In Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always, Cassandra discovers, with the help of an internet meme, that she is the least interesting person she knows. Faced with a self-reflective survey and an impossible assignment to write her own “Song of Myself,” she begins a somewhat-reluctant journey to find herself — or, in the case of her mystical internet alter-ego Divinia Starr, invent herself.
Each chapter in Sometimes Never is titled with another question in Cassandra’s survey, so between now and the day the book launches next Fall, I’m going to post those questions and try to write a post related to them. I’d love to see your answers in the comments…I’m really excited to hear how readers might respond to Cass’s quiz.
To kick it off, I’m going to post the first five questions starting today and then one per weekday next week. Anyone who comments on the posts with their own answer to the survey questions will be entered to win a hardcover copy of Kiss the Morning Star, and I’ll put your name in again if you tweet, blog, or otherwise talk up the series of posts so that more people share their stories with me. I’m going to do these posts in little spurts between now and the launch of the book, and I’m really excited to hear how you all answer the questions!
The first chapter begins with an easy one: The three words that best describe you…
I’ll start by giving you the bio I wrote to go on the book (subject to change, of course, in the months ahead!)
Elissa Janine Hoole bought her first deck of Tarot cards as a birthday gift to herself when she turned twenty, and even in the privacy of her own apartment, she felt like she should hide them. The three words she uses to describe herself are curious, caring, and contemplative. Suggestions from her husband and two sons include crazy and cantankerous. Elissa teaches middle school English and sometimes makes her students write poetry that celebrates and sings themselves.
What about you?