to the genre, I chose to explain exactly that: what a true romance really is and why it is worth writing.

Here's an excerpt from that speech:

"What is Romance? Is it a wind-swept Fabio on a cover? Is it Jane Austen or Jane Eyre? It is merely a book with a love story?
"In a true romance, love is the story. Love is the destination and it is the journey. Romance is the genre of "love conquers all," of "happily ever after," a celebration of human connections and an unwavering dedication to the belief that life can be good and the future can be bright."
This is the genre of hope, optimism, goodness and love. Or at least it should be.

That is why I read it. That is why I write it.

My name is Sarah M. Eden and I am a Romance Writer.




Reminders:
  • May 3rd, 7pm at the Provo City Library, Provo Utah Not Your Neighbor's Romance Novel Panel discussion with romance authors--Michele Paige Holmes, Jennifer K. Clark and Sarah M. Eden [Door prizes!]

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Friday, April 22, 2011


(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 guest is author SB Niccum. Her debut Christian Speculative Fiction novel, Veiled, was released earlier this month. She can be found on the web at her website, her blog & Facebook. Veiled can be purchased at Amazon in either paperback or for the Kindle.

SME: Welcome to I Need Friends Friday!

S.B.: Thank you so much for having me!

SME: I should tell our readers--mostly so they will be as insanely jealous as I am--that you are doing this interview from Hawaii!

S.B.: I know! My husband had his work retreat at the same time that my book was being released. My publisher had to cover for me a few times, but the time difference has been a great way to stay in touch.

SME: And what a way to celebrate a new release! I'm going to have to figure out a way to celebrate my next book in style like that.

S.B.: Ha Ha! It's been surreal. I keep thinking how blessed I am. This week has been great, and did I mention that my kids are being watched by my in-laws?

SME: Okay, I need a moment to deal with my all-consuming envy. *takes a moment*
So, what's something amazing you've seen or done while you've been there?


S.B.: I think our favorite thing has been snorkeling. We have made it our personal goal to snorkel everywhere! The water is 80 degrees and there is no thermal shock, so we have enjoyed several different beaches that way. I mention the temperature because that is my main problem with beaches.

SME: Tell us a little about you. I know you are originally from Argentina.

S.B.: Yes, born and raised. My family moved to the U.S. when I was fourteen. I spoke no English, I learned it in High School.

SME: What brought your family the US?

S.B.: My two older brothers where studying here, and the oldest one was getting married. My parents didn't want the family to be separated. I pretty much hated the U.S. for the first two years. I don't look Latina.
This created a problem with my social life, one that probably most immigrants won't experience.
I look American, so most kids in school thought I had a speech impediment or something. It took me a while to catch on, but finally I realized that. Frustration and lack of friends from either camp; Latinos or Americans, drove me to study English and I vowed to learn it like a native.

SME: Oh. Wow. I couldn't even imagine having to make such an enormous adjustment. So, what was it that got you interested in being a writer?

S.B.: Writing was in me from my childhood. I know most Authors say that, but it's true. I remember being in 4th grade and our teacher showing us how to make our own little books and bind them with staples. That was eye opening for me! We had to write one for class. I wrote like ten of them!

SME: And you write Christian Speculative Fiction. Has that always been what you wanted to write or did you discover it later?

S.B.: I didn't know what I wrote until after I was done with it. An agent, actually told me what I wrote. It was nice to know how to classify my book. I had never heard of C.S.F until then.

SME: It's nice to put a name to the genre, huh? Your debut novel, Veiled, just came out this past week. Tell us about it.

S.B.: Well I always tell people that if you liked The Chronicles of Narnia and you like The Ghost Whisperer, you'll like my book! It has elements of both in it, and a little bit of my Latin culture in the mix. So what would you call that... an Isabel Allende twist?

SME: Great tag line.

S.B.: It's about an un-embodied spirit who is preparing for her mortal life in a planet called Earth. She has super spiritual gifts, she is a discerner of thoughts and reader of auras. But she has this insane fear of losing her memories once she passes through the Veil that separates her world from the mortal world.

SME: Very cool.
Well, I have a fantastic stick figure portrait for you!

S.B.: Ooo, I want to see!

*draws an AMAZING portrait*

S.B.: I love it! I'm glad you didn't attempt the snorkel gear! I never look good with those things!

SME: I'm not sure I could draw snorkel gear. I was tempted to throw in some flippers for the feet, but went with some strappy red pumps instead.

S.B.: The red pumps do look better! Flippers are so unbecoming!

SME: This is so very true.

S.B.: ...don't tell the ducks!

SME: Oh, I almost forgot to ask you the most traditional INFF interview question of all: What is your favorite continent?

S.B.: mmm... America! North and South. Can't make me choose, sorry.

SME: I can understand that you would have split loyalties. So, North & South America it is!

S.B.: There you go!

SME: Well, 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.

S.B.: 1. To start with, you are the only person who drew a picture of me
2. I never knew my sick figure could be so cool looking!
3. You have been so extremely nice and accommodating. It took some tweeking with the time difference, but I'm glad it's worked out so well.
4. This live interview is very cool too.
5. And you graciously agreed to interview me after I accosted you!

SME: I can handle the occassional accosting. :) Seriously, though, it's been great interviewing you and getting to know you a little better. Big congratulations on your release. I wish you all the best!

S.B.: Thank you so much for this opportunity to be on your awesome blog, it's an honor.

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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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's Wednesday. Let's go walkabout.

(I'm bringing along a few of my mates as I wander through the vast wilderness of the publishing industry, learning the ins and outs, and having a grand adventure.)

Walkabout, Week 86:

What are you doing on May 3rd? Well, if you'll be within driving distance of Provo, Utah you need to mosey on over (sometime near abouts 7pm) to the Provo City Library for a night of Romances! Three authors--Michele Paige Holmes, Jennifer K. Clark and Yours Truly, will be discussing why we write romances, why we read them, why we love them, what makes a good Romance, what makes a GREAT Romance.... you get the picture.

Signed copies of our most recent titles (Michele - Captive Heart; Jennifer - Mark of Royalty; Sarah - The Kiss of a Stranger) will be given out as door prizes!!!!!

So, here's my question for you:

If you went to a panel discussion featuring romance writers, what would you be interested in hearing about?


Leave your answers in the comments (and, yes, I'm cheating so I'll have an idea of what to talk about)!



PS - The newest episode of The Appendix: a podcast for writers is up and available. This episode features a whole slew of guests and a great deal of fun! Check it out!!
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Without giving you my sob story about why today's INFF post is not up here for your reading enjoyment (although, believe me, it is a great story), I'm going to give you something I think you will enjoy even more:

The Juicy Details of a Great Giveaway



Secret Recipes Cookbook Blog Giveaway

(and a Recipe from the cookbook!)

Want to win a great prize? Go to the Worldwide Ward Cookbook blog and find out how!
(Easy to enter, easy to win!)


Prizes include

a pizza stone,

Kitchen Aide bowls,

a roasting pan,

an apron,

a copy of the new cookbook,

and more!


The contest can be found here:

http://worldwidewardcookbook.blogspot.com/2011/04/secret-giveaway.html#comme

(See, aren't you glad I totally hooked you up with that info? Those are some pretty great prizes!)

As, promised: a recipe from the Secret Recipes Cookbook:

Ginger Glazed Salmon

INGREDIENTS:
¼ C. packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. grated fresh or 1 tsp. ground ginger
4 6-oz. wild Pacific salmon fillets, about 1 inch thick, skinned
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Coat rack of broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat broiler. In small bowl, whisk sugar, mustard, and ginger. Season both sides of fillets with salt and pepper. Place salmon on broiler rack and brush glaze on top. Broil 6 inches from heat for 8–10 minutes or until fish is lightly browned and opaque. Serve each fillet on top of a lightly dressed mixed green salad. Makes 4 servings.


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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It's Wednesday. Let's go walkabout.

(I'm bringing along a few of my mates as I wander through the vast wilderness of the publishing industry, learning the ins and outs, and having a grand adventure.)

Walkabout, Week 84:

I am attempting to finish a manuscript in a ridiculously short amount of time while preparing for the LDStorymakers Conference the first weekend in May. Thus, I'm a little frazzled. Today's Walkabout Wednesday will be a list of links that will take you to sites that, at least compared to the next few days, are more interesting than this blog is going to be.

I'll be AWOL most of this week, but will return next week for insightful, well thought out posts and a very deep and news worthy INFF interview and... Okay, let's face it. When I return it'll be business as usual: goofiness and fun.

See y'all on the flip side!

  • The newest episode of The Appendix: a podcast for writers is up and available. Go listen and enjoy. (And you can play a little game I like to call "Count How Many Times the Guys Say Something That Makes Sarah Laugh.")
  • Go listen to Sunday's installment of Writing Excuses -- also a podcast for writers, but one that focuses on the craft (whereas the Appendix focuses on industry, news, life of a writer, etc.), and is also older and more successful (but The Appendix will come into its own eventually). Why listen to this Sunday's episode? Because Yours Truly made an appearance and had the wonderful opportunity of talking about Romance! [Someday I'll share the story of how this all happened and how I had no idea until about 30 seconds before we started recording that I was going to be joining the W.E. team for this podcast.]
  • Head over to Michele Paige Holmes' blog for a chance to win a copy of her new historical romance Captive Heart.
  • The deadline to register for the LDStorymakers Writers Conference is April 15th! This is a fabulous conference--editors, agents, fantastic presenters, rubbing shoulders with other authors and a super-cute redheaded Mistress of Ceremonies (ahem). Check it out!

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Friday, April 1, 2011


(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 guest is yet another of the fantastic Man Cave Authors. Michael Young "is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in German Teaching and a minor in Music. ...
"His first book, The Canticle Kingdom, was released in Feb 2010 through Bonneville Books. Is is also the author of the inspiration short story "Portrait of a Mother". He has also had work featured in various online and print magazines such as Mindflights, The New Era, Allegory, and Ensign."
He can be found at his website, www.writermike.com!

SME: Alright! Welcome to INFF!

Michael Young: Thanks for having me.

SME: I have made a goal for myself to eventually interview all the man cave authors, because that would make me cool.

Michael Young: I'll second that. I'm sure they would all be up to it.

SME: As of this interview, I'm 60% there!

Michael Young: That's right. I was just talking to Jason today about it.

SME: He totally rocked it last week!

Michael Young: He told me it was his favorite interview.

SME: Yes. My very good friend Jason. He has such exceptionally good taste. Very discerning.
Of course, he did hint at bringing a quilting stand into the man cave. I don't know about that.

Michael Young: Woah, I'm going to have to nip that in the bud.

SME: So what item would you contribute to the ideal man cave?

Michael Young: I would say one of those mini-fridges at arm's length. Then I could get a cold drink and keep writing.

SME: I can totally support that. And Jason could refresh himself between quilting bees (just kidding, Jason!)

Michael Young: For some reason I always write with a drink. Often a cold soda or a tall glass of water does the trick.

SME: I hear ya. I have this super-enormous water bottle that is always close at hand. It even travels with me to the library, etc. when I'm writing away from home.

Michael Young: I don't usually eat when I write though. Something about crumbs on the keyboard.

SME: So this past weekend I was at a Seagull Book doing a signing and there on the shelf right next to me was a certain Mother's Day book by a certain Michael Young. Hello!! That was pretty much the coolest coincidence.

Michael Young: So cool! That must have been "Portrait of a Mother". Good to know that Seagull is carrying it.
It was the winning contest entry for Cedar Fort's last Mother's Day contest. They did a really nice job of making it look good.

SME: It sure was. And I will tell you this *looks around covertly* I saw a bunch of people grab copies of it and say something along the lines of, "This will be perfect for Mother's Day!"

Michael Young: Really? That's great. That is the plan. I'm trying to get in to do a signing at the BYU Women's Conference which just happens to be the week before Mother's Day. I think that would be the perfect storm.

SME: Yeah it would.
Do you have any other projects on the radar?

Michael Young: Yes, my next release is coming out on July 14th of this year. It is called "The Last Archangel," It is a YA Urban Fantasy, with a main character who is a fallen angel who has been slapped with Destroying Angel duty until the End of the World.

SME: Awesome!

Michael Young: And I have an entry doing very well in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest. Crossing my fingers for that.

SME: And best of luck to you on ABNA!

Michael Young: Thanks, I made the first two cuts. It went from 5,000 down to 250, and I'm still alive. Here's hoping.

SME: *fingers crossed*

Michael Young: Thank you. That would be a really nice boost for my writing career.

SME: So... traditional INFF question: What's your favorite continent?

Michael Young: I love Europe. I was a missionary in Germany and just love everything about it. I'm big into castles and cathedrals and history, etc. I don't think that's too much of a stretch to imagine for a fantasy writer.

SME: Not at all. I happen to be fond of Europe myself, though it's a very long-distance fondness, having never been. Someday, though. Someday!

Michael Young: Jump at the chance if you get it. It's a great place to stir up ideas for writing. I included some of the places I visited in my first book.

SME: My husband and I are planning a trip to England & Scotland for our 15th Anniversary. Very excited! (Though it is still a couple years away)

Michael Young: That's a great idea. I'd love to take my wife back there someday. I need a really successful book though so that I can afford it.

SME: I hear ya. This is why we've been saving for quite a while and still need a few more years to get there. Ah, the life of a starving author.
I have a fantastic game for us to play, if you're interested!

Michael Young: I'm game.

SME: Pun intended?

Michael Young: But of course.

SME: niiiice
Today just so happens to be April Fool's Day... so I've created a fabulous April Fool's Game. I'll ask you 3 questions related to April Fools, pick the right answer from among the 3 choice and you win!

Michael Young: All right, sounds good.

SME: Question #1: Which of the following is NOT an actual holiday close to April 1st which also celebrates merriment & craziness?
A) Hilaria, an ancient Roman Holiday involving masquerades and general good cheer
B) Holi, a Hindu holiday, known as the festival of colors, involves general merrymaking and loosening of social norms
C) Sarah Eden's birthday, an occasion for all out happiness and celebration

Michael Young: Phew, that's a hard one.
I'm going to guess, Sarah Eden's birthday.

SME: This is usually the point where I tell you if you were right, but this being an April Fool's Day quiz, I'm going to wait and tell you at the end. heeheehee

Michael Young: I suppose in the spirit of things, its for the best.

SME: Question #2: Which of the following is NOT a notable April Fool's Day hoax from the past?
a) BBC reported a bumper spaghetti crop in Switzerland, complete with video footage of happy peasants picking strands of spaghetti from trees
b) Taco Bell announcing it had purchased the liberty bell and would be renaming it the "Taco Liberty Bell"
c) Burger King announcing its new "Left-Handed Whopper" designed to drip condiments from the right side of the burger rather than the left for those who eat left-handed

Michael Young: Somehow I can see the fast food chains doing those things. I'm going to have to go with the BBC hoax. Though I know the Brits do have a great sense of humor.

SME: Okay, Question #3: (heehee) This quiz represents the very essence of April Fools because...
A) every answer was correct
B) None of the answers were wrong
C) All of the above

Michael Young: Where's my dunce cap? I should have seen it coming!

SME: I kill me. *wipes away a tear of laughter* But, in recognition of your good sportsmanship, I will crown you INFF Champ for the week!!
An SME FYI - [So, all 3 of those holidays occur near April 1st and are meant to be fun and all 3 hoaxes were done on April Fool's Days goneby]

Michael Young: All right! Now if only you could figure out how to email a crown.
Or perhaps a jester's hat.

SME: Perhaps a jester's hat with a crown?!

Michael Young: The King of Fools!
King of Jesters and Jester to Kings

SME: So now it's time for our weekly trip to the stick-figure portrait gallery to see your portrait!

Michael Young: I can't wait.

*draws, draws, draws*

Michael Young: Awesome! It's very slimming.

SME: I gave you an ultra comfortable pair of leather slippers to wear in the man cave.

Michael Young: That's perfect.

SME: Well, I guess that brings us to the final question of the interview. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you ever done. Ready. Go.

Michael Young: 1. I look good as a stick figure.
2. You've got this fancy, cool chatroom. [SME FYI: the chatroom where the INFF interviews are conducted is not only ultra-secret it is uber-cool!]
3. April Fool's trivia
4. Witty and charming hostess
5. Giving a shout out to the Man Cave.

SME: Man Cave! (That was my shout out!)

Michael Young: And all the times you mentioned it earlier, but the shout is appreciated. I think the shout is echoing.

SME: Thanks for being my INFF friend, Michael. See if you can't talk it up enough to get Mr. Frank Cole and Mr. David J West to mosey on over. (Like how I used Mr. so it sounds really professional?!)

Michael Young: Sounds great. Then we could have a post and link all of our interviews to it in the cave.

SME: Score! *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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