Friday, May 22, 2009

Questions 3, 4, & 5

Question 3, from Krystle: If I could travel anywhere in the world, where would I travel?
A: I’ve been to a lot of really fun exotic places, from the LITERAL jungle in the Amazon in Brazil, to all the beaches in Hawaii. And, I LOVE THE SUN. (Except for the fact that last weekend in Bear Lake I got SECOND DEGREE BURNS for being out in the sun…and after a bit I even had 50 SPF on! Turns out that with the antibiotics I was taking for my Pneumonia, I wasn’t supposed to be in the sun because you have like an increased sensitivity to it or something. That better be it, because if it turns out that the sun is the freaking 58th thing I’m allergic to, I’m totally done!) But anywaysies. Really, right now, I’d choose to tour Italy. The Vatican, all the amazing churches and museums; there is so much beautiful history there, and I’d love to be able to see it all with my own eyes. At some point I’d love to travel to Israel too, but me no likey the idea of entering the Middle East right now, but someday, yes, that’s a great wish of mine too.

Question 4, from CookieGirl, and also my sister Brooke asked relatively the same question: May we hear about the novel I’m working on?
A: Wow, this is seriously a very tough one for me to answer, mostly because I want to keep it private because I’m embarrassed that I’ll fail. But yes, I am (or at least I was) working on a novel – it was more a memoir (I know, so corny, so "everybody’s doing it these days…") but the term “write what you know” is so so so true. :) The working title is Saving my Soul, but who knows what’ll it eventually end up being. I’ve written quite a bit, but quite honestly, have stopped at a very difficult period in my life – I cannot even write about it because it hurts too much, and I’m scared of having it be on paper, because that means it’s there, it’s real, and anybody could read it and do the taking and the judgments could begin circulating. I know that because I feel this way, there is no way that I am ready to have it published. I have sent the beginning of it to a publisher though, and though I’m assuming they’re not going to publish it because I never heard back, haha, but I did, however; hear from a worker there that they really did love it, and I came close to getting it published. And, I’m not worried. There are hundreds more publishing companies out there.

But yes. One of these days, you will ALL purchase a book by Brie B______!!! And also, I’m seriously contemplating writing more and publishing my From Behind Bars series. Not sure if it’s marketable, though…?

I yearn to do these things, more than any of you will ever, ever know, but I’m afraid of failure, but mostly I’m truly unable to do it right now because of how ill I feel – I have no energy for it. I don’t want to be unremarkable, and writing a novel and having it published; I know that I will have made a mark in this world. And I desire that more than anything.

Question 5, from Stella: If my house was on fire, what one material thing would I grab? (Cade, Brandon, and my kitties are already safe.)
A: Okay, so I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this, and it’s so hard to narrow it down to one thing. I mean, pictures, because we can save them on the computer these days, are replaceable. I no longer use a journal, so I wouldn’t need to save that. I think, in the end, I would save the blanket that I was wrapped in the day I was born. It’s a beautiful cream and soft purple, all silk, with small purple flowers on it. Up until I got married, I slept with it every night. It’s been sewn up and repaired more times than I can count, because it’s turned so ragged from how much I’ve used it. It’s tucked safely away now, though I’ll admit that I’m tempted often to get it out and nestle with it again. That thing has gotten me through so much in my life; no, sorry, I’m not kidding. When I think of it and I think of safety and comfort.

15 comments:

licketysplit said...

That looks so painful! Have you tried the aloe vera w/ menthol and lidacaine? I was burned a few weeks ago and that's the only thing that gave me any relief.
I have no doubt that you will get your book published when you are ready, and that it will be fabulous. And I think the 'From Behind Bars' series would be totally marketable. Everyone has this curiosity of what goes on in treatment and rehab, and of course it helps that the way you write it is totally entertaining and hilarious. :)

Pattie Cordova said...

Aw! a blankey... didn't know it could mean so much to someone. I'm definitely saving them for the bebe when he gets older.

BTW - have you thought about self-publishing your book? I know I'd buy it.

CookieGirl said...

ah, Brie, this: "I don’t want to be unremarkable, and writing a novel and having it published; I know that I will have made a mark in this world."

I could have written it myself. The fear of being unremarkable. I think we need to face it, and write, and rewrite. Love your Q&A idea!! xoxoxoo

Lisa said...

I can't wait to display your book on my coffee table and say, I read her blog back when! Your travel plans sound wonderful.

bananas said...

Oooooooh, bad sun! :(

Keely said...

I myself have a gnarly burn on my shoulders and back and have been using aloe and lidocaine (i don't think it helped either.) I have been putting bags of frozen peas in my soft pillowcase and icing it. (It feels soooooo good.) It is in the peeling stage, and I couldn't help but chuckle because I remembered that entry your wrote when you got a bad sunburn and were telling us how you love to peel dry skin and your DNA is floating around SLC getting stuck in a handle bar moustache. ha ha! :) I do read and remember your posts.

Telstaar said...

I know (I think) that you don't NEED to hear this or didn't say something so that you would get this response but...

Miss Brie, you will NEVER be unremarkable, you are anything BUT unremarkable and I think that is by far one of the last words I'd use to describe you.

As for writing a "behind bars" book AS WELL, oh that is definitely marketable and makes me laugh A LOT :)

Penny said...

Lovin your answers. What I love most is your honesty. ANd that is not unremarkable. That is why so many cannot write blogs because we fear others truly knowing us and rejecting us....So, way to go and keep going.

kristin said...

I still sleep with Blankie every night. Can't sleep well without her.

tawny said...

when i saw you at the park on Fri I was so sad for your burns! ouch!

and yes, I do believe one day your book will be published!! keep writing and keep trying...it can happen!

and I think it is sweet you sleep with your blankie still as long as Bran is holding on too....j/k

coming to the pool tomorrow??

Brooke said...

Brie, don't be afraid for people to see your life story. If they judge, they judge. I believe, the majority of the readers you would appeal to, would be INSPIRED. You are amazing. You have gotten through so much and continue to do so. Give it time and thought. You'll just have to do it when the time is right. If it ever is. It is always up to you of course. Love ya sis! :)

Angeline said...

Brie, randomly came across your bog and just want to say that I could not pull myself away. You have a gift. A true gift of writing and maintaining the attention of your readers. You are inspiring and have literally moved me emotionally. If you were to just print your blog entries and publish them into a book it would be a success. Your sense of humor, passion, and devout strength for your life and family shines bright. I wish you success in all your endeavors. Your a powerhouse woman in my eyes.

Tanya said...

Haven't heard from you for 4 days...are you okay?

Savannah said...

It has been a very long time since I have been on here and I enjoyed catching up on your blog :) Hope Utah is a blast! Miss you and love you!

Krista said...

Ouchie sunburn! Girl you are gunna get skin cancer if you don't quit burning yourself... of course I am one to talk.

If you ever write a book I will definitely be buying it!