Meme machine

Book blog­ger extraordin­ary Debra Hamel has lobbed a meme gren­ade in the dir­ec­tion of This Writing Life and, lack­ing a crick­et bat to send the bug­ger into deep square leg, here goes with ‘five things about me’. (Coincidentally, this is quite sim­il­ar to the title of Aliya Whiteley’s acclaimed debut nov­el, Three Things About Me.)


Remember that it isn’t always the sen­sa­tion­al stuff that writers are look­ing for, it can just as eas­ily be some­thing that you take for gran­ted like hav­ing raised twins or know­ing how to grow beet­root. Mind you, if you know how to fly a heli­copter or have worked as a film extra, do feel free to let the rest of us know about it.’

(1) When I was a sec­ond­ary (high) school pupil, some friends and I designed a hyper­text guide for the Commodore Amiga, which won a Spark design award. That was in 1990, a while before the world wide web had ‘happened’. I think we earned about sev­enty pounds from roy­al­ties, which one of group squandered on an alarm­ingly expens­ive money box in which to store future earn­ings, which nev­er arrived.

(2) I can become spec­tac­u­larly travel sick if (a) I sit in the back of a car, (b) run up the stairs too fast or © watch Supernanny without my Joo-Janta 500 Super-Chromatic Peril-Sensitive sunglasses.

(3) My girl­friend shares her name, though not 100% of the spelling, of a water-fil­ter com­pany.

(4) By the age of four­teen or so, I had read all the avail­able nov­el­isa­tions of Doctor Who seri­als, as well as sev­er­al quiz books. When Doctor Who was the spe­cial­ist sub­ject of a Mastermind con­test­ant, he scored about 70%. I, in the com­fort of my com­pu­ter­ized lair/bedroom, romped home with 100%.

(5) Remember the Karate Kid films? The prot­ag­on­ist, Danny LaRusso, stud­ied a style of kar­ate called goju-ryu. I also have a black belt in this style of kar­ate, although I’ve nev­er worn one of those nifty head­bands, and the beard of my teach­er (are we back to beards again?) was hon­ey­suckle, not white. (I haven’t been to a class in about fif­teen years, though, so don’t expect any high kicks on the web­cam.)

Wax on, dudes.

Tag three people: Aliya Whiteley (mas­quer­ad­ing as the Blue Pootle), Sian Lewis, Tim Footman

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Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

10 thoughts on “Meme machine”

  1. Wooo… think I might have done some­thing like this already, sev­er­al months ago… but you can’t keep a good meme down, so I’ll have a think.

    btw, I also had an addic­tion to the Who nov­el­isa­tions, but man­aged to shake it off by the time Peter Davison came into view. But be fair, Ian — Mastermind is much harder when you’re in the chair.

  2. I didn’t mind Peter Davidson, but couldn’t bloody stand Colin Baker and all that ‘Trial of a Time Lord’ malar­key.

    OK, so I wasn’t in the chair, but he didn’t know that the core of the ice plan­et Spiridon was made of ice. I mean, come on.

  3. Thanks for tag­ging me, Ian — have pos­ted my five things over on the pootle and rat blog!


  4. Jeez, Ian, I nev­er thought you’d do it! I thought you were far too grand. Bonnie Writes totally ignored me when I tagged her on it (but I did achieve suc­cess with Debra’s 10 year old daugh­ter, such is life).

    I can’t believe any­one actu­ally reads those Dr Who books. In fact I didn’t even know there were such things until my girls evolved a C Eccleston fol­lowed by Barty Crouch Jr (you know who I mean) even more ser­i­ous crush —- and they got some of the books on a 3 for 2 offer, read a chapter and nev­er opened them again.

    But prob­ably the ones they tried were “mod­ern” com­pared with the ones you allude to in your post? (said she, des­per­ately).

  5. Maxine, I’m totally up for some­thing that gets me away from the nov­el! As for all those nov­el­isa­tions, I’ve got shelves full of them. It breaks my heart that I just can’t read them these days, but I like have as many books that I’ve read as pos­sible on the shelf…BTW, they’re mostly Target ori­gin­als, and I don’t have much past 1989…

  6. Gosh this meme really has worked it’s way around since Sharon J star­ted it.
    I am par­tic­u­larly impressed by num­ber 5 — see­ing as I was in love with the beau­ti­ful Danny LaRusso for most of my youth.
    And — until this very moment I had for­got­ten about him!
    I am so fickle!

  7. It’s funny to think that, at the time, the act­or who played Danny was in his early fifties or some­thing.

  8. ah hah! this is where it ori­gin­ated!

    i don’t really get it, you guys are blog­gers and authors, and you still do a five things about me meme!

    isn’t it enough that you keep a blog about you, you also need to be spe­cific­ally numer­ic­al about you? 😀

    hello, Dr. Ian!

  9. Thanks for your com­ment, Treespotter. I actu­ally got memed by Debra Hamel, so you can blame her for start­ing it…

  10. i’m sure we can track it down all the way to Mr. Dawkins.

    that’s okay, it allows the selfish me to come out (i’m tagged by Tim).

    always a good thing, me.

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