Member Site of the Month: Meet Trina Talma a.k.a. Banker

Conundrums to Guess

TC: Describe yourself (or your site) in five single words.

TT: Eclectic, introverted, thoughtful, strange, blue. Some of those words describe me, some my site, and some both.

TC: Tell us about your first website.

TT: My first site was on AOL. It had my journal, some stories, an FAQ list for a cats newsgroup I belonged to, and bits of pieces of news I found interesting. Later it included a “pregnancy primer” I wrote during my first pregnancy.

TC: What’s the last word or phrase you did a search on?

TT: According to my Googleometer (I just made that up) it was “The Young Riders.” I was looking for an episode guide for all the episodes I’m putting on DVD.

TC: Do you hand-code your pages or use a program?

TT: I use the template code. I know a tiny titch of HTML, but nowhere near enough to do a whole web page.

TC: What’s your favorite form of potato?

TT: Lefse, with margarine and sugar. I also like raw-fried potatoes, but haven’t had them for a long time.

TC: Describe the perfect pizza.

TT: If it’s for comfort food, I like extra cheese and black olives. If I’m looking for more excitement, it’s pineapple and jalapenos.

TC: Name your poison.

TT: Margarita (which was also a cool song by the Traveling Wilburys, you should know).

TC: What’s the last creative writing you’ve done?

TT: I often do some creative stuff in my journal/blog; I’d say at least 50% of the better entries are made up. I’m trying to get back into the groove of working on actual stories, but right now it’s a combination of not enough time and not enough inspiration. My muse has been on extended leave.

TC: What are three essential things in your writing space?

TT: Paper, my Dr. Grip pen and the stereo. (I suppose I need a desk and chair too, but I could write sitting on the floor if I had to.)

TC: Tell us about one of the first things you remember writing.

TT: I have an actual diary page I wrote when I was 7 years old and on a train trip to New York. I also remember writing a short synopsis of Heidi when I was in first grade and drawing a picture to go with it.

TC: Who was the first person to encourage your writing?

TT: I had some very good teachers in high school and college who led me to believe I actually showed some talent. I plan to dedicate my first book to them. It was a good thing I had them, too, since no one in my family thought writing was a particularly clever career choice.

TC: Describe your current mood in one word.

TT: I’m working on “relaxed,” since I finally finished reading the ezine submissions this morning.

TC: What one thing is guaranteed you laugh?

TT: The element of comedy I find most important is surprise. I hate the previews for sitcoms where they show the same line over and over; by the time I watch the actual show, it’s not funny anymore.

TC: What was the greatest invention of the 20th century?

TT: There are so many to choose from, but what springs to mind first is the PC. So much of my work and recreation revolves around mine; I can’t imagine living without it.

TC: What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite word?

TT: Favorite: Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz. It is so a word; ask Big Bird (it’s pronounced abkeedefgeejekelmanopkerstooviksez). It’s my favorite because you can make so many other words from it. Least favorite: I can’t think of a word I don’t like, but I really hate it when people misuse or invent words, and then say that since everybody else is doing it, it must be proper usage (like using “impact” as a verb).

TC: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns you off?

TT: It’s hard to pinpoint, because usually it will be something very small that inspires me. A phrase, a picture. Often something in the natural world. What turns me off? People who say or imply that I’ve made wrong choices about how to live my life, just because they aren’t always conventional ones. I shouldn’t care about what they say — even if they are my “loving” family — but I do.

TC: What is your favorite curse word?

TT: Lately I’ve been visiting with a good old German one: “scheisse.” I like the way it rolls off the tongue, and the kids don’t know what it means.

TC: What sound or noise do you love? What sound or noise do you hate?

TT: I like nature sounds – birds, waves, etc., but also manmade music. I HATE the sound of my children screaming.

TC: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?

TT: I used to think about doing something in the animal care field. But overall I’m pretty happy with my post as writer/mother/TC editor/SimCreatrix (bow before me, puny mortals!)

TC: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

TT: “Come in.”

TC: Where do you call home? Are you there now, and if not, where are you?

TT: I think of “home” as a relative term; the house I live in has never felt like a home to me despite the fact that I’ve lived here for eleven years. That’s mainly because I never chose to live here, and also because of some of the people I have to live with. I have an imaginary home in my mind (and my blog) where I live with a much different group of people, and actually have some say about what goes on there. One of the long-standing regrets of my life is that I can’t live there in reality.

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