Where Do People Come Up with This Stuff by Melinda Curtis

Recently, an organization I'm involved in asked me to fill out a form so they could put up a bio of me on their website. Now, some of you may be thinking "I much prefer answering those questions to writing a bio." Allow me to change your mind. Here is a sampling of their questions.

1. Tell me three words that describe yourself starting with A, B, and C.

I'm a little anal, so I spent a few minutes trying to figure out if they wanted three words that described me that started with A, B, and C...You see where I'm going with this? My mind easily made the linkage for word A and word B, then my filter came on and screamed: bad words-bad words-bad words!!!

I chose athletic, broadminded, and cranky. Erased cranky and wrote crazy-busy. Yes, I know. I got stuck on my ABCs.

2. What are your three favorite things?

Now this can really get a girl into trouble. You can go the politically correct route (my pets, my children, my significant other...might want to reverse that order). Or you can go with honesty and the things you really enjoy (wine, coffee, sitting outside and drinking wine or coffee). Either way, you sound really boring!

3. Do you have a philosophy of life?

Did anyone else hear my head thunk? Let's go with cliches for $500, Alex: Carpe Diem!

Where do people come up with this stuff? 

How would you answer the three questions above?

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Melinda Curtis is a USA Today bestseller. Her latest Heartwarming release is Make Me a Match, an anthology with Anna J. Stewart and Cari Lynn Webb.


  1. Mel, I'm reading your book right now. Loving those Alaska guys and their angst. I could maybe do ABC---artistic, blessed, but cynical. The others would be difficult. And you're right about whether to put what comes into your head, or show the best side of you.

  2. Thanks for brightening my early Monday. I’ve stopped answering surveys of any kind. What starts out as a few easy questions turns into way too much work. I have nothing for ABC.

  3. LOL, I'm anal, blessed, and cranky.
    Maybe if I started drinking wine….

  4. Thank you for making laugh this morning, Mel. I have a tendency to over-think these kinds of questions to the point where it makes me crazy. Something that should just take me a few minutes turns into an ordeal. Love the post!

  5. At least they didn't ask the infamous Barbara Walters to Katherine Hepburn question, "What kind of tree are you?"

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  6. I would have broken out in hives, Mel. I'm not a fan of these types of questions. If I were asked to stand up in front of a group and read my answers...I would faint.

  7. Hilarious, Mel! I'm sure just by the nature of who you are and how you see things, your bio would be so much more interesting than the questionnaire's attempt to be clever and unique. But you did a great job with athletic, broadminded, and crazy-busy. I'd be arthritic, bebunioned, and chubby.

  8. I would be agonizing over trying to answer those questions. I'm agonizing trying to think of something now myself, but I'm cracking up over Muriel Jensen's answers, LOL.
    Probably difficult knowing whether to answer truthfully, as opposed to "accurately."

  9. Oh, man, my answers would so depend on what kind of day I"m having, LOL. I agree--those are pretty bizarre questions!

  10. I'm with Anna, my answers would depend on my mood. I particularly hate the "if you were a drink/book/food what would you be" type questions.

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