Bill tagged people on Twitter and on his blog to answer these thirty questions. I haven’t read the questions yet (I haven’t read Bill’s answers either – oops) and I will reply to them in an intuitive and spontaneous way.
1. What was your favorite childhood book?
My favourite book was called “Ich mach dich gesund kleiner Bär” – Janosch. It’s a German book about a tiger and a bear who are best friends. One day, Tiger gets sick and Bear does everything to make him well again. (turns out, one of Tiger’s strips slid into the wrong direction…)
2. What was your favorite TV show as a child?
Knight Rider. I am a child of the 80s/early 90s.
3. What book did you read in secret as a kid?
I didn’t read in secret.
4. What album and CD do you love and know by heart?
Weather Systems – Anathema
5. What book did you hate as a student?
Every book I was required to read. I read a lot, but didn’t want to have to read this or that book for someone else.
6. What is your all-time favorite movie?
7. What song always lifts your mood?
Anything by Otis Redding and this one makes me dance and sing these days (I like it a lot, but I think it will get boring soon – I love that 80s vibe):
8. What is the last book you read?
Juliet, Naked– Nick Hornby
9. Which TV shows have you binge-watched? Why?
The Politician, Insatiable, Russian Doll, Messiah, the Good Place… I had lots of time when I was on sick leave for my shoulder. I also watched reruns of Little House on the Prairie 🙂
10. If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
? A butterfly?
11. What was your most embarrassing moment?
When I told a musician (Maximilan Hecker) that his set has been shit. Oops. I apologised later, sending an email. He accepted it, lol. Even followed me on Twitter and Facebook afterward.
12. What famous author would you most like to meet?
Sarah Kuttner. For me, she is the best contemporary writer right now. She’s German and her writing style is raw and real and easy, yet it is not. It is filled with emotions. If you can read German, I recommend her 100%. I am not sure if her books are translated in other languages.
13. What in your past would you most like to change?
Nothing. Everything brought me to the place where I am now. I met incredible people, I have loved and I have been loved. I know heartache, I know sorrow and I knew joy. In the grant scheme of everything, I wouldn’t change a thing,
14. Describe your most profound musical experience.
Most musical experiences are profound for me. But there are two that stand out. There was the moment Glen Hansard sang Birds of Sorrow and I cried for the first and only time at a concert.
There was the last time I saw Anathema and I did not feel anything at all, until I was in my car and broke down and cried.
15. What important classic book have you never read?
I tried reading classic books but never made it through any. Maybe I am not that clever?
16. What is your least-favorite food?
17. What movie, book or music always makes you cry?
Only Sarah Kuttner’s books made me cry because I can relate so much. Songs make me cry all the time. Listen to the Glen Hansard song above, from 3:20 I am crying and then I am bawling my eyes out. Every time. Another song that makes me cry is
and Say Something by James Harris (a cover)
18. What actor or actress do you have a crush on?
Rachel Adams, Matthew Rhys.
19. Would you rather be a vampire or a zombie? Why?
Actually, I like being mortal. But I think I would prefer to be a vampire. I could listen to music and read and see movies, fall in and out of love, move around. A zombie just exists for their next brain.
20. What book at home would you use to squash a bug?
Whichever book is between me and the bug. That said, I don’t kill any living thing, I just give them their freedom.
21. Which character would you like to be in “Harry Potter”?
Erm… not read the books, not seen the movies…
22. What song would you most like to sing on stage?
Against all odds by Phil Collins (cheesy, I know)
23. Do you like your name? What name would you prefer?
I like my name. Catherine. I am never called Catherine – only ever just Cathy (since my early childhood) but Catherine sounds nice in different languages. It’s not easy to botch it.
24. What do most people not know about you?
That I wrote poetry and that I am very sensitive
25. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
Wales or somewhere where the sun shines a lot but the heat isn’t unbearable
26. If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I like the 1920s but only for rich people 🙂 Apart from that, I like our time, I like that we are connected and that we can make friends in different parts of the world with our words and screens.
27. What poems have you memorized? Recite one of them?
I don’t have any poems memorised, but my favourite poem is If you Forget me by Pablo Neruda First heard it here in this short film by Emma Holly Jones, and it was narrated by the absolutely brilliant Matthew Rhys how has the most amazing voice. And he is easy on the eyes.
28. Who in your life has made a strong impression on you?
Is it vain to say no-one?! I only have negative role models in my life. Though, I just thought about two women who, without knowing it, influenced my work (at the nursery) a lot. Nicole and Angelique.
29. Do you have a recurring dream? Describe it.
I am walking down a street and someone stops me. (mugs me?!) He puts a gun against my head. Sometimes I am sobbing and begging, other times I am not. He says “bang bang, you’re dead” and pulls the trigger. He laughs. Nothing happens afterwards. I am not killed, that much I know, but I have the dream quite often.
30. What epitaph would you like on your tombstone?
She cared a lot.
So, I replied to the thirty questions in a short time. There is a lot of music in it, many links, please take the time to take a look at them, and visit Bill’s post too. Any questions or thoughts?