Tag me twice yet again… (Mother’s Day 2007)


Now, I’m TOTALLY not complaining that I seem to get tagged in spurts like this. It makes it much easier to answer these tags and still have room for fiction.

Therefore… let’s get on with the meme…

Both Erica and Red tagged me for the eight random things meme, but Erica explicitly asked for a band member’s eight things, or eight things about the official ShapeShifter band mom, Sonya Voss.

It took awhile before anyone fully stepped up to the plate. Kerri is Sonya’s daughter-in-law and was afraid she’d be seen as being a kiss-up if she said too much. Trevor didn’t want to say anything nice in public, of course. Amy‘s busy with a patient. So that left… Good Old Dependable Mitchell.

Or, as Trevor calls him — for good reason — The Big Idiot.

Eight things about Ma:

1. She knows I only call her Ma to get under her skin. And since she knows that, she’s always ignoring it. But I do it anyway ’cause now I’m stuck doing it.

2. She used to send us care packages on the road. She’d even fill the boxes with rubbers and underwear, especially on that last tour before I met Kerri, when the girls we’d let into the dressing room decided it was fun to steal our underwear when we dropped them.

3. She let us practice in the basement. We’re a loud band, but she never complained, even when we weren’t around. She’d just tell people she was glad she knew where we were.

4. Sometimes, she’d complain. If we were working on a song that sucked, she’d tell us. Every now and then, she had suggestions to make the song better. Not enough to turn herself into a pain in the ass, but when she said something, we’d listen and follow. It usually worked, too.

5. When I conned Kerri into meeting her, Ma treated Kerri like she was already a member of the family. Kerri was the first girl I ever did more than sleep with; that was probably all the tip-off Ma needed.

6. Ma and Dad used to come to all our shows. I mean ALL. They never missed a damn show. Sometimes, they were the only people in there. Now that we’re big, they still come whenever we’re in town. Even when we play Wolf Whistle shows. We have to save them two spots, even when we don’t want to.

7. No one’ll talk about it, but I think it was Ma’s idea to let Trevor come live with us. She was always fast to tell anyone that she always wanted a second boy and that Trevor was better than a baby ’cause she didn’t have to deal with his diapers. Trev hates it when she says that; he thinks he’s too cool to have ever needed diapers. Amy says he probably didn’t get out of them until he was seven. She might be right.

8. This is how cool Ma is: whenever she has the family over, she makes sure the entire band comes. With steady girls, if we’ve got ’em. And when I’m on the road but Kerri’s at home, Ma makes sure Kerri comes to dinner a few times. She’s sorta like Val; she likes to cook for the people she loves. Val’s the better cook, of course, but don’t tell Ma that. She might get a complex, but for a cook who didn’t go to cook’s school, she’s damn good.

As for who to tag, here are the rules:

1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Hey, notice how you don’t have to link back to anyone? Well, let’s fix that. Feel free to link back to me, okay? I love new groupies!

And next to share… Karen, Milan, Dewey, she, Claire, Breeni, Nimrodiel, and littlebirdblue. Yep, a lot of book friends you may not be familiar with. Why aren’t you?

I only get to hound you for ten more days with this. Aren’t you glad? I am.

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(PS — I’ve got my first sunburn of the year. I’m not happy about that. *sniff*)



  1. littlebirdblue

    May 12, 2007 12:08 pm


  2. dew

    May 12, 2007 1:38 pm

    Uh oh! BR/BR/Last Thursday, I got tagged for a combination of these 8 things and another 5 things, which add up to 13 of course, for the Thursday Thirteen. I already wrote it up to be my next-week’s Thursday Thirteen, and I tagged you! Ha ha, NOW WHAT?BR/BR/I guess I’ll just change my TT post to say I was tagged twice for the 8 things part, and I’ll pick someone besides you to tag. Now watch everyone else I tagged get tagged by someone else before Thursday!

  3. julia

    May 12, 2007 2:42 pm

    I love the image of the whole family + band members + steady girlfriends coming to dinner. There’s nothing like the hoards descending!

  4. Susan Helene Gottfried

    May 12, 2007 4:04 pm

    Wow. I AM a witch. I can see into the future! 😀

  5. she

    May 12, 2007 4:58 pm

    Evil, evil woman. It’s a good thing I like you so much 😉

  6. Dave

    May 13, 2007 3:56 pm

    Hi just popped by from Michele’s.

  7. Nancy

    May 13, 2007 7:26 pm

    That is just like a Mom to feed everyone in the Universe!

  8. Bob-kat

    May 13, 2007 8:13 pm

    Those meme facts read like a short history! BR/BR/Michele sent me to say hi.


    May 13, 2007 10:05 pm

    Oops, now you’re making me feel all bad for tagging. LOL! Just kidding! We all enjoy knowing more about you so I’d say the unanimous vote is: keep on tagging Susan! LOL!!!BR/BR/Happy M day!

  10. karen!

    May 14, 2007 10:33 am

    I love what you’ve done with this meme especially because I like getting to know the more behind-the-scenes characters.

  11. Susan Helene Gottfried

    May 14, 2007 10:59 am

    Oh, I’ll give you all you want to know about everyone. Have no fear. Even if I have to mail you manuscripts that otherwise won’t see the light of day, you’ll get it, babe.

  12. Andrew

    May 18, 2007 6:07 pm

    Oh! So this is why you were so relieved I didn’t tag you again last week. :DBR/BR/What an awesome Ma! Really agreeable and helpful. Some people would kill to get a mom like that, despite what Trevor seems to think. 🙂

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