Thursday, March 20, 2008


I was tagged for a “meme” (rhymes with dream) this week by my friend and fellow author Tina Murray. I’m going to assume that I am not the only one that had never heard that term.

I looked through my approximately 2500 page, Second Addition, Random House Unabridged Dictionary, shocked that meme was not listed, (it’s never let me down before).

From my ‘research’ on the web, I learned the word became popular in 1976 when mentioned in the book, My Selfish Dream by Richard Dawkins.

The Urban Dictionary (, defined meme as: an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media).

Or, in blogspeak, meme is an idea that is spread from blog to blog.

In this case, it’s a set of questions. So okay, I can be a good sport and play along. Here goes:

Getting Away With It (I’m not sure what this title has to do with the questions)
1) If you could live for a month in one world or time period from a novel you've read, which would you choose?
Because I like modern conveniences such as nice bathrooms, dishwashers, computers, etc., I wouldn’t want to go back in time. I haven’t read any futuristic books lately and since it would only be for one month, I’m going to select the elite world of the rich and famous of Naples, Florida, from Tina Murray’s soon to be released novel, which I was lucky enough to preview, A Chance to Say Yes.
2) If you could be one character from a comic book or fiction series, who would it be?
Wonder Woman. All those super powers could sure come in handy, she can fly without getting on an airplane and she does have a fantastic figure.
3) Where (in the real world) is your dream vacation spot?
Sanibel, Florida (I know, I seem to be hung up on Southwest Florida but it is Paradise)
4) Name a celebrity or TV personality whom you would like to have lunch with.
I’d probably pick Stephen King, but if George Clooney insisted on joining us, I wouldn’t turn him down.

Okay, now I’ve participated in a meme and it reminds me of a chain letter, so I think I’m probably done with them.

I only have a few additions to the blog list.

Here are the participants so far (that I know about).

If you're not on the meme list of participants above but you want to get in on the game, visit for Sandy’s instructions. It’s easy.

Thanks for stopping by. See you next week.

Jane Kennedy Sutton
Author of The Ride (to be released by ArcheBooks Publishing)

Tags: The Ride, ArcheBooks, meme, Richard Dawkins, My Selfish Dream, Random House Dictionary, Urban Dictionary, Getting Away With It, : Tina Murray, Sandy Lender


Sandy Lender said...

You've got it, Jane.
It's exactly like a chain letter for the blogosphere. It connects us and gets us recognition with Technorati. But it also gives us some traffic back and forth and introduces our blogs to new audiences.

And this one gave us some time to get away to new places! (At least in our imaginations...)

Sandy Lender
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

Tina Murray said...

Jane, thank you!!! I really appreciate your mentioning my forthcoming book, A Chance to Say Yes, in your answer to the first question. FYI, before I ever sent the original manuscript to Bob Gelinas, publisher at ArcheBooks, I asked three friends to read the manuscript (as opposed to the galleys, which you were gracious enought to read for me). At that time, one of my friends told me that she read A Chance to Say Yes twice because she "wanted to go back to that place." So, you comment reinforces hers and is doubly exciting for me as an author. Thank you!!! (Naturally, I'll tell everyone in the world to read your blog! This must be how a meme works, eh?)

Tina Murray

Jane's Ride - Novelist Jane Kennedy Sutton's journey through the ups and downs of the writing, publishing and marketing world