Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Vices and Virtues

This week, a pending announcement from an ePublisher that shall remain unnamed weighs heavily on my mind. I submitted on January 3rd and have heard NOTHING, though I know other people who have. The waiting is killing me. This has lead to several talks with friends with regards to my lack of patience and that it's something I need to work on.

So, enough whining. I got to thinking 'patience is a virtue' and then . . . gee, I don't have any of that. So . . . here are 6 vices of mine, and seven virtues (as I see them) - just to keep things on an even keel and not spend too much time beating myself up.

Gwen's Vices
1. Impatience.
My mother says that when they were handing out patience, I was around the corner looking for something else to do.

2. Cable TV.
I don't have it, for obvious reasons. When I go to someone's house, if their TV is on, nothing else exists for me.

3. Carbs.
I love them. Flour, corn, rice, potatoes . . . mmmm, potatoes. If it's white, I probably scarf it. Scarf, not eat. I lasted on the South Beach Diet for about six hours, then DH insisted I eat something carbalicious before somebody got hurt.

4. Caffeine.
I used to be a non-caffeine preacher. No, really. That was before I started replacing sleep with writing, and found I needed artificial assistance to function during the day.

5. Barnes and Noble.
It doesn't sound evil, but I'm not allowed to go in that place unchaperoned.

6. Volunteering.
I'm awful with this! It's like my arm and mouth have a minds of their own. Before I even know what someone is asking, I'm offering to help, or to do it for them. Sounds like a good thing - right? Nope. I over-extend myself, get irritable and resentful, and usually end up letting people down.

Gwen's Virtues

7. I'm loyal.
It takes a lot to shake me off once I've glommed onto you. *g*

8. Honesty.
Sometimes this actually gets me into trouble, but I still stick by it, and admire it in others.

9. Hard-working.
I will bust my butt if I'm properly motivated. (Let's not talk about what that

10. I sing with all my heart, at the top of my lungs.
Some people might not agree with this being a virtue, but *LA LA LA*.

11. I'm a good driver.
Not only responsible, but courteous. I believe in car-karma.

12. I'm a very gracious loser.
Even though I'm *cough*competitive*cough*. If you beat me fair and square, I'll give you props.

13. *goes to check inbox*.
Oh . . . you're still here. Sorry. Did I mention impatient?

So... tell me one of your vices, and one of your virtues.
(Don't keep me waiting.)

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Jennifer McKenzie said...

Oooooo I'm stealing this idea.
My vices are also impatience, being judgmental (I really work on it), I'm horrible with money and a few others I'm not posting.
My strengths are loyalty (like you), persistence, and some my HUSBAND enjoys. LOL.

Gwen Mitchell said...

Haha!! Those are good ones to have *waggles eyebrows* Steal away! I'm interested!

pussreboots said...

Good list. I have a temper. I can't be trusted in a bookstore. I'm honest and a good driver. Happy TT.

Winter said...

This is a great idea, but I'm not so sure I want people to that stuff about me. LOL

Alice Audrey said...

I know what you mean about TV. We don't have cable either, much to my relief.

Shelley Munro said...

I enjoyed your post, Gwen. I'm impatient when it comes to waiting for news about writing, so you've got me there. I can be a bit anti-social (I call it being a loner cause it sounds better :) I'm honest and loyal.

Ms Menozzi said...

Vice: Indian food (especially sweets). I can't resist them! Help!

Virtue: Um...Give me a minute... I'll think of something... Hang on...

Aw, crap. Can I get back to you later on this?

Gina Ardito said...

Hmmm... I recognize a lot of these when I look at myself (except I'm a cable-holic. I can watch the same show or movie over and over and over again, and I gotta have the television on when I'm home--the house is too quiet without the noise.)

Vice: Impatient with others. Often I find myself over-volunteering because I KNOW I'll get it done, rather than having to ride someone else to do it.

Virtue: I'm generous to a fault. I'd go hungry rather than see someone else in that condition.

Great list, Gwen! Thanks for sending my self-inflection into overdrive.

Tempest Knight said...

Oh no, no... Barnes & Nobles isn't a vice. *lol* Bookstores are sanctuaries for us writers.

Picturing of Life said...

good list to know you better

Will you visit mine :D Thanks

Rhonda Stapleton said...

I LOVE this TT idea...I wrote about my bad habits, but darn it, maybe next week I'll hit my good habits. LOLOL--I may not have 13 of those.

Anyway, great to get to know you a little better!!!

R.G. ALEXANDER said...

Wonderful list-I have so many of these vices and I also sing at the top of my lungs. Sometimes even in grocery stores or elevators to the muzak. What? I like music.

Debbie Mumford said...

What a great list, Gwen!

I'm definitely NOT patient either, though I've learned to disguise the fact. I am, however, persistent and determined...either of which can function as vice or virtue depending on the circumstances *lol*

She Became a Butterfly said...

i'm super impatient too. no doubt about it.


if you want, join my new book lovers message board:

Gwen Mitchell said...

MM - LMAO! *taps foot impatiently*

Hmm... I guess this *IS* sort of revealing, isn't it? But if you noticed, modesty isn't on my list of virtues. *g*

Thanks for the comments everyone! Happy TT. =P

Paige Tyler said...

Great list! And a great TT idea!


My TT is at

Kaige said...

Great list, Gwen!
Vice: carbs -- probably my worst one.
Virtue: loyal -- sometimes to a fault.

Heather said...

Great T13 idea! One thing about me that can be both a vice and a virtue (depending on the situation): I'm emotional. Sometimes overly so. Hey, it comes with being a pisces! *g*

J. D. Rydell said...

Excellent TT, Gwen. I see we have some of the same vices and virtues :)

Mine is up at:

Anonymous said...

Ooh Barnes & Noble... I have problems with that place! I don't allow myself to go in. Too dangerous!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Awesome list.

I, too, volunteer too often. But I get offers to do such interesting things; how can I say no to them?

I can't be trusted in a bookstore, either. Especially Half-Price Books. Have you seen the stacks in here? I have, but the window's getting a bit hard to find...

Happy TT, darling! Be loyal to me all you'd like, okay? I can take it.

Tasina said...

Great list. I don't have much patience either.

Gotta go! ;)

Nicholas said...

Very interesting list. It's always fun to get to know one's fellow TTers.

I am impatient, critical, vain and am addicted to Amazon. I do have a few vices too.

Scarlett Sanderson said...

Wonderful post, Gwen *grins*

Vices - Coffee, cable, and bookstores. Not to mention I'm bad tempered and impatient.

Anyone seeing a theme here? lol

Virtues...having to think about that one!

And anyone who tells me "Patience is a virtue," I always quote back a wonderful line from The Mummy - "Not right now it isn't!"

AJ Chase said...

I'm so with you on three and four. OMg, I drink so much pop. I'm like a caffiene junkie.

Gwen said...

You don't know how reassuring it is that I'm not alone here. I could think of quite a few more vices, but they're not all for public knowledge. Lol. Thanks for making me feel better everybody! I'm still checking my inbox every five minutes ...

Gina~ I can totally relate on the generosity. It's supposed to be a good thing, right? And yet, people take advantage sometimes.

I think I could also own up to being a control freak. Some of my volunteering stems from that.

Susan ~ You got it babe! *glomp* =)

Eden said...

This, Madame, is a very sneaky way of getting more comments. I see it works.


Gwen Mitchell said...

Lol. It does work! But look at all the cool people I meet! *hugs*